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 and click on link HERE for more information on our NEW ONLINE classes!

Write me at Classes@Janome-Canada.com (copy and paste in a new browser) 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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Janome Concealed Zipper Foot

Installing a zipper to a garment, tote bag, or home dec project can be a frustrating and intimidating process. There’s many different types of zippers out there, but one of the easiest to install is the Invisible, or Concealed Zipper – and YES! Janome has a specialty presser foot to make the sewing process a breeze!

The grooves in the underside of the Janome Concealed Zipper Foot is the secret to it’s success!

The Janome Concealed Zipper foot comes with the Janome MC 15000 Quiltmaker and it’s previous versions, as well as the fabulous Janome Continental M7, but it’s also available in a blister pack from Janome Dealers and is available for almost every machine in the line, including the high-speed straight stitch only machines, the Janome HD-9 and it’s predecessor, the Janome 1600P.

Check out our handy bilingual Janome Accessories Guide on our Janome.CA website to find all the fun and fabulous optional specialty presser feet and accessories available for your machine, including the Concealed Zipper Foot. As well, the Janome Presser Foot Workbook is a terrific resource for more information how to use all those fun, fanciful, and super-practical presser feet!

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Janome Presser Foot Workbook

The process of installing the invisible, or concealed zipper is quite simple, but it’s made even easier with machines such as the Janome Continental M7 which has the Sewing Applications Menu built-in to the machine, which is often referred to as “the little T-Shirt”.

Sewing Applications is basically the machines asking you “what do you want to do?” It’s such a time-saver to have a machine which does some thinking for us. Many Janome machines have the Sewing Applications Menu, for example, MC15000 Quiltmaker and previous versions, Skyline S9, Skyline S7 , Janome MC 9450, MC 9400.

Step by Step built-in adjustments to the machine for every step of the process!

The machine is set-up for every step of the installation process. Finish the seam allowance edge ahead of time, either by overcasting on the machine, or by using your serger, then use the appropriate groove in the foot to stitch close to the zipper teeth. It’s the perfect guide to ensure fast, professional results every time!

The grooves in the Concealed Zipper Foot guide the zipper coil so the stitching is close to the coil, making it appear “invisible” from the right side, yet doesn’t stitch too close, which would impede the function of the zipper.

For a step-by-step tutorial for installing an Invisible Zipper using the Janome Concealed Zipper Foot, check out this video HERE, which is the “Z” episode of the Janome HQ series “A to Z with Janome“. One advantage to Janome presser feet is that they’re all lettered, so a Concealed Zipper foot is the “Z foot” no matter which Janome machine you’re using. The “A to Z with Janome” series takes you through the Janome alphabet; B for the B Buttonhole Foot, D for the Rolled Hem Foot, N for the Pintuck foot, P for the PDH Darning Foot, T for the TG Tape Guide foot, for example, and of course, Z for the very handy Concealed Zipper Foot.

Happy Sewing!

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Saturday Sewing – DIY Hair Towel Wrap

As you all know, I like to recycle and reuse things. I like to dry my hair after a shower with an additional towel to wrap around my head, but I find that it doesn’t stay on and is too much towel for what I need. That means I need to start sewing and make myself a hair towel wrap.

When making a hair towel for myself, I like to use a towel that the edges have started to fray. The inside part of the towel is perfectly fine. There are loads of free patterns on Pinterest. Terry Towel Fabric is extremely expensive to buy and usually you only need enough for one or two towels, so it is cheaper to recycle a bath towel.

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This pattern is a good one from Pinterest: Courtesy of Skip to my Lou Website

This project should only take you about 15 to 20 minutes.

I took the dimensions of the above pattern and created my own pattern.

Place a 6 inch piece of elastic 3-4 inches above the back edge of the towel.

I could use my fabulous Janome AT2000D air serger to sew the two pieces of fabric together, then sew around the edges as well. You can also use your M or C Overedge/Overcast foot on your sewing machine. This will stop any unravelling of the terry toweling fabric.

M Foot to put an edge on towel to prevent unraveling.

Open up the towel wrap and fold the edges up 1/2″ twice. This will hide the serged edge. Sew the hem in place with a straight stitch all around the open edge.

I used the Acufeed Flex Dual/Twin foot holder with AD foot on the Janome Continental M7. It sewed through all layers of toweling like butter. This machine is awesome!

Sew on a medium to large button to the of the hair towel wrap in the seam.

Now you have a fantastic Hair Towel Wrap, AND these make great gifts, too!

Happy Sewing!

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Happy Easter!

From all of us at Janome Canada, we want to wish all who celebrate, a very happy and safe Good Friday, and upcoming Easter Sunday and Easter Monday.

We hope your Easter baskets are full of delicious chocolates and maybe a few sewing notions! We all know long weekends are the best time to sew, whether you’re observing Easter, or not, and it’s the love of all things sewing which brings us together!

Stay safe and Happy Sewing!

Pattern By: Art East Quilting Co

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April is THREAD MONTH!

We are so excited that today is April 1st!! Not only because April 1st is full of pranks and laughter, but because it is the start of an extra special month we have planned for you all! April is officially THREAD month!

All of our amazing Janome machines could not work without thread. Thread is often the unsung hero in the sewing world. Thread keeps everything together for us and the integrity of our creations depends on the threads we use. So this month we want to talk all things threads with you.  Not just any thread, but the best thread for Janome machines! 

Did you know that Janome has their own threads? We sure do! Plus we have great Partner Products from Madiera and Hilos Iris that we can’t wait to tell you more about! These threads can take your projects from wow to WOW!!!! We all know that with all the time we put in to our sewing projects that we are going for the all caps WOW every single time.

There’s a Madeira thread for every type of sewing; general sewing, quilting, embroidery, serging/coverhem, and MORE!

What will this month include? Great question! We will have info about all the threads we carry, tips and tricks to get the most out of thread and how to solve thread woes! If there is a thread question, we will tackle it! Feel free to add your questions below and we will cover the answers throughout the month!

Where will all this be taking place, you ask? Over ALL of our Janome Canada social media and on our Janome Life Blog!

To make sure you won’t miss a thing, be sure you are following @JanomeCanada and @JanomeHQ on Instagram, and Janome Canada and Janome HQ on Facebook.

Plus, never miss a blog post by signing up for Janome Life blog email notifications. To do this go to JanomeLife.ca and enter your email where prompted on the right hand side.

We can’t wait to get this month started, and that’s no fooling!!!!

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Sharing the LOVE of Sewing

We have a VERY special announcement today!

Janome Canada is excited to announce its support of a fabulous initiative to bring “our love of sewing” to children in remote communities. We’ve teamed up with the wonderful Canadian organization, I Love First People (ILFP) who’s mandate is to empower Indigenous children and youth through education and creative expression. 

Look at those adorable smiles!!!

Janome Canada is donating a quantity of new Janome 2030 QDC-B sewing machines, which will be distributed to the schools in the northern Labrador area through the IFLP Sew and Sew Skills Program. Two skills labs will initially be established in Nain and Natuashish, Labrador, in time for the start of the 2021-22 school year, followed by labs in Nunavut and Quebec communities. The labs will serve students from grades 4 to 12.

Sewing machines are a welcome start for the ILFP initiative but sewing machines without thread and fabric is like a brush without a canvas and paint. We are asking for donations of much needed supplies to help bring the love of sewing to eager young students.  

Janome 2030 QDC-B

We’d like to ask for YOUR help in collecting new and gently used sewing supplies which will be sorted and shipped with the new machines. This is perfect time and perfect excuse to clean your sewing room! I’ve started on mine – do I really need 5 seam rippers? I can only use one at a time, lol! I’ll keep the one and the other four will be donated. The students will learn soon enough for themselves the love/hate relationship we sewists have with our seam ripper, lol!

Donations may be dropped off at the Janome Sewing and Learning Centre in Oakville, ON Monday to Friday 9am – 4pm, or, at the three Janome Dealerships listed below.

Alliston Sewing Machine Service – 122 Cunningham Drive, Alliston, ON 705-435-9888 htts://www.facebook.com/AllistonSewingMachineService

The Sewing Café 118 Mill Street, Georgetown, ON TheSewingCafe.ca

Triangle Sewing Centre 386 Woolwich Street, Guelph, ON TriangleSewing.com

Share the love with your Janome dealer – perhaps purchase one of the above items from their store for yourself to use, and another item on the list to donate

Donations will be accepted until May 3st, 2021.

