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Thread: My Janome is possessed!!!! It sews on it's own.

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    Hi, I'm new to this board so hi from Montana!! I don't own a Janome but wanted to put my 2cents in! I bought a Brother (computer-type machine) and it was great until one night it was sewing normally and then it slowed down to tiny little stitches and then it resumed its normal stitch and then started to stitch backwards! I couldn't believe it-I called the company and of course they never heard of their machines doing any of this, but they told me it was a new model and maybe had a few bugs to work out.( I needed to hear that ) and so I returned it and got another one and so far so good. I have always had a Singer so I wasn't sure if I wanted to try a Brother but my friend had one and loved it, so I bought this one. I do really like it. I sews quietly and makes a really nice seam and when it stops the needle is in the up position! (doesn't take much to make me happy).

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    LOL...I used to work for Viking. I was making a project on the Designer Diamond and it took me a while to realize that the foot pedal was inching its way under the back of the sewing table as I sewed and perpetually staying in the "ON" position!...as though my foot were still on the pedal-which it was but only the front half!:) LOL It would probably be a good idea to have this issue evaluated by a licensed repair person...don't you think?/Lissa

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    I have no faith in my Janome repair person either. I think it is like the car mechanic that doesn't believe when women come in with their cars. I took it in once for the losing the take up thread thing and he had every excuse in the book as to why it was doing that. Every excuse except that the machine has issues (which I find out later it does).

    As for the mechanic I had a Suburban once that would just cut off while going down the road at 50. Lose all power and breaks and everything. Over and over they could find nothing wrong. Nor could they get it to do it. So eventually they replaced the electronic ignition $600.00. When I went to pick it up the mechanic went to bring me the car. He turned the wheel to pull into the parking lot and it cut off on him and he almost took out three new cars on the lot. His face went white. He was only going 10-15 at the time. I said to him how would he like to have that happen going 50? It was a loose wire. I got my $600.00 back. They believe me now.

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    K....I was thinking of you last night while I was quilting Hugs & Kisses.
    Sewing along, going nice, then all of a sudden...gggggggrrrrrr comes out of my machine. I panicked! OH NO! I thought. NOT a good thing, but I DO have another machine as a standby...whew!
    So...I stop, count to 10 and start again. THE MACHINE STARTS RUNNING BACKWARDS!!! Yup! BACKWARDS!! There is NO WAY it can go backwards without me pushing the little button which is at the top of the machine. So, thinking maybe I nicked it or something, I stop and try again....AGAIN, backwards. I shut the machine off, walk away for a few minutes, go back in and it's now sewing fine.!
    Weird, huh?

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    I think the lizards are getting to your machine. Yes that is weird. I hope it doesn't continue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwhite
    I think the lizards are getting to your machine. Yes that is weird. I hope it doesn't continue.
    Nope, no lizards in there, I checked.
    Just odd...but having some really odd things happening around here....Twilight Zone!

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    You know, maybe I am a little off here, but we shouldn't have to do crazy things to our machines so they work. Don't they run them thru every imaginable thing that could happen before they put them out on the market??? Seriously, if they can't troubleshoot before they turn them loose on an unsuspecting public, at least enclose a handbook that says "this machine will do------(fill in the blank) and we don't know why. You're on your own."


    ps. threaten to report those rotten repair men to the BBB in your state and they will make the wrong right-they hate to be on the bad list and the BBB will settle the complaint for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwhite
    THanks CB. The Janome 6600 has a knee thing too but as far as I can tell it only raises the presser foot. I haven't used mine.
    Oh you have to use it! I have the 1600P and it is awesome!!!! Between the thread cutter button and the knee lift, I don't have to take my hands off my sewing really at all (except to push the little button)!

    But watch it, there are times my leg gets confused and tries to sew with the knee lift and raise the pressure foot with the pedal!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tlrnhi
    Quote Originally Posted by kwhite
    I think the lizards are getting to your machine. Yes that is weird. I hope it doesn't continue.
    Nope, no lizards in there, I checked.
    Just odd...but having some really odd things happening around here....Twilight Zone!
    I think she is telling you that she likes it warm and cozy where she is and doesn't want to live where it could snow!!!

