Beginner Basics At Sew4Home
Learning to sew yourself - or teaching someone new? Check Out Sew4Home's Xtra EZ Projects.
Our friends at Sew4Home believe everyone can and should create beautiful, handmade items for their home and families. To prove their point, they've just kicked off a brand new series calles, Xtra EZ. These are projects that can be done by beginners or used as projects to help teach someone to sew - especially a child.
Not only are the steps themselves just that: extra easy, but they've also made sure there are specific techniques to build a beginner's sewing tool box. And because Janome is the exclusive sewing machine sponsor for Sew4Home, all the recommended machines and feet are Janome branded products. Of course with the creative S4H gals behind the project designs, you can also be assured the featured fabrics are adorable. For this first set of three EZ pillows, they used Love & Joy from Dena Designs for FreeSpirit Fabrics.
Check out the first three projects in the Xtra EZ series:
Learn a simple nine-patch technique, including great cutting tips, as well as how to do a basic back envelope closure in the Xtra EZ Nine Patch Pillow.
See the steps for creating perfect corners with trim and how to add a center tufted button in the Xtra EZ Tufted Pom Pillow.
And the Xtra EZ Pony Tail Bolster Pillow shows you steps for gathering, topstitching and making narrow ties.
Featured Product: Iris Ultra Cotton Quilting Thread Kit
We recommend this high quality quilting thread for your Janome machine.
You may not be familiar with Iris thread. If so, we want to introduce you to this excellent brand and make you aware of the special quilting collection available at your Janome dealer.
Iris Ultra Cotton Quilting Thread is made from highly mercerized, long staple Egyptian cotton. This means it has the longer fibers and special processing to give it a smoother surface and improved luster. You get smooth feeding while you quilt on your Janome machine and colors that stay brilliant for years to come.
Iris is the only company manufacturing this type of thread in North America. Their threads are known for strength, tenacity, brilliant sheen, and the ability to run smoothly in all major sewing and embroidery machines.
Through a special partnership, we've created the Iris Ultra Cotton Quilting Thread Kit. It comes with 24 spools of Size 50, Long Staple Egyptian cotton--18 solids and 6 variegated. Each mini king spool contains 1100 yds. of thread.
The colors include: Black, White, Green, Ecru, Natural, Pink, Celery, Lt. Blue, Grey, Dark blue, Red, Lt. Brown, Flesh Pink, Royal, Sterling, Cypress, Lemon, Sienna, Red combo, Blue combo, Brown combo, Jewel combo, Pastel combo, and Primaries combo.
This quilting thread kit is available at your participating Janome dealer.
Free Artistic Webinar: How To Make Lettering
This Thursday, October 17 at 7:00 PM EDT. Attend via computer or mobile device.
It's so much fun to express yourself through lettering.
Our free webinar will show you how to open up a whole new world of creative typography with Artistic software and the Zing and Cameo digital cutters.
Register for our latest online webinar How to Make Lettering Using Cutting Blades for Zing and Cameo and learn all kinds of neat lettering tricks. With Artistic software you can change the baselines, create embroidery designs, turn your letters into appliqué, and much more.
The amazing part is seeing what the Artistic digital cutting machines can do with your design. Learn how to set the cutting blades on the Zing and the Cameo to cut your vinyl, crystal template material, fabrics, and more.
The webinar is free, but you must register ahead of time. You can do that right now on the webinar registration page: How to Make Lettering Using Cutting Blades for Zing and Cameo.
You can attend via PC or Mac, or even on your iPad or Android tablet. See the webinar page for system requirements.
Check Out Our Updated Events Section
Come see the latest Janome machines at these great local events.
They're happening in Kansas, Texas, Illinois, and coming soon to an exhibition venue near year.
Fall and winter quilting and sewing events are a fun way to see the very best in fabric art, find out about the latest in machines and accessories, and get a chance to meet others who are also passionate about their creative work.
To find out about what's going on in your region, just visit the Janome Events page. We keep it updated with dates and info on upcoming events.
