Classes with Jayne Brogan
Jayne loves to interact with people. She has worked as a community tutor teaching Patchwork and Quilting as well as Soft Furnishings at various venues. Prior to this she spent 10 years making handmade footwear. Jayne is now regional sales and education manager for Janome UK and works across the South of England. Her role at Janome is a very varied role with no two days being the same. You may well see her at sewing machine retail shop open days promoting Janome machines as well as at exhibitions demonstrating the extensive range of Janome machines. Jayne is an expert at helping people understand what machine is right for them, as well as teaching how to make innovative stitches on their sewing machine, opening up a whole new world of creativity.
Jayne co-hosts the popular IDidntLikeToAsk series with Valerie Nesbitt, where they help you learn how to get the most from your sewing machine by answering all the questions we "didn’t like to ask." Click here to see an introduction to the IDidntLikeToAskSeries.
Jayne also appears in The Makers Studio series where she joins the team in the studio to chat with the UK's leading textile artists who appear as special guests. Click here to watch an episode of The Makers Studio.
Innovative stitches with a sewing machine
- Buy a sewing machine that will grow with you as your skills develop.
- Make sure to clean and maintain your machine regularly. This will ensure that it is a good working condition every time you sew.
- Use the correct needles for your sewing project and change them regularly.
= Use a good quality thread and always buy the correct bobbins for your machine.
The Makers Studio with Claire Campion, Quilter
In this episode of The Makers Studio, we meet Claire Campion. She is an incredibly talented quilter and winner of The Big Janome Skillshare.
Claire will inspire you as she shares her walking foot quilting techniques.
You’ll learn how to use the walking foot to create a range of patterns and textu...
How to make Ruler Work…Work on your Machine
The latest sets of rulers are linked with the sewing machines. Sewing with these machine rulers is a learned skill, but well worth the effort.
In this video, Valerie and Jayne show you how to set up the special foot and settings for ruler work. Then they will show you a range of rulers (half-moo...
Make Labels for your Quilt on your Sewing Machine
You can create your own labels with the help of the Janome Memory Craft 9450 QCP sewing machine.
In this video, Jayne and Valerie create boxes and borders for your label. You’ll also learn how to work out the angles and maths on the machine!
This video is also part of the #IDidntLikeToAsk Video ...
Perfect Machined Buttonholes Every Time
In this video, Valerie and Jayne teach you how to use the buttonhole making facility on the Janome sewing machine.
They will show you how to set up the buttonhole foot and the buttonhole lever. They will also show you how to account for larger buttons – up to 6”.
It is amazing how easy it is to ...
Automatic Button Sewing. Who Knew?
Who knew that automatic button sewing could be so easy with the special settings and foot that come with The Memory Craft 9450 QCP sewing machine!
In this video, Jayne walks you through the complete set up and shares some very useful hints & tips.
After you watch this, you’ll have no excuse for n...
Perfect Patchwork Piecing with Auto Repeat on your Machine
You can have perfect patchwork piecing, every time. In this video, Jayne and Valerie demonstrate how to sew the same length seam every time. You would do this using the Auto Repeat function. It’s particularly handy for inset seams.
This video is also part of the #IDidntLikeToAsk Video series host...
The Makers Studio with Dionne Swift, Textile Artist
In this episode of The Makers Studio, we meet Dionne Swift. She is an artist, tutor, and author who exhibits internationally. She creates dynamic stitched textiles using a vibrant mix of threads, colours, and textures. Discover more about Dionne, her motivations and her approach to projects.
Automatic Machine Embroidery Sashiko Style
Do you need a separate embroidery machine?
In this video, Jayne and Valerie demonstrate how to make the beautiful Sashiko style stitch on a Janome embroidery machine.
Hoop it up, sort the design, press the button and away you go. The machine embroiders on its own so you can carry on working at yo...
Thread Painting with Variable Zigzag
A recurring theme in this video is “Just have a play…see where you go with it.”
Thread painting with variable zigzag is like free motion embroidery with the machine doing the zigzagging for you.
In this video, Jayne Brogan and Valerie Nesbitt show you how to use the variable zigzag function on yo...
Create Your Own Personal Stitch
You can now create your own personal stitch with Stitch Composer (software included on a DVD with your Janome sewing machine).
You can even store each new stitch you create and build your very own personalised stitch library!
