Do you have other hobbies besides sewing or quilting?
I dabble with knitting and have invested in some good knitting needles. I’m not going to lie, the sizes that are engraved on the needles are small and hard to read with these eyes even with my glasses on. So I made a case for my knitting needle tips with the sizes clearly marked using preprogrammed stiches on the Janome Memory Craft 9450QCP. I also created a cute knitting design for the flap using the Stitch Composer that comes with the Janome 9450QCP as well as several other Janome machines.
It’s always a good idea to test your stitches on some scrap fabric, but it’s especially important when you create your own stitches with the Stitch Composer. You want to make sure the stitching looks good and also make sure there aren’t too many stitches on top of each other causing problems when stitching it out. You may need to use a thinner thread if there are many stitches in your design. Or reduce the number of overlapping stitches by editing.
I created my design with the Stitch Composer, saved it to a USB, and loaded it onto the Janome MC9450. When I stitched it out I realized the repeat was too close.
So back to the Stitch Composer to fine-tune it. After changing the design, I did another test. This time with good results.
The design was stitched out on fabric backed with fusible stabilizer. The stabilizer ensures nice crisp stitches.
I also did a stitching test for the needle sizes. I compared the fonts the Janome MC9450 has to offer by stitching them out on scrap fabric. I also tried the various spacers to see which one would work best between the needle sizes. I settled on ‘Block’ with the largest space between the sizes.
I then created a combination of stitches by entering the sizes of my knitting needle tips into the Janome MC9450 starting and ending with two spaces:
_ _2.75_3.00_3.25_3.50_3.75_4.00_4.50_5.00_5.50_6.00_ _
Again the fabric was backed with stabilizer and the sequence was stitched out.
Here is my finished needle case. I’m really happy with it; no more squinting my eyes and trying to catch the light the right way to read the sizes on my knitting needles.
Would you like to make a needle case like this one? Full instructions including customizing the measurements for your needles are available on my website www.melissamarginet.ca