NEW! Janome PinPal

Keep your pins organized and easily accessible where you need them with the NEW Janome magnetic PinPal from Grabbit, available from Janome Canada dealers. And yes, for you Elna owners, there’s an Elna PinPal available from Elna and Janome dealers, as well!

NEW Janome magnetic PinPal from Grabbit – available from Janome and Elna Canada dealers.

Contoured to fit securely and comfortably in your hand, it’s easy to take the Janome PinPal wherever you need it, though these are sew convenient, you’ll want more than one to keep at each machine, or for each type of pin or for other metal items like seam rippers, snips and screw drivers which easily get misplaced.

Never again will you loose track of your pins, scissors, snips, seam ripper, or screw driver!

Powerful magnets inside the Janome PinPal keep items securely in place, though it’s safe to use around your computerized sewing and embroidery machines.

At only 3 1/8″ x 4 1/4″ x 1 1/4″ tall, the Janome PinPal doesn’t take up much room on your sewing table, and you won’t have to worry about accidentally knocking it over since the pins are safely and securely held in place! Hands up those of you who have spent time crawling around on the floor on your hands and knees looking for all the stray pins, or worse, how many stray pins did you find by stepping on them?!? Well, say good-bye to those painful days! lol!

The part number for the NEW Janome PinPal by Grabbit is PP-Janome. The part number for the Elna PinPal is PP-Elna. Your Janome and Elna Dealers have all the info, and best of all, these are IN STOCK in our Janome Canada warehouse, so you can order yours today!

For other fabulous items to help you keep your sewing area more efficient and organized, check out the Janome Canada Autumn Sale-A-Thon flyer and contact any of our Janome Canada dealers for more information!

Happy Sewing!

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Learning your Janome CoverPro3000 Professional

You did it! The NEW Janome CoverPro3000 Professional is in your sewing room. Congratulations! You will never regret treating yourself to this wonderful machine.

Once you unpack the machine, you may be wondering where to start?

First, you need to open the well illustrated instruction manual and thread your machine for every function to make your samples. The machine already comes threaded with small cones of white thread, but, to better understand what each thread does; to identify it’s position within the stitch, I strongly suggest to use the same color of thread, or near to it, as on the colour-coded thread tension dials.

In the above picture, there are two different fabrics used in the samples; the shorter one (on the top) is a stretch fabric. I folded part of the sample to show the result of the sewing on the right side of the fabric and on the wrong side of the fabric. The long sample (on the bottom) is a quilting cotton. Again, I folded the fabric to show the result of the sewing on the right side and on the wrong side of the fabric. You need to sew test samples so you know you’ll get the results you desire in your finished project.

A question you will likely ask yourself is, “Which kind of thread do I buy for the Janome CoverPro3000 Professional?” Well, as usual, Janome makes this easy. Janome Canada is the distributor of Madeira and Hilos Iris threads, so you can order your thread from your Janome Dealer!

  • Madeira Aerolock Premium Serger thread is a top quality, core-spun thread guaranteed to last through frequent washes or strain. Made of 100% core-spun polyester, this thread is perfect for sergers/overlock and coverlock machines, like the Janome CoverPro family of machines. Like all Madeira thread, each cone undergoes extensive quality testing to ensure flawless stitches every time. You can use this thread in the needles and in the looper.
Madeira Aerolock serger thread available from Janome Canada dealers.
Madeira Aerolock Starter Pack with 4 cones of six popular neutral colours.
  • Madeira Aeroflock Premium Serger Thread is exceptionally smooth and, when it comes to stretch, there’s no competition! Perfect for knit and stretch fabrics, it maintains high elasticity for durable results, stretching stronger and longer. Its 100% polyester and is bleachable, and does not shrink or melt when ironed. Madeira Aeroflock is a great choice to use with sergers/overlock machines and CoverPro machines in the loopers. It provides excellent coverage for Rolled Hems on the serger!
Madeira Aeroflock polyester thread available from Janome Canada dealers.

Below is a sample of all the stitch possibilities available on the NEW Janome CoverPro3000 Professional.

On the samples on the left, we call this type of stitch a Cover Stitch; parallel rows of stitching on the right side and the cover stitch, or cover hem stitch on the wrong side which finishes off the hem edge.. The sample on the right is what we call the Top Cover Stitch, which has that same cover stitch or cover hem stitch on BOTH the right and wrong sides of the fabric. The NEW Janome CoverPro 3000 Professional achieves this in ONE easy step! Which one to choose? Well, this is up to you; which one you prefer, which looks the best or is the most suitable for the fabric you are using.

