Embroider a Linen Blouse

Blouse purchased for $9

This linen blouse is ‘naked’; plain, a little boring and it’s perfect to embellish to personalize it. Let’s add some extra value to the blouse by adding some embroidery! The weave is quite open so it is necessary to avoid seeing the stabilizer through the fabric. I opted for Madeira’s Super Film, which is a heavier stabilizer which dissolves with the heat of the iron.

Janome Canada is an importer of Madeira stabilizers, so they’re conveniently available from Janome Canada Dealers.

Notice the small dots on the back of the stabilizer which makes it rough and it is this side that must touch the fabric. That added texture helps grip the fabric to keep in place, but it’s also part of the magic construction of this disappearing stabilizer. It is inserted into the hoop along with the fabric to be embroidered.

Fabric and stabilizer in the hoop, taken from the underside.

When the embroidery is finished, the excess stabilizer must be removed; it can be cut away, then the embroidery piece ironed. The heat of the iron melts the stabilizer which forms small balls of dust. Do not worry, this operation leaves no trace on the soleplate of the iron.

Remove the excess stabilizer by cutting away what you don’t need, then press the backside of the embroidery with a hot iron to dissolve the remainder of the stabilizer.

The embroidery is finished. The result is perfect and the fabric is flat and free of puckers. I chose light, open patterns which are quite airy and are all from the same family of designs.

Embroidery pattern integrated into the Janome Continental M17.
Stitching of the yoke and decorative stitching around the collar adds a unique designer touch.

I also stitched the yoke seams in the front and back with a triple stitch so that the seams were more apparent. Since the Janome Continental M17 offers new stitch categories, I chose a pattern from the “Botanical” category to enhance the collar. I used a tone-on-tone rayon thread.

Pay attention to the buttons in the first photo; they are common and slightly thick, so I changed them to more delicate mother-of-pearl buttons. The seven buttons were sewn with the Janome Button Sewing Foot (T) and its specific function in the “Buttonhole” category. Sewing a button on by machine is such a time saver!

Sewing buttons with the Janome Button Sewing Foot (T) foot and the built-in Button Sewing function many Janome machines.

I pushed the coquetry by adding new small patterns, which are built-in to the machine, between the buttonholes… WOW!!! They make the shirt come alive!

Small personalized summer blouse which is now UNIQUE!!!

Janome Canada is a distributor of Madeira stabilizer so check with any Janome Canada dealer for the fabulous Madeira Super Film, and other Madeira stabilizers. They play such an integral role in any embroidery project.

Happy Sewing!

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Learning to Quilt; Youth Edition

When should kids learn to sew? That is such a tricky question.

Can you teach teeny tiny kids to sew? Absolutely! Will this foster a love of sewing for them forever? Maybe.

Sewing is such a great skill to have, but starting kids young doesn’t mean they will be making their own wardrobe by the time they are in high school. As a Fiber Artist I definitely want to share my love for sewing with my kids and create opportunities for them to dive in, but never really want to force it.

When my oldest daughter, Alice was 5, I bought her a Janome SUV1122 for Christmas. At that time she had decided she wanted to be a fashion designer so I thought this would be the perfect time to get her started. She sewed on it maybe 3 times since then and she is now 11. She never seems too interested in what I’m sewing except to ask me to make her things.

A few weeks ago we headed out shopping in the cute little town of Exeter, ON. We went up and down the main street and found such great shops. We then dropped our packages off at the van so we could head into The Quilt Kitchen with free hands. Alice knows that these fabric shopping trips often take longer than I say and I end up with wayyy more fabric than I need.

Wandering through the shop Alice spotted a quilt and fell in love! The quilt was a compilation of two patterns “We Women” and “We Women Words” by Happy Sew Lucky. 

The Quilt Kitchen Kit Version (Photo Courtesy of The Quilt Kitchen Instagram)

She asked if we could buy the quilt kit because she wanted to make it. Without hesitation I said yes! This was the moment I knew I could hook her. She then said “Do I have to keep the quilt in my room if I make it?”. I dug a little deeper on this. Why wouldn’t she want to keep a quilt that she spends hours and hours making in her room?