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    Just a comment on the knee lift-I use mine all the time and at first i was confusing it with the foot pedal. but now i useit when i'm FMQ and when i'm piecing. it is a great tool and saves time and energy and not too much coordination!

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    I thought about going in to my janome dealer and telling them what i thought about them,but i dont think it would do any good. the repair guy is the owners son and he can do no wrong. i've talked to former employees. I have found a new Janome dealer and they have better service and better warranties. My next Janome will come from the Quilted Cottage in Saginaw not the other store.
    I have thought about reporting them to the BBB. and to Janome.

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    The 6600 has a start stop button. Are you sure it is not being pushed by accident when you are sewing. I never use the foot pedal anymore, just the button. Saves leg cramps. Noreen :D :?:

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    Quote Originally Posted by nursie76
    Quote Originally Posted by kwhite
    It wouldn't be so bad if it were talented, but it is obviously a beginner so it needs to start it's own projects.

    ROTFL! When I am at the sewing machine late at night, it seems that the only thing on is the spooky shows so I can just imagine what it must have been like for it to take off on its own. Thanks for the laugh! :D
    You people crack me up. :lol: I watch cooking shows late at night. The only thing that happens to me is that I get hungry. :lol:

    P.S. I have a Janome. I'll be watching it for weird behavior. :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by GailG

    P.S. I have a Janome. I'll be watching it for weird behavior. :wink:
    The only weird thing my Janome does is refuse to quilt through spray basting! Everytime I use spray baste, within a few stitches she starts skipping stitches and all that stuff. I put in something pinned, she's fine. Take it out and put back in my spray basted quilt, she refuses to behave.

    So, as much I as love spray basting, I can't do it unless I use my little kenmore for quilting, which is why I bought my Janome!

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    i've tried 2 different brands and neither work!! So, I am resigned to pin basting.... :cry: :evil:

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    that doesn't hurt the quilts??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loretta
    I use Elmers Glue Sticks and glue along major lines. Works well! No problem with my machines either.
    Eh-hem. What do you glue with the glue sticks? :roll: :?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reanebean
    The 6600 has a start stop button. Are you sure it is not being pushed by accident when you are sewing. I never use the foot pedal anymore, just the button. Saves leg cramps. Noreen :D :?:
    The start stop button will not work if the foot pedal is plugged in, but that is a good thought.

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    It wouldn't have been a 1969 Suburban, by any chance, would it?! There's not enough room or time to go on about "dis-believing" car mechanics but quick story. My family had a Suburban that did the same thing (dying), and needed to be towed multiple times. On the N'th time it needed to be towed (I was driving it), I was so frustrated, I suggested they deep six it into Boston Harbor!

    The final straw was when my mother brought it in to the dealership. The service manager made the mistake of telling her she didn't know what she was talking about and that her driving was the problem. My grandmother and I were sitting in the car, listening to all of this. When we heard "stupid", and saw my mother light up like a Christmas tree, we just slunked down in our seats and waited for the fire works. Thankfully, the guy knew he'd stepped over the line, blood was not shed, and the car was eventually fixed. Bottom line, never mess with a Yankee, woman or man!

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    It was a very smart 99 suburban. I said in front of the car one day that I was going to blow it up if it ever refused to start again. It did but it was smart enough to do it in the parking lot of the police station. It knew I could not blow it up there. LOL.

    Glue sticks and Elmer's school glue are wonderful for basting things on a quilt. There is a youtube video about binding a quilt that shows you how to use it. It works beautifully. Search youtube for quilt binding and find the one when she is binding an Angel quilt. once you watch that one watch all of her videos. She is amazing. And no it does not hurt your quilt

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    Elmer's School Glue is not a glue, it's a very heavy starch. That's why it's safe for kids. It dissolves in water even if you heat set it. Sharon Schamber the Houston, Paducah, and any show she enters winner uses Elmer's School Glue on all her quilts.

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    Yes thank yo Bellaboo I couldn't remember her name. She is amazing. I love her videos.

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    Just watched one on you Tube. She is great! And the Elmers School Glue makes a lot of sense and I'll bet great help with mitered corners.

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