Sunday Sewing with Elna: Do you create Quilt Labels for your quilts?

Quilt labels are super easy to make with your embroidery machine! You can add multiple rows of text to a single embroidery design with all Janome embroidery machines! 

To make the quilt label, we oriented our text vertically in order to maximize our hoop space. 

We used 3 different pre-programmed font styles, in combinations of small and medium sized text. 

We also added built-in embroidery designs and stitched a border onto our quilt label using a decorative stitch from one of the built-in stitches on the ELNA eXpressive 830L. 

 

Your quilt will live a long life and having a label gives the history of the quilt. Who it was made for, why it was made, who created it and the date.

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Picture courtesy of Quilting Queen Online.
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Picture courtesy of Big B Quilt Labels.

Happy Sewing!

Originally Posted by Linda P.

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Sunday Sewing with Elna: Concealed Zipper Foot

Zippers can be like free motion quilting….they seem to strike fear into us! But like everything else……when you know how and have mastered the skill, you will wonder what was so scary about the thought of inserting an invisible zipper.

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Invisible or concealed zippers are just that…..you can barely see where they are in a garment so they truly do conceal closures in skirts, dresses etc.

I made this skirt in a linen fabric with an ethnic/African print. I also made  a lovely mustard coloured knit top to wear with it. I obviously wanted the zipper to blend in and not be seen.  See below.

The CONCEALED OR INVISIBLE ZIPPER FOOT Z makes the task of inserting the zipper SO much easier.

Tip#1: carefully press the coils on the invisible zipper open a little to make the sewing close to the coils much easier. Take care as the zipper is nylon and could melt if the iron is too hot. You need to be careful you don’t burn your fingers either! Those silicone finger sheaths are a big help.

The concealed zipper foot has 2 grooves underneath. The coil is held open by the foot to make the sewing easy.

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Here is a video of how to use the concealed zipper foot.

There are 3 different Concealed zipper feet: Z for 9mm machine models, Z for 7mm machine models and one for front loading Elna models. Contact your local dealer for the correct one based on the model of sewing machine you own.  

The first side of the zipper is attached, right side down, wrong side up.
The concealed zipper foot in action sewing the second side of the zipper.
The seam below the zipper is sewed closed AFTER the 2 sides of the zipper have been inserted. The side or center seams would need to be left open until then. It does help to hold the tails/ends of the zipper away from the seam allowance when you do this. It is also advisable to use a zipper at least 2-3 inches longer than the zipper opening as this makes the task much easier. The excess amount of zipper may be cut away afterwards or just left inside the lining of the skirt or dress.
A regular zipper foot is used for closing the rest of the seam so that the needle position can get as close to the previous stitching against the zipper coils so that the straight stitching is “seamless”.
This invisible zipper is on a patch pocket

Happy Sewing!

Originally posted on Janome Life by Liz Thompson.

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Should you Resize an Embroidery Design?

That is the question! Can a 7″x7″ embroidery design, be reduced to a 2″x 3″ embroidery design for example?

For basic resizing in all Elna embroidery machines, designs can be reduced or increased by 20%. The machines don’t have an internal stitch processor to add or take away stitches. At 20% resizing, the integrity of the design is maintained; 20% larger won’t have any gaps and 20% smaller won’t be too dense.

The Elna eXuberance software lets you increase and decrease the size of your design so long as it fits into your hoop. The software has a very powerful stitch processor that can add and take away stitches. But there is the question of integrity. For example a design digitized 2″x 2″ is tiny and won’t have many details or colour changes. If you were to increase that same design to 7″x 7″, the stitch count would increase proportionately but it may look a little ‘flat’ because there isn’t enough detail. The software can increase the stitch count but not add that extra detail.

small car
This antique car’s original size is 2.4″ x 2″ and 6,719 stitches.
large car
This version has been increased to 8″ x 6.5″ and 32,932 stitches.

It looks okay but for the size of the design, but there is not enough detail. There should be lines on the tires, shading on the body to give it more dimension and maybe even more detail on the grill.

