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Re: App News

ceilsews <no_reply@...>
 

Jim,
You'll probably get a reply from everyone on this so here's my list: (in no particular order)
Call the Midwife
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
The Bletchley Circle
The Paradise
Poirot (my favorite)


Re: App News

Andrea LaVergne
 

Thank you Jim. I count on you for these news releases, this is a reason to update to Apple TV4 for my sewing room!
Andrea


Re: Another Newbie Question - 'using up' bobbins

Joyce Daniel
 

I always use the bobbin till it is empty, as my 350E and 12000 machines stop and I change it then.

I helped a friend recently hang 2 more thread spool holders and she had several 1/4 left bobbins in her trash can. I asked her if I could have them. I used them stitching Lydia band inserts and stitched 11 inserts on each leftover bobbin. I hate throwing away bobbins with thread still on them.

Lydiaproject.org


Joyce in Ga


embroidering on leather?

Joyce Daniel
 

I bought 2 keyfob designs on Etsy which I would like to stitch out on leather. Googling says I need a sz 12 needle for leather. I have Organ 11 and 14 on hand. Is a 12 needle different? If so, where do I find sz 12 embroidery needles?

Any suggestions for embroidering on leather? This is NTM so any suggestions, tips, help are greatly appreciated.

TIA!! Joyce.....in GA where we have sunshine today....yeah!!!


Wondering what vegans wear for shoes, Jim says:

The size of the needle is not as important as using a leather needle. Leather needles are triangular to better pierce the material. Conventional needles are not nearly as good for leather and you should definitely use a leather needle. Janome (Organ) has them, but many dealers don't stock them. You can probably get Schmetz leather needles from JoAnn's or other local suppliers.


Re: Floriani Thread

Lou Ann
 

The last time I was in World Weidner the owner talked me in to trying some variegated Aurifil that they just started stocking. It’s actually a cotton thread for quilting, but I tried it on a canvas bag project and it stitched out just as well as the polyester threads. I was totally surprised at that (I stitched at the same speed as the other threads I was using in the project.) and the variegated affect on the filled areas of the design was really cool:) I didn’t have any breakage or shredding that I was afraid would happen with a cotton thread. I think I’ve got in my collection some of most of the brands out there, mostly polyester.
I thought I would just throw out another possibility for thread experimentation!





louannbush@sbcglobal.net


Re: App News

Anne Parker
 

Jim

I am really interested in this.  We binned our cable package at the end of last year because it was way over priced for what we watched.  We bought a Roku streaming stick which we use to watch Netflix, Now TV, Sky sports etc.

I have been thinking of buying a second streaming stick for our other main TV, and have been looking around to see if another type would give us anything more - I never even thought of Apple TV.  It just didn't cross my mind!

Anyway I've just had a quick look and it seems in UK I can get it for £59 - we don't yet seem to have the same amount of content as you do in the US but with the apps it would give us a different experience to the Roku.

Is there somewhere where I could find a list of apps available - I've done some searching but not having any joy finding just a list of those available.  Will the Janome apps be available on it - not sure they would work with that set up though as I don't now the technicalities - yet!

What I did come across was a comment that I needed a subscription to iTunes?  No real idea what that is as I don't own anything Apple, though vaguely seem to remember you can use that on a PC?

Thanks for any further info you can advise.


Anne
www.sewingtales.wordpress.com

https://www.flickr.com/photos/94302460@N03/sets/

"Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we're here we should dance". Anon

Taking a break from trying to find "Midsomer" in Google Maps, Jim says:
The previous generation of Apple TV was good, but this one is, as my friend in Oz would say, MAGIC. We also own a Roku 3, which is used solely for the Acorn service that provides shows from UK. We will be dumping the Roku when the Acorn subscription expires, as the Hulu app now provides more UK shows and the BBC iPlayer app is supposed to be coming in 2016. We've grown weary of the US network shows, which consist mainly of shootouts and car chases. British TV is so much better. We've burned through all 17 seasons of Midsomer Murders and we're finishing up season 7 of Doc Martin. Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock is stunningly good, and I can't wait for the next series. I think "The IT Crowd" may just be the funniest television show ever made, at least from the geek perspective. (Have you tried turning it off and turning it on again?) But I digress - love my British TV!

