JUST LOOK WHAT TAMARA KATE JUST POSTED………!

Tamara Kate, one of our Janome Canada artisans, published a great post today on her radiant Maple leaf quilt. Hop on over to see what she has to say. 

You may have seen this wall hanging at Quilt Canada 2017 in the Janome booth? Either way, here is your chance to find out more with all the step by step tutorial instructions too!

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Part 4, UFO Invasion! Janome to the Rescue!

I hope you’ve been following along the last several weeks as we’ve looked at some of the fabulous features of the new Janome Quilt Maker Pro 18 long-arm quilting machine.

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My goal has been to take away some of the mystery, intimidation and fear which sometimes comes with the thoughts of using a new machine, especially one so big. Though, as we learned in Part 1 This just in…..UFO invasion!? Gasp! Never fear, Janome to the rescue! and Part 2 of this series, Part 2 of UFO invasion! Janome to the quilting rescue! the joy of the Janome Quilt Maker Pro 18 is that the frame can adjust to fit any space being built in 4 foot,  8 foot, or 12 foot lengths.  An optional 2 foot section is available if you specifically want a 10 foot set up. Please ask your local Janome Quiltmaker Pro dealer for more information.

Janome is all about finding solutions and making things easier, and when it comes to finishing all those unfinished quilt tops, or UFOs, nothing could be easier than having “someone” do your quilting for you. In this case, that “someone” is the fabulous new Janome Quilt Maker Pro 18 computer companion, aptly named the Quilt Maker Pro Stitcher Premium.

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The Quilt Maker Pro Stitcher Premium is software program on a computer tablet which mounts to the head of the Janome Quilt Maker Pro 18 quilting machine.  You set the dimensions of the area for your  quilting in any shape and size you require for your specific quilt and then select the design to stitch in that pre-determined area. There are  800 designs from which to choose or you can also upload other purchased design files into the software as well.

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IMG_9007Once you set the design to scale to the size and shape of the stitch field you determined, just touch the ‘run’ command and watch it stitch.

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Think of how many quilts you could quickly and easily finish, all with the touch of a few buttons! A long-arm quilting machine is a lot like an embroidery machine, and with the Quilt Maker Pro Stitcher  Premium computer program, it’s like the machine is on steroids! Whatever you can throw at it, it can do.

One thing I really love is that the Quilt Maker Pro Stitcher Pemium program has awesome editing functions, so I can control exactly where I want my quilting and how I want it to look. My particular favourite is the “Skew” button.

As a long-arm quilter for hire, some of my customer’s quilts don’t always square-up to perfect 90 degrees in the corners. In fact, many of them don’t and that’s perfectly ok.  Instead of stressing or trying to fix their piecing, I simply use the “Skew” button to manipulate my selected design to perfectly fit  into the area, whatever degree that angle might be. It’s exaggerated in the photo below, but you get the idea.

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Once the stitching begins you can certainly multi-task……. like using your domestic sewing machine to sew binding onto another completed quilt. In fact, make that task even faster and easier by using the fabulous Janome quilt binder attachment.  Binding the Quick and Easy JANOME way!

All the parts and pieces; new cables, a new carriage for the head to ride on and the blue track which helps guide the machine on the table is included in the box. In usual Janome fashion, the detailed guide for set-up is straight-forward so there’s no need to fear.  For example, on the back of the tablet harness there are two ports simply labeled #1 and #2. Into these ports goes the ends of the main wiring cable which have also been appropriately labeled #1 and #2. Pretty simple, which means you’ll spend less time guessing where everything goes when setting up so you have more time actually quilting.

In upcoming blog posts I’ll show some of the fun and fabulous optional accessories available for the Janome Quilt Maker Pro 18 which can take your quilting to a whole new level – and are a whole lot of fun, too!!

 

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MORE CHARM SQUARE MAGIC – practical and pretty totes for the Fall in blue charm squares

 

 

 

 

We featured a project with Janome show & tell techniques + Janome feet and accessories earlier this month on 30th October  – our Colour of the year green charm square tote & matching zipper baggie.  Find the post here if you missed it.

