So not a lot of sewing/quilting has been happening in the past two weeks. Spring break always means I'm heading south for Grammy time.
Still I did manage to get into a little bit of trouble before I left. Remember the Auburn Quilt Show? Well, you know there are vendors at quilt shows, in particular sewing machine vendors and that can spell trouble with a capital T! Just look what kind of happy trouble I got into!
Here she is my new obsession! A Janome 500e embroidery only machine. The moment I saw her I was in love. My poor 350e didn't stand a chance. Especially when the dealer offered me a $1,100 show trade-in deal. I ask you, would you have left her languishing on the show floor?
My 350e had two hoops - 4"x4" and 7"x5". This baby comes with four hoops! The largest is 7.9"x11", effectively an 8"x10" sewing field. If you have hoop envy then this is for you. I've been machine embroidering for several years now. I started out with a used Janome 900 sewing machine with a 4"x4" hoop only. Loved that machine as it was my sewing machine and embroidery machine. When it finally died and could not be repaired I purchased my sewing machine and wished for an embroidery only machine. When I retired almost five years ago I treated myself and bought the Janome 350e embroidery machine. It was an affordable option for me and I loved it. It worked perfectly but of course over time I wanted to go bigger! 5"x7" started to feel cramped. Now I'm spreading my wings!
Let's try one of the built-in designs. Love the color screen and on board editing. Starting out slow with a 4"x4" hoop.
As you can see there are some SERIOUS tension issues with this stitch out. Don't panic yet. Read the manual again (when in doubt read the instructions) and try another design.
I switched the bobbin case to another that was provided, moved my thread to a thread stand behind the machine as I usually do, used another layer of stabilizer and presto!
This second stitch out couldn't be better. In fact when I took it out of the hoop it was awesome!
The true test is always what does it look like once it's unhooped? Pretty great if you ask me.
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PS - I have no affiliation with Janome I just like their product and use it. Enough said.
Until next time,