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Janome 1600P DB Stitch length

The stitch length varies from 1/16" to 1/2" while making a single stitch line. I've adjust the tension - it doesn't help. There's nothing in the manual to help with this problem. I use the machine for quilts, generally stitching on cotton fabric. I also clean and oil the machine daily as it gets a lot of use.

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    Stitch length does not vary, only sees long stitches even when on 0! I have oiled all points as per owners manual. Is there some obvious reason for this problem?

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The machine is skipping stitches and is probably out of time. Change the needle, rethread the machine and try it again. If it still skips stitches, try lowering the needle by about 1/16 inch and see if it works better. If the timing is off you should take it to a technician for a complete service.
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Normal top tension is 3-4; normal bobbin tension (iirc) is 35 grams.
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try loosening the top thread tension one number at a time until the stitch becomes regular
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What is your stitch length set to as this could be the problem. For normal four thread stretch seam you would want the length set to beween 2 and 3 so double check this - the length knob is usually a knob on the right side near the flywheel.

Hopefully, the above solves the problem for you but if not, please message again.

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Try practicing on a test piece before moving on to the quilt. Batik fabric is beautiful! I would check the thread size and needle. I tried quilting with invisible thread and had the same problem. The minute I changed to 50 wt.thread and a new needle the problem disappeared. I've found that 40 or 50 wt. thread works best on my Janome.

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