How to Use the Double Needle on a Janome Memory Craft 4800

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How to Use the Double Needle on a Janome Memory Craft 4800
The Janome MC4800QC has an easy-to-use double needle system. (Sewing machine image by Susanne Karlsson from

The Janome company is known for making high quality machines that are affordable and easy to use. The Janome Memory Craft 4800 Quilter's Collection (MC4800QC) is a robust machine with a variety of features for the at-home quilter. The twin needle is a fun way to add decorative stitching and professional-quality finishes to garments and craft projects. The MC4800QC's twin needle feature allows for quick changes of the needle and a one-button twin needle setting, which automatically changes the tension and thread settings for you.

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  1. 1

    Raise the needle by pressing the "Up/Down" button on the front of the Janome MC4800QC. Lower the presser foot by lowering the black handle to the right of the presser foot. Turn off your machine.

  2. 2

    Loosen the needle by turning the clamp screw, located above the needle on the right side, toward you. Remove the needle from the needle clamp by pulling gently. If it doesn't remove easily, loosen the clamp until it does.

  3. 3

    Insert the double needle into the needle clamp. Make sure the flat side on the upper end of the needle is in the back. Push the needle as far up into the needle clamp as you can without forcing it, and turn the needle clamp away from you until it is tight.

  4. 4

    Load both spools in the upper compartment. Thread your machine according to Janome's instructions. Thread the right needle first, followed by the left needle, making sure not to cross or twist the thread at any point.

  5. 5

    Turn on your sewing machine. Press the "twin needle" button, which is the second button from the left underneath the LCD screen. This button automatically sets your machine's setting for optimal performance when sewing with the twin needle.

  6. 6

    Test your twin needle stitches on a piece of scrap fabric before you start on your project to make sure the settings are working properly.

Tips and warnings

  • Always double check your threading. Most often, jams are due to improperly threaded sewing machines.

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