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Re: OT Purse pattern you love

raesd@...
 



I made the Grace model of these and used it for years. Sooo versatile. Changed out the outer shell to match either the season or my mood. I put the handle tabs on the sides for a cross-body. Loved it to shreds. Gotta make me another one... if I can find that pattern 
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Re: OT Purse pattern you love

Deb Keldrauk
 

Thanks for the input Ceil. 

I am with you if I am going to invest the time it takes to make a nice item then I want the fabric to be the best I can afford. I shop when my local quilt shop has sales like Christmas fabric for next year when the season is over :) There are also some good buys online for the better manufactured fabrics so I usually have something suitable on hand. I steer clear of "J" fabrics for the most part although I made some nice kitchen items with some cuts of their "Buttercream" line and they came out nice and wash well too. After so many years of quilting and sewing I can tell just by a glance and quick feel if the fabric is worth my time.

Have a great weekend,
Deb in CA

Re: My 15000 won’t sew with polyester thread

Maria Morrow
 


I took my machine to the dealer today. There was a nick or “burr” in the bobbin case which the thread was sporadically hanging up on.  He sanded that smooth and it works great!  He said the 15000 should not be finicky on quality  brands of thread.  He told me with regular sewing, the weight and type of top and bottom threads need to match. I didn’t know that either.  

Again, I can’t say enough good about All About Sewing in Harahan, LA!

Thanks for all the input !

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On Oct 27, 2017, at 10:15 AM, Pixey Mosley pixeyam@... [janome12000] <janome12000@...> wrote:

 

You don’t say if it is a new spool or all spools.  If it is a new-ish spool, check it to make sure the thread isn’t cross wound or got knotted up in the winding process.  I was having trouble with a spool of Gutermann on my 6600 the other day and realized it wasn’t feeding right.  Got the end untwisted and unwound a few feet and it sewing fine from there on out.


I was also having thread issues with my serger and it turned out to be needle problems.

Regards,
Pixey

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Re: OT Purse pattern you love

Estelle Torpy
 

All this great conversation about purses and when I opened up an email from Sew4Home, there was a purse pattern that looked like I would like it.
Here’s the link:


Estelle

Re: My 15000 won’t sew with polyester thread

Claire Schutz
 

Maria, don't know if mentioned before but when this happens, open the side door and see if the thread came out of the take-up lever.  If that happens you will always have this problem.  The dealer can make some kind of adjustment if necessary.  Always use the lock out key when threading.  The reason I say this is because I have had this problem in the past.  This is a beautiful machine, you will get "there",  Claire S

On 10/26/2017 7:12 PM, Maria Morrow mariamorrowquilter@... [janome12000] wrote:
 

Thank you everyone for input on the thread. I had a very experienced friend look at it today. She felt it is a tension issue because it jams all up in the bobbin. Then when I could get it going a bit, once every now and then, well then the top thread shows on the bottom. I tried adjusting tension in settings one number at a time both plus and minus and it did nothing about the thread showing. 


I’m taking it in to the wonderful dealer in Harahan, LA, “All About Sewing” tomorrow. He said he will sit with me and determine if it’s the machine (or me—he didn’t say that though). I am open to the possibility that as a 1-year sewist, it could be me.   However,
For the first 6 months I’ve had thr 15000, it sewed fine with these same threads. So really, I don’t think it’s me. 

Anyway, I appreciate the input.  I’m going to try various threads tonight and take him samples tomorrow. 

Sent from my iPhone

On Oct 26, 2017, at 2:58 PM, Anne Parker lokicat6@... [janome12000] <janome12000@...> wrote:

 
I can use any thread I like on my 15000 - even cheap thread from India and China, provided I check that it is wound tightly - a few spools from some of the batches are pants - then I just stick a red headed pin in the reel so I know to check stitching on my other machines before using.

Anne
www.sewingtales.wordpress.com

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it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy." Max Ehrmann

Re: OT Purse pattern you love

cas <cassweet@...>
 

I forgot to mention I thought the FrouFrou purse was so cute on sewsweetness site.  I saved the pattern but I think it’s too big

https://sewsweetness.com/2012/01/frou-frou-bag.html

Re: OT Purse pattern you love

cas <cassweet@...>
 

Thanks Ceil.

I think the Park West would be too big for me too.  I use a cross body backpack type purse now, and often just a little pouch purse that holds my phone and a cloth “receipt keeper” that has two pockets, one for credit cards.  Fun to make and good holiday gift: http://aroundthebobbin.com/receipt-holder-tutorial/

 

Your story is so funny, and it’s nice she gave you a compliment.  It’s a very pretty purse!

 

I love that StudioKat site.  Thanks for the link.  I like the Gadabout, and I noticed you get a free purse insert pattern when you buy a bag pattern there. I’m going to look closely at some of the other patterns too. 

 

Hopefully our OT chat will let people know the evils of Connecting Threads so they don’t get chewed out by their dealer,  lol!  Btw they sell that thread on Amazon and other places as well so it’s important to look closely to see what thread you’re buying.  I think I bought a bundle there because when I tried to get a credit from CT for it they said I only bought 2 spools.  My sewing studio was so dusty from it!  My PC was really clogged and it may have helped it die a slow death even with frequent cleaning.

