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AmyQuilts Sewing Clubhouse

Virtual New Owner Lessons and Support

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As a Janome user, Janome dealer, shop instructor, and sweetheart to my shop's amazing Janome machine service tech, I have a pretty thorough knowledge base to draw from and help folks understand the capabilities of their Janome machines. You can find me helping out in several FB groups on Janome machines and free motion quilting. I just love to help folks!

I kept getting questions that I just couldn't answer effectively in a FB comment or at times I really couldn't afford to take the time needed to do a deep dive into a topic while also running my shop, Sew Simple of Lynchburg. I HATE not being helpful! Even if it means losing some sleep or sitting at my computer screen more than is healthy, I'll give it my best.


This course bundle is designed to allow me to make in-depth training videos for multiple machines in the Janome line up. Each month members will find new basic instructions, advanced settings, machine techniques and projects to build upon the machine technique learned that month. From threading, to combining stitches, using specialty feet to setting up for specialty techniques and trouble shooting issues, we will cover a wealth of information.

The goal of the AmyQuilts Clubhouse is to give you confidence to use these machines to the fullest, allowing you to use your creative sewing abilities to bless those around you, your home, and yourselves.

The club is limited to Janome machines of the following models: 15000, 14000, M7, 6700P, 9450, 9400, S9, S7, S6, 8900 and 8200. These machines all have 9mm feet and the Acufeed Flex system, so they have similar features and settings in common with several machines in the group. I have decided to create an embroidery only add-on upgrade for the combination embroidery machines above and allow the Janome 500e and 550e machines to sign up for it. This will keep the main group focused on sewing only, a benefit for the sewing only machines above.

Examples of the machine techniques that will be covered in the sewing portion of the Clubhouse are:
  • Stitch selection, adjustment, manipulation, and combining stitches
  • Decorative stitch use in combination with specialty threads for stunning art pieces.
  • Practically Perfect Piecing
  • Free Motion Quilting, with and without rulers
  • Creative uses for the Acufeed Flex System.
  • Machine techniques for garment sewing. (Note: this will not be a course on making garments)
  • For machines with this capability: Creating unique stitches and lettering with Stitch Composer.
  • Various forms of machine applique

At the beginning of the clubhouse ( March 2020 session), the content will lean heavily towards the basics to make sure we have them covered. As time goes by and subscribed members have more experience and confidence with their machine(s), we will do more advanced techniques and projects to keep the learning and the fun going strong. New models from Janome that fit in this group of machines will also be added as they are available.

There will be some projects that span both groups, using sewing and embroidery for the project, with non-embroidery options for those who won't be doing embroidery. So you will want to join the AmyQuilts Embroidery Clubhouse if you have a combination machine.

In addition to the content here, there is a members'-only Facebook group where members can share their projects, interact with each other and watch/participate in a scheduled monthly Question & Answer live video with me. Date and time to be determined. This video will be recorded and shared within the Clubhouse content, so you can access it without going through FB.

If you want to learn how to get the most out of your machine, while getting encouragement and inspiration for use of it, sign up now to enroll in the AmyQuilts Clubhouse. You will first be prompted to set up a login for my "school" here on teachable. Then you can enroll in the Clubhouse.

We won't be verifying machine ownership, but the content will only be for these models as anything else just requires too many different feet and settings. Or they came out and were discontinued before I became a dealer.


Which machines will be covered?


The clubhouse is made for owners of the following machines: Janome 15000, 14000, 12000, M7, 9450, 9400, S9, S7, 6700, 8900, 8200, and S6. The embroidery section of the clubhouse is open to the 15000, 14000, 12000, S9, 550 and 500e.

Why does the Clubhouse only cover certain machines?

This is a clubhouse, with many members, not individual machine classes. In order to have a good-sized community, I chose this group of machines because they have multiple similarities. In this case, they all have 9mm feet, one touch needle plate conversion, and the Acufeed Flex System. In order to give good coverage of machines in the videos, I must have access to these machines, so older machines were not included.

Why not the 6600 and 7700? They seem similar to these other machines.

The 6600 and 7700 machines are fabulous, but are 7mm machines, which means all the feet are different and different type of Acufeed and needle plates.

Can I join even if I don’t have one of the included machines?

Sure! But I will not be creating content or answering questions for other machines. I am sure there is overlap of many features and techniques, but the specifics may not apply.


AmyQuilts Clubhouse will have three main categories of content:

Machine Basics and Functions

Machine Techniques

Projects

The Embroidery Add-On section will also have these categories as it pertains to the embroidery machines. In addition it will cover the Janome apps and machine software that come with these machines. This will help organize the content for this varied group of machines and experience levels.

How much content will there be?

