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    Shiny Thimble

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    Default Re: help! janome 8900 tension problem fmq

    Quote Originally Posted by Pegger View Post
    I do use a thread stand and I use Aurifil 50 wt in the bobbin & top. I have gone through 5 - fat quarter sandwiches. Trying it al. Than you all for your suggestions.
    Hi Pegger. I've got the Janome 8200 and FMQ with it on a regular basis. I think the 8200 and 8600 are the same base model just with tweaks. It's a bit of a long post but...

    I did exactly the same as you - quilted one quilt with no problems, did some piecing and then went back and...eye lash central. I use Isacord and a thread stand. I rethreaded the machine, bobbin, changed quilt sandwiches, changed thread, cleaned out the guts of my machine. nothing. I Youtubed, checked my manual, went onto forums - nada.

    I was seriously ready to chuck the thing out the window.

    I did manage to fix it eventually but you're probably going to have the same reaction I did to the solution - re-threading. I know, you've done that right? Probably numerous times.

    After I'd have a break ( and some liquor) I thought logically about the problem. I hadn't changed my technique so it couldn't be that. The machine was the same. My needle was fresh. My tension settings hadn't changed. So it must have been something I did differently between the first FMQ, piecing and now. The change was that I'd swapped threads so had rethreaded my machine (I use Aurifil for piecing, Isocord for quilting - the quilt police can kiss my shiny metal machine..).

    I pulled all my thread out of the machine, switched the light off and went to bed. The next day, I rethreaded the machine as if I was starting afresh (presser foot up, setting 1, feed dogs down) and trying to pretend yesterday hadn't happened. I might have whistled to lull Naomi the Janome into a false sense of security. The little b*stard worked. I couldn't believe it.

    I still have no idea which tension disc is missed or why I missed it repeatedly (maybe it was stuck). But it honestly was a threading issue.

    Had that not worked, Naomi would have been going to the shop for maintenance.

    I'm not sure if this helps Peggers but you're not alone!

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  3. #12
    Shiny Thimble

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    Default Re: help! janome 8900 tension problem fmq

    Hi did you get this resolved? I just started using an 8900 and everything was fine until I switched to Aurifil on the top. Can't use the autocut button now - really aggravating! Changed my needle recently but I'm going to do it again and rethread every thread for good measure. Just wondering how you resolved your issue. Thanks!

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