You can get some basic specs on Apple TV content here: http://www.apple.com/uk/tv/entertainment/
Most of the services you mention seem to be there and you do not need any kind of iTunes subscription to use it. The only thing that involves subscription is premium services, such as HBO Now, which bills on a monthly basis, or season passes to shows. We added a couple of those when we cut the cable for shows that we like. There are no commercials in paid content, and even those channels that are free seem to have fewer commercials than the cable. Here in the US a 60 minute program runs just over 42 minutes without commercials, and they seem to load the bulk of the advertising in the final third of the program to keep you from changing channels. That makes it totally worth signing up for the ad-free version of the Hulu service, though I don't think it's available in UK.

You can try the Apple TV risk free, returning it in 15 days if you don't like it. Highly recommended!


Re: Stabilizing Stabilizer

Lucy Akers
 

Smooth the stabilizer and then wet your finger (or spit on it!) and dampen each corner and it will stick down.

I use the sticky bottom stabilizer for towels. Hoop just the stabilizer and then,if you have a delicate fabric, cut out a hole in the center and float a stabilizer underneath. For ordinary towels, I just stick them down and embroider. Haven't had sticky on the needle but if you do, you need to have cut the hole. After embroidering one towel, pull it off gently and you can then re-use the sticky edges to hold down more towels.

This was especially handy for a project where i embroidered a name on the corner of washcloths. Then I put them in a basket and they are used as guest hand towels. One use and wash. Look nice on the counter.


Re: Another Newbie Question - 'using up' bobbins

Anne Parker
 

I have my bobbin warning set on the lowest setting but still stitch past it if I estimate there will be enough for the particular colour I'm stitching, in embroidery mode, or seam etc I'm doing, in sewing mode.  If you always leave the setting the same you will know from experience how much thread you have left, but of course the amount will vary depending on the thickness of the thread you are using.

If it has bobbin thread on it I use that, on the vertical spool pin, for either basting fabric to the hoop, or for basting that I do in ordinary sewing.  If it's another type of thread I use that for testing out different stitches and tensions when I am planning a sewing project, - either in the bobbin case or on top - or use that for basting as well.

I have 6 different colour bobbins - yes apart from the clear ones the others are from China (about £2 for 25 in a case) - so I know what type of thread is on which bobbin, though I am planning on employing a marking system given there are more than 6 combinations of threads and sizes!  I've never had a problem using any bobbins including the Chinese ones, yet! Except - a couple of the centres are just that little bit too narrow to fit over the bobbin winding spindle - then I just wind them on another machine.


Anne
www.sewingtales.wordpress.com

https://www.flickr.com/photos/94302460@N03/sets/

"Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we're here we should dance". Anon

 


Re: New Acusetter app

Pru Joy
 

Has anyone else tried the new Acusetter app?  I would be most interested to know how it worked out for others after my own frustrating & futile first attempt.

Trying to stay steady, Jim manages to type this:
It's a promising app, with a bit of a flaw. As you have discovered, keeping it steady so the dot/bee is centered is difficult, especially when you have to tap the screen to capture a picture. I would have made the picture taking automatic once the dot is in the center. Diane is in the middle of a big project right now. Once that's done we'll start on AcuSetter and see if we can come up with something.


Re: 15000 thread breakage

J Fraker
 

I was having a problem with thread breakage while fmq.  I skipped the last thread guide right before the needle and that solved the problem.
 


From: "Linda M linlefmul@... [janome12000]"
To: janome12000@...
Sent: Tuesday, November 10, 2015 1:45 PM
Subject: Re: [janome12000] 15000 thread breakage

 
I really like Marathon Threads.  Great price, no breakage.

Linda



On Tue, Nov 10, 2015 at 12:09 PM, nicole schmidt nhs5@... [janome12000] <janome12000@...> wrote:
 
I've used a lot of superior thread and have really liked them. I don't have any affiliates with them, just a very satisfied customer.  I also use their thread stand.  It works great and don't have much issues with thread due to it.  It also has a converter for metallic threads.

