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  • The Sewing Diaries - Week 4

    3/31/2016

    Sewing Knits

    Janome Canada Artisan Sherri Sylvester of Thread Riding Hood started a six-week blog series called The Sewing Diaries, where she has been posting one topic per week about her new machine, the Skyline S7. Last week, we featured her first three articles on getting started with the S7; using zippers and buttonholes and sewing with thick fabrics. This week, Sherri provided 12 helpful tips for sewing knits.

    Sherri mentions that it is important to use ballpoint/jersey needles so that it doesn't cut tiny holes in your knits. If your machine has it, use a stretch stitch to allows your sewn seam to stretch with the knit you are sewing. If your machine doesn't have a stretch stitch, use a thin, long zigzag stitch or a triple stitch instead to allow the seam to stretch. In addition, Sherri recommends using the Janome AcuFeed Flex, Walking/Even Foot, twin needles and Overedge Foot.

    Straight stitches are not usually recommended. It is important to use top stitching and edge stitching when sewing knits. Click here to read all of Sherri's helpful tips.

  • Sto-N-Go

    3/30/2016

    A Homemade Cosmetic and Jewelry Bag

    “My cosmetics and jewelry are always organized and at the ready in this lovely drawstring bag. I can find small items for last minute touch ups on the go without having to dig through my purse for individual items. This pouch goes from home to the work place and features a zippered pocket. Experiment with different sized circles to accommodate your needs.” – Janome Artisan Luveta Nickels of The Junk Jeans People

    Luveta made this spring-inspired bag with the Janome CoverPro 2000CPX. Now you can make a convenient bag for your makeup and jewelry items by following Luveta’s helpful step-by-step instructions.

    Click here!

  • The Sewing Diaries - Week 3

    3/24/2016

    Sewing Thick Fabric

    Janome Canada Artisan Sherri Sylvester of Thread Riding Hood started a six-week blog series called The Sewing Diaries, where she has been posting one topic per week about her new machine, the Skyline S7. On Tuesday, we featured Sherri's week 1 blog post and yesterday we posted week 2's. In this week's post, Sherri reviews the five steps to conquering tension and thicker fabrics. She also includes a link to a tutorial on how to hem jeans.

    When sewing thicker fabrics, it is important to know how to set the tension on your machine properly. If it is too tight, the tension will cause puckers and gathering and if it too loose, the seam will not be strong enough and may even fall apart. Sherri mentions that it is important to read the machine manual; make sure you are using the correct needle; slow down; switch out your needle plate and check your thread to achieve a professionally-finished project.

    Sherri made a super thick canvas and leather layered satchel to test the Skyline S7 and it performed beautifully! Included in this blog post is a giveaway. Starting today through next Thursday, March 31, enter to win Mad About Patchwork fabric.

    Click here to read Sherri's full blog post.

  • Trapunto Quilting

    3/23/2016

    By Joanna Marsh

    As part of Joanna Marsh's Machine Quilting Series, she talks about the different types of machine quilting that are used. The owner of Kustom Kwilts and Designs provides tips and techniques regarding trapunto quilting in this article. "Trapunto" is a technique that utilizes at least two layers to create a raised surface on a quilt. It can really give pieces an almost 3D effect and add dimension and texture to your projects. There are several different techniques that can be used to achieve the trapunto effect. The technique used in this tutorial is the simplest method.

    Joanna used the Janome Memory Craft 8900QCP Special Edition machine to demonstrate trapunto quilting. Click here for a PDF of her full tutorial.

  • The Sewing Diaries - Week 2

    3/23/2016

    Using Zippers and Buttonholes

    Janome Canada Artisan Sherri Sylvester of Thread Riding Hood started a six-week blog series called The Sewing Diaries, where she has been posting one topic per week about her new machine, the Skyline S7. Yesterday, we featured week 1's blog post and today, we are featuring week 2's post where Sherri will talk about learning how to make buttonholes and install zippers.

    Sherri mentions that there are a variety of ways machines are set up to make buttonholes and some basic models don't have buttonhole feet as an option. Most Janome machines have a similar one-step buttonhole process, the thing that differs is the number of buttonhole shape options and how you can change their sizes and how precisely they are sewn. Sherri provided buttonhole tutorials for you to watch and learn. 

    The Skyline S7 has many different ways to install different zipper types. Sherri explains that zipper feet aren't only for zippers. Sewing close to thicker edges and using it to install piping and pompom trim are just a few other things you can use it for. Sherri also provided zipper tutorial round ups.

    Click here to read her full blog post.

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