Author Archives: bluecallacreations

Adding piping to bags with the Janome Adjustable Zipper Foot

I often hear from bag makers about their fear of sewing piping. This video tutorial shows you how easy it is to add piping into the seams of your bags.  The Janome HD9 professional does not have a dedicated piping … Continue reading

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Saturday Sewing with Janome : Sewing cork appliqués with the Janome HD Roller foot

As I’m sure you may have noticed, I am a huge fan of cork fabric and use it often. I’ve recently started experimenting with appliqué using cork, trying to find uses for smaller pieces that are not large enough for … Continue reading

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Create your own embroidered panels using the MC6650’s decorative stitches

As many of you are aware, I am primarily a bag maker and bag pattern designer. The Janome HD9 professional is definitely the most suitable machine for my bag making needs however, I wanted a second machine that could offer more … Continue reading

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Cork Appliqué on bags using the Janome MC6650

Are you like me and have tons of cork scraps stuffed into every corner of your sewing room? If the answer is yes, then this tutorial is for you! Using very small cork scraps and a decorative stitch on the … Continue reading

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Embellishing a Bag Strap with the MC6650

Since my area of expertise is designing and sewing bag patterns, I really wanted to incorporate some of the decorative stitches that come with the Janome MC6650 into my work. I used my Daisy Crossbody bag sewing pattern and decided … Continue reading

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Sewing a “Handmade” bag label using the Janome Memory Craft 6650

I recently added the gorgeous Memory Craft 6650 to my sewing studio and I was pleasantly surprised to discover some very nice decorative stitches that I could incorporate into my bags. The first decorative stitch that really stood out for … Continue reading

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Rolled Handle tutorial using the HD9 Professional

Do you love the look of rolled handles on designer handbags? Here is a tutorial to make your own and give your bags a more professional look. These handles take very little time to make and don’t require any special … Continue reading

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Sewing bags with the Janome HD9 Professional

As the owner and designer of Blue Calla Patterns, I have always received questions related to sewing machines suitable for bag making. Since receiving my Janome HD9 professional machine, I have been inundated with questions regarding this machine and how … Continue reading

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Sewing with waxed canvas

Waxed canvas has become a popular material to work with in the bag making community. The wax makes the canvas waterproof and easy to clean which makes it an ideal fabric for bags. With use, it also develops a lovely … Continue reading

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Sewing a “Wonder Clip” pouch on the Janome HD9

I recently received my Janome HD9 sewing machine and wanted to start out with a simple project to familiarize myself with it and try out some of the basic features and attachments. Using my Crocus Oil Pouch pattern as a starting point, … Continue reading

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