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Re: Janome 15000 Needle Threader

Virginia
 

I have 2 Janome machines one the 12,000 and the other the 7700.  I am just realizing the fact unless I use Organ 90/14 or Janome brand needles neither of my needle threaders work.  My machines do not mind the needles just the needle threaders.  Perhaps that is it.  Check your brand of needles.

virginia


-----Original Message-----
From: Contessa@... [janome12000]
To: janome12000
Sent: Tue, Jun 7, 2016 7:56 am
Subject: [janome12000] Janome 15000 Needle Threader

 
The needle threader on my almost new 15000 no longer threads the needle.It goes through the motion, but the needle is not threaded and the whole operation is too fast to actually spot what is happening. I presume there's a little hook that grabs the thread and puts it in the eye of the needle?? Such a pain having to thread the needle manually, especially as my eyes aren't brilliant. I'm told it has to go back to the dealer to be fixed (in my case this means about 2 weeks away from me and my machine being banged and crashed about the place, whilst in transit.) I've tried everything to get it working, to no avail. I can't face sending the machine back, yet again, just yet..
Anyway, rant over and a question about our group. Does anyone else have trouble getting the files to load, so that the previous posts can be viewed? I can't seem to get to this group at all unless I wait for the email to pop through my letter box and then click on "Visit Your Group". Am I doing something wrong or is this the way it is???
Thanks for listening to my moaning - yet again. One day, I hope I'll be in a position to return all the help I've had from this group. Thanks so much.

[Everyone needs to rant now and again!]
After servicing Janome machines for 25 years I can honestly say that the single greatest point of failure has been the needle threader, at least on every model that has one. The reason is quite simple. In order to get the thread through the eye of the needle it must be either pushed or pulled. This requires a very small and thin bit of metal, either as a blade (push) or a hook (pull). As long as the stars are aligned it works well, but if things get ever so slightly misaligned, even once, the blade/hook gets bent and it stops working. Janome continues to work at improving the reliability, though they must stay within the limits of needle design and patents owned by competing companies. I truly doubt that they will ever get to the point of having a threader that works every time for decades.

You don't seem to keen on bundling your "baby" into a van for a two-week sabbatical, so let me offer up an alternative: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0054P8UGC  At 5 pounds it's not inexpensive, and it will likely be closer to 7 once the Royal Mail gets it in your hands. However it does remove the threading function from the machine and if (when) it fails you can easily get another without taking the machine out of service. We sold threaders like this and found them to be very good. You can use this until your machine needs service for some other reason, and then have the threader fixed at the same time.

Your issues with reaching the group site are probably geographically related. I'm guessing that you live in a more remote section of UK. From some of the British television shows I've seen there are homes that are well away from civilization. Having dodgy Internet in such locales is not surprising; indeed having Internet at all is surprising. Yahoo is a US-based company that was once the Google of their time. When Google came on the scene they kind of lost their way and have been foundering ever since. The servers that support the list are almost certainly US-based, and the infrastructure probably doesn't get much attention, at least with regard to Yahoo Groups. You might try using a different browser, especially if you are using an older version of Internet Explorer. Google Chrome is free and works quite well. Another possible improvement would be to use a different DNS. DNS is the Domain Name Service that converts the group address (groups.yahoo.com) into an actual computer address (209.191.96.199, which ironically does not work). You could try using a different DNS other than that provided by BT. I use OpenDNS, which is free. In addition to being fast and reliable, it has some built-in protection to keep you away from dangerous malware sites. I don't know whether it's available in UK, but a quick trip to the website should tell you, as well as how to change your computer to use it.


Re: Janome 15000 Needle Threader

Carolyn Gazerro <cmgazerro@...>
 

This might be worth a try!  It works for me.  When my needle threader suddenly stops working I gently nudge the threader to the right.  Seems that is all I need to realign. Works most every time.  Also restarting machine sometimes realigns the needle and threader.

Carolyn Gazerro🌹
Sent from my iPod



Re: Janome 15000 Needle Threader

Denise
 

Hello Audrey....I like you have had similar threader problems. Here is what I found that helps me. I ALWAYS prior to pushing the lockout button, press needle up/down button to make sure it is in correct position....I also must hold the end of Thread and apply just a hint of resistance when it is threading. ..this is because the last place you put the thread has a small spring type part that holds the thread in place has lost the grip to actually hold the thread where it must be. When I do this...it threads every time. Hope it may work for you. I also am waiting for the next service to dealer to get this fixed. Maybe Jim can chime in again and explain what that part is called... (last position prior to thread cutter )

Denise- California.


windows 10

abbieshat@...
 

