Now that the New Year is fading in our memory and resolutions might be slipping a little, we wish to ………

  • Dare you to take time to sew; embroider; serge; use your Digital cutter; experiment with your embroidery software and generally sew up a storm!
  • Dare you to your dream up projects to sew and embroider
  • Dare you to complete these projects!

Before the holiday season, our Janome  machines probably worked really hard to make hand-made gifts… you know… we like to do that and they are often the msot popular gifts we give! And we know what you were sewing as you told us when you entered our janomelife Christmas book give-away. You were all very busy!

So it is probably a good time to remind you: Did you thoroughly clean out your machine after its hard work? Some fabrics leave a little stain from dye which needs to be cleaned with a damp cloth and mild soap before you forget!







Remember also to remove the needle plate and the bobbin case to remove all lint and fluff which would have accumulated down there. It is quite normal  – just like dust collects in our homes! But it does need to be removed.

Many of our newer machines now have the fabulous one step needle plate remover button to removing the needle plate without having to use a screw driver to remove the screws.  SO much quicker and easier. This button pops the plate up  in an instant and when your cleaning is done, just click it back on.

One step needle plate removal button

One step needle plate removal button

Now….about oiling: you have the needle plate off and the bobbin case out. Take a look at the centre of the hook race – that is the metal cup area in which the bobbin case rests. Do you see the very centre is a little round part which looks like it might have lint stuck in it? See pic below. DO NOT REMOVE THIS. It is not lint or fluff. It is the wick for oil. Put ONE drop of good quality sewing machine oil onto this wick. The oil should NOT shlosh around all over like in a swimming pool! Oh no, then you have put way too much oil and you will have to mop it up with a paper towel. Just watch after putting ONE drop:  You may see one little bubble come to the surface of the wick as the oil soaks down into the wick. If you repeat this important step often, 1 drop is all that will be needed. But if you are a bit lazy with this task, you may need to do 2 drops this time. When one or 2 bubbles have popped up, you have enough oil. If no bubbles, then the wick was probably quite moist enough. And the oil should not overflow the wick area.

Yellow arrows points to where oil goes.

Yellow arrows points to where oil goes.

AND – this cleaning and oiling does NOT take the place of having your machine regularly servcied at your local Janome dealer. This oiling and house keeping is IN ADDITION to servicing your machine(s) at least once every 18 months – 2 years. Seriously……would you drive your car for 10-15 years without ever taking it to be serviced? Would you never put oil in your engine? Mmmmmm….didn’t think so!

I like these brushes as they halp me get out all that lint fluff that collects in my sewing machines and sergers. Ask your local janome dealer to order you oneof these.

I like these brushes as they help me get out all that lint & fluff that collects in my sewing machines and sergers. Ask your local Janome dealer to order you oneof these.

It is a good idea to replenish your supply of bobbins after a busy time of sewing. You can use the bobbin winder to refill your bobbins with Janome bobbin thread – which is thinner so is receomemnded for embroidery projects. (No-one like the feel of a bullet proof vest when the embroidery is complete so do use appropriate threads).  This Janome bobbin thread is available from your local Janome dealer in large cones and smaller spools as well packets of  prewound boobins:


Janome bobbin thread is available at your local Janome dealer.

Part #’s are as follows:  

300m: # 200921781 (white)

800 meters: # 27-J-209-1  (Black)

1,600 meters: # 27-J-208 – 16C (white)

20,000m:  # 770433004  (white) 120wt thread so very thin – great for embroidery asit is polyester and smooth and strong. 

# PWBOBBIN -W  (white)  or #PWBOBBIN-B (black)



Did you know this? Each bobbin contains 80 yards = 74 meters. And the special machines that wind our pre-wounds do it much tighter than our sewing machines wind so more thread is contained on a pre-wound than on a self wound bobbin. 


Now you are all set to start sewing up a storm again? Well we hope so!

This post courtesy of Celine over at Vie Janome – translated into English and edited slightly.


About lizafrica

I am the National Education Manager for Janome & Elna Canada (including Artistic Creative products) and I LOVE to sew! I have been employed full time in the sewing and quilting industry for almost 30 years so I bring a wealth of sewing knowledge & expertise to this blog. I enjoy all forms of sewing from quilting to sewing garments to machine embroidery and software. Pretty much everything in my life is seen through the eyes of a passionate sewer! I am constantly on the look out for fun, innovative and inspiring ideas to share with you all on this blog. I also love to read, knit , travel and spend time with my family and friends.
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  1. Jan says:

    My manual says nothing about oiling my machine. What kind of oil do I use?


    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Jan,

      Your local Janome dealer should be able to assist you with this query. They would be doing your regular servicing of your machine and could show where you need to oil and sell you the correct type of oil. This blog post has a good amount of information on this except for the type of oil. The oil needs to be fine and suitable for sewing machines. One with a long narrow spout helps apply just a small amount to the machine.



  2. cindy champagne says:

    Thankyou for this info. The wick is not in the book. Luckily my husband thought it was a wick and told me not to remove it until we checked. I tried doing the a chat on Janome with a technican but she didn’t understand what I was asking and I finally had to stop and try googling it again and found you.


    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Cindy,

      Your local Janome dealer/authorized Janome service technician should know this information and be able to share it with you.
      Janome North America also has a wonderful service where they can skype and actually show live to answer queries. They do this primarily with our Janome Dealers but, point is, this information is readily available.



  3. Lynn White says:

    Appreciate this information. I wondered about the ‘wick’ and couldn’t see anywhere in my manual (Janome S3 in Aust.) about oiling.


  4. Susan says:

    Great article! Whish I had seen this sooner….What if I accidentally cleaned and removed the wick, can I replace it?


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