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Re: Questions about 550e

Pixey
 

The 500e and the 550e machines (and the HD9) are exceptions to the “Do not oil your Janome machine“ rule. If you look at pages 60-64 of the 550e owner’s manual, you will see the oiling instructions.  There are also a couple of  good YouTube videos to take you through it.  The first time I needed to oil mine, after looking t the pictures in the manual I actually went in to the dealer where I bought the machine and asked him to go over it with me as it requires removing some panels to get to the oil locations.

To be honest, the oiling requirement is the one thing I really dislike about this embroidery machine.  Fortunately, the things that I like about it outweigh this singular irritation.  But it is a big part of the reason I did not upgrade my 500e to a 550e.

Pixey

On Apr 1, 2020, at 8:43 PM, Maria Morrow <mariamorrowquilter@...> wrote:

So I’m kind of surprised to hear about  “oiling”.  I have been told and read countless times that we do not oil our  Janome machines.  I have a little tube called “Janome cleaner”...which actually is quite oily.  But all I use it for is to clean out the bobbin area.

I would really appreciate if you would elaborate on oiling, and where the instructions are. Thanks.

Maria Morrow
Mobile:  985-640-5024

On Apr 1, 2020, at 10:06 AM, Kathy Strabel <ksbappa@...> wrote:

Beth---Be sure that your machine's foot is in the DOWN position when using the auto threader. I have a feeling that is what is making your threader not useable when near the edge of your design.

I throw my used pre-filled bobbins out generally. I do save a few, "in case" I need an extra to refill. However, I cannot comment on whether that is a good idea because I have never had to re-wind a saved bobbin.

As for oiling, I put a reminder on a piece of tape and stuck it to my machine to oil it in the first week of every month----BUT-- the manual suggests this frequency if you use the machine every day, so I adjust the oiling time interval according to how much I estimate I have used the machine in the past month. It is very easy to OVER-OIL the machine and that can cause problems, too.  It also is a bit scary where the manual says to turn the machine so the handwheel rests on the table. USe a folded towel on the table when you do that. AND----if you happen to have a USB stick in the machine---REMOVE it BEFORE you move the machine to its side!!!!   Otherwise, you could possibly "squish" and break the USB stick and/or the USB port on the machine. BEWARE!!

If your machine is sounding louder or different, I would suggest first a good brushing-out with a soft brush, and a vacuum cleaner attachment if you have one of those miniature ones.  Then estimate how much you have actually used your machine in the last month and oil/not oil accordingly. 

Hope this is helpful

Kathy Strabel   Camas WA


Re: Questions about 550e

Anne Hein DE
 

When threading the 500e/550e you should lock the machine. Then lower the foot. Then look in the lock window for the ok. If you don't see it turn the hand wheel. 

Here is why you lock the machine. If the hoop is too close to the foot you will get a message - move hoop for threading. Select ok hoop will move to a safe spot. After threading unlock machine and a message to move the hoop will appear select ok and hoop will move back to the previous spot. 

Anne in DE


Re: Now Hump Jumper

Betsy
 

use it to put behind the foot to keep it level as it starts up the hill of the bump or thick seam


Re: Questions about 550e

Maria Morrow
 

So I’m kind of surprised to hear about  “oiling”.  I have been told and read countless times that we do not oil our  Janome machines.  I have a little tube called “Janome cleaner”...which actually is quite oily.  But all I use it for is to clean out the bobbin area.

I would really appreciate if you would elaborate on oiling, and where the instructions are. Thanks.

Maria Morrow
Mobile:  985-640-5024

On Apr 1, 2020, at 10:06 AM, Kathy Strabel <ksbappa@...> wrote:

Beth---Be sure that your machine's foot is in the DOWN position when using the auto threader. I have a feeling that is what is making your threader not useable when near the edge of your design.

I throw my used pre-filled bobbins out generally. I do save a few, "in case" I need an extra to refill. However, I cannot comment on whether that is a good idea because I have never had to re-wind a saved bobbin.

