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Re: Reliable Iron

MarieD
 

I found that the two Rowentas I owned leaked while I was using them, and it
wasn't a question of them getting hot enough. People either love them or
hate them.


I bought the second one because I thought the first was just a leaky lemon.
Felt like a fool when it was just as bad as the first. I iron both upstairs
and down and need more than one iron.


Meanwhile, I have a Braun iron that's about 20 years old, is treated
shabbily, and still serves me as the best iron I've ever had. You can't buy
them in the States anymore, unless you're willing to adapt to their voltage.
I’m not, so I don't have a backup in case this one goes.


Marie

-----Original Message-----
From: ceilsews
Sent: Wednesday, February 24, 2016 12:29 PM
To: janome12000@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [janome12000] Re: Reliable Iron


I've found that they will leak if you press the steam button when the iron
is "off" or not hot enough for steam.


Any Fellow Garment Sewists?

J Fraker
 

Yes, the Sewing with Nancy method works wonderfully.  She has a book called "Pattern Fitting with Confidence" that details what she calls her pivot and slide technique.  You can get a CD with the book which has the same video as someone posted a link to earlier. When I want to try a new pattern, I always go back and watch the video again and consult the book. 


Re: Any Fellow Garment Sewists? [2 Attachments]

J Fraker
 

Beautiful job!



From: "helencreamore@... [janome12000]"
To: janome12000@...
Sent: Wednesday, February 24, 2016 12:40 PM
Subject: Re: [janome12000] Any Fellow Garment Sewists? [2 Attachments]

 
I don't sew clothing for myself but I do love to make little girl dresses. It is so much fun to take inspiration from a beautiful embroidery design and see what you can make.



Re: Irons

Mary Quinn Boyd
 

Yes, it's Laurastar, one word. I think it's Swiss made. Just love it.


From: Marla Cooprider m1955seamstress@... [janome12000] ;
To: ;
Subject: Re: [janome12000] Irons
Sent: Wed, Feb 24, 2016 5:18:37 PM

 

Is that Laura Star?  I have one myself, if so.  :)

Marla

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On Feb 24, 2016, at 11:29 AM, Mary Quinn Boyd maryqb@... [janome12000] <janome12000@...> wrote:

 

The Larastar has changed my sewing life. Expensive, but absolutely incredible! Check out their USA website. A much less expensive iron but pretty good is called Reliable.


From: jmsmoker@... [janome12000] <janome12000@...>;
To: <janome12000@...>;
Subject: [janome12000] Reliable Iron
Sent: Wed, Feb 24, 2016 1:46:43 PM

 

Can anyone recommend a good reliable iron?  I have had very poor luck with the Oliso.  After a year the buttons for spray and steam get stuck in the down position.  I contacted the manufacture and they will repair it for an outrageous amount of money.  I need an iron to work for more than a year and be able to function on a daily basis.  So what are you all using???



Re: Any Fellow Garment Sewists? [2 Attachments]

cas <cas@...>
 

That is adorable!!!
 

Sent: Wednesday, February 24, 2016 9:40 AM
Subject: Re: [janome12000] Any Fellow Garment Sewists? [2 Attachments]
 
 

I don't sew clothing for myself but I do love to make little girl dresses. It is so much fun to take inspiration from a beautiful embroidery design and see what you can make.


Re: Reverse stitch with Accufeed?

Janice Mawhiney
 

Hi
I have the 12000 machine and wonder if the page references are for the 15000 manual... because I can't find them in my manual. I feel foolish asking this question but here goes.  What does the dual feed button look like?
Thanks
Janice


Re: Bobbin Thread Again...Sorry

Anne Parker
 

I agree that I don't think it's a good idea to wind over thread already on a bobbin.  This can lead to an uneven wind and tension which won't help the stitches, plus personally I would want to know that the thread was nearing the end before it actually ended.

When I get the warning I check the amount on the bobbin, and if in my opinion I can finish easily what I am doing either in embroidery or sewing mode I just continue.

