Summer Skirt
This project was created by Sarah Greaves, Janome Tokyo.

This skirt was created with Summer in mind: picnics, trips to the beach or local swimming pool, outdoor dinning, the cool shade of a tree. For this project, summery white cotton and cooling blue tones were used and the round repetitive shapes represent ripples on water. The labyrinths are an ancient symbol of life and journeys. All the designs were made using Digitizer and were created as an introductory exercise for beginners.

Janome Supplies Used

  • Memory Craft 11000
  • Digitizer
  • ST Hoop
  • SQ Hoop
  • Zigzag foot A
  • Embroidery foot P
  • 1/4 inch seam foot O
  • Overcast foot M
  • Concealed zipper foot Z
  • Blue Tip Needle 75/11
Fabrics and Notions used

  • Your choice of skirt pattern. If you choose to add the sash, allow for a waistband of 4 cms (1.6)
  • Sash pattern template
  • Embroidery layout PDF (Click to download here)
  • Janome Embroidery Thread 001, 22
  • Fujix Embroidery Thread 39, 211, 334
  • Janome Thread
  • Fabric - Medium weight cotton is recommended if you intend to use the downloadable labyrinth designs. This skirt required 2.5 metres (about 3 yards)
  • Zipper
  • 1 Hook and Eye Closure set
  • TearAway stabilizer
  • Air-soluble marker (always test the marker on your fabric first to make sure it doesn’t leave a stain)
Making the designs in Digitizer
Circle Motif
Click to download the .jef file here.
  1. Select Single Run Line and create a circle by right-clicking your mouse and hit the Return key to complete the circle. Repeat.
  1. Select all and Group together. Left clicking twice on the design will open an Object Details box.

  1. In Line Stitch, select Motif Run Line.

  1. Then select the desired pattern.
    This design was created with Des006.
You can play with Size and Spacing to achieve the look you want.
Sash Circles
Click to download the Sash pattern template and .jef files here.
This design was created using a Triple Run Line stitch with some of the circles overlapping.
  1. After selecting a Triple Run Line stitch create some circles. Change the color of your overlapping circle by selecting it and assign it a new color from the Color Chart.

  1. Deselect the circle. Change the color to be used. (eg.red).
  1. Use the previously created circle as a guide and create a circle over the top of it that begins and ends at the overlap. Hit Return.

  1. Select the original circle (eg. Green) and delete it.

Labyrinth Designs
Click to download the front labyrinth .jef file here.
Click to download the back labyrinth .jef file here.
These were created with the Click-to-Design Instantly function and the Border tool.
Click-to-Design Instantly function
This function is great for thick, bold, black and white images. In Image select Scan. Preview your image and then scan it. Position and modify the size as required.
Click on the Click-to-Design Instantly key to create the stitch data.
The Flower of Life design is quite complicated and so it was created with the Border tool.
  1. First scan the image in and position and size it. Then select Border.
  2. Right click to create the circles. Select all and then group.
  3. To adjust the thickness, double click on the selected design and the Object Details box will open. Under the Line Stitch tab, you can set Width and also Stitch Density.
Click to download the .jef files here.

These were created by first scanning in a hand drawn image. A Single Run Line was used to create the design. A slightly bolder look was desired and to do this the design was doubled.
  1. After the design was created, the two parts were selected and grouped.

  1. The design was then repeated. To do this click the Repeat button on the bottom bar.
  1. Once the design was doubled, the newly created part was selected and its color was changed to make sizing easier.
  1. By clicking and dragging on one of the corner sizing control boxes, the new part was enlarged slightly. The new part was then repositioned so that it sat just around the outside of the original. Then all parts of the design were selected, ungrouped, given a unified color and regrouped.

NB: Enlarging or reducing a design can affect the quality of the stitchout. It is recommended that you resize your scanned image to the desired size first and then create the stitch data.

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