Nicole



On Tuesday, November 10, 2015 11:43 AM, "Claire Schutz cyschutz@... [janome12000]" <janome12000@...> wrote:


 
For those of you with the thread problems I would suggest you try BFC Creations thread in the "STASH" folder.  Check it out on the site, have used this on the 11K as well as the 15K, several different Pfaff machines, as well as Brother.  Many have tried it and found it to be the answer, the service you get from Suz is amazing and very satisfying. This is good thread, has other products for your designs and VERY good service. Would suggest looking into this thread, etc, Claire S.  I have no personal connection with this person, just a very satisfied customer,

On 11/9/2015 11:31 AM, Pam O KANE PKOKANE1@... [janome12000] wrote:
 
I have to agree with Florianni not performing as well as some threads.  After a lot of frustration, breakage, and shredding I pulled out my robison Anton poly and it performs without an issue.  I also use a large eye needle.  Results on my 12000 post change are stellar.
Pam



From: janome12000@...
To: janome12000@...
Date: Mon, 9 Nov 2015 09:35:19 -0500
Subject: Re: [janome12000] 15000 thread breakage

 
I agree Floriani thread is not the best.  I have had horrible experiences with it shredding as well.  I always use my yellow dot bobbin case for embroidering and have a thread guide on the back of my machine.  I also only use Red  Janome needles which are 90/14 and I use them for everything except for a very dense design such as Anita Goodesign collections then I use Microtex 80 which have a really sharp point.  

It is good you have an appt with your dealer bring a sample of some of what you are having issues with he may be able to help.

Virginia


-----Original Message-----
From: Lynne Keller lynne.keller51@... [janome12000]
To: janome12000
Sent: Mon, Nov 9, 2015 7:01 am
Subject: [janome12000] 15000 thread breakage

 
For all of you who have the 15,000 I have a question.  I am having a terrible time with thread breaking. I have tried about everything I can think of to fix this issue. My machines do not seem to like floriani thread which I have a ton. I have tried Robison Anton which seems somewhat better.  I have put the thread on a separate holder and guide.  I have purple janome needles in my machine.  I have the embroidery bobbin case in.  I put janome bobbin thread on the bobbin and still have many thread breaks especially when embroidering. I am very frustrated with this machine. I have an appt with my dealer on Tuesday but wanted to see if anyone else has this problem or any help!!  I am ready to toss the machine out the window but it cost too much!!!  Any help will be greatly appreciated. 
Thanks, Lynne

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Re: Stabilizing Stabilizer

J Fraker
 

I don't use stabilizer at all on towels.  I use two layers of tulle in a color that matches the towel on top of the embroidery.  The tulle presses down the terry loops and makes the embroidery look much better.  Cut away the tulle close to the embroidery design when finished and it is invisible.
 


From: "merylm@... [janome12000]"
To: janome12000@...
Sent: Tuesday, November 10, 2015 12:24 PM
Subject: [janome12000] Stabilizing Stabilizer

 
I'm having a terrible time keeping my water soluble stabilizer stable on towels. How do you all do it?

I'm also looking for a better way to keep my object right without hooping it (especially towels). How do you do that?

I'm frazzled



Re: Needle breaking and brands

Vikki Youngmeyer
 

It really works well on batik fabrics!

 

Vikki

 

From: janome12000@... [mailto:janome12000@...]
Sent: Tuesday, November 10, 2015 8:52 AM
To: janome12000@...
Subject: Re: [janome12000] Re: Needle breaking and brands

 

 

What is 'special' about the 'purple tip' needles?  What is a "cobra tip" needle?

 

Searching for a mongoose to fend off the cobras, Jim says:

The pointed end of a purple tip needle flares out like the head of a cobra. This helps to eliminate skipped stitches. They are good for quilting, embroidery and pretty much any sewing.

 

special purple tip for Janome
purple tip cobra tip needle


I do have 'purple tip' Janome needles, and some Kenmore needles that are 'purple' according to the purple lettering on the hard plastic needle dispenser package, although the needles themselves are not painted.  These are from quite a long time, and I have 'other colors' of Kenmore needles as well.  Are the purple Kenmore needles the same as purple tip Janome needles?  I always used heavier needles for heavier fabrics.  Have the 'recommended uses' changed?

I am very curious...so much has changed while I was away and not sewing. 

Thank you.


- Cat

 

 

-----Original Message-----
From: HEATHER COWAN heather-c@... [janome12000]
To: janome12000
Sent: Sat, Nov 7, 2015 11:48 am
Subject: Re: [janome12000] Re: Needle breaking and brands

 

If you are happy and your machines are happy... Why change needle brands.  I use organ as it keeps me and my machines happy.  I can get them in bulk at a good price and I change my needles often as I believe it is a good economical way to keep the machine running well.   Organ makes the special needles I need for the serger and multi needle machines and they make the special purple tip for Janome which is a better price before rebranding.  If you use schmetz and they are satisfactory.   ....... Old adage....."if it ain't broke...don't fix it".

