This post is for my fellow Janome owners. If you have owned a Janome for over a year, you will want to read this. As much as I LOVE my Janome and swear by its reliability, the food pedal is another story. Almost every year, I end up replacing that darn foot control because it decides to stop working. Well, this last time I was bound and determined to figure out why this thing breaks….and to my surprise, I was able to fix it in a few minutes.
All you need is a screwdriver, a little dust brush and possibly some compressed air. Turn the pedal over and unscrew all 4 screws. You will need to remove the black sticky pads to uncover 2 of the screws. When you open the pedal up, you will see 2 springs, simply remove them (but take note how they are placed because you need to put them back (the smaller side faces down on top of the screw head in the pedal). You will see lots of dust and debris. You need to carefully clean this out making sure to thoroughly clean any metal contacts. Clean with your brush first and finish off with compressed air (gently) if needed. Then, simply place the springs back in place and screw it back together! Before you place all the screws in, you might want test it to see if it works. It should, and now you can do the happy dance – you just saved yourself $70 and wait time. My guess is that this works with other foot pedals as well. YEAH!