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Re: Great British Sewing Bee!

Judy Jackson <judy.j282@...>
 

Ready and waiting.......! X

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On 10 May 2016, at 22:15, Anne Parker lokicat6@... [janome12000] <janome12000@...> wrote:

 

Just in case anyone is interested the Great British Sewing Bee 4th series starts on 16th May!

Anne
www.sewingtales.wordpress.com

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

"If we could live happy and healthy lives without harming others... why wouldn't we?" Edgar's Mission | www.edg arsmission.org.au


Re: Great British Sewing Bee!

Bettina Santos
 

Cat it is a great show - I watched the first 2 series on uTube. I had heard rumors that there was to be an American version, but haven't heard anything further    




On Wednesday, 11 May 2016, 14:18, "'navillusc@...' navillusc@... [janome12000]" wrote:


 
I had never heard of the Great British Sewing Bee, but it looks like a fun show.  Thanks, Anne!

- Cat (FL)





Re: Great British Sewing Bee!

Cat - N
 

I had never heard of the Great British Sewing Bee, but it looks like a fun show.  Thanks, Anne!

- Cat (FL)



Re: New Computer recommendations

ceilsews <no_reply@...>
 

I'm interested in this topic too as my Dell with Vista has a little hissy fit just about every day now.  I usually buy AND USE the three year contract so that I can call and get help if needed.  Plus it seems that if something is going to go wrong, it goes wrong on the 366th day (I actually had this happen with a printer).  Does anyone know if such contracts are available for the Acer or Asus?  I can't find that information on their site.  Also, any thoughts on a gaming computer with VR becoming more and more popular?  I usually keep my computer for about 10 years. 
Thanks,
Ceil

[Never having used a computer for 10 years, Jim struggles to reply.]
Service contracts are normally very high profit items for retailers. Most stores offer them, and for laptops they are not necessarily a bad idea. Laptops get schlepped around, bumped and bruised and they are very expensive to work on. However most service contracts will not go beyond 3 years. Usually by the time a computer is 10 years old it's hard to find even software that will run on it. Just look at how much Windows has changed in 10 years! We're still in the infancy of Virtual Reality (VR), so I wouldn't be investing heavily in it just yet.


Re: Great British Sewing Bee!

Bettina Santos
 

Hi Anne,

Is that the British date of release or the American. I am in Australia so goodness knows how long I will have to wait, as they are making them harder to view online


On Wednesday, 11 May 2016, 9:25, "Anne Parker lokicat6@... [janome12000]" wrote:


 
Just in case anyone is interested the Great British Sewing Bee 4th series starts on 16th May!

Anne
www.sewingtales.wordpress.com

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

"If we could live happy and healthy lives without harming others... why wouldn't we?" Edgar's Mission | www.edgarsmission.org.au



Power Cord for Janome MC15000

sue.claughton@...
 

HI

Silly question time, what colour is the power cord for the Janome MC15000? We are moving and I am not the only one packing and lets just say things and accessories for the sewing room got a bit jumbled. It doesn't help that it has not been set-up for almost a year, so I cannot recall what colour it should be. 

I found a black one that fits but want to make sure it is correct. I cannot find a photo of it any where on-line and the manual just states there is one included.

Thanks

Sue Claughton
Niagara Falls,  ON

[Jim, having cut the cord with Time-Warner cable, addresses a cord of a different color.]
The cord is black. Some other electronic devices use a similar cord (e.g. TiVo), but the Janome cord is a bit heavier. If it fits you are good to go.



Great British Sewing Bee!

Anne Parker
 

Just in case anyone is interested the Great British Sewing Bee 4th series starts on 16th May!

Anne
www.sewingtales.wordpress.com

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

"If we could live happy and healthy lives without harming others... why wouldn't we?" Edgar's Mission | www.edgarsmission.org.au


Re: New Computer recommendations

Patricia Ward
 

I have an ASUS laptop and love it. So does my son.  Also our friend who owns a computer business for selling and repair as well as setting up businesses in accounts and networks recommends either Acer or Asus and sells both.

See, Jim was right on the money again! 

Pat 

On Tue, May 10, 2016 at 4:06 AM, srevere@... [janome12000] <janome12000@...> wrote:


I need to replace my PC laptop. Am Apple user but keep PC laptop for Digitzer, ArtNstitch, HQ ProStitcher Sim -- other PC software. Do not like running PC emulators on MacBook Pro (been there - done that-- not for me anymore).

Any recommendations? I have had Dells but am wondering what people are really liking these days???