As for oiling, I put a reminder on a piece of tape and stuck it to my machine to oil it in the first week of every month----BUT-- the manual suggests this frequency if you use the machine every day, so I adjust the oiling time interval according to how much I estimate I have used the machine in the past month. It is very easy to OVER-OIL the machine and that can cause problems, too.  It also is a bit scary where the manual says to turn the machine so the handwheel rests on the table. USe a folded towel on the table when you do that. AND----if you happen to have a USB stick in the machine---REMOVE it BEFORE you move the machine to its side!!!!   Otherwise, you could possibly "squish" and break the USB stick and/or the USB port on the machine. BEWARE!!

If your machine is sounding louder or different, I would suggest first a good brushing-out with a soft brush, and a vacuum cleaner attachment if you have one of those miniature ones.  Then estimate how much you have actually used your machine in the last month and oil/not oil accordingly. 

Hope this is helpful

Kathy Strabel   Camas WA


Now Hump Jumper

Nancy Graham
 

Kathy, do you put the hump jumper in front of the foot, like from the front towards the back of the machine?

I have an S9 and have lots of trouble sewing over thick seams, etc.

Nancy


Re: Questions about 550e

Pixey
 

I have encountered the same issue on my 500e with the auto-threader not working if the machine thinks it is too close to the edge of the hoop.  This is because these hoops have a lot less space between the sewing  field the hoop and sometimes the hoop doesn’t let the auto threader come far enough down if the machine is positioned at the edge of the sewing field.  Usually my machine asks me if I want to move the hoop for threading (I think it does this when I lock it or when I put the foot down after locking it).  Depending on my mood at the moment, I will either let it go ahead and move the hoop for threading or reach for my little handheld threader.

I reuse the prewound plastic bobbins but generally only for regular sewing and not for embroidery.  This is because these are not quite as durable as the Janome bobbins you buy as actual empty replacement bobbins.  The plastic is bit thinner and more brittle but regular sewing is not as hard on them as embroidery.  If I wind embroidery thread onto a bobbin, I make sure it is one I bought as a reusable bobbin.  I also check my bobbins closely for cracks or burrs whenever I go to wind one.

Because I use my machine intermittently, I do not oil it every month.  I was following schedule and started getting concerned that I might be over-oiling.  So now I listen more for a change in tone or just sounding a bit flattery/uneven.  If you are noticing that, then it might be time to give it a good cleaning and oiling.

Pixey


On Apr 1, 2020, at 9:16 AM, bhoryn via Groups.Io <bhoryn@...> wrote:

I appreciate all the help I have received from this group about my new embroidery machine.   I have sewn out a couple of designs and found in a couple cases that the automatic threader can not be used when the design is close to the left side of the hoop.   Anyone else run into this problem?

Do you reuse the pre-wound bobbins or just throw them out when empty.

Do you really oil your machine every month as suggested in the owner’s manual?  I’ve been making lots of in the hoop face masks and although they are sewing out just great the machine is sounding a little noisy but perhaps it is from the fabric layers that occur in the folds 

Thanks again for your help and suggestions.    Stay safe and healthy 

Beth in Ontario 


Re: Questions about 550e

Cathy LeBlanc
 

If you have the foot down and are still having an issue, I have had issues on occasion with the auto threader when the needle is at the edge of the design and real near the hoop. The threader part hits the hoop so it will not go far enough down to catch the needle. You can manually move the design stitches to get away from the edge or you can manually thread the needle. I have used both methods.
Cathy LeBlanc

On Apr 1, 2020 10:59 AM, Kathy Strabel <ksbappa@...> wrote:
Beth---Be sure that your machine's foot is in the DOWN position when using the auto threader. I have a feeling that is what is making your threader not useable when near the edge of your design.

I throw my used pre-filled bobbins out generally. I do save a few, "in case" I need an extra to refill. However, I cannot comment on whether that is a good idea because I have never had to re-wind a saved bobbin.

As for oiling, I put a reminder on a piece of tape and stuck it to my machine to oil it in the first week of every month----BUT-- the manual suggests this frequency if you use the machine every day, so I adjust the oiling time interval according to how much I estimate I have used the machine in the past month. It is very easy to OVER-OIL the machine and that can cause problems, too.  It also is a bit scary where the manual says to turn the machine so the handwheel rests on the table. USe a folded towel on the table when you do that. AND----if you happen to have a USB stick in the machine---REMOVE it BEFORE you move the machine to its side!!!!   Otherwise, you could possibly "squish" and break the USB stick and/or the USB port on the machine. BEWARE!!

