Date   

Re: Fabric quilt issue

blue_lak <no_reply@...>
 

IMHO, you have two potential problems: 1) color runs or rapid fading through multiple washings, and 2) bearding of the batting.

Number 2 can be addressed with a good quality low loft batting, such as Quilter's Dream Cotton Request, and a good all-over quilting such as stippling. If you're confident of your seam quality and thread, the all-over quilting will stabilize it. Sewing the top to a base fabric will make it heavier and a bit stiffer feeling.

Number 1 is the bigger problem. You can use Dye Grabbers and cold water to wash the quilt before giving, but you have no control over how much or little it will fade after multiple washes that baby quilts often get.
That said, if it's not an heirloom-type quilt or one expected to be handed down to later siblings, but actually used until it falls apart, the fading will add to it's charm of being well-loved.

Jan in MD


Re: Fabric quilt issue

Cas <cas@...>
 

Maria, when you plan to wash it the weave will tighten up in the washer and dryer and it will probably be fine. I tend not to use Joann’s fabrics any more either.  I can sure tell the difference.  The time it takes trying to control and starch and stabilize the flimsy, raveling fabric cancels out any savings you might be getting.  Sometimes they do have good fabric though.  You just have to feel each one and hold it up to the light.  Sometimes, though, they feel great but once the sizing is washed out they are not so great.

Cas

 

From: janome12000@... [mailto:janome12000@...]
Sent: Tuesday, May 02, 2017 3:18 PM
To: janome12000@...
Subject: [janome12000] Fabric quilt issue

 

 



Hello. First let me thank all for the generosity in sharing information. No one has "spare" time in this life--we all have 24 hours a day with which to live and give.

I just pieced a baby quilt with fabric that was 75% off at Joann. I have been buying off Etsy, which I know carries the better brands (Moda, etc). Some of the Joann fabrics are definitely lower grade, particularly the solids; but I hate to waste the work. I didn't realize this until I asked a fellow guild member and she told me. I am new to quilting but as I was piecing it, I could tell it didn't go together and feel as solid as the few others I've done with Moda fabrics

Here is the question. Could I (should I) reinforce the back of the top with a solid piece of white fabric before the batting? Any other ideas?

Thanks for any suggestions.

Maria Morrow


Fabric quilt issue

Maria Morrow <margormor@...>
 

Hello. First let me thank all for the generosity in sharing information. No one has "spare" time in this life--we all have 24 hours a day with which to live and give.


I just pieced a baby quilt with fabric that was 75% off at Joann. I have been buying off Etsy, which I know carries the better brands (Moda, etc). Some of the Joann fabrics are definitely lower grade, particularly the solids; but I hate to waste the work. I didn't realize this until I asked a fellow guild member and she told me. I am new to quilting but as I was piecing it, I could tell it didn't go together and feel as solid as the few others I've done with Moda fabrics


Here is the question. Could I (should I) reinforce the back of the top with a solid piece of white fabric before the batting? Any other ideas?


Thanks for any suggestions.


Maria Morrow


Re: Rag Quilt Question

norma carson
 

I've done lots of rag quilts, I don't use batting instead I use another layer of flannel, then I would echo around the monogram....just my opinion...
Norma
Lodi, CA




On May 2, 2017, at 6:16 AM, Jill Kenyon jpkenyon@... [janome12000] <janome12000@...> wrote:


A friend of mine makes rag quilts as a cottage business (they're beautiful!).  When she does embroidery on a block she only does an "x" up to the embroidery but not through it, and has reminded me on several occasions not to forget the lock stitch or back stitch near the embroidery so it doesn't come apart with use.

On May 2, 2017 9:11 AM, "Lou Ann Bush louannbush@... [janome12000]" <janome12000@...> wrote:
 

My opinion is yes to the X since it will probably get washed often and it'll need adequate stitches to hold the batting in place.  However, read the information that came with the batting.  It should tell you how close the stitching lines need to be to maintain the integrity of the batting.  I would use a wash-away Vilene type topping since flannel has a little bit of loft to it.  I bet it turns out cute!
 
LouAnn                                              

I hear wisdom comes with age.  I'm still waiting.  