The opposite would true for a larger design and trying to make it smaller. Say, you want it for a patch on a child coat.  The design is digitized 7″x 7″ with a lot of detail. The software will remove stitches, but there will still be the same number of colour changes with the same amount of detail.

Wolf 7x7
This original design is 7″x 7″ with 77,291 stitches and 12 colour changes.
2.75 x 2.6 wolf
This design is only 2.75″ x 2.6″, 46,178 stitches and still has 12 colour changes!

Some of the colour changes will only be a couple of stitches, especially the shading of the wolf’s fur.

Maybe this design shouldn’t be resized!

The examples I’ve used are extreme, as it is totally possible to increase or decrease a design that are less detailed and get amazing results. This is just food for thought because the more you know the better you embroider!

A little trick , I have used many times with the resizing tool on my embroidery machine,  is to enable me to rotate a design in the hoop! Some designs can’t be rotated it ‘hits the wall’ of the screen while rotating. By decreasing the size of the design to 80%, most designs can then be easily rotated. Once the design is in place, resize back up to 100%. PS – some Elna Embroidery machines do allow you to rotate your designs without “hitting a wall”.

We thought this post would give good information for those of you who are taking advantage of the current Elna eXuberance software FREE trial offer.

Don’t forget that it is not too late to register for the free trial. Click here for more info. Registration closes on 15th May. And you have until end of this month to enjoy using the software. We also have Part 1, 2 and 3 online classes on the Elna eXuberance software being offered on 13th; 20th & 27th May. Please contact your Elna canada dealer or Click here for more info.

Happy Sewing!

Originally Posted on Janome Life.

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eXuberance Digitizer Software

Exuberance Digitizer Free Trial Offer – May 1 to 31st

Back by popular demand, during the month of May consumers will have access to this creative tool for FREE!  Consumers who fill out the form will receive an activation code that will be sent to the user May 1st or within 48 hours thereof. The form must be filled out in its entirety. Incomplete forms will be considered null and void. Only open to residents of Canada and the United States of America. 

As before, near the end of the free trial, Canadian customers will have the opportunity to purchase the Exuberance Digitizer from their Elna Canada dealer at a great price.

Preregistration began April 15th 
Consumer preregistration and submission form can be found here available April 15 to May 15 only.   

Janome & Elna Canada will be offering 3 beginner ONLINE classes for this fabulous software program. (see details below). Any Elna Exuberance Free Trial participants or existing owners of the software are most welcome to register. Contact your local Elna CANADA dealer to register for Artistic Digitizer/Elna Exuberance embroidery software 1, 2 and 3.

Not sure which Elna Canada dealer is participating in these online classes? No problem…..just send us a message in the comment box below and we will put you in touch with a participating dealer so that you can register and pay for the course of 3 classes.

You get a set of substantial notes on the exercises covered in all 3 classes as well as a link to the class videos – all included in the class fee! Worth every penny for 9 hours of tuition on 13th; 21st and 28th May from 1-4pm Eastern.

At the time of publishing I don’t have the names of which dealers are participating but I will add this information to this post as soon as I have it. So please be patient. Check back here in a few days and we should have it for you by then. Or call your Elna Canada Dealer and ask them to contact Liz Thompson or their Elna Canada Sales Manager for more information.

These are paid classes (you register and pay the participating dealer). However, the cost is very reasonable for the expertise and top quality teaching you will receive.

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Spring has Sprung

SPRING HAS SPRING...WELL IN BC IT DEFINITELY HAS!

On the EASTER weekend, my plan is to sew ….and sew….and sew some more. But hubby said the weather will be too nice to stay indoors so we will be walking at a local park. The lovely sunshine & spring flowers simply inspire me to go back to my sewing room and start sewing!

This is not new. I made it a few years ago but each year, I dig it out and use it again as I just love the bright yellows against the blue back drop…so fresh & spring -like.
A close up showing the thread painting over top simple fussy cut flowers from print fabric.
I got this finished a few months back…..and yes, it speaks of spring and the lovely lime green of new growth.
Or take one large fussy cut floral emblem and free motion all over with thread painting to create your own spring fantasy……this was for a class I taught a few years ago.