The Janome Clearview Presser Foot for CoverPro machines is INCLUDED with the Janome CoverPro 3000 Professional.

Sometimes, you can find a real good deal at the store; the kind of deal where it wouldn’t be worth your time to try to sew it for less. It’s faster to personalize a garment than to sew it from scratch, so let’s add some stitching with the Janome CoverPro 3000 Professional!

The sundress below is plain and the seam allowances were twisted inside and wouldn’t lay flat, so I decided to sew a Top Cover Stitch to add embellishment and to lock the seam allowances down so they’d lay flat. Even if the garment is sewn, it is easy to decorate as this one is not lined. It was easy to follow the seams as I used the Clearview Foot, which is included with the machine. It is also available in a separate blister pack as an optional accessory for the other Janome CoverPro machines.

I prefer to use the same color of thread as the dress…no mistakes when it is tone on tone. I used the Madeira Aerolock thread in the three needles and the Madeira Aeroflock thread in the looper and Top Cover Spreader to add that bit of stretch, compatible with the stretchiness of the dress. The Top Cover Stitch adds a subtle decorative touch to a plain neutral garment, and truly makes it your own.

The dress on the left off the rack, the dress on the right with added Top Cover Stitch along the seam lines.

When you try the machine out for yourself, you will notice that it is sewing very smoothly, is relatively quiet and not jumping around on your table. Important features are often hidden inside the machine, like the Stainless Steel ball bearings which reduces the noise and vibrations and adds to the over-all strength and durability. You will keep the machine for a very long time!

Ball bearings used inside the Janome CoverPro 3000 Professional – the same as used in the top-of-the-line Janome AT2000D air thread serger!

Look for more upcoming blogs on Janome Life and our French blog, Vie La Chez Janome about the Janome CoverPro 3000 Professional and, for those of you who may still be sitting on the fence, check out this video on the Janome HQ You Tube channel, and contact one of our Janome Dealers to arrange a test drive. See for yourself just how powerful, versatile and fun this machine can be!

Janome Canada Educator, Celine Ross
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Sharing the LOVE of Sewing – the sorting continues!

We’ve had many requests for updates with the I Love First Peoples sewing donation drive, so earlier this month I posted an update as Amanda and I began the sorting process. You can read all about Janome Canada’s partnership with the Canadian organization I Love First Peoples by using the Search box, or by clicking this LINK. We’ve been so impressed, not only for the amount and variety of the items, but for the pleasant, unexpected little surprises we’ve uncovered along the way.

Janome Canada in partnership with I Love First Peoples is bringing the love of sewing to Indigenous schools in remote communities across Canada

Many of you included hand written cards and letters thanking Janome Canada for donating the Janome 2030 QDC sewing machines to the ILFP’s Sew and Sew program, which will bring the love of sewing to Indigenous schools; Grade 4 to Grade 12, in remote communities across Canada. Thank you for those! It is so exciting and rewarding to think of a new generation of sewists just waiting to discover the joys, and rewards of expressing one’s creativity through sewing!

It’s been fun sorting through the donations and discovering little notes like this heart-shaped one below. No name was attached, but a thoughtful quilter took a few extra minutes to write a cute description of the jar’s contents; clips used for binding, which were bought before the perhaps more widely available and widely used plastic Wonder Clips made by Clover. Isn’t that adorable?!

Kits save so much time as most everything needed to complete the project is included, and Monika Henry, of Penny Spool Quilts, not only donated the fabric, she donated her time creating a kit with pattern and instructions included so a budding young sewist can get started on a project right away! I totally want to make this quilt myself! lol!

Amanda and I think this kit is sew adorable!

We are thrilled to receive SO many bags of thread, but especially loved this sewist’s donation box as all the threads were so beautifully separated by colour. I bet their stash of fabric is organized in same way. This will definitely save Amanda and I time as we distribute the thread so every school gets a whole rainbow of colours, just like a box of crayons.

Look at all that YUMMY thread!

Many of us have learned the hard way that it pays to take a little extra time to close the rotary cutter after use. Every sewist, especially those who haven’t used the tool before will appreciate the reminder that it’s SHARP and needs to be handled with care. We received many rotary cutters, and yes, all the blades were closed, but several of them had extra covers, and/or extra notes to “handle with care” and “sharp!” written on them. Thank you for taking the extra time to do this, the schools will appreciate it!

