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    Oh Crap! I'm an idiot - I hope I didn't just kill my machine

    Oh Crap! I'm an idiot - I hope I didn't just kill my machine!
    I have a Janome 6600 and I was sewing away. Bobbin ran out so I decided I would clean any lint out.
    Bad mistake - I droped the plate cover screw inside the machine! Uggh! What an idiot.
    I knew things were going too well. I can't see the screw but I definitely hear it in there. I have not run the machine since this happened nor will I until I get that darned screw out.

    My Janome dealer is 1 hour 15 minutes (60 miles each way) away! Anyone know what to do in a situation like this?
    Is this something I can get to myself?

    I am also upset because I took the Janome extension table off and it has created scratches on the front of the machine base. I usually have it in the sewing table but I right now I have been sewing in the kitchen and decided to use the extension table. Not a good night.

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    Mine has a screw down in there for two years.

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    Really? And everything is okay? I am scared to death to turn the machine on.

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    I have a Janome also, Carefully unscrew the bottom plate and you should find the screw. Unplug first and don't loose you screws. LOL I have done this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lovequilter View Post
    I have a Janome also, Carefully unscrew the bottom plate and you should find the screw. Unplug first and don't loose you screws. LOL I have done this.


    When you say bottom plate what exactly do you mean? Underneath the machine? Sorry to be so ignorant however I am still pretty new with this machine. Thanks

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    Good luck with your machine.
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    Is the machine computerized? If not, I would suggest one of those magnet wands. If it is computerized a magnet is a big No No! Do you have a set of hemostats that could reach it. Hemostats are those long skinny plier like things that are handy in the sewing room. How heavy is your machine? I might try tilting it up and hope it rolls out. I don't have a Janome so I can't offer any more advice.

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    put white sheet on top of bed, take machine to bedroom, open up bobbin area and plate under the needle... turn machine upside down and tip TOWARD the needle end at ALL times....do NOT tip the other direction at all, while carrying or moving... you don't want the screw to get further into the machine... then just shake gently till the screw finds its way to the open bobbin area... the white sheet will not let the screw get lost if you stay in the center of the bed.... I have had to do this twice (2 different machines) and was told to do this by a repairman...and it worked both times...

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    That's why I love machines with pop-out stitch plates. Sorry this happened to you. I think a telescoping magnet near the bobbin area will be safe.

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    DO NOT use a magnetic anything near your machine, as it is computerized. I had that happen, used it for about 3 months and thought " take her in for a checkup to be safe". Repairman said" where it landed, it could have stayed there forever, but if it had landed over the other way or rolled over there, it would have been a differnt situation" Motto to this story " I will not take any more chances...the machines are way to expensive to replace"
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    Would it hurt the machine to turn it on it's side to rattle the screw loose ? Or turn it upside down and shake it out. Good Luck !

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    Look and see if you can take some screws out and see inside your machine, I did that to a BLQP, took it apart and got the screw out.
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    I hope you can shake it out. The same thing happened to me while I was at a retreat. I also have a 6600. I thought it would be okay to sew but it made a terrible sound. Sorry to say I had to take it to the repair man. Here's hoping you won't have to.
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    I have a little screwdriver that looks like an ink pen. The end that would be the clicker on an ink pen is actually a magnet. Dance it around in there and see what comes out! LOL
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    I had that happen to me with my Janome too. I am sorry your dealer is so far away, because that is what I did, took it to him and he got it out. Now I take those little screws and put them in a safe place while cleaning that area. I hope the suggestion of tipping it to the left on a sheet works for you.
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    Love my Viking with the drop in bobbin and easy threading.
    My strait stitch with the primitive threading and the under machine bobbin with case is a nightmare.
    Last edited by Rose Marie; 01-21-2012 at 07:44 AM.

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    Can you lift the machine? If not ask someone to help you and turn it upside down and see if the screw drops out.

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    The 6600 weighs approx 25 lbs, so to lift and shake out the screw is a pain. It might be easier to take off the base (bottom box) off the machine.

    The paint chipping unfortunately is one of the downsides of Janomes. My 6500 has them and on other boards it has been commented on. So I would not put all the blame on your acrylic table.
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    Thanks everyone for all of your suggestions!!! I went to bed last night and actually dreamt about it all night. I was going to use a magnet but hubby insisted that would be a bad idea because of the electronics.
    also he figured it would be cheaper to have the repair man get the screw out then to replace electronics. I got brave and we took the bottom off and got the screw out. Thankfully it had just dropped all the way down and hadn't gotten hung up on anything.

    Needless to say I have learned a valuable lesson. When removing the stitch plate don't put the loose screws on the bed of te machine! I guess I really do gave a screw loose! lol!

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    So glad you had a happy ending! Now you know what to do if it ever happens again (but it won't right?).

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    Glad everything turned out okay.

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    So glad to hear you got your screw loose
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    Can you turn it on its head and see if the screw falls out? That would be my first reaction.

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    Last time I cleaned my Janome 3160 I found a 1/4" foot down inside it. I used a long thin magnet to get it out.
    If no one ever experimented we'd all still be making 4 patches.

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    Can you turn the machine upside down and shake the screw out?

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