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Thursday, 22 August 2013 00:00

Powered by Janome: Anna Graham of Noodlehead

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Her blog is a great resource for free tutorials, inspiration, and her terrific tote patterns.

774-powered-by-janome-anna-graham-of-noodleheadAnna Graham was inspired to name her blog Noodlehead because of her two young daughters. On it you'll find a great range of projects-- from home dec to garments to holiday. Her sewing ideas are stylish as well as practical. And we're very proud to say she does her stitching on a Janome.

Anna learned to sew from her mother. She can't specifically recall her first project, but does remember that at first her mom did most of the sewing and she just watched. As she started to do more on her own, her mom was always there to fix things when she would get frustrated.

Several years ago, she began sewing for her own two daughters. Whenever she needed inspiration or to learn a technqiue, she would find them on sewing blogs.  She says, "After discovering the blogging world, I never turned back."

She set up Noodle-head.com to chronicle her own creative adventures and hopefully help other sewists who also wanted to discover new techniques while they made items for their own home and family. As a result, she's connected with a lot of creative women she never would have met otherwise.

Anna decided to get a Janome on the recommendation of her uncle, who'd been a sewing machine repairman for 30 years.

She says, "I had a New Home that I was using (a very old mechanical basic type machine).  So I felt confident in buying a Janome, and my Uncle highly recommended the brand.  The Memory Craft 5200 was another recommendation of my Uncle.  Based on its functions I knew it would work well for me!" She's been very happy with the MC5200 and has a whole post on her process in choosing the machine. (Note: Janome has since updated this model to the MC6300.)

Anna is becoming known for her tote patterns (which you can purchase on her site as PDF files). They come in all shapes and sizes, from the roomy Super Tote to the Envelope Clutch. There's a bag for everybody. Her next big project involves bringing these designs to print.

Visit Anna Graham's blog. Find her on Facebook. Follow her on Pinterest. And try out her favorite brand of sewing machine at your local Janome dealer.

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Wednesday, 21 August 2013 00:00

New Project: Flirty Cut-Off Shorts by Regena Carlevaro

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Turn throwaway jeans into cute shorts.

773-new-project-flirty-cut-off-shorts-by-regena-carlevarHere's an easy way to turn a pair of girl's jeans with holes in the knees into a pair of shorts with embellished cuffs.

In this Flirty Cut-Off Shorts project, Janome Educator Regena Carlevaro shows you how to cut the hems off the jeans and sew them back on to make stylish shorts.

It requires beginning sewing skills, any Janome sewing machine (Regina used her MC12000), and just one hour for construction. You also have the option of using your Janome serger. And, of course, you'll need a pair of worn out girl's jeans. Regena recommends boot cut or flared for best results.

Regena says, "Don’t throw away your kids jeans just because they have holes in their knees! Show your kids that your practice the 3 R’s: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle."

She adds that it will take you less time to make these adorable shorts than it would to drive to the mall and back.

Make the shorts as long or as short as you like. But just be ready to make more as soon as your favorite young model wears them around her friends.

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Tuesday, 20 August 2013 00:00

Fun with Elastics: New Projects at Sew4Home

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Not your grandmother's elastics!

772-fun-with-elastics-new-projects-at-s4hStrrrrreeeeetch your knowledge of elastics with our friends at Sew4Home.com, where Janome America is the exclusive sewing machine sponsor. 

Long the wallflower of the notions world, hidden inside waistbands, cuffs and underwear, Sew4Home put their creative spin of five fun projects that use the new Dritz® Fashion Elastics. These new elastic options snapped onto the scene this year in bold colors, patterns, even ruffles! It's a style makeover we haven't seen since shoelaces went from white to wild. The Sew4Home projects incorporate Ruffle Elastic, Fold-Over Elastic, and Colored Knit Elastic. Don't try to keep this elastic out of sight inside a casing, it's begging to be the featured star. 

Little Girl Twirly Skirt - your Janome serger would make this project even faster.

No-Slip Kid Friendly Suspenders - the superior feeding system on Janome models makes sewing directly on elastic no problem.

Boho Bag with Elastic Pockets - the Fold-Over Elastic has a woven centerline that makes it super easy to use as binding. 

Ruched Pillow - S4H shows you how to use your zipper foot (which now comes in 9mm) to attach and gather in one step.

Mesh Sport Pouches - The open mesh of the pet screen allows you to see what's inside; two different elastics add heft and flexibility rather than stretch.

Elastic Projects at Sew4Home

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Monday, 19 August 2013 00:00

New Project: An Eye For An Eye Braille Quilt by Thomas Knauer

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Mix Braille and lettering to bring a famous quote to life in a fascinating wallhanging.

771-new-project-an-eye-for-an-eye-braille-quilt-by-thomas-knauerThomas Knauer is not your typical quilter. A self-described geek, he earned post-graduate degrees in art and taught Design at Drake University.

But his life went through a big change when he moved to upstate New York to continue is academic career and start a family. He soon fell ill with a rare form of muscular dystrophy known as Hypokalemic Periodic Paralysis.

