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Re: Magnets and sewing machines

favymtz
 

My comments!
I think that Janome hasn't come up with another Magnetic Hoop because they think what they have is perfectly adequate!
It's good for some things, but not everything. If the quilt is thick or heavy the clamps will pop off. When they pop while the embroidery is going on, it can be a disaster!
Sometimes what I'm attempting to quilt is so thick or stiff that I can't even get the clamps on at all. That's when I resort to using the DIME Topper. It works okay, but again it's not perfect either.
I did buy additional magnets for the Topper and that helps.

There has been many many comments about the Topper, that I won't regurgitate, but the fact that the item being embroidered isn't flush on the bed of the machine IS NOT a problem with the Topper. The stitching is just fine. The problem is that because it's not flush with the bed of the machine it's prone to slipping out of alignment.
That's why (I Think) the Stutsmans have come up with their good idea to use the "cobbled together" and "tent pole" method. 
Keeping the fabric flush with the bed will help to ensure that the fabric stays secure in the hoop.

My other comments are that I was personally told by the team at DIME that Janome 15000 is one of the machines that they are thinking of making their magnetic hoop for. But I kind of doubt that they ever will. The construction of those magnetic hoops is that the majority of the entire hoop is made of a thin metal plate. For our Janome 15000 the part of the hoop that connects to the embroidery unit is HUGE, and making it out of a one piece metal would make it entirely too heavy. Unless they can come up with a good way to make the hoop metal and the rest of it plastic....
Anyway, I think it's fabulous that we are all thinking of making our own version of a good strong reliable magnetic hoop!
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Favymtz


Re: Magnets and sewing machines

Meryl Margolies
 

I would love to see a photo of your set-up.
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Thank you,
Meryl


Re: Magnets and sewing machines

Cat - N
 

Cynthia, I haven't had time to view your video yet but I went to your blog and looked at the DIME Topper only to notice that yours looks very different from mine.  Mine is completely clear and pretty flexible, so I was wondering what the difference is. Is your DIME Topper rigid as well as opaque, and with markings, or did you put markings on your Topper.  I put markings on mine, but nothing like yours, and what do the markings represent?  It also only looked like you were using 8 magnets on the topper.  Is that all your Dime Topper came with, or all you decided to use?

The quilt is very interesting...beautiful fabrics with rich color...love it...lots of work in that quilt! 

- Cat (FL)

 


Re: wifi connection

Joyce VanAtta
 

Thanks, Jim, for your help.
It took a few minutes, but it finally works now!!

Joyce


Re: Magnets and sewing machines

Cynthia Dickerson
 

I created and designed a way to work around the hard middle areas of large quilts and be able to quilt and embroider with ease.  This works great and is a very reasonable priced fix around $5.00.  Please check it out and it might just be what you are looking for.   I just saw everyone is struggling with this.

 https://youtu.be/Hglot6paj3Q


Re: Magnets and sewing machines

PAM ROWE <waginwag@...>
 

Regarding the magnets for use in our quilting frames amazon cannot supply to Australia. Any ideas. Thank you.
Pam


Re: Magnets and sewing machines

Cat - N
 

Kathy, there is an Acufil kit for 500e/400e which also fits the new 550e, as I understand it.  I have seen some variety in pricing in the past when looking into it for other friends, but pricing does change.  It would be something you would have to keep checking into and watching, if you were interested in the Acufil kit.  Sometimes you might even find a coupon that would help with the price, or check with places like Ken's Sewing Center, a Janome dealer in Alabama with an internet store, who has unpaid-for-layaway sales and such, if you are interested.  They also may offer show prices...like they would sell them for at, say, Paducah...I think I have seen email from them saying things like that.

Where there's a will, there's a way, and you will figure out how to make things work for you.  :-)

- Cat (FL)


Re: Magnets and sewing machines

Elizabeth Mccall
 

I use a Floriani  Wet N Stick  stabilizer with my magnets & 22 "  Hoop & the 6 big magnets from Janome  & it works great . Just wet to release. 
 It is great on big thick items like robes & bath towels monogramming.
Floriani has an  great. free APP to guide you  on the right product for each type of project..
Elizabeth McCall
Western N C  ..

