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Tension problem with Janome 8200

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I`ve recently purchased a Janome 8200. Since setting it up I have had problems with the bottom tension being a wee bit loose.

 On the black material the top line of stitching is position 2 on the tension dial, the centre line is auto (which is the best out of the three but still not perfect) and the third line is on position 5.

The red material is when using the free motion quilting with the settings used in the other two photos. 

 I can`t see a way of adjusting the bottom tension so I`m at a loss as how to fix it, any ideas would very appreciated.

 

Stuart,

 

 

 

 

 

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It's quite a late reply, but maybe someone else might find it useful.

I've got the Janome 8900 (it's quite similar to yours) and FMQ with it on a regular basis. Got the same problem. So I rethreaded the machine, bobbin, changed quilt sandwiches, changed thread, cleaned out the guts of my machine. Nothing. I checked my manual, went onto forums - nope. Nothing, once again.
I did manage to fix it eventually but you're probably going to have the same reaction I did to the solution - re-threading. 

After I'd have a break and thought logically about the problem. I hadn't changed my technique so it couldn't be that. The machine was the same. My needle was fresh. My tension settings hadn't changed. So it must have been something I did differently between the first FMQ, piecing and now. The change was that I'd swapped threads so had rethreaded my machine. I pulled all my thread out of the machine, switched the light off and went to bed.

The next day, I rethreaded the machine as if I was starting afresh (presser foot up, setting 1, feed dogs down) and trying to pretend yesterday hadn't happened.
And it worked. I couldn't believe it.

I still have no idea which tension disc is missed or why I missed it repeatedly (maybe it was stuck). 
But it honestly was a threading issue.
 

Edited by argenta
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On 12/6/2019 at 12:09 PM, argenta said:

It's quite a late reply, but maybe someone else might find it useful.

I've got the Janome 8900 (it's quite similar to yours) and FMQ with it on a regular basis. Got the same problem. So I rethreaded the machine, bobbin, changed quilt sandwiches, changed thread, cleaned out the guts of my machine. Nothing. I checked my manual, went onto forums - nope. Nothing, once again.
I did manage to fix it eventually but you're probably going to have the same reaction I did to the solution - re-threading. 

After I'd have a break and thought logically about the problem. I hadn't changed my technique so it couldn't be that. The machine was the same. My needle was fresh. My tension settings hadn't changed. So it must have been something I did differently between the first FMQ, piecing and now. The change was that I'd swapped threads so had rethreaded my machine. I pulled all my thread out of the machine, switched the light off and went to bed.

The next day, I rethreaded the machine as if I was starting afresh (presser foot up, setting 1, feed dogs down) and trying to pretend yesterday hadn't happened.
And it worked. I couldn't believe it.

I still have no idea which tension disc is missed or why I missed it repeatedly (maybe it was stuck). 
But it honestly was a threading issue.
 

Just a small update. 
Once again, have a look at step-by-step guide for tension check, as I had when I was re-threading mine. For instance, I went to the Janome support forum first (must admit, they work fast and helped me each time I had a question - well, except for this particular issue and that's why I believe it was my mistake, not a machine failure!), and then I went to the general sewing forum. If you have any updates, feel free to PM me, I'd be glad to share my experience. 

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