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locked Re: Groups.io update

Ceil J
 

What about MeWe?  I joined when I thought a lot of groups were moving there but seldom go there now. I would use it if the group were there.  It's more like Facebook than this group.


locked Re: Groups.io update

Barbara Gallentine
 

You do whatever is necessary to continue this group.  That could even  mean charging each member a small amount.  So many questions asked and answered. I would hope this group can continue in whatever form.

On Sunday, January 31, 2021, 04:03:35 PM MST, Jim Stutsman via groups.io <onlinesewing@...> wrote:


In a couple of days Groups.io, who hosts this list, will be changing their pricing structure to a fee-based system, billed to the list owner on a per-member basis. This group is currently classified as Premium, which I pay for annually. It's not a huge amount, and I don't mind paying it. However there are a lot of groups on this service, and the people who run it are facing ever-increasing expenses. So on February 2nd (2 days from now) they are moving to a per-member pricing structure. Fortunately they are NOT increasing the price for this group, unless we were to upgrade it to another tier. However if it should later become necessary for them to put us on the new pricing schedule, the expense would be nearly $1,000 per year. That's a bit more than our tiny organization can handle. So for the moment, we don't need to do anything, but I like to plan ahead so I will be looking at other options. Facebook is, of course, completely free, if you count surrendering all the details of your life to Mark Zuckerberg to sell to the highest bidder. As you know, I'm not a fan and I would not throw the members of this group under that bus. So much has changed in the past year that we never saw coming, and there's no way to know what lurks around the next corner. I'm only mentioning this to solicit ideas from you members as to what might work should we have to move the list. There's no need to panic, nothing is happening right now. I'm just trying to be prepared for whatever may come.


locked Re: Groups.io update

Lyn Quine
 

Not sure if it’s still the same but I ran a forum on Proboards it was free to all we just had to have adverts.  We only folded through lack of interest.  There was limited storage for photos.  Not sure if that would be the same now or of interest to you and other members.


The long-awaited Quilt Binder video

Jim Stutsman
 
Edited

Way back in 2019 BC (Before COVID) Diane did a video to append to the Quilt Binder video in the FootBook app. Many other projects and activities got in the way, and then, well 2020. This week I finished editing the video and updating FootBook. To save you having to try and find the new bits I have uploaded just that video here - UPDATE video cannot be viewed from this post. Will move it and post again with a working link.

Enjoy!


locked Groups.io update

Jim Stutsman
 

In a couple of days Groups.io, who hosts this list, will be changing their pricing structure to a fee-based system, billed to the list owner on a per-member basis. This group is currently classified as Premium, which I pay for annually. It's not a huge amount, and I don't mind paying it. However there are a lot of groups on this service, and the people who run it are facing ever-increasing expenses. So on February 2nd (2 days from now) they are moving to a per-member pricing structure. Fortunately they are NOT increasing the price for this group, unless we were to upgrade it to another tier. However if it should later become necessary for them to put us on the new pricing schedule, the expense would be nearly $1,000 per year. That's a bit more than our tiny organization can handle. So for the moment, we don't need to do anything, but I like to plan ahead so I will be looking at other options. Facebook is, of course, completely free, if you count surrendering all the details of your life to Mark Zuckerberg to sell to the highest bidder. As you know, I'm not a fan and I would not throw the members of this group under that bus. So much has changed in the past year that we never saw coming, and there's no way to know what lurks around the next corner. I'm only mentioning this to solicit ideas from you members as to what might work should we have to move the list. There's no need to panic, nothing is happening right now. I'm just trying to be prepared for whatever may come.


Re: Miracle Stitcher

Jim Stutsman
 

Wow, that takes me back! It's a high-shank foot, and the 8000 was a high shank machine. It should work, except that the provided needle clamp screw for attaching the yarn "funnel" may not work. You don't really need that anyway, it can be used without it.


Miracle Stitcher

Lynnette Johnson
 

Here's a blast from the past.  In cleaning out my sewing closet I found the Miracle Stitcher, brand new in its original packaging, from my 8000 that I used to have.  I never used it and am wondering if it fits any other machine than the 8000.  Also, is the 8000 a low shank or high shank machine?