On Monday, May 1, 2017 10:54 PM, "Linda lindamrobertson7@...[janome12000]" <janome12000@...> wrote:


 


Rag Quilt questions --

I am making a rag quilt for a baby, I'm cutting 9 1/2 " squares with 3/4 " seams.

I'm going to monogram two squares with the baby's name and birth info.

1). STABILIZER -- 
I'm going to use a tear away stabilizer on the back side of the square - do I need to use something on the top so the threads won't sink into the flannel?

2). Should I still sew the X through the 3 layers of fabric on the squares that I monogram?

I hope this makes sense.

Any tips would be appreciated.

P.S. I have the 12000

Linda in Texas 

Sent from my iPhone






Re: Rag Quilt Question

Jill Kenyon <jpkenyon@...>
 

A friend of mine makes rag quilts as a cottage business (they're beautiful!).  When she does embroidery on a block she only does an "x" up to the embroidery but not through it, and has reminded me on several occasions not to forget the lock stitch or back stitch near the embroidery so it doesn't come apart with use.

On May 2, 2017 9:11 AM, "Lou Ann Bush louannbush@... [janome12000]" <janome12000@...> wrote:
 

My opinion is yes to the X since it will probably get washed often and it'll need adequate stitches to hold the batting in place.  However, read the information that came with the batting.  It should tell you how close the stitching lines need to be to maintain the integrity of the batting.  I would use a wash-away Vilene type topping since flannel has a little bit of loft to it.  I bet it turns out cute!
 
LouAnn                                             

I hear wisdom comes with age.  I'm still waiting. 



On Monday, May 1, 2017 10:54 PM, "Linda lindamrobertson7@... [janome12000]" <janome12000@...> wrote:


 


Rag Quilt questions --

I am making a rag quilt for a baby, I'm cutting 9 1/2 " squares with 3/4 " seams.

I'm going to monogram two squares with the baby's name and birth info.

1). STABILIZER --
I'm going to use a tear away stabilizer on the back side of the square - do I need to use something on the top so the threads won't sink into the flannel?

2). Should I still sew the X through the 3 layers of fabric on the squares that I monogram?

I hope this makes sense.

Any tips would be appreciated.

P.S. I have the 12000

Linda in Texas

Sent from my iPhone



Re: Rag Quilt Question

Lou Ann
 

My opinion is yes to the X since it will probably get washed often and it'll need adequate stitches to hold the batting in place.  However, read the information that came with the batting.  It should tell you how close the stitching lines need to be to maintain the integrity of the batting.  I would use a wash-away Vilene type topping since flannel has a little bit of loft to it.  I bet it turns out cute!
 
LouAnn                                             

I hear wisdom comes with age.  I'm still waiting. 



On Monday, May 1, 2017 10:54 PM, "Linda lindamrobertson7@... [janome12000]" wrote:


 


Rag Quilt questions --

I am making a rag quilt for a baby, I'm cutting 9 1/2 " squares with 3/4 " seams.

I'm going to monogram two squares with the baby's name and birth info.

1). STABILIZER --
I'm going to use a tear away stabilizer on the back side of the square - do I need to use something on the top so the threads won't sink into the flannel?

2). Should I still sew the X through the 3 layers of fabric on the squares that I monogram?

I hope this makes sense.

Any tips would be appreciated.

P.S. I have the 12000

Linda in Texas

Sent from my iPhone



Re: Threading

Lou Ann
 

My guess on why some brands have features that work better than other brands (auto threading) is because of copyright protection.  They probably have small differences.  I asked my dealer when I sold my first embroidery machine, a Singer XL?000, why nobody else had the self winding bobbin mechanism.  He said it was because Singer owned the rights and would probably never let it go.  I still miss that feature.  When the bobbin thread got low, the machine would stop and rewind the bobbin-all by itself-from a spool behind a little door on the front of the machine and then resume stitching when the bobbin was full.
 
LouAnn                                             

I hear wisdom comes with age.  I'm still waiting. 


Threading

Josephine Symons <jomyra45@...>
 

Thanks for your input Cheryl, all most interesting.

I'm still left wondering why it is that some machine brands have needle threaders that are consistently reliable while others seem to be so finicky and unreliable. 

