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I've thrown away the wick!
Cleaning my machine
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  1. I've thrown away the wick!

    I gave my QC6019 a good clean out and I came across the wick which is located inside the bobbin case. I thought this was just a build up of dust and lint, so I removed it! Now I read that this is where I drop my oil when I clean it out - onto this wick. Will my machine survive this removal of the wick or will I have to buy another bobbin case? Thankyou
    Posted: Nov 04 2011 By: Bids
  2. I've thrown away the wick!

    You can take it to your dealer and they can put another wick in-if you can find the wick, you can re-insert it yourself. It's actually sort of a skinny length of felt (wool I think)
    Posted: Nov 04 2011 By: jsm1144
  3. I've thrown away the wick!

    It is not necessary to have this in the hook. It's purpose is to keep it running quiet, smooth, and prevent the hook from locking up but it is not needed.

    If you keep it serviced regularly, you don't need the wick.
    Posted: Mar 09 2012 By: logiryan
  4. I've thrown away the wick!

    Logiryan, so nice to se you posting again. I was afraid you had left us, as I for one really missed your expertise, I'm sure I wasn't alone.
    Posted: Mar 10 2012 By: digimad
  5. I've thrown away the wick!

    Originally posted by: logiryan

    It is not necessary to have this in the hook. It's purpose is to keep it running quiet, smooth, and prevent the hook from locking up but it is not needed.

    If you keep it serviced regularly, you don't need the wick./div>

    I'm not sure this is the best advice, since once a smooth/polished surface is damaged by heat and lack of lubrication, such as the surface of the axle portion of the hook assembly where the wick brings oil to, no amount of oil will make it go back to the way it was meant to be. I don't know how many of Janome hook assemblies you have replaced, but it's not an easy or inexpensive repair, and damage caused by neglect or wear and tear is not covered under warranty. Also, since most people don't service their machines regularly, it's not wise advice to recommend leaving the felt out. I know you didn't exactly recommend it, but Bids should certainly get a new wick and push it down in there, followed by a generous squirt of sewing machine oil. The price of a new wick is less than the spare change that most people have in their pocket.
    Posted: Apr 27 2012 By: skunkbad
  6. I've thrown away the wick!

    My wick seems to have gotten smaller,I can no longer see it.I never removed it.Seems to be oily,but if the wicks there it in pieces. Is this normal?
    Posted: May 12 2013 By: Debi
  7. I've thrown away the wick!

    Perhaps you have too much oil and might think about waiting a few weeks to see if you can tell if it is drying out and you can see it again. Of course when in doubt always consult your dealer.

    MOM
    Posted: May 12 2013 By: MOM
  8. I've thrown away the wick!

    I just assumed most people have their machines serviced regularly. I do mine once a year. My 9000 was purchased in 98 and still sews great. It has been serviced every year and does just a good job as my new 12000, no repairs either. My even older Janome is 40 years old and still sews. My serger is 10 years old and does just fine. I can't imagine spending so much money on a machine and not servicing it. I had a sewing business in our home so my machines were all used a lot, but not quite as much since retiring. I still plan on having the servicing done once a year.
    Posted: May 12 2013 By: linlou
  9. I've thrown away the wick!

    I agree linlou, if not once a year every 2 years at the least.

    MOM
    Posted: May 13 2013 By: MOM
  10. I've thrown away the wick!

    I stopped by my local Janome dealer to see if I could pick up a wick. They never heard of the bobbin wick or replaced one or knew what it was. That's why my dealer is so far away! How can they not Know if they work on machines. I was even reading my work book and it mentions the wick and oiling it. I am do to make the trip, but just thought I'd slip a new one in as I wanted to try free motion, and do some sewing.My far away dealer help me out a month ago over the phone, on a Saturday when I touched the hand wheel by mistake,he is the best.Just wish he was closer.
    Posted: May 15 2013 By: Debi
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