Thanks a bunch,

Lynn


Upper Thread break S9

Toni Valenstein
 

I'm using an S9.  I set the setting described on pg. 96, in the manual, to detect thread break, but it only stops the machine if it detects a bobbin thread break.  This means that if I'm doing a nice size embroidery, I need to sit at the machine and watch it constantly for at least 30 min, until it completes sewing.  Isn't there a setting to stop the machine if it detects an upper thread break?


Re: Needle threader problem on the 15000

Helen Aarness
 

Thank you for the directions! I fiddled with it for about an hour. I used very powerful reader glasses and a flashlight. Once I could see what you were explaining, I just moved ahead slowly. It works perfectly now! Yay! First time it has worked since my “Quiltmaker” upgrade.


On Jan 29, 2021, at 9:49 AM, William D Lawson <lawsonfox@...> wrote:

 Ok. Now I have to get my courage up to try this fix.  I may just use the plastic threader until I finish my Christmas Tree skirt.  Thank you so much, Jim. You are the best!


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On Wednesday, January 27, 2021, 5:55 PM, Jim Stutsman via groups.io <onlinesewing@...> wrote:

[Edited Message Follows]

Needle threaders are a perpetual source of trouble. Janome has gone through a number of attempts to make one that works every time, but the fundamental problem is that they all require a very small piece of metal that either pokes the thread through the eye (early models from 6000-9000) or hooks it from behind and pulls it through the eye. Because the metal element is very small it can bend pretty easily. If the needle is misaligned just a little, it gets bent. If the needle is smaller than size 11 it may not go through and will bend. Factor in the motorized feature, and you have issues of it lining up properly. So here's what you do:

1. Put in a size 11 needle and push the threader button. (Nearly all service techs use size 14 per Janome recommendations, but that just sets you up to fail with 11.)
2. Turn the machine OFF. It won't go up now.
3. Get a STRONG light and magnifying glass so you can see the hook. It will be either left or right of the needle. If it is THROUGH the needle, then the hook is likely broken off and you'll need a new part. Stop here.
4. Very gently pull the needle forward and left or right so it lines up and the hook goes through the eye. Pull as little as possible, so as not to bend the needle. That would negate your efforts.
5. Once the needle is through the eye you can use a very small flat blade screwdriver to nudge it left or right, as needed to straighten it. Patience is critical, work slowly.
6. When you think you've got it, turn the machine back on and try it. Don't be discouraged if it still fails. This is a very fiddly process. I've spent upwards of an hour getting a threader to work right.

In the event that it still doesn't work, or if you need a replacement part, order a separate threader such as this one: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07Y331BM9/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_d6EeGbGNJVA6X?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
You gotta love that it's a 6-piece package and they show 7 on the page!
That will keep you going. Next call your dealer and tell him/her that you want the threader fixed, but you can't give up the machine. Ask the repair tech to call you the day before he/she will have time to do it and book an appointment time to take it in to get it fixed while you wait. (Bonus points - when I got swamped with repairs every year after everyone finished Christmas sewing, we went to repairs by appointment so they didn't all come at once. You might suggest that.) When you take the machine in, take along some muffins, a plate of brownies, or even a small cake. This will help!


Re: Bobbin thread problems M7

Sally Silvers
 

Glide is my go to thread on my Janome Horizon 8900 and Tin Lizzie longarm.  I've never had a shredding problem, so I would guess you have a tension issue with your bobbin.


Re: Needle threader problem on the 15000

William D Lawson
 

Ok. Now I have to get my courage up to try this fix.  I may just use the plastic threader until I finish my Christmas Tree skirt.  Thank you so much, Jim. You are the best!