I find several uses for thread that is left on the bobbin.  If it's something like bobbin thread then I use this as a top thread for doing the tack down for an embroidery.  I use it both top and bottom for stitching pieces of stabalizer together so they are a useable size and it doens't matter if one or other actually runs out and I also use it as tacking/basting thread if I have something that needs a firmer hold than just pins to sew.

If it's a bobbin using a 40wt thread I use it as a top thread when testing out normal or decorative stitching - saving my actual thread in the right colour for stitching for real.   I like to try out combinations
​of stitches ​
and save them in the memory under the name of the person I am sewing something for.   They are also useful for testing out any stitches created in the stitch composer - I tried one I thought looked good and it stitched out really tiny - I hadn't really though
​t​
about the stitch com
​poser display being at such a large scale!!​


Anne
www.sewingtales.wordpress.com

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

"Live like someone left the gate open". Kimberly Burnham


 


Re: Any Fellow Garment Sewists?

Anne Parker
 

Cas

Your comment regarding measuring the high bust to size things reminded me of an excellent Craftsy class I took a while back - ( Sewing Bras - Construction and Fit)
http://www.craftsy.com/class/sewing-bras-construction-and-fit/4833?_ct=sbqii-sqjuweho-dum&_ctp=1&rceId=1456346926139~eoq63gus

​It explained how most people don't measure in the right place and that you should measure the highbust not underneath it, plus explained ​
​which would be the best construction for any particular shape.  I haven't got round to making one yet but the instructor made it all so straightforward I have no doubt I could do it.  Even though I haven't made one it has informed my decsions when buying them and I am getting a much better fit and support than I used to!!

Anne

www.sewingtales.wordpress.com

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

"Live like someone left the gate open". Kimberly Burnham

 


Re: MBX 5.0

m1955seamstress
 

Well, my 5.0 upgrade came today and I (very hesitantly) installed it by myself.  Whew!  So glad these softwares don't take much brains on my part.  I was wondering when it would ask me to install the dongle.  After I restarted my laptop and entered that very long activation code it had me plug in my dongle.  Bye, bye digitizer 4.5.  I guess I can still save some designs from the old files though?  

Now to begin the playing and watching Trevor's videos.  Just glancing at it, I can see the program is more user friendly.  I need all the help I can get too!

Marla, in Indiana where the wind is howling with rain to turn to snow this evening.  And to think it was 72 degrees last Saturday!  Indiana weather.  ;)


Re: Any Fellow Garment Sewists?

cas <cas@...>
 

I have not tried it yet.  I haven’t got DH to measure me again since I changed size again.  If I’m going to try it I want my measurements right.  I’ve only made a few shirts and it is exciting when they fit and are comfortable!
 
I think it’s great so many garment sewers are in the group.  Wow! to those who make whole suits and wedding dresses.
 
I’ve been quilting, and not very much of that recently, lol.
Cas
 

Sent: Wednesday, February 24, 2016 7:22 AM
Subject: Re: [janome12000] Any Fellow Garment Sewists?
 
 

Thanks Cas - Great Videos from Nancy Z!

I think the technique from Nancy Zieman looks great, I was wondering if you have tried the process Cas, and did it work?
 
I am a sometimes garment sewist, I used to make a lot of my own clothing out of necessity I was larger and wanted my clothes to fit. I also used to make blouses with all kinds of novelty prints just for conversation at work. I loved making the fronts and pockets match etc. I have only made a few things over the past few years and since trading in my 7700 for the 15000 this past Sept. I have only managed quilting and embroidery.
 
I would really like to try is a western shirt with embroidery on the yoke and shoulder panels has anyone been doing this?
 
