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Old 02-09-2014, 06:34 PM
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Thumbs down Janome eating fabric at the beginning .

Brand new machine eats fabric at the start or when sewing over layers!!!
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Old 02-09-2014, 06:41 PM
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Not sure what you're sewing, but you may want to try running a scrap leader piece of fabric through before feeding your blocks through your machine. If you are feeding triangles or bias edges, machines like to eat those.

You may also need to put a new needle in. Are you using a sharp or a ball point? Are you sewing heavy fabric like denim or just quilting cotton?
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Try using a leader scrap. This is a small piece of fabric that you start to sew on before you start sewing your good fabric. I just use the cut off corners of my binding strips, put one under the presser foot and then start to sew. When I sew off the leader piece, I then put my quilt pieces in place and continue sewing.
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Looks like we posted at the same time!
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In addition to the leader scrap,try holding the thread as you start.
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Old 02-09-2014, 06:57 PM
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Get the straight stitch plate. It comes in a package with the 1/4 foot with guide.
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Old 02-09-2014, 06:58 PM
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Can you get a straight stitch throat plate for your machine?


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My Janome does the same thing- hate it. Worse when you are trying to sew several layers- putting tension on the thread will help, also starting a couple stitches further down the seam and backstitching has helped me. Haven't tried the leader fabric as advised above.- guess you'd just cut it off the finished block? Good luck- I do love my machine other than this problem.
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Old 02-09-2014, 07:30 PM
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All machines that I've ever sewn on will eat the starting fabric if you don't use a leader, or a straight stitch plate, and/or hold the thread tight when you start. It's just the nature of the zigzag-capable sewing machine. I'm not sure what you mean, though, when you say "sewing over layers." Is that when you're in the middle of a seam and encounter another seam? If it's happening then, the only thing I can think of would be a dull or incorrect needle, like PlanoDebbie mentioned.
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also make sure you are using a sharp needle.
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