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Re: For Jim - Hello and Thank you!

maggie cooper
 

to return to the UK next year. I am a member of a enthusiatic group of quilters here in the eastern province and we meet up twice a week, every Sunday and Tuesday.
Annie, I havn't been to Dubai, but if it's anything like Abu Dhabi, stock up on fabric, trims, notions, , in fact everything for your sewing needs. I spent two weeks of sheer torture in Abu Dhabi last year, why sheer torture? well I didnt have the millions of pounds I needd to buy up the simply vast range of of things on offer for the sewist. I found trims that here in England I have paid upward of £20 a metre for from Mcullock and Wallis for a fraction of what I would pay here. The most beautiful what I would call lower end fabrics, the synthetc gorgetts, satins etc. The Indian fabric shops were Aladin's caves, the trims and notions simply unbelieveable. I found the good natural fibres and silks were actually more reasonably priced here in UK, particularly if as I do, you purchase from the Mills direct like Whaleys of Bradford.
I came home with my suitcase stuffed with Indian fabrics and trims. Oh for more pennies and a bigger suitcase.

Maggie in England.


How far from the wall

Liz
 

Hi Jim, I'm not sure if this question has been asked before, but what distance from the wall does the Machine have to be so the Embroidery Hoop doesn't hit the wall when doing the larger embroidery's. Thanks Liz


metallic threads

maggie cooper
 

Not George but another Brit who also rates this thread, here is a link to the makers site, Fujix which though it has its international offices in Japan seems to have its threads spun in China.
http://www.fjx.co.jp/english/catalog/index.html
and the link to a British distributor,
http://www.somac.co.uk/kingstar_thread.html
it's mainly telephone sales but they really are nice to deal with, no pushiness or flannel.
Then there's this one who I havent purchased from,
http://www.dowlings-sew.co.uk/products.php?cat=245
There are others which if you Google Kingstar threads, then ask for UK pages only, will come up.

I have had such good service from Somac and found they have the best price list, which is not displayed on the website, that making a phone call is a minor worry.
They offer a trial pack for £5.50, which includes 1 metallic,2x poly 1000m cops, backings, a couple of pre wound bobbins, which unless you know your bobbin case size you wont use, and the shade card. I keep looking at mine and salivating. Sad woman arent I, but I cant afford the 600 colours in the 5000m size and am slowly building up my 150 1000m cop collection.
Maggie in England.


For Jim - Hello and Thank you!

ANNE <amd15@...>
 

Jim, I want to thank you for allowing me to join this group. My name is Annie Dunn, I am from the UK but have lived a long time in Saudi Arabia, we are planning to return to the UK next year. I am a member of a enthusiatic group of quilters here in the eastern province and we meet up twice a week, every Sunday and Tuesday.

I am a big Janome fan and have owned the 6500upgraded to the 6600 nand then the 7700 and I have the 3160 which being smaller, lighetr and a great little machine I use to take to the group. I am also a member of the 7700 Yahoo group run by Janis and that has been invaluable to me.

I would love to learn and make quilts using the embroidery unit on the 12000, I have no clue whatsoever though about embroidery but am willing to learn. I have bought every accessory available for my Horizon 7700 and Jim, I need to know if any of these at all will fit the 12000? otherwise when I sell the 7700 I can then sell off my accessories that go with it. Some like the huge binding unit I have for it I have never even used yet! Also, are there going to be lots of accessories, extra feet etc. that one has to purchase for the 12000?

Jim, I want to congratulate both you and Diane for the marvellous, useful and very informative Footbook App! it is fantastic and helps one so much with all the feet, of course if I buy the 12000 I guess I won't need the App but never mind!

I am looking forward to reading and learning more about the 12000, our nearest dealer is in Dubai and I probably know more about the machines than he does, he simply sells them, there is no-one here to have lessons with or get advice from.

Thank you Jim and everyone.

