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Quilting I have my Janome 1600P-DB set up on a frame, but I don't know how to start. Do I quilt without a foot--only the needle in position--like the professional machines? Do all threads have to be pulled to the top before I begin a line of quilting? I need general info on quilting with a frame.

  • Anonymous May 14, 2008

    skips stitches and breaks thread.I have changed the needle and rethreaded the machine several times. will sew fine for a short distance and then start to skip stitches. Please help. Is almost new machine on Grace frame.



    Thanks, Florence McKeell

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Janome now has a darning foot ie it looks like an embroidery foot with a spring designed for the 1600 models. It is metal with a ring where the needle goes down through it. I removed the plastic lens inside the ring and this seems to have resolved the problem.

I usually pull my threads to the top so I can see where they are and not getting tangled underneath.
There are several good groups on Yahoo groups which offer support for starting out on quilting

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No, you should have gotten some kind of 'hopping foot" or use a darning foot, that appears to move up and down as you sew.
Yes, all threads start and end coming up. If you don't cut a thread, will you are sewing you could run into the threads and stop the machine or tear the fabric. Like a rope across the road, your sewing path needs to be clean, because you can see the bottom of the quilt.
You need to be reading some kind of longarm machine quilting books. Or go to: LongarmChat.com or Sharon Schambers Network

  • Anonymous May 10, 2009

    Skipped stitches are a sign the fabric is rolled too thight or the bottom tension is too loose. Breaking threads can be from the upper tension, or a 'bur" on some threading guide. Run a piece of pantyhose into all the quides and see if it get hung up some where. File down the bur with a nail file. Another trick is to turn the needel a tiny bit to the left. Do some online machine quilting research.

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