On 2 May 2017, at 1:42 am, Cheryl Paul capaul@... [janome12000] <janome12000@...> wrote:

 

I have the S9 and love it. The WiFi is set up on mine, but I’ve only used it to monitor once as most of my embroidery is on my 15000 as the S9 is in a sewing table that doesn’t allow for the embroidery attachment. Why did I buy it, when I have another bigger machine? Well, I wanted a smaller embroidery machine that had most of the features I had on the big one to take out to classes, etc. AND because I could. I use the S9 mostly for sewing as the set up is exactly the right height for me to sew without stress to my body. The machine is not nearly as heavy as the 15000, so that is an advantage when it needs to come with me somewhere and I get to sew on something very nice.

Answer to the person with needle threader issues:
The needle threader didn’t work all the time, but I discovered that if I engage the “lock” key, it works most of the time. This is something that you need to experiment with - I sometimes hold the thread and have a NOT good experience, but then I just put it in all the right paths and let it go and it works. It threads the same way as the 15000, only, I’m the motor that works it instead of something built into the mechanics of the machine - I get to have control.

Cheryl - Saskatoon


Rag Quilt Question

Linda <lindamrobertson7@...>
 

Rag Quilt questions --


I am making a rag quilt for a baby, I'm cutting 9 1/2 " squares with 3/4 " seams.


I'm going to monogram two squares with the baby's name and birth info.


1). STABILIZER --
I'm going to use a tear away stabilizer on the back side of the square - do I need to use something on the top so the threads won't sink into the flannel?


2). Should I still sew the X through the 3 layers of fabric on the squares that I monogram?


I hope this makes sense.


Any tips would be appreciated.


P.S. I have the 12000


Linda in Texas


Sent from my iPhone


New ruler foot

Gail
 

I was at the Paducah quilt show last week and the Janome dealer said they were coming out with a new ruler foot for the machines like the 15000 and 9400 with the auto press or foot lift.  Has anyone else heard of this?  Suppose to be available by the end of the year.


Gail in FL



Re: Skyline S9

Cheryl Paul
 

I have the S9 and love it. The WiFi is set up on mine, but I’ve only used it to monitor once as most of my embroidery is on my 15000 as the S9 is in a sewing table that doesn’t allow for the embroidery attachment. Why did I buy it, when I have another bigger machine? Well, I wanted a smaller embroidery machine that had most of the features I had on the big one to take out to classes, etc. AND because I could. I use the S9 mostly for sewing as the set up is exactly the right height for me to sew without stress to my body. The machine is not nearly as heavy as the 15000, so that is an advantage when it needs to come with me somewhere and I get to sew on something very nice.


Answer to the person with needle threader issues:
The needle threader didn’t work all the time, but I discovered that if I engage the “lock” key, it works most of the time. This is something that you need to experiment with - I sometimes hold the thread and have a NOT good experience, but then I just put it in all the right paths and let it go and it works. It threads the same way as the 15000, only, I’m the motor that works it instead of something built into the mechanics of the machine - I get to have control.


Cheryl - Saskatoon


Re: Janome needle threaders

Estelle Torpy
 

Hi,

I own both a 15000 and a Skyline 7 and use them almost daily. I quilt, sew garments, especially for my two grandchildren and bags. The few times that I have had any problems using the threader on the 15000 was when I was going too fast and didn’t follow the instructions carefully. The Skyline 7 is a bit more straightforward and has never failed to work in the 15 months that I have owned it.

I think both of them are great machines for a variety of sewing operations and I love that they use the same feet and operate almost identically. I have taken both to different quilting retreats and because the 7 is smaller and lighter it worked well when I had to share a table with another quilter. When I had a table to myself I prefer using the 15000 because of the throat space and more lighting available with the pull out light. I have demonstrated Walking Foot quilting and Free-motion quilting with rulers using both machines.

I tell quilters all the time "relax and enjoy the stitching”. 
Happy stitching to you with whatever machine makes you happy,

Estelle

On Apr 30, 2017, at 6:33 PM, Josephine Symons jomyra45@... [janome12000] <janome12000@...> wrote:


Thanks for your feedback Kathleen, and also Vikki. Your experience with the needle threader slightly concerns me as I know of several people who've had problems with the needle threader on other Janome models especially the 15,000.  There's nothing more frustrating than a finicky needle threader but I assumed that with the S9 not being so automated it would be more reliable. 