My best wishes,
Annie
in Saudi Arabia


Re: Metallic threads

stitchnpatch
 

George - sounds good - who do you buy the thread from in the UK and how much does it cost?
Thanks
Vicki


Re: Metallic threads

E
 

Greetings from England,

Many of the problems with metallis threads are caused by the way that
these are spun and wound onto the cone. Many are spun from aluminium
filaments wound tightly around a synthetic thread core. In effect wound
like a spring, and being metal it also acts like a spring, causing the
resulting metallic thread to jump, kink, snap and shred when coming off
the spool and through the machine.

There are other metallic thread types, and these are constructed
differently. They still use a fibre and a metallic thread, but there is
no springiness added to the final thread, so problems are avoided before
they even start. The brand of thread I use is Kingstar Fujix, which is
made in Japan, and fairly readily available world wide. It comes in
three tones of gold, (spun using real gold metal thread), one of silver,
(using real silver), and several bright colours using aluminium metal
threads. All behave well. Need so special thread path, just thread as
any other embroidery thread, and a normal sewing or embroidery needle,
size 100. In fact Kingstar recommend that you do NOT use a special
metallic needle with their thread. Horizontal or vertical spool pins
work fine, but you will need to put a thread net on the spool to hold
the thread as it is used, and also slow the machine down a little too.
Otherwise no problems. All these are available in 1000 metre and 3000
metre cones. I use a lot of metallic thread in my one-off designs for
church vestments and banners etc., some even using all metallic thread
in the design, and have had no trouble with thread breakages, tangles
ever since I started using this thread. A tip you may also like is to
use a 40 weight polyester in a matching colour in the bobbin when using
this metallic. It give a better and smoother finish to the embroisery as
a whole for some reason. I have no connection with Kingstar, just a very
contented and non-hassled user.

Best wishes,

George.


Re: Metallic threads

Donna Morton
 

In my experience, the Janome Red or Blue Tip is the very best needle for metallic threads.  I recommend it to both our Janome and Husqvarna customers and they seldom have any more problems with metallic threads.
 
On the 12000, as Jim mentions, absolutely no problems with metallic threads.
 
Donna M
Canada
 

Sent: Thursday, November 17, 2011 12:50 PM
Subject: [janome12000] Re: Metallic threads
 
 

Size 14 is size 14. The topstitch needle has a larger eye than a standard 14 universal.

We've come up with a $3 fix for feeding metallic thread from a vertical spool pin. We'll be writing it up and uploading it shortly. Diane just did one of the redwork designs (Sunbonnet Sue with the basket) at 1,000 SPM using cheap metallic thread and a size 11 blue tip needle. No thread breaks!

--- In mailto:janome12000%40yahoogroups.com, "sewsew1115" wrote:
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> Jim,
>
> Would a size 14 embroidery needle be comparable to a size 14 top stitch needle?
>
> Thanks,
>
> Lynn


Metallic Thread Spindle

kkrissyb <krissy.b@...>
 

I have posted pictures of the Thread spindle in a folder called krissy.
There is a name written on the side of the spindle and I googled it and nothing of that name came up.

I purchased the spindle from a Viking dealer about six years ago... apparently a clever hubby made this for his wife and when everyone saw it they wanted one so he made quite a few.

Kris in Aus


Re: newbie here & vertical spool thread guide

Jim_Stutsman <jim@...>
 

Well that's just a matter of weeks now. I guess we can add it to the "Coming soon" list!

--- In janome12000@..., "Marsha Lemmons" <hobbied1@...> wrote:

OOPS!!! Meant to type 2012 for the clothsetter!

Marsha


Re: Homebrew $3 vertical spool pin project

Jim_Stutsman <jim@...>
 

it's beginning to look like there may be multiple items that didn't make the release of the 12000, probably because of the devastation from the earthquake & tsunami. In the case of the vertical spool pin, every Janome model has had one. All they would need to do is make one with a round base to match the hole that's already in the machine for the horizontal extra pin. So yes, I think it's very possible that we'll get one. It certainly couldn't hurt to make the suggestion.

