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Won't stitch properly

The bobbin is not moving properly when I stitch forward or backward. The bobbin thread bunches up under the fabric and the top thread does not catch so therefore does not stitch. It sounds like the bobbin holder is catching on something. I've cleaned out all the fluff from underneath the bobbin holder but that did not make a difference.

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  • TLAbrams Nov 01, 2008

    It will stitch the first 2-3 stitches and then gets jammed! Very frusterating. I have also tried taking the foot plate off and cleaning and re-positioning everything, still not working though. I've sent a question about it to the Janome website but have not heard back yet. Im going to try taking my machine to a store to repair it.

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Ever tried adjusting the thread tension control? clean if possible
tighen it more, loose tension adjustment causes loose stitch and tangling of the thread.

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Your bobbin may be in backward, some are clockwise other are counterclockwise check your manual, be sure it is threaded through the bobbin case correctly as well.

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Looping thread underneath is a top thread tension issue...
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