I have the Janome 7700. The needle (brand new) is not centred in the FMQ foot (it is close to the left hand side of the foot) and when I switch the APC for FMQ, the needle is grazing the back edge of the hole so I don't use the APC. Has anyone had this problem? My machine was just serviced and I mentioned this to the technician and asked him to look at it. I was so happy to have the machine back that I neglected to ask him if it was fixed and I just took a look and the problem is still there. Has anyone else had this problem and if so, what is the solution?
He saw it and "fixed" it. He fixed it so that the needle is centred when the APC is set at DS1 for free motion quilting but when it is set for straight sewing the needle now grazes the front of the plate. Unfortunately the technician knows nothing about FMQ, and he is at an authorized dealer, It is now back for the third time and the problem is not resolved.
When using the APC, you should only be using the DS settings. The other settings are for the regular sewing. A straight stitch shouldn't make any difference. If it causes you grief don't use the APC. I never thought it a great thing right from the get-go and I got one as soon as they were available in Canada. It couldn't have been that great as it was dropped off the next machine in the line up the 8900. My machine technician told me that he'd get me a regular needle plate if I didn't the one on it. I told him I'd look at that option if mine broke. It would require 2 for those who like a straight stitch plate - I'm not one of them.