Once again any comments?
Many thanks 
Emily

On 30 Apr 2017, at 8:10 pm, Kathleen Chevalier kathleensews@... [janome12000] <janome12000@...> wrote:

 

I bought my Skyline 9 about 6 weeks ago. I love it. I haven't done any embroidery yet, but the sewing features are great. I'm having some trouble with the needle threader, but others with higher end machines have problems, too. 


---
Kathleen Chevalier
western Pennsylvania, USA



From: janome12000@... <janome12000@...> on behalf of Josephine Symons jomyra45@... [janome12000] <janome12000@...>
Sent: Sunday, April 30, 2017 2:39 AM
To: janome12000@...
Subject: [janome12000] Skyline S9
 
 

I wonder if anyone has a Skyline S9 and would care to give their opinion of it?

Many thanks 
Emily





Travel case for large machines

Connie
 

Just wanted to share with group  perhaps another option for wheeled bag for the 15000 and and other similar sizes of janome machines.  I was already the owner of a Brother Laura Ashley Innovis 5000 machine. It came with an upholstered type bag on wheels and telescoping handle.  My Janome 15000 fits in this bag perfectly. Embroidery unit would need to be packed separately. There are side handles  that I use for lifting machine to the back of my HondaCR-V. 

I have traveled to my dealer (who is about 90 miles away ) at least 5 times with this machine and I feel it's safely protected for travel in this softsided bag.  The bag is very pretty and I have also used it as a weekender travel bag for my clothes , etc.  Perhaps this bag is available for a separate purchase as it came with my Brother machine. 


Regards,

Connie S.


Re: Travel machine ( mostly for patchwork sessions)?

Anne Parker
 

Thanks for the overall height - I'll consider that when buying another car next year, though would need a reasonable height and low back for the dog.

Just thinking - regarding getting it into the car.  How about one of those fold up dog ramps you can get, then you could wheel it up  the ramp into the car maybe? - push or drag it, probably more control if you push.

I'll need to get a ramp for my dog at some point so may consider a wheeled case now that has come to mind.  At 4ft 11ins I need something to help me take it anywhere!

Anne
www.sewingtales.wordpress.com

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

"If you want to be happy - give up living your life to other peoples expectations"


Re: Travel machine ( mostly for patchwork sessions)?

Sue Raabe <susies.stitches@...>
 

Does your 15000 fit in the XL?  I love mine, but couldn't get the machine in.  I didn't try putting it in from the top because I didn't think it would fit, and it's so heavy.  I may look at some small combo machines to take to class.  One of the dealers I go to offers embroidery retreats where you can work on whatever you like, and there are instructors to help you if you need them.  Maybe I should consider trading my12000 and 3160 for two separate machines for sewing and embroidery.  Maybe they wouldn't be as heavy.  I don't know if I can get them without a huge outlay.  I'm still paying for the 15000 🙂  I'll look up what they have been selling for on eBay.  I wouldn't buy one there, but it would give me some idea.  The 3160 is hard to go back to after using the 15000!  If a newer machine isn't too much bigger, it should fit in the tote I bought for the D1 years ago.  Thanks for the information.  Sue Raabe


Janome needle threaders

Josephine Symons <jomyra45@...>
 

Thanks for your feedback Kathleen, and also Vikki. Your experience with the needle threader slightly concerns me as I know of several people who've had problems with the needle threader on other Janome models especially the 15,000.  There's nothing more frustrating than a finicky needle threader but I assumed that with the S9 not being so automated it would be more reliable. 

Once again any comments?
Many thanks 
Emily

On 30 Apr 2017, at 8:10 pm, Kathleen Chevalier kathleensews@... [janome12000] <janome12000@...> wrote:

 

I bought my Skyline 9 about 6 weeks ago. I love it. I haven't done any embroidery yet, but the sewing features are great. I'm having some trouble with the needle threader, but others with higher end machines have problems, too.