If your machine is sounding louder or different, I would suggest first a good brushing-out with a soft brush, and a vacuum cleaner attachment if you have one of those miniature ones.  Then estimate how much you have actually used your machine in the last month and oil/not oil accordingly. 

Hope this is helpful

Kathy Strabel   Camas WA


Re: Questions about 550e

Cathy LeBlanc
 

If you have the foot down and are still having an issue, I have had issues on occasion with the auto threader when the needle is at the edge of the design and real near the hoop. The threader part hits the hoop so it will not go far enough down to catch the needle. You can manually move the design stitches to get away from the edge or you can manually thread the needle. I have used both methods.
Cathy LeBlanc

On Apr 1, 2020 10:59 AM, Kathy Strabel <ksbappa@...> wrote:
Beth---Be sure that your machine's foot is in the DOWN position when using the auto threader. I have a feeling that is what is making your threader not useable when near the edge of your design.

I throw my used pre-filled bobbins out generally. I do save a few, "in case" I need an extra to refill. However, I cannot comment on whether that is a good idea because I have never had to re-wind a saved bobbin.

As for oiling, I put a reminder on a piece of tape and stuck it to my machine to oil it in the first week of every month----BUT-- the manual suggests this frequency if you use the machine every day, so I adjust the oiling time interval according to how much I estimate I have used the machine in the past month. It is very easy to OVER-OIL the machine and that can cause problems, too.  It also is a bit scary where the manual says to turn the machine so the handwheel rests on the table. USe a folded towel on the table when you do that. AND----if you happen to have a USB stick in the machine---REMOVE it BEFORE you move the machine to its side!!!!   Otherwise, you could possibly "squish" and break the USB stick and/or the USB port on the machine. BEWARE!!

If your machine is sounding louder or different, I would suggest first a good brushing-out with a soft brush, and a vacuum cleaner attachment if you have one of those miniature ones.  Then estimate how much you have actually used your machine in the last month and oil/not oil accordingly. 

Hope this is helpful

Kathy Strabel   Camas WA


FOUND IT

vjw_65@...
 

I found the group i was told would be a great help with my Janome.
Too late my girl is in lock down in a repair shop.
I have masks to make for nurses.
I was surprised not to find an answer in the manual or online.
Now I wait for the lock down lift and 30 day marshal law to come after gov. checks arrive.I must get my machine and get her home 
quickly.
Thank you Auntie Glenna
Vicki in Indiana


Re: Uneven bobbin winding on MC500e , possibly other Janome models

Cheryl Paul
 

I think this topic needs to be changed. A hump jumper has absolutely nothing related to “uneven bobbin winding on a MC500e”. A 500e would not have a hump jumper because it is an embroidery machine not a sewing machine.

Cheryl - Saskatoon


Shank high or low?

Maria Morrow
 

Very basic question here, but I can’t find the answer .

Is my 15000 a high shank or low shank?

Thanks you in advance,

Maria Morrow


Re: Questions about 550e

valora hammond
 

If you use the lock button it will move the hoop out if the way so the needle threader can be used. 
The janome pre wound bobbins are real bobbins and can be used in janome machines. I wind matching color when doing free standing lace. 

The noise may be from the thickness but you do need to clean the bobbin case more often then just when oiling.  Think of oiling your machine like we use to do with car oil- 3000 miles or three months. The more you use it the more often it needs to be oiled. 

On Apr 1, 2020, at 8:16 AM, bhoryn via Groups.Io <bhoryn@...> wrote:

I appreciate all the help I have received from this group about my new embroidery machine.   I have sewn out a couple of designs and found in a couple cases that the automatic threader can not be used when the design is close to the left side of the hoop.   Anyone else run into this problem?

Do you reuse the pre-wound bobbins or just throw them out when empty.