Addition of content will be ongoing and will include segments in each content category; machine functions, techniques, and projects. The embroidery add-on section will see a few less pieces of content as the projects and software/apps sections get more involved. Embroidery projects will include exclusive designs.

When the Clubhouse first opens its doors, there will be at least one month of content available. Much of this content will be fairly basic, in order to give all members a good foundation. In addition to videos, there will be pdf documents and patterns where needed to better explain the subjects.

Why a monthly subscription and not just individual classes?

The AmyQuilts Clubhouse is more than just video classes on an individual machine. It is a community where we can exchange ideas and projects for our wonderful machines. We will troubleshoot specific issues, expand your machine knowledge and encourage you to reach your machines maximum potential. Through this process we hope to inspire you to express your creativity. By making it a membership, it allows current members to help direct the instruction in the way the group wants to learn.

How will Amy interact with me in the Clubhouse?

The majority of the content in the clubhouse will be recorded video tutorials, written instruction and photographs/diagrams. Live interaction will be through a scheduled monthly live session via the members ONLY Facebook group. While I would like to offer a live component that doesn’t involve Facebook, it is the cheapest and most reliable platform for offering the live component. If you choose not to use Facebook, you can ask questions on the video you are wondering about.

There will also be opportunities to give feedback in the form of surveys so that the instructional content can be adjusted to the needs of current members.


I use my combination embroidery machine for sewing only, do I have to purchase the embroidery add-on?

No. There will be some projects designed for sewing and embroidery. If you are not in the embroidery group you will miss out on this content, but there will be non-embroidery options given. I recommend you join both.

I know how to sew with my machine, can I just buy the embroidery add-on?

Yes; however, as in the above question you will miss out on the sewing content for projects which use both.

What won’t be covered in the Clubhouse?

No one can be all things to all people. I will never teach what I do not know. For example, I will teach you machine techniques that could be used on clothing, but I will not be teaching how to make garments. I will be covering the Janome apps for embroidery as well as the editing software that comes with the machines, but instruction in Digitizing is currently out of the scope of the clubhouse. I will also not take the place of a local dealer. If you want to keep your local dealer, make sure to shop with them. Though you can certainly use the clubhouse to add to your knowledge base!

If I am a local Sew Simple customer, why would I choose the clubhouse?

Good question! The clubhouse gives three to four times as much content per month as a single in-person class at Sew Simple for the same or even half the price (depending on whether you opt for both sections). Plus you can access the content any time of the day or night!

Your Instructor


Amy Johnson
Amy Johnson
Amy Johnson, owner of Sew Simple of Lynchburg, (in Virginia) and AmyQuilts.com, is a quilting instructor and Janome dealer. She's passionate about free motion quilting, a pioneer in quilting with rulers on a sewing machine, and helping people be creative with needle, thread and a sewing machine.

Course Curriculum


  2) Machine Basics: the Foundational Blocks for Happy Sewing.
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  2B Machine Settings, Menus, and Adjustments
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  M7 Specifics
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  6700P
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  Skyline S6 Specifics
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  3) Let's Stitch! Commonly Used Skills for the New Kid on the Block
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  All Those Stitches! Let's Use Them!
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  Feet and Attachments
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  Bloopers, Blunders, and other Horrors!
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  5) Exploring Beyond the Blocks
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  Exploring Embellishing with Uncommon Threads
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  7) Monthly Focus and Projects
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  Projects #1 Stitch Dictionary
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  Project #2
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  Project #3 Applique
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the AmyQuilts Clubhouse start and finish?
The registration period is February 17th through March 1. The Clubhouse doors open to registered members March 2nd 2020. Once you enter those virtual doors, the courses keep coming as long as you are a member. However, it is a completely self-paced series of online courses - you decide what content you want to learn and at what rate. There are projects introduced at specific times of the year, but there is no need to play "keep up." The Clubhouse never ends as long as you are a member.
How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you have complete unlimited access to this course and the Facebook group for as long as you maintain your subscription - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 15 days and we will give you a full refund. After the 15 days, your obligation ends with that month's subscription fee. You may halt your recurring billing at anytime, should you want to leave the Clubhouse. For annual subscribers, we will refund any future months' subscription fees.
Will I have access to the content forever?
Unlike an individual class, your access will end with your subscription. If you stop your subscription, access ends. Should you renew at a later date, your access will resume, though if the price has increased since your original membership started, you will pay the current price.

Your Instructor


Amy Johnson
Amy Johnson
Amy Johnson, owner of Sew Simple of Lynchburg, (in Virginia) and AmyQuilts.com, is a quilting instructor and Janome dealer. She's passionate about free motion quilting, a pioneer in quilting with rulers on a sewing machine, and helping people be creative with needle, thread and a sewing machine.


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