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Thread: Janome foot pedal problems

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    Janome foot pedal problems

    I have a 6500 Janome that I love. But the foot pedal sticks sometimes and the machine keeps running. Is there something I can do to fix this. I hate to take it to a repair shop as I know it will be costly. Thanks

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    You could call the tech where you bought it or at a local Janome dealer and ask about it. Perhaps buying a new foot pedal would be cheaper than repairing one.

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    Had that happen to me a few months ago. A new foot pedal is in your future. Sorry!

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    I've heard that lint can get inside and gum up the works. (I have a 6600) Maybe try (carfully!) disassembling it and seeing if you can clean it out?

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    I have had to clean out mine several times. There are screws on the bottom to open it up. On the 6600 2 are hidden under the black rubber on the bottom of the pedal. They call it ghost sewing...lol.

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    Be careful in opening the foot pedal. I put a large towel on my kitchen counter, had my phone close by to take pictures as I took it apart....just in case I forgot where the screws went....there was lots of fuzz in there. If you have pets, it can be worse. You can do this!....a new foot pedal will be $100.

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    I wonder how much gunk is in mine? My machine is just over a year old, but I have 3 dogs and 2 cats contributing to the household "lint" level. So far no ghost sewing (love that phrase) but maybe next time I take her in for a check up and cleaning I'll ask if they can clean out the foot controller too. Can't hurt to ask!

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    That's so ironic--I'm having the same trouble with the foot pedal on my AQS. I took the pedal from one of my other Janomes and have been using that with it. I didn't realize the pedal could be disassembled. I'll have to take it apart and see how bad it is. We priced a new pedal and it was $80-$100. Since the machine only cost $350, I'm not paying that much for another pedal; especially since I can just "borrow" from another machine. Thanks for the cleaning tip!
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    I have the same problem and so does my friend. I'll have to mention this and see about cleaning it

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    I have had this with my old featherweight, took it apart, cleaned it and it worked OK for a bit but my "ghost" came back so I eventually had to replace it anyway! Could be just dirt, dust and lint, though, so taking apart and cleaning might buy some time for you!work for
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    I have the same problem with my janome 6600. I took it in to the dealer and the guy said I was not stepping on the pedal correctly. I have only been sewing for 50 years or so. It is a little hard to believe that I have not been stepping on the pedal correctly all this time. I will have to check out the lint thing. You may find this hard to believe but I have found that if you turn it upside down and step on the button instead of using it the correct way it does better. Also have any of you noticed on what I am calling the button on the bottom there are grooves wearing in the side?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sewwhat85 View Post
    I took it in to the dealer and the guy said I was not stepping on the pedal correctly.
    Huh?? I did not realize there was an incorrect way to step on the pedal! How were you using it?


    My friend Cindi had the same issue with her Janome; her husband took the pedal apart, found all kinds of dust, lint, and hair in it. Cleaned it out and it's been running fine ever since!

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    My DH cleaned mine out once. Then, I think I'm starting to have problems again--need to clean it out again, I think. Funny that foot pedals for Janomes are cheaper here in Poland. I think they are about $60.

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    My janome was doing this, I took the pedal aprat cleaned and lubricated it and its fine. A new pedal in the UK is 70 which is about $115.

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    Janome foot pedals are notorious for doing this. Daughter even had Kenmore made by janome that did it.

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    I must be the lucky one. I have a Janome 6500P that I bought close to 5 years ago and have not had any problem with it so far anyway. We do have a cat and a dog too......good information and will be watching!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewwhat85
    I took it in to the dealer and the guy said I was not stepping on the pedal correctly.
    Quote Originally Posted by Peckish View Post
    Huh?? I did not realize there was an incorrect way to step on the pedal! How were you using it?
    Funny - I had a bad habit of using JUST my big toe on the pedal. Couldn't figure out why my foot ached so weirdly until I realized that's how I was sewing, had to switch feet for awhile and teach myself new habits! So there's ONE wrong way to do it! LOL

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    I too had this problem, my machine even started sewing one day when I was in the other room pressing.

    I FEEL THIS IS A VERY DANGEROUS PROBLEM AND REPORTED IT TO CONSUMER SAFETY COUNCIL. I was not given much attention as there were not other reports of this happening. I brought it to the attention of the company and the retailer where I bought mine. All indicated they had never heard of this problem before. Mine is a Kenmore, but is made by Janome.

    I think everyone should be reporting this as a safety concern. Fingers and even stray kitty or puppy parts could be injured by this unpredictable sewing.

    Cleaning the foot pedal did correct the problem, however, something like this should NOT be happening at all. I've had lots of machines with foot pedals and never had this issue, so surely there is some design change that needs to be made to make these machines safe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sewwhat85 View Post
    I have the same problem with my janome 6600. I took it in to the dealer and the guy said I was not stepping on the pedal correctly.

    What a jerk. I would have said show me the correct way and then had my phone ready to take a video of him showing me. I would have made a big production out of him doing it many times just so I could get it exactly right.
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    If you take your Janomefoot pedal apart, be very careful. If that spring comes out it is impossible to return it to it's former position. Ask me how I know! LOL my cord got twisted and jammed inside. In trying to fix it, the spring flew out. DH ended up fixing it so it doesn't retract. Not really a problem as I don't transport the machine. He has taken the foot controlers apart and cleaned them and I had one replaced as it was under warranty. It seems to be an issue with Janome.
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    I have had the same problem with my Janome 9800. I paid about $100 for a new foot. The new foot is just over a year old and has done it a couple of times only for a few seconds. Called the place that repaired it. I was told I was SOL, 60 day warranty. So I have had 2 Janome feet go bad. The new one has only done it a few times so far. I am pretty pissed off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Onebyone View Post
    What a jerk. I would have said show me the correct way and then had my phone ready to take a video of him showing me. I would have made a big production out of him doing it many times just so I could get it exactly right.
    Lol, l want to go shopping with you!!! Love your sense of humor and wit.
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    It sounds to me like Janome has an issue here. Lots of messed up foot pedals. My repair shop , which I thought was a good one no longer touches my machine. I drive 45 miles to a different repair shop.

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    If lint and dust are causing problems with them, would it hurt the foot pedal to slip a plastic baggie over it to help keep stuff from getting inside?

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    Thanks for all the hints! I looked at the foot petal and you can see where it is rubbing against the side. I cleaned it very carefully and put a drop of oil on a tissue and wiped it several times. so far so good. maybe that will have to be done more often.

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