Blog Posts by b.gottier

I Love Old Sewing Machines

There is something about an old sewing machine that appeals to me, especially if I’m looking at one that is in near perfect condition. If I had to guess, I think some people will buy a sewing machine and they never use it. For whatever reason, it gets put in a closet, or in the […]

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Janome 6700 Professional Sewing Machine

Last month, on the 9th of August, I traveled out to Las Vegas, Nevada for Janome’s City Limits Tour. At this event I was able to preview their new 6700P model, and learn what makes it special. It’s quite impressive, and I would have liked to share the details with you sooner, but dealers were […]

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A Story of a Sewing Machine’s Journey

Based on a true story: Once upon a time there was an old sewing machine. It had been sewing for decades, and started to have problems, so its owner (we’ll call her Jenny) decided to send the machine to Temecula Valley Sewing Center for service. Jenny lived in the middle of nowhere, and the closest […]

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Another Plastic Framed Sewing Machine …

Another plastic framed sewing machine came in for service today. We’re not going to share what brand it is, but you should know that this is the kind of poor quality you can expect if you purchase a really cheap sewing machine. The trouble is, I’ve seen customers bring in plastic framed sewing machines that […]

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The New Beginning Sewing Project

For many years, Aileen has taught a beginning sewing series as a 10-week project. For all those years, the same project was presented. The series was based on the pattern/booklet Pajama Party from Taylor Made Designs. In January 2016, we learned that the pattern maker had discontinued the amazing pajama set pattern. Unfortunately, due to […]

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New Janome Digitizer MBX v5 Software

Today is the release date for Janome’s new Digitizer MBX v5 software, and we’re really excited to show off this new software.

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Our Custom Janome 712T Table

Perhaps you didn’t know that Janome makes a treadle sewing machine. Yes, it’s 2015, and you probably have a sewing machine with a motor, light, and maybe even a computer in it. Is there a place for treadle sewing machines in this modern age? There are actually a few reasons why people are buying treadles, […]

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Oiling The Upper Knife Linkage on Janome Sergers

Janome sergers need regular maintenance, just like sewing machines. Sergers get especially dirty, due to the lint created by the fabric cutter. If you look in a Janome serger instruction manual, you’ll probably find a diagram that shows how to oil it, and at least once a year you will want to bring the serger […]

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Janome Thread Cutters

Janome offers a number of sewing machines and embroidery machines that have automatic thread cutters. An automatic thread cutter is a very nice feature to have on a machine. Sometimes you can program the machine to automatically cut the thread after locking a stitch, between thread changes, etc. In most cases, you will operate the […]

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Sewing Machine Timing (Hook Timing)

While there are a handful of different timings in a sewing machine, the hook timing is the most common to cause a sewing machine to not function correctly. Hook timing is the relationship of the hook tip and the needle eye. If you think your sewing machine may have a timing problem, a careful examination […]

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