7 questions from our users
Does this machine come with a 1/4 inch foot
The standard foot the machine comes with is 1/4 inch but it doesn't have a guide on the side. You can purchase a 1/4 inch foot with the side guide for this machine. I mostly use the cloth seam guide that comes with the machine and the standard foot. This is a metal guide that screws into the bed of the machine next to your foot. Another foot worth purchasing is the walking foot. This is essential if you want to quilt your own quilts with straight lines. It is also fantastic when attaching bindings or just for sewing multiple layers together. I still sew on my machine nearly every day. It is a real work horse and has not given me any problems. I make quilts and it is the perfect machine for quilters. Check out this review https://houseofmeggs.com/janome-1600p-qc-straight-stitch-machine-and-kit-review/
when I sew straight back and forth the machine sews well.When I sew side to side the stitch lengths are long, the bobbin thread is not catching.I just bought a stitch regulator, thinking that would help,but it doesn't.It has to be something I am doing wrong,because when I take the machine off the frame I have no problem.I'm very frusterated with it. Any help?
Can this machine sew leather please?
I am just getting used to this machine, i am using my walking foot to quilt my quilt, i am having trouble with the tension under the quilt(the bottom) The thread pulls out very easy underneath my quilt, what tension control do i use to correct this? thanks
I'm not an expert but it sounds like the needle top thread is too loose. I would try tightening the top tread first . The bobbin should just stand up and sit in the palm of your hand whilst gently pulling the thread up with your other hand . Here is a link to some helpful information. http://www.manualslib.com/manual/514811/Janome-1600p-Qc.html?page=32
I always try adjusting the top tension first though. If you do need to adjust the bobbin only adjust the screw in tiny increments. Cindy Needham has a great online craftsy class " Design it , Quilt it" and explains how to adjust bobbin tension which I found really helpful. Good luck with your quilting :-)
I do not own and have no experience of this machine (Janome 1600qc) but am curious about the comments I have read about thread breakages in free motion work. Has this problem been resolved?
I have found that thread breakage is usually due to the wrong size needle for the thread, not the machine. When I free motion I usually use cotton Aurifil thread and a large needle size 80 or 90. The other tip I found that really helped was to loosen the foot pressure to practically zero ( by turning the knob on top of the machine. ) I try not to go too fast as well. I have free motioned quite a few quilts and although the thread breaks from time to time once I change the needle or rethread the problem is usually resolved.
I had a janome 6500P and found it 'ate' fabric at the start of each seam- even with a straight stitch plate. how are the newer janomes with this?
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