My adult playroom is my sewing room. When I downsized my home I went from a 900 sq. ft. sewing room to a 10 x 10 bedroom for sewing. I had to choose which crafts I loved most and kept those items to fit into the new room. My decision was to keep anything that is sewing related. Sewing is my first love and all my crafting abilities are added into my sewing endeavours.
While sewing, I don’t use only one technique. I quilt, create garments, make home decor items, machine embroidery, design on software programs projects for sewing, and write constantly for sewing related websites. Even when I decide I am going to make a quilt, I often use standard sewing stitches, free motion quilting stitches, quilting with the embroidery hoop, applique, piecing, embellishing with beads/crystals and so much more. Combining all my creative ideas in one project makes it much more interesting for me.
Take a close look at a small quilted project I made here. I used machine embroidery (bee monochrome embroidery design on my Janome MC15000 machine), applique, trapunto (under the bee to lift it up), embellishment with decorative sewing stitches, variegated threads and polyester threads, free motion variable zigzag (a great feature on the Janome MC15000 utilizing the knee lifter for stitch width variation). This all adds interest; quilts the layers together, and adds a non traditional applique edge stitch. Just one style of stitching would never do for me!
I love that my Janome MC15000 machine has so many styles of stitches available to me. I can spend many hours just playing with all the stitch possibilities. By varying the stitch length, stitch width, and changing my thread thickness and colors, I can create a project with so much more interest. My eye keeps moving from one spot to another to hone in on the variations.
So when I am feeling inspired to create, or I just want some play time to myself, it is off to my sewing room I go. I encourage you to play often and play hard with your Janome products and see what comes of it. You may be surprised yourself!!