Free Motion Couching Foot – Accessory Of The Month June 2019

 

Embellish existing garments or add a decorative touch to your quilting and home decorating projects with this foot. It works like other free motion feet with the addition of small grooves that allow cording, yarn, or threads to pass underneath the presser foot.

This Accessory of the Month has a bonus project for you to make.

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A Guide to Specialty Needles

 

Are you using the same needle type for all your sewing projects regardless of the fabrics and threads you’re sewing with? If you’re silently nodding, then read on.

Using the wrong type of sewing needle is one of the most common mistakes novices and even some experienced sewist make. Different sewing needles actually serve different purposes and working with the wrong one can lead to needle breakage, difficulty working with the chosen fabric and poor stitch quality in general.

Janome offers a range of high quality Organ needles that perfectly complement our sewing machines. To help you figure out what your needs are, here’s a handy reference guide:

Universal Needle

The Universal needle is like your everyday needle for general domestic sewing. Although the name may imply you can use them in any sewing application, you may want to consider a different needle type for heavier or more delicate fabrics. This type of needle is most suitable for fabrics like cotton, linen, corduroy, batiste and suede.

Microtex Needle

Slim needles with sharp points to easily penetrate fine micro fabrics like chiffon, organdie, lace or microfiber fabrics without leaving large holes. The eye of this needle is enlarged compared to the needle slimness, this allows the use of standard thickness sewing thread.

Embroidery Needle

Embroidery needles have deeper scarf to avoid skipped stitches and a larger eye to prevent shredding when sewing with special machine embroidery threads.
This embroidery needle also features an anti-glue coating, making it great for sewing materials which are fixed with adhesive sprays, (e.g. Iron-on patches, Applique piecing or Velcro), the coating prevents a built-up of glue in the eye of the needle. If using a regular needle a glue build-up in the needle eye could result in skipped stitches or snapping top thread.

Quilting Needle

When quilting you need to go through several layers of fabric and sometimes they can be pretty thick. Our quilting needles have slim, sharp points and deeper scarf for smoother penetration on cotton compared to your regular needle. Also, recommended for sewing buttonholes.

Titanium Needle

As the name suggests, these light ballpoint needles are coated with titanium nitride which increases the needle life making it more durable. They are ideal for general sewing, heavy-duty sewing and machine embroidery.

 

Twin Needle

Twin needles are attached to a single shank and are evenly spaced between each other and are used to create two rows of stitches at a time.
We offer two types of twin needles – a regular point twin needle for woven fabrics and a stretch twin needle with a medium ballpoint for sewing stretch material such as knit and sportswear fabric.

Coverstitch Needle

Coverstitch needles are to be used in coverstitch machines. We offer two types of needles – ELx705CR SUK medium ballpoint needle for knitted or stretch fabrics and a ELx705 CR light ballpoint needle for woven fabrics. These needles suit our range of coverstitch machines.

When it comes to accessories for sewing and stitching, few tools are as important and functional as the sewing needle. If you’re sewing along at 600 stitches per minute, your needle is piercing the fabric TEN times per second. It’s no wonder a worn needle can cause problems for your machine. You should always start each new project with a new needle. Even better, you should choose the brand of needle engineered for your machine.

Make sure to ask your Janome dealer about genuine Janome Sewing Needles and Organ Needles the next time you pop into a Janome store.

 

New Mechanical Models – FD216 & FD206

 

Introducing two new mechanical models to Janome!

 

FD216 FD206
Top loading bobbin Top loading bobbin
• Built-in needle threader • Built-in needle threader
• 16 Stitches inc 4-step buttonhole • 6 Stitches inc 4-step buttonhole
• 5mm stitch width • 5mm stitch width
• Stretch Stitch adjustment • NO stretch stitch adjustment
• Speed 830spm • Speed 830spm
• Metal bobbin winder and foot holder • Metal bobbin winder and foot holder
• Auto declutch bobbin winder • Auto declutch bobbin winder
• Plastic needle plate • Plastic needle plate
• Drop feed • Drop feed
• Thread cutter on face plate • Thread cutter on face plate
• LED light • LED light
• Weight 5.0Kg • Weight 5.0Kg
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Under Pressure

 

The Foot Pressure Adjustment Dial

Ever had silk or chiffon fabrics slip away from you, oblivious of the feed dog traction, or do you find your quilts and denims struggle to move? It’s time to look at the pressure dial for the presser foot – not to be confused with the tension dial for your needle thread.

The foot pressure adjustment dial sets the amount of pressure that the presser foot places on the fabric. The amount of pressure would need to vary if you were switching between lightweight sheer fabric and multiple layers of thick fabric for the machine to feed the fabric evenly.

Where is the Foot Pressure Adjustment?

Depending on your sewing machine model, you may find the pressure adjustment, on the left top, inside the opening top cover of your machine or your machine may have an on-screen adjustment menu.

When to Make an Adjustment to the Amount of Pressure

If you find that the fabric slithers and slips when the presser foot is down, you need to increase the pressure on the presser foot. If the fabric is held so tightly that the feed dog is unable to move the fabric, decrease the amount of pressure on the pressure foot.

Depending on your sewing machine model, you may have up to 6 foot pressure settings. We recommend setting the pressure to minimum for light weight fabric such as organza and voile, medium for fabrics such as cotton and polyester, and maximum for heavy weight fabric such as drill and denim.

Automatic Foot Pressure Adjustment

Some of our higher end computerised sewing machine models have built in sensors which will automatically detect the thickness of the fabric and make adjustment to the foot pressure. Models include HMC15000QM, MC15000, MC14000, MC12000, S9, MC9450QCP, MC9400QCP and S7.

Alternatives to Pressure Adjustment

Another solution to make your struggles with challenging fabric go much easier is to use an Even Feed Foot, also commonly known as a Walking Foot.

The foot is designed with a set of feed dogs to assist with smooth feeding. With this foot, fabric can be sewn without puckering, as the fabric is gripped and fed by both the upper and lower feed dogs.

At times, fabrics such as vinyl and faux leather may stick to a metal foot and not feed properly. An Ultra Glide Foot which is moulded from a special resin can help solve the problem.

Sewing Tip: When sewing through many layers or thick fabric, it is always recommended to also increase your stitch length. Increasing the stitch length, will increase the movement of the feed dogs, this increases the fabric being fed through the machine while sewing.

Taping Guide Foot – Accessory Of The Month May 2019

 

Use this foot for attaching tape to the edge of fabrics. The guide can be adjusted to set the needle drop position and suit the tape width. You are able to stitch a tape up to 20mm in width, being a single fold tape; double-fold bias tape or fabric strip cut on the bias.

This Accessory of the Month has a bonus project for you to make.

Download brochure here

 

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