It was the colours. Although the colours in the shop kit were perfect for me, they weren’t her favourites. I then explained the beauty of making things yourself, you can pick any colours your heart desires.

Alice all set with her new fabric from The Quilt Kitchen!

Alice started picking out her fabrics and we talked about which colours she was drawn to and how to choose colours that would give her a nice balance. The Quilt Kitchen store owner Tammy was so helpful in making sure we got exactly how much we needed. Alice was on cloud 9! She showed her new fabric to everyone she could!

Once we got home we set to washing the fabrics and deciding on the quilt layout she wanted, printing the templates and getting organized. We are almost ready to get sewing! Alice is spoiled because I have all the quilting things which made planning this quilt super easy.

We are going to take you along on Alice’s journey of making her first quilt! Alice will be making it on her Janome SUV1122 and I will be here recording the journey and sharing with you all some things that I find help with making sewing accessible to kids!

Stitch on!

~~ AmandaBee

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Janome Quilt Maker Pro 20

I am so excited about the new machine in our studio. I am very lucky to now have access to a Janome Quilt Maker Pro 20 with the Pro Stitcher to boot! It arrived a few weeks ago and is now prominently displayed at the front of the shop at Giroux Sewing Centre for everyone to check out.

With the help of a couple of friends and the instruction manual we were able to set the whole thing up in a few hours. Once we got the frame level and ready to go, it didn’t take me long to load a quilt on it.

Some of the features I am very excited to have are the little things like the light right next to the Bobbin case for easy viewing, no flashlight needed. Look at all that lint! The light in the bobbin area helps when changing the bobbin, but is especially helpful when it’s time to clean the area. Keeping your bobbin case, hook assembly and bobbin area clean will definitely help keep your stitching beautiful and trouble-free.

A light in the bobbin area – one of the many convenient features of the Janome QMP 20!

Speaking of lighting, the adjustable brightness of the LED lighting is a bonus for any room. You can independently adjust and turn off the LED lighting around the needle and in the throat of the machine.

The 20″ throat space gives you that much more room to work your designs, especially when working with quilt blocks which are on point.

The table is nice and sturdy and you can easily adjust it from 4′, 8′ or 12′ when you set it up.

Everything is at your fingertips, there’s even a magnetic strip to hold your tools like your seam ripper and scissors. Once your quilt is all set up on the frame, its just a few clicks on the tablet to get your design ready to sew and quilt your masterpiece.

I have a bit of a learning curve to get up to speed on everything this machine and the Pro Stitcher can do. I will be posting blogs and tips I learn along the way so stay tuned and follow me as I learn everything this machine can do. Contact your local dealer for more details.

Happy Quilting!


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Janome Quilt Along 2022 – Part 7

Welcome back to the quilt along. How was your summer? I can’t believe we are looking at fall already but I have had such an amazing summer. I was fortunate to be able to spend a lot of time with my grandkids. They are growing so fast, and as much as I love quilting, they are ultimately my top priority.

But now, on to the Quilt Along.

If you’re just joining in, or you’ve fallen behind over the summer, you can find the previous posts here:

Janome Quilt Along! – Introduction including supply list

Part 1 – Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5Part 6

Part 1, 3, 5, and today’s blog post, Part 7, are the block construction posts. Part 2, 4, 6,and next month’s blog post, Part 8, are about the quilting. You’ll also need to check out the Janome Quilt Along! Introduction if you’re just joining in.

Don’t forget to post your progress on social media.




Quilt on! Melissa

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We Interrupt Our Regularly Scheduled Broadcast….

We sew appreciate your loyalty and support of Janome HQ, but alas, there will be NO LIVE at 1pm EST @janomehq Instagram page this afternoon.

HOWEVER, there is a NEW video uploaded to the Janome HQ You Tube channel under the Janome’s Magical Machine Mystery Tour playlist, so we can continue to share the Janome love even though it’s not “live”.

JMMMT Artwork 2

This is the perfect time to get caught up on any presentations you might have missed as they’re all stored in IGTV on the @janomehq Instagram Page and on the Janome HQ You Tube channel.

