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Thread: Janome 1600P tension adjustment and thread questions

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    Senior Member DeneK's Avatar
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    Feb 2010
    Commerce, Ga
    I have a HandiQuilter frame that was given to me and I am just now trying to learn to use it. I am having a lot of trouble with the top thread breaking. I know to check: tension, make sure threaded correctly, match thread and needle.

    1st question: tension knob doesn't seem to have any resistance when I adjust it. So it is very hard to see exactly where it is set or what changes you are making. Sometimes it seems like I accidentally adjust it when I brush past it. Can anyone explain how to adjust the tension?

    2nd question: I am using a #14 needle and King Tut 30 wt thread? Do I have a mis-match? Or is there another brand of thread that this Janome might like better?

    3rd question: It seems that the automatic needle threader frays my thread. It happens most of the time regardless of needle size or thread type. I make sure to pull the thread long enough to cut off any frayed, but question if that should be happening all the time or if I may be doing something wrong.

    Other than these issues - I LOVE, LOVE my Janome. During the past week since I have the Janome mounted on my quilting frame, I have been using my older machines to piece with and boy, do I miss the Janome.

    Thanks for any help you can offer.

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    Power Poster Prism99's Avatar
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    I don't know your machine specifically. However, I believe Kint Tut is a 40wt thread, not 30wt. Superior Threads recommends a #14 topstitch needle for King Tut. Here is a link to their needle/thread recommendations for domestic machines (they have a separate one for longarms):


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    Super Member knlsmith's Avatar
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    Jan 2010
    West central Illinois
    I have same machine and same problem when I first got it. It would go for a bit then break then go and then break again. I was almost in tears. try a ballpoint needle when quilting. It was the last thing the dealer and I tried, wouldn't you know, that's what it was.

    Oh, I my needle threader seems to do the same thing. I don't like them on any machine and don't use them.

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