Cas

Re: OT Purse pattern you love

Ceil J
 

Deb,
Nosy is good! We'd never learn without it!
Re: Connecting Threads material- I found them to be very inconsistent in quality ranging from very poor with a loose weave, plastic-like printing, and fading to just okay.  I thought they were a great buy too but you can get good buys at Joann's too but the quality just doesn't compare to most of the major companies. Once I bought some nice fabric lines such as Moda I could tell the difference right away.  If I'm going to make something nice, something I've spent my precious time on, I don't want to use fabric that won't give me great results.  I did find that some of their batiks worked fine, but life's getting too short for me to waste time taking chances.  Now I buy fabric when I know it's going to be quality.
I'm not saying it's all or mostly junk, and they have introduced some new lines with designers who likely would not risk their reputation on junky fabric.  You can always buy samples and test them too as their charm packs are very inexpensive.

Re: My 15000 won’t sew with polyester thread

Pixey
 

You don’t say if it is a new spool or all spools.  If it is a new-ish spool, check it to make sure the thread isn’t cross wound or got knotted up in the winding process.  I was having trouble with a spool of Gutermann on my 6600 the other day and realized it wasn’t feeding right.  Got the end untwisted and unwound a few feet and it sewing fine from there on out.

I was also having thread issues with my serger and it turned out to be needle problems.

Regards,
Pixey

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OT Purse pattern you love

sharon ash <sjash@...>
 


I've never had a problem with CT's thread, but I sure do love Aurifil.
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Hoop with Magnets

Cynthia Dickerson
 

One more question, I am left handed and I am finding the magnets hard to get on.  How do you put yours on.  Do you do push on the tip first and then push it the rest of the way on?  Do the push from the outside bottom hoop to the inside or do you push from the inside of the hoop to the outside?  I just can't seem to find a comfortable way to do this.  Just wondering how everyone else handles this.  Thanks for any answers.

Re: OT Purse pattern you love

Deb Keldrauk
 

Ceil, I have used Connecting Threads fabric in the past but haven't in a long time. I thought that they were a pretty good buy. I am just curious as to why you don't use them any more, did you have a problem?
Just being nosy,
Deb in CA

Stitch Composer

Cynthia Dickerson
 

I just purchased the new Janome Memory Quilt 15000.  I downloaded the Horizon Link software.  It is Version 1.31.  When I go into Stitch Composer, I do not have a finish button.  Can someone tell me what I need to do.  My machine should be fully upgraded, I assume since it is brand new.  Thank you for any help.

Re: OT Purse pattern you love

sandy k
 

Your welcome.  Ive made 10! And is my favorite purse for myself!

SandyK Magnolia Springs Quilts
From my iPhone 

On Oct 26, 2017, at 6:03 PM, cjancola@... [janome12000] <janome12000@...> wrote:

 

Cas,
Thanks for that great link!  I don't think it would fit in my bag but I sure can modify it. 
Here's another idea then that I forgot about.  I was a pattern tester (only once, I don't really need the free patterns or the stress of finishing) and this bag was a LOT of work but turned out great.  Unfortunately it's too big for most of the time so I only rarely use it, plus it weighs more than I'd like due to its weight.  But she makes a lot of other bags and you might find one that works. https://sewsweetness.com/products/park-west-bag. If you google "Park West" bag mine is the one that comes up with the bright green handles.  I have a funny story for this bag.  I stepped aside at a store to let a woman pass and she barely looked at me and didn't say "thank you" which I expected.  However, after she went by me she said, "nice bag".  I almost fell over!  It certainly is bright. 
Yes, no more Connecting Threads thread either.  I use what I bought (before I knew better) in my Juki which is a mechanical machine but really regret buying it.  When I went to my dealer for the update, I had taken the 5-thread holder off the back and put away the threads.  I didn't want to show up with no thread in the machine so just grabbed a CT thread that was sitting nearby.  Well, my dealer (who is great) looked closly at it, frowned, and asked if it was CT, and when I said it was, he told me not to use it.  I explained that I usually don't have it in the machine but felt like a kid when the teacher catches her doing something she knows is wrong! 
These bags are pretty popular too and have tempted me: https://www.studiokatdesigns.com/
Good luck and don't forget to post if you find the perfect bag. :)
Ceil

Re: 15000 update

karen edgecombe
 

I didn’t really care about the new threader, but I love the feet that came with the upgrade and the new stitches! And yes, I am a Quilter.

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Re: My 15000 won’t sew with polyester thread

Maria Morrow
 

Thank you everyone for input on the thread. I had a very experienced friend look at it today. She felt it is a tension issue because it jams all up in the bobbin. Then when I could get it going a bit, once every now and then, well then the top thread shows on the bottom. I tried adjusting tension in settings one number at a time both plus and minus and it did nothing about the thread showing. 

I’m taking it in to the wonderful dealer in Harahan, LA, “All About Sewing” tomorrow. He said he will sit with me and determine if it’s the machine (or me—he didn’t say that though). I am open to the possibility that as a 1-year sewist, it could be me.   However,
For the first 6 months I’ve had thr 15000, it sewed fine with these same threads. So really, I don’t think it’s me. 

