Every so often I get a Janome 6500 in for an annual service that has a presser foot lifter that doesn’t want to stay up. If I try really hard I can get it to stay up, but it’s not easy, and it’s certainly not the way the presser foot lifter was designed to work. It’s very frustrating, even during the short sew-off portion of the annual service, to cope with the presser foot slamming down when I try to raise it up. If you have a Janome 6500 with this problem, then you know just what I’m talking about.
In the image to the right I am showing the presser foot lifter. It is quite easily removed from the machine. A large screw goes through the hole at the top of the lifter. Once that screw is loosened and removed, the lifter comes right out. The screw isn’t accessible without removing the “Front Plate Unit”, but this part comes off easily because it is only held on with one spring and two screws.
How to Fix the Presser Foot Lifter
I use a razor blade to score the holding surface of the presser foot lifter. This is the area that would be responsible for holding the presser foot up, and in my image is the upper left portion of the lifter. It takes less than a minute to score this surface and make it rough enough to do the job. Once properly scored, I put it back in the machine. It works every time!
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