For example, next Thursday there's the Original Sewing and Quilt Expo in Ft. Worth, TX:
-Enjoy presentations, demonstrations, and lots of how-to's the lively 30-minute sessions.
-Sit down and sew great accessories and gifts with our Expo Staff in the Make-It Center.
-See what techniques Expo designers, teachers and experts are doing these days.
-Take a break from shopping at the FREE Runway Fashion Shows.
-Meet the nice people from Janome dealer Sewing World.
-And lots more. See our Events page for complete details.
Powered By Janome: Fashion Designer Jamie Lau
She received a sewing machine for her twenty-fifth birthday and hasn’t put it down since.
Jamie Lau is a Brooklyn-based designer, sewing instructor, fashion writer, and author. Inspired by her love of dresses, Jamie infuses a playful nostalgia into her work by transforming simple silhouettes into fashion forward frocks sewn from traditional Japanese prints, luxurious brocades, ikats, and vintage-inspired fabric.
And we're proud to say Jamie does her sewing and serging on Janome machines.
While most new sewists try a throw pillow or easy pajama pants as their first project, Jamie was a little more ambitious. Her first project was a silk-lined handbag with a gusset, magnetic snap closure, and wooden handles. And she made it out of French toile.
Jamie says, "In retrospect, I guess this was a pretty ambitious project for someone who had never touched a sewing machine before to accomplish in a four-hour class, but I was very proud of the results!"
She began sewing in 2007, eventually leaving her government policy job in 2010 to begin an internship at BurdaStyle.com. She then went on to author a book and become the site’s Editorial and E-commerce Manager. Jamie is the Co-Author, Lead Designer, and Art Director of BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern, an in-depth pattern making and sewing guide to mastering iconic looks from the 1920s to 1980s, published in 2012. She now focuses full-time on Jamie Lau Designs.
At the sewing studio where she took her first class, Jamie discovered Janome. And several months later received a 4623 LE Plus for her birthday. (This model has since been discontinued and has now been replaced with the MS5027LE.)
She says, "It was great to finally have my own machine. This helped kick off my fashion and sewing adventure and I still use it to this day!"
A few years later she started to focus more on garment construction and less on sewn accessories and so decided to buy a serger. Jamie chose the Magnolia 7034D because it was a great, affordable model and the same serger she'd used at pattern making school.
"A serger was an absolute must for me in order to accomplish more professional finishes and continue to create clothing with high quality craftsmanship," she says.
Jamie is currently working on creating a collection of her own original textile designs for her clothing line. You can read about her first print design on Spoonflower where she's been guest posting about the process.
And try out Jamie's favorite brand of sewing machines and sergers at your local Janome dealer.
New Pillow Project Featuring Retro Handwork Collection From Artistic
Make this fun pillow using a faux hand-sewn embroidery design.
A week ago we told you about the new embroidery collections just released by Artistic.
One of the collections that caught our eye is the Retro Handwork Collection by Jenny Hart of Sublime Stitching. A sought-after hand embroidery artist, Jenny has captured the wonderful folk-art hand look that's all the rage right now.
A great way to try out this new collection is by making our "True To You" Flange Pillow Project.
It's a 16" square, flange-style, throw pillow that's easy to sew and perfectly frames the retro look embroidery. Complete instructions are online, formatted in an easy-to-print PDF.
You can make with with any Memory Craft embroidery machine that has a 230 mm or larger hoop. And of course, you need the Retro Handwork Collection.
Artistic Creative Products include software, design collections, and the accessories you need to create with embroidery, crystals, and cutting blades. Find the entire line at your nearest Artistic dealer.
See all the new Artistic embroidery collections.
Fun New Artistic Product: Glitter Vinyl
Add SPARKLE and GLAM to your projects with easy iron-on Glitter Vinyl!
Spice up any project with this amazing, new iron-on product from Artistic.
