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Is this normal? Lag with Foot Pedal
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jylu97
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Date: 6/24/12 6:50 PM

Hi, I have a Janome 6260 Quilter's Choice and it seems that when I take my foot off the pedal, it takes a couple of stitches and then stops. It kind of drives me nuts because I am a beginner and can't seem to get the hang of this. Is it normal for a machine not to stop on a dime when you take your foot off the pedal? I almost want to buy another machine because of this. I also wish I had an adjustable foot pedal.

Thanks!

Liz

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Date: 6/24/12 7:23 PM

I have this machine. If I set it to stop with the needle down; it takes an extra stitch or two. To avoid this, stop just before you need to. Tap the pedal gently to take one stitch at a time. I don't have this problem when I stop with the needle up.

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Date: 6/24/12 8:23 PM

I agree with beginagain. If you have the needle to stop in the "down" position, it will make one (sometimes two) more stitches. Either change that setting (if you can) or do as she says and stop ahead of time. It will probably become easy to do with more practice and then, when you have a different machine in the future, you'll be used to your old one!

If you like the machine in other respects, I would change it just for that, but that's my opinion.

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Date: 6/24/12 8:58 PM

I guess it depends on the machine, both my Vikings and my Pfaff stop on a dime.

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Date: 6/25/12 0:23 AM

This can be typical of today's electronic machines. You learn to take your foot off a couple stitches ahead of time.

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Date: 6/25/12 1:54 AM

Some Janome machines do an auto locking stitch especially after using some of the deco stitches.

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Date: 6/25/12 2:51 AM

Different brands and models have different degrees of foot pedal and needle responsiveness, including how many if any extra stitches are taken. I agree, any machine that continues to cruise on along on its own is annoying. Maybe you can learn to anticipate its ways and stop two stitches before you need to so the stitches end up in the right place, but you may always still find this annoying.

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Date: 6/25/12 3:49 AM

I have this machine and while I have rarely had the problem discussed, I occasionally have difficulty starting the machine when I put pressure on the foot to initiate sewing. I have to stop and touch the wheel to start it. I purchased the machine at a steal so just live with it and I don't care for the Janome dealer here (actually don't trust him). It is interesting to read these comments. Perhaps it is the nature of the beast. Would love to hear if others have my problem and how the cope with it.

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Date: 6/25/12 10:46 AM

I have a Janome MC 7000 which does this and I've just learned over time that if stopping in a very specific spot is required that I stop ahead of that spot and hand-wheel into the exact spot. That is really my only gripe with this work horse of a machine -- and it does the greatest bar tacks.

On my newer Janome DC 3050 -- the machine stops on a dime regardless of whether it's in needle up or needle down mode. The response between the foot pedal and the needle is perfect.

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Date: 6/25/12 10:51 AM

All of my Bernina's stop the instant I rock my foot back on the foot pedal.
Leslie

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