Finally purchased a new windows 10 computer, the geek squad installed the digitizer software, Im told its upgraded to 5, not sure if this is accurate. I can open the designs in design gallery and see the properties but cannot send them to the Janome 12000...suggestions? I have the dongle but not sure why the activation code is

Judy


[Also not sure why the activation code is "Judy"]

I wouldn't trust the Geek Squad to wash my car, let alone install Digitizer V5. Version 5 looks VERY different from previous versions, so that alone should tell you whether it's been upgraded. You can also attempt to open it without the dongle being plugged in. That works in V5, not in prior versions. Finally you can check the menu "Help -> About Digitizer" to get the actual installed version. My guess is that they installed your previous version, which is not necessary or advisable when using Windows 10, and failed to update it. Assuming that you have V4.x installed, your best course of action is to completely uninstall it. Then install V5 using the upgrade/installation DVD. You will be prompted for the dongle, which will be neutralized during the install process. You must have a working Internet connection to complete the installation.


Re: improvised Thread Director

Connie
 

Cha-Ching !!  What a resourceful idea for those of us that already have purchased a thread stand. 

Connie S.

Sent from my iPad

On Jun 6, 2016, at 11:48 PM, Pru Joy Bergemann prujoy@... [janome12000] <janome12000@...> wrote:

Well thanks for the challenge Connie, my mind couldn't let go of it so it came up with this:

Using the 5 thread stand attached at the back of the machine you turn it 90 degrees so that there are two thread guides over the machine.  You then just loop a piece of twisty tie thru the two guides, thread your metallic onto that & twist the wire closed at the back.  You then have your spool running out straight on (horizontally) to the machine thread path.

I have taken a couple of pics of it that I will try to add to the group files.

🌹🌻🌺🍄🌼🌞🌙🌏❄⚡☁🍃🌷🌸💐🐎🐅🐬🐟🐄🐏🐝🐛🐌🐥🐢🐍🐜🌲



Re: Thred Director

Pru Joy
 

Gosh Jan another great idea that also uses the attached thread stand, I'll give that a try too.

🌹🌻🌺🍄🌼🌞🌙🌏❄⚡☁🍃🌷🌸💐🐎🐅🐬🐟🐄🐏🐝🐛🐌🐥🐢🐍🐜🌲



Janome 15000 Needle Threader

Contessa@...
 

The needle threader on my almost new 15000 no longer threads the needle.It goes through the motion, but the needle is not threaded and the whole operation is too fast to actually spot what is happening. I presume there's a little hook that grabs the thread and puts it in the eye of the needle?? Such a pain having to thread the needle manually, especially as my eyes aren't brilliant. I'm told it has to go back to the dealer to be fixed (in my case this means about 2 weeks away from me and my machine being banged and crashed about the place, whilst in transit.) I've tried everything to get it working, to no avail. I can't face sending the machine back, yet again, just yet..

Anyway, rant over and a question about our group. Does anyone else have trouble getting the files to load, so that the previous posts can be viewed? I can't seem to get to this group at all unless I wait for the email to pop through my letter box and then click on "Visit Your Group". Am I doing something wrong or is this the way it is???

Thanks for listening to my moaning - yet again. One day, I hope I'll be in a position to return all the help I've had from this group. Thanks so much.


[Everyone needs to rant now and again!]

After servicing Janome machines for 25 years I can honestly say that the single greatest point of failure has been the needle threader, at least on every model that has one. The reason is quite simple. In order to get the thread through the eye of the needle it must be either pushed or pulled. This requires a very small and thin bit of metal, either as a blade (push) or a hook (pull). As long as the stars are aligned it works well, but if things get ever so slightly misaligned, even once, the blade/hook gets bent and it stops working. Janome continues to work at improving the reliability, though they must stay within the limits of needle design and patents owned by competing companies. I truly doubt that they will ever get to the point of having a threader that works every time for decades.


You don't seem to keen on bundling your "baby" into a van for a two-week sabbatical, so let me offer up an alternative: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0054P8UGC  At 5 pounds it's not inexpensive, and it will likely be closer to 7 once the Royal Mail gets it in your hands. However it does remove the threading function from the machine and if (when) it fails you can easily get another without taking the machine out of service. We sold threaders like this and found them to be very good. You can use this until your machine needs service for some other reason, and then have the threader fixed at the same time.


Your issues with reaching the group site are probably geographically related. I'm guessing that you live in a more remote section of UK. From some of the British television shows I've seen there are homes that are well away from civilization. Having dodgy Internet in such locales is not surprising; indeed having Internet at all is surprising. Yahoo is a US-based company that was once the Google of their time. When Google came on the scene they kind of lost their way and have been foundering ever since. The servers that support the list are almost certainly US-based, and the infrastructure probably doesn't get much attention, at least with regard to Yahoo Groups. You might try using a different browser, especially if you are using an older version of Internet Explorer. Google Chrome is free and works quite well. Another possible improvement would be to use a different DNS. DNS is the Domain Name Service that converts the group address (groups.yahoo.com) into an actual computer address (209.191.96.199, which ironically does not work). You could try using a different DNS other than that provided by BT. I use OpenDNS, which is free. In addition to being fast and reliable, it has some built-in protection to keep you away from dangerous malware sites. I don't know whether it's available in UK, but a quick trip to the website should tell you, as well as how to change your computer to use it.