Here is the blue version and a larger tote with some modifications

I mentioned that I had gone a little crazy buying charm squares a few years back. Well it seems that 2017 may be the year for using up these charm packs?! I spent some most pleasurable hours sewing during the summer and have a few new totes/hand bags for my travels which kicked off with the Edmonton sewing show: Creatival Festival West.

As seen in this pic, I added a closure to my bag – a simple fabric loop and 2 buttons one on top of the other for extra height so the loop would stay in place

As I sat happily sewing in my newly organize and set up sewing room, the thought did occur to me that patchwork charm square bags are probably not everyone’s cup of tea. The fact is I love this look and really do not care a toss if people look at me in airports and wonder why I am carrying such a bold and embellished patchwork bag around with me.   So I will cheerfully sally forth with one of my creations on my arm this Fall! However, if your taste runs to the more subdued or office/chic look, then you are more than welcome to choose different fabrics and colours. What about leather or pleather? or even try out the cork fabric I found at the Edmonton show and have already embroidered on & sewed up into another tote bag (more later).

I added a fairly deep double pocket on the back of the bag for my cell phone and keys. I also added a horizontal strap which fits over the telescoping handle of my suitcase so that I can be much more hands free as I’m checking in & getting through security at airports.

I chose to add grommets, caribiners and a D ring for my handles/straps on this bag. And the buttons at corners of the charm squares was omitted……why? because I did not have suitable blue buttons. But I will keep looking and I can always add these later.

Close up of the back of the bag showing the outer pockets and suitcase strap.

Similar decorative stitching was done in the ditches of the charm squares on this tote using the Janome Acufeed Flex foot  – just because I love decorative stitching!

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Are you inspired to make yourself a new tote bag incorporating your style and favourite fabrics? Let us know your fun tote bag ideas.

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One Block Wonder – The Finale!

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If you’ve been following along with my last Friday of the month posts, you’ll know that I’ve been working away on a fun new project.

These past few weeks, I’ve been putting the finishing touches on it.

This is the first time I’ve ever worked on a One Block Wonder (you can find more about this project here and here), and I’ve really enjoyed this approach.

The last part of this project has been laying all out the hexagons. Then rearranging and arranging them again and again. I could have spent another month just arranging, stepping back to take it all in, and then arranging again.

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In the end, I tried to group some of the colour blocks together to create impact, but also allow them to flow through the quilt to draw the eye to different hexies. It’s been a lot of fun.

Of course, with hexagons comes sewing the y-seam. I used to shy away from these types of seams but once I understood the approach this wasn’t as difficult as one might make it out to be.

Sewing precise 1/4 inch seams will be important to getting a nice, flat finish. Janome makes a perfect 1/4 inch foot for precision sewing. used a straight pin to secure my fabric and also indicate my stopping point.

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After sewing the first side of my y-seam, it was really tempting to leave my needle in the down position and pivot my fabric around to line up the second side. This might have worked better for me if I had more experience with y-seams. What I found worked best was to finish one side, cut my thread, remove the fabric, reposition to do the second side and sew. Don’t forget to start and finish with a 1/4 inch seam on either side.

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To get all your points to line up, be sure take care to line up your 1/4 inch point with the seam on the underside of your two adjoining pieces.

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It takes a little practise to get y-seams just right but don’t give up. But after just a hexagon or two I was able to get the technique down and then I was really surprised at how fast it all came together.

I’m really pleased with my final quilt top!

To think that it went from this…

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to this…

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…is really exciting. The possibilities are endless. If you and a friend used the same fabric, you would get two different finished quilt tops!

I already have a plan on how it’ll be quilted up (hint: I’ll be using my walking foot!). Now I’m just looking for the perfect quilt backing.

What are you suggestions for quilt backing? Colour or solid? Which colour should be the main colour? Same fabric throughout or piece together a few different designs?

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WAVE A SERGER MAGIC WAND!

Some of you attended my classes at various shows this year: Spring Creativ Festival, Toronto? Creativ Festival West in Abbotsford? Creativ Festival West in Edmonton? Creativ Festival West in Calgary? If not, I thought it might be good to wave my magic serger wand again!

There is so much great information available online for making your serger sing or for making quick and easy projects with your serger.

