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Thread: I should have taken my own advice!

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    Moderator kathy's Avatar
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    when someone has a problem with their machine the first thing I say is "rethread it" that solves a LOT of problems. Well I was sure that wouldn't fix my problem with my Janome 6600P. I used the auto thread cutter, got up and pressed the seam, sat back down and the top thread just wadded up "somewhere" down there around the thread cutter. I took it apart and cleaned real good, none too soon either. I oiled it up and tried again, same thing.. I was really upset becasue she's only 3 mos. old and I'm 75 miles from the dealer. Well I cleaned house and pouted for 4 days untill I had the time to go, so I called the day before to see what time he gets in, he answered the phone and said he gets in at 10 o'clock. I said I'd be there to meet him so he asked what was her symptoms, I told him and he said "did you rethread?", I said "NO I think it's hanging on the thread cutter somehow, he said No the thread came out of the takeup lever, I said hold on, let me look, well what do you know? :oops: So now I'm happily sewing again and still have all my money that I would have spent at the quilt store. I can't believe my bff didn't insist that I do that but she probably figured I did before I started whinning.

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    When in doubt, always re-thread...if nothing else, you know that is not the problem...

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    Yup yesterday I was ready to throw my machine out the window, Hours later and fiddling with the bobbin, that was what was wrong it had come off the take up leaver somehow! Good grief such a simple fix and we get stumped!!

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    Same thing happened to me! I was sewing along merrily and suddenly all my tension was gone, rethreaded the top, turned her off, started her up, tension still made. I was about ready to return her!! LOL Went to pull the bobbin thread out to see if there was dust or something, and sure enough the thread had come off the little catch down there. Funny how much of difference that makes!! Fixed the thread and got back to merrily sewing along. LOL

    Rachel

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    I knew a lady that bought a new machine just because hers wasn't sewing right, she was going to throw itout. Well, I KNEW this gal, and that she wasn"t real knowlegable about sewing, so I asked her if I could trade her a wallhanging for ther machine. Got it home, re-threaded the bobbin and the top, turned the needle the right direction and it worked like new. Actually it wasn't but a few years old and top of the line. I gave it to a young girl that was just learning the basics of sewing from me, and now, 20 years later, she is still using it.

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    Kathy, I'm really glad you shared this story. There are MANY of us who have done the exact same thing.

    Pros and cons with not going to the store. Yes you have your machine in good working order, some time to sew and that money in your pocket, but you could have gotten a new project, new pattern, some new fabric, etc! :lol:

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    Now that is a GREAT repair tech :D:D:D Most wouldn't have taken the time to ask and have you check. I am happy to hear that took care of your problem!

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    That was sweet of the gentleman to "help" you over the phone . Sometimes we get so upset about things so close to us, that we forget to check the simple things :?

    Sorry you missed a shopping trip , but next time you can spend more :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by kathy
    I can't believe my bff didn't insist that I do that but she probably figured I did before I started whinning.
    your bff described her problem to you and pointed out that in her case the thread had come out of the little arm thingie.

    that was a hint so she wouldn't have to embarrass you by asking if you'd tried rethreading.

    clearly, your bff gave you too much credit.

    :XD: :XD: :XD: :XD: :XD: :XD: :XD:

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    I have a 6600 and this is the worst thing about the machine. Mine "unthreads" about once a square when you use the thread cutter because I think it cuts the threds too short and they recoil when you take the piece out a certain way.

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    Thanks for reminding me not all problems are disasters!

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    same thing happened to me ,new machine, knew i had broken it some how :oops: :oops: Then DH started naming thing s I had named when having trouble with the old machine, and sure enough, it needed to be rethreaded :lol: :lol: sure glad i talk to mys elf some times, and he listens :roll:

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    [quote=seamstome]I have a 6600 and this is the worst thing about the machine. Mine "unthreads" about once a square when you use the thread cutter because I think it cuts the threds too short and they recoil when you take the piece out a certain way.[/quote

    try to consistently use the Needle Up / Needle Down Button; this should really help with unthreading issues. I got this tip from the Janome 6500/6600 Yahoo Group.

    if unlooping at #6 lever is an issue try threading your machine from the needle back for awhile. This also worked for me.

    Good Luck!

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    Mine slips out of the take up lever every once in a while. I can tell right away. The first time I was so upset. The machine was almost brand new. After a few bad words I checked and realized what had happened. :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: Boy was I embarrassed. Oh well, you live you learn.

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    So glad to hear it turned out to be something 'simple' and easily fixed.

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    Oh! Jerinamo!! My Bernina lets the thread spring back also and I get so frustrated with it. I'll be sure to try cutting the threat with needle down! Thanks. Silvia

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    rethread everything top and bottom, changing needle and cleaning lint...seem to work so many times!

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    you can bet it's the first thing I do from now on no matter what I think the problem is.

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    I use the needle up/needle down exclusively. I think it's just a flaw with the 6600. I had a Viking before this and RARELY have this problem. The 6600 cutter cuts the threads too short and the thread must recoil somehow if you dont do everything just perfect. If I could get another machine with the same options for the same price, I would dump the 6600 for this reason and a few other things that are just poorly planned.

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    It's funny how many new words have been added to the dictionary just because our machines decide to sabotage us. I'm certain that I've added several and in a few extra languages. I didn't even know I remembered them.

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    I love my 6600. But, i too have had a few issues. I will try the thread cutter in the needle down position. So glad i read this. Had a similar problem with my embroidery machine and took it down to the shop and all he did was re thread it and wooolaaa...It worked...Computer= reboot, sewing machine= rethread...

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    So glad to know even veteran quilters so this, thought I was the only one who forgets to rethread and gets so frustrated, LOL!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tink's Mom
    When in doubt, always re-thread...if nothing else, you know that is not the problem...
    Just like re-booting the computer models! When all else fails, re-boot!

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    Don't feel bad. When I was learning to use my BabyLock Esante, I ran into weird stuff happening and talking to the dealer about the issues, every one was resolved with something I did or didn't do, including rethreading, changing needles, the little things. I think the newer, computerized machines are more sensitive.

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    Another thought as well...Make sure the sewing machine needle is put it correctly with the flat side to the back. The thread will bunch or break otherwise.

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