How to Thread a Janome Sewing Machine

Are you thinking of taking up sewing? Perhaps it’s a hobby, or maybe you’re looking for some passive income. Whichever it may be; a sewing machine can seem like a complicated tool to someone who’s never sewn before. If you have a Janome sewing machine, you’re already on your journey to become a sewing expert. You’ll be pleased to learn that threading a Janome sewing machine is very easy, and only takes a couple of steps.

Before we delve into that, I’m going to introduce you to the different parts of your sewing machine, how to thread your Janome sewing machine, and answer any other queries you may have about your sewing machine. Let’s begin.

Parts of Your Janome Sewing Machine

We’re going to discuss the standard single threaded Janome sewing machines, such as the DC2101, or the New Home. Most people use single threaded sewing machines, and they’re much easier to learn on.

A Janome sewing machine comes pre-assembled, so you can just take it out of the box and start sewing. They’re generally quite easy to use.

So what are the different parts of your Janome sewing machine?

On the right hand side of your Janome sewing machine, you’ll find the power switch, and machine socket. Janome machines are electrically powered, instead of old mechanical sewing machines.

Parts of Your Janome Sewing Machine

On top of the right side, you’ll find the hand wheel. The hand wheel will help you to manually move your needle up and down. The purpose of this wheel is not to sew, rather to help you move the needle up, or down, and to put it on the fabric easily.

In front of the machine, you’ll find a Stitch button. This button will give options for two different sewing styles. Those are a normal, and a reverse stitch.

On the middle part of the sewing machine, you’ll find 2 dialers. The right one is to set the stitch length. The left one is for selecting the stitch pattern.

The Bobbin is an important part of your sewing machine. It’s used to hold threads, and make complex stitches easily.

On top, you’ll see a stick like metal objects that you’ll use to wind your bobbin with threads. That’s the bobbin winder spindle. Right alongside you’ll see two spool holders/pins. These are used to hold your spools of thread.

On the left side of the machine, you’ll see a thread guide for the bobbin winder. This creates tension on the thread to make sure it’s not too loose or too tight.

Parts of Your Janome Sewing Machine

On the farther left side, you’ll find the thread uptake lever. There are two more levers like this inside your Janome sewing machine.

On the bottom left side of the machine, there are a couple of important things. One is the needle, which is used to sew. It also has a needle screw, which can be used to loosen the needle and remove/replace it.

Right alongside that, you’ll see the presser foot. There’s a separate lever for the presser foot that pulls it up or down, depending on what you need. The task of the presser foot is to tightly hold onto whatever piece of fabric you’re sewing, so that it doesn’t move away from it’s position.

Underneath the presser foot and the needle, you’ll find the throat plate. It is removable, and underneath it is where the bobbin is kept to make different stitches with the help of the needle.

How to Thread a Janome Sewing Machine

There are 3 steps to threading a Janome sewing machine. All the steps are written separately for you to easily understand. Follow the steps one by one to properly thread your sewing machine.

How to Thread a Janome Sewing Machine

Step 1 – Thread Your Bobbin

To wind the thread from a spool to a bobbin, make sure you have a working sewing machine with a properly tightened needle.

First of all, plug in your sewing machine to power it up.

Now, find the hand wheel and pull it outwards, or click it to the right side. This will make a popping sound, which means that your needle is disconnected.

Now, take a spool of thread, and put it on the spool pin. Take the end of the thread, and put it through the thread guide. Maintaining tension on your thread is very important, so do this carefully.

Thread Your Bobbin

Next, take an empty bobbin. You’ll find a small hole on either side of the bobbin. Take the thread coming from the thread guide, and put it through this hole in the bobbin, from inside to the outside. Your thread should be coming out of the hole on the outside of the bobbin.

Place the bobbin inside the bobbin winder spindle. Click the spindle to the right side. You should hear a small click. This means the bobbin is ready to be winded.

Now, hold the end of the thread coming out of the bobbin upwards. Press the machine pedal to start winding your bobbin. When you have enough thread on the bobbin, click the bobbin winder spindle left, gently take it out, and cut the thread with a scissor. Your bobbin is ready.

Step 2 – Threading the Janome Sewing Machine

Push the hand wheel inwards, or to the left side of your Janome sewing machine. This will make a clicking sound, meaning that the needle is engaged.

Now, rotate the hand wheel counter clockwise. You’ll see the needle moving. Push it to the highest possible point, so that it’s away from the throat plate.

Use the presser foot lever to levitate the presser foot away from the throat plate. This will help create a better tension on your thread by releasing the tension discs inside the machine.

Threading the Janome Sewing Machine

Now, take the thread coming from the back of your spool, and follow the numbered hooks on the machine. Put the thread under the first hook, then take in under the machine. There, you’ll find the second hook alongside the needle. Put the thread inside, then follow the third hook, again on top of the machine. At last, go down again to find the fourth hook behind the needle.

Now, take the thread, and put it inside the eye of the needle, from the left to the right side. Take the thread, and tuck it under the presser foot.

Step 3 – Inserting The Bobbin

Take off the throat table, and you’ll find a bobbin case.

Take out the bobbin case. Take your threaded bobbin, and put it inside the bobbin case. Make sure the thread is coming out of the right side, not the left side.

Now, take the thread and put it inside the little cutout of the bobbin case. There’s a tension spring outside the case. Put the thread behind the spring, pulling it outwards.

Gently flip the case and put it back inside. Make sure the bobbin hook is set up properly inside, so that it doesn’t move.

Thread a Janome Sewing Machine

At last, push your machine pedal slightly to pull the bobbin thread upwards through the throat plate. Pull the needle thread and the bobbin thread together.

That’s it, your Janome Sewing Machine is now threaded, and ready for sewing.


A lot of our readers have questions about Janome sewing machines. We’ve tried to answer some of those questions.

1. Are Janome Sewing Machines cheap?

Answer: Although Janome sewing machines are well priced, they’re not cheap. If you are looking for a lower priced model, the Janome 3128 can be found for as low as 120 dollars.

2. How is Janome 3128?

Answer: The Janome 3128 is a lightweight, and quiet sewing machine. It is very good for entry level sewing enthusiasts, as well as for people who are looking for a sewing machine to learn sewing on.

Janome 3128

3. What is the price of a Janome?

Answer: Janome sewing machines vary in price, depending on their application. They can start from as low as 169 dollars to as much as 8000 dollars.

4. Which is the best Janome sewing machine?

Answer: Based on customer reviews, some of the best options in Janome are the Janome 3128, Janome 2212, Janome Graceful Gray Basic, and Janome Mod 50. These are all great machines, and very easy to use.

5. How long does a Janome sewing machine last?

Answer: Janome sewing machines have a heavy aluminum chassis. The internal components in Janome are nearly all metal, which makes them very tough and long lasting. With proper care, a Janome can easily last a lifetime.

6. Are Janome sewing machines good?

Answer: Janome sewing machines are very good because they are easy to learn for beginners. At the same time, Janome sewing machines have a lot of stitching options, with which anyone can create their favorite designs.

Final Words

In this article, I’ve tried to give you a general understanding of the Janome sewing machine, and how it works. Janome sewing machines have amazing service, and a very easy to use style. Whether you’re just starting to learn sewing, or you’re already an expert, there’s a Janome for everyone. I hope this was helpful. Thanks for reading.


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