Janome Canada/ Sew4Home LIVE!

We’re sew excited to be coming to you LIVE from Quilt Canada this Thursday, June 16th at 3pm Eastern, 12pm Pacific, as our friend, Liz Johnson from Sew4Home joins us on the Janome Canada Facebook page to talk all about the 3 NEW Janome Presser Feet for 9mm machines.

Don’t worry if you can’t join us LIVE, the presentation will be stored in the Videos tab of the Janome Canada Facebook page, and will be uploaded to the Janome HQ You Tube channel.

Happy Sewing!

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Special Quilt Canada LIVE @Janome HQ’s Instagram TODAY, WEDNESDAY 1pm EST – 10am PST

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.

Happy Sewing and #sharethejanomelove!

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Today’s Facebook LIVE – Foldable Shopping Bag

We can never have enough bags! Overnighters to reusable grocery store totes and everything in between! Clever techniques and the proper tools will help you to add zippers, pockets, handles, straps and everything else needed to make a beautifully designed bag!

Celine is back LIVE every Tuesday at 3pm EST on the Janome Sewing Machines Facebook page for an entire month of sewing fun and education to help you get the most from your Janome machine!

Today, Celine will show you how create and personalize a convenient foldable shopping bag using the fabulously fun Janome Artistic Digitizer software and your Janome embroidery machine!

Celine will demonstrate on her fabulous Janome Continental M17, the new Top of the Line machine, but don’t worry, any of the projects Celine will demonstrate can be done on any Janome embroidery machine, so everyone can share in the fun!

Janome Continental M17.
Janome MC15000 Quilt Maker
Janome MC550E
Janome Skyline S9
Janome MC9850Special Edition

Celine will share her tips about stabilizers, threads, needles; everything you need to know to “wear your machine” as Celine puts it. Talk about sharing, and wearing the Janome love! lol!

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.

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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Quilt Canada 2022

Quilt Canada “Reconnected” is being held in Vancouver at the Convention Center this year. June 15th – 18th, 2022. There will be Quilts, Classes, Lectures, Fabric, Notions, Sewing Machines and best of all us! The entire Janome Canada Education Team! That’s right we will all be in attendance. Some of us meeting in person for the first time.

We are all counting the sleeps until we are there! It is going to be so much fun!

We really enjoy engaging with you, our Janome fans and friends, and showing you all the new things Janome has to offer, like the fabulous Janome Continental M17 and, making it’s DEBUT at Quilt Canada, the NEW Janome Quilt Maker 15!

Before the show happens, the Education Team has been busy making unique decor for the Janome booth, which will be a cute, and useful edition to our sewing rooms. I will give you a sneak peek!

This is just one piece of what we are making. I don’t want to spoil the surprise, but I can tell you these are decorative stitches that are on the Janome Continental M17, as well as many other Janome machines.

I used Maderia Contona multi-coloured thread in shades of green with a touch of blue. It sews beautifully and is a good compliment to the gorgeous Kimberly Einmo Solid-ish fabric from Timeless Treasures we all used. Many of you know Kimberly as Janome America’s National Spokesperson!

I love using decorative stitches as they always add so much character and detail to anything you are making. I love the contrast with the yellow thread and the purple fabric. Tip: Keep an eye on your thread and bobbin thread, especially. Some of these stitches use a lot of thread and you don’t want to run out of thread at an important point on your project. Ask me how I know, lol!

You will have to come to our Janome booth to see the final product, as well as to test drive a variety of machines before you take one – or more – home with you! We would love to meet you in person!

For those who are unable to attend, I will post pictures when we get back, and Michael and Celine will be doing special presentations LIVE from the booth. Watch for details on Janome Life and our Janome Canada and Janome HQ social media..

Happy Sewing

Michael, Amanda, Monique, Celine and Anne-Margaret

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Quilt Canada is NEXT WEEK!

Can you believe it? The first LIVE, in person Quilt Canada show since 2019 is next week, June 15-18th at the downtown Vancouver Convention Centre!

Janome Canada will be front and centre in the convention hall, so we welcome you to stop by and share in the Janome love! It’s the perfect time to test drive a new machine, like one of the fabulous Janome Quilt Maker long arm quilting machines. Or, curious about the NEW Janome Continental M17? It’ll be in our booth, too, so stop by to see it in action!

The very popular Janome MC8200QCP , Janome MC9450QCP and special commemorative Janome 3160QOV-C will be featured through the show in several Janome-sponsored classrooms, which will be offered at a very special show price, so be sure to get yours before they’re gone!

Janome MC8200QCP Special Edition
Janome MC9450QCP
Janome 3160 Quilts of Valour – Canada model

Since every machine needs a good, sturdy, functional surface on which to work it’s magic, we’re bringing several Arrow/Kangaroo sewing cabinets, as well as the fabulously comfortable Arrow chairs. Not only can you demo the machines in the booth in style, you can also take it all home with you at the special show pricing. It’s a great time to redecorate, and reorganize your sewing room!

