We have told you many times about our wonderful partnership with Sew4Home. One of the awesome things we receive quarterly from Sew4Home is beautifully digitized embroidery designs. These designs are exclusively for our Janome Canada consumers and are ONLY available from your local Janome Canada dealer. Please contact your dealer and ask them to provide the designs to you. They may ask you to come in to the store with your USB stick so you may need to make an appointment to do that? Or they may be prepared to email them to you? Please discuss this with your dealer and also do remember that they have been enormously busy through the pandemic so please be patient and understanding if they don’t respond to you immediately.
Here is a link to our website where you can see what the designs look like.
These multi-faceted dog and cat designs can be used for all sorts of applications: sweatshirts? tote bags? pillows? quilts & wall hangings? I stitched one out and am not sure what project it might end up in …….. but I like it!
I thought I’d share some advice about achieving best results with these dog and cat embroidery designs:
- I used Janome MC15000 SQ23 hoop although the design also fits into the RE18 (optional) hoop for that machine. The design comes as 5.6 x 4.8 inches. If you resized it a bit smaller, it could also stitch out in the SQ14 hoop. So work on approx. 7×9 inch size hoop for your specific Janome machine and you will be OK without any resizing needed. (So, it almost goes without saying that you can stitch these designs in Janome embroidery machines other than the one I used) Of course, you could also make it larger in Artistic Digitizer software and stitch it out in a bigger hoop – great for a tote bag?
- You will notice in the pic above that the design is pretty densely digitized. Don’t let that put you off! Provided you follow my advice here, you should have no issues with getting good results from your embroidery stitch out.
- I hooped up TWO layers of tearaway stabilizer, my fabric and a layer of Water soluble stabilizer over the top of the fabric. I used Madeira Cotton soft stabilizer and Madeira Avalon Plus over the top. (Janome Canada distributes Madeira stabilizers so you can ask your Janome Canada dealer for more information about these products).
- I used quilting cotton fabric but I recommend you consider a firmer fabric like denim or decorator fabric as it will hold the stitches better than with a thinner fabric like quilting cotton. That is not to say you should not use this. I did and it worked but a thicker fabric would be easier.
- Generally I hoop my stabilizer and then “float” the fabric over top and baste in place with the basting function. However, I recommend you hoop ALL 4 layers for best results. And use the magnets if your hoop has those. And baste with the double basting function. This is all to reduce the risk of puckering and wrinkles around your design. If you take extra precautions, it could save you time and disappointment.
- Just as an extra precaution, you might like to spray your fabric with a little Best Press to stiffen it slightly if you decide to use a quilting cotton or similar fabric.
- I did not use a water soluble thread for the basting which is what I usually do when I use double basting. I’m not fond of picking basting stitches out from between embroidery stitches. Too much risk of snipping them. But I knew the inner basting line would be completely covered by the embroidery so regular embroidery thread for the basting was fine in this instance.
- I was getting some thread looping on the surface of my embroidery near the beginning of the stitch out. Essentially this is skipped stitching. This usually means you have a blunt or incorrect needle. It can occur with a densely digitized design as there are a lot of stitches including underlay for the needle to penetrate as well as your fabric and stabilizer layers. So I stopped the machine and switched from my usual Janome red tip needle to a Janome Purple tip. No more loops or loose stitches. YAY!
- I also increased my needle thread tension to 4.0 as I felt that tightened up the stitching to my satisfaction. You may, or may not, need to do this.
- I used a Janome pre-wound bobbin and the yellow dot bobbin case.
- And I used Madeira and Janome polyester embroidery thread throughout. The PDF files which come with the embroidery designs list the colour #’s for Janome and Madeira. You can, of course, always change the thread rack in the SET menu on your embroidery machine or Artistic Digitizer software to get the shade #’s for other brands of thread.
I recently have inherited some Pfaff sewing machine needles and I have a Janome sewing machine. I am wondering if these needles can be used in my machine? I am not a person to throw away something that is good. Although I do not want to use them even if they do fit if it would cause harm to my machine.
We don’t know what needles you have. So, sorry, but we cannot give a definitive answer. We certainly cannot guarantee that your Janome needle threader will work properly with those needles. Our needles are calibrated for our needle threaders so if you do decide to use those needles, be careful that you don’t damage your needle threader.
I have gone to my local janome dealer, in quebec which is the Penelope in St- Hubert Quebec. They are not aware of this service provided to their customer. I have gone to collect the embroidery files for the days of the week and the dog and cat which are amazing and 2 project provided by sew4home and come from Janome life regular emails. Is there something I am not aware of. I am a new owner of the memory craft 9850 and I was going to attempt the towels as a Christmas gift, but do not know were to get the design. Hopefully this will reach someone that can help me.Suzanne BaileySt-Bruno, QuebecSent from my Galaxy
All our dealers were informed about these designs. They have been very busy so possibly some emails and notifications have fallen through the cracks? I will ask our Janome District Sales Manager for that store to contact the owners of the store to explain where they can get these designs to provide them to you.
Give it a few days and try again.
We have ensured that these designs have been sent to your dealer in St Hubert. Please can you tell us who you spoke to as possibly they did not know about the designs? It would be best to speak to the owner or ask the staff member to ask the store owner/their boss as they definitely know about and now have these designs.
Why can’t these designs be supplied by online download. To force customers to go to the dealer is not smart right now particularly & some of us live quite a distance from our dealer & cant just pop by.
I addressed this exact point in this blog post. I suggested you might like to call or email your dealer. I merely made a suggestion, there was absolutely NO forcing you to go where you may not feel safe. I definitely feel safer at home right now…..Which is precisely why I suggested you call your dealer. These designs can be emailed to you by your dealer although you will have to contact them to request the designs.
And, no, these designs are not available as a download as they are part of a specific arrangement with our Janome Canada dealers.
Wish I lived in Canada! My dealer passed away last year and her store was closed. 😦