Ok, hands up everyone! How many of you have jeans in your house which look like this? Maybe not you, but what about your husband/ partner/ kids? Don’t worry, I won’t ask how long you’ve been intending to fix them. I wouldn’t dream of asking another sewist such a daring, vulgar question. You can put your hands down now, by the way.
I’ve had these jeans in the back of my closet for more years than I can even remember. It seems they’ve always been on my “To Do” list, which somehow never seems to get any shorter. Is yours the same? Most of my projects seem to wait for the “right time”, or until I find the “right fabric”, or the “right pattern”. Well, I always know when all the “rights” finally come together because inspiration hits me like a lightening bolt. I knew the time had finally come to patch these jeans when I found IT – the “right patch”!
Are these trucks not the cutest thing?! I feel like my 10 year self when I wear these now, and I’ve gotten SEW many compliments on them! As well, I feel a good sense of pride when I wear them because this project was a real team effort. Our Janome Canada Parts and Notions Coordinator, Tania, drew the design; our super-talented Educator, Celine, digitized it, and our Marketing Coordinator, Alan, designed the flyer, the link, our website all just for YOU!, as a special little treat for our big extended Janome family. I hope you like this design because it’s a FREE Janome Embroidery File (JEF), found on our Janome.CA (Janome Canada) website in the spring “Drop Ship Sale” flyer. Click on the flyer to scroll to the link.
Even if you’re not in Canada, you can still download this design onto a USB stick and stitch it out in one of our Janome embroidery machines. Your machine needs to have a USB port, too, which is no problem as all of our recent embroidery only models, like the Janome MC550E and embroidery combo models, like the Janome MC15000 Quiltmaker, have this. If your machine, however, is of a certain vintage and you’ve been thinking about upgrading, perhaps now would be an ideal time! I stitched my trucks on the fabulous new Janome MC550E.
While I could have cut up a bunch of other old, ripped jeans to reuse the denim, I had a whole stack of these dark blue denim precuts in my stash, so this seemed the “right time” to use some of them. I also had a stash of heavier cotton thread in the burnished gold tones of the typical thread used for jeans, so that seemed the “right thread” to use. I love that I didn’t have to buy one single thing to complete this project. Isn’t that a great feeling? As well, since I’m using up my stash now, its the perfect excuse to go shopping when all the stores reopen, lol! You know, many of our Janome dealers are actually still open for business, either online, doing curbside pick up, etc. so you can check out a list of Canadian Janome dealers HERE.
The BIG 14.2″ x 7.9″ RE36b hoop of the Janome MC 550E was a dream to use, as I could stitch two designs in one hooping. I used my favorite temporary basting spray, Artistic Tack, available from your Janome dealer, to hold the denim squares onto my tearaway stabilizer, which is hooped. My denim squares were too small to hoop, but, I rarely hoop my fabric, actually. Instead, I prefer to hoop the stabilizer and float the fabric over it, using the Artistic Tack spray, and the built-in basting function of the embroidery machine to hold the fabric in place.
I used the machine’s editing capabilities on the truck in the photo above to flip and enlarge the design, and I mixed up the order of the colours in some of the patches to add another slash of fun. I stuck to the suggested colour palette provided with the design, just not always the same order, but our embroidery thread, Madeira thread being a particular favourite, (check with your Janome dealer if they carry this line of thread) is like a box of crayons, so play with whatever colours you wish!
Below is the patch most people don’t see when I wear these, but why not make it cute and pretty anyway, lol! I know it’s there!
I’m always in a hurry; always sew much to do, so you can’t beat 1600 stitches per minute to get the job done in a flash. I love, love, LOVE the Janome HD9 for many reasons, but it’s speed is likely the number one reason. I’m always so impressed every time I use it. The super-strong, heavy duty motor is certainly another big reason why I love this machine. It literally glides through everything like a hot knife through butter!
The above clip has 8 layers of denim gliding through on the Janome HD9, made even easier using the optional Janome HD Roller Foot, which fits high shank 9mm and 7mm machines. Janome America Artisan, Jon Paul Alfano, has been showing the features of the HD9, the HD Roller Foot, and sharing some of his beautiful leather work, during some of the Facebook Live presentations, which are at 3pm Eastern, Monday through Friday on the Janome Sewing Machines Facebook page. As well, you can check out previous Janome Life posts about the Janome HD9 HERE.
I hope you all are staying safe and having fun using up your stash – and hopefully crossing off some projects from your “To Do” list in the process. On to the next item on the list!