What machine and Janome goodies will we talk about on Magical Machine Mystery Tour? It’s a MYSTERY so you must tune in each week for the big reveal!

Want to know answers to questions about your machine or about Janome products? Tune in every other week for Ask Janome HQ. Depending on the question, it may be answered LIVE!

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.

Follow us on the Janome HQ Facebook page to see what’s new at our Janome Canada Headquarters, our Janome HQ!

Happy Sewing and #sharethejanomelove!

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Today’s Facebook LIVE – Back to School!

We know from all your marvelous feedback that sew many of you look forward to our fabulous Celine’s regular Tuesday Facebook LIVE on the Janome Sewing Machines Facebook page. There’s not much which will keep Celine away from her machine, but alas, life gets in the way sometimes, so Celine will not be doing a LIVE presentation today. BUT, do not despair!

Janome America educator, Jerry Granata will be stepping in to show you some inspiration and ideas using Applique and Decorative Stitches to embellish back to school items. Yes, can you believe it?! Fall is in the air and yes, kids are heading back to school, but maybe you’ll have more time to sew.

Maybe you’ll be using the fabulous NEW Janome Continental M17, the new Top of the Line machine.

Janome Continental M17.

Or, what about the Janome MC15000 Quilt Maker, or Skyline S9 or MC 9850SE if you’re looking for an all-in-one, Sewing, Quilting and Embroidery machine?

Janome MC15000 Quilt Maker
Janome Skyline S9
Janome MC9850Special Edition

Not into embroidery? Maybe you have the Janome Skyline S7, Skyline S6, Skyline S5 or Skyline S3. Janome has so many choices and so many machines come with a variety of Applique and Decorative stitches so everyone can share in the fun!

Janome Skyline S7

Check out our handy bilingual Janome Accessories Guide or click on the Accessories Tab on Janome.CA. to find the presser feet and accessories compatible with your machine. Click the Products tab, then scroll down to find “View all Accessories“. Click there to access the Search Box or to scroll through the pages to find the accessories you’d like. Click on the picture/description to find the Part Number and machine compatibility. And, as always, check with your fabulous Janome Dealer!

Bilingual Janome Accessories Guide on the Janome.CA website

Don’t worry if you can’t make the LIVE. All of the presentations will be saved under the Videos tab of the Janome Sewing Machines Facebook page. Use the Search Box to find all the videos with Celine Ross to find all her presentations.

Don’t have a Facebook account, don’t worry, they will be uploaded to the Janome HQ You Tube channel under the Facebook Live playlist to enjoy whenever you wish!

Happy Sewing!

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Janome Open Toe Satin Stitch Foot (F2)

What is the Open Toe Statin Stich Foot?

The Janome Open Toe Satin Stitch foot (F2) is aptly named because the center front area of the foot is open. There is no plastic “bar” across the foot as in the regular Janome Satin Stitch foot (F). The open toe area of this foot allows for a better view of the needle and stitch pattern being sewn.

Janome Open Toe Satin Stich Foot (F2)

The foot is made of clear plastic, making it easier to view the stitching. This foot can also be referred to as a Custom Crafted Zig-Zag Foot or Applique foot. The back and underneath side of both the Open Toe (F2) and regular Satin Stitch Foot (F) has a groove which allows for the raised decorative stitches to form and escape easily.

Janome Open Toe Satin Stich Foot (F2)

What is it used for?

This foot can be used for quilting, monogramming, applique, and cutwork. It’s ideal to use for sewing dense zig-zag stitching and decorative stitches, though it’s also a wonderful all-purpose foot for a number of reasons. First, this foot has a really great wide open toe design allowing you to see exactly what you are sewing, letting you take full advantage of the maximum stitch width of your machine. Since this foot is clear, you can see exactly where you are lining up the fabric and where you will be sewing. It’ll help keep you from going off center unless, of course, you want to. lol!

It makes it easy to do applique stitching or embellishments. Perhaps you want to sew a patch onto a garment or rows of decorative stitches on the button placket or cuff, or across a joke. This foot will work great for all that, and more!