In this video, Jayne Brogan and Valerie Nesbitt walk you through how yo...
Heritage Crazy Patchwork & Precious Pockets
Looking at beautiful projects is a wonderful way to get your imagination going.
In this video, Valerie and Jayne share a few of their favourite projects where decorative stitches and heritage fabrics have been used together to create great inspirational pieces.
You’ll love the Precious Pockets id...
Who doesn’t love a Crazy Patchwork project to use up your stash of scraps and threads.
In this video, Jayne Brogan and Valerie Nesbitt use programmed stitches from the quilting section of the sewing machine to add a decorative touch to Crazy Patchwork. They find that the size of the pieces inspir...
Using Twin Needles on a Quilt
Using a twin needle is a great way to sew two rows of stitching at the same time…in perfect parallel.
In this video, Jayne and Valerie demonstrate how to use a twin needle to stitch either side of your seam. You can also use threads that are a complementary colour to that of the fabric, creating ...
Using Ruler Work
The latest “must have” for free motion quilting is an acrylic ruler. They are perfect for adding beautiful patterns to quilts, especially sashing and borders.
In this video, Jayne Brogan and Valerie Nesbitt demonstrate ruler work by sewing a pattern from a Janome 6 piece set.
Sewing with rulers i...
Heirloom Inspired Stitches
We all tend to overlook stitches that are available to us on our sewing machines because we stick with what we know.
In this video, Valerie Nesbitt and Jayne Brogan demonstrate how to achieve an heirloom feel with a modern twist. They show you how to use candlewicking and French knot inspired sti...
Personalised Quilt Labels
Making a project label is a wonderful way to add a special, personalised touch to your quilt. It will also preserve the heritage.
Valerie Nesbitt and Jayne Brogan demonstrate just how simple it is to create a quilt label with the help of your sewing machine and a good disappearing pen. Mark the p...
When you make things for others, there is often an anxious moment when they go to launder the piece for the first time.
“Can I wash it? Do I need to hand wash? Can I put it in the tumble dryer?”
In this video, Jayne and Valerie talk you through how easy it is to make care labels with the help o...
Circular Attachment with Decorative Stitches for Quilting
You can get fabulous effects to match patchwork motifs or add a flourish to your borders by using the circular attachment with decorative stitches.
It is simple to do. You are not altering how the machine sews, just how the work moves through the machine as you sew.
In this video, Valerie and Ja...
Introduction to the #IDidntLikeToAsk series
Did you know that most modern sewing machines have over 300 stitches? Most of us only use 3 to 4 stitches. We stick with what we know. And we “didn’t like to ask” because learning a new stitch can seem like hard work.
In the #IDidntLikeToAsk video series, you’ll learn how to use different elem...
Using Decorative Satin Stitches on your Sewing Machine
Jayne Brogan and Valerie Nesbitt show you an exciting range of creative ideas using Decorative Satin stitches.
You’ll learn how to elongate satin stitches (up to 5 times!) and how to combine different stitches automatically. They will also show you how to create embroidery effects.
Jayne will the...
All you need to Know about Bridging Stitches on your Machine
Bridge stitching is a great way of alternating patterns by adding a stitch in between.
In this video, Valerie and Jayne demonstrate how easy it is to programme in these additional stitches on the Janome Memory Craft 9450 QCP.
Pay special attention at the start of this video for a wonderful projec...
Twin Needle Techniques on Your Sewing Machine
The Memory Craft 9450 QCP sewing machine comes with a twin needle facility, opening up exciting opportunities for parallel line stitching, raised effect…even a Trapunto look.
In this video Valerie Nesbitt and Jayne Brogan provide invaluable advice on how to insert the twin needle, how to thread u...
Serpentine Stitch Secrets Revealed
Does the prospect of quilting a quilt make you anxious? Not comfortable quilting in straight lines?
Then the Serpentine stitch is for you.
In this video, you will learn how to use the Serpentine stitch to create a lovely wavy effect for your quilting as well as your binding. Jayne Brogan and Val...
Add Dimension to Projects with Applique Stitches on Your Sewing Machine
The Janome Memory Craft 9450 QCP sewing machine offers you a choice of 20 different Applique stitches. In this video, Jayne Brogan and Valerie Nesbitt take you through how you can use them to add dimension to your projects.
If you love looking at samples of different stitches, you’ll love this vi...