Free Motion Lettering
Even if your Janome machine doesn't have lettering built in, you can still "write" with embroidery. Just follow these easy instructions.
Janome Supplies Needed
- Janome Sewing Machine
- Darning Foot to fit machine
- 75/11 Blue Tip Needle
- Janome Embroidery thread, color of choice
- 7" Wooden embroidery hoop
- Stabilizer: Iron-on tear-away
- Water soluble fabric marking pen
- Set up Machine for Free Motion Embroidery. Drop feed dogs, and attach the P2 Darning foot.
- Select zig-zag stitch. Change width to 2.0 and length to 0.5.
- Wind a bobbin with Janome Embroidery thread and place in bobbin holder. Place the same color Janome Embroidery thread in the needle.
- Write Monogram, Logo or Lettering on your project with water soluble marking pen.
- Iron stabilizer on back of fabric.
- Place fabric in the bottom of the embroidery hoop (not on the top as with hand embroidery). Secure the hoop tightly.
Note: Sew a test for the zig-zag length. You will want close zig-zags (satin stitch) but not so close that the fabric is difficult to move.
- Drop your needle at the start point of your first letter. Turn the handwheel to raise the needle, while drawing up the bobbin thread to the top of the fabric.
- Holding on to the top thread and the bottom thread, sew a couple of stitches in place to secure the threads. Clip the threads close to the fabric.
- Place your hands on the embroidery hoop and start sewing slowly, gradually building up to medium speed. Move the hoop as if you were writing, following your drawn lines.
Note: If you have never done Free Motion Embroidery, make a test piece to get into your rhythm. It is very easy and will open up a world of possibilities for you.