Thanks - input is greatly appreciated.


[Recommendations based on web reviews]

Most of the PC manufacturers are in a race for the bottom, using low price as their primary motivator. The "big box" stores usually push HP, whose computers are marvels of plastic covered trash. Hewlett and Packard are likely to cause an earthquake from the spinning in their respective graves. Dell has had some scandals related to defective parts that they kept hidden, seriously damaging the luster of the brand. At this stage Asus and Acer seem to be the best PC manufacturers. If you don't find them locally you can buy either online at Amazon or Newegg.





New Janome MC 9400

Adrienne Wilson
 

Jim,
Have you seen this new machine? Wondering you thoughts.
Adrienne

[Jim is unencumbered by thoughts, but does manage to cobble up an opinion.]
I'm sure it will be wonderful, but I doubt if many dealers have seen it since they are only just beginning to do dealer training on it. It will probably drive down the price of earlier models as dealers have to thin out inventory in order to add it. Since we are no longer dealers we won't be faced with that problem, for which I am very grateful. We are unlikely to see the machine any time soon, unless we run into it shopping at Costco or something.


Re: Gutermann Holoshimmer thread experience

Sue Raabe <susies.stitches@...>
 

Thanks Cheryl,

You sure figured me out in a hurry!  I agree with you totally.  I'm totally disorganized, and didn't realize everything wasn't there.Somehow I gave her  thI know I know if anything wrong extension table as well.  By the time it was all straightened out, we both agreed not to go through with the sale, and I returned her check.  This time, I'll make sure I know if anything is missing, and deduct the price accordingly.  Last time I bought everything that was missing, and eventually found everything, but not where I expected.  I had hoped to include the duplicate accessories, and charge a little  more, but now that they're included, I  so I can't do that.  Before, that might have been appealing, but not when a new one is only 6,000 with everything included, as well as some kind of warranty.  I've been checking to see if there are any on SewItsforSale, so I have some idea of what people are asking, but have only seen one that was around
4000 and I have no idea if it was sold, or for how much.  I never saw anything more about it.  Since anything I get for it will help reduce the payments on the 15000.  There's no sense being greedy.  I'd like to hop that I'll be fair to myself and the buyer, since there are probably not that many out there!

I'll definitely take the 15000 out of the box and use it, and pack up the 12000 so it's ready to go.;  Just have to take a picture first!  Thanks for setting me straight - as I said I'm a procrastinator.  It's sometimes easier to ignore something than face it straight on 😋  I'll keep you posted on my progress.  Sue


Re: Continuing The saga of the Poorly 15000

audrey chase <Contessa@...>
 

Got my 15000 back today.

Still hardly any bobbin thread showing on the back of the embroidery.

I have Ann’s samples that she kindly sewed out for me – the same ones I had problems with – and although they sewed out for her, using my machine, without nesting, there was still VERY LITTLE bobbin thread on the back of the embroidery, surely meaning that loads of top thread is being used???

Could I be very cheeky and ask anyone out there, who has a 15000 and a spare 5 minutes, to sew out the letter D from the inbuilt patterns. I sewed out the LARGE letter. It was about 1” high.

It sewed out without any problems on my part, but, when you look at the underside, there is only a VERY feint line of bobbin thread showing – the width of a single stitch, I would say.

If anyone has time to sew this out for me, would they look at the back and let me know what they see please?

 

The last design I sewed out before my machine went back to Janome was approx.13000 stitches and I used almost two whole lots of Brother embroidery thread in sewing it out – each one being 300 metres long.

Surely, that can’t be right???

 

Before my machine arrived back with me today, I was convinced that it was me who was doing something wrong, especially with the top threading. I have checked and double checked and I am following the instructions to the letter, so it’s not me. I even hear that little “click” when the thread goes into the pre-tension thingy.

 

However, having said all that, maybe very little bobbin thread on the back is normal for the 15000. It certainly wasn’t for my 12000. The lovely Ann at Janome says her engineer said that what she embroidered  on my machine , whilst it was with her, was absolutely fine.

Who am I to argue?

Once again, if anyone can sew out the built in “D” and report back,  I’d be so grateful.

Thanks so much.


[Awkwardly checking his back with a mirror, Jim finds no bobbin thread. Sighs in relief.]

