Vernon Fashion Studio’s Blog

Oh What Fun We Had

Posted on: August 14, 2010

A few months ago, I attended a presentation by Liz Thompson, the Janome Educator for western Canada, at the local Janome dealers store and on impulse, I bought a 350E Embroidery machine. Liz talked a lot about the wonderful things you can do with embroidery machines and I wanted to try it. So I bought the least expensive machine to try out this new way of creative expression.

Luckily, hubby was intrigued with the machine also. I think I posted about him embroidering two shirts for our grandson. Unfortunately, since then the machine has just sat there getting dusty and taking up space. We both were interested in learning more about the machine but we haven’t had the time to do much.

Findlay’s, my local Janome Dealer, hosted Liz again on Thursday, for an all day embroidery machine class! I have been so looking forward to taking this class for the last few weeks. There were probably a dozen women and one man there looking to learn more about these machines we bought. There was a good mix of 350E’s and 11000’s plus the gentleman had the MB-4.

In the morning, Liz went over the software options and how to digitize using Digitizer MB. In the afternoon we embroidered an apron:

It says “Will cook for shoes”.  The design is from Janome Canada.

For those not familiar with machine embroidery, this shoe is made with a fabric applique. First it embroiders the inside of the shoe, the peep toe and the heel. Then it sews on the fabric, using an appropriate sized scrap stitched down and then a satin stitch over the top. Between those two steps you trim away the fabric right next to the stitched line. After the satin stitch you then trim any fuzzies outside the satin line. It is very cool and the machine does most of the work while we chatted and browsed around the shop.

I ended up buying Digitizer Jr. and a pair of $16 (on sale) Janome Embroidery machine scissors that did a fantastic job of cutting away the fabric of the applique. Better than my $34 pair of Gingher embroidery scissors. 😦

Now, some instructions for applique designs have you cut out the design in the fabric first then applique it on. While that might save you from fuzzies, it is very laborious and I have better things to do with my time. I bought a kit for an appliqued quilt, not long ago, that has you cut out the pieces first. The only time you might want to do that is when you need to fussy cut to very exacting measurements. I am not sure I can be that fussy. I think that quilt gets added to my project list. I can do it concurrently with garment sewing since two different machines are involved.

I also bought a new iron for the Studio. One problem I have is students who don’t stand the iron up on its heel and scorch my board cover and/or their fabric, particularly the kids. My Rowenta that has been with me for 10 years is needing to be retired from regular use. Liz had asked Lois of Findlay’s if they carried that iron that has Auto-lift and they did and Lois showed it to her. Since I was standing nearby, I watched too and was amazed! An iron that lifts itself off the fabric when you let go of the handle! When you grasp the handle, the iron settles back down on the fabric.

It is the Oliso TG 1600. It has 1800 watts of ironing power! The kids can’t scorch things! It stays on for 30 minutes! These are all really important things to me. And we all know how important pressing is to the success of any sewing project. You need a good iron. I look forward to using it.

Guess that’s it for now. Housework awaits me. Hubby is working late tonight so it is a late dinner. Have a great weekend!


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