I have a strong love of sewing and houseplants. Throw in a couple of cats and there’s a chance I’m a grandma. A cool grandma, perhaps? Anyways, as part of the Janome On Loan program, Janome recently sent me their newest machine, the Skyline S9, the try out. I put it to the test with my latest make, a rope basket planter for my Meyer lemon tree. Which, by it’s refusal to turn yellow, is making me wonder if it is actually a lime tree.

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The Janome Skyline S9 is an impressive machine. I’ve previously been sewing on the Elna eXpressive 900 for about a year and a half and the Janome S9 feels familiar. Which makes a lot of sense since Elna and Janome are sister companies and both produce amazing machines.

My favorite feature of the machine is the automatic thread cutter! I recently used a machine that didn’t have an automatic thread cutter and I realized that I’m way too dependent on that feature. Like, I have to go back and trim threads myself? Blasphemy,

I’m also a big fan of the bobbin thread sensor so the machine can remind me when the bobbin is running low. There’s nothing sadder than realizing you’ve been sewing nothing and we’ve all been there.

The stitch quality of the Skyline S9 is exactly what I’ve come to expect from Janome/Elna. Excellent. The tension is perfect and the stitches look beautiful.

Over the past year or so, I’ve been playing around with embroidery from my Elna eXpressive 900 and I’m excited that S9 also has an embroidery unit.  It includes 250 built-in embroidery designs including 40 exclusive designs by Anna Maria Horner. The Anna Maria + Janome Limited Edition Embroidery Collection kit is super cute and comes with 3 types of stabilizers, embroidery threads in bright, fun colors, a thumb drive, and some fabric cuts.

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I put the Janome Skyline S9 to the test recently with this rope basket planter project and it handled it wonderfully.

Want to make one too? Let’s get started.

Materials

  • 300 Feet of Clothesline Rope (I used 3 of these)
  • Variegated Thread
  • White Thread
  • Jeans Needle
  • General Sewing Supplies

Notes

This project is a thread hog, so wind extra bobbins in advance!

Instructions

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One: Set up the sewing machine with a jeans needle, variegated thread in the bobbin, and neutral thread in the top spool. Select a zig zag stitch and set the width to 6.0 and the length to 3.0.

Learn how to sew a rope basket planter at Sewbon.comTwo: Coil the clothesline a few times around and place it under the presser foot. Starting in the middle, stitch with the zig zag stitch, catching between the two rows of rope. Getting started is the hardest part but I found it really helpful to have the needle stop in the down position and then pivot the circle. Also, I ended up with some gaps in between the rows of rope, so I just cut the threads and then went back and stitched up the gaps.

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Three: Continue stitching until the rope circle is large enough for the plant saucer. My Meyer lemon tree is in a 10 inch plastic pot with a 12 inch saucer. I made the rope circle 14 inches in diameter so the basket will still be big enough when I repot the plant next spring.

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Four: To make the sides of the basket, lift the circle up to 90 degrees and start putting even tension on the new row of rope being added. As the basket gets taller, it can become a little unwieldy to manage, but it makes for a good arm workout! 🙂 My basket measures 15 inches tall.

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Five: Once the basket is at the desired height, tuck the end of the rope back under itself and stitch.

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Disclaimer: This post was created in partnership with Janome but, as always, the thoughts expressed are my own.