How about trying this link?  http://sergerpepper.com/2015/02/100-serger-tutorials-links-tips-projects.html

and more great serger info: http://sergerpepper.com/2014/05/serger-stitches-101.html

In my Serger Magic 201 presentations across Canada this year,  I had our Janome Pro 4 DX serger and the Janome CPX 2000 up front with my camera so everyone could see on the big screen how I created “magic”

First up was a super quick INFINITY SCARF

http://magnoliamommymade.blogspot.ca/2015/09/easy-diy-infinity-scarf.html

Another Infinity scarf: http://mermaidsden.com/2016/07/19/make-this-silk-infinity-scarf-for-less-than-5-in-materials-free-easy-beginner-sewing-pattern/

And a Video if you need the visual learning: how to make an Infinity Scarf. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/510314201511860237/

These make very quick and lovely Christmas gifts!! 

Next up was the PILLOWCASE SHOPPING  TOTE

http://thepurplesharepoint.blogspot.ca/2011/01/pillowcase-tote-tutorial.html?m=1

Again – another great Christmas gift idea as who does not go shopping once in a while??

And last but not least was LIZ’S 45 MINUTE PANTS: 


KWIK SEW PATTERN # 3115 is my go-to pattern for comfortable pants although there are many other similar patterns which will work just as well. This pattern is clearly a yoga pant style but can be “dressed up” by simply choosing dressier fabric and wearing the pants with a smart jacket or classic tunic for a look that does not say yoga studio here I come.

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TIP: Find a pattern that you like, make adjustments for best fit on YOUR body and then stick with a winning “formula”. Different fabrics, threads and pant lengths/width of legs etc make a big difference to the finished look. For example:
• capri length with wider pant legs made in a stretch fabric like legging fabric >>>> great yoga pants
• slimmer fitting legs in softer made with a form fitting fabric (knits with lycra content?) result in something more like leggings. Remember the mantra: “Leggings are not pants” -This is why we have tunics – LOL!
• Double knits or more stable/structured knits with pattern adjusted for slightly looser pant legs will give a smarter, dressier look for pants. Add touches like top stitching and you will have pants that look nothing like leggings or yoga pants. You will be able to dress these up with a tunic or jacket for office wear. No-one but you will know they were made with the same yoga pant pattern!

 

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TIP: do not add or subtract on the pant seams(inseam or outer seam). Adjust on the straight grain line (slash it up & hinge it wider or narrower) or you may end up changing the integrity of the pant shape and wonder why they no longer fit so well. Ask me how I know?!

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SO…..if you think you cannot make a scarf, a tote bag AND a pair of pants in an hour…..think again. I did it many times on stage and in the classroom this year. (and then unpicked the bright pink thread afterwards and re-sewed.  Wasn’t I accommodating so you could see the stitching on the camera?!).  There are dozens of Canadian serger enthusiasts who can bear witness to the fact that this is quite possible to do.

Having the right tools is key. Hence the Janome  4 thread serger for all 3 projects and the Janome CPX2000 to do the hems on my pants.

 

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Horizon Link Suite for Janome MC Horizon 15000 Quiltmaker

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The new Horizon Quilt Maker 15000 comes with  very powerful computer software called HORIZON LINK SUITE  V1.30. This software  communicates with the machine with its different tabs:

  1. EmbLinkTool: allows to edit embroidery patterns, make compositions or operate the MC15000 by remote control
  2. PatternComboTool: allows you to create decorative stitch combinations
  3. AcuFilTool : allows you to create or edit quilting / quilting patterns
  4. StitchComposer: allows you to create decorative stitches
  5. ScreenSaverTool: allows you to transfer five photos for the screen of the MC15000
  6. MC15000 Help Movie: allows you to watch short help videos on the screen
  7. Jsmc862Installer : Quickly install the USB driver for the MC15000

All these functions were already part of version 2 of the  Janome Horizon MC15000 but now there is an update with the Acustitch tool.

ACUSTITCHTOOL:  This function allows you to use a decorative stitch from the sewing side of the machine and creates it as an embroidery design in either a linear or circular pattern.

In this three-page newsletter published by Janome Tokyo, you will find more detailed information about the new  ‘AcuStitch Tool’ feature.