If you run out of needles and want to try something new try one package and then maybe make a change.  With the exception of the purple tip cobra tip needle you probably won't see much difference in performance.   That might not be true if you use machine needles that are other than these two brands.  I have no experience with Klasse     

Or other brands.

Hugs

Heather


Janome 15000

Charlotte Fields
 

I am getting a new 15000 from a dealer who is a great mechanic but they don't give lessons what is available from Jim to make the experience smooth, I haven't really kept up with Janome products since my 11,000,  I've had Janomes since the 70s and have digitizer even have customizer on my xp computer.  Do I need a cloth setter and is one available

Charlotte in VA


Trying to distinguish "want" from "need", Jim says:

Is a Clothsetter available? Yes. Do you need it? That's your call. If you currently use one for your 11000 you would probably want one.


Re: Floriani Question

Cheryl Paul
 

Hi,


I have been using Floriani thread ever since I attended an event at my dealers about 2 years ago. I have NEVER had a thread breakage issue and I’ve used it on both the 12000 & 15000 and now my Elna 860. It is not as tightly wound as some other brands I’ve used and they caused me no problem either. I do use the Floriani stabilizers as well, but the other brands don’t cause me grief either. When I did have problems using metallic threads, I put a bit of “Sewer’s Aid” up the spool and down the other side a few times and then the problems disappeared. You don’t need much and it certainly alleviates any grief. If you are having problems, try different brands of different stabilizers, needles and thread. I’ve only ever had a problem once and that was using a certain colour of green Wonderful thread, changed to the Janome at that time and everything went tickety boo. I threw out both spools of that colour and moved forward from there.
My suggestion to a problem is to try something different and move forward. To the person that started with the thread break - I’d try some sewer’s aid, if I were you - don’t throw out the thread until you know for sure that it is causing your grief. Who knows maybe there is a burr on the hook race, bobbin case or somewhere in the thread channel. If that is the case, you will start to have other issues as well. Have your dealer check the machine out, next time you take it into a class or remember to mention this when you go in for the general service of the machine. Your 12000/15000 should handle anything you throw at it.


Cheryl - Saskatoon


Re: Floriani Thread

ceilsews <no_reply@...>
 

I tried out many different brands of thread before buying a set.  None of them had a breaking problem.  I have one spool of Floriani and the "problem" with it is that it kept unraveling at the cut end.  I didn't have that problem with any other brand. But I thought it had the nicest shine of all the brands.  I loved Robson-Anton, especially how easy it was to detach the base but could not store bobbins under it.  I never found a thread set that I would have designed :) and I guess we all have different wants and needs as far as that goes.  I ended up buying Madeira and I love it, especially the storage in drawers and how I can fit a bobbin under the spool to store BUT it's difficult for my hands to open the bottom of these and get the starter thread out.  I use a tiny, stubby screwdriver to pry them open.  After using a color it becomes easier to open, however.
My advice is, before buying a lot of one brand, try many and see which ones you like best then narrow it down.  I tried most of the name brands and am sorry that I didn't try out some of the more inexpensive threads to see if they'd work for me.  Also, if you're going to eventually buy a lot of threads, you might want a brand that has many colors, some are more limited.  But you can also buy among various brands too although I think the problem with that would be if you wanted to match colors.  Hope some of this is helpful.
Ceil


Re: Another Newbie Question

cas <cas@...>
 

If I turn the bobbin warning off but I’m worried I’ll run out of bobbin thread then I use the almost empty bobbins on top, placing it on the spindle instead of thread, and use a full bobbin in the bobbin case.  Also, some pre-wound bobbins are meant to be reused, the Janome ones are, but some are not and some people have reported the bobbin jumping or pulling the thread out of the thread take-up lever if they are the kind that aren’t meant to be re-used.
 

Sent: Tuesday, November 10, 2015 9:56 AM
Subject: [janome12000] Another Newbie Question
 
 

How do you all "manage" your bobbins? How low do you go, and what do you do with what's on the bobbin after the warning? I'm using pre-wounds, and the bobbins are recycled for regular use after the embroidery. It just seems like an awful waste.


Re: Stabilizing Stabilizer

cas <cas@...>
 

I think it was here I read someone uses tulle (inexpensive at local store) instead of stabilizer for the towels.  You can try the search feature.  I never have much luck finding threads I’ve read though.
 
