Thursday, June 03, 2010
The Janome automatically knots the thread when you begin zig-zagging, but after almost two years, I finally realized that to keep the knot on the underside, you have to hold the BOBBIN thread. Then you can cut the top thread short and pop the knot to the back by tugging the bobbin thread. If you hold the top thread or no thread, the knot and the bobbin thread always pop up and look ugly.
Two or three thoughts: why did it take me so long to figure this out, why did no one tell me this when I took a class on the machine, and why did Janome design it that way? It requires some contortion, as you can see. When you end the stitching, the machine knots the thread, and then the scissors tool cuts the thread and pulls the knot to the back. Pretty slick. Wouldn't it have been nice to pull the knot to the back at the beginning too?
No matter though. I'm thrilled to have figured this out. It improves the look of the stitching tremendously.