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There are now two ways to create circles with decorative stitches:

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  • By sewing with the optional circular attachment

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  • Embroidering with the AcuStitch Tool function

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Visit your local authorized Janome dealer to view the new Horizon Quilt Maker 15000 Craft Memory, and to get a demonstration of the new ‘AcuStitch Tool’ feature.

Written by Celine Ross translated by Yvonne Menear

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Janome Travels

One of the great benefits of working with Janome Canada is that I get to travel and meet so many interesting people.  Every Janome dealership is different and their customers have different interests.

I recently traveled through the interior of British Columbia to Kelowna to conduct a Janome Products Launch party.  The store that hosted me was Linda’s Quilt Shoppe.  Jim and Linda are the owners of the shop and what a wonderful place it is!!  They are completely dedicated to their customers and the support they give is amazing.

Not all quilt stores have the large square footage to accommodate a classroom for their customers.  The exceptionally large room with beautiful quilts hanging everywhere was very inspirational.  They have loads of classes they offer their customers and many of them travel a far distance to participate in the store events.

I love it when class attendees ask loads of questions.  You know they are engaged in the discussion topic when they ask about the finer details.  This group was especially active with asking questions.  It was a fairly large group that included both men and women.  It was an absolute pleasure to hear about the projects they like to work on and how they are using their Janome machines.

My presentation covered the new Janome Horizon MC 15000 Quilt Maker, all the Janome Apps (see them in action on YouTube)  for the iPad, Horizon Link software, new MC 6700 machine, a review of the MC 9400 machine, and the new Quilt Maker Pro 18 long arm machine.

Thanks to everyone that attended the Launch Party 2017 event!!

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Part 3 of UFO Invasion! Janome to the Rescue!

In today’s blog post I’ll share some of the special electronic/ computerized features of the fabulous new Janome Quilt Maker Pro 18 long-arm quilting machine.

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Part 1 of this series introduced the Janome Quilt Maker Pro 18 long-arm quilting machine and discussed the advantages which help you reduce those UFOs (unfinished quilts) by getting your quilts DONE quickly and easily, while having a lot of fun, too! Quilting should be FUN, shouldn’t it? This just in…..UFO invasion!? Gasp! Never fear, Janome to the rescue!

Part 2 focused on the anatomy of the frame and described how to load the layers of your quilt. You’ll never have to pre-baste again.   Part 2 of UFO invasion! Janome to the quilting rescue!

The Janome Quilt Maker Pro 18 long-arm quilting machine has the advantage of some pretty sophisticated computerized technology, yet offers the same ease of use as the rest of the Janome line. For convenience, there’s a touch screen on both the front and the back of the machine head so the same controls are available no matter what style of quilting you’re doing – free-motion quilting from the front side of the frame or following a paper pantograph with the included laser light on the back side of the frame.

The Janome Quilt Maker Pro 18 long-arm quilting machine offers a lot of flexibility in whatever quilting style and type you desire at the time. Many of us want the reassurance of consistent stitches, so yes, there is a stitch regulator built-in to the machine and can stitch an impressive 2200 stitches per minute.  Though the Janome Quilt Maker Pro 18 is compact, it really packs a punch.

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Through the Regulated mode you can increase or decrease your stitch length and can choose between two modes of stitching–Precision or Cruise. The Precision Mode means the needle will stop stitching as soon as you stop moving the machine head. Cruise Mode however, means the needle will continuously cycle up and down even when you stop moving the machine head. Think of it as idling your car. The motor is running, but you aren’t going anywhere.

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Why the difference? Again, each has a purpose to match YOUR quilting style. For example, I like using the Cruise Mode for when I’m going to do free-motion stars as an all-over pattern and I know I’m going to be taking off in all directions at high speeds (which is how I like to quilt ).  Because the Cruise Mode means my needle is always cycling up and down, it drops an extra little stitch in the corner before I take off in another direction so I never have to worry about my corners being rounded off. They are always sharp and precise.

Want more flexibility and control?  Then perhaps you’d rather stitch in the Manual mode, where YOU become the stitch regulator. A Simple touch of the screen is all it takes and you’re off and running / stitching.

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Manual mode means the motor is running at a consistent speed, but in true Janome fashion, with the simple touch of a button you can increase or decrease the speed based on whatever kind of quilting you want to do. You also have speed controls on the handles, too.

