Built-in Needle Threader

Built-in Needle Threader

What is a built-in needle threader? And how can you benefit from having one?

Photo courtesy of Sew4Home

Many Janome machines are indeed advertised as having a Built-in needle threader, and perhaps you even purchased your machine because of this, but what does it mean to you?

Or, did you buy it and never use it?

In this post, we will talk about the needle threader and demonstrate how to use it properly. 

We also have some great videos and even a close-up of the needle threader in action!

What is a built-in needle threader?

A needle threader is a convenient stress-reducing feature on most Janome sewing machines, however, some would argue that the needle threader is actually stress-inducing! The frustration is certainly understandable when something does not work the way it should. Often, we think the needle threader is broken or damaged when in fact we may just be using it incorrectly. The needle threader is a time-saving yet delicate device that can make setup and sewing much easier and certainly come in handy if you break your thread in the middle of a project.

The threader mechanism is made up of 3 main parts, they all work together to properly thread the needle:

Threader Knob This is the bar that comes down, which holds the threading mechanism. Always be sure to have the needle in the highest position before bringing this lever down.

Guide-the guide is the first thread path to take once the Threader Knob is down.

Hook-this is where the magic happens, after you have brought down the Treader Knob, and placed your thread under the Guide, the Hook is the part that pulls the thread through the eye of the needle. It is important to note that the thread gets pulled through the needle to form a loop. So, you need to have some slack but not too much as you will have to pull the thread the rest of the way through.

For the sake of this article, we will be demonstrating two different machine types; the mechanical type, using the Janome HD1000, and the computerized type using a Janome C30 model. 

First the Mechanical machine

While the needle threaders work the same way, the actual process can be a bit tricky on the mechanical model at first.

To start, always refer to your instruction manual to determine the correct thread size. 

NOTE: The needle threader can be used with a #11 to #16 needle. Thread sizes 50 to 90 are recommended.

Needle threader for the Janome HD1000

To begin, you’ll want to make sure that your needle is in the highest possible position. If the needle is too low, the Threader Knob on the needle threader arm will not extend far enough down for the Hook to reach the eye of the needle. If you attempt to force it, you may wind up bending or breaking the delicate Hook that achieves this threading process. 

Obviously, we don’t want that, so turn off your machine and turn the handwheel towards you until you can see the needle is up. You want to stop it right before it begins to go down.

Pull down the needle Threader Knob as far as it will go. 

Gently turn the Threader Knob in a forward direction (towards the front of the machine) to allow the Hook to go through the eye of the needle. Do not force it. 

Paying close attention to the needlepoint, draw the thread UNDER Guide #3 as shown in the image, and then under Hook #2 in the image. But NOT under the needle!

Turn the Threader Knob in a backward direction (towards the rear of the machine), allowing the Hook to pull the thread through the eye of the needle from front to back, and gently let the Threader Knob back up to its starting position.

This certainly is a delicate process and can take a bit of practice so be sure to have a well-lit workspace and be patient.

Notice how the handwheel must be turned slightly in order to get the needle to the highest position.

Check out this close-up video!

Notice how the threader hook goes through the eye of the needle from back to front.


Needle Threader on the Janome C30

Using the built-in Needle threader on a Computerized model is very similar.

Many computerized models have a Needle Up/Down function, which is a convenient feature to have and will allow the needle to always be in the correct position.

1. Simply press the Needle up/down button to raise the needle to the highest position, and turn the power off. 

2. Pull down the needle Threader Knob as far as it will go. Gently turn the Threader Knob in a forward direction (towards the front of the machine) to allow the Hook to go through the eye of the needle. Do not force it. Lead the thread around the Guide and under the Hook.

3. Turn the Threader Knob in a backward direction (towards the rear of the machine), allowing the Hook to pull the thread through the eye of the needle from front to back, and gently let the Threader Knob back up to its starting position. 

4. Pull the thread loop through the needle eye.

Don’t fret if you don’t get it on the first try, knowing the mechanics of it will help get this routine right. 

When using a computerized machine, simply press the needle up/down button twice to raise the needle to the highest position.

Manual needle threader

Not all machines have a built-in needle threader. That’s ok, Janome has you covered!

We offer a manual needle threader that will work with any Janome sewing machine. 

So if your machine has a built-in needle threader, go on and practice using it. 

Be sure to always refer to your instruction manual for correct thread/needle size and be patient. 

A built-in needle threader is a valuable and delightful little perk of Janome Machines and a genuine time-saver once you learn how to use it correctly.

Until next time….

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17 Responses to Built-in Needle Threader

  1. Therese Kumro says:

    Is there any way for me to adjust the threader on my 15000? It’s a new machine and I’m pretty sure I bent the threader when trying to thread a slightly thicker decorative thread through the needle. I don’t want to pack up the machine and have it gone for possibly weeks to straighten it out. This is the 2nd 15000 that I currently own, so I’m not a total newbie to this machine. Thanks!


