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Thread: Screw fell out of my machine and I can't find where it goes

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    I was patching jeans and took them off the machine and there was a screw that had to come from the machine but I can't find anywhere it goes. I've looked everywhere. Its an Janome 11000 and I took the arms off so I can sew the jean and I didn't hear it fall out. We opened up the machine can't find where it goes. Any ideas thanks

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    Does patching jean mean : repairing? In that case could it have been in 1 of the pockets?

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    Could it be from the presser foot. Some of mine have a screw in the back and one fell out one time and I couldn't figure where it came from for a while

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    Is it a set screw or a regular screw?

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    I find that if you wait long enough, the home for the screw will pipe up and make itself known eventually. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by JulieR
    I find that if you wait long enough, the home for the screw will pipe up and make itself known eventually. :)
    Of course, by that point, you will have misplaced the screw.

    Good luck in finding where it goes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PWinston
    Quote Originally Posted by JulieR
    I find that if you wait long enough, the home for the screw will pipe up and make itself known eventually. :)
    Of course, by that point, you will have misplaced the screw.

    Good luck in finding where it goes.
    Tape the screw to the side of the machine so you don't lose it!

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    That's a good thought! I had that happen once. The screw is still in my sewing box and the machine is still sewing away.
    Quote Originally Posted by fabric lover
    Does patching jean mean : repairing? In that case could it have been in 1 of the pockets?

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    Are you saying you've just lost ONE screw??? LOL I've so many loose screws anymore I probably wouldnt notice.LOL Just teasing!!

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    Did you check the back of the presser foot or the ankle? There is a screw that holds the quilting quide in place.

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    I was just patching a hole in the knee I didn't here anything fall I can tell its from the machine it matches the other screws except there is no line on it my husband says its a thumb screw. We looked every where we even opened the machine can't find anything I was just using the regular sewing foot I checked everything about it just every open hole nothing but it had to come from somewhere .

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    And the hunt is on! I hate when that happens!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cathyvv
    Quote Originally Posted by PWinston
    Quote Originally Posted by JulieR
    I find that if you wait long enough, the home for the screw will pipe up and make itself known eventually. :)
    Of course, by that point, you will have misplaced the screw.

    Good luck in finding where it goes.
    Tape the screw to the side of the machine so you don't lose it!
    With a note with the date and what you were doing when you found the screw. If necessary put the screw in a baggy with the note and then tape to either the machine, your manual, or a special place with your sewing supplies, like the inside top of your sewing box.

    Hope you find the home for the screw.

    Pam M

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    That happened to me. Take the bottom off and you will find the screw.
    Quote Originally Posted by Hosta
    I was patching jeans and took them off the machine and there was a screw that had to come from the machine but I can't find anywhere it goes. I've looked everywhere. Its an Janome 11000 and I took the arms off so I can sew the jean and I didn't hear it fall out. We opened up the machine can't find where it goes. Any ideas thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hosta
    I was patching jeans and took them off the machine and there was a screw that had to come from the machine but I can't find anywhere it goes. I've looked everywhere. Its an Janome 11000 and I took the arms off so I can sew the jean and I didn't hear it fall out. We opened up the machine can't find where it goes. Any ideas thanks
    I have a magnet that I taped to the end of my back scratcher. I use it to pick up pins that I drop. I really need to put it on something longer like my yard stick so I can get further back under my tables/desk. Works for me !
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    I hate that when it happens to me. I would tape the screw in plastic bag to the sewing machine. That way you will always know where the screw is. Lets hope that no damage is done until you can find it's home.

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    open the machine back up and turn your machine up side down
    sheet or something big that won't let it roll around to much.I had to do this myself.

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    Put it in the accessory box on the front of the machine. When you find out where it goes, you'll have it. If your machine has to go into the shop, tell the repairman it's in there if he needs it. I had the little screw fall out that holds the presser foot up to go over thick seams and just put it back in where it belonged. I also have the 11000.

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    I remember when this happened to me I was so concerned and found it came from my presser foot. Check it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PWinston
    Quote Originally Posted by JulieR
    I find that if you wait long enough, the home for the screw will pipe up and make itself known eventually. :)
    Of course, by that point, you will have misplaced the screw.

    Good luck in finding where it goes.
    I disassemble my machine occasionally to clean it (or repair sometimes). Take the loose screw and a piece of clear packaging tape and tape the screw to the inside of your accessory box. It will be there the next time you take it to the repairman and he can put it back where it belongs.

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    I don't have a Janome, but this has happened to me on my Pfaff. Look in your manual for installing the quilting guide or darning foot and you will probably see that screw. On all the machines I've used over the years there is a thumb screw that inserts at a downward angle (impossible to see the hole) to keep the quilting guide or darning foot in place. It is easy to accidentally unscrew the screw just rubbing fabric against it repeatedly, or it can vibrate loose to the point it will fall out. After I do any FMQ I make sure I re-tighten the screw in the hole so I don't have this problem.

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    Put the screw in your bobbin box for your machine till you figure out where it goes. This way it won't get lost. Hope it gets resolved! Jan

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    Are you sure it didn't fall out of the pocket of the jeans?

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    Could it on the side that holds pressure foot base. Mine came off and I just bought the one that was bigger and have never lost it again. On left side of machine

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    if the machine still works, don't worry!!!!

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