Perfect until it needed rethreading / needle replacement
This is my first ever overlocker. It arrived threaded in the box, and ready to go with a good instructional DVD. I have used it for everything and now wonder how I have lived without it for so long. My mother advised me (very sensibly) to replace the thread before it ran out by pulling the new thread through the feeders with the old thread (if that makes sense). I did that with my first reel of thread (the red one) - so far, so good. My problems began when the green lower thread ran out. I spent several hours attempting to thread and rethread t...he machine with the thread continually undoing when I started sewing. Finally, after rethreading the whole machine a few times, it worked. However in the process, I bent a needle (when I was testing the thread). So... I have now replaced both needles and the second (longer) needle will not remain threaded when I start sewing. I don't know how it unthreads in the middle of sewing, but it does. As I said, this is my first overlocker, and I was warned that they are temperamental, but I've probably spent 3 hours troubleshooting on this in the 6 months I've owned it. Sews beautifully, smooth, pretty easy to rethread (but doesn't necessarily stay threaded) re-threading the machine appears to be a fine and practice art
Questions & Answers
I have Janome overlocker 800 2DX I have good quality thread and the right needles it just continually breaks the thread and it’s even on right tension and threaded right?.
Pull it all out and re-thread the machine, following the thread guide as to order... even if you did it right first time, sometimes thread can jump off hooks. Thread quality - you can get a bad reel, even in the best brands, so take all thread brand claims with a large pinch of salt. Sometimes it will break if there's a buildup of fabric dust within the machine. Give it a thorough clean as well.
I'm interested in a Janome 8002DX. Does anyone have a recent review on one. All the reviews I've read are old & people are having trouble with Treading & Tension.
Hi Shirley, my review is very recent as I purchased my Janome 8002DX earlier this year. I haven't had any issues with threading and I find it very easy. Obviously there is a learning time involved but there are very clear graphics inside the cover to assist. On the issue of tension, I mostly have no issue with it at all. Once I have the tension right for regular overlocking, I don't find I need to alter it. The only time I did need to adjust it was when I tried out the blind hemming function, which didn't really work at all. I decided that blind hemming was better on my sewing machine instead, but still needs some work to get it right. The tension does need to be altered very slightly for different types of fabrics, but this is to be expected. If you follow the extensive manuals provided, you shouldn't have any issues. They provide a regular manual that tells you about all the parts and basics and a second manual that shows you how to create all the different stitches. I am still very happy with this overlocker and am delighted for the price and what it does. I hope this is helpful :)
What about if you live hundreds of miles out in the bush? Has anyone found a link on youtube maybe? I can't afford to spend $$ if I can't use it!! Debbie
If you live in the bush (Australia) then Draft Depot could deliver to your door. Janome Australia has "How to videos" http://www.janome.com.au/learn_videos.php?muid=lsew
Plus there are so many YouTube tutorials available, e.g: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pSRH6ldom4
Hope that helps =)
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