Janome Sewing Machine Bobbin Keeps Tangling

My Janome sewing machine keeps getting globs of thread in the bobbin area and then makes lots of noise. Can you tell me what is causing this?


By Jan C.

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February 3, 20140 found this helpful

Assuming you've made sure you're using the correct size and types needles and threads for your fabric, ask yourself the following:

Is your model a top drop-in bobbin system? If yes, then check for (If no, scroll down past the drop-in solutions):

*Correct class (there are several different classes of bobbins and your machine takes a specific one, they are not interchangeable) and material type (does your user guide specify plastic OR metal? Again, this is not interchangeable).

*Correct seating into case - on a top drop-in system the bobbin has to seat into the case area winding in a specific direction. Check your user guide, the solution to your problem really can be that simple:)


*Take a penlight and shine it into the bobbin case area to see if there is a piece of thread floating around in there. Your user guide will walk you through step-by-steps on fishing it out safely.

*if none of the above helps resolve your top drop-in bobbin issue, it's likely the screw-adjusted bobbin tension is off and this is not something to try at home (please say you have not turned any screws down there!). You need to have the machine looked at by a qualified Janome serivice tech.

If your machine is a side or front load bobbin system, either the screw-adjusted tension in the slide-in case has been altered (oops. Factory set and should never be toyed with at home unless you are a factory trained tech), or you are not seating the case correctly. To be honest, seating the thing correctly is so difficult I try to steer my sewing students off these type.


And to make it all even more 'fun', if your machine is an older one, you may be seating it correctly but the lever catch has worn and needs to be replaced. Yes, that little lever on your bobbin case has a corresponding 'catch' on the machine and it does wear out. The fix is a qualified repair tech job, it's truly not something you can do at home.

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