Hint on threading
I have had a Janome overlocker JL 603 and still love it for 42 years and today just bought a new one... Here is a threading hint Don't unthread it just pull a little extra off the cone or real and tie the next cotton on and run through But you do have to rethread the needles only because the knot won't go through Saves time and headaches
It's amazing, with a couple of tricky bits
I have a Janome sewing machine that I totally love so decided that I would also go with a Janome overlocker. For the most part I love it. The machine came threaded but I had to set the tension. I spent a good 1-2 hours trying to get it right and used it for sometime with the white thread that it came with. Then I had to change to black. When I purchased it the lady gave me a quick demo on how to change thread without totally re-threading the machine which was very helpful. I then had to spend another hour or so playing with the tension to get i...t right as the setting I had previously had (which I wrote down and re-set the machine to after changing the thread) were not giving the best result. I have had a thread snap which I had to re-thread and it was tricky, but I knew it would be and got there in the end. Great machine, but tension can be a bit of a pain. Re-threading is tricky on almost all overlockers so can't really complain about that :)
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Good and not so good.
Wasn't too sure as to whether I needed an overlocker, so went for the fairly basic model. I now know that I would be totally lost without the overlocker - it saves so much time and of course gives a better finish to clothing. I LOVE what it does. The only downside to this machine, is the level of difficulty in threading it. Three of the four aren't too hard, but one is extremely difficult to get to. When the threads broke the first time I was beginning to regret having ever bought it, but have learnt a way to make it a bit easier. Maybe th...e dearer over lockers are easier to thread? Does tend to make a bit of a mess when being used, but can live with that because of the end result. I would suggest that if you haven't used an overlocker before, do have lessons. I "eventually" worked it out, but it is soooooo different to a sewing machine, and there were times that I thought I would never work it out.
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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