The Janome Satin Stitch foot (F) is a common accessory that comes with many of our machines. Check your instruction manual to see if there was one included. Some machines also come with the Janome Open Toe Satin Stitch foot (F2), and it’s also included in the Quilting Attachment Kit for 7mm and 5mm machines.

If your machine did not come with either of these presser feet, head over to the Janome website to find the right fitting Satin Stich Foot for your machine and order from any Janome dealer.

How to Use:

Snap it on, dial up your stitch width to the max and sew away! Familiarize yourself with this foot as it may seem a bit awkward at first having such a wide open toe, but you will soon find it quite enjoyable. It’s like drawing with a crayon! A stitch crayon! Lay down those stitches and be bold.

Notice while you are stitching that you can see all around and through the foot. This is great if you plan to sew circles, attach patches, or create scallop stitches.

Be sure to use a stabilizer under your fabric to support all those decorative stitches!

What Machines will it fit?

The Janome Satin Stitch foot (F) and Open Toe Statin Stitch foot )F2) is not one size fits all. They each come in 3 different sizes to accommodate the maximum stitch widths of Janome machines. The machines range from 5MM, 7MM to 9MM Please be aware of the stitch width of your model. 

Not sure what your machine is? Use this handy guide below.

You can also find more information in the Accessories Guide available on Janome.Com in the USA and a Bilingual Accessories Guide on Janome.CA in Canada.



There’s a Janome Satin Stitch foot (F) and Open Toe Satin Stitch (F2) available for every sewing machine model, including the popular 5mm and 7mm models below.

Clockwise from the top left: Janome 5300QDC, Janome Sewist 725S, Janome/New Home Artic Crystal, Janome HD1000BE

There is also a Janome Satin Stitch foot (F) and Open Toe Satin Stitch foot (F2) for 9mm machines and a special Open Toe foot for AcuFeed models, so there’s lots of options available whatever the machine model.

So, now you have a little background on the Janome Open Toe Satin Stitch foot and why it is so useful. Go ahead and see what you can create using this foot with your Janome machine!

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Saturday Sewing Projects from Sew 4 Home

With Summer winding down, many of us will be spending more time at our sewing machines once again. Our friends from Sew4Home have come up with some adorable projects which can be done in a day, or over the weekend.

As always, Sew4Home suggests some fabulous specific Janome machines they feel are ideal to complete the projects; there’s a project and machine pairing for every skill level and budget, but they’re only suggestions. You certainly aren’t limited by the machine or the project. Everyone can share in the fun! If you’re in the market for a new machine, however, your Janome Canada dealer can arrange a test drive of any of the models mentioned here as they’re all in stock in our Janome Canada warehouse!

Knit Baby Bib with Ruffle Accents + Janome 1522 Series

Not only are these bibs as cute as can be, they’re also fast and easy, and there’s a full, free S4H pattern download. The layers come together with all-around binding that turns into tails to tie the bib in place. It’s a beginner-friendly project you can make on any machine, like one of the models from the Janome 1522 Series. There are four great colors: Red, Pink, Dark Grey, and Blue. All of them with a more stitches, adjustment options, and sewing bed size than you might expect on such an economical machine.

Janome 1522RD.
Photo courtesy of Sew4Home.Com
Janome 1522BL.

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Featured Accessories: Rolled Hem Foot (optional for hemming the ruffles), Even Feed Foot or engage the AcuFeed™ Flex built-in fabric feeding system if your machine is capable (optional but helpful when working with knits).

Janome 1522DG so you can choose whatever colour you wish!

Ukulele Pillow with Janome Sewist 780DC

Shaped pillows are so much fun! This cool ukulele features accent elements done as appliqué, strings created with a triple stitch in heavy thread, and tiny buttons as tuning pegs and the bottom bridge. S4H offers detailed templates so it’s easy to get everything in the perfect position. For this type of multi-technique project, we recommend a computerized machine packed with time-saving features: the Janome Sewist 780DC. For the precision stitching of the project’s appliqué elements and string accents, the 780’s stitch elongation option, automatic thread cutter, and start/stop button were key to a professional finish.

