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Thread: Janome 6600 birdsnest HELP!!!!

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    Super Member Ditter43's Avatar
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    Hello to all and Happy Holidays
    I have been lurking for almost 2 years...I feel like I know so many of you already. What a group of helpful and TALENTED quilters!!!
    My DH bought me a JanomeMC6600 as an early Christmas gift. I made two quilts, cleaned the machine and set up for free motion quilting. OH WOE!!
    It started out fine. Then I had to pick out a whole section because of the birdsnest of threads on the back. I cha
    nged needles, bobbin and experimented with the tension. Now the birds nest has changed to intermittant train tracks.....arrrrrgggg Help!!!! I read several posts from others that have had this problem. I tried to call the QS where the machine was sold, but they are closed till Monday. Any suggestions?
    Ditter43

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    Hi Ditter 43 What a great present! I also have a 6600. There is a bobbin case you can get that is made especially for FMQ. It is great for eliminating train tracks or eyelashes as we say in my "neck of the woods".

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    Don't get frustrated! Everyone has had these problems when first doing free motion. Unthread your machine, and rethread it, make sure the thread is in properly. Quilt a bit at a time, adjusting your tension until it looks good on the bottom and top. Quilt slowly! Almost every time I get problems it's from going too fast.
    We all have good machines, just have to learn how they want to be used. Good luck, Mary

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    check to see if the thread jumped one of take up levers..it has been known to do that. i have the 6600.

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    Quote Originally Posted by watterstide
    check to see if the thread jumped one of take up levers..it has been known to do that. i have the 6600.
    That's what happened on my Pfaff - what a mess. Mine was so bad, it totally locked the bobbin thread down and I had to take the plate up.

    Congrats on your great present!!!!!

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    It sounds like the thread isn't in the spring on the left hand side of the tension knob. There are two hooks, (one is a hook and one is a hook) and you have to pull the thread way over to the right to get it in. It's easy to misthread, until you get used to doing it. There is a learning curve for threading this model correctly, but you'll get it. If it isn't threaded into both hooks correctly, you can do straight sewing, but not FMQ, or zig zag, etc.

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    maybe these will help..
    http://www.youtube.com/results?searc...ion+quilt&aq=f

    I re-read your post,have you checked your settings for FMQ?
    Are you using the foot pedal or the start/stop button only?
    when you get "train tracks",i call them eye lashes..your going around the corners to fast, possibly. here is some good info on FMQ'ing

    http://tiny.cc/j3XHU

    The hints and info you/I receive,on line..i printed them out, and added them to my manual for future reference!
    i also have small post it's on my machine, for settings to remember..lol!
    in my email program,i have a file just for my 6600.

    1.Always wear gloves
    2.Play some music that you love..upbeat kind of stuff..to help you get in the "zone"
    3.always stipple on a sandwich before you start on the quilt.
    4. hey, if a glass of wine relaxes you..have one! lol!
    5. Breathe!
    6.Walk way from her when your tired or frustrated..it will only get worse,if you continue.
    7. after every quilt, clean her,change the needle, and add a drop of oil to the wick.she will reward you with years of joy!

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    I had this same problem until I got the other bobbin case. I even adjusted the tension on the existing case with now luck. For some reason, there is no back lash with the "blue" bobbin case for FMQ.

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    My janome is famous for the thread jumping out of the take up arm. Check that out. It can sew right for hours them boom out it comes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by watterstide
    maybe these will help..
    http://www.youtube.com/results?searc...ion+quilt&aq=f

    I re-read your post,have you checked your settings for FMQ?
    Are you using the foot pedal or the start/stop button only?
    when you get "train tracks",i call them eye lashes..your going around the corners to fast, possibly. here is some good info on FMQ'ing

    http://tiny.cc/j3XHU

    The hints and info you/I receive,on line..i printed them out, and added them to my manual for future reference!
    i also have small post it's on my machine, for settings to remember..lol!
    in my email program,i have a file just for my 6600.

