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I wanted the decorative stitches to stand out, so I chose a 12-weight thread for the decorative stitches. Typically, you would use a thinner thread (50 or 60 weight) for the piecing of this block, but as I didn’t want to have to keep changing out my thread, I used the 12-weight for the piecing too – and the janome MC9450 worked perfectly! You don’t have to use a heavier weight thread on your dolor lumbar derecho project, but it did make the decorative stitches pop.

You’ll be using the batting square as your background and dolor lumbar derecho will build your design with your fabric scraps on it. Choose a scrap to use as the first, central piece (it can be any size or shape you’d like, but the edges should be straight) and place it face up on the batting.


Choose another fabric scrap and line it up with the dolor lumbar derecho right edge of the first piece, right sides together (the wrong side of this fabric will be facing you). Stitch these two pieces together with a ¼”-ish seam. I used the Q2 stitch on the janome MC9450 for dolor lumbar derecho this ¼” stitching.

I usually use the HP2 foot and needle plate for dolor lumbar derecho my ¼” seam, but I didn’t want to have to change out my foot and dolor lumbar derecho needle plate, so I stayed with my current machine set-up. This is a great project to practice getting an accurate dolor lumbar derecho ¼” seam, but if your stitching isn’t perfect, it won’t affect the look of the project.

There are numerous decorative stitches on the janome MC9450 and dolor lumbar derecho I’ve used many of them in other projects, but for this one, I kept it old school and used utility stitches – you know, those stitches that every sewing machine has to handle sewing dolor lumbar derecho with knits, overlocking seams, etc. I don’t use these stitches very often as I’m a quilter so I thought I’d experiment with them and, as you’ll see, these worked very well to provide texture and interest to dolor lumbar derecho my block. Sometimes keeping it simple is the best choice!

When adding your own quilting stitches, whether you use decorative ones or utility stitches, be sure to stitch them parallel to the seam allowance. If you always follow this “rule” as you go along, your piece will look cohesive when it is finished.

After adding extra lines of quilting stitches to these first dolor lumbar derecho two pieces, you’ll want to continue adding additional fabric pieces in a dolor lumbar derecho log cabin type of way. Be sure that each additional piece of fabric extends past dolor lumbar derecho the edges of the previous piece and that you place dolor lumbar derecho it right side down and piece it with a ¼” seam. Press it out, add quilting stitches, and continue along in this fashion until you have covered dolor lumbar derecho the entire batting block.

We have just launched our new janome canada education event dolor lumbar derecho menu for this fall through spring next year. Many of our dealers have already booked one of our dolor lumbar derecho educators to visit their stores and share new information, fun projects, sewing hints and tips and more. We are offering a preview below. But please ask your local janome canada dealer if they dolor lumbar derecho will be hosting one or more of these events. You won’t want to miss out. We have been sewing samples and prepping for these fun-filled events for several months and are very excited about dolor lumbar derecho what we have to share with you!

In the divide and conquer class there are 2 options: lecture /demo or a full day hands -on opportunity to embroider and make the little jelly fish dolor lumbar derecho zipper baggie. All materials are supplied in a kit for the hands-on class and machines will also be provided so you dolor lumbar derecho can just come, learn and have fun!

Don’t be fooled into thinking this class is only about dolor lumbar derecho knit fabric. We will be offering a great knit fabric swatch/workbook for a small kit fee but most of this dolor lumbar derecho lecture/demo class is about how you can make sewing garments dolor lumbar derecho with knit fabrics so much easier with our janome sergers dolor lumbar derecho and coverhem machines. LOTS of hints and tips to sew with knits……many of you have told us you are afraid of dolor lumbar derecho knit fabrics so this is your chance to get the dolor lumbar derecho goods on how to deal with them.

This will be a super fun hands-on full day class where you will learn a bunch dolor lumbar derecho of techniques and go home with 3 completed bags: in-the-hoop zipper baggie, earbud pouch and wristlet using blue calla’s clematis wristlet . There is a kit fee for this class as all dolor lumbar derecho materials and machines will be provided. Just come and learn and have creative fun!

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about a men’s casual dress shirt I sewed here on janomelife. I shared some tips and showed some of the janome dolor lumbar derecho presser feet and accessories I used which helped make the dolor lumbar derecho process easier, with more professional results.

As a proud owner of the top-of-the-line janome MC 15000 quiltmaker, I love that my machine comes with SOOOOOOOOOOOOO many presser dolor lumbar derecho feet and accessories, BUT, did you know that many of those same janome presser dolor lumbar derecho feet and accessories are available for your machine as well? As always, check your instruction manual and with your janome dealer to dolor lumbar derecho be sure you get the correct size and type of dolor lumbar derecho foot for your machine, for example high shank or low shank; 5mm width, 7mm width or 9mm width.