I love this group, reading all of your posts every day! Jim you are such a wonderful moderator and "Janome Authority".
Thanks to all,
Deb in CA


Re: Anita Goodesign Class

cas <cas@...>
 

I’ve seen some pictures of some cute items made with her designs.  How do you sew the blocks together?  Do the designs leave a seam allowance that does not have batting in it?
Cas


Re: Reliable Iron

cas <cas@...>
 

I love my cordless Panasonic NI-WL600.  I bought it cheap at HSN.com.  It stays hot for a long time and doesn’t drip.  I’ve dropped it twice on hardwood and it still works great.  It’s shaped like a football so the only drawback is you have to return it to its base, it does not sit up on end.  I just put my base on a desk beside my ironing board, so that doesn’t bother me.  Even though it’s light and easy to maneuver it does a great job pressing seams.
 

Sent: Wednesday, February 24, 2016 5:46 AM
Subject: [janome12000] Reliable Iron
 
 

Can anyone recommend a good reliable iron?  I have had very poor luck with the Oliso.  After a year the buttons for spray and steam get stuck in the down position.  I contacted the manufacture and they will repair it for an outrageous amount of money.  I need an iron to work for more than a year and be able to function on a daily basis.  So what are you all using???

 


Re: Reliable Iron

Vikki Youngmeyer
 

I buy  the cheapest one I can get from Wal-Mart or Walgreens. I usually get two-three years out of them. The last one I bought is a Rival going on 3 years now which cost me under $10 as it was a store special. I’ve had it with expensive irons. When an iron quits working, the store is only a 10 minute drive from my house and I can pick up a new one and in half an hour I’m home again ready to start working.

 

Vikki

Houston, TX

 

From: janome12000@... [mailto:janome12000@...]
Sent: Wednesday, February 24, 2016 7:47 AM
To: janome12000@...
Subject: [janome12000] Reliable Iron

 

 

Can anyone recommend a good reliable iron?  I have had very poor luck with the Oliso.  After a year the buttons for spray and steam get stuck in the down position.  I contacted the manufacture and they will repair it for an outrageous amount of money.  I need an iron to work for more than a year and be able to function on a daily basis.  So what are you all using???

 


Re: Reliable Iron

Chris House
 

Great topic.  Likely we've all had many. Nice to hear experiences of others and features of those irons.
Bought a German made Rowenta a few years ago, model Focus, 1700 watt. Still works just fine but it's heavy, large, gives great steam but no turn-off switch--it  auto turns off. When I'm in middle of project I have to frequently wait for it to reheat up which is annoying to me.
My favorite iron is not marketed to the sewist but to the homemaker.  Black and Decker Quick & Easy model 360.  I have had a couple of these similar models I have picked up at thrift stores. Current one found 2 years ago marked $3 but that day all items in store were 50% off.  I'm very happy with my dollar-fifty iron.  If it falls on floor by accident I won't have a heart attack thinking about the repair bill or investment loss.    It is light weight, great steam producer.  It doesn't cycle off as soon as the Rowenta. Because it's smaller too, it's easier to maneuver. Often use both irons during a project--sometimes heavy and large sole plate is best.


New and planning to trade my Janome MC7700 for a MC1500 but have questions, can you help

sarahmuriel@...
 

I love my MC7700, I sew my wardrobe as well as quilt and embroider.  For embroidery I use my Brother PE700II, which I don't care much for.  One of my biggest issues with the Brother is that you have to use ONLY the 90WT thread in the bobbin.  Try to use something else to match the thread on the embroidery and you are in for a nasty birds nest.  Any restrictions on the bobbin thread wt on the MC1500 or the  MC1200? TIA
Sarah


Jim says: No. Elaborating, he points out that the standard bobbin case (red dot) is calibrated to Janome bobbin thread. If you use something else and you get bobbin showing on top use the yellow dot case included with both machines.


Re: Any Fellow Garment Sewists?

helencreamore@...
 

I don't sew clothing for myself but I do love to make little girl dresses. It is so much fun to take inspiration from a beautiful embroidery design and see what you can make.