The normal "rule" for bobbin thread is one of thirds. Looking at a column of stitches, as in a letter, you should see 1/3 needle thread on each side and a third bobbin thread in the center. This will vary by brands of thread and types of bobbin thread. You clearly do not need to use the yellow dot bobbin case, so stick with the red one. Use the tension adjustments in the SET screen for embroidery, adjusting only one step at a time and testing after each one.


It's been my experience that service technicians are often overly concerned with the customer complaining about bobbin thread showing, so they overcompensate the tension to show almost none on the back.  You should be able to use the SET adjustments to correct it, but if you cannot please email me privately for guidance.


Re: New Computer recommendations

suerevere@ymail.com
 

Thanks for the feedback. I am going for an Acer or Asus -- I haven't adored by Dell in a long time and never have been able to be smitten with an HP in the last many years.


Re: Sharp Needle for Batik

cas <cas@...>
 

To me batik is the fabric that is colored all the way through so it looks the same on both sides.  It is very hard to tell which is the right side.  I was told if you rub it on your nose one side is slightly coarser than the other.  I personally don’t want to clean my nose on my cloth, lol!   I can tell by feel and by looking under a bright light.   I have been using a lot of it lately in foundation piecing which is a real neat trick since if I sew the fabric wrong side down it is not noticeable.  I did not know it was more tightly woven but the thread about sharp needles made me think of how hard it is to get my pins through it, so I think some of it must still be coated with wax or whatever is used in the dying process that is different than regular quilting cotton.
 
I used to wash all my fabrics before sewing, after hearing all the horror stories of the chemicals, bugs, etc.  in them.  Now, if the fabric does not stink I do not pre-wash it if I’m quilting because it’s so much easier to handle with the sizing in it.  I want it to shrink after it’s quilted and washed because I like the puffy, crinkly look.  I do put many Shout Color Catchers in the wash.  I test suspicious fabrics like red and blue that are known to sometimes bleed excessively.  You can dab them with a wet white cloth on them to see if it rubs off.
 
If I’m sewing a garment I pre-wash the fabric the same way I will wash it after it’s worn because I want to make sure it fits and will not get ruined in the wash.
Cas
 

Sent: Monday, May 09, 2016 9:48 AM
Subject: [janome12000] Re: Sharp Needle for Batik
 
 

I am no expert on Batiks or any fabric for that matter but I’ll give you what my understanding of what Batiks are where I live.

In Canada, in the circle of my sewing friends - Batik is a quilting cotton that is made using the wax method. It can be stamped with a pattern in the multicolours or can be just many colours that blend and bleed together like a colour wash. In the stores here in Saskatchewan, I haven’t seen Batik in any other way as there just isn’t enough market for viability for a store to carry more than “quilting cotton” in some forms - Batik being one. A couple of sewing acquaintances travelled to Bali on a fabric tour and saw the whole process and even got to make some of their own designs and have them printed to bring home. Sounded like a wonderful trip, I’m just not interested enough to go to the expense of a trip half way around the world where lizards crawl on the ceilings and the culture so different.

Back to the Batik. We have a store not far away that sells more batiks than most and the variety is so different. Some seem stiffer than others and so you think that perhaps it is more tightly woven but actually it probably just has a bit or wax left in it. It might all be more the same if it was washed first, but I personally don’t like to wash my quilting cottons before I sew them. It seems that the quilters I’ve met have a mixed opinion on this washing first business. Now when I’m sewing knits, I have usually washed them first, but I’ve sometimes regretted this as then they’ve lost the sizing and are more difficult to handle. I’m not sure that it would make much difference in the fit but could in the way the fabric might twist at a side seam after sewing it up and then washing, as I haven’t tried sewing without washing first yet.

Cheryl - Saskatoon


Re: Sharp Needle for Batik

blue_lak <no_reply@...>
 

Pat Sloan gives a quick but concise explanation of fabric properties. All of which explain why we need to choose different needle types, adjust foot pressure, or embroider/quilt slower, etc.


Re: Sharp Needle for Batik

maggie cooper
 

Cheryl, I went online and discovered fabrics made by commercial weavers for western markets (Robert Kaufman, Moda, Timeless Treasures, Hoffman) all produced for quilters, all printed on cotton. Resist printing is standard for all multi coloured fabrics, but Batik is specific to one technique and it would seem western fabric companies have 'borrowed' the name. Batik is applied decoration, Itak, another resist product is woven and usually, but not confined to, silk. Prima cotton, fine cotton lawn, silk, and now viscose threads are wound into hanks, bound at intervals to resist dyes then dipped and eventually woven. Ikat - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Both these methods are centuries old and over time suffered the onslaught of mass produced fabrics, thankfully there are still skilled Artisans producing traditional hand executed examples of these techniques. My youngest son lives in Java and now and again sends me Artisan produced Batiks. My eldest son visits Java annually and whilst there purchases silk for me, beautifully soft dupions or 'Temple' fabric, richly ornate patterned fabric. I've loved fabric ever since I had to study fabrics, weaving, origins and technique as an Art student back in the late 50s, didn't like sewing but loved fabrics.
Maggie Cooper UK.


