I know spool caps might not be the height of conversation at dinner parties but selecting the wrong size to use on your sewing machine may cause tension issues. As the owner of two sewing machine dealerships, I hear about tension issues on sewing machines a lot. You want to choose a spool cap that is the same size or smaller than the spool of thread that you are using. Maybe you bought a Janome machine and it came with some of these little guys. Most people have no idea what they are or when to use them. These are the Specialty Spool Caps from Janome. These are the perfect size to use with Aurifil large spools and Mettler Metrosene threads. You can see in the photo just how nice these fit on the end of the spool. This is perfect for making sure that the thread comes off the spool smoothly all the way to the very end! If these..
I know it’s been a while since I’ve blogged regularly. I have been so busy with my shop, Pink Castle Fabrics. And, I recently purchased another quilting shop in Howell, Michigan called The Stitchery Sewing center. I have to say that it was a longer process than I had anticipated, buying someone else’s existing business. Of course, now I have the challenge of bringing the shop back up to speed and full inventory. And just like any process, there are bumps in the road and unexpected complications. But I’m getting there and I’m hoping that both shops will be running smoothly soon enough. It’s been ages since I was able to set foot in my sewing room. I finally got a chance this weekend to clean up a little bit and put together a project. I had this machine embroidery that I made with the Janome Skyline S9 at work and I finally made it into a quilted pillow. The..
My friend Erin asked me a few months ago if I wanted to be a part of her book tour. I knew that she was writing a book but I didn’t really know much more than that. She sent me some photos of the projects for me to look over before I agreed. WOW! So many projects! As I was looking through the photos I kept thinking, “I need to make this, and this, and this, and this….” Of course I said that I would make something from her book! Choosing what to make for this post was really hard. Needless to say, you will most likely see more posts from me with projects from Sew Home. Before I show off the cute tablecloth I made, let me tell you why I love this book. First of all, Erin took a lot of time to explain different home decor fabrics and what to look for when choosing fabrics for your..
Hi everyone! I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited about a sewing machine. Oh sure, I get excited about new sewing tools. But a new machine is really the most exciting, isn’t it? When I was asked to review the new Janome Skyline S7 I was all for it! I got a chance before agreeing to test drive one of these babies at Janome Impact Institute, a convention for Janome Dealers (we are now Janome dealers at Pink Castle Fabrics!), and I really love this machine. It has ALL the features that I personally want in a sewing machine. SO, from my quilting point of view I want to tell you why you also need a Skyline S7. Who is the Janome S7 for ? This machine has a power needed for a sewist who likes to create bags, garments or quilts. It really is a versatile machine. You will have no problem going through several layers of fabric..