Frozen Janome Sewing Machine?

I had not used my Janome 7500 machine for several months. Then when I took it out to sew, it would not turn. After moving the wheel by hand using a fair amount of pressure, it moved then I was able to use it. My husband then cleaned it out and greased some of the moving parts and all was well. There was a lot of fluff in the machine. I have now tried to use it after leaving it for a few months and it is completely frozen and I cannot get anything to move and then a beeping sound started so I have turned it off. Any ideas as to what the problem could be? Thank you.


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December 10, 20200 found this helpful

You sound like you could have a frozen motor in the machine, a belt could be broken, or you need a really good cleaning. There could be some rusted parts that are causing the machine to no longer turn. You should try once again to clean the machine. Normally the only area you are to oil is the area for the bobbin and not the rest of the machine.

Here is a couple of good videos that you can watch to help you out.

I know the videos are not for your exact sewing machine but all sewing machines works the same. These are 3 different videos that will help you and your husband to get your sewing machine unstuck and working again.

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December 10, 20200 found this helpful

First of all, I know that you should not force the wheel to turn but try to find the problem first.


I do not know what type of oil(?) your husband used when he 'greased some of the moving parts' but if he did not use genuine sewing machine oil (not WD-40 or any other type of oil) then this could be your problem.
When a sewing machine is not used for a long time, the oil and grease in the machine gets mixed with dust and dirt and becomes dry and gummy. This will freeze your machine.

Finding and fixing the problems can take several steps but most of the time it is best to follow a set pattern as this is the way the sewing machine techs fix problems.
Here is a very good outline - step by step - on how to unfreeze a sewing machine because this is a common problem and instructions will fit almost any machine.

You can also join a sewing machine forum and ask your questions there as these members are all 'techs' in the common sense of the word and help people with problems everyday.


This is a good site to keep handy as I feel sure there will be more problems in the future and this site has all sorts of information - you'll love it.

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