On Sun, Feb 23, 2020 at 9:24 AM Meryl Margolies <machinequilter1@...> wrote:
I have yet to try the magnetic hoop on my 12000 since I haven't made a large pieced item in a while. But, I'm on a journey to finish some UFO's and I will need to quilt them. Is there a good guide for using the big hoop?

Have a sew-sew day,
Meryl

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Thank you,
Meryl


Re: Magnets and sewing machines

J Fraker
 

I do large completed quilts on my 12000 with the ASQ hoop. I don't remove the hoop from the machine. It would be nearly impossible to carry it around without the magnets popping off. I attach the hoop to the machine and move the section of the quilt to where it needs to be, push the quilt down into the hoop using the template, put the magnets on and do the quilting design, then move the quilt to the next section and repeat the process. However, this only works well because of two things. I have a very large sewing cabinet with lots of space behind and to the left of the machine. I hung two cords from the ceiling with clamps on the ends and I attach the weight of the quilt above the machine with those clamps. This makes it possible to do a very large quilt in the hoop.


On Sun, Feb 23, 2020, 11:06 AM Kathy Strabel <ksbappa@...> wrote:
Diane--Yikes, this message thread has taken on a life of its own. Maybe Janome will take notice and offer a GOOD magnetic hoop suitable for our machines and REASONABLY priced, soon???  I am open to experimenting, now that it makes sense to me about the magnet/machine relationship.  Your tent pole version----I would be fine with trying that, but how does the tent pole "stay" taut in the hoop?  The hoop I would use is the largest one  that came with my 500e--the RE28 I believe. It has some metal strips installed around the edge already, and I mounted a  twin-size quilt sandwich on it yesterday, using the magnetic clips that come with the machine. They did stay, but popped off very easily. The magnets are not very strong. They are good enough when using just a flat piece of fabric with some stabilizer, but my quilt is sandwiched together and has many seams per block. Plus, it is a COMPLETED quilt sandwich, not Quilt As You Go, so moving from my cutting table (where I load the hoop up), to the machine in another room is a pain--one or two of the magnets pop off on the way, even if I gather the quilt up carefully. Ugh!  The concern I have about the tent pole/elastic method is that the corners of the re28 hoop are rounded, not square. So, how would they stay snugged inside the hoop, and still hold the fabric down on the surface of the machine's bed? I had an idea last night just before going to sleep and I will see if it is even feasible.

 I am thinking of something different from your tent poles that would fit snugly, that would hold the fabric taut, and also keep it down on the surface of the bed.   That is my theory, anyway.  I may swing by a big box store in the next few days and see if they have something suitable.   I just am not very encouraged by the negativity I have seen about the magnetic hoops that are available from "third party" companies, and Janome  has not come forth with one as yet. Plus, the pricing is certainly an issue for me.  Others have said the available hoops are fine, so I don't know whom to side with until I have at least tried to solve the issue for myself.    I have also thought of just making my quilts in the Quilt as You Go method, doing them in sections of rows of blocks, but I really don't like having to cover all the seams on he backing at the end.    So many variables in this lovely hobby/business of ours, aren't there???   I will continue to read this thread and update you when I have anything to report. I enjoy seeing the activity on this thread and seeing others' opinions on this subject!
Kathy Strabel   Camas WA


Re: Magnets and sewing machines

Kathy Strabel
 

Diane--Yikes, this message thread has taken on a life of its own. Maybe Janome will take notice and offer a GOOD magnetic hoop suitable for our machines and REASONABLY priced, soon???  I am open to experimenting, now that it makes sense to me about the magnet/machine relationship.  Your tent pole version----I would be fine with trying that, but how does the tent pole "stay" taut in the hoop?  The hoop I would use is the largest one  that came with my 500e--the RE28 I believe. It has some metal strips installed around the edge already, and I mounted a  twin-size quilt sandwich on it yesterday, using the magnetic clips that come with the machine. They did stay, but popped off very easily. The magnets are not very strong. They are good enough when using just a flat piece of fabric with some stabilizer, but my quilt is sandwiched together and has many seams per block. Plus, it is a COMPLETED quilt sandwich, not Quilt As You Go, so moving from my cutting table (where I load the hoop up), to the machine in another room is a pain--one or two of the magnets pop off on the way, even if I gather the quilt up carefully. Ugh!  The concern I have about the tent pole/elastic method is that the corners of the re28 hoop are rounded, not square. So, how would they stay snugged inside the hoop, and still hold the fabric down on the surface of the machine's bed? I had an idea last night just before going to sleep and I will see if it is even feasible.