Safety First with a sharp rotary cutter!

There were many more donations pre-sorted in little baggies of like items together; many fabrics neatly cut and folded with the dimensions written on an attached note; bags of scraps neatly pressed and sorted. All of these extra efforts, all this extra time was not necessary and not expected, but is VERY much appreciated! Thank you sew much to everyone who donated!

Once all the donations are sorted into categories, Amanda and I will begin the final sorting and distribution so each school receives a variety of notions, fabric, irons, and thread; everything they need to get started sewing right away! To be continued…..lol!

Happy Sewing!

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Janome HQ’s Instagram LIVE TODAY, WEDNESDAY 1pm EST

Join us LIVE at 1pm EST @janomehq Instagram page every Wednesday afternoon for our series, “Janome’s Magical Machine Mystery Tour” as we highlight a different machine in the Janome line. From entry level to Top of the Line; embroidery machines; longarm quilting machines; sergers and MORE, including some fabulous partner products to compliment those machines!

What machine and Janome goodies will we talk about this week? It’s a MYSTERY so you must tune in each week for the big reveal! Don’t worry if you can’t make the LIVE presentation, though. They’ll be stored in the IGTV icon on the Janome HQ Instagram Page and later posted as videos on the Janome HQ You Tube channel.

JMMMT Artwork 2

Follow us on the Janome HQ Facebook page to see what’s new at our Janome Canada Headquarters, our Janome HQ, and click HERE for more information about our ONLINE classes!

Write me at Classes@Janome-Canada.com (copy and paste in a new browser if needed) for more information about eventual on-site classes (when it’s safe) at The Janome Sewing and Learning Centre in Oakville, ON; Janome Canada’s Head Quarters.

Happy Sewing and #sharethejanomelove!

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Today’s Facebook LIVE – Serger Secrets on the NEW Janome 793PG Anniversary Serger

Celebrate National Sewing Month by tuning in LIVE at 3pm Eastern on the Janome Sewing Machines Facebook page every Tuesday in September as our fabulous Janome Canada educator, Celine Ross, demonstrates some fun techniques to add to your sewing repertoire, while getting the most from your machine!

Join Celine LIVE every Tuesday in September at 3pm Eastern on the Janome Sewing Machines Facebook Page!

This afternoon, Celine shares her serger secrets while touring the fabulous NEW Janome 793PG Anniversary Serger! There’s lots of fun presser feet and attachments available for your Janome serger, as well, so be sure to check with your Janome Dealer for more information.

NEW Janome 793PG Anniversary Serger!

Don’t worry if you miss the LIVE, as all presentations will be saved under the VIDEOS tab on the Janome Sewing Machine Facebook page. Use the SEARCH box to quickly find all of Celine Ross‘ presentations.

For those who don’t have a Facebook account, all of Celine’s presentations are also being loaded as videos on the Janome HQ You Tube channel under the Janome HQ Facebook LIVE playlist, so you can share in the Janome Love, as well!

Happy Sewing!

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AcuGuide Cloth Guide and the Janome Skyline S9

I’m going to go out on a limb by saying the Janome AcuGuide Cloth Guide is an underused and over overlooked feature on the Janome Skyline S9. Try it once though and you will be looking for new opportunities to use this fabulously fun accessory!

The Janome AcuGuide Cloth Guide helps you easily create straight and consistently accurate seams, all the way up to 5.5 inches to the right of the needle on the Janome Skyline S9.

If you have never used this attachment before, I want to encourage you to dig it out and give it a try. The Janome AcuGuide Cloth Guide comes with the Janome Skyline S9, and with all versions of the Janome MC15000, but is also an optional accessory for the Janome MC9850SE, which is another embroidery combo machine. Previous models like the Janome MC11000, and Janome MC12000 also had the Janome AcuGuide Cloth Guide included with the machine.

I recently used it to do a beautiful finish on this quick and easy baby blanket and my seams have never been so perfect!

Getting set up to use the Janome AcuGuide Cloth Guide on the Janome Skyline S9 is easy. I put together a little video to take you through a quick run-down of this tool.

It really is just that easy!

I recently made this baby blanket / car blanket for my daughter, as she loves to have a light blanket to snuggle with in the car, especially on the way home after a day at daycare and she needs a little snuggle and wind-down time. Not wanting to bother with a binding around the edges, I added extra fabric for the cotton backing and used it to fold over the Minky fabric and create a mitred edge.

