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Janome Memory Craft 4800 problem
ReginaMT

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Date: 8/18/09 5:01 PM

I'm having a problem with this thing and I'm wondering if anyone can help before I break down and bring it in for servicing or trade it in. It's about 2 years old and I bought it from an internet dealer.

This has automatic tension. Everything was fine until I was sewing terry cloth (only 2 layers) and it jammed on me. I cleaned out/rethreaded and still was getting all balled up in the throat plate. I found some stray threads in the bobbin area this time and also discovered I wasn't using a Janome bobbin.

So I put in a Janome bobbin, cleaned out bobbin area, rethreaded and while it does sew now, if I don't lock the stitch at the beginning I can just pull the bobbin thread right out of the stitching. The stiches on the bobbin side just don't look right. I tried manual tension on 4 but I get the same thing. It is also squeaking when I sew in reverse.

Any suggestions on what to try next? Thanks.

Would this be a tension issue or did I wreck the bobbin case somehow?

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Date: 8/18/09 9:43 PM

You did say that you cleaned the bobbin area but did you actually remove the case and clean underneath that. Sometimes a little ball of lint can build up there and push the case up a bit, so I suggest to check this if you haven't already done so.
I have a similar model but a Janome made Kenmore. These machines are self lubricating and no need to oil them but if you see the little felt there under the bobbin case and it is dry it might need just one tiny drop of sewing machine oil.
If the face plate of your machine opens up you might wish to check that there are no threads caught in the tensions. I would also double check what setting your foot pressure is on and also check that your thread has not come out of the take up lever. I would then test sew with the machine on auto tension once again.

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Date: 8/19/09 9:32 AM

I did take out the bobbin case when I was fiddling around with it and didn't see anything amiss, to my inexperienced eye anyway. Thanks for your suggestions and I will try them out.

I have a Janome-made Kenmore, too, that 50-stitch computerized one that's been reviewed on here a lot and that's how I know the regular Janome is off somehow. I also bought a little 3/4 size mechanical Janome for my daughter last year and that seems to have the best stitches of all of them!

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Date: 8/19/09 10:47 AM

Take it in for servicing. It's about time anyway I'd say. Have someone who services Janomes look at it. Or an independent tech if you have one near. Good luck! :)

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Date: 8/25/09 10:09 AM

I was having a dilly of a time w/ one of my machines. Cleaned it out, everything & it looked pristine. But when I took it in to be serviced... way inside was a ball of thread! Couldn't see it but it was there. The tech removed it & viola... worked perfect. So take it in. Some things are just hiding from us.

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