Do you really oil your machine every month as suggested in the owner’s manual?  I’ve been making lots of in the hoop face masks and although they are sewing out just great the machine is sounding a little noisy but perhaps it is from the fabric layers that occur in the folds 

Thanks again for your help and suggestions.    Stay safe and healthy 

Beth in Ontario 


Re: Questions about 550e

Lyn Quine
 

If it’s recommended I would oil where the manual suggests just don’t put too much in, hoping you won’t have to next month.  They wouldn’t suggest it if it wasn’t necessary. 


your machine may sound noisy because it needs a new needle, it should be changed every 8 hours of stitching.  If the needle is punching through layers it will blunt, and if you are using water soluble stabiliser it blunts quicker.  


if your bobbins are the plastic type, yes I would reuse them, especially if they are Janome pre wounds.  If they are generic then I’d wouldn’t be so inclined, but that’s my personal opinion I don’t like generic bobbins, I only use Janome, they don’t clatter and bounce in the machine.

if you’re having problems with threading, check your manual to see if you can move the hoop, there’s normally an icon on the machine to move the hoop so you can trim threads or adjust between colour changes etc


Re: Questions about 550e

Kathy Strabel
 

Beth---Be sure that your machine's foot is in the DOWN position when using the auto threader. I have a feeling that is what is making your threader not useable when near the edge of your design.

I throw my used pre-filled bobbins out generally. I do save a few, "in case" I need an extra to refill. However, I cannot comment on whether that is a good idea because I have never had to re-wind a saved bobbin.

As for oiling, I put a reminder on a piece of tape and stuck it to my machine to oil it in the first week of every month----BUT-- the manual suggests this frequency if you use the machine every day, so I adjust the oiling time interval according to how much I estimate I have used the machine in the past month. It is very easy to OVER-OIL the machine and that can cause problems, too.  It also is a bit scary where the manual says to turn the machine so the handwheel rests on the table. USe a folded towel on the table when you do that. AND----if you happen to have a USB stick in the machine---REMOVE it BEFORE you move the machine to its side!!!!   Otherwise, you could possibly "squish" and break the USB stick and/or the USB port on the machine. BEWARE!!

If your machine is sounding louder or different, I would suggest first a good brushing-out with a soft brush, and a vacuum cleaner attachment if you have one of those miniature ones.  Then estimate how much you have actually used your machine in the last month and oil/not oil accordingly. 

Hope this is helpful

Kathy Strabel   Camas WA


Questions about 550e

bhoryn
 

I appreciate all the help I have received from this group about my new embroidery machine.   I have sewn out a couple of designs and found in a couple cases that the automatic threader can not be used when the design is close to the left side of the hoop.   Anyone else run into this problem?

Do you reuse the pre-wound bobbins or just throw them out when empty.

Do you really oil your machine every month as suggested in the owner’s manual?  I’ve been making lots of in the hoop face masks and although they are sewing out just great the machine is sounding a little noisy but perhaps it is from the fabric layers that occur in the folds 

Thanks again for your help and suggestions.    Stay safe and healthy 

Beth in Ontario 


Re: Uneven bobbin winding on MC500e , possibly other Janome models

Kathy Strabel
 

Vicky--The "hump jumper" is also called something like "height compensation tool". The one that came with my Janome is beige plastic, in a slight V shape. You use it when crossing bulky seams, or other thick areas. You slide it under the foot while stitching; it levels the foot out so you do not get skipped stitches or uneven stitches.  The small black knob on the regular zig-zag foot also performs this duty, but the knob on mine has ceased working, so I like to keep the hump jumper/height compensation tool handy, not hidden in a drawer where I have to look for it when I need it.
Hope that helps!
Happy stitching!!
Kathy S. Camas wA
 

On Tue, Mar 31, 2020 at 7:13 AM Vicky McEwen via Groups.Io <vickymc47=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Please  tell me  what  is a hump  jumper








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From: Kathy Strabel <ksbappa@...>
Date: 3/30/20 3:02 PM (GMT-06:00)
Subject: [onlinesewing-janome] Uneven bobbin winding on MC500e , possibly other Janome models

Hello, Group!    I have read several massages that the bobbin winding on some machines is less than satisfactory. I have found that my bobbins were winding unevenly on my MC500 machine. After eliminating some obvious things, like tension, bad thread, etc, it dawned on me that I was storing the "hump jumper" tool that comes with the machine, in a place just to the left of the bobbin winding post. The contour of the hump jumper tool fits perfectly in that space, but the tool interferes with the thread coming from the guide to the far left of the machine and going onto the bobbin.  It does not allow the thread to wind properly onto the lower area around the bobbin's core.   SO, if you also store your hump jumper there--remove it while winding a bobbin.  It makes a great storage space fior the tool, but not so great when  you are trying to wind a bobbin.
Take care, be safe and healthy
Kathy Strabel   Camas WA