Re: Sew Steady free motion ruler foot and templates

audrey chase <Contessa@...>
 

Yes, you can.

I emailed Janome recently and here’s their reply.

Hope it helps

 

Good Moring Audrey

 

Thank you for your email. There is an option to use the ruler foot attachment with the Memory Craft 15000 model. See below for details of the parts you would be required to purchase.

 

* Convertible Free Motion Quilting Foot Set-Category D - 202146001

 

*Convertible Free Motion Frame Quilting Set for the 1600P Model - 767434005 (This set comes complete with 2 parts, only the 1/4 " Ruler Foot part will be compatible with the MC15000 model)

 

 

Kind Regards

Samantha Brown

Customer Service

 


New Computer recommendations

suerevere@ymail.com
 

I need to replace my PC laptop. Am Apple user but keep PC laptop for Digitzer, ArtNstitch, HQ ProStitcher Sim -- other PC software. Do not like running PC emulators on MacBook Pro (been there - done that-- not for me anymore).

Any recommendations? I have had Dells but am wondering what people are really liking these days???

Thanks - input is greatly appreciated.


[Recommendations based on web reviews]

Most of the PC manufacturers are in a race for the bottom, using low price as their primary motivator. The "big box" stores usually push HP, whose computers are marvels of plastic covered trash. Hewlett and Packard are likely to cause an earthquake from the spinning in their respective graves. Dell has had some scandals related to defective parts that they kept hidden, seriously damaging the luster of the brand. At this stage Asus and Acer seem to be the best PC manufacturers. If you don't find them locally you can buy either online at Amazon or Newegg.


Sew Steady free motion ruler foot and templates

Sally Basiliere
 

Do you know if you can use these on a MC15000?  The rulers look really interesting and I think I'd like to try to use some.  Thanks.


Re: Sharp Needle for Batik

Cheryl Paul
 

I am no expert on Batiks or any fabric for that matter but I’ll give you what my understanding of what Batiks are where I live.


In Canada, in the circle of my sewing friends - Batik is a quilting cotton that is made using the wax method. It can be stamped with a pattern in the multicolours or can be just many colours that blend and bleed together like a colour wash. In the stores here in Saskatchewan, I haven’t seen Batik in any other way as there just isn’t enough market for viability for a store to carry more than “quilting cotton” in some forms - Batik being one. A couple of sewing acquaintances travelled to Bali on a fabric tour and saw the whole process and even got to make some of their own designs and have them printed to bring home. Sounded like a wonderful trip, I’m just not interested enough to go to the expense of a trip half way around the world where lizards crawl on the ceilings and the culture so different.


Back to the Batik. We have a store not far away that sells more batiks than most and the variety is so different. Some seem stiffer than others and so you think that perhaps it is more tightly woven but actually it probably just has a bit or wax left in it. It might all be more the same if it was washed first, but I personally don’t like to wash my quilting cottons before I sew them. It seems that the quilters I’ve met have a mixed opinion on this washing first business. Now when I’m sewing knits, I have usually washed them first, but I’ve sometimes regretted this as then they’ve lost the sizing and are more difficult to handle. I’m not sure that it would make much difference in the fit but could in the way the fabric might twist at a side seam after sewing it up and then washing, as I haven’t tried sewing without washing first yet.


Cheryl - Saskatoon


Re: Gutermann Holoshimmer thread experience

Cheryl Paul
 

Sue,


Your thread stand that you bought for your 12000 will fit on your 15000 so keep it. The extra hoop the ASQ22 is included with the 15000, so unless you want 2 you might want to include it when you sell your 12000. I’m sure that you know the list of included accessories is on one of the first pages of the manual, with pictures. If you have all of those you’re good and shouldn’t get complaints.


Now, I’ll be bossy here - take your 15000 out of the box and set it up - you won’t regret doing that. Sounds like you want to have some fun sewing with it anyway and you can’t do that if it is in the box. You’ll love the new features like the big screen - there are more but that is the most obvious.


Cheryl - Saskatoon

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