What are you inspired to sew this spring on your Elna Sewing machine??

Originally published on Janome Life by Liz Thompson.

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Sunday Sewing with Elna: Ruffled Serger Apron

Ruffled Apron Project: Rolled Hem

Fabric from Kiss My Stash Co.

I think you would all agree that every kitchen needs a pretty apron. Right? It’s the perfect time to pull out your fabric scraps and make a super cute kitchen accessory that you will love to wear. You will need the following supplies:

Apron Base fabric: approximately 24″ x 24″ (this can vary by an inch or two without distorting the project)

Ruffle / Waistband / Ties fabric: approximately 5″ x 40″ strips of 7 coordinating fabrics.

You will also need your serger, decorative thread for the upper looper, your sewing machine, sewing thread and the Ruffler foot if you have one. (If you don’t have the ruffler foot yet, you can gather your strips using a different technique).

Don’t you love a new box of thread? This is the Madeira Aerolock Boxed Set.
PERFECT for serger projects.


Don’t forget to iron your fabrics and grab your marking pens! Let’s go!
Do you know how to set up your serger for a rolled hem? It’s so easy to do on the Elna 864 Air Thread serger. It really is a one step conversion. There is a slider on the front of the machine, before the knife, that says R———S. All you need to do is push the slider forward, and then set the stitch length to R.

Along with the rolled hem setting, you can change the cutting width here
or lower your knife.
These knobs on the side adjust your stitch length and differential.

Rolled hem turns out much nicer with just one needle installed, so remove one needle and decide if you want a narrow rolled hem or a wider one (I picked wider, because I used some pretty Madeira embroidery threads in the top looper and I wanted that to show more.) Then, test your settings to make sure they are correct.

This shows a 3-thread stitch on the left, rolled hem with a solid gold color and
rolled hem with a multi-color thread on the right.


Once your serger is ready to go, you can start hemming! This part goes really, really quick. After you are done the rolled hem, you can switch back to a regular thread in the upper looper and do a 3-thread edge finish on the short sides of the ruffles, and the sides/bottom edges of your apron base. I did not hem the bottom of my base, because it showed the selvedge with all the fabric info and I wanted to keep that.

3 thread and Rolled hemming is so useful for all types of things, like skirt hems, napkin hems, even edges on appliques! Click here to see a video of threading the Elna AirThread 864 serger and the steps to rolled hemming perfection.

Isn’t this multi-color 3 thread hem pretty?

Originally posted on Janome Life by janomegirl, March 23rd, 2020. Edited by Anne Stitcher.

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Border Guide Foot

Having problems lining up or evenly spacing your border designs or rows of decorative stitching? Stitch building just got a whole lot easier to do! The Border Guide Foot helps you to easily match up your border designs with the red lines of the foot. No need to mark every row beforehand!

The Border Guide foot is available for both 9mm (Part # 202084000) and 7mm machine models (Part # 200434003) so we got you covered!

The secret to the border guide foot lies in the red guide marks on the foot. The two sets of vertical red lines are parallel to allow perfect spacing of rows. The horizontal red line matches the needle drop so you can line up the start & end of each row. The small red mark denotes the center of the foot and is perfect for lining up with a previously stitched row.

You can have a combination of elongated satin stitches with another daisy or star stitch. This was stitched using the border guide foot to achieve such regularly spaced and straight rows.

Want to watch a video showing how to use this foot? Here is a link. 

To stitch the in between lines, line up the 2 rows already stitched between the 2 inner red lines. The video link above shows more.

 

The Border guide foot Border Guide foot is available at your local Elna dealer. 

Originally posted on Janome Life by Liz Thompson.

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Sunday Sewing: Coasters for that romantic glass of wine?