Sent from Frontier Yahoo Mail for iPad

On Wednesday, January 27, 2021, 5:55 PM, Jim Stutsman via groups.io <onlinesewing@...> wrote:

[Edited Message Follows]

Needle threaders are a perpetual source of trouble. Janome has gone through a number of attempts to make one that works every time, but the fundamental problem is that they all require a very small piece of metal that either pokes the thread through the eye (early models from 6000-9000) or hooks it from behind and pulls it through the eye. Because the metal element is very small it can bend pretty easily. If the needle is misaligned just a little, it gets bent. If the needle is smaller than size 11 it may not go through and will bend. Factor in the motorized feature, and you have issues of it lining up properly. So here's what you do:

1. Put in a size 11 needle and push the threader button. (Nearly all service techs use size 14 per Janome recommendations, but that just sets you up to fail with 11.)
2. Turn the machine OFF. It won't go up now.
3. Get a STRONG light and magnifying glass so you can see the hook. It will be either left or right of the needle. If it is THROUGH the needle, then the hook is likely broken off and you'll need a new part. Stop here.
4. Very gently pull the needle forward and left or right so it lines up and the hook goes through the eye. Pull as little as possible, so as not to bend the needle. That would negate your efforts.
5. Once the needle is through the eye you can use a very small flat blade screwdriver to nudge it left or right, as needed to straighten it. Patience is critical, work slowly.
6. When you think you've got it, turn the machine back on and try it. Don't be discouraged if it still fails. This is a very fiddly process. I've spent upwards of an hour getting a threader to work right.

In the event that it still doesn't work, or if you need a replacement part, order a separate threader such as this one: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07Y331BM9/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_d6EeGbGNJVA6X?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
You gotta love that it's a 6-piece package and they show 7 on the page!
That will keep you going. Next call your dealer and tell him/her that you want the threader fixed, but you can't give up the machine. Ask the repair tech to call you the day before he/she will have time to do it and book an appointment time to take it in to get it fixed while you wait. (Bonus points - when I got swamped with repairs every year after everyone finished Christmas sewing, we went to repairs by appointment so they didn't all come at once. You might suggest that.) When you take the machine in, take along some muffins, a plate of brownies, or even a small cake. This will help!


Bobbin thread problems M7

Liz Allan
 

I have run into a problem using Glide thread on the bobbin as it tends to shred.  Is this a problem with polyester threads in general or just GLide?


Re: Sewing on athletic nylon latex .

Theresa Lindal
 

Thank you so much Diane, all this new fabric coming on, every bit of help is very welcome.  I have been a follower of Jim and you, for many years can’t believe it, so glad you are keeping us all knowledgeable, so many new things and it’s so good you keep up on things, I’ve been sewing for many years but slowing down now somewhat love my 15000 thanks again.


Re: Sewing on athletic nylon latex .

Diane Stutsman
 

Hi, since Jim doesn’t sew he passed this one to me. Use a #90 stretch needle and a good quality polyester sewing thread. My all time favorite is metrosene. It is Strong and lint free. I have sewn tons of dance costumes, skating costumes and swim suits. Before I owned a serger I used a narrow zig zag (2.5 width x 2.5 length) it made a nice stretchy seam that didn’t pop. Good luck


Re: Needle threader problem on the 15000

Jim Stutsman
 
Edited

Needle threaders are a perpetual source of trouble. Janome has gone through a number of attempts to make one that works every time, but the fundamental problem is that they all require a very small piece of metal that either pokes the thread through the eye (early models from 6000-9000) or hooks it from behind and pulls it through the eye. Because the metal element is very small it can bend pretty easily. If the needle is misaligned just a little, it gets bent. If the needle is smaller than size 11 it may not go through and will bend. Factor in the motorized feature, and you have issues of it lining up properly. So here's what you do:

1. Put in a size 11 needle and push the threader button. (Nearly all service techs use size 14 per Janome recommendations, but that just sets you up to fail with 11.)
2. Turn the machine OFF. It won't go up now.
3. Get a STRONG light and magnifying glass so you can see the hook. It will be either left or right of the needle. If it is THROUGH the needle, then the hook is likely broken off and you'll need a new part. Stop here.
4. Very gently pull the needle forward and left or right so it lines up and the hook goes through the eye. Pull as little as possible, so as not to bend the needle. That would negate your efforts.
5. Once the needle is through the eye you can use a very small flat blade screwdriver to nudge it left or right, as needed to straighten it. Patience is critical, work slowly.
6. When you think you've got it, turn the machine back on and try it. Don't be discouraged if it still fails. This is a very fiddly process. I've spent upwards of an hour getting a threader to work right.

