Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Novum Model IX - Sewing Machine Instruction Book

Novum New Mark IX - Sewing Machine
My own Novum New Mark IX - Sewing Machine + my Instruction Book
The other day a reader of my 'ickle blog called Julie emailed me to ask if I would be able to share  a copy of my manual / guide book with her. She'd been reunited with her Mother's sewing machine after 29 years and she's lacking a manual - and needed some help with the oiling.

So, a little bit of scanning of the A5 pages - and here we are :)

My machine is a heavy vintage model - just a basic zig-zag machine. It's labelled on the book as a 'Novum New Mark IX' but I believe that it is sometimes also known as a 'Deluxe IX'.

I have scanned and uploaded a copy of the Instruction Book to my Google Drive - which you can download from here.

Screenshot from PDF reader of pages from inside of the
Novum New Mark IX Sewing Machine Manual
So anyone who's after after copy feel free to have a copy on me - free, gratis (no need to hunt the web and buy a copy ;) LOL!)

Janome - Manuals 'n' Models Numbers
On a separate but related note - Fiona of Diary of a Chain Stitcher (a lovely lady - I met her at Rachel's fabulous meet-up this Saturday just gone) was searching for a manual for her Janome 7021 machine. I'd originally suggested she try doing a search for it as a PDF file on Google. But, having done that myself I couldn't find a copy anywhere... so I went to the Janome UK website and dropped an email to them ( A lovely lady called Helen sent me the manual file. But, get this... the file was for a model 521(E). So, I quickly dropped her an email back - as I thought she'd made an error. It turns out that the 7021 (sold in John Lewis) is the same as the 521(E)... and having Googled some images online it seems that the 521 has blue trim to it - whereas the 7021 has white.

So, it would seem that some (maybe all?) Janome sewing machine models sold in John Lewis branches are re-numbered and differently coloured to their usual products. I have no idea if the same differences apply to the overlocker models (sergers) too. But, I'm wondering and guessing if the numbering system is that perhaps you take off the "70" from the front of the JL number and add a "5" instead ???


  1. How many machines do you own Claire?

    1. Hi Faye, I (currently!) own 6 machines - perhaps I'll photograph and post them all this Sunday :)

  2. I heard that own brand John Lewis machines are actually Janome too- just rebranded. (And cheaper!)
    Good work on the manual hunting- you're such a star helping us all out at this!

    1. Hi Tania! Oh... You know me I like a good search for a manual ;-) LOL! Speaking of which - how's your machine doing these days?

  3. Hi Claire, If I ever have a problem with my machine, I know who the expert is. zora

  4. Hmmm... it won't let me reply to your reply! Which is in a similar vein to my sewing machine's health!
    She's still clunking and has now got a loose connection on the bulb, so I frequently have to sew in the dark! I'd retire her if I could afford to, but instead will have to work her til she drops... makes me feel mean and Dickensian- especially when I have to hit her to remake the lighting connection!!

  5. Thank you so much for making the Novum New Mark IX manual available. I've no idea when I lost mine, but I've had the machine for 36 years and it's still working well. In fact, I've just taken it in for it's very first service!

    1. Wow! That just goes to show that good quality sewing machines really do stand the test of time! And, I'm really glad that the PDF manual came in handy for you too :-)

  6. Hi, I have just aquired this model and I've followed the instructions for threading the needle etc, but when I start to sew, the thread comes out of the needle. What am I doing wrong? Please help

