The Temecula Valley Sewing Center Blog

New Janome Sewing Machine: Janome M7200

M7200 Janome Sewing MachineLast weekend, I attended a trade show in Las Vegas, Nevada, where I was able to see the new Janome M7200 sewing machine, up close and personal.  This dandy regular size and regular weight machine sports purple and lavender graphics, a top loading full rotary hook bobbin, 200 built-in stitches, including alphabet, manual thread tension control, built-in one-hand needle threader, an automatic thread cutter, and more. The Janome M7200 even has memory, making it possible to combine decorative stitches with lettering.  We should have the M7200 in the store sometime next week.

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Another Plastic Framed Sewing Machine …

A plastic framed sewing machineAnother 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 they paid a lot of money for.

Be assured, Temecula Valley Sewing Center has never, and will never sell sewing machines that do not have metal frames.

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Needle Selection For Free Motion Quilting

Free Motion Quilting CloseupHave you ever had one of those days when nothing seems to go according to plan? Of course that would be most days, right?

Today was going to be the day for free motion quilting that project you had promised as a gift, and it’s due next week. You head into your sewing room, fill your bobbins, thread your machine and begin quilting. Oh my; you didn’t expect the looping or the eyelashes on the back of the quilt, and it looks just awful. You remove all of the stitches and this time, you use a practice piece. Unfortunately, you encounter the same results. Headache!

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The New Beginning Sewing Project

Beginning Sewing ClassFor 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 copyright issues, we could no longer teach the class using that pattern.

What to do, what to do? In scouring the internet and other pattern purchasing possibilities, Aileen thought she would use a new pajama pant pattern from Taylor Made Designs, and add a robe, also from Taylor Made Designs, so that’s how we thought the new Beginning Sewing series would proceed.

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Janome’s Memory Craft 9400 QCP Extension Table is AWESOME!

Janome 9400 Slide TableIf you take sewing or quilting classes, do you sometimes want to bring your extension table, but you don’t because you would have to remove the legs and it’s too much trouble? Or, do you leave the legs attached and they keep catching on things or you break one off? Ultimately, you leave that wonderful extension table at home and struggle with your large or bulky project grumbling all the while.

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The New Janome MC 9400 Has A Third Needle Plate

Janome MC 9400 Quarter Inch Needle PlateLast Monday I attended a Janome dealer meeting in Long Beach, and we were introduced to Janome’s new Memory Craft 9400 QCP sewing machine. Since I have attended so many dealer meetings and training conferences over the years, I’m not always thrilled with the new features and accessories that a sewing machine manufacturer thinks will “make my life easier.” Let’s face it, I sew or quilt daily, so I know when something will save me time, make something easier to do, or when something will give me new power to rule the universe.

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New Janome MC9400 Sewing Machine Coming in May

Janome Memory Craft 9400 QCP Sewing MachineThe Janome Memory Craft 9400 is coming to Temecula Valley Sewing Center in May 2016. This fabulous new top-of-the-line sewing machine has an amazing arm length, sure to be a hit with quilters.

I don’t think we could take away from the excitement if we tried. Honestly, how many sewing machines do you know that boast an arm length that allows 11 full inches to the right of the needle? The great features don’t stop there; Janome’s Full Intensity Lighting System, a built in walking foot (AccuFeed Flex), 3 needle plates, and more!

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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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Christmas Stocking Machine Embroidery Optional

Jolly Christmas Stocking No Embroidery - LargeAfter many requests over the last several years, Aileen agreed to offer her Jolly Christmas Stocking as a class. When Aileen published her Jolly Christmas Stocking pattern many years ago, and still to this day, the cover of the pattern show stockings with machine embroidery designs on them.  Many people do not understand that embroidery really is optional.

There are plenty of fun ways to embellish a Christmas stocking.

  • Decorative threads
  • Decorative stitches
  • Rick rack
  • Appliqué
  • Fancy fabrics

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Our Custom Janome 712T Table

Janome 712T Treadle Sewing Machine TablePerhaps 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, so you’ll have to decide for yourself if one is worth having. We think they are really nice. If you’re a collector of sewing machines, we think you need at least one treadle.

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