Thursday, November 06, 2008

Physical Exam for my MC Janome 6500

My Janome MC6500 is either 3 or 4 years old and I've not had it serviced (Knock on wood). I sew a LOT! The bobbin area is cleaned religiously each new project, but I'm always wondering what is below that! Tonight I was brave. I unplugged her, lifted her out of the sewing table, found a pillow to rest her on and removed the 5 screws on the bottom. Piece of cake! (kinda like a gynecology exam? sorry, I can't get past THAT thought ... )mmmm, there's a lot of lint in the bottom and 2 broken needles, but frankly, it's not as bad as I expected. And the bobbin area, from underneath is the least linty of all the areas. (bottom photo)


All back together again, I cleaned out the table (more lint), washed off my personal notes I write on the table top, and voila -- DONE. I can hear that Helen Reddy song ... "I am woman, hear me roar!" My Dad would be very proud of me. 8-))))

13 comments:

Paula said...

I'm so terrified of the underbelly of my sewing machine. I'm very proud of you! I need to have mine cleaned again. Too bad we live so far from each other, or I would get you to teach me how to clean mine! LOL

paula, the quilter said...

And I need to learn how to do that on my Bernina. I do it on my Featherweight all the time.

Owens Family Adventures said...

I cannot believe that you are just a couple of states away and you have snow!!!!!! I can't wait to get some! I love how it is so quiet and peacful outside when there is snow. :) enjoy!!
dawn

The Faerie Queen said...

Wow - that was very brave of you, The nearest anything of mine has ever got to an "Internal exam" is the Hard Drive on my compie after I filled up all the space with "rubbish"

julieQ said...

It must be clean your machine day, because I did this exact thing. Lots of fuzzy stuff! My machine sure sews a lot better...

The Calico Quilter said...

I do that regularly for my Juki, and am always amazed at the amount of lint that collects. Well, I take that back, because I usually wear sweat pants around the house and you should SEE them after a day of sewing! Lint city!

jettstream said...

She's saying, "WHEW, that's better." The heck with Dad, I'M proud of you! Being mechanical by nature, I'm always amazed at women who aren't--or are too afraid to try.

Nellie's Needles said...

Good for you! Especially since your husband was most likely nearby in his work area.

You've reminded me that's past time to service my Brother machine. I had found instructions online for which parts to oil and grease in that nether region. I like being able to get at the working parts of my machines. It's most frustrating not to be able to do so with my computerized Pfaff.

Louise said...

Thanks for the pictures. I sew on exactly the same model, and tomorrow I will do what you did. Thanks for giving me the push to do that!
grammilou

jovaliquilts said...

Wow, brave!! I would be terrified to do that, but if I have a problem on a Sunday, I'll remember this and try. I just had mine serviced and the person who did it told me Janomes are easier to check out than Berninas. I do clean my bobbin area every 2 or 3 bobbin changes.

Sharon said...

Good for you! I used to do that all the time with my old Singer (not a featherweight). It was a big help. I haven't done that with my new Bernina. I understand you're not supposed to. But I'll bet the lint is building up in there!
Your snow looks so pretty. What an early storm! We're just having lots of rain, although the snow level got down pretty low (about 1500 feet) a few days ago.

paula, the quilter said...

I just (yesterday) did that to my serger. Got it running like a clock.

MARCIE said...

Oh my gosh, you are so funny! The exam AND dressing gown?
Love you new shirt quilt and the pocket, etc. Well done!