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Date: 6/5/14 0:54 AM

Has anyone had problems with the bobbin area of their Janome? I have a DC 2010. I unintentionally threaded upholstery thread into it, which must have thrown things off enough that I put a needle through the bobbin case. Got it repaired. 2nd, somehow put another needle through the bobbin case. This time he was able to repair without replacing the case. 3rd, the machine was making a lot of noise. I took it back to the dealer, who told me I had it threaded wrong. Well, possibly. I'm not above that. Without changing the threading from the dealer (I was only basting), the machine made a horrible noise. I decided to look at the bobbin area, and when I slid the lid off the bobbin area, the entire case jumped out as if under pressure. I removed the bobbin and case, cleaned out all of the lint and then was unable to get the bobbin case seated properly.

I've been taking a garment sewing class, and I noticed that even when my machine seems to be working well, it is much noisier than the Brothers, Berninas & Vikings of the other sewers.

Any thoughts? Thanks!

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Date: 6/5/14 8:04 AM

Generally, a bobbin should be able to handle a heavy thread like yours. There are even national teachers who teach "bobbin work". I was guessing that the tension setting in your bobbin case might have gotten wonky from the heavier thread, but with the case jumping out and the noise, my guess is that something more is wrong with it. I own and have owned a few Janomes and they're usually quieter than my Berninas.

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Date: 6/5/14 9:56 AM

Could you post pictures of the bobbin area (without the bobbin case in and then as much as you can get it in)? I have a DC2013, so I can compare to see if there's anything that looks different. Oh, and I've used very heavy thread in my bobbin without the issues you're describing, I'm so sorry this is happening to you!

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Date: 6/5/14 10:57 AM

I will post photos as soon as I get it back. Unfortunately, the last episode happened the day I picked it up from the dealer, who has since had surgery and not been back to do repairs since. I've been w/out it for 3+ weeks. I'm seriously considering buying a Viking. the dealer is a little closer, and I have sewed on my instructor's Viking (20 years old) which sews like a dream!

Thanks, Michele.

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Date: 6/6/14 3:12 PM

I don't have your Janome model but I did have a BL Sofia 2 that was a bit noisier (rackety sounding) than other Sofias- enough so that it just sounded as if something was working too hard. No problems on the actual sewing side of things.

Anyway, I took it to my dealer and the tech replaced the entire bobbin case unit. After doing so it quieted down significantly. All under warranty- no charge.
I was there during the replacement and watched him try a new needle, then new thread, then rewound bobbin and then he replaced the bobbin unit with the one from their store demo.
So you might ask your tech to try that next time you take it in.
But it could be a timing issue, something else or a combination.

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Date: 6/7/14 5:07 PM

I have a DC 2010 and I know that when I bought it I was told that if I ever wanted to operate a bobbin at a different tension, I should buy a second bobbin case for that purpose, b/c otherwise I would never get the tension back to where it began.

This was a bit odd sounding to me as I used to own an Elna Jubilee (a home disaster forced a change) and the bobbin cried out to be adjusted, complete with numbered markings so you knew how to reset it, and a tiny screwdriver to do it with!

I do love my Janome but I do recall this advice.

I think this may have come up in connection with the subject of couching or some such thing so possibly the heavy thread is in the danger zone?

But maybe your particular machine is just a bit more temperamental than some and needs a fix?

Sorry this is not more definitive but FWIW wanted to pass on what I was told.

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Date: 6/7/14 5:29 PM

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I have a DC 2010 and I know that when I bought it I was told that if I ever wanted to operate a bobbin at a different tension, I should buy a second bobbin case for that purpose, b/c otherwise I would never get the tension back to where it began.

Bernina suggests the same thing, and in fact sells a bobbin case with a black latch, so that we can tell the difference. LOL I drank the Kool-Aid and bought a black latch case, ages ago.

But really, a Sharpie pen mark lined up with the screwdriver line is all one needs, IMHO.
Granted, the Janome case is black so that's no help, but perhaps a small dot of pink nail polish would do.

I've adjusted my regular sewing bobbin case, over the years, even though the dealers act like the world would end if we touch that screw. I've even adjusted it on my Janome-made Bernette Deco 340 embroidery machine, which is the same bobbin case that's on my other Janomes. It still works fine.
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Date: 6/12/14 11:51 PM

I picked up my Janome yesterday. The technician asked me to thread the machine so he could see if I was missing something. I was doing it right. But, it seems like when I thread the needle with the door open, closing the door causes the thread to sometimes jump out of the thread guide. Finally, he said my machine was "quirky." What a relief! I was beginning to think I had a magnetic field emanating from me that threw the machine off. At any rate, it sewed just fine when I got it home, and I will simply try to just be aware of the threading.

As far as bobbin tension & a separate bobbin case, he warned me about that when he replaced the case (I used upholstery thread which was what caused all the trouble to begin with). I will probably avoid that, if possible. :-)

Thanks for all your help. Y'all are the best!

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Date: 6/13/14 10:01 AM

You should be able to use upholstery thread, and tension change is in order. It may be possible the bobbin holder dislodging while you sewed threw the machine out of time. Hence the awful sound. Rotary hook machines by nature are more quiet than their front loading cousins w/ exception to Bernina's CB hook. My 6600 sews whisper quiet and has the same hook system. I have three bobbin holders, one for regular sewing, a second for free motion quilting and a third for machine appliqué work. I labeled them with a fine Sharpie so I don't confuse them. I use the appliqué for top stitching denim with heavy denim thread. I do not have issues be cause I've taken the time to adjust tension. When I make tension changes to any bobbin case, I mark the original position of the screw, (like the face of a clock) to note where I began. And note how many incremental twists I turn the screw. Any time I introduce a new thread to my machine I test it and sew very slowly in case a problem develops. So far this system has worked extremely well for me. I also keep a notebook noting machine settings for thread tension/needle changes so I can go back to that exact setting without having to retest. Hope this helps.

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