You might be aware of this great learning opportunity? Is your local Janome North America dealer participating in the SEW4HOME MAKER’S CLUB during  2018? If not, you may wish to ask them about it at your local Janome store. We have a number of dealers in Canada already participating.

If your dealer is unaware of the program, you may wish to encourage them to contact their Janome Rep for more information. This is really WAY TOO GOOD to miss out on!

Here is a link with more info about the second or February Club project

It is a partnership between Janome North America (USA and Canada) and the popular website:  sew4home. I suggest you visit this site to find a gazillion short exclusive projects made on Janome sewing and embroidery machines as well as very useful information and projects using Janome feet and accessories.

Sew4home has just announced the second project of the year; a rather lovely sewing mat & caddy with pockets – see pic below. 

sous-tapis s4h

These exclusive projects are now available ONLY at participating authorized Janome dealers. The copyrighted projects are not available online. In order to have access to these great projects, you need to visit a participating dealer.

You may have missed the announcement of this Maker’s Club: check out this link for more info and pics of projects on offer.

Dealers may share projects in a variety of ways – check with your dealer to be sure how they are sharing these great projects.
Participating dealers in Canada include (check out our dealer locator top right corner on the home page of http://www.janome.ca for contact details):

  • Sawyer Sewing Centre, Victoria, BC
  • Gertie’s Sewing Machine, Little Britain, Ont
  • Affordable Vac & Sew, Courtenay, BC
  • Haus of Stitches, Humboldt, SK
  • Gem Sewing , New Liskeard, Ont
  • Island Sewing, Campbell River, BC
  • Triangle Sewing, Guelph, Ont
  • Ultimate Sewing, Oshawa, Ont
  • VB Simkins, Kingston, Ont
  • Anderson Sewing, Kamloops, BC
  • Niagara Sewing Machine, Niagara Falls, Ont
  • Sew Crafty, Rideau Ferry, Ont
  • The Quilted Bear, Delta, BC
  • Sew and save Centre, Stratford, Ont
  • École de Couture Céline Ross, Montréal, QC
  • Hines Sewing Machines, Windsor, NS
  • Johnsons Sewing Center, Edmonton, AB
  • Tom’s Sewing Machines, Surrey, BC
  • Excelle Machine à coudre/La Maillerie, Laval, QC


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EDUCATOR PICK OF THE MONTH: Quilting Guide Bars and other feet with useful Guides

guides on feet

Almost all feet have guidelines on them that help us to line up fabrics and stitch lines.  Sometimes the stitching we want to align with is wider apart than the width of the foot.  For this reason, Janome has created a variety of Quilt guide bars that attach to the machine feet in different ways to help us repeat rows of stitching that are further apart from the foot marking(s).

You can always just use the edge of the foot as a guideline for stitching, but this may create lines of stitching that are very close together and would result in quilting that would be very dense.

I do not mark my quilts when doing quilting.   I don’t use chalk lines, pins, tape, or anything else to create my lines.  I simply stitch one line to start with and then follow that line over and over to create my quilt patterns.  They may be traditional cross hatch; decorative stitches repeats; or a combination of stitch types and lines to quilt my project.  I also do a lot of machine embroidery on my quilts and I like to quilt straight through large embroidery designs using a very light weight thread so it does not take away from the stitch design itself.  Below is an example of an embroidery design that is very linear (like red work) and I colored in some elements of the design.  I then quilted in a cross hatch pattern across the quilt straight through the design itself with a light weight thread.

fabric painting

For the above design I simply used my AcuFeed Flex foot and attached the quilt guide arm to the foot to stitch the lines that are approximately 2 inches apart.


Feet snap onto the foot holder which has a hole in it and can be used for the guide bar.  The guide bar inserts into this hole on the shank/foot holder.  You can insert the guide from the right or left side of the attached foot.

Most of our machines come standard with a Quilting Guide bar – which would work with the foot holder or walking foot/Acufeed/Acufeed Flex foot – whichever walking foot system that particular model has.


Even Feed Guide Bars are available to aid in your alignment of stitched rows. These are used with machine models which have the white screw on walking feet or Even feed feet.

even feed guides

The Border Guide Foot works well for aligning decorative stitch lines and also placing a second decorative stitch exactly between the middle of two stitch lines.  Since it is clear view, you can see exactly where your previous lines of stitching are located.

border guide foot

The Sliding Guide Foot helps you to align previous rows of stitches.  The sliding guide is adjustable and locks into place when you determine the width between stitch lines.  This foot is great as it attaches directly to the foot holder on the machine with a simple click in place.

sliding guide foot

Not all feet fit all models of Janome machines so be sure to check with your dealer as to which feet are available for your specific model of Janome machine.

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Geranmium Dress

Whether you love the finishing details part of sewing or not… there are always a number of handy features on your Janome sewing machine to help get the job done properly and efficiently!


One of my favourite feet on my Janome Skyline S7 is the buttonhole foot. I make a lot of little dresses for my nieces, and now for my newborn daughter, and while I always dread when I get to this part of the project, once I get started I wonder why I put off this part of my sewing projects.