--- In janome12000@..., "stitchnpatch" <stitchnpatch@...> wrote:

I am impressed with the discussion and solutions that my question about the vertical spool pin and metallic threads has generated. Very inventive, Jim and worth consideration. Do you think that Janome might consider bringing out a vertical spool pin for the 12000 at some point in the future? I might contact Janome here in the UK and suggest it to them.
Vicki


Re: Homebrew $3 vertical spool pin project

maggie cooper
 

Jim, that is worthy of a Heath Robinson or Lube Goldberg gold star award except for one thing. You kept yours beautifully simple. 
Maggie in UK


Re: Rotary Even Foot

Julie
 

Jim, thanks so much for the reply.  Not sure I will keep it.

 

Julie

 

Update -
Diane has tested the foot, with these observations:

* It does not line up perfectly with the feed dogs.
* The needle must be moved left to center between the red marks on the foot.
* It works just fine! She just showed me a scrap of Minkee with a rolled hem, as well as a nice seam. Due to not quite lining up with the feed dogs, it may pull require care to keep it straight on long seams, but otherwise it works great.


--- In janome12000@..., "Julie" <jjems@...> wrote:
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> Question about this "kit" - don't guess it's going to work with the 12000
> machine either, is it? I've never had it open or used it.
>
>
>


Re: newbie here & vertical spool thread guide

Marsha
 

OOPS!!!  Meant to type 2012 for the clothsetter!
 
Marsha


Re: Homebrew $3 vertical spool pin project

stitchnpatch
 

I am impressed with the discussion and solutions that my question about the vertical spool pin and metallic threads has generated. Very inventive, Jim and worth consideration. Do you think that Janome might consider bringing out a vertical spool pin for the 12000 at some point in the future? I might contact Janome here in the UK and suggest it to them.
Vicki


Re: Homebrew $3 vertical spool pin project

Jo Lynch <jolynch12@...>
 

Jim, this is the metalic I have been using, same deal 11 needle 1,000 SPM with no thread breaking  Only difference is I am using a normal thread stand beside the machine
Jo
 
 
 

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, November 18, 2011 2:54 PM
Subject: [janome12000] Homebrew $3 vertical spool pin project

 

Here it is, a project worthy of the "Redneck Repairs" website. Using a handful of stuff that we had laying around, and a trip to Home Depot, we came up with a vertical spool pin that let us sew one of the built in redwork designs at 1,000 stitches per minute using a size 11 (blue tip) needle and some cheap metallic thread. All the gory details are available in this document I've uploaded to the files section: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/janome12000/files

No living creatures were harmed in creating this thing, but I did manage to glue 12 washers and a bobbin to a pencil. Great projects require great sacrifice!


Homebrew $3 vertical spool pin project

Jim_Stutsman <jim@...>
 

Here it is, a project worthy of the "Redneck Repairs" website. Using a handful of stuff that we had laying around, and a trip to Home Depot, we came up with a vertical spool pin that let us sew one of the built in redwork designs at 1,000 stitches per minute using a size 11 (blue tip) needle and some cheap metallic thread. All the gory details are available in this document I've uploaded to the files section: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/janome12000/files

No living creatures were harmed in creating this thing, but I did manage to glue 12 washers and a bobbin to a pencil. Great projects require great sacrifice!


Re: newbie here & vertical spool thread guide

Jim_Stutsman <jim@...>
 

Clothsetter in 2013? That's insane! It cannot possibly take that long to design one. I think your dealer was misinformed.

We have a working vertical spool holder that costs about $3 and some time. As soon as I get the pictures put together with some text I will upload it to the files area. Stay tuned!

--- In janome12000@..., "Marsha" <hobbied1@...> wrote:

Hi,

Just found your list & joined. Looking forward to the tips on the 12000! Thanks so much for providing this service!

