Nearly two months ago I attended a sewing machine convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, where Janome was introducing new model sewing machines and other sewing/embroidery related products. My interest fell to two of the newest additions, the M7100 and the M7050. Their big sister, the M7200 boasts 200 stitches plus an alphabet, while the M7100 is equipped with 100, and the M7050 is equipped with 50 stitches. Even though they have fewer stitches than the M7200, both models are also less expensive for our customers, and what they have to offer is very exciting.
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Many months ago we contacted Janome because we had customers that needed these straight stitch plates, and we were told that they had a part number, but that the number wasn’t in the ordering system yet. That being the case, we couldn’t even pre-order the plates. Last week we placed another Janome parts order, and when we checked to see if the plates were finally in the system, they were!
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 place to ship her machine was a UPS Store about 30 miles from her house. Jenny brought the machine to that UPS Store, and trusted them to pack it appropriately. Jenny even prepaid the return shipping in advance, because she wanted to be able to get back to sewing as quickly as possble.
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Last 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.
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 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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Have 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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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 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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If 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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Last 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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The 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!