I shied away from the buttonhole foot attachment for a long time and I’m not sure why. It’s actually very straightforward to use.

Putting the buttonhole foot on your machine is really easy.


Remove the current foot you are using and attach using the bar at the front of the buttonhole foot.


And don’t forget to pull down the bar on the left hand side that will guide the length of your buttonhole.


Select the buttonhole option you want and you’re ready to go! My go-to is usually 01 but I also love using the memory feature (02) for those unique sewing needs.


Press down on the foot pedal and you are ready to go. I love how easy it is to use this foot!

Do you use this foot on your machine? What are you sewing buttonholes on these days? Have you ever used buttonhole feature #12 to sew buttons on using your machine?

Greetings from Trina – Janome Canada Artisan in Winnipeg who sews on our Skyline S7.

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Here in Quebec, we are in the middle of winter, and outside the weather is cloudy with a temperature of -20 ° C … brrr! You have to dress warmly and fleece, sherpa, goretex, thick blankets and snowsuits are perfectly suited to keep warm.

With the purchase of a Janome MC6700P, the HP foot and plate are included and the set is highly recommended for working with thick fabrics like Sherpa. On one side, this fabric has an imitation leather surface, and on the other side the fabric has a thick pile or looped surface. This fabric is very thick and warm and its composition is usually polyester. A straight stitch of length 4~5 mm and with the set up of the HP set, the thicknesses of the fabric does not stick to the plate or the foot HP.


The next example is a cotton flannel rag quilt. There are six layers of sewing fabrics. Construction is done with a 1/4 “or 6mm stitch with the HP foot and HP plate. It is recommended to lengthen the stitch length to 4~5 mm.

narrow foot

The AcuFeed foot is extraordinarily ingenious:  the double upper metal feed dogs work in perfect coordination with the lower feed dogs which helps to evenly feed the thick layers of the fabrics. The sole plate is interchangeable according to the type of stitching to be done. There are several different sole plates that are available as an optional accessory (Ditch quilting, open toe, 1/4 inch).

AcuFeed assembly

Several layers of fabric are fed easily under the AcuFeed flex foot.

several thicknesses

The Janome MC6700P offers even more. It is possible to stitch with a convertible Free motion set of feet included with the purchase of the machine. The clip has a screw and adjusting spring for varying the height of the foot which is appropriate for the thickness of the fabric that will be under the foot. It is possible to interchange one of the three different foot types: closed-toe metal foot, open-toed foot, and wide transparent foot.


The Janome MC6700P tempts you? Visit your local authorized Janome dealer to try Janome’s Memory Craft 6700P.


To be continued…

Written by Celine Ross and translated/edited by Yvonne Menear

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Following on from MC6700P Part 1 published on 2nd February:

As a professional sewer and educator I love using the Memory Craft 6700P  with its combination of power, performance and endurance that will meet all your needs. Whether you’re an amateur seamstress, an experienced quilter, do mending & repairs, or need a machine in your clothing store?  the MC6700P will never let you down.


To see its power, there is not much better than sewing on denim fabric. I have a skirt that is too long that I need to shorten. I do not want to lose the original hemline so I folded the desired measurement over the seam and stitched through the  three thicknesses with decorative stitches built into the machine.  I choose my decorative stitches from the machine pattern mode 2. There are four modes in the machine memory each having different stitch patterns available.


The AcuFeed Flex dual-feed foot is perfect for sewing through the three layers of denim.  For  better visibility to see and stitch the work, I change the ordinary sole plate AD for an optional open-toe UD sole plate.

AcuFeed Flex.JPG

I sewed at full speed to check the quality of the stitches over the seams of this thick fabric.  The quality of the stitches were amazing!


While embellishing my skirt with decorative stitches, I really appreciated several very practical features such as:

  • The new needle threader built into the side cover … it never misses the eye of the needle.
  • The double support for spools or cones of thread … the flow is vertical and much superior.
  • The easy threading path … quick, easy an effective.
  • Reversible stitch chart … side 1, mode 1 & 2 / side 2, mode 3 & 4
  • The notepad on side 2: very convenient to insert a memo or pattern instructions etc
  • The presser foot lever: it is wide and solid and stays in the elevated position without needing to be held.





note pad

the sink

And here is the finished work. The skirt has been customized easily to my taste and style  with the Memory Craft 6700P and its unique features. I’m satisfied!


To be continued…

Written by Celine Ross and translated & edited by Yvonne Menear

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Tania has offered us another great project idea and tutorial with a Valentines cup cake theme.      Check it out – And a big Valentines thank you to Tania who sews on our Janome Skyline S7! 





Do you have Valentine’s sewing plans??

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 Valentine's day

Embroidery technique: Lace


Written by Celine Ross and translated by Yvonne Menear


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Here’s another query we often get and then answer…….GLAD YOU ASKED THAT!

As an educator I get asked all the time, ‘Which Needle Should I Use?’  Often, I ask in return ‘Which Ones Do You Usually Use and Why?’  It is amazing how many different answers and reasons I get in reply.  I would like to spend a little time talking about needles and their use over a couple of blog posts in the effort to give you some more information about deciding which needle should be your choice for any given project.


