Anyone else had trouble with the John Lewis kids' sewing machine?

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flubba Sun 05-May-13 08:24:52

My DD was given one for her birthday last week and we set it all up yesterday, but it keeps catching - we can do maybe two stitches, then it all snarls up. I've tried using my own bobbins from my machine (to make sure they're properly wound on) and using different threads. Tension's on 4, we've tried different fabrics, we've made sure everything is wound in the right direction - very frustrated so thought I'd ask here if anyone had any experience or bright ideas before having to lug it back to JL sad

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gybegirl Sun 05-May-13 08:35:05

When you thread any machine (from the top to the needle) always make sure your presser foot is in the up position and your needle is up as high as you can go.

Try re-threading again and see what happens!

gybegirl Sun 05-May-13 08:46:48

Sorry, when I say re-thread that means from the start! not just out of the needle and back in again! smile

Ghostsgowoooh Sun 05-May-13 09:23:05

I bought one of these in the week and all been fine with it so far. The only difficulty ive had with it is making the loop from the bobbin with the needle. It takes several attempts before i get it.

Its made by janome but sold under the j l brand.

flubba Sun 05-May-13 09:42:12

Thank you both.

Okay, will try to re-thread the top thread.

I got the loop from the bobbin bit fine. It's just so frustrating because she's so excited about it sad

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flubba Sun 05-May-13 10:00:52

sad Just tried it all again, new thread, new bobbin, everything done as it should be and it's still knotting up. Will try and take it back tomorrow.

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bran Sun 05-May-13 20:20:57

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flubba Mon 06-May-13 08:42:50

Yeah, I tried that too bran, sadly no good. Think it might be a faulty one, so am taking it back today - will report back if they manage to blush me and get it to work first time! grin

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Ghostsgowoooh Mon 06-May-13 14:37:24

How did you get on flubba?

NorksAreMessy Mon 06-May-13 14:39:56

Flubba, I have a little and unused sewing machine of a similar type that I could bung over to you if you like. it has been sitting in my cupbard for about 5 years in its unopened box

flubba Mon 06-May-13 23:10:56

Aww thank you Norks - I got it sorted though but that's so sweet of you to offer.

I'd failed to thread the top thread through the hold in the needle arm (on mine it kind of hooks behind it), and I'd been concentrating so much on the bobbin as was sure it was there I'd made the mistake, that I didn't even notice the hole. blush but smile it's fixed and she made herself a little bag this afternoon! smile smile

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Ghostsgowoooh Tue 07-May-13 10:13:04

Glad you got it sorted. I nearly took mine back yesterday as mine kept jamming and getting tangled then i realised id forgotten to put the presser foot down. Oops .

NorksAreMessy Tue 07-May-13 11:08:50

Ah, an organic interface error!

I dont think any two sewing machines in the history of ever have threaded up the same way. It is a black art smile

Tallyra Tue 07-May-13 12:07:06

my goddaughter's one kept playing up. mum eventually gave up and got her a proper one - mum is a quilter and according to her the kiddies machine was a load of @!*%. shock

Tallyra Tue 07-May-13 12:07:36

sorry if that's nit very encouraging. sad

flubba Tue 07-May-13 16:24:51

Yep an 'organic interface error' - JL are just lucky I'm not suing them for it!! confused blush grin

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Deggo27 Mon 05-Feb-18 20:08:43

Yes, bought this for our granddaughter, and agree Tallyra, its rubbish, poorly put together, and as all the bobbin parts are plastic, suffer wear and then the machine fouls. have bought her a better machine with a metal bobbin construction and problems, same old saying "You get what you pay for "

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