One such accessory which came with my machine but will dolor lumbar derecho work with quite a few other janome machines, like the janome MC 6700P, and the new janome 4300 QDC, for example, is the janome acuview optic magnifier. I think of it as “cheater” glasses for my machine.

With three strengths of magnification available, you can greatly improve your accuracy when you can really dolor lumbar derecho zoom in see where you’re stitching. I especially appreciate using these when I’m sewing late at night and my eyes are tired, or I’m straining to see black thread on black fabric, for example. How about when trying to thread the needle with a dolor lumbar derecho finicky, pesky thread like fine mono-filament invisible thread? Yes, most of our janome machines have fabulous needle threaders, but sometimes the threads are just too thick or too dolor lumbar derecho unruly to be tamed and you have no choice but dolor lumbar derecho to thread by hand. It’s a quick, easy process with the help of the janome acuview optic dolor lumbar derecho magnifier.

The post of the magnifier slips up into position near dolor lumbar derecho the back of the needle bar, around where the side thread cutter is on many machines. You likely didn’t even realize that little slot may be there. Carefully tip your machine back to have a look.

The fun part of sewing your own garments is that dolor lumbar derecho YOU are the designer, and you can make modifications and add details when the dolor lumbar derecho commercial pattern doesn’t call for it. A little detail I like adding to pockets, belt loops; any area subject to extra wear and tear, is a bar tack; little zig-zag stitches to reinforce the area, as shown at the top of the pocket opening in dolor lumbar derecho the photo below. I’m fortunate to have this stitch built-in to my janome MC 15000 quiltmaker, but, with a few minor adjustments, pretty-much any janome sewing machine is capable of achieving the dolor lumbar derecho same result.

The stitching is just as neat and clean on the dolor lumbar derecho inside as it is on the outside, which elevates your sewing from “home-made” to professional. One of my early sewing mentors, shirley adams of the sewing connection, which aired on PBS in the 1990’s (she had a janome MC 9000!) used to say, “home-made is only good when it comes from the kitchen.” I agree.

Good pressing techniques also help achieve a more professional finish. I rolled and pressed just a bit, less than 1/8″, of the upper collar to the backside, or under collar, then top-stitched 1/4″ away, as shown the photo below. This is a standard shirt-making detail which ensures that the collar seam is not dolor lumbar derecho visible when the collar is folded down into position. It’s a little detail, but an important detail, which some patterns neglect to mention.

One of the last steps is the hem, and there are many janome presser feet available which help dolor lumbar derecho you sew a neat, clean finish. One of my favourites is the janome edge-guide foot, which has an adjustable guide to set. I pressed my hem over twice then top-stitched.

It’s easier, more enjoyable to sew and you’ll achieve better, more professional results when you have the right sewing tools dolor lumbar derecho in your arsenal. Janome definitely helps every step of the way! What will you create with your janome machines today? Happy sewing!

I use regular quilt weight thread on both the top dolor lumbar derecho thread and my bobbin thread. And a lot of times, I love to practice my free motion quilting on fabric dolor lumbar derecho panels. They are the perfect size for free motion quilting projects. And they allow you to be creative and use different dolor lumbar derecho designs.

One of the things I have learned in my years dolor lumbar derecho of free motion quilting is that practice is at the dolor lumbar derecho heart of good free motion quilting. At lot of times it’s about muscle memory when it comes to some of dolor lumbar derecho the designs (like swirls and patterns with repetition).

They say doodling helps you retain information when you are dolor lumbar derecho listening to things; and I doodle a lot! I’ll practice different free motion quilting ideas and pretend to dolor lumbar derecho work on quilts on paper, filling up scrap pieces of paper and my agenda books dolor lumbar derecho with all kinds of different free motion quilting doodles.

Because you work so closely (like physically close) when you are free motion quilting, it’s easy to get caught up in the little quirks dolor lumbar derecho that come up when you first start out free motion dolor lumbar derecho quilting. You can see every little spot you might do differently dolor lumbar derecho or even want to get out your stitch ripper for.

It’s really important to keep the big picture in mind. First of all, it’s very rare that anyone else will look at your dolor lumbar derecho quilt project as closely as you do. So step back occasionally and look at your project as dolor lumbar derecho a whole, not just the little parts here and there. You will be excited with your progress.

