Author Archives: ymenear

About ymenear

I have been sewing my entire life. I love sewing of all types but recently I have focused on quilting and machine embroidery. I am an educator for quilting and embroidery design software and I own and operate a machine embroidery club that teaches students how to use their machine effectively while creating their own unique projects. I love travel and getting to know people from different regions and seeing how they create projects with their machines.

JANOME ACUFEED FLEX……what exactly is this and why do I need it?

 GLAD YOU ASKED THAT! ……….Have you ever considered working with a plaid fashion fabric?  With this type of fabric you need to match the fabric print lines when you assemble the garment for a professional look.  Start your work with … Continue reading

Posted in Janome Acufeed Flex | Tagged , , , , | 4 Comments

CREATING FOR CHARITY: FABRIC POSTCARDS WITH THE JANOME 500E

While doing a demo at  a local sewing show, I was using the Janome Memory Craft 500E embroidery only machine.  This is a wonderful embroidery machine that can create designs in all sizes of hoops from small to extra large.  … Continue reading

Posted in Janome 500E | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

JANOME SUPPORTS YOUNG SEWERS

Competition was rampant at a recent BC Skilled Trades event at the Tradex Center in Abbotsford, BC.  Technical trade schools along with different companies supported and aided youth from high schools and post-secondary schools in a timed event where the … Continue reading

Posted in JANOME 1600P, JANOME SERGERS | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

EDUCATOR PICK OF THE MONTH–QO FOOT

I love to free motion quilt.  I don’t get to worried about making the perfect stitch shapes.  I think of it more as doodling or scribbling.  But, I do like to see where I am going and how close I … Continue reading

Posted in QUILTING | Tagged , , , , | 8 Comments

JANOME RULER WORK FOOT QR AND QUILTING WITH RULERS

Quilting with rulers is a very ‘hot’ technique. It is not so easy to stitch a freehand pattern, so Janome makes it easy for you to work with the ruler work function on the machine.  For some models of Janome sewing … Continue reading

Posted in JANOME "RULER" FOOT | Tagged , , , , | 14 Comments

ARTISTIC DIGITIZER- a closer look at key features

Embroidery designs are created in layers.  You usually digitize from the background to the foreground.  When we purchase a design, we do not know how the designer created the stitch file.  Artistitc Digitizer allows us to peel back the layers … Continue reading

Posted in Artistic Digitizer embroidery software | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

ARTISTIC DIGITIZER…….let’s find out more about this incredible embroidery software program

Is Artistic Digitizer right for me and my needs?  Good question?  There is something for everyone with Artistic Digitizer.  This program is very flexible and can be used by all levels of digitizers. For the beginner, the auto digitizing features … Continue reading

Posted in Artistic Digitizer embroidery software | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

GLAD YOU ASKED THAT…….Can I do that if my machine only offers is a straight stitch?

When I am doing demo’s at shows I usually am working on my Janome Horizon MC 15000 Quiltmaker machine.  I like using this because I can quilt, sew, and embroider all on one machine.  But, what really throws me is … Continue reading

Posted in Janome Horizon MC15000 Quilt Maker | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

APPLIQUE AS A SPEED SEW TECHNIQUE

Traditionally, applique was a hand sewing technique.  This was delicate work in which the applique was most valued when you could not see the tiny edge stitches that held the design to the background fabric. Today, many applique designs are … Continue reading

Posted in APPLIQUE WITH JANOME | Tagged , , , , , , | 6 Comments

NEW ARTISTIC CREATIVE PRODUCTS: SPRAYS

  I am so impressed with these two new Artistic products!  I just love that someone has finally come up with a product that is low VOC.  I attend a lot of retreats where everyone is using spray products and … Continue reading

Posted in NEW Artistic Creative products | Tagged , , , , , , ,