Re: improvised Thread Director

ceilsews <no_reply@...>
 

Great idea Pru!


Re: improvised Thread Director

Pru Joy
 

Well thanks for the challenge Connie, my mind couldn't let go of it so it came up with this:

Using the 5 thread stand attached at the back of the machine you turn it 90 degrees so that there are two thread guides over the machine.  You then just loop a piece of twisty tie thru the two guides, thread your metallic onto that & twist the wire closed at the back.  You then have your spool running out straight on (horizontally) to the machine thread path.

I have taken a couple of pics of it that I will try to add to the group files.

🌹🌻🌺🍄🌼🌞🌙🌏❄⚡☁🍃🌷🌸💐🐎🐅🐬🐟🐄🐏🐝🐛🐌🐥🐢🐍🐜🌲



Re: Using upholstery thread on bird seed bags?

blue_lak <no_reply@...>
 

I recovered outdoor cushions using the Coats Extra Heavy Upholstery thread with no problem. It's all nylon but doesn't have any coating. I think I used a size 16 top stitch needle with a very long stitch length. Tension and foot pressure adjustments were minor. But I agree with Jim that you may not really need the heavier thread. Stitching two straight seams 1/4" apart could be stronger than one seam with heavier thread, especially if those bags are reinforced plastic.


Computer Issue?

angerxleben
 

Hi Jim,


I'm trying to help a friend whose laptop isn't recognizing the different stitch files.  Not sure if I'm explaining this correctly.  When I put a disc (Anita Goodesign) for example.  I go the the Design Files, usually every format has a different little Picture or Icon.  Jef=little yellow flowers, PES=Blue Box etc.  They are all empty square boxes,  even designs I put on a flash drive and try to put on her computer, the same thing happens.  My thought was at some point she tried to open them, and the computer tried to search for a program to open these with, and the box was checked to do this for all of these files?  Any thoughts or ideas on how to fix this.  She is running windows 10 now however this has been going on for quite some time.


Any suggestions appreciated.


Angie


[Windows 10 - the fun never stops!]

The lack of an icon for design files indicates either that no program has been installed to open them, or that the wrong program was tried as you suggested. You should still be able to launch a program such as HorizonLink and use "File -> Open" to open a design file. This page may be of some help.


A couple of questions

Sue Raabe <susies.stitches@...>
 

Question #1 - Is the extra spool holder horizontal or vertical?  I have what seems as if it came with the 12000, but it's literally a case of putting a square pin in a round hole.  It doesn't fit.  I looked in the manual, and it shows it on the top front of the machine.  I couldn't find any other place it could go.

Question #2 - Can anyone recommend a site to find out where to list and sell my 12000?  I'm still making sure I have everything.  I had to purchase one accessory box because mine broke.  I would have deducted the cost of replacing it, but I thought it was better to have everything in perfect condition.  I've been scanning the ads on Sew It's For Sale to get an idea of what to ask, but I see very few Janome's of any kind.  I would assume that's because most people are happy with them.  That doesn't help me to determine a price!  My dealer couldn't take it in trade for the 15000 because he included so many extras.  Luckily I don't need them, so will sell them when I can. I have more thread and stabilizer than I need. ..Rather than go through the hassle of selling it privately, I would have traded it.

I want to make sure all of you know that this is not an ad for my 12000!  I'm just trying to figure where I can find some kind of price comparison.  The longer I have it, the more I just want to get it over with.  Whatever I get for it will go quite a way toward paying off the 15000.  Thanks for any suggestions - I tried to find the answers before asking here, and hopefully won't have to ask any more.  Thanks so much ☺


Re: Using upholstery thread on bird seed bags?

favymtz
 

I would like to reinforce Jim's comment about upholstery thread and  "Your machine is not made to sew with it." Having worked in a Janome store I cannot tell you how many times, machine owners would come to us, sporting one of those spools of wiry upholstery thread and blame the sewing machine for the fact that they couldn't sew with it properly. Upholstery tread is coated and therefore it will not go through the tensioner correctly. Upholstery thread is designed to work on Industrial upholstery machines, not home sewing machines.