There is no shortage of advice on needles out there.  Often, a store may suggest a particular brand of needle just because it is the brand they choose to sell.  Some of the most popular brands of sewing machine needles are Schmetz and Organ needles.  Some machine manufacturers also have their own brand of needles that are made specifically to match the mechanics of their brand of machine.  Janome has our own brand of needles – manufactured by Organ and we do recommend these for best results with our needle threaders. However, you may use whatever needles you prefer.  If you experience issues with your needle threader or with stitch quality, you might want to think about switching to a Janome needle brand to see things improve.   Often, switching to the Janome needles for your Janome machine is all you need to do to get beautiful, consistent stitch quality and optimum needle threader function.

I have had many students insist they have been instructed that the only needle they will ever need is a Universal needle.  They have told me it is Universal because it works for absolutely every type of sewing and therefore it is only necessary to have one needle type.  My years of sewing, quilting, and machine embroidery experience has taught me differently.  I was curious though about the use of Universal needles so I looked it up in a Google search.  Google describes Universal needles as  the needle of choice when you don’t know exactly what thread or fabric you may be working with, or if you don’t know what project you will be working on.  Really?  You don’t know the thread and fabric you have in your hand?  You are merrily sewing away and have no idea what or why you are sewing – so you use a Universal needle?  This logic seems very strange to me.


Needles are made with several elements in mind. The milling of the needle has specific parameters depending on the type of thread and fabric that will be used.  Needles are also made specifically for machines like long arm quilt machines, sergers, industrial embroidery machines, and the general domestic sewing machine.  You need to first know the type of machine you are using and the fabric and thread content of your project.  Needles are made to give the best results when you consider all these options.

You may need to vary your needle type depending on the project.  Consider an embroidery design: You may think that you should choose an embroidery needle.  But what if the embroidery stitch you are using in your project is actually a quilting design?  If I am hooping my quilt sandwich in my embroidery hoop, I do know that there are several layers to stitch through and that there will be drag on the thread in the needle.  I may choose instead to use a slightly larger size quilting needle to stitch with even though I am stitching in the embroidery hoop.  Or try the Janome Purple tip needle? You may need to experiment on exactly which thread, needle, fabric and project you are creating to find the perfect needle for the job.

Next time: we explore more about needles.


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The monogram section of the Horizon Link Software that comes with your Janome Horizon MC 15000 Quiltmaker machine contains eleven fonts for lettering in addition to three Cyrillic fonts. The compiling of a text message is done directly on the screen of the computer with the use of the keyboard.


In this tab are two icons that are often overlooked and yet they contain several patterns different from those built into the machine.

2 icons

‘Normal Sew’ Icon opens to a section which offer 102 patterns that can be embroidered as a single pattern,  a continuous line, or as a combination.

Normal Sew

The “Border” icon  section opens to offer 46 patterns that can be combined to be embroidered on a narrow part such as a cuff, a  pocket, a blouse button placket, etc.


The ‘space’ key is used to add spaces between patterns. It is possible to enlarge and reduce the patterns by 20% directly in the grid window.


In order to visualize each of the patterns it is a good idea to  embroider them: then you will always have them as reference to  make your choice easier.

If you have Janome’s  MBX5 Digitizer software you can import the text design and use the  editing functions to create even more text pattern layout options.

Visit your local Janome Authorized Dealer to participate in a demonstration or course on the Horizon Link Suite software.


Written by Celine Ross, translated & edited by Yvonne Menear

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Easiest Valentine’s Day Placemats Ever!

Another great project idea from Janome Canada Artisan Kim Jamieson-Hirst:

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and if you’re like me, you like to set a lovely table for that special day. I have just the solution! These no binding self mitered placemats are so quick to do and you can customize them for any special occasion, just by selecting an occasion-appropriate fabric.

No Binding Self Mitered Placemats


I used my Janome Horizon Memory Craft 9400 QCP to make these placemats and the HP foot and needle plate made the piecing very accurate. I just love this combination when I’m stitching my 1/4″ seams!

Janome 9400 Personalize Photo 1

One of the reasons I love creating these placemats is that you can make them any size you want. If you want them larger with a narrower “binding”, you can do that. If you would like them to be smaller with a larger “binding”, you can do that too. Totally customizable and totally simple to make – a winning combination!

Another reason I enjoy making them is because I get to practise quilting on the centre part of the placemat. You can choose to try out some free motion quilting designs or use the walking foot on your Janome Horizon Memory Craft 9400 QCP for some straight line quilting. I’ve made these placemats with both types of quilting and I’ve found that the automatic thread cutter on the Janome 9400 is a real timesaver when I’ve been using my Acufeed flex/walking foot for my quilting – and the threads don’t tangle when I start to stitch again.

No binding placemat detailYou can follow the step by step tutorial on my Chatterbox Quilts’ blog to see how to make your own set of no binding self mitered placemats for Valentine’s Day or any day. While you’re there, be sure to check out my other blogposts about my Janome machines (just search for “Janome” in the right sidebar of the blog).

No binding placemat - 1



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