I've had my machine for a couple of weeks now & have done lots of regular sewing & embroidery on it. No problems so far & using it seems very intuitive to me. ( I also have the 9000, 10001, & 11000).

Really hope they come out with a clothsetter (my dealer said one was planned for release in 2013). Just makes it easier for hooping large layouts.

Most of my thread is on cones so the lack of a vertical spool pin was a problem. I discovered that the extra thread guide that fits my 10001 can be turned & fits perfectly over the thread cutter on the top of the 12000 (next to the bobbin winder). That allows me to use my freestanding thread holder & clip the thread through the thread guide before threading thru the machine. I'll be picking up another of the thread guides next time I'm into my dealer to replace the one on my 10001 unless someone has a better solution. I know this part was relatively inexpensive.


newbie here & vertical spool thread guide

Marsha
 

Hi,

Just found your list & joined. Looking forward to the tips on the 12000! Thanks so much for providing this service!

I've had my machine for a couple of weeks now & have done lots of regular sewing & embroidery on it. No problems so far & using it seems very intuitive to me. ( I also have the 9000, 10001, & 11000).

Really hope they come out with a clothsetter (my dealer said one was planned for release in 2013). Just makes it easier for hooping large layouts.

Most of my thread is on cones so the lack of a vertical spool pin was a problem. I discovered that the extra thread guide that fits my 10001 can be turned & fits perfectly over the thread cutter on the top of the 12000 (next to the bobbin winder). That allows me to use my freestanding thread holder & clip the thread through the thread guide before threading thru the machine. I'll be picking up another of the thread guides next time I'm into my dealer to replace the one on my 10001 unless someone has a better solution. I know this part was relatively inexpensive.


Re: Metallic threads

Jim_Stutsman <jim@...>
 

Size 14 is size 14. The topstitch needle has a larger eye than a standard 14 universal.

We've come up with a $3 fix for feeding metallic thread from a vertical spool pin. We'll be writing it up and uploading it shortly. Diane just did one of the redwork designs (Sunbonnet Sue with the basket) at 1,000 SPM using cheap metallic thread and a size 11 blue tip needle. No thread breaks!

--- In janome12000@..., "sewsew1115" <ljstitcher@...> wrote:

Jim,

Would a size 14 embroidery needle be comparable to a size 14 top stitch needle?

Thanks,

Lynn


Re: New Owner ,,, question regarding callibration and the plastic templates

Jim_Stutsman <jim@...>
 

Hey Judy, congratulations on your new "baby"! We found that our machine needed to have the hoop calibrated right out of the box. Calibration is done on the SET screen for embroidery, but you must be in embroidery mode before you start. It's not necessary to calibrate for each hoop, as they all start from the center and the center is the same for all of them. HOWEVER - if you use the "Reset all to default" it will remove the calibration and you will need to repeat it. There is an internal calibration that your dealer can do, and that one will "stick" even if you reset to defaults.

--- In janome12000@..., "judyjanome" <judyjanome@...> wrote:

I picked up the machine last week. I love the 9 mm stitches. I tried a couple of the built in patterns. After I loaded the hoop (I owned the first 11000 a few years ago) I checked the needle and it was not in the center of the plastic templete. I thought I should go into the tools for the emb unit and callibrated the needle to move into the center of the plastic templete, and then clicked ok. I removed the plastic templete. Then I stiched out the design. Do you have to callabrate each hoop before use. I hope I am explaining myself. Last night I went to default in the tools menu which changed my settings back because I forgot to change out the zig zag stitch plate to the single hole plate. I again tried a small design when I finished checked the placement of the design in the hoop and it was perfect. There are two holes side by each in that single hole plate and the emb does start in the hole on the left but the placement was perfect. If all this was unnecessary what is the callibration option in the tool menu for. I am so sorry to go on about this but I did want you to understand. Thanks Judyjanome