    1.Always wear gloves
    2.Play some music that you love..upbeat kind of stuff..to help you get in the "zone"
    3.always stipple on a sandwich before you start on the quilt.
    4. hey, if a glass of wine relaxes you..have one! lol!
    5. Breathe!
    6.Walk way from her when your tired or frustrated..it will only get worse,if you continue.
    7. after every quilt, clean her,change the needle, and add a drop of oil to the wick.she will reward you with years of joy!
    What is the wick :?:

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    What is the wick :?:[/quote]

    the wick: take off cover plate, take out bobbin and bobbin holder, in the middle of the circle there is a small hole, with what might look like a light colored big piece of lint in there, don't pull it out with the tweezers, that is the wick. no more than 2 drops at a time.
    donna

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    on the 6600 the thread will jump off of the takeup arm quite frequently. The way I solved this is to thread the take up from left to right instead of right to left. That seems to help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zennia
    My janome is famous for the thread jumping out of the take up arm. Check that out. It can sew right for hours them boom out it comes.
    Mine too... And my sisters both have the same problem with theirs. But try talking to Janome reps about it... "Never heard of that before!"

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    OMG mama that is exactly what my Janome Rep said!!!!! That sucks.

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    i have a 1600 p and the bobbin gave us a fit and i hate it it is on my quilting fram and it came with it and i would have never got a janome and i hate to start a quilt it sounds stupid but i am afraid of it i wait until my husband gets home from work and i use him for moral support thanks dorothy from tenn

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    Congratulations on your new machine! Ditto the suggestions already given. And, in case you're interested, there is also a yahoo group dedicated solely to the Janome 6500/6600 machines. The name of the group is Janome6500.

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    I agree that the free motion bobbin case will make a difference.

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    Thanks for all the good suggestions.I finally found the correct tension and was able to finish quilting my grandsons quilt. Now on to the binding. I have read about the bobbin case. Too bad you can't use the automatic thread cutter when you are using it. I sure love that thread cutter! I will definately get the bobbin case. I've never had a machine that didn't have a bobbin case. I was scratching my head, trying to figure out how to adjust the bobbin tension with no case.
    You are all the greatest, to take time to help a fellow quilter. I'll post a picture of the quilt when it's finished.
    The next quilt is a queen size for our son and ddil. I'll be ready to start quilting it as soon as I am sure the problem is solved. Picking out a mile of stitches is not on my list of fun things to do...haha

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    Ditter I think the cutter is the reason the thread drops from the take up arm. I can sew worry free for a long time not using the cutter. Than I use the cutter and the thread will drop. I might be wrong but that is my experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwhite
    Ditter I think the cutter is the reason the thread drops from the take up arm. I can sew worry free for a long time not using the cutter. Than I use the cutter and the thread will drop. I might be wrong but that is my experience.
    I have stopped using the thread cutter for the same reason. But sure did like the thread cutter but getting fustrated over it not sewing correct was not worth it.

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    well yall, i don't know, but i have a janome 6600 also and i use the thread cutter all the time and i've never had the thread come out of the thread take up lever. i just can't imagine why that would happen except maybe the tension is too tight, otherwise, i have no idea.
    donna

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ditter43
    I have read about the bobbin case. Too bad you can't use the automatic thread cutter when you are using it. I
    I haven't read that! I've been using the thread cutter and didn't notice a problem.... hmmmm...

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    I don't have problems with that either..it is just sometimes the thread jumps out..and your right dojo, it is more than likely the tension is to tight..
    or too loose ..

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    Quote Originally Posted by watterstide
    maybe these will help..
    http://www.youtube.com/results?searc...ion+quilt&aq=f

    I re-read your post,have you checked your settings for FMQ?
    Are you using the foot pedal or the start/stop button only?
    when you get "train tracks",i call them eye lashes..your going around the corners to fast, possibly. here is some good info on FMQ'ing

    http://tiny.cc/j3XHU

    The hints and info you/I receive,on line..i printed them out, and added them to my manual for future reference!
    i also have small post it's on my machine, for settings to remember..lol!
    in my email program,i have a file just for my 6600.

    1.Always wear gloves
    2.Play some music that you love..upbeat kind of stuff..to help you get in the "zone"
    3.always stipple on a sandwich before you start on the quilt.
    4. hey, if a glass of wine relaxes you..have one! lol!
    5. Breathe!
    6.Walk way from her when your tired or frustrated..it will only get worse,if you continue.
    7. after every quilt, clean her,change the needle, and add a drop of oil to the wick.she will reward you with years of joy!
    I enjoyed your 7 points. If you think about it the 7 points are very calming, at least 4,5,6.

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    Congrats on your new machine! I love mine and have to admit the only time I have bunched up threads on the bottom was when I fed something into it like the edge of a quilt w/threads:)I'm glad you fixed yours...! Many more quilts to come!:)Skeat

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