Well, I’m not too sure about you but these hot summer nights are real difficult to get to sleep – especially when the pillow case is made from some nasty poly fabric that seems to stick to your neck!

So I decided to raid my stash and make a couple of pairs of 100% cotton pillow cases for immediate use………. A girl has gotta get her beauty sleep!

pillowcase set #1

I made 2 sets of pillow cases from fabric in my stash – in less than an hour…..YES….you can do that too. I used my  JANOME SERGER  to breeze along the seams and then moved to my JANOME HORIZON 7700QCP to top stitch the contrast panel and to ditch stitch the binding on the open end of the pillow.

2nd set of cotton pillow cases
open edge of pillow case bound just like you would for a neck or sleeve opening or at the top of a tote bag.

Of course, I could have embellished the contrast (paler fabric) panel with a pretty embroidery or a personalized monogram, name or applique, etc. I chose, in this case, just to whizz through 4 pillow cases in under an hour so that I could switch to cooler cotton in this hot weather.

But what about funky kiddie pillow cases with their name or favourite item embroidered  ……their very own special pillow case. Be sure to make more than one or they will not want them to go into the laundry basket!!

About lizafrica

I am the National Education Manager for Janome & Elna Canada (including Artistic Creative products) and I LOVE to sew! I have been employed full time in the sewing and quilting industry for almost 30 years so I bring a wealth of sewing knowledge & expertise to this blog. I enjoy all forms of sewing from quilting to sewing garments to machine embroidery and software. Pretty much everything in my life is seen through the eyes of a passionate sewer! I am constantly on the look out for fun, innovative and inspiring ideas to share with you all on this blog. I also love to read, knit , travel and spend time with my family and friends.
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  1. Mary P says:

    I have been told I can not use Schmetz needles with my MC7700QCP built-in needle threader. Do you find this to be true? What needles do you use? Thanks.


    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Mary,

      For the most part I use Janome blue & red tip needles – due to the type of sewing I do. These are essentially universal needles with a special metal alloy coating over the tip which does not get as hot as other non-coated needles when you are doing applications at high speeds: eg free motion quilting and machine embroidery. Because they do not get as hot, the tip lasts longer before becoming blunt & needing to be replaced.
      Having said that, I also use many other needles depending on the type of sewing project I am making. For example, I would most definitely use a denim needle if I was hemming a pair of denim pants. And I would not sew on a knit or lycra fabric without switching to a ballpoint needle. Conversely, a ballpoint needle is no good at all for piecing quilting cottons. The needle should always match the fabric being sewed.
      For the most part, I stick to Janome brand needles except for where the exact type I need are not available, such as microtex needles – in that case, I use a good quality alternative brand such as Schmetz.
      In terms of the built-in machine needle threader: the height of the eye is the point at issue: ALWAYS use the needle up/down function to raise the needle to the TOP position. Avoid using the flywheel as that is not as accurate in getting the needle to the correct position for threading.
      If you have a Schmetz or any other GOOD QUALITY non-Janome needle correctly inserted in the machine and the needle is in the correct position for threading so that the needle threader hook goes perfectly through the eye of the needle, I don’t see any harm in using that needle.
      Problems arise when the above “rules” are not followed.
      Hope that helps.


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