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A 140% jenny is pretty big, and a lot of your power would be coming from that sail. So depending on the wind strength, I'm not too surprised that with your main sheeted out, you were still healing quite a bit.
Sounds like your jenny is roller furling-
I have hank on jibs, and my first thought would be going down to a smaller jib, which in your situation is roller furling the jenny a bit.
Given the size of the jenny, if you were to put a reef in the main with the full jenny flying, it might throw off the balance of the boat, (you don't know for sure unless you try), and my other concern would be flying the jenny in wind that's too strong for it and damaging it.
It has been said in this forum that boats sail best at 10-15 degrees of heel, and I have often been surprised when I reduce sail, level the boat, and the knot meter still registers the same 5.5-6 knots, (I also have a Catalina 27), and things feel so much calmer.
I find it useful to have in mind what I will do with the sails as the wind builds, (for example, "now that I have two reefs in the main, what's the next step to reduce sail if the wind continues to build", etc.)