Glitter Vinyl makes it easy to add some personality to team t-shirts, create a unique look on sneakers, add some glamour to jeans--basically, customize anything.
How To Use Artistic Glitter Vinyl
1. Cutting your design: Glitter Vinyl sheets feed into any Digital Cutter, making it easy for you to create custom cut creations using the Artistic Creative Suite V6.0 software. Or, you can hand cut the shape you'd like.
2. Ironing it on: place the design in the desired location, plastic coating face up, and apply a hot iron or use the Artistic Press.
3. Remove the coating: peel off the plastic coating.
And now you're left with a stunning, sparkling design!
Artistic Glitter Vinyl is available in 8 colors at your Artistic dealer.
Craftstylish.com Has A "Teach Yourself To Sew" Contest
Know someone who wants to learn to sew? They could win a Janome sewing machine.
Sometimes all a pre-sewist needs is a little encouragement and some good instruction.
CraftStylish.com is providing both with the introduction of their Teach Yourself To Sew Season 4 DVD and the accompanying giveaway.
The DVD is the latest installment in their terrific series where the editors of Threads Magazine "teach the skills beginners need to learn and advanced sewers want to review."
The Teach Yourself To Sew Giveaway is your chance to win a Janome 4120QDC computerized sewing machine, plus other great prizes. To enter simply go to the entry page. Leave a comment on why you want to learn how to sew in 20 words or less, by 11:59 p.m. ET on October 28, 2013. The winners will be randomly selected from qualified entries, announced, and contacted via email the week of November 4, 2013. It's that simple.
CraftStylish is the ultimate crafting resource. A place to connect, discover and share with other crafters. It’s the destination for fabulous inspiration and expert instruction on the latest trends, projects, ideas, and materials. Whatever craft you love—knitting, crocheting, sewing, quilting, embroidery, jewelrymaking, and more.
The 4120 Quilter's Decor Computer sewing machine features sturdy construction and stable feeding. It comes with 120 stitches, twin-needle functionality, superior editing, mirror stitching, and more. Try it out at your local Janome dealer.
The Horizon Memory Craft 15000 Website Is Now Live
Get detailed information plus projects, videos, and more.
The full website for the Horizon Memory Craft 15000 is now live.
You can see complete specifications for the new machine, see how it compares with previous top-of-the-line models, and get more details on all the new features.
Whatever kind of creative work you do--quilting, embroidery, garments and decor sewing--the MC15000 has the capability to take your work to another level. Find out more about the wireless iPad and PC connectivity. See examples of the 480 built-in embroidery designs. And browse through the 500 built-in stitches.
You can watch the new videos, which look at the MC15000 from the perspective of a quilter, an embroidery enthusiast, a garment seamstress, and a home decor sewist.
There have been so many improvements to this machine, you probably haven't heard about them all. You can dig through the detailed specifications to see all the ways the new MC15000 is the ultimate sewing, embroidery, and quilting machine.
And we'll continue to add information as it's available--including new lessons, reviews, videos, and much more.
Weekend Wonders At Sew4Home
Get Out Your Janome for a Weekend of Sewing!
Our fab friends at Sew4Home.com, where Janome is the exclusive sewing machine sponsor, are back with a fun series. And today is a great day to tell you about it since we are rolling into the weekend. Weekend Wonders is a reoccurring series on Sew4Home. These are great projects you can whip out in a weekend, and this time around, they're also great projects to use on your weekend.
All nine of the projects could be done on any Janome machine. But, the creative Sew4Home team added a pretty monogram to each of their samples, so they recommend the Memory Craft 9900. Of course, the new Horizon Memory Craft 15000 would also be wonderful!
The full alphabet font with brackets that Sew4Home used on their samples is offered at their site as a free download in all the major embroidery formats.
Check out all nine projects:
The other reason it's a lucky day to let you know about this latest Sew4Home series is because they are holding a Great Giveaway, starting today. Leave a qualifying comment for a chance to win one of two $125 Shopping Sprees at Fabric.com.
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