Re: Reliable Iron

ceilsews <no_reply@...>
 

When I was looking for a new iron I read many reviews that said Rowenta irons leak.  There were so many good reviews that I bought one anyway.  I've found that they will leak if you press the steam button when the iron is "off" or not hot enough for steam.  Otherwise, it is a fantastic iron with incredible steam.  Someone gifted me a non-working "professional" steam station similar, but older than this one: Amazon.com - Rowenta DG84 Pro Precision Steam Station with 400-Hole Stainless Steel Soleplate, 1800-Watt - Clothes Steam Generators

 


She said she wasn't good about cleaning it when it needed cleaning.  (You have to flood the inner chamber with water at the sink and drain out the residue.)  My husband had the odd but necessary tools to take the iron apart and we cleaned it and it works fine.  A steam system like this is absolutely the best in my opinion.  You have a dry iron and press the button when you want steam.  My regular Rowenta (which I seldom use now) had a lot of steam.  This can give off so much that you could use it as a humidifier for a room!  I love it, and if it fails and cannot be repaired, I will spend the cash to buy another such iron.  We have well water here so I buy distilled water.  Not sure if that's necessary but I take good care of this iron. 
Some will say just buy a cheap iron and they work well and for years.  I agree but this might be like driving a Rolls after you've been driving a Smart Car!  :)


Re: Anita Goodesign Class

Sandra Wilbourne
 

Heather may I ask where you buy the poly batting/thermor. I have not heard of it? Thanks in advance. 

Sandra W. Wilbourne, MS, NBCT, LPCA
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate


"I have learned that people 
will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."- Maya Angelou

On Feb 24, 2016, at 10:34 AM, HEATHER COWAN heather-c@... [janome12000] <janome12000@...> wrote:

 

I have some of her quilt block design sets and really like them.  I use a light weight poly batting called thermor so they are softer/more flexible.  They are not so dense as hoop sisters and finish beautifully.  Imho
Good luck
Heather 

On Feb 23, 2016, at 8:48 PM, stevovaso@... [janome12000] <janome12000@...> wrote:

 

Hi Everyone...
I am considering taking an Anita Goodesign class and have never quilted before. It would be one of the quilt blocks in the hoop embroidery designs with the "flip & fold" method were the fabric strips are stitched while still in the hoop.

Has anyone done one of her projects and do any of you have any recommendations?

Thank you all in advance!



Re: MBX 5.0

m1955seamstress
 

Jim or Maggie or someone more knowledgeable than me...I know there was a file posted or I thought so about installing the MBX 5.0 upgrade.  But I can't find it.  So sorry!  My upgrade is to arrive this afternoon.  I thought I would review the instructions that were posted before installing.  I have Windows 10 installed on my laptop.  

Thanks so much,
Marla

Marveling at the inability of Yahoo, originally a search company, to search their own products, Jim says:
I don't recall having posted a formal list of instructions. There isn't anything special that you need to do, but you will need to have a working Internet connection when you install V5. It's necessary to check for updates (and there is one to update to V5.0J) as well as to activate the product. You can leave your existing MBX installed, which you may want to do in case you get bitten by bugs in V5.


Re: Irons

m1955seamstress
 

Is that Laura Star?  I have one myself, if so.  :)

Marla

Sent from my iPad

On Feb 24, 2016, at 11:29 AM, Mary Quinn Boyd maryqb@... [janome12000] <janome12000@...> wrote:

 

The Larastar has changed my sewing life. Expensive, but absolutely incredible! Check out their USA website. A much less expensive iron but pretty good is called Reliable.


From: jmsmoker@... [janome12000] <janome12000@...>;
To: <janome12000@...>;
Subject: [janome12000] Reliable Iron
Sent: Wed, Feb 24, 2016 1:46:43 PM

 

Can anyone recommend a good reliable iron?  I have had very poor luck with the Oliso.  After a year the buttons for spray and steam get stuck in the down position.  I contacted the manufacture and they will repair it for an outrageous amount of money.  I need an iron to work for more than a year and be able to function on a daily basis.  So what are you all using???


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