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From: Dustbunny01
Date: 02-13-2006, 02:01 AM (1 of 6)
My DH got me one for Christmas, it had to be shipped back to the store where he bought it.. They replaced with with another one..

and since I have had it for a little bit now..
I pieced with it, and am quilting a quilt on it now, But tonight I took off the quilt for a little bit so I could make up two small projects for DD's birthday present.

and i am sad to report I do not like it.. It is not as good as my Kenmore sewing machine.. In fact I had to use the Kenmore to finish up my project!!

I made two Curling Iron Caddies Found at

I bought 1/2 yard of quilted cotton
1/2 yard of fusible fleece
1/2 yard of Teflon-coated fabric
and 2 FQ's of matching fabrics to make the bias

I did as the directions said to do,
and went to sew on the outer edge bias, and my sewing machine "Stopped"
broke a needle when I got to the pocket.. and it would sew two of the quilted fabrics, but not more.
( as a note, the fusible fleece and the Teflon coated fabric was not being sewing into)

I ended up finished up the bias on my old sewing machine, and that didn't have a problem at all.

My question is> > If this is a sewing machine to quilt on..and should take on layers of fabrics without trouble.. what am I going to see when I have to put the binding on my quilt?

The sewing machine was bought for the fancy stitches it can do, when I put the binding on the quilt!!

Is this sewing machine working as it should or does this one also have problems as well!! :nc:

I have also noticed that I have to use the feet it tells me, or the fancy stitches do not turn out as they should.. making me wonder about using the walking foot.. as I was also planning on doing some crazy quilting with the sewing machine.. but now I am worried..
It seems that I am now stuck with a 800.00 sewing machine that is junk in my book..

Funny thing is that Janome also made my Kenmore sewing machine!
User: Dustbunny01
Member since: 11-11-2005
Total posts: 159
From: Kylnne2
Date: 02-13-2006, 02:37 AM (2 of 6)
I'm so sorry to see your post that your new machine isn't sewing as you expected. One of my machines is the Janome made Kenmore 19365 that is much like your machine. I have not had the problems you are having. Have you tried lessening the foot pressure or changing your type of needle? I do a lot of deco stitching on very heavy fabrics and towel binding and recently have done some quilting on numerous layers of heavy layered fabric with batting. I used to use the clear foot that came with my machine for deco work but I have since purchased a wider open toe craft foot that I like for better visiblity. I really think your machine should be able to handle the fabric better than what you described. I do hope you can solve the problem.
User: Kylnne2
Member since: 07-10-2004
Total posts: 629
From: Chrysantha
Date: 02-13-2006, 06:49 PM (3 of 6)
I donno about the 4800...I have a 6500 and it sews leather, and everything else I wanna sew. The walking foot is for quilting. Yes if you don't use the feet it asks for, don't ask it to do the stitches. Thats why Janome makes and gives you MANY feet with your machine. Otherwise you end up with bad stitching, broken needles and feet.
There should be an adjustment on the front that looks like a big screw. (it may be on the side or the back of your machine. Make sure it's CENTERED. Pointed to the middle. There should also be an adjustment knob on the top left, read what your manual says to set it at. You also have adjustments for your feed dogs. (looks like a thumb sized sliding door, but isn't, it the feed dog up and down) You also have the thread adjustment on the front (where they usually are).
I have ALL 5 TOL Janome machines...NONE of them has refused to sew anything (except the 300 which doesn't sew :bg: just embroiders).
Also make sure your bobbin is in counterclockwise and that you have the correct needle in for the type of fabric. You must always THREAD the machine with the NEEDLE in the UP position or the machine WILL not sew.
User: Chrysantha
Member since: 09-06-2002
Total posts: 2414
From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 02-13-2006, 07:29 PM (4 of 6)
The only time my Janome Memory Craft 4000 breaks a needle is when I am hemming jeans without a denim needle in my machine.. Now that I know that I have not broken any more.. But, I do slow down when I get to the seams so that I go slower over all that bulk..I might try grading the seams before joining the bulky ones, that might help..
Sew With Love
User: LeapFrog Libby
Member since: 05-01-2002
Total posts: 2022
From: DorothyL
Date: 02-14-2006, 07:09 AM (5 of 6)
I have a good old Pfaff machine and, therefore, have no trouble over bulky seams -- I've even had French or flat fell seams intersect in denim with no problem. I always lengthen my stitch when I come to a particularly thick place. And slow down. It seems to help. Maybe it isn't your machine but the way you are going at the thick spot.
User: DorothyL
Member since: 12-09-2002
Total posts: 3883
From: sewingmtech
Date: 02-15-2006, 08:41 PM (6 of 6)
Obviously this machine is not working as it should. I have serviced numerous Janome machines of this category, and these machines do not show a particular weakness for any of the problems you describe. When used properly it should handle any quilting you may wish to do. Putting the binding on a quilt should be no problem.

As for using the right can use the regular foot, but just like any machine fancy stitching works much better if you use the satin stitch foot. However if you are doing the fancy stitches on a few layers of fabric with batting between, the walking foot should work fine.

Exactly what the problem is with your machine I don’t know from the description. You say it stopped....did the lights got off, do it stall and display stop for safety purposes?

As far as breaking a needle on a new machine like this one frequent reason is that the operator is “helping the machine feed the fabric” you need to let the machine feed by itself. Another reason may be the needle, what size, type, and brand are you using. I would recommend a universal 90 or better yet a quilting for this type of sewing. Also what is your presser foot pressure set at?

Is your tension balanced?

Yes Janome makes Kenmore’s machines as well as Elna, and a few others. Which model Kenmore do you have?
User: sewingmtech
Member since: 02-14-2006
Total posts: 2
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