 I am thinking of something different from your tent poles that would fit snugly, that would hold the fabric taut, and also keep it down on the surface of the bed.   That is my theory, anyway.  I may swing by a big box store in the next few days and see if they have something suitable.   I just am not very encouraged by the negativity I have seen about the magnetic hoops that are available from "third party" companies, and Janome  has not come forth with one as yet. Plus, the pricing is certainly an issue for me.  Others have said the available hoops are fine, so I don't know whom to side with until I have at least tried to solve the issue for myself.    I have also thought of just making my quilts in the Quilt as You Go method, doing them in sections of rows of blocks, but I really don't like having to cover all the seams on he backing at the end.    So many variables in this lovely hobby/business of ours, aren't there???   I will continue to read this thread and update you when I have anything to report. I enjoy seeing the activity on this thread and seeing others' opinions on this subject!
Kathy Strabel   Camas WA


Re: Magnets and sewing machines

Meryl Margolies
 

I have yet to try the magnetic hoop on my 12000 since I haven't made a large pieced item in a while. But, I'm on a journey to finish some UFO's and I will need to quilt them. Is there a good guide for using the big hoop?

Have a sew-sew day,
Meryl

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Thank you,
Meryl


Re: wifi connection

Jim Stutsman
 

It appears that you are using Horizon Link Suite to send designs to the machine. You can use WiFi, but you must configure it first. From the screen of the Editing Tool in HLS click the circle in the top left corner, then “Settings”. Change from USB to WiFi and you should be able to connect. That’s assuming that you have first used Settings on the  machine to connect it to your network. You can use your Surface Pro with Horizon Link Suite, but not with the Janome apps. Those are all iPad only.


wifi connection

Joyce VanAtta
 

Hi Jim
I recently got the Janome 15000 and am learning to use it.
Today I tried to sent a design by wifi to my machine from my
computer, but I got the message to connect my computer and
machine with the cable.  Is this the way I have to do it.  I do
not have an ipad, I have Surface Pro 3.  Will that work somehow?

Thanks, Joyce


Re: Magnets and sewing machines

Diane Stutsman
 

Yes, the frame holds the quilt next to the bed of the machine and stitches beautifully. Without the frame the quilt tends to move and distort the stitching. I am working on a quilt with multiple hoopings and find this a quick way to move from one area to another.


Re: Magnets and sewing machines

blue_lak
 

I've thought about additional magnets like yours Kanga, but wondered how well the stitching comes out since the quilt would then be a bit above the machine bed and a little loose since it wouldn't have the wraparound magnets holding the quilt down. I can see how Diane's tent pole inner frame does that.


Re: New iPad problems

darlene Reese
 

Thank you for your prompt response. I will print out that information so I can follow the steps correctly. What would we do without you and Diane..       you are both so knowledgeable.


Re: 12000

Jim Stutsman
 

Yes, that’s the right procedure. Good luck!


12000

J Fraker
 

Can't remember if I'm supposed to say this or not, but I've decided to upgrade so my 12000 (just serviced) is for sale with all the original stuff plus extras.  I did list it in the database section (line 23, I think) so anyone can contact me via email for pictures or questions.


Re: Magnets and sewing machines

Pat
 

Thanks Jim, you and Dianne are a big help and it is appreciated.
Pat Kowalczyk


Re: Magnets and sewing machines

Jim Stutsman
 

When posting via email PLEASE resize photos first. Once posted I cannot change it during moderation and it creates lots of problems, especially for those viewing the posts on phones. If posting from the web, you can tap the picture icon to add a photo to your post. Once added, click the picture and then the button that shows a pencil over a piece of paper. That will let you resize the picture. Best size for posting is usually 600-800 pixels maximum width. Thanks!

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