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Are you wondering how to adjust bobbin tension on Janome sewing machine? In six easy steps, you can; and these things you will know as you delve into this article further.
The bobbin is a crucial component in the sewing process. You should adjust the bobbin tension to ensure that the fabric doesn’t loosen as it sews. If the thread is not feeding correctly, or if it breaks easily while stitching, then the bobbin tension may be too tight. If there are loops of thread under the fabric and stitches that look loose and sloppy, the bobbin tension may be too loose.
This article will show you how to adjust your Janome sewing machine’s bobbin tension so that you can get back to creating beautiful pieces of work. My friends, there are more things that you should know, so without further ado, let’s start!
Steps To Adjust Bobbin Tension On Janome Sewing Machine
This is the guide on how to adjust bobbin tension on Janome sewing machine, follow the steps below:
Step #1. Loosen the bobbin tension by turning the screw on top of your sewing machine.
Step #2. Tighten the bobbin tension by turning the screw on top of your sewing machine in the opposite direction.
Step #3. If you have a high-end model, you can adjust it with a dial on your sewing machine’s face.
Step #4. Make sure to check for any other issues with threading or stitching before adjusting the bobbin tension.
Step #5. Once everything is set up correctly, sew through various fabrics and thicknesses to make sure everything looks correct, and no new problems arise.
Step #6. If your stitch looks perfect and is consistent throughout, you don’t need to adjust the bobbin tension.
Parts To Adjust Bobbin Tension On Janome Sewing Machine
You don’t have to take your machine in for service when something happens. Instead, follow our simple guide and do it yourself. It only takes a few minutes, and we promise you won’t regret learning this skill.
#1. The wheel
The horizontal adjustment wheel is located on the left side of the sewing machine body or under the handwheel at the back or behind the machine. It would help if you turned the wheel counterclockwise to raise bobbin tension; clockwise will reduce bobbin tension. This is adjustable to the thickness of the fabric being sewn.
#2. Stitch length
you may also adjust the stitch length by positioning the stitch length selector lever under the handwheel in either direction. The left position gives a smaller stitch, and the correct position gives a longer stitch. Sometimes there may be numbers from one to five on top of the stitch length knob; these numbers represent the length of the stitch between 1mm to 5mm.
#3. The knob
The regulating knob is generally located at the back or bottom right side of the machine, which has screwed with different thread-making holes. Turning these adjusting screws regulates needle position by moving up and down, which also moves the feed dogs (the gears that move the fabric). It can regulate the position of the needle to make straight stitching lines.
#4. The gap
The gap between two consecutive stitches is called stitch width; change it according to the fabric and design you are working on. Follow this guide below:
#1. Take out a bobbin case (if there is any). Pull the hook race towards you and hold it with your fingers to prevent falling.
#2. Turn the handwheel towards you until the presser foot is up. This will keep the needle at its highest position. Next, rotate to find a hole with no thread behind it. Usually, there are five holes of different sizes on some machines. The slant of this hole shows which stitch width has been selected.
#3. Loosen the screw located at the side of the presser bar and move it to that hole. Make sure you have picked the correct stitch width before tightening this screw. The default setting is usually 2mm; if it does not work for your fabric, try other numbers until the needle moves up and down freely in both forward and reverse stitching.
#4. Turn the handwheel towards you until the presser foot is down. Place the fabric under the presser foot with the right side facing up, and start sewing once you are ready.
#5. The pressure foot
Adjusting the presser foot pressure is also essential; it will be challenging to go over thick seams if not adjusted properly. To adjust this, you have to turn the screw located on the right side of the presser bar clockwise for less pressure and anti-clockwise for more pressure. The default setting is usually 2.5mm or 3mm.
The presser foot pressure can make a difference when sewing thin and thick fabrics:
#1. Sewing thin fabric such as silk or chiffon, use minimum pressure.
#2. Sewing medium-weight cotton or synthetic fabrics, use standard setting.
#3. Sewing heavy fabric such as denim, use maximum pressure to avoid loose stitches.
#6. Decrease the stitch length
To decrease the stitch length, turn the handwheel towards you while keeping your left index finger on the presser foot lifter up button until the presser foot is up. Then, take out a bobbin case (if there is any). Turn the needle position screw clockwise to move back the needle away from the bottom of the cloth into a sewing machine or counterclockwise to move the needle towards the bottom of the cloth. This will reduce the stitch length.
#7. Increase stitch length
To increase the stitch length, turn the handwheel away from you, and at the same time, keep your left index finger on the presser foot lifter up button until the presser foot is all way down. Turn the needle position screw anti-clockwise to move the needle closer to the bottom of the cloth or clockwise to move the needle away from the bottom of the cloth. This will increase the stitch length.
#1. Sewing thin fabrics such as chiffon or silk, use 1mm or 2mm for straight stitching.
#2. Sewing medium-weight fabric such as cotton, use 4mm for straight stitching.
#3. For heavy fabric, use 6mm or 7mm for straight stitching.
#8. Adjust stitch width
You can also adjust the stitch width by turning the handwheel towards you while keeping your left index finger on the presser foot lifter up button until the presser foot is all way up, then take out the bobbin case (if there is any).
Turn the needle position screw clockwise to move the needle away from the bottom of the cloth into the sewing machine or counterclockwise to move the needle towards the bottom of the cloth. This will reduce the stitch width.
#9. Increase stitch width
To increase stitch width, turn the handwheel away from you, and at the same time, keep your left index finger on the presser foot lifter up button until the presser foot is all way down.
Turn the needle position screw clockwise to move the needle closer to the bottom of the cloth, or counterclockwise to move the needle away from the bottom of the cloth. This will increase stitch width. You may also want to read about easy ways to fix stitch quality problems.
It’s A Wrap!
Now, you’ve known how to adjust bobbin tension on Janome sewing machine. It’s completely up to you when it comes down to adjusting the bobbin tension or not, but before doing so make sure everything else has been checked: threading process, stitches, and needle plate/feed dog issues. You can update us in the comments section if you found this article helpful. If you’d like, share it with your friends and tell us what would be their favorite kind of cookies to bring when they visit?