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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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Customer Review: Carbona Color Run Remover

Carbona Color Run RemoverAt some time it happens to everyone, they wash something and color runs from one garment or fabric to another. That’s fine if it’s a pair of socks, because replacing socks is not usually a big deal. When you have a quilt that you’ve worked hard on, and you’ve spent hundreds of dollars putting together, a color run can be heart breaking.

Carbona Color Run Remover clearly shows that it “Fixes Color Run Accidents” right on the front of its container. When used as directed, your results may vary, but we wanted to share what happened with one of our customer’s quilts.

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Oiling The Upper Knife Linkage on Janome Sergers

Janome Upper Knife Linkage Oil Holes (Small)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 in to have it serviced, either by Temecula Valley Sewing Center, or your local Janome dealer.

I’ve seen a handful of sergers come in that were totally seized due to lack of oiling the upper knife linkage, so I thought I’d post a picture and show where the oil holes are.

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Janome Thread Cutters

Janome Thread CutterJanome 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 thread cutter with the touch of a button, just because you want to cut your threads.

Along with other modern functions, the thread cutter is a time saver, and once you start using it, it turns into a “must have” feature. Thread cutters will generally allow you to cut both top and bottom threads, with the touch of a button, and continue sewing instantly. I’ve always been one to hold my threads when I start to sew, but this is not required after using the thread cutter.

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Sewing Machine Timing (Hook Timing)

Sewing Machine TimingWhile 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 of the hook and needle can confirm that condition.

When the needle is moving upwards, it creates a loop behind the needle, between the needle eye and the fabric. The hook tip must pass through that loop in order to create a stitch. There is a fine tuning of the hook timing, depending on the brand and model of the sewing machine, but nearly all sewing machines adhere to this basic principle.

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