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From: clothrocks
Date: 03-05-2006, 09:15 PM (1 of 4)
Hello all,
I am new to this forum. I was trying to find some information on how to fix my Janome 134d My Lock Differential feed serger....

I sew and sell Fitted Cloth nappies. I was at the Markets Sunday and it was a very quiet and Windy day so I was happily sewing away. I had overlocked all but 1 of my nappies when I stopped to speak to a lady, went back to finish the last one and the machine just did not work.
There wasnt any form of Lock up, the Light is still on so there has to be power and the Needle still turns by the Hand wheel. I have no idea what could have happened.
When I press the pedle it does nothing.

Although this is an old brand of Serger it has hardly been used at all until I got it about 1month ago.
Does anyone have any ideas? I really cant afford to take it somewhere at the moment. I am praying for an easier answer.

Thanks in advance
User: clothrocks
Member since: 03-05-2006
Total posts: 1
From: Chrysantha
Date: 03-05-2006, 10:00 PM (2 of 4)
It could just be the foot control. I have 5 Janome's and the foot controls are interchangeable. So if you have another Janome, try IT'S foot control.
User: Chrysantha
Member since: 09-06-2002
Total posts: 2414
From: Tom Land
Date: 03-05-2006, 10:02 PM (3 of 4)
Michelle, It sounds like a simple electical problem. Open the foot control and make sure the wires are not loose and that the white carbon disc holder is not cracked. or loose. You can check the foot control by attaching a jumper wire from one connection to the other inside the controller. If jumping them makes the machine run you have a bad contoller. If it doesn't you probably have a bad connection in the machine, The 134 is not old enough for the motor brushes to be worn out.
Have fun or don't do it, Tom
User: Tom Land
Member since: 09-21-2005
Total posts: 514
From: Pudge99
Date: 03-05-2006, 11:08 PM (4 of 4)
I have that exact same serger. I have yet to have a problem like that (knock on wood). I used mine to sew diapers/nappies for my last to children. I did notice that it needed a lot more oil during the diaper days then it does now.
You said you were serging at market. Was this indoor or out? If out, it is possible that it over-heated.
Maybe the plug came loose. Mine used to do that when I had it set up where people might step on the cord.
If it were me and mine I would unplug the cords from the machine then plug it back in. I would also give it a good oiling as you have had it for a month. These machines need oil once a week or every ten hours if you use it a lot. Do you have your manual? If not I can try to scan in the page about oiling and send it to you if you want.
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Janome Mylock 134D
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User: Pudge99
Member since: 10-30-2001
Total posts: 1375
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