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taaudyli
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Date: 5/2/13 11:10 PM

So I posted a while back about my free motion quilting woes and took everyone's advice and got the convertible free motion foot by Janome but it really didn't make a difference. The thread keeps jamming in the bobbin case or just breaks. I never had this with my babylock machine until it died a horrible death. This new Janome machine is terrible for free motion quilting. I changed needles to microtex but nothing seems to be a long term solution. I'v ebeen messing with top and bobbin tension but again, it will work for a while and then Pow! it breaks or jams again. Should I just quit and save up for a Juki 2010 or does anyone have any other suggestions for me? I need a machine that can handle a wide variety of fabrics for my home sewing business. I'm so frustrated. FMQ is my absolute favorite thing to do and I bought this machine on Leah Day's review and it is terrible for this unless I figure out what I'm doing wrong.

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Date: 5/2/13 11:23 PM

Have you checked your bobbin case, could there be a burr on a hook in the bobbin area or there could be lint under the bobbin case or a thread caught in that area? Use a flashlight and see if you find anything. Vacuum out the bobbin area. Are you using the bobbin genie? Are you using the correct bobbin for your machine? Maybe the bobbin case or race is damaged. I would take it in and have it serviced.

I notice on my Juki I need to clean it every bobbin change because of the lint from the batting.
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Date: 5/2/13 11:41 PM

A couple thoughts and I do not know if these have been mentioned in another thread. A microtex need is nice and sharp, but the eye is too small for quilting. I do not know what thread you are using but if it is 50wt or 40wt then I highly recommend you use a 90/14 Topstitch needle. Whatever thread you use make sure its matched with an appropriately sized needle. I do not know if you are starting with the bobbin thread pulled to the top with both threads at the top of the quilt when you begin. Make sure you hold both threads taunt until you secure the stitching with tiny stitches right off. Start quilting with tiny stitches and then increase your hand movement speed evenly so the stitches look normal. Try to maintain the same speed hand movement wise as you quilt. If you go too quickly around corners or bends it puts enormous strain on the tension and the thread causing bad unbalanced stitches and thread breakage. Perhaps invest in Genie Magic Bobbin Washers like these.(nayy) Make sure you have a clear thread path and there is no snag along the way and the thread is pulling of the spool smoothly and easily. I hope this is of some help. Good luck!
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Date: 5/2/13 11:47 PM

I do use the bobbin genies. Those did help but haven't cured my issues. I use maxi lock thread and that's all I"ve ever used in the past. I will change the needles and see if I have a problem. I doubt that I need it serviced as I have just bought it new Christmas time.

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Date: 5/2/13 11:49 PM

What is your model number of your Janome? The reason I ask is if you google your machine and the problem you have it will take you to the Janome boards or other website that may have an answer.

Best of luck!
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Date: 5/3/13 0:20 AM

It's a Janome hd 1000. I watch Leah Day FMQ on hers and just scratch my head! I'm going to bed. Tomorrow is another day after all!

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Date: 5/3/13 0:25 AM

Are you taking one of Leahs classes on craftsy.com. If you are just post your FMQ problems and she will work with you to fix.

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Date: 5/3/13 8:36 AM

Loosen your top tension. Adjust presser foot height to make sure you have enough clearance. I agree that a topstitch needle will be better than a microtex sharp. Try size 14.

Hope this helps

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Date: 5/3/13 9:03 AM

I too had a new machine and was shocked to find I'd put a burr on the bobbin case almost immediately! Just saying, that with the problems you're having, it's not impossible that this could have happened, and could be why even after making numerous changes you're still having troubles.
I hope you get it resolved quickly. I know it must be frustrating with a new machine. If it persists, hopefully your dealer can help. Good luck!

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Date: 5/3/13 9:15 AM

Quote: taaudyli
It's a Janome hd 1000. I watch Leah Day FMQ on hers and just scratch my head! I'm going to bed. Tomorrow is another day after all!

"Sleeping on it" sometimes helps resolve the problem. I have even had an aha moment while driving through the country.

Call your dealer and ask if there is anyone on staff that does free-motion quilting or free-motion thread painting and if there is, ask if they could take a look at your machine while you watch and try. There may be a fee, or not.

Hands-on assistance may give you better results.

Best wishes for a successful outcome.

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