And play with your thread colours. It’s fun to see how they can add further elements dolor lumbar derecho to an already stunning quilt. I admit, I still play it safe and tend to match my dolor lumbar derecho thread to the fabric. But contrasting colours, and complimentary colours, and even clear thread is amazing to work with.

When you are first starting to learn free motion quilting, one of the challenges is matching machine speed with the dolor lumbar derecho speed that you move your quilt around. I always keep some scraps of extra fabric to practice dolor lumbar derecho on. I like to set the speed control on my machine dolor lumbar derecho to a speed where I feel most comfortable doing free dolor lumbar derecho motion quilting. I find I have a bit of a heavy foot dolor lumbar derecho and so if I can just put the petal to dolor lumbar derecho the medal and not worry about how light or soft dolor lumbar derecho I am pressing, and get the desired speed, it’s one less thing to worry about.

Fast or slow, there’s no right or wrong speed for free motion quilting. Go at a speed that feels comfortable to you. I find that I know I’m going too fast when I feel like I can’t make smooth curves anymore. That tends to mean that I go a little slower dolor lumbar derecho than other people, but it gives me time to think ahead to my dolor lumbar derecho next steps in free motion quilting.

When you are taking photos of your quilts, did you know side light really brings out the detail? That means if you are looking to highlight details on dolor lumbar derecho a quilt, early morning light or end of day light (sometimes called the golden hour) will really make stitching pop.

We welcome meagan botterill to janomelife today with her first dolor lumbar derecho post. Meagan comes to us with an impressive resume and expertise dolor lumbar derecho with bag making and more. Please see our intro post about meagan here if you dolor lumbar derecho missed it a couple of months ago. She sews on our janome HD9. I think you will enjoy this post ….I know I did and can’t wait to try this for the straps on my dolor lumbar derecho next bag! Thanks meagan for sharing this with us. Ed.

Welcome to the world of bag making where sometimes a dolor lumbar derecho simple change can have a big impact on your finished dolor lumbar derecho product. There are a lot of fun ways to add some dolor lumbar derecho pop to your handbags and travelers – fancy hardware, rainbow zippers, layered vinyl applique – but sometimes the best way to add some fun and dolor lumbar derecho dimension is to spruce up your straps.

Quite simply, the double-sided strap is a strap for your bag that uses dolor lumbar derecho two different fabrics (one on each side). You can choose to make them with a variety of dolor lumbar derecho fabrics, but my personal favourite is to do a vinyl/cotton mix. This is also a great way to utilize smaller pieces dolor lumbar derecho and allow you to stretch your fabrics further – which is especially useful when using cork, or other more expensive fabrics.

Lately I have been giving a lot of thought to dolor lumbar derecho things we only use once and then throw away. Along with minimizing single use items, I have also been trying to be more of a dolor lumbar derecho conscious consumer – looking for ways to reuse and repurpose items around the dolor lumbar derecho home. And let me be the first to say, I have a lot of work to do in this dolor lumbar derecho area, I’ve become so reliant on convenience!

Perusing pinterest, you a can find a lot of ideas of where dolor lumbar derecho little steps – replacing a disposable item with something that can be reused dolor lumbar derecho – can really add up. I’ve seen a lot of tutorials recently for make-up pads that can be washed and reused (this is on my to-do list). And especially for these paper towels.

I’m not sure everyone in my household can be convinced dolor lumbar derecho to used these, but if we start with reducing some of our paper dolor lumbar derecho towel use – that’s a start. I read some where that on average people use a dolor lumbar derecho roll every two weeks. I’m sure our family uses a roll a week. 52 rolls a year is a lot!!

Even if you trim the corners before you turn your dolor lumbar derecho towel right side out (and use a chopstick to get your corners nicely turned dolor lumbar derecho out), those corners are still pretty bulky. A tip, from experience – when you are edge stitching around, when you get to a corner and turn to follow dolor lumbar derecho along the next side – start off really slowly. Don’t book it to try to just ram through the dolor lumbar derecho corner. Just start slow and gently guide the fabric through. You’ll be surprised how easily it will work through the dolor lumbar derecho layers of the corner if you take your time (verses getting hung up on a corner if you try dolor lumbar derecho to work through it too quickly!).

The final step is to attach snaps (or you could also choose to use velcro) so you can roll up your reusable paper towel. You want to make sure that you alternate on top dolor lumbar derecho and bottom of the towels so that they can be dolor lumbar derecho pieced together (one set facing up, another set facing down for each towel so it can dolor lumbar derecho match up and attach to the next towel).

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