    • janomeman says:

      HI Therese, by mistake, I did the same thing, lol! I keep having to remind myself, threads 30 wt and thicker should be threaded manually. You’re always best to take your machine in to be serviced by an authorized Janome service technician, especially with the TOL MC15000 with it’s auto-needle threader. It’s tricky to adjust when it’s up in the parked position. Sometimes the little metal hook of the threader can be very carefully bent back into position using needle nose tweezers or pliers – use the Optic Magnifiers which came with the machine to get in close. I’ve done that with the threader on my Continental M7, but not my MC15000. Perhaps call the dealer to ask their wait times and maybe they can squeeze you in. Happy Sewing!


      • Pat Smale says:

        I have tried to be very careful around the threader. I absolutely get the tread into the right positions but I just can’t seem to keep it working. I LOVE my 7M but I am very disappointed with the auto threader. I have used one for a long time on my old janome and never had a problem. I think the designers need to take another look at it. I have given up even having it fixed, it’s just too much for me to keep lugging that heavy machine in for threader repair.


      • janomeman says:

        HI Pat. Sorry you’re having trouble. Not only does the thread need to be in the right position, there needs to be a certain amount of tension on it, as well. It has to be firmly seated in the “jaw” of the threader and hung up on the side thread cutter/thread holder to hold it taught. Threading with two hands really helps this. I have a video on the Janome HQ You Tube channel demonstrating this. https://youtu.be/0CHAiuIHHj4, so hopefully it’ll help. If the little metal hook of the threader gets bent, it can very carefully be brought back into position using needle nose tweezers or pliers. I use the Optic Magnifiers to get in close. This can save a trip to the repair man, but I always emphasis caution and that repairs are best left to the professionals. Janome has available the manual needle threader, so that helps with very fine threads or threads too thick for the built-in needle threaders.


  2. Patrick says:

    Where do I get a new needle threader for my 6500? Mine no longer works properly. I actually have to pull it off the ‘shaft’ and insert the pin manually through the eye of the needle to hook my thread.


    • janomeman says:

      HI Patrick, contact a Janome Canada dealer near you https://www.janome.ca/en-ca/find-a-dealer/ They may have the part in stock in their store, or can order it in for you. Many of our dealers are also Janome certified technicians, or they have one in their store who can do the replacement for you. Happy Sewing.


  3. Patty Huizar says:

    I find this site very interesting and knowledgeable. I would like to do the block of the month that starts this week can you please send me the information again I have seemed to misplace it.
    Thank you Patty


    • janomeman says:

      HI Patty, thank you sew much for your compliments! One of the great things about our blog is that you don’t need to worry about misplacing information. You can quickly find all previous blogs by subject by typing it into the Search Box on the right of the screen. Type “Janome Quilt Along”, for example, in the Search Box and all previous related blog posts will appear. You can further catalogue the blogs by saving them into a folder created on your computer, so the information is always at your finger tips. Happy Quilting!


  4. Giuliana Nakashima says:

    I LOVE my needle threader on my M7!!! I do have a couple of those manual needle threaders for back up should I mess it up or if the needle I need to use has an extra small eye (I think the threader is good for 75/11-90/16) or if the thread I’m using is super heavy. But it’s been great on the M7 and on the other Janome machines I have as well.


    • janomeman says:

      Thank you sew much for your feedback, Giuliana! Those manual needle threaders are great to keep on hand, as yes, you are correct that a fine needle with a small eye, like a sz9 will need to be threaded by hand, as will when using a 30wt or thicker thread. In most other average sewing scenarios, the Continental M7 built-in needle threader works great and comes in very handy! Happy Sewing!


  5. Sharon Russo says:

    I have 3 Janome machines, 15000, 7700 and 3160. As expensive as these machines are, I always have a problem with the need,e threader except the 3160. That one works phenomenal on the cheapest machine. It’s too bad that can’t be adapted for the more expensive models


    • janomeman says:

      Thank you for your feedback, Sharon. Sometimes, the most simple is best, lol! Janome has been trying to refine and improve the automatic needle threader with each new machine. Thread guide #7 is one such improvement to be sure the thread gets pulled over to the left and secured in the “jaw” of the threader. That was one step often missed. If you have a Version 1 or Version 2 of the MC15000, adjusting the needle threader was part of the upgrade to the new improved V3 Quilt Maker. I have a V2 MC15000 and have had no troubles with the needle threader since updating my machine several years ago. I’m loving the new automatic needle threader of the fabulous new machine set to debut next month!


  6. Pat Smale says:

    I bought a Janome M7 recently and have had an ongoing issue with getting the threader hook bent down slightly and then the threader not working. It seems to be a simple fix but it is a nuisance to lug the machine into the dealer. I have no idea what I do to cause this problem. It was suggested to me that I make sure I make sure I draw the thread loop off the threader before I start to sew to prevent moving the ldelicate hook, so far so good. Has anyone else had this issue?


    • janomeman says:

      HI Pat. That little hook of the needle threader is indeed very delicate, as it needs to be to be drawn through the eye of the needle along with the thread. Releasing the loop of thread off the threader before you begin to sew will help avoid the possibility of bending the hook. Also avoid trying to use the threader with thread thicker than 30wt. I’ve made that mistake myself! lol!


  7. Anne says:

    Love them all except the manual one…lol


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