Making a Bag on the new M7.

What do you do when the clouds are pouring liquid sunshine?

Create something cool on your new sewing machine.

I just received this in the mail and was really excited to make myself a new bag. June Tailor’s concept is a great combination of paper piecing and quilting as you go.

So, I sat down at my new Janome Continental M7 sewing machine with a batik jelly roll of fabric and some lemonade and got started on my Alexandra Tote Bag.

This Janome HP2 foot is awesome. Precision sewing with a walking foot.

This screen is so clear and easy to navigate. Offers information on  everything you need to know from on screen help and info to a unique and brand new QR code on the screen – with the free Janome AcuSpark app on your Apple or Android smart phone or tablet, you get  even more information to make your sewing a breeze! It is like having an electronic manual which goes automatically to the correct page when you hold your phone or tablet up to the Janome Continental M7 screen. The AcuSpark App scans the applicable code in the bottom right corner of the screen. 

For creating this bag these buttons are terrific: locking stitches; using the needle up/down function; cutting threads automatically and using the presser foot lift button. SEW easy! 

My favorite is the locking stitch button to start and finish each piece.

The throat space is amazing. It allows me to have my bag lay flat out and not bunched up as I sew. The bright lights are a great addition. Everything is so clear And easy to see. 

As you can see, going through a lot of layers isn’t an issue for the Janome Contintental M7. This is due to the great new improvements Janome has brought to this model: a brushless motor; separate motor on the Acufeed flex PLUS foot ( walking foot) which drives the upper feed dogs; new higher and sharper feed dogs for feeding fabric and more. 

Four layers of batik fabric and 2 layers of batting…no problem.

I decided to neaten  the raw edges inside the bag with an overcasting stitch and the nifty Overcasting foot: I quickly changed feet and put this included foot on.

This gave me a serged like finish. So neat as well as easy to achieve. 

I upped the stakes and sewed through 6 layers of batik fabric, 3 layers of batting and 2 layers of webbing. It sewed through like a hot knife through butter. It was awesome!

Now I have a beautiful bag to take on my holiday.

What a great way to spend an afternoon! 

About Anne Stitcher

I have been an Educator with Janome for several years now. Crafting is my passion. I love to sew, quilt, crochet, knit, cross-stitch, scrapbook, paper tole and cook. I have so many hobbies. I am always doing something. I love to use my skills to help people in need and to pass on my knowledge to others. Happy Sewing!
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