I used a four inch seam allowance on all four sides. The fabric was folded in two inches on all sided and pressed, then folded over another two inches and pressed again.

There are several methods to create perfect mitred corner points. I talk about my favourite method in this napkin tutorial that I did a while back.

Just look at those points!

Okay… one more look!

My edges are two inches in width all the way around.

With this in mind, I wanted to make my seams at 1 3/4 inches. I can set the Janome AcuGuide Cloth Guide exactly where I want it to ensure perfectly straight lines.

The guide is positioned into place and I’m ready to sew! You can use any stitch with any presser foot you want.

This guide is just so precise and easy to use.

I can tell how precise this tool is because even the corners are on point! I can stop right on the corner seam, pivot and keep going right along the Janome AcuGuide Cloth Guide.

Before having this tool, when I had a wider seam allowance to wrestle with, I’d have to really take my time and go slow to make sure I kept everything even and consistent. With the Janome AcuGuide Cloth Guide, I think this was one of the fastest top stitching jobs I’ve ever completed!

There are so many possibility for this tool. Wide pant and dress hems, or curtains will be perfection!

Have you used the Janome AcuGuide Cloth Guide on your embroidery combo machine? What Janome sewing machine accessory or tool do you think is underrated and everyone should use more? What tool would you like to use more?

Happy Sewing!

Trina,

Janome Canada Artisan, Trina Gallop
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NEW Embroidery Designs from Sew4Home!

Though it’s the early days of Fall, it’s never too early to start sewing for the holidays, and our friends at Sew4Home have outdone themselves with this fun and festive Vintage Ornaments embroidery collection, available exclusively from Janome Canada dealers.

Sew4Home Vintage Ornaments Embroidery Collection available through Janome Canada dealers.

These beautiful, colourful embroideries are even more fun since the bows are digitized as separate designs, which means you can omit them, use them on another project, or cover your whole project in bows! Use them however you wish!

Just look at the cute, intricate stitching; just what you’d expect from Sew4Home and your Janome embroidery machine.

You may use these embroidery designs however you wish, but Sew4Home has created a BONUS project tutorial for you to add a splash of colour and festive holiday cheer to your table with a set a napkins. Be sure to check out Sew4home.Com for more great decorating ideas, too!

Once again, the Vintage Ornaments embroidery collection is available exclusively from Janome Canada dealers. Use the “Where to Buy” tab on the Janome.CA website to find a dealer near you!

Happy Sewing!

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Did you know there are different sizes and types of needles? Your Janome Dealer has a variety of needles from which to choose.

Each type of needle has a specific purpose. There’s Stretch and Ball-Point needles for knit fabrics, Leather and Denim for thicker, more dense fabrics, for example. The type and size of the needle is appropriately labeled on the package, but Janome has also tried to make needle selection easy by color-coding some of the most common choices, as well.

Janome Ball Point Size 14 Needle Pack
Janome Ball Point Needles Sz 14 with their rounded tip slip between the fibers of the fabric, rather than pierce, or cut through them. This makes them a great choice for sewing knits.
Janome Denim Needles Sz16 with a larger eye to accommodate thicker threads and a sharp point to pierce dense fabrics and thicker layers.

Janome Blue Tip Needles are a size 11, which means they have a thinner, more slender shaft than the size 16 Denim needles above. This makes them a good choice for thinner, more delicate fabrics like chiffon, organdy, etc. as they won’t leave as big a hole in the fabric, and are a good choice for the dense stitching of embroidery for the same reasons. The needles have a larger eye and a slightly rounded ball-point at the tip, which makes them a good choice for sewing some knits, as well.

For more about the many types of Janome Needles, click HERE.

Janome Blue Tip Sewing Machine Needles Size 75/11 3 X 5/Pk image 0
Janome Blue Tip Sz 11 Needle – keep your drawer well-stocked with these as they’re sew useful!

Janome Red Tip Needles are a size 14, which means they have a thicker, more study shaft than the Janome Blue Tip size 11 needles above. They have a sharp point and larger eye to accommodate thicker threads. They are a good choice for the majority of everyday sewing; piecing quilting cotton, home-dec fabrics, but they’re a also a good choice for embroidery as the larger eye will help prevent thread breakage. Always do a test sample with your fabric and thread to determine which needle is best for your project. If your thread is fraying and breaking, try going up a needle size, from an 11 to a 14, for example.

Conversely, if the thread is springy and twists and bounces around, try reducing the size of the needle; one with a smaller eye to control the thread.