Photo courtesy of Sew4Home.Com.

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Featured Accessories: Open Toe Satin Stitch foot or Appliqué foot

Janome 740DC.

Kids’ Round Storage Bins + Janome Skyline S9

These round fabric baskets make picking up and putting away much more fun and colorful. You’ll learn expert tips for sewing in 3D: how to layer and stabilize to keep the best shape, how to inset a round base, binding tricks, and more. The custom flower and guitar appliqué templates are offered free from S4H, but as an alternative, we suggest using the powerful Janome Skyline S9 Sewing and Embroidery model to add embroidered accents to your panels rather than appliqué. S4H loves the entire Skyline series from the entry level Janome S3 to the workhorse Janome S7 to the flexible Janome S9.

Photo courtesy of Sew4Home.Com.

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Featured Accessories: Open Toe Satin Stitch foot or Appliqué foot, Even Feed Foot or engage the AcuFeed™ Flex built-in fabric feeding system if your machine has the capability, as in the Skyline S9.

Janome Skyline S9 Embroidery/Sewing combo machine.

Be sure to check with your Janome Canada Dealers for more information about any of the machines recommended in the n pairings. But don’t worry, no matter what the model, many Janome machines will be capable of making these adorable projects, so everyone can benefit and share in the fun.

Happy Sewing!

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The Zipper Foot; Not Just For Zippers

One of the fun things about being an Educator with Janome is I get to play with sewing machines and try different things. I like to be the one who uses things differently than their original intention.

For example, the Janome Zipper Foot (E). It looks a little different for the various models, but they function in the same way. Fabulous for putting in a zipper, but I used it to create half square triangles.

Janome Zipper Foot E. This version is for 9mm machines.

Half-square triangles are not my favorite things to do, but I found that by using the zipper foot it was a lot easier. I just placed the foot on the line I drew and moved the needle to the right. Measure 1/4″ away so you know exactly where to start stitching. or perhaps your machine has a 1/4″ stitch which moves the needle automatically over the right. If you want a scant 1/4″, move the needle back to the left a little. It worked great!

And the parallel lines of stitching look great! Cut on the drawn line and there are two half-square triangles!

I posted on Facebook the other day with the following pictures and caption:

Life Lesson: If you look at something from only one perspective, you miss out on so much.

My Blueberry bush looking down – you mainly just see leaves.
My Blueberry bush looking up – look at all those delicious, colourful berries!

This same motto can also apply to sewing – there’s often more than one way to do things, so try them out to see what works best for you.

The Janome Continental M7 has loads of presser feet which come with the machine. The Instruction Manual lists the name of each foot, and gives suggested uses for each throughout the manual. The free Janome AcuSpark App also offers this information, even without using the QR reader built-in to the machine. All the information about the machine is built-in to the App, so you don’t always have to be near the machine to access the information. The section on presser feet, for example, will also apply to other machines which use the same presser feet. You may not have a Janome Continental M7, but you can still use much of the information from the APP – and it’s free, so why not?

Take that box of presser feet and start playing. You never know what you may end up using them for.

Happy Sewing.

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@janomehq Instagram LIVE series “Ask Janome HQ” TODAY at 1pm EST!

Join us LIVE at 1pm EST @janomehq Instagram page this afternoon for our series, “Ask Janome HQ” as we read and answer your questions asked by e-mail and on our Janome Canada social media. When possible, we’ll also try to answer questions LIVE, so tune in to join in the FUN while we learn about all things Janome.

Ask Janome HQ” will be presented every other week. We’ll still be presenting our very popular, ongoing series “Janome’s Magical Machine Mystery Tour” in the alternate weeks, so be sure to FOLLOW us so you don’t miss a post!

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. A new Playlist, “Ask Janome HQ” has been created so you can easily find all the presentations there if you miss a LIVE presentation or don’t have an Instagram account.

Follow us on the Janome HQ Facebook page to see what’s new at our Janome Canada Headquarters, our Janome HQ!

Happy Sewing and #sharethejanomelove!

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