There are many posts about hooping ideas too.  You can make a frame out of other heavy material that you’ve hooped with a cut-out for the design you are embroidering on the towel.  Then you can pin the towel to that hooped fabric or glue it with wash away glue, or spray baste.
 
Good luck with it,
Cas
 

Sent: Tuesday, November 10, 2015 9:24 AM
Subject: [janome12000] Stabilizing Stabilizer
 
 

I'm having a terrible time keeping my water soluble stabilizer stable on towels. How do you all do it?

 

I'm also looking for a better way to keep my object right without hooping it (especially towels). How do you do that?

 

I'm frazzled


Re: Stabilizing Stabilizer

janetpiekarski
 

That's one use of the trace baste and it works beautifully!


App News

Jim Stutsman
 

Most members are probably not aware that Apple released the 4th generation Apple TV recently. It was of big interest to me because this version supports apps. I am happy to say that our My 15000 app is now available on Apple TV 4. OK, cue the yawning and cricket sounds! However if you've taken the plunge and cut the cable with Apple TV 4 AND you have the My 15000 app you can install the Apple TV version of the app at no cost from the TV App Store. It knows if you own the app and lets you install it for free. If you don't have an iPhone or iPad, but you do have Apple TV 4, you can get the app in the TV app store. The entry price for Apple TV is $149, well below even the least expensive iPad. I realize that for the majority of you this announcement is of little interest, but for one or two of you it may be helpful.


We now return you to your regularly scheduled list.


Re: 15000 thread breakage

Linda M
 

I really like Marathon Threads.  Great price, no breakage.

Linda

On Tue, Nov 10, 2015 at 12:09 PM, nicole schmidt nhs5@... [janome12000] <janome12000@...> wrote:
 

I've used a lot of superior thread and have really liked them. I don't have any affiliates with them, just a very satisfied customer.  I also use their thread stand.  It works great and don't have much issues with thread due to it.  It also has a converter for metallic threads.

Nicole



On Tuesday, November 10, 2015 11:43 AM, "Claire Schutz cyschutz@... [janome12000]" <janome12000@...> wrote:


 
For those of you with the thread problems I would suggest you try BFC Creations thread in the "STASH" folder.  Check it out on the site, have used this on the 11K as well as the 15K, several different Pfaff machines, as well as Brother.  Many have tried it and found it to be the answer, the service you get from Suz is amazing and very satisfying. This is good thread, has other products for your designs and VERY good service. Would suggest looking into this thread, etc, Claire S.  I have no personal connection with this person, just a very satisfied customer,

On 11/9/2015 11:31 AM, Pam O KANE PKOKANE1@... [janome12000] wrote:
 
I have to agree with Florianni not performing as well as some threads.  After a lot of frustration, breakage, and shredding I pulled out my robison Anton poly and it performs without an issue.  I also use a large eye needle.  Results on my 12000 post change are stellar.
Pam



From: janome12000@...
To: janome12000@...
Date: Mon, 9 Nov 2015 09:35:19 -0500
Subject: Re: [janome12000] 15000 thread breakage

 
I agree Floriani thread is not the best.  I have had horrible experiences with it shredding as well.  I always use my yellow dot bobbin case for embroidering and have a thread guide on the back of my machine.  I also only use Red  Janome needles which are 90/14 and I use them for everything except for a very dense design such as Anita Goodesign collections then I use Microtex 80 which have a really sharp point.  

It is good you have an appt with your dealer bring a sample of some of what you are having issues with he may be able to help.

Virginia


-----Original Message-----
From: Lynne Keller lynne.keller51@... [janome12000]
To: janome12000
Sent: Mon, Nov 9, 2015 7:01 am
Subject: [janome12000] 15000 thread breakage

 
For all of you who have the 15,000 I have a question.  I am having a terrible time with thread breaking. I have tried about everything I can think of to fix this issue. My machines do not seem to like floriani thread which I have a ton. I have tried Robison Anton which seems somewhat better.  I have put the thread on a separate holder and guide.  I have purple janome needles in my machine.  I have the embroidery bobbin case in.  I put janome bobbin thread on the bobbin and still have many thread breaks especially when embroidering. I am very frustrated with this machine. I have an appt with my dealer on Tuesday but wanted to see if anyone else has this problem or any help!!  I am ready to toss the machine out the window but it cost too much!!!  Any help will be greatly appreciated. 
Thanks, Lynne

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Linda M.

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