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Have a good one!
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Re: Uneven bobbin winding on MC500e , possibly other Janome models

Vicky McEwen <vickymc47@...>
 

Please  tell me  what  is a hump  jumper








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From: Kathy Strabel <ksbappa@...>
Date: 3/30/20 3:02 PM (GMT-06:00)
To: onlinesewing-janome@groups.io
Subject: [onlinesewing-janome] Uneven bobbin winding on MC500e , possibly other Janome models

Hello, Group!    I have read several massages that the bobbin winding on some machines is less than satisfactory. I have found that my bobbins were winding unevenly on my MC500 machine. After eliminating some obvious things, like tension, bad thread, etc, it dawned on me that I was storing the "hump jumper" tool that comes with the machine, in a place just to the left of the bobbin winding post. The contour of the hump jumper tool fits perfectly in that space, but the tool interferes with the thread coming from the guide to the far left of the machine and going onto the bobbin.  It does not allow the thread to wind properly onto the lower area around the bobbin's core.   SO, if you also store your hump jumper there--remove it while winding a bobbin.  It makes a great storage space fior the tool, but not so great when  you are trying to wind a bobbin.
Take care, be safe and healthy
Kathy Strabel   Camas WA


Uneven bobbin winding on MC500e , possibly other Janome models

Kathy Strabel
 

Hello, Group!    I have read several massages that the bobbin winding on some machines is less than satisfactory. I have found that my bobbins were winding unevenly on my MC500 machine. After eliminating some obvious things, like tension, bad thread, etc, it dawned on me that I was storing the "hump jumper" tool that comes with the machine, in a place just to the left of the bobbin winding post. The contour of the hump jumper tool fits perfectly in that space, but the tool interferes with the thread coming from the guide to the far left of the machine and going onto the bobbin.  It does not allow the thread to wind properly onto the lower area around the bobbin's core.   SO, if you also store your hump jumper there--remove it while winding a bobbin.  It makes a great storage space fior the tool, but not so great when  you are trying to wind a bobbin.
Take care, be safe and healthy
Kathy Strabel   Camas WA


Upper Thread sensor

Kathy Strabel
 

Hello--Group--I hope all are being safe and healthy as we wait out the pandemic. 
I wrote in a couple weeks ago about some thread breakage and the MC500e machine not telling me there was a thread break and the needle not stopping. I have been stitching OK in the meantime...but today I actually had a tread break, and the needle just kept on stitching and I did not get the warning on the screen about a thread break. I just noticed a slight change in the sound of the stitching, then realized there was the thread break and no warning and/or no needle stopping. I thought maybe the thread sensor somehow got turned off, but no, it is ON. I turned it off, waited a little bit, then turned it back ON, just for good measure, but no difference.   I thought I was in the clear, because I have totally eliminated the thread that was breaking so often, and I did not have another thread break until today. This time, I was using a thread that my machine likes, and has given me absolutely no problems for many many months, and not a new spool of it.  Today's break was just one of those things that happens from time to time.  So.....my question is this: since the upper thread sensor is turned ON but not alerting me that a break has occurred and also not stopping the needle from continuing to "stitch" with no thread.....what else could this be?  I have scraped the thread path with a dollar bill, and done the "flossing" with  a heavier-weight thread doubled over and pulling it through the thread path. Any other suggestions??? 
Thanks so much, and --be safe and healthy out there!!!
Kathy Strabel    Camas WA


Re: Masks

Linda Wunder
 

I run a 1.25” strip - straight grain through my bias tape maker tool (I use the yellow one).   Then fold over again and press.  Then I zigzag the strips full length. They make ties about the right width. *** Be careful starting the zigzag stitch the throat plate on the machine will try to eat your strip—- you won’t be happy. 
Linda

On Mar 30, 2020, at 6:22 AM, Roberta K via Groups.Io <robkon94@...> wrote:

Ginger: 

What you can do is instead of using elastic, cut long strips of leftover fabric about 15-20” long and 1 1/2 inches wide, fold in half the long way, press, fold each edge in up to the fold, press and stitch along the edge. Finish the sides where the elastic was supposed to go, and sew the ties to each corner.

Roberta in FL

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