Saturday, April 19, 2014

Josie Janome's Diary--Keeping Track

Hi all! Hope this holiday weekend finds you great!

Nonna just loves the Favorite Stitch feature on me, but she occasionally would like to store more information....like which foot I am wearing or my needle's position. Well....my Auntie Lori introduced Nonna to Evernote and Nonna is in love! She decided right away to put my iPad to use for more than just talking to me.

Before I go on, I have to tell you that Evernote is free (but to use their cloud, there is a cost). Once you have Evernote, there are extra apps that make it even better----and they are free!

Nonna has about 4 separate steps that she uses to bind her quilts on me. She played around and discovered the precise needle position (and more) for a 3/8" binding. It's a lot of poking my screen and she didn't want to forget. Here is how Evernote saved her day (and mine, too!)

Download Evernote to the iPad, computer, wherever....
This is the website. For iPad check the App Store!

So, it's on the iPad, right? Once she got familiar with the app, Nonna created my very own book! There are already 2 notes inside my book! One is my birth announcement with my vital stats, like Serial Number!


The next step is to create a new note. Note, it looks slightly different on the iPad. 


By selecting the + sign, a blank form opens on the screen, ready to record anything!

Nonna took photos of me right from her iPad. She chose the Add Attachment icon and this menu opened. The camera activates the iPad camera, Documents is like a scanner, Saved Photos goes right to the Gallery and she could have even taken an audio of my perfect purring motor!


Look to the far right hand corner of the menu icons; do you see the 3 dots? That's more to play with!


Check out that "a" in a circle. That is where the mark-up tools hide on the iPad. 


Select that icon and the left side of the image reveals the mark-up tool, the caption tool and several others. Playing around, Nonna made this entry:



Okay, She made several more entries.... a picture of my quarter inch Accufeed foot, and my cloth guide and it's settings. They all go together in this step for completing the binding on a quilt. Now, if I need to have a factory resent or Nonna's favorite stitches are erased there is a record! It is easy to find and here is the best part---ever! It is totally searchable! Woo hoo! No more frustrated Nonnas! 



 Until next time!

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Josie's Diary: Hanging with my Hoops

Hi! Josie Janome here. Nonna is away from her desk, so I thought I would write today's post. Nonna just finished a quilt that needed lots of blocks that started in the exact center of the block. She sure wore me out nudging that needle back and forth so that it would fall there. I'm telling you, it could have been much less poking on me if she had just know this little secret. Shhh! Promise you won't tell her? I'll tell you...
Calibrate the hoop!

It is not hard, so let's do it together!

1. Grab your ASQ 22 hoop, The plastic template and a scrap quilt sandwich. Hoop the sandwich as if you were going to quilt. Be sure the blue arrow points to the top of the hoop.

2. Set up your machine for embroidery, with the arm open.
3. Select "set" at the lower margin of your machine screen:

3. Choose the embroidery mode (with the blue base):


4. Scroll until you see this screen:

5. Attach the hoop to the embroidery unit.

Note: for the next steps I have removed the foot for better visualization.
6. Under Hoop Calibration, select Yes. The screen will now change to the default hoop:

7. Select the small icon of the hoop next to the hoop's name.
8. Scroll to and choose the ASQ 22 hoop. Select it.
The machine defaults to its known center; but machines vary and so do their owners. Look at your needle. Where is it in relation to the center hole on the template. Look at Nonna's; poor girl! No wonder she kept poking me, the needle is not over the center of the template.
Let's fix it now. Look at the screen. The arrows on the dial will move the hoop in the direction that they point. Nonna's hoop needs to move towards the left and back.
Caution! If my cousin (your machine) says to raise your needle, do so with the fly wheel very slowly! Broken needles hurt!
9. Using the arrow keys, move the needle until it is centered over the hole.
That's more like it!
10. Select OK.

This should help getting those designs right in the dead center, so you can accurately fill each and every block. I am back to hanging with my hoops!

Josie for




Saturday, April 5, 2014

Welcome to my updating blog!

Notice anything different? Over the next few stolen moments I hope to be updating my blog. There are so many things going on that I want you, my friends, to be up on all of them! So....watch for it!
Happy Spring!

Nonna