---
Kathleen Chevalier
western Pennsylvania, USA



From: janome12000@... <janome12000@...> on behalf of Josephine Symons jomyra45@... [janome12000] <janome12000@...>
Sent: Sunday, April 30, 2017 2:39 AM
To: janome12000@...
Subject: [janome12000] Skyline S9
 
 

I wonder if anyone has a Skyline S9 and would care to give their opinion of it?

Many thanks
Emily


Re: Travel machine ( mostly for patchwork sessions)?

Jill Kenyon <jpkenyon@...>
 

Pat - do you take your 15000 to meetings?   I'd be afraid to make it travel that much.  Maybe I'm just chicken🐔🐔🐔

On Sun, Apr 30, 2017 at 3:23 PM, pat brioady pibby357@... [janome12000] <janome12000@...> wrote:
 

Jollyne,
Re lifting a filled Tutto XL -
I squat a little, grab the bag by the support pieces on each end (the ones that fold to make the bag "flat" for storage, above the end pockets), and then pick it up (more like grunt and heft it up 😊) to get the wheels up into my SUV. Once up I can sort of steer it to where I want it. I measured the height of the SUV and it's just a hair under 30"! I'm 5'4."

I've often thought a step would be a nice help. Just a few inches (2-4?) could really make a meaningful difference. It needs to be sturdy, and portable would be good. Maybe one of those old stair-step exercise platforms. Too bad I gave mine away... tee hee

On the other hand, maybe some sort of Rube Goldberg-type contraption could be made to work. He always seems to be in my house for other stuff... ha ha

Hope this helps!
In any case, a good sense of humor certainly helps. :-) :-)

Pat
(Reno)

Sent from my iPad




--
 Write your sorrows in sand . . . .  your blessings in stone.


Re: Travel machine ( mostly for patchwork sessions)?

Pat
 

Jollyne,
Re lifting a filled Tutto XL -
I squat a little, grab the bag by the support pieces on each end (the ones that fold to make the bag "flat" for storage, above the end pockets), and then pick it up (more like grunt and heft it up 😊) to get the wheels up into my SUV. Once up I can sort of steer it to where I want it. I measured the height of the SUV and it's just a hair under 30"! I'm 5'4."


I've often thought a step would be a nice help. Just a few inches (2-4?) could really make a meaningful difference. It needs to be sturdy, and portable would be good. Maybe one of those old stair-step exercise platforms. Too bad I gave mine away... tee hee


On the other hand, maybe some sort of Rube Goldberg-type contraption could be made to work. He always seems to be in my house for other stuff... ha ha


Hope this helps!
In any case, a good sense of humor certainly helps. :-) :-)


Pat
(Reno)






Sent from my iPad


Re: Skyline S9

Vikki Youngmeyer
 

I work for an LQS and have used/demoed all the Skyline Series S5, S7 and S9 and love all of them.  If I didn’t already have the 15000, I would buy the S9. We haven’t set up the WiFi at work as we don’t have a laptop available for it. I have WIFI set up at home on my 15000 and really like the AcuMonitor feature. For a big machine it is relatively light weight for its size, but sturdy and doesn’t move around when sewing at 1000 SPM. Mostly I have done piecing on it  and some embroidery. It shifts in and out of these modes with no problem. There is a “setup and takedown” procedure from switching modes, but you would have that with any combo machine, but it isn’t cumbersome.

 

Vikki

Houston, TX

 

From: janome12000@... [mailto:janome12000@...]
Sent: Sunday, April 30, 2017 1:39 AM
To: janome12000@...
Subject: [janome12000] Skyline S9

 

 

I wonder if anyone has a Skyline S9 and would care to give their opinion of it?

Many thanks
Emily


Re: Skyline S9

Kathleen Chevalier
 

I bought my Skyline 9 about 6 weeks ago. I love it. I haven't done any embroidery yet, but the sewing features are great. I'm having some trouble with the needle threader, but others with higher end machines have problems, too.


---
Kathleen Chevalier
western Pennsylvania, USA



From: janome12000@... on behalf of Josephine Symons jomyra45@... [janome12000]
Sent: Sunday, April 30, 2017 2:39 AM
To: janome12000@...
Subject: [janome12000] Skyline S9
 
 

I wonder if anyone has a Skyline S9 and would care to give their opinion of it?

Many thanks
Emily

9741 - 9760 of 29431