    1. Hi Victoria! I'm so sorry to hear of your threading woes :-(. This might help you I hope... after you've threaded both the top thread and after you've pulled the thread from the bobbin (on the bottom of your machine) through to the needleplate ---> Grab both of the 2 threads, then pull them gently towards the back of your machine (directly behind the Presser-foot) so that you have around 10-15cm (4-6 inches) of thread. Next, place your fabric under the presser-foot, lower the foot, turn the hand-wheel slowly and gently towards yourself until the needle is inserted into the fabric. Then, whilst gently holding the 2 threads with your right-hand, and gently holding the fabric onto the machine with your left-hand (holding it close to the foot) start the machine slowly and steadily using the pedal. By holding the threads in your hand at the start of sewing (for the first 3-4 stitches) you achieve 2 useful things: 1) the threads are not too short - and they don't get withdrawn back out of the eye of the needle when you start stitching (if you watch the 'Thread take up lever' as the machine is started you'll notice that as it travels up/down it drags/moves the upper thread - if the thread through the needle is too short then when the Lever moves upwards when you make your first stitch the movement causes it to literally yank the thread backwards through the needle). 2) Holding the threads at the start of a line of stitching you will stop them from getting tangled up into a birds-nest underneath too

      I hope that this helps! Happy sewing :-)

  7. Hi,

    I'm a complete novice regarding sewing machines, so please forgive my basic questions!
    I have seen a Novum zig-zag mark IX for sale and I'm considering buying it. I need a machine that can make zig-zag locking stitches (which thanks to the manual you uploaded I can see this machine will do), for sail making. I'm just not sure if this machine will work with heavy materials like canvas or dacron etc.
    I'm not planning on becoming a professional sail maker so I don't want to fork out for an industrial machine with an astronomical price tag. This is for hobby use only.
    Do you think this machine would suit my needs.



    1. Hi Tash, so sorry for my late reply! The machine will be able to cope with canvas - I've used it on several layers of thick denim very well. You'll need to use strong needles - Denim needles in size 16 are made from harder metal and can cope with piercing thick layers well. I paid around £50 for my machine. It's a very solid, strong machine - and easy to use. Don't pay more than that for this model - many sellers online over inflate the price of the machine. It's great, but not worth £200+ IMHO :-)

  8. Thanks for the info Claire. Much appreciated.

  9. Hey clair.. Do u know where i can get a manual for the mark iii please?

  10. Hello claire - I have an old novum - and I'm not able to pick up the bobbin string with the needle- I have threaded it correctly, the bobbin seems correct but it's just not picking it up - any tips welcome. Total novice but already learnt a lot!!! X

  11. To commenter #9 (Unknown): I have a PDF copy of the Novum Mark III sewing machine manual here: it was sent to me by someone I contacted on eBay who was selling the machine a couple of years ago - and I asked them if they would kindly forward me a copy for my own machine :-)

  12. To Sally Ahern sorry for my late reply!

    Try this tip (below), from this link - I hope that it helps :-):

    Make sure the presser foot is up when seating the thread through the upper tension. Now, it's time to draw up your bobbin thread. Turn the handwheel (TOWARDS YOU ONLY, never turn the handwheel away from you) and hold the needle thread lightly. Tug on it as the needle goes down and then comes up again.

    Q.Why won’t my machine pick up the bobbin thread?

    A. We get this question a lot. Don’t worry…easy fixes below!

    First, make sure the bobbin-winding spindle (located on top of your machine) has been pushed back to the left for sewing. If it is not in the correct position, the needle will not go down and pick-up your bobbin thread.

    Next, make sure your needle is inserted correctly, as far as it will go, with the flat side facing back. Also, make sure your bobbin is in correctly (not backwards) and that the upper tension disks of your machine are threaded correctly. Make sure the presser foot is up when seating the thread through the upper tension.

    Now, it’s time to draw up your bobbin thread.

    Turn the handwheel (TOWARDS YOU ONLY, never turn the handwheel away from you) and hold the needle thread lightly. Tug on it as the needle goes down and then comes up again. You should see a small loop come up through the needle plate (this is your bobbin thread), using the tip of a narrow object like a pencil or scissors, pull the loop up and then pull both threads (top and bobbin) under the foot and toward the back of the machine.

    If the above troubleshooting tips did not solve your issues, you may need to have your machine repaired for timing. If the timing is out, the needle thread is not meeting the bobbin thread in time to form a stitch.


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