In another blog on Janome Life, I posted about the versatility of using the Janome HP Needle Plate and HP Foot on my Janome Continental M7 to complete a few little projects and repairs which have been waiting patiently in my TO DO pile.
While quilters love to use the HP Needle Plate and HP Foot for that perfect 1/4″ seam to piece their quilt tops, garment sewists love them for setting in sleeves and for Top Stitching, I love using them for all types of sewing applications. It’s become by go-to combination of choice!
A project I recently crossed off my TO DO list was to remove the rainbow embroidered patches from my partner Joe’s ratty, old gym bag and stitch them onto a new, much nicer bag.
I chose to use the HP Needle Plate and HP Foot, mainly because of the narrow profile of the presser foot. I knew I’d be sewing in some tight spots as I’d pivot around the patches, so the narrow, low profile presser foot didn’t get in the way. The all metal foot is very smooth, so it didn’t catch on anything, and the notch in the centre of the foot allows for total visibility of the needle. It works sew well!
When snapped into place, those machines compatible with the HP Needle Plate will automatically swing the needle over to the left and will grey out all the incompatible stitches so there’s less chance of making a mistake and breaking a needle. Janome really tries to think of everything! I decided to slightly lengthen the stitch from default 2.4 to 3.0 as I’d be stitching through the dense embroidered patch. As a general rule, the thicker/more dense the fabric layers, the longer the stitch. I also selected Auto-Pivot; highlighted in yellow, which means the needle will stay down in the fabric while the presser foot raises as you take your foot off the foot control, or stop sewing. It’s a very convenient feature of many Janome machines. You can also use a Knee Lifter to conveniently raise the presser foot if your machine doesn’t have, or if you don’t use the Auto-Pivot feature.
Pinning through thicker, more dense layers can be challenging. As you can see in the below, it’s easy to bend a pin trying to affix the layers together.
Perhaps try a smaller, thinner, more fine pin to pierce those dense layers more easily. I usually save using these super-fine “silk” pins for more delicate fabrics, but they worked very well going through the embroidered patch and the vinyl of the bag. I didn’t bend any of those, lol!
At one point I had the bulk of the gym bag in front of me, blocking the needle, so I had to move my head toward the machine and look down to see what was happening. It was a little awkward, but, so long as the fabric is smooth and flat around the needle, it doesn’t matter what’s happening. beyond that.
I definitely took advantage of every inch of throat space of the Janome Continental M7! lol! It made pivoting around the patch very easy despite how awkward it looks, lol!
Stitching the embroidered patch on the other pocket was easier as the fabric was an open mesh and the pocket had an elastic ribbing on the top edge, so there was some give as I maneuvered the bag through the sewing machine.
Since the gym bag will get lots of wear being hauled and tossed about, I stitched around the patches twice, going over the same line of stitching, and I used a seam sealant where the ends of the stitching overlapped for a little added security.
Project DONE and crossed off my TO DO list!
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