Arrow Hydraulic Sewing Chairs with lumbar support and hidden storage in the seat!

Don’t worry if you can’t make it to Vancouver to share in the fun. Celine and I will be doing several LIVE presentations on the Janome HQ Instagram page and the Janome Canada Facebook page.

All of these presentations will also be loaded to the Janome HQ You Tube channel, so everyone can share in the Janome love and the fun of Quilt Canada 2022!

Happy Quilting!

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Finishing Appliqué Edges on the Janome Continental M7

There are hundreds of decorative stitches on the Janome Continental M7 but I wanted to focus on the humble zigzag stitch in this blogpost.

Janome Continental M7

The zigzag stitch is my favourite stitch to use when finishing the edges of raw edge appliqué pieces (my favourite type of appliqué!) and I wanted to explain how I use this simple stitch and the various thread colour options I consider for this purpose when using the Janome Continental M7.

With raw edge appliqué, you need to finish the edges of the appliqué pieces so they don’t float away in the wash, which they tend to do if they don’t have any stitching to hold them down.

Appliqué on Tweet-Heart table runner (detail) waiting for edges to be finished. Pattern by Chatterbox Quilts.

I think that a satin stitch looks lovely as an appliqué edge finish (you can see how to do this stitch on the Janome Continental M7 here) and it’s really just a close zigzag stitch but…it takes a lot of time to do, and I want to get things done quickly! Rather than using a satin stitch, I like to use a short, narrow zigzag stitch for my appliqué edges.

To use the zigzag stitch on the Janome Continental M7, you’ll need to have the regular or zigzag needle plate installed. You’ll also need to choose the appropriate foot.

Regular or zigzag needle plate for the Janome Continental M7

There are 2 presser feet which come with the Janome Continental M7 that can be used for doing a zigzag stitch: the Satin Stitch F foot and the Open Toe Satin Stitch F2 foot. As you might guess, these feet look very similar but the F foot has a bar across it whereas the F2 foot does not.

Satin Stich F foot on the Janome Continental M7

I like to use both of these feet: the F foot keeps more pressure on the appliqué piece while I find that I have more visibility with the Open Toe F2 foot, so it’s really a personal choice as both work very well.

Open Toe Satin Stich F2 foot for the Janome Continental M7

There are different choices for a zigzag stitch on the Janome Continental M7 and the one I like to use is found under the Appliqué menu.

Appliqué menu on Janome Continental M7
Zigzag Stitch 2 is my preferred zigzag stitch to use for finishing appliqué edges

I make adjustments in the width and length of the zigzag stitch depending on the size of the appliqué piece on which I’ll be stitching. For example, if I have a large appliqué piece, the length and width of the stitch will be longer and wider than if I am using it on a small appliqué piece. You can find more details about adjusting this zigzag stitch on the Janome Continental M7 here.

I suggest you try out your stitches on a sample appliqué piece before committing to the actual project and always note, on the sample piece, the length and width numbers that you’ve chosen.

Samples of various widths and lengths for Zigzag Stitch 2 on the Janome Continental M7

Once you’ve decided on the appropriate stitch width and length, you’re ready to start stitching – almost. You still need to choose your thread and this is the fun part!

Here are the 3 options when choosing a thread colour for this finishing stitch:

  1. Use a monofilament thread so that you don’t see the stitches.
  2. Match the thread colour to the appliqué fabric which means that you’ll need to change thread frequently.
  3. Choose one colour thread to use for the whole project either one that contrasts with most of the fabrics or one that matches most of the fabrics.

For options #2 and #3, I like to use a 40 weight or thinner polyester thread like Madeira Polyneon, which you can purchase at your local Janome retailer.

Madeira polyneon embroidery thread Smart box

You’ll get a different look depending on which option you choose for thread type and colour. Here is an example of using different thread colours to match the various appliqué fabrics.

Different colour threads to match the appliqué fabrics. Detail from Blossoming pattern from Chatterbox Quilts

In the following example, I’ve used the same light thread colour for all of the appliqué edge finishes.

Using one colour thread for all appliqué pieces. Pattern is Awesome Blossom from Chatterbox Quilts

There is no “best” choice: it’s a personal decision and depends on the look you want to create in your project.

So, the next time you are considering what decorative stitch to use for finishing the edges of your raw edge appliqué projects, take a look at the standard zigzag stitch on your Janome Continental M7, or any Janome sewing machine – it might be just the stitch that will work best for your project.

Happy creating from Kim Jamieson-Hirst of Chatterbox Quilts, a Janome Canada Artisan in Calgary, Alberta.

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Janome Quilt Along 2022 – Part 4

Welcome back to the Janome Quilt Along; a monthly blog series to help you learn and improve your quilting skills. If you’re just joining in now, you can find all the previous posts here:

Janome Quilt Along! – Introduction including supply list

Janome Quilt Along 2022 – Part 1 – Constructing the Checkerboard blocks

Janome Quilt Along 2022 – Part 2 – Quilting the Checkerboard blocks

Janome Quilt Along 2022 – Part 3 – Constructing the Rail Fence blocks

Today, we are going to quilt the Rail Fence blocks we made last month. Again we are going to do one with Free Motion Quilting, one with Ruler Work, and one with (my favourite method) Walking Foot/Even Feed/ AcuFeed Flex Quilting.

Crosshatch

I decided to quilt the Rail Fence blocks with a crosshatch.

Starting with a design that is as simple as a crosshatch can result in more dynamic designs.

Download the PDF and make sure to watch the video to learn more. Click on the “Play” arrow embedded into the video to view, or check it out on the Janome Life You Tube channel.

Above are the tools I used for this months quilting.

Janome has many different feet for Free Motion Quilting and I encourage you to try them all to see what works best. And remember, each project may require a different foot. The foot I used for the Free Motion Quilting sample is the Janome PD-H Open Toe Foot.

For Ruler Work Quilting I used the Janome Mini Scallop Ruler and QR Ruler Work Foot. My intention was to only use the straight edge of the ruler, but I couldn’t resist trying out the scallop too.

My go to for Walking Foot/ Even Feed Quilting, is the Janome AcuFeed Flex Foot with the UD Open Toe. Having full view of where I am going, is crucial for accuracy and so this is always my first choice.

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

#janomequiltalong

@janomecanada

@melissamarginet

Quilt on! Melissa

www.melissamarginet.ca

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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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Today’s Facebook LIVE – Choosing a NEW machine

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 Maker, Cassie Wanda will be stepping in to give you tips of how to choose the best sewing machine for YOU! Maybe it’s 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 the Janome Skyline S7 would be the right machine for you? Janome has so many choices! Be sure to visit your Janome Dealer to arrange a test drive!

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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Front Loading Bobbin

The Front-Loading Bobbin

These days, mostly all of the machines manufactured by Janome use a Horizontal Rotary Hook Bobbin also known as the Top Loading bobbin style. (Image below)

It’s no secret this is the easy, convenient and one of the most reliable bobbin styles we all have come to know and love. You just drop your bobbin in, make sure the thread is in the correct thread path, and you’re ready to sew. It’s sew quick and easy!

But there is still another very common bobbin style that we still use today in many of our machines. It would be a shame to overlook this style as it traces back to the roots of Janome. It’s called the Front Loading Vertical Oscillating Hook style bobbin, or simply Front Loading Bobbin. (image below)

Looking at this style of bobbin is a glimpse of what our company’s founder, Yosaku Ose, created over 100 years ago, and it’s easy to see why folks called it the Snake Eye style. With the front-loading bobbin style, you must first insert the wound bobbin into the bobbin case, before inserting the entire bobbin case into the machine. This is a traditional style of bobbin insertion that many machines have used over the years. To the new sewists, this may seem very odd, but this style was the norm, and industrial, or high-speed sewing machines still continue to use this style today.

In this post, we are going to go over the basics, and show you how to properly remove and clean the Front Loading Vertical Hook Style Bobbin. 

The entire shuttle race assembly is made up of 4 parts.

Bobbin– this is the most easily recognizable item

Bobbin Case– The wound bobbin gets inserted into this case (pictured above)

Shuttle– the bobbin case rests inside of this item as it spins

Shuttle Race Cover– this holds the entire shuttle race assembly together

Model used to demo is the Janome HD1000

To begin, make sure your machine is turned off and unplugged. 

* Pro Tip– Rest the machine flat on its back. This will make the removal and installation of the parts much easier.

Raise the needle bar to its highest point and remove the Bobbin Case.

Push the shuttle race levers aside. These are 2 small horn-shaped levers on either side of the Shuttle Race Cover.

Lift the Shuttle Race Cover and take the Shuttle out. 

Clean in and around the hook race area using a soft brush, or clean rag. 

Slowly turn the handwheel as you clean; a micro vacuum attachment is useful here as well. 

Once completed, return the needle to the highest position. 

Begin reinstalling the Shuttle Race Assembly starting with the Shuttle – this is the smaller disc-shaped item. Do not force it. This item will gently fall into place as long as the needle is in the highest position.

Next, place the Shuttle Race Cover on top being sure to line up the grooves. Do not force it. This will also line up as long as the needle is in the highest position.

Gently slide the levers into place until they click. Be sure that the levers line up with the raised grove on the Shuttle Race Cover. They both will click when correctly lined up.

You can now reinstall the Bobbin case

When it comes to choosing the right accessories for the Front Loading Models be sure to use the Janome Accessory Compatibility Guide.

Cleaning your shuttle race area should be done about every 3 months. More if you sew more frequently. It is important to keep the moving parts of your machine clean and free of debris to allow your machine to provide optimal sewing at all times.

Happy Sewing!

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