Janome’s Portable Sewing Machine
“Start Sewing” Guide
Congratulations on the purchase of your new
Janome portable sewing machine. We’ve compiled
a few tips that will help you get the most out of
your new purchase and increase your enjoyment of
Bobbin Winding
In order to ensure correct bobbin winding, use
both hands to thread machine around the guide for
correct tension. For more detailed instructions see
page 10 in your Instruction Manual.
Pro tip: Because different brands of thread unwind
in various manners, sometimes it is helpful to lightly
hold the thread as it comes off the spool. This will
help create smooth and tightly wound bobbins which is important for a good stitch.
Top Threading
Before you begin to thread, make sure the presser
foot is in the up position and the needle is at the
highest position. Lift the foot by using the presser
foot lifter. To raise the needle, always turn the hand
wheel on the right side of the machine toward you.
This will help ensure that the threading guides are
in the proper position to receive the thread. For
more detailed instructions see page 14 in your
Instruction Manual.
Pro Tip: The needle is always threaded from front
to back. If you are having a hard time seeing the
eye of the needle, use the silver needle threader
accessory that comes with your machine to insert
the thread into the needle eye.
Bobbin Threading
Before inserting the bobbin into the machine,
hold the bobbin in your hand and make sure
that the thread is coming off the bobbin in a
counterclockwise direction (it should look like a
“P”). This will allow the bobbin thread to move
correctly and to stay lodged in the bobbin tension
guide. For more detailed instructions see page 12 in
your Instruction Manual.
Picking Up the Bobbin Thread
Before you begin to sew, the bobbin thread needs
to be pulled up onto the sewing bed. Gently
hold the needle thread and turn the hand wheel
towards you. In approximately two rotations, you
will see the bobbin thread looped around the
needle thread. Using your fingers, grab the bobbin
thread and pull up a 5” length. For more detailed
instructions see page 16 in your Instruction Manual.
Sewing Over Thick Fabrics
As a portable machine, it is not recommended
that heavy weight fabrics are used on this model.
However, when sewing layers of light to mid-weight
fabric, seams can become thick. It is important to
keep the presser foot level when sewing over these
seams or uneven surfaces. A Hump Jumper or
Jean-a-ma-Jig (optional purchase) will help you!
Pro tip: A quick fix is to fold a scrap of fabric 2 - 3
times and put it behind the needle and underneath
the presser foot when you approach the seam or
hump in your fabric. This will help to level your foot
and keep your fabric feeding correctly.
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Janome’s Portable Sewing Machine “Start Sewing” Guide
General Troubleshooting Tips
Machine or Needle is Jammed
There is often a learning curve when you purchase
a new sewing machine. While sewing your first
project, you may encounter problems that may
seem difficult but, are in fact easy to sort out. For
instance, your bobbin could be in backwards. Or,
you are encountering jammed thread because you
missed a thread guide. These quick tips cannot
hope to cover the whole range of problems that
you might come up against, but will hopefully
provide a few pointers to solving the most common
issues you’ll face.
Using scissors, carefully cut away thread above and
below your fabric. Gently pull the fabric away from
the presser foot area, while making slight turns on
the hand wheel to raise the needle.
The Thread Loops on the Underside or Topside of
the Fabric
Pro tip: Problems with your seam are the opposite
of what you might think. If the thread is looping on
the underside of your seam, re-check the upper
threading on your machine. The thread may not be
correctly seated in the thread guides or has come
out of the Take Up lever.
Inspect the needle to make sure it isn’t bent. If so,
replace it. Before re-threading the needle, turn the
hand wheel toward you, making sure that there
isn’t any more thread or fabric in the feed dogs or
in the bobbin area.
Machine Won’t Turn On
Check to make sure that the cord plugged into the
Check to make sure that the power cord is plugged
into the sewing machine. For more detailed
instructions see page 4 in your Instruction Manual.
For general troubleshooting tips, see page 32 in
your Instruction Manual.
Conversely, if the thread is looping on top, make
sure the bobbin thread is coming off the bobbin
counterclockwise and that the thread is securely
threaded in the bobbin tension guide.
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