When we can visit with friends again, I am going to be ready with my hostess gifts. A set of 4 or 6 of these cute coasters is a lovely gift. And just perfect for that Valentine’s day toast to love and friendship! These coasters are super easy and a great scrap busting project because they don’t use up a lot of fabric. You can use different colour squares, so use up those 5″ charm squares?

Here are the instructions to make a quick and easy gift:

You need a 5″ square of batting and 5 – 5″ squares of fabric.

Fold 4 of the pieces in half. Here is the triangle version.
Place batting, one fabric face up and then one folded piece on top.
Add two more folded pieces so 1/4 of each fabric shows.
Lift the first piece up and tuck the 4th piece under. Now all 4 pieces show.
Here is what the square version looks like.
Pin or clip all layers so they don’t slip when you are sewing.
Sew a 1/4″ seam all the way around and turn ride side out.

You can make these great gifts on any Elna sewing machine. Contact your local Elna dealer to purchase a new machine, upgrade your machine or purchase accessories.

Happy Sewing!

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Tutto Bags and Trolley Cases

No matter which Elna machine you have, it’s an investment. Over time, our machine becomes “our baby” and we hate to imagine any harm coming to it.

A terrific way to ensure that investment, that “baby”, stays protected and ready for more years of use is by storing and transporting it in one of the many Tutto Bags or Trolley Cases, available from your Elna Canada Dealer.

There’s literally a bag or case for every machine!

There are many sizes, colours and patterns from which to choose! (9224KMA-F Pink) (9224UMA-F Blue)
The 24″ 1XLarge Sewing Machine Roller Case fits the mid line range of machines with room to spare! (9224PMA-F Purple)
The Elna Excellence 580+ will fit nicely in this case.
Lots of room for the machine, accessories, manual – don’t forget the foot pedal!

Not everyone has the luxury of a dedicated sewing room, so if you have to store your machine in between sewing sessions on the dining room table, a Tutto Trolley Case is the ideal storage solution. There’s room for all the machine accessories, sew notions, and even a project or two. Ideal to take to the cottage or to a class too!

20″ Serger Roller Case (9220CSG Red) or 17″ (9217CSG Red)easily fits the Elan Easycover serger – there’s room for some Madeira Aerolock serger thread, too!

Tutto also has a very cool Embroidery/ Project Bag, which is the perfect accessory for the Elna 830L or the Elna 920.

20″ Embroidery/ Project Bag #6219BEM

While there isn’t room for the machine itself, there is TONS of storage in this bag for all your sewing notions, sewing projects, hoops and machine accessories. The embroidery carriage is well protected by all the soft padding.

Lots of padding and straps keep everything protected and in place.
Many interior pockets to hold machine accessories and sewing notions, like the fabulous NEW 4″ Mini Duckling Scissors – my new favourite addition to my sewing room!
Keep everything for your machine together so you’ll always have a home for it and can find it when you need it.
A portable office at your fingertips! The perfect bag for classes and retreats.

Contact your Elna Dealer for more information on selecting a Tutto Case for your Elna baby.

Happy Sewing!

Originally posted on Janome Life by janomeman

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Mini Duck Bill Applique Scissors

If you like to applique, these specialty scissors are a must. They are also great for cutting fabric close up to your stitching.

Big is not always better…….in the world of fiddly applique, small 4 inch duck bills are the perfect tool to get the job done!

This is show and tell of a current project I am working on: all applique in-the-hoop using Smith Street Designs CD’s. Will eventually be a twin bed quilt, but for now you can bet money on the fact that I was super grateful that I had a pair of our NEW mini duck bill scissors to trim away the fabric as the embroidery was being done in the hoop. I could have cut all the applique pieces before embroidering but the Artistic Edge digital cutter is at the storage locker so I used the trim in place technique instead. It would have driven me crazy if I had not had the right tool for the job!!

Mini Duck Bill applique scissors part #712MD are currently in stock in our warehouse. Order yours at your local Elna Canada dealer, but hurry as nothing much stays in stock for long these Covid days! 

Mini Duck Bill applique scissors

Originally posted on Janome Life by Liz Thompson.

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