It's been just over a year that I've owned my Janome 6600, so it seemed the right thing to do to take it in for a check-up.
It had developed a strange kind of thunk sound and advice on this board is for yearly servicing.
WELL. Apparently I took in the cleanest machine the service man has ever seen. He asked if I'd actually used it more than a few times! Okay, so I'm compulsive about de-linting. He said my Janome has an extra large lint reservoir, so I can relax a little. Also - the bearings in the machine are graphite and the oil will leech away from them if the machine is not used regularly. He said use it lots because that keeps the oil flowing through those parts. Geez, okay!
And the thunk? The pointy tip had broken off the needle. Guess I'll start changing needles more often. :oops: