Sunday, March 26, 2017

Love the machine so far

I have played a bit with my new Janome 9400 since I got it on Friday. I am waiting for the insert for my Sew Perfect table ( to come so I can really get to work on it. It's kinda weird having it sit in the hole in the table without having the insert around it to make it flush with the table top. It is more computerized than my 6500 so there is a bit of a learning curve.
I already broke a needle because it hit the foot. I thought I had damaged the plate as well. I called the dealer and they were going to replace them for nothing. Turns out the plate was fine, but he did give me a new foot. Said I might want to take some lessons! I will if I have questions.....
It has an even feed foot which I never had before. I always had to attach a walking foot. It has the usual hopping darning foot for free motion quilting, but also has a foot that glides above the surface for free motion that does not hop. That is certainly a new sensation for me since I am used to the hopping. 

I have managed to get some pretty good free motion quilting out of it. It is a lot quieter than my 6500. The thread is isacord poly thread and a Schmetz quilting needle. Thanks for reading.


Friday, March 24, 2017

"Broken" is quilted

This will be the last quilt made or quilted on my Janome 6500. Today I am going to be getting the Janome 9400. I will be trading in the 6500. 

I have had this great machine since 2004 and it has been involved in lots of quilt making and other sewing tasks. The new machine looks wonderful. They are giving me $400 less than what I paid for it. That's pretty good in my mind.

Here are some more photos of "Broken". I am still stitching down the binding.

Thanks for reading. Linking to Nina-Marie at


Thursday, March 16, 2017


I have been without my machine this week.....died last Friday and was in the shop. It is a Janome 6500 and I bought it back in 2004. It has sewn a lot of things in 13 years. I have been thinking about moving up to the 9400. My husband even suggested it. Got my machine back today. The problem was the clutch that controls the bobbin winder. It was stuck in the bobbin winding mode so the machine would not sew. So that was repaired and it had its yearly maintenance for all of $65.

Of course I was in the middle of quilting my broken quilt when it died. So I shifted gears and started to really think about the toxic barrel quilt.



Pattern enlarged and printed out and taped together. The red grid lines help me line up the pieces.

Value study in which I shifted the values around from the original photo.

Colored study made on my iPad Pro with my Apple Pencil. Love this Pencil. I decided to go with a color scheme for the barrels of blue purple and blue green. The corrosion with be in yellows.

Some of my fabrics picked out.

The other thing I have been working on is to create an artistic photo image for a quilt challenge.  Here are some of my images so far. These are overlays with several layers.

Thanks for reading.

Linking to Nina-Marie at a day early since we will be in NYC for the St Patrick's day parade. My husband is a bagpiper and his band is in the parade.