Once received, donations will then be sorted, packaged and shipped to the various schools so the students may share in the love sewing as soon as they receive their fabulous new Janome machines!

For more information on the donations drive, contact Michael Smith, National Consumer Education Manager of Janome Canada at classes@janome-canada.com (you may need to copy and paste in a new browser)

For more information about the I Love First Peoples organization, please visit their website HERE

Thank you SEW much!

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 and click on link HERE for more information on our NEW ONLINE classes!

Write me at Classes@Janome-Canada.com (copy and paste in a new browser) 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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NEW Tutto Roller Cases to store your machine in style!

Not everyone has the luxury of having a dedicated sewing space where machines and projects can stay out indefinitely. Maybe you’re sewing on the kitchen or dining room table and need to clear away your machine and projects each night. You need a place to conveniently, and safely store your machine until you’re ready to use it again.

If you’re like me, you have more than one machine, but don’t have the room to leave them all set-up, so you need a safe place to store the others you’re not currently using.

These adorable NEW Tutto roller totes definitely fit the bill! Available now from your fabulous Janome Dealer, these 22″ Large Roller Cases in the Purple with Dahlia print or Red with Dot Circle print can store a variety of sewing machines and accessories.

Purple with Dahlia print and Red with Dot Circle print.

To find a Janome Dealer in Canada who’s near you, click the “Where to Buy” tab on our Janome Canada website. On other Janome websites it may say “Find A Dealer”.

The interior of the 22″ Large Roller Case measures 21″ length x 14″ height x 12″ deep. Perfect size to the fit the Janome Memory Craft 230E embroidery machine, for example. Don’t you love how the red accent of the machine’s faceplate matches the red of the Dotted Circle case? I always love to coordinate, lol!

Janome Memory Craft 230E – embroidery only machine.

Or, how about the Janome MC 9850 in the purple Dahlia print case? There’s room for the machine, all the presser feet and accessories; everything you need!

Janome Memory Craft 9850 – sewing, quilting and embroidery machine.

There’s sew much storage in the Tutto roller cases. The inside front cover has lots of pockets for extra needle cases, screwdrivers and tools, and of course, my new favourite notion, the Janome Mini-Duckling Applique scissors!

And, don’t forget the foot pedal! There’s ample room in the two side pockets for whatever power foot control you have with your machine.

Gusseted pockets on both sides of the Tutto Roller Case is a great place to tuck the foot pedal – don’t leave home without it!

The QDC range of machines, like the every popular Janome 4120QDC, is a perfect fit for the 22″ Large Roller Case. There’s room for the extension table, foot control, instruction book, all the machine accessories and MORE! The Madeira Cotona box of multicolour threads fits in quite nicely, for example. I love those threads!

Janome 4120 QDC – room for the machine and all the accessories – AND some fabulous Madeira Cotona thread!

The Tutto Roller Cases are easy to maneuver with the rugged 360 degree rotating wheels and comfort grip handle. Perfect to store your machine and accessories, and to also take to the cottage or a class. (Covid restrictions permitting)

For more information about all the Tutto bags available for your Janome machines, review previous Janome Life blogs (be sure to FOLLOW, so you don’t miss a post!) and check out the Janome HQ Instagram Live presentation which is part of our Janome HQ Janome’s Magical Machine Mystery Tour series; LIVE Wednesdays at 1pm EST @janomehq on Instagram. Don’t worry if you don’t have Instagram, the presentations are also available on the Janome HQ YouTube channel.

And, as always, contact any of our fabulous Janome dealers! There’s a Tutto case for virtually every machine in a variety of sizes, prints and colours to suit your style.

Happy Sewing!

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Saturday Sewing: Hand Stitched Style Quilt Labels with the M7 Continental

I’ve probably made over 100 quilts, but I could’t give you a solid number. However, I can tell you, of all the quilts I’ve made only 3 have labels on them. I really should have labelled all my quilts! Once the quilt is out into the world there is nothing to identify me as the maker. That’s a lot of time and effort put out there without recognition. Could you imagine an author, publishing a book and not taking the time to put their name on it? Well, I guess there are those authors who work under fake names.