Janome Red Tip Needles (Size 14)
Janome Red Tip Needles Sz 14 with a sharp point and larger eye are a good choice for the majority of sewing projects.

If you’re getting skipped stitches, try a Janome Purple Tip Needle size 14 with it’s unique Cobra or flared head, just below the eye of the needle, which helps spread the fibers of the fabric so the needle thread can intersect with the bobbin thread more easily, especially through thicker, more dense layers. For many free-motion quilters, and those who use tightly woven batik fabrics, this is their needle of choice! It’s also a great choice when using metallic threads and densely digitized embroidery designs. Once you have tried these needles you will always want to have a pack on hand for emergencies! Don’t be caught without them!

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Janome Purple Tip Sz 14 Needle with larger eye and flared Cobra head will eliminate skipped stitches.

As a general rule, change your sewing machine needle about 8 hour of sewing, or with every new project. Dense fabrics and sewing through thicker layers will dull the needle more quickly. It’s a good idea to also inspect the opening in your needle plate from time to time, especially if you’ve recently broken a needle. A tiny imperfection, or burr can catch the thread and cause breakage. As part of your inspection, be sure to clean your machine often, particularly under the needle plate, around the bobbin area and feed dogs, as well!

Check out our handy Janome Needle Reference Guide on our Janome.CA website to help select the right needle for your project, and…….

Janome Needle Guide

Visit your local authorized Janome dealer to purchase your Janome needles!!!

Happy Sewing!

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We Interrupt Our Regularly Scheduled Broadcast …………. NO Janome HQ’s Instagram LIVE TODAY

Sometimes, scheduling conflicts get in the way, but never fear, I’ll be back next Wednesday, September 29th at 1pm Eastern @janomehq Instagram page for another edition of “Janome’s Magical Machine Mystery Tour” as we highlight a different machine in the Janome line. From entry level to Top of the Line; embroidery machines; longarm quilting machines; sergers and MORE, including some fabulous partner products to compliment those machines!

What machine and Janome goodies will we talk about this week? It’s a MYSTERY so you must tune in each week for the big reveal! Don’t worry if you can’t make the LIVE presentation, though. They’ll be stored in the IGTV icon on the Janome HQ Instagram Page and later posted as videos on the Janome HQ You Tube channel.

JMMMT Artwork 2

Follow us on the Janome HQ Facebook page to see what’s new at our Janome Canada Headquarters, our Janome HQ, and click HERE for more information about our ONLINE classes!

Write me at Classes@Janome-Canada.com (copy and paste in a new browser if needed) for more information about eventual on-site classes (when it’s safe) at The Janome Sewing and Learning Centre in Oakville, ON; Janome Canada’s Head Quarters.

Happy Sewing and #sharethejanomelove!

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Today’s Facebook LIVE – Janome Border Guide Foot!

Celebrate National Sewing Month by tuning in LIVE at 3pm Eastern on the Janome Sewing Machines Facebook page every Tuesday in September as our fabulous Janome Canada educator, Celine Ross, demonstrates some fun techniques to add to your sewing repertoire, while getting the most from your machine!

Join Celine LIVE every Tuesday in September at 3pm Eastern on the Janome Sewing Machines Facebook Page!

This afternoon, Celine will demonstrate the Border Guide Foot, one of the most popular Janome specialty presser feet, on the fabulous NEW Janome 3160PG Anniversary Machine! The Janome Border Guide Foot comes in both 7mm and 9mm, so check with your Janome dealer to be sure you get the correct size for your machine. For more on the Border Guide Foot, there’s MANY posts to review right here on Janome Life!

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Parallel rows of decorative stitches are easily achieved with the Janome Border Guide Foot.
NEW Janome 3160PG Anniversary Machine.

Wrapping up the month, on Tuesday, September 28th, Celine shares her serger secrets while touring the fabulous NEW Janome 793PG Anniversary Serger! There’s lots of fun presser feet and attachments available for your Janome serger, as well, so be sure to check with your Janome Dealer for more information.

NEW Janome 793PG Anniversary Serger!

Don’t worry if you miss the LIVE, as all presentations will be saved under the VIDEOS tab on the Janome Sewing Machine Facebook page. Use the SEARCH box to quickly find all of Celine Ross‘ presentations.

For those who don’t have a Facebook account, all of Celine’s presentations are also being loaded as videos on the Janome HQ You Tube channel under the Janome HQ Facebook LIVE playlist, so you can share in the Janome Love, as well!

Happy Sewing!

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