In the event that it still doesn't work, or if you need a replacement part, order a separate threader such as this one: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07Y331BM9/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_d6EeGbGNJVA6X?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
You gotta love that it's a 6-piece package and they show 7 on the page!
That will keep you going. Next call your dealer and tell him/her that you want the threader fixed, but you can't give up the machine. Ask the repair tech to call you the day before he/she will have time to do it and book an appointment time to take it in to get it fixed while you wait. (Bonus points - when I got swamped with repairs every year after everyone finished Christmas sewing, we went to repairs by appointment so they didn't all come at once. You might suggest that.) When you take the machine in, take along some muffins, a plate of brownies, or even a small cake. This will help!


Needle threader problem on the 15000

William D Lawson
 

Good morning everyone. I hope everyone is safe and healthy.  Quilting has been
my “sanity saver” during this time of isolation.  

I have been working on an embroidered Christmas Tree skirt with LOTS of thread changes.

My threader has always worked perfectly until yesterday.  I know some have had problems 
from the beginning. I’ve seen suggestions for slightly bending your hook so that it hits the hole 
correctly but I don’t know how to keep the threader in the down position so I can adjust it. 

Jim, is this something I can do on my own or should I just take it in?  My repair man is really backed up.
My machine would be sitting in the shop for 5 to 6 weeks.  I would be lost without it for that long. Any
suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you for being here for us. We all really appreciate all you do.
Gwen Lawson

ps....  I recently purchased a Quilt Maker Pro 18 with Prostitcher Premium and it is amazing!!!
 I am such a happy quilter.


Jim please read before my other message!!!

Cynthia Dickerson
 

Dummy me, yes I do have the foot app and guess what, they were all in there.  Please disregard my other message.  So sorry!!  Cindy


Missing Feet

Cynthia Dickerson
 

I have the Jamone Quilt Maker 15,000.  The case that came with it is missing feet.  I am trying to purchase these a little at a time but some of them I can't find and some that I do find and have purchased do not fit into the case.  Does anyone know what the following feet are for:  QV foot - I  foot - and the STD foot .  I am unable to find any foot with those Letters on it.  If anyone else would like to know what goes into the missing slots, I have the list  AP is the applique foot,  FB is the Large Border Guide foot, U foot is the Teflon Foot, L-2 foot is the Bead foot and the H foot is the cording foot.  Any help would be appreciated.  Thanks, Cindy


Re: Sewing on athletic nylon latex .

Kathy Strabel
 

Theresa----Do you mean nylon and Spandex?  Instead of latex?  If you are sewing nylon/spandex, use a Janome purple tip needle and one of the stretch stitches---I have a different machine  (Skyline7), so I don't know what stitches your machine has. I use one of the "lightning" stitches for seams and the triple zigzag for stitching elastic in, or finishing the waist or leg openings in swimwear, or topstitching armholes and neckline.  Nothing works as well as the Janome purple tip for me I believe Organ makes the Janome-branded needles. I have purchased the Purple Tip needles on Amazon.          By the way, if you are making swimwear, I have found that nylon/spandex fabrics fade very quickly. Polyester/Spandex blends with 4-way stretch are far superior as far as overall wear and fade resistance than nylon/Spandex blends for swimwear. Just in case you planned on swimwear and don't want to waste your time and effort on something that will fade quickly.  As for thread, I use Coats and Clark Dual Duty thread. Unfortunately, the variety of Polyester/Spandex blends is not as big as the nylon/Spandex fabrics.    I know you addressed your question to Jim, but I thought I would jump in and give my take on the subject also.  Happy stitching!   Kathy S, Camas WA


Sewing on athletic nylon latex .

Theresa Lindal
 

Hi Jim 
what needle on 15000 Janome for atlhletic fabric nylon latex and kind of thread.

thank you ahead😊😊

Theresa

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