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Janome 1600P quilting free motion sewes fine for a bit then top thread starts looping on the back. It is not consistant

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  • nmbarr May 03, 2010

    I am using a darning plate that came with the darning foot by Janome. I have used several different threads trying to get this to work. I presently have coat& clarks 100% cotton quilting thread on the machine. I have also tried Superior #D90/14 35 wt. The problem happens with both. I have a HLx5 size 14 needle on the machine.

  • nmbarr May 03, 2010

    Yes, I have broken a needle; but I have had it to the repair shop since then. The looping happens only occasionally when sewing. It sews fine for awhile then starts to loop. It does not do it all the time.
    Thanks

  • nmbarr May 06, 2010

    I have made several adjustments to both the quilt frame and the sewing machine. Also put the oil in the hook area. The looping seems to have improved but the thread keeps breakin now after I sew a couple of feet. My frustration continues. Any suggestions

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Please ensure that you are uing the correct size needle for your that you are using. are you using a straight stitch needle plate. Please let me know what size thread and needle you are using

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  • dogdanes May 03, 2010

    There is one more thing you can try to correct the looping, please increase your upper tension as you are free motion quilting, slow turn the dial to a higher number until the loop goes away. I need to know in the near past have you broken any needles during free motion or quilting???????????

  • dogdanes May 04, 2010

    please add a drop of oil in the hook area. use a test material and start to free motion sew. can you tell me does the oil make the looping worse or better. I will be able to correct your problem but we will need to go back and fourth with e-mails. Please trust me on this , I have been teaching classes all over north america for Bernina canada and bernina usa for 14 years. I really do know sewing machine inside and out. thanks for your understanding

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