Decorative Stitch Pouch

 

Sometimes your day is just a mixed bag of emotions. When we have a day like that, a simple sewing project is exactly what we need to relax! Check out this easy decorative stitch pouch project.

We can think of a million things to use this gorgeous pouch for – make up, jewellery, sewing bits and bobs, plus they make great gifts!

Click here to download the instructions in a PDF file.

 

AcuView Magnifier – Accessory Of The Month March 2018

 

The perfect attachment to help enhance your sewing capability. The Optic / AcuView Magnifier allows you to get a closer view of the sewing area. Attach the magnifier to make it easy to see the tiniest detail within the needle area of your machine. This attachment can be useful when threading, adjusting the position of the fabric, and carrying out detailed work. The magnifier can be used whilst sewing or can swivel out of the way when not in use.

This Accessory of the Month has a bonus project for you to make using the Optic / AcuView Magnifier.

Download brochure here

 

Bag An Old T-shirt

 

Turn an old T-shirt into a handy, reusable bag for a trip to the farmers’ market. It’s a double win in terms of minimising waste – an old T-shirt gets upcycled plus you avoid plastic bags!

Your T-shirt bag also has the advantage of being washable so go ahead and pop it into the washer on your laundry day. You can also make several T-shirt bags with their own colour or label to separate your meats from fruits and vegetables and other items. That would help prevent contamination between washings.

Click here to download the instructions in a PDF file.

 

Janome Memory Craft 15000 Quilt Maker Accessory Upgrade Kit

 

Upgrade your existing Janome Memory Craft 15000 to the new Memory Craft 15000 Quilt Maker with this accessory kit.

This kit is for MC 15000 version 2.11 or any previous version. Included in the kit are several feet that will prove very useful for your creative quilting. Each foot was devised and developed with the principle of supporting your creative needs in mind.

Exciting new accessories include: USB Flash Drive with Software Update, Ruler Work Foot QR, Variable Zigzag Open-toe Foot QZ, 1/4” Seam Foot O (without guide), Darning Foot (Open-toe) PD-H, Embroidery Foot P,  Professional Grade Foot HP, Professional Grade Needle Plate HP, Hook Cover for Professional Grade Needle Plate HP, Presser Foot Holder, and Installation/Usage Instructions.

RulerWorkFoot (QR)
RulerWorkFoot (QR)

This foot has been developed specifically for carrying out ruler work. Guide quilting templates along the edge of the foot to create straight, curved or repetitious patterns depending on the shape of the quilting template. The v-shaped gap in the foot enhances visibility.

Variable Zigzag Open-toe Foot (QZ)
Variable Zigzag Open-toe Foot (QZ)

An open type variable zigzag foot which makes it easy to see what you’re working on. Especially useful for detailed areas and layered stitch finishing.

1/4” Seam Foot (without guide)
1/4” Seam Foot (without guide)

Because there is no guide plate, you can sew smoothly without a guide catching on the seam allowance when piecing. The raised ¼”guideline on the left side of the needle drop position makes the foot even more convenient.

Darning Foot (Open-toe) (PD-H)
Darning Foot (Open-toe) (PD-H)

The open-toe 9 mm darning foot makes an appearance. With this foot, the needle is very easy to see when free-motion quilting.

HP Needle Plate & HP Foot
HP Needle Plate & HP Foot

A combination of a professional slim foot and special matching needle plate for high speed straight stitching. The foot’s compactness makes it especially suitable for curve sewing. Also good for ¼” piecing.

Click here for more information or speak to your local dealer to find out more.

Bobbin Fill

 

Stopping at a thread rack these days is like visiting a candy store – there are so many delicious threads to choose from. All these choices can be quite intimidating, even to the seasoned sewist. However there is one thread that you shouldn’t look past, and that’s Janome Bobbin Thread commonly called Bobbin Fill.

What is Bobbin Fill? Quite simply, it’s a lightweight thread that you wind on to your bobbin. You use this thread when using an embroidery thread for embroidery or decorative stitches.

Why do I need it? Regular sewing generally entails that you use the same thread top and bottom, but that’s not quite the case for embroidery sewing.

Embroidery thread has a high sheen which defines it from a regular sewing thread. As embroidery is generally dense, and there are lots of stitches involved, you generally will use more thread. Due to the expense and texture of embroidery thread, you need to substitute the bobbin thread with something that keeps your tensions balanced, is soft to touch, and allows the shape of your embroidery design to take place and form, giving you that real 4D effect.

When stitching an embroidery design, you would usually use bobbin fill for the best result, however, you can use the same embroidery thread top and bottom for single coloured designs to match your fabric or when embroidering names on towels for that professional finish. But continually using embroidery thread as a bobbin thread, is not very cost effective plus you may not achieve the finish you wanted.

Unlike regular threads and other bobbin fills, Janome Bobbin Fill is a 90 weight polyester thread.  The red dot bobbin cases in Janome’s machine embroidery range are all tensioned for Janome bobbin fill, therefore achieving optimal tension when stitching embroidery designs.  Using different brands of bobbin fill in the red dot bobbin case may cause stitching and tension issues. Many Janome embroidery models have a 2nd bobbin case with a yellow dot – use this bobbin case with other brands of bobbin fill (non-Janome brand) and adjust the tension to suit.

Janome Bobbin Fill comes in two colours – black or white – and is available in 300m, 1000m, 1600m reels, as well as pre-wound on Janome bobbins in lots of 12 or 108 for added convenience.

Here’s another great tip: Use Janome Pink or Blue Bobbins for your bobbin fill and clear bobbins for regular threads, so you can easily distinguish one from the other!

Janome Sewing Machine Serial Number

 

Having trouble looking for your machine’s serial number / model number?

You will usually find the information located on the back of your machine.

Janome Sewing Machine Serial Number

Your machine’s serial number is a unique 9-digit number and is a very important part of the warranty process with any Janome product. It will help us identify the machine and what model it could be.

The machine model can also be located on this plate should you need to purchase any accessories or replacement parts for the machine.

Also printed on the plate is the place of manufacture.

If you own a Janome sewing machine, don’t forget to register your machine online.

 

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