I wanted to come up with a plan for labels that was quick and easy but also looked like I did parts of it by hand. Enter the Hand Stitch selections on the Janome Continental M7. These stitches stitch out with the character you see in hand embroidery This is right up my alley because I am a completely unskilled hand embroiderer! 

First up, you really want to use a stabilizer behind your fabric for your label. Any decorative stitching on a mid weight to light weight fabric benefits from having a stabilizer added. I used Madeira’s Super Strong stabilizer which is a cutaway stabilizer. You could also use a tear away or wash away stabilizer. 

To make my label I first did a practice stitch out of my lettering so I knew my spacing needs.  Practice makes perfect. Then I stitched out all my words using the built in fonts (there are 5!!!) on Janome’s M7 Continental. For the message I’m stitching using a 12wt thread so I chose to use all upper case because I found the lower case you lost some of the letter shapes. 

Next up the decorating stitches! This part I took a little time planning out. On a scrap fabric I marked out my starting point and the orientation of my fabric. Then I cut them out and laid them around my label to try out where I would like them. This would allow me to line everything up and there would be no surprises. For these accents I used a 50wt thread.

Once I had everything stitched all I had to do was fold under the edges and hand stitch them on my quilt! Now to just finish the binding on the other side and get this to my Mum!

I hope your are inspired to make some labels for your quilts!

Stitch on!

AmandaBee

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Who let the dogs out?

Last month I shared a post on machine embroidery for stuffed animals featuring cats. I love almost all animals (sorry spiders and snakes) but those who know me well were wondering how I could feature a post on cats when I have three Basset Hounds at home. So, I’m here to redeem myself in this month’s post.

I have really grown to love this technique of making a full project using these machine embroidery files. My Janome Skyline S9 makes it so easy to set up and complete these projects in just a few hours.

You can find many of these projects by searching for machine embroidery stuffed animals. When using these on your Janome machine, you want to make sure the files are available in JEF format.

My last stuffed animal machine embroidery project was a one hoop project. This one is a two hoop project along with some appliqué techniques. It might seem overwhelming, but I’m here to tell you – don’t be scared of those projects with multiple steps!

And, even though there were quite a few steps for this project, it really came together quite quickly. I found these cute little dogs here.

This project starts with the ears. Gotta love those floppy ears! I used a lightweight stabilizer for both hoops. You want something that will be easy to tear away. Maderia Cotton Soft works really well for this.

With the ears done, you have the first hoop finished! Just trim around the ears, turn inside out and press.

After preparing the second hoop, the outline was traced and the next steps involved the appliqué pieces.

This file includes a step to trace the outline on the fabric and then you carefully cut away your excess fabric with appliqué scissors before moving on to the next step which is completing a satin stitch all around the appliqué piece to give it a nice finish.

The Janome AcuEdit app allows me to follow along at every step and also look ahead to see what’s next on my machine embroidery project.

The large screen on the Janome Skyline S9 also shows me exactly where I am in the project, right down to the stitch!

It also tells me how much time is remaining on the project. Just remember that changing thread and snipping around appliqué pieces will add to the time remaining.

There was some careful cutting in this particular project! I just went slow and it all worked out well. The great thing is the satin stitch which comes after this step means you won’t see any imperfections in my trim job.

ED – This is perfect application to use the Janome Mini-Duckling Scissors!

And as we round the home stretch, we tack the ears onto the body of the stuffy and we are almost there!

The final steps are to place what will become the back of the stuffy right side down on the hoop and complete the outline, trim, turn right side out, stuff and close by hand stitching.

I used left over quilting cotton for this project. Those fat quarter pieces work great! But you can also use felt or fleece or pretty much any other fabric. Just remember you may have to adjust the weight of your stabilizer that you use in the hoop to ensure your fabric doesn’t stretch from the embroidery.

These stuffed animals were a little bigger than the cats I made last month but there are several file sizes included and with a little adjustment in the Janome AcuEdit app, you could make them small enough to use as a key chair or gift tag. You can also design your own stuffy used the Artistic Digitizer Software!

What are you making on your embroidery machine?

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