Anyway, I appreciate the input.  I’m going to try various threads tonight and take him samples tomorrow. 

Sent from my iPhone

On Oct 26, 2017, at 2:58 PM, Anne Parker lokicat6@... [janome12000] <janome12000@...> wrote:

 

I can use any thread I like on my 15000 - even cheap thread from India and China, provided I check that it is wound tightly - a few spools from some of the batches are pants - then I just stick a red headed pin in the reel so I know to check stitching on my other machines before using.

Anne
www.sewingtales.wordpress.com

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

"With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy." Max Ehrmann

Re: OT Purse pattern you love

Lucy Fino
 

Studio Kat designs has amazing bags. I made the concealed weapon purse and love it. 

Sent from Lucy's iPhone

On Oct 26, 2017, at 1:18 PM, 'cas' cassweet@... [janome12000] <janome12000@...> wrote:

 

Does anyone have a bag/purse pattern you’ve sewn and absolutely love?  I’m looking for one with lots of pockets and a closed top so all my stuff doesn’t fall out.

I might make all or part of it with cork on the exterior.  For sure I want at least one outer pocket.

 

I’m looking online but there are so many I don’t know where to start.

 

Any recommendations?

Thanks,
Cas

Re: OT Purse pattern you love

Ceil J
 

Cas,
Thanks for that great link!  I don't think it would fit in my bag but I sure can modify it. 
Here's another idea then that I forgot about.  I was a pattern tester (only once, I don't really need the free patterns or the stress of finishing) and this bag was a LOT of work but turned out great.  Unfortunately it's too big for most of the time so I only rarely use it, plus it weighs more than I'd like due to its weight.  But she makes a lot of other bags and you might find one that works. https://sewsweetness.com/products/park-west-bag. If you google "Park West" bag mine is the one that comes up with the bright green handles.  I have a funny story for this bag.  I stepped aside at a store to let a woman pass and she barely looked at me and didn't say "thank you" which I expected.  However, after she went by me she said, "nice bag".  I almost fell over!  It certainly is bright. 
Yes, no more Connecting Threads thread either.  I use what I bought (before I knew better) in my Juki which is a mechanical machine but really regret buying it.  When I went to my dealer for the update, I had taken the 5-thread holder off the back and put away the threads.  I didn't want to show up with no thread in the machine so just grabbed a CT thread that was sitting nearby.  Well, my dealer (who is great) looked closly at it, frowned, and asked if it was CT, and when I said it was, he told me not to use it.  I explained that I usually don't have it in the machine but felt like a kid when the teacher catches her doing something she knows is wrong! 
These bags are pretty popular too and have tempted me: https://www.studiokatdesigns.com/
Good luck and don't forget to post if you find the perfect bag. :)
Ceil

Re: OT Purse pattern you love

cas <cassweet@...>
 

I really like that one, thanks Sandy K.  I bet that would look cute with cork as the base.

Here’s the pattern:

https://www.craftsy.com/sewing/patterns/margo-handbag/289207

Cas

 

 

Re: OT Purse pattern you love

sandy k
 

Lazy Girl's Margo purse.  She has excellent directions 

SandyK Magnolia Springs Quilts
From my iPhone 

On Oct 26, 2017, at 4:17 PM, cjancola@... [janome12000] <janome12000@...> wrote:

 

Cas,
Never finding the perfect bag I've made my own.  Several years ago I made the "Laguna" bag which is a pattern from Quilter's Dream..  I added inside and outside zip pockets and custom pockets inside.  I literally loved it to death as one day I realized it had LOTS of wear.  Oh, and one day early on someone asked if I made the bag and when I replied "yes", she said "I thought so".  This was because, I suspect I used batting for the sides.
So to replace the bag I wanted the same size 11x16x3 but I wanted it to last longer than the several years of my old bag.  ("my old bag" sounds funny).  I used the same basic pattern but, after looking at the areas of greatest wear, made the handles out of a nice vinyl which I also used for the bottom corners (copying from a bag called "The Everything Bag" from Connecting Threads.  I used better fabric as I no longer buy fabrics from Connecting Threads, used Annie's Soft and Stable to line it, and added a zip top closure following directions online similar, if not, https://so-sew-easy.com/sew-a-recessed-zipper-on-a-bag/.  I again put in an outside zip compartment, one inside to hide my wallet and loose money, and custom pockets inside tweaking what I had done before. 
It took me a while to finish but I'm glad I did.  I'm hoping that there won't be an issue with not putting the vinyl at the very bottom of the bag but my old one didn't show wear there so that should work out well.  The longest part might be the planning as you want a bag that is the right size for you.  So I'd say start with a favorite bag and go from there.  When I made my first bag I wasn't sure that it would be so perfect, I thought it would be too big at first but it turned out to be the right size for putting a book or ipad in it which was a consideration for me.  I don't carry them around unless going to an appointment but it's nice to know they fit.  If I can figure it out again, I'll post photos.
Ceil