Re: Thred Director

Frecia Kelly
 

I bought this doo hickey just before I was to decide to bin a lot of my metallic thread.  I set it up on my Janome 11,000 and threaded the machine with the original Sulky....the flat stuff that has all the strength of Kleenex.  I hadn't been able to go more than 3 stitches before it would break...no matter how I handled the thread.  I figured this was the ultimate test.

The Thread Director  had the feather stitch going for over a foot and NEVER broke.  I was almost yelling "I'm in love", and my husband came flying into the sewing room saying "who's in here with you?"  We both had a good laugh when he saw me pointing at the attachment.

I didn't think it was overpriced after that test. 

Fyfee


Re: Thred Director

blue_lak <no_reply@...>
 

The extra spool holder that came with my 12000 is horizontal when mounted, the same as the built-in. Does Janome have a different one available?

But if you have one, is there any functional reason why you can't use the rear mounted thread holder with the auxiliary guide that mounts in the spare spool holder on the top of the machine?
1. place thread spool on built in spool holder.
2. rotate the guide mast on the mounted thread holder so it's perpendicular to machine body.
3. take thread from spool and through the mast guide
4. take thread down to the auxiliary thread guide, then through regular thread path. 

I'm putting a pix in the photos folder to show this.

Jan

[My memory fails me yet again.]
Ah yes, the 12000 does not have a vertical extra spool pin but the 15000 does. We no longer have a 12000, but if the extra spool pin could be turned sideways so the thread feeds off the side it could be used. The key is that the thread must roll off without twisting.


Re: Anti-slip Tape

Vikki Youngmeyer
 

I’ve seen some people in our local LQS embroidery group use “vet wrap”. They seem to like it and it’s fairly cheap about $6 per 4” x15’ roll.

 

Vikki

 

From: janome12000@... [mailto:janome12000@...]
Sent: Sunday, June 5, 2016 9:56 AM
To: janome12000@...
Subject: [janome12000] Re: Anti-slip Tape

 

 

I just did a search through Google - trying to find out just how many yards/feet there was in the package.   I finally found out that it is sold in either 3 yard or 9 yard packages.  My question is do you have to replace it with each time  you put fabric in the hoop or does it work for a few times.  This could get to be pretty pricey if it only works for one time.

 

[Quoting from the Janome bulletin]

"Once it’s affixed, just use continuously. However, it may be better to attach a new strip of tape after a certain period of time in order to preserve the tape’s effectiveness as it may get dirty with lint and dust." So now we know that it works for a certain period of time, much like cars, Oreos, and brothers-in-law!


Re: Thred Director

Lou Ann
 

If memory serves, I think I read on this forum that you have better luck when straight-wound thread (most metallics) is fed from a horizontal spool holder.  The thread is supposed to spin off from the side-not over the end caps.  It helps prevent loops which help prevent kinks which help prevent thread breaks and other heartaches:))  I still have to set the speed as slow as possible and sit there prepared for whatever the metallic thread wants to throw at me!

[Memory almost serves]
Straight-wound thread works best from a VERTICAL spool holder (such as the extra spool pin provided with the machine) so the thread rolls off from the side.
 


Re: How to copy files from iPad to PC?

Liz Borgman
 

Jim
I have upgraded from Elna 900 to the Elna 920.
Is there an app for it like the 15000

Sent from my iPad

[There is no 920 app from us.]
However it looks to be very similar to the 15000. We have established the nearly all of the 15000 app applies to the 14000 and the 920 appears to be a clone of the 14000.

On Jun 2, 2016, at 11:56 PM, jim.stutsman@... [janome12000] <janome12000@...> wrote:

 

No, you cannot copy the files to a flash drive because:


1. iBooks is an app that runs on iPhone and iPad, not a device.

2. iPhones and iPads do not have a USB port.

3. The iOS operating system used on iPhones and iPads does not have a file system that allows you to access files outside of the apps the open them.

As an "Apple idealist" I have been Windows-sober for 9 years and counting.


Re: Thred Director

blue_lak <no_reply@...>
 

Unless the thread physics require the spool to be in horizontal position, this is a much cheaper alternative. You mount it, place your spool cap on it, then the spool of thread. I've seen these work, but haven't had the need myself, so far at least.
Jan


Re: Anti-slip Tape

Ann
 

I just did a search through Google - trying to find out just how many yards/feet there was in the package.   I finally found out that it is sold in either 3 yard or 9 yard packages.  My question is do you have to replace it with each time  you put fabric in the hoop or does it work for a few times.  This could get to be pretty pricey if it only works for one time.

[Quoting from the Janome bulletin]
"Once it’s affixed, just use continuously. However, it may be better to attach a new strip of tape after a certain period of time in order to preserve the tape’s effectiveness as it may get dirty with lint and dust." So now we know that it works for a certain period of time, much like cars, Oreos, and brothers-in-law!

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