Raise your hand if this has ever happened to you.
You’re at work and all of a sudden you catch your hem on something and it’s fallen down. You move the wrong way reaching for something and pop a button on your trousers or shirt. You – or more embarrassingly – your boss or coworker notices a seam has popped open on your shirt, which you failed to see while getting dressed that morning. What to do?! (okay, put your hands down now, lol!)
Now consider how convenient it would be to have a sewing machine on hand to quickly make those repairs! If you have an office, or some place to store it at work, a sewing machine can become an essential piece of office equipment, just like a printer and fax machine – although, does anyone send Faxes anymore? lol!
This blog was inspired by a recent wardrobe malfunction I had of my own in my office at the Janome Sewing and Learning Centre; our Janome Canada headquarters. Soon after my arrival, I noticed a tear along the seam line of the shirt I was wearing. I admit, I’m VERY fortunate to have a variety of sewing machines set-up at my disposal, so I quickly took off my shirt (yes, after I closed the door, lol!) and made the repair on the fabulous Janome Skyline S7.
My shirt was a knit fabric and constructed using a serger, so, yes, I certainly could have used one of our fabulous Janome sergers to complete this repair. It was a small tear, though, about 2 inches, so I didn’t want to bother threading the serger. AND, we can get very similar, professional results which mimic the look and durability of a serger stitch by using the M Overcast Foot, or C Overedge Foot and the Overcast/Overedge stitches which come with many Janome sewing machines!
For more information on the M Overcast Foot, and many Janome presser feet, check out the Janome HQ You Tube channel and our series “A to Z with Janome”, and “Janome’s Awesome Accessory Countdown“, also available on IGTV on the @janomehq Instagram Page.
The Sewing Applications menu (the little T-Shirt Icon) built-in to many Janome machines makes it so quick and easy to complete whatever the sewing task. It’s like the machine asking, “What do you want to do?”
You’ll see on the screen there’s a variety of options, so with just a few taps, the machine is set-up, ready to go! It’s such a time-saver and a relief not to have to remember the settings and what adjustments to make every time we go to sew. I love a machine which does some thinking for me, so I used presser foot M, as instructed. The foot has little wire “fingers” which act in the same manner as the stitch fingers do on a serger; they keep the fabric flat and support the stitches as they form along and over the raw edge of the fabric. This is the same process as done on the serger, except this foot doesn’t trim the fabric.
I used contrasting thread so you can see the repair, which, in actuality, was another reason I choose to do this repair on the sewing machine instead of the serger. I didn’t have the 3-4 cones of matching blue thread I would need to use the serger.
Though the close-up lighting seemed to change the colour of my shirt, you’ll see that the repair is not noticeable at all! No one would know that the seam had popped and opened up, and no one would know that I used contrasting thread, either. The seam is very secure.
Another bonus was that the repair was done in less than 10 minutes, so none of my coworkers were the wiser – although now my secret is out! lol!
As always, for more information about Janome machines, such as the Janome Skyline S7, and to order any presser feet, attachments and accessories for your machine, visit your fabulous Janome Dealer. Click the “Where to Buy” tab, or perhaps it’s “Find A Dealer” on the Janome website for your country, to locate a dealer in your area.