Janome Harmony 4052 sewing machine

I used my Janome Harmony 4052 sewing machine 4 times in less than 2 yrs
it jumped timing neither Sears nor Janome will fix it without charge.
It was used for simple repairs of lightweight materials to fix seams in
shirts or pajamas, you get the idea. Sears certified repair center
doesn't even have a tech that can repair it, they will have to ship it
out to be repaired. I was told I had to sign an agreement that allowed
repairs to work to $80.00, if the repair would cost more then I would
be notified before work was done. It seems to me that a sewing machine
should certianly not jump time after only 4 minor repairs. This was a
christmas present for me in 2003 and in Sept 2004 jumped time on the
4th time of using it. I'm betting my repair cost $80.00 since I already
know whats wrong with it I just don't know how to fix it myself. I
will never own another Sears or Janome sewing machine and you would do
wise to reconsider if you're thinking of buying one yourself. I figure
if you can't depend on them to last for more than 4 minor repairs you
should probably look at a different source than Sears or Janome for
your sewing machine buys.
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While I understand the frustration you are feeling (believe me I do) at having a sewing machine you paid good money for not perform as it should, you should know that few things annoy Usenet readers as much as multiple copies of the same posting appearing in multiple newsgroups. Your message appears in four of the newsgroups I subscribe to.=20
Posting to multiple newsgroups is called 'spamming.' For a cross-post, you should put "cross posted" in the subject line.
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Have you ever broken a needle on this sewing machine? or heard a loud thump when you were sewing? In my experience, the most common way to put a sewing machine out of time is to be pushing or pulling on the fabric under the foot, and tug in the middle of a stitch.
It's also not uncommon for friends to ask me to look at their machines that are not stitching properly, and I find the needle is in backwards, or a bit of thread is wrapped around something, or they've threaded with the presser foot down and the upper thread didn't enter the tension, or it's just plain misthreaded. Most of the time, I've been told by the owner that the machine needed retiming, when all it needed was to be rethreaded properly.
If any of that seems at all possible, then I'd suggest you read Gale Grigg Hazen's Owner's Guide to Sewing Machines, Sergers and Knitting Machines -- it is, alas, out of print, but your local library can find it for you on interlibrary loan.
I don't know this sewing machine... and years ago my mother had an ancient straight stitch machine that did go out of time with no provocation -- several different mechanics confirmed that. Using that particular sewing machine for a boat anchor would have been a good choice. Whether that's true of your machine or not, I couldn't say... but that's relatively rare.
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Kay Lancaster
I would be willing to bet if you put in a new needle correctly and thread the machine correctly this "timing" problem suddenly disappears.
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Ron Anderson

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