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Machine Accessories / Re: Janome HD2200 Extension Table
« on: November 17, 2021, 13:12:40 PM »
Try getting in touch with they have offers on various Janome extension tables and also an unbranded one made to measure for about £75 - not cheap but considerably less than £129!

A bit of a 'do' / Re: Dress code Glam/black tie
« on: November 11, 2021, 20:15:24 PM »
DH is not grubby, it's just the external appearance of Compo that he seems to favour. I don't mind when he's in the garden/ garage/ workshop, in fact it's a blessing that he's not ruining better clothes but as long as he's comfy he really doesn't care how he looks  0_0

A bit of a 'do' / Re: Dress code Glam/black tie
« on: November 11, 2021, 19:13:52 PM »
DH has never owned a dinner jacket. He used to wear a jacket with selection of trousers for work,  more economical than a suit and the trousers could be machine washed rather than dry cleaned.
Since taking early retirement he lives in jeans and t shirt/ polo/ jumper combo just as he did as a student in the late 70's. Lately his jeans have been very fashionable - the type with more hole than Jean  0_0 won't get rid of them though. If I don't keep an eye on him he'll go out in public in them. Do all men turn into 'Compo' as they mature?

In the wardrobe / Re: Adjustable mannequin
« on: November 04, 2021, 16:41:35 PM »
'Gloria' stands in the corner of my sewing room, decorously draped in a 1970's shawl. She's set up as a body double for DD as I sew a large portion of her wardrobe and she lives a 3hr+ drive away in Cambridge. For my sewn garments DH is good for taking photos so I can make the tweaks needed.
Fortunately DD , apart from being 6'2" tall,  is a standard size 10 so 'Gloria' was easy to set up.

I don't use the Wonder Tape but just plain, old fashioned, tacking. I tack about 3/8" away from the intended coverstitching line and can then sew the hem without stopping. This works for sleeve hems too as the machine has a free arm facility.

Skipping stitches is probably a needle problem .
- are the needles matched to your fabric? This machine takes standard sewing machine needles, so you should use the same type/size as when constructing.
- are the needles in good nick?
Finally, is the machine threaded correctly?

@queenratty     I
've got one of these, and love it.

Re the tunnelling - inside the front drop-down flap where you thread the looper thread  ( blue pathway) there's a little white lever Inbetween the tension disc slot on the face of the machine and the twiddly metal bits ( shown as 5,6,7 on the threading diagram). This lever gives fine adjustment to the looper thread - works wonders if I get a little tunnelling - lever raised = increased tension, lever lowered from centre = tension reduced.
Of course if the tunnelling is bad the tension disc must be gently tweaked.

Sewing Machines / Re: New overlocker
« on: October 20, 2021, 10:19:40 AM »
I see that Janome have introduced a 5 - thread coverstitch machine - CoverPro 3000P. It will be able to do the additional top cover stitches that my Brother one has. I wonder if the quirks of the previous models have been solved?
I mainly use the top cover stitch as a decorative element on plain fabric.

Access All Accessories / Re: How do I sew a 3D curve?
« on: August 25, 2021, 15:49:29 PM »
This is similar to the situation when setting-in a sleeve.

A couple of suggestions:

Sew slowly

Try a mock up in scrap fabric, if you've some of similar stiffness so much the better but anything else will let you try your technique.

Make sure that the machine needle is set to the LHS, like you do when inserting a zip - this will help with keeping an accurate SA.

Clip into the seam allowance of the straight edge at several places along the length of the seam.

I would sew this with the curved piece on the top with the straight edge piece nearest the feed dogs, but that's just me and not a rule.

Sewing Spaces and Furniture / Re: seeking advice/opinions
« on: July 21, 2021, 15:25:03 PM »
I too would not place my sewing space infront of any window, but rather at 90° to one preferably with a window/door at the other side to allow for a current of air to waft past you.

Before you splash the cash, it's a good idea to set up a mock layout of pattern pieces if you can to check fabric required. I do this often, as all of the people that I sew for ( a very chosen few), are at least 6' tall and consequently need length added to most patterns.

Mark out, on the floor or other suitable surface , the width of your intended fabric and layout the pattern pieces as per the diagram in the instructions. You might find that even keeping to the constraints of grain lines and fabric directionality you don't need as much extra fabric as first you feared. Unles, of course, you're stash- building  :ninja: :devil:

The Haberdashery / Re: Machine needles!
« on: June 28, 2021, 12:27:55 PM »
The needles that come with a new Janome machine, and those that are sold under the Janome brand are ORGAN brand needles
I've not had problems with them escaping from the needle clamp, but they blunt so much more quickly than the Schmetz ones do. Like @Gernella, I just pass them on if I sell the machine and buy boxes of 100 Schmetz ones in the sizes I use most often

Patchwork & Quilting ... Welcome to the Darkside / Re: Echo foot
« on: June 09, 2021, 11:38:39 AM »
The red lines on the clear disc foot, that looks like the USS Enterprise, are supposed to help you maintain a .25" distance from the line that you are following. I've got one. I don't use it. It's a lot easier to practice and do it by eye. The red markings on the foot obscure the line that you're trying your best to follow. :scream:

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Simplicity 1280 is in the post. Enjoy

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