20 Most Recent Janome Memory Craft 4900QC Mechanical Sewing Machine Questions & Answers

Sounds like bird nesting or thread nesting which are a result of incorrect threading (or rather, the thread is not seated in the tension disk).

Remove the thread from the machine.

Always Raise the presser foot and rethread from the beginning. The tension disk is released when the presser foot it raised so the thread will seat properly.

Make sure to install a brand new needle.

Set the tension to the midway point between high & low numbers.

Retest. You may need to tweak the tension to loosen or tighten the stitch to meet your satisfaction. The tension is correct when both the upper thread and bobbin thread meet in the middle of the fabric.


Janome Memory... | Answered on May 16, 2016

Hi, I have this same message on mine. Did you find out what it was?

Janome Memory... | Answered on Feb 04, 2016

What kind of velvet? Poly-based fabrics often require ball-point needles to avoid pulls. For apparel weight velvet (something I'd make a skirt with), I'd probably use at least an 90, possibly heavier. For really heavy, upholstery-weight, I'd use my walking-foot machine and a 100-110 (often used for jeans). But I'm sure I'd want to bind all of the seams on my serger, I often bind after sewing the regular seams, but for very heavy fabrics I'd bind first (just run up all of the edges of each piece before sewing seams).
Hope this helps.

Janome Memory... | Answered on Apr 06, 2015

Any sew and vac store that services Janome would be able to order that for you.

Janome Memory... | Answered on Aug 05, 2014

I don't think you do! There are no instructions in the manual. A while ago my machine sounded funny so I took it in for a service that cost $100! I think Janome have deliberately omitted this information to force sewers into taking machines to recognised mechanics. My machine sounds rough again.

Janome Memory... | Answered on Aug 03, 2014

I would say all sewing machines will work better with a little TLC. clean all old thread and dust out and add a little SEWING MACHINE OIL to the moving parts you can see. Also look in around the bobbin area for loose threads and the odd fur ball. You can blow these out or use the little brush that came with the machine. after all this oiling is done make sure to stitch a scrap piece of fabric in case some of the oil is still ozzing or leaks when you run it the first time. good luck and many happy stitches to you!

Janome Memory... | Answered on Jul 05, 2014

There are several models of machines that do a longer stitch, usually called a basting stitch. Unfortunately, your machine does not have this function. If you are looking for a machine that will give you a hand quilted look, the Baby Lock Sashiko can give you that, though it doesn't do anything else.

Janome Memory... | Answered on May 15, 2014

Let me guess,.... When you start to sew you do not grasp the loose thread ends. Grab them babies and hold on for about an inch or more of sewing.

Janome Memory... | Answered on Oct 02, 2013

E1 means it out of order--something in the electronics is mess up--it needs to be serviced
by a service tech with the tools to check the electronics of the machine

Janome Memory... | Answered on Mar 29, 2013

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