The wonderful thing about the Janome Quilt Maker Pro 18 is that it’s one machine, but it can be changed and adapted to accommodate any style/ type of quilting so you’ll never outgrow it.

The Tools tab contains another series of customizable options.

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The programmable Low Bobbin indicator can be set for different thread types/ weights and you can decide how much thread is left on the bobbin before the alarm sounds. Think it like the gas gauge light on your car. Some like to stop and fill-up as soon as the light goes off, while others drive on fumes before they truly have to pull over. You’re in the driver’s seat with the Janome Quilt Maker Pro 18, it’s your machine, so you can set the controls as you wish. You can even record the settings for three of your favourite, most-used threads which saves time and eliminates the guesswork so there’s more time spent on quilting.

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I love that there’s even a System Info tab which tells you how many stitches the machine has done, both by project (which you can reset) and by over-all lifetime of the machine. It’s like recording the Kilometres on your car. Janome thinks of everything!

Be sure to come back for Part 4 of this series on the Janome Quilt Maker Pro 18 quilting machine when I’ll talk more about the optional computer/ robotics program, The Quilt Maker Pro Stitcher now available. The Quilt Maker Pro Stitcher is yet another tool which helps you complete your quilts fast and easy with even more fun. UFO’s? What UFOs?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Janome Horizon Quilt Maker MC 15000 – Part 5

The use of the right tools at the right time is important when sewing.  Working with light fabrics all the way to the thickness of a layered quilt and more requires the correct needle plate choice.  The one step needle plate removal feature allows you to easily change the needle plate.  Simply press the release button to pop out the plate and snap in the newly selected plate. Watch this video. 

The Janome Horizon MC 15000 Quilt Maker accessory collection includes the new HP professional plate that aligns with the HP foot.  HP stands for HIGH PERFORMANCE. This industrial style foot and plate work together to get perfect accurate stitches.  This system also includes a sensor that will only sew the correct straight stitch when the needle plate is inserted.  It repositions the needle to the left to correspond with the HP foot and plate automatically.

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Sewing the width of the foot is very handy in all kinds of projects. You can easily sew straight lines or curved lines at any speed of stitching.  Because the HP foot is narrower, creating curves and sewing around things is much easier.  The sole of the foot has a longer footprint and is wider on the sides with four landmarks for increased accuracy.  The Janome engineers have thought of everything!!

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This Janome bulletin gives more detailed information.

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Visit your local Janome authorized dealer to view the new Janome Horizon MC15000 Quilt Maker.

 

Blog by Celine Ross translated and edited by Yvonne Menear.

 

 

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Make Something Simple Really Pop With Life

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This month, for my machine embroidery club, I digitized some flowers that reminded me of my recent vacation in Hawaii.  I purposely digitized them with very little detail.  I wanted to have the embroidery designs simply be a basic outline that could be embellished with fabric markers, paints, crystals, buttons, etc. after being stitched.

Not all embroidery designs are created equally.  Some designs lack in detail and precise shape.  They basically look more like a ‘blob’ than a finely tuned design.  Never fail, our Janome Embroidery machines can stitch the designs with little emphasis on the stitches and then use them as the outline shape to ‘color’ in.  How do we accomplish this?  Using 100 weight thread (matching the color of the background fabric)  in the machine will create a very light outline stitch of the pattern.  Even if it is not pretty, we need not be concerned because the stitches will not be the focus of the design.

Set up your favorite Janome machine ( mine is the Horizon MC 15000 Quiltmaker machine) and set it to the embroidery mode.  Call in your less than stellar design.  Use a smaller needle for the light weight thread.  REMEMBER, if you use your auto needle threader, you should not use a needle smaller than size 11.  If you want an even smaller needle, then you must hand thread the eye to avoid breaking your auto threader!!! Thread the machine with the 100 weight thread on the top.  I use just regular weight bobbin thread (60 – 80 weight), but you may choose to use the same thread in both the bobbin and top of the machine.

Stitch your design.  Because it is such light weight thread, it hardly shows. This is one of the designs I chose to use.  Definitely not pretty at all.

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After stitching, get creative with your embellishing tools.  Paints, buttons, crystals, etc will all add more definition to your embroidered designs.cropped painted image 2

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