Thomas says that after two years, "we finally found an effective management protocol, and I began sewing for my young daughter. I fell instantly in love with the practice and began designing fabric and sewing quilts. From there it has been a remarkable roller coaster ride, one wonderfully filled with fabric, quilts, and an extraordinary community. Oh, and more quilts. Always more quilts . . ."

He now designs fabrics for Andover and includes free quilt patterns for each collection.

His Eye For An Eye Braille Quilt project was inspired by a quote from Mahatma Gandhi: "An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind."

The embroidery on the quilt mixes together the letters from the quotation with the Braille characters for those letters.

The mini quilt requires intermediate sewing skills, will take about 4-6 hours, and has a finished size of 24" x 24". Thomas used his Memory Craft 12000 for the sewing, quilting and embroidery.

Get complete instructions online, including the entire embroidery design as a .JEF file.

Find out more about Thomas Knauer on his website. Try out his quilting and embroidery machine at your local Janome dealer.

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Friday, 16 August 2013 00:00

Giveaway Drawing: Today Is National Tell A Joke Day

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To enter, share your favorite sewing one-liner in the comment section below.

770-giveaway-drawing-today-is-national-tell-a-joke-dayHave you heard any good sewing or quilting related jokes? Since today is National Tell A Joke Day, we're hoping you'll share a laugh with the rest of us. When you post your joke, you'll be entered into a drawing for our grab bag of Janome notions. 

Enter your joke in the comment section below.

Here are a few jokes we found on the web to get things started:

  • What does a sewist say when she pokes herself with a needle? "Ouch!"
  • You haven't had enough coffee until you can thread a sewing machine while it's running.
  • You know you're a quilter if . . . your ironing board is always set up, but you never iron clothes.


BTW, we can't find out anything about the origins of National Tell A Joke Day. But it's on all the calendars, so that's good enough for us.

The drawing is now over. Thank you to everyone who entered. See the jokes below.

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Thursday, 15 August 2013 00:00

"You Are My Sister" Breast Cancer Raffle Results

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Heather Ross's original painted Janome went up on the auction block.

767-you-are-my-sister-raffle-resultsA diagnosis of breast cancer is difficult enough. But when you add the financial strain of medical expenses not covered by insurance, it can be overwhelming.

When artist and fabric designer Heather Ross found out that her twin sister Christie had breast cancer, she reached out to her local creative community for support.

With the help of Harts Fabric of Santa Cruz, CA, Heather organized a fundraising event called "You Are My Sister." Janome donated a sewing machine, which Heather painted. Other prizes included original artwork, books, quilts, and a custom surfboard!

Heather reports that the fundraiser was well-attended and the surfboard and the Janome were the two hottest auction items. 

"It was really fun, too," says Heather. "We were able to cover medical expenses that were not being covered by insurance through donations, raffle, and silent auction. It is a relief to us all. It would not have been possible without the help of some crafty friends, family, coworkers, and fans."

We were also happy to hear that Christie, who works as a high school counselor, has a very good prognosis. She still has to go through radiation and chemo, but the outpouring of love from her family, friends, and friends-of-friends who made this event so successful has been a big boost.

The painted Janome was a DC2013.

Read more about the "You Are My Sister" event and see photos of some of the unique items that were donated.

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Wednesday, 14 August 2013 00:00

Back To School Savings At Your Janome Dealer

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Find special deals on sewing machines for all skill levels.

769-back-to-school-savings-at-your-janome-dealerThe start of the new school year is a great time to think about a new machine--for your favorite new sewist or for you as you take on new sewing and quilting challenges.

Your participating Janome dealer is offering great back-to-school deals on a variety of models. You’ll find savings on machines for all abilities, from expert quilter to brand new sewist.

Back To School Specials On Machines For All Skill Levels

Memory Craft 8900 Quilter's Companion Professional - the sewing and quilting machine with the quiet power and top-end features to get your biggest projects done: 
-AcuFeed Flex™ fabric feeding system
-11" of workspace
-One-step needle plate conversion
-270 built-in stitches
-9mm stitch width
-1,000 spm sewing speed
-LCD touch screen
-Remote thread cutter port 

Magnolia 7360 - computerized power and precision in an easy-to-use package:
-60 built-in stitches
-7 one-step buttonholes
-Automatic thread tension control
-One-hand needle threader
-Snap-on presser feet
-Memorized needle up/down
-7 piece feed dog
-Start/Stop button 

Janome 2222 - simply the best for beginning sewists:
-Lightweight
-22 built-in stitches
-One-step buttonhole
-Easy stitch width and length adjustment
-Free arm
-Drop feed

Get a special price on the machine that's just right for your level of sewing. See your participating Janome dealer for offer details.

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Tuesday, 13 August 2013 00:00

New Serger Video: Gathering One Layer Of Fabric While Applying It To Another

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The Gathering Attachment makes it easy to do this in one step.

768-new-serger-video-gathering-one-layer-of-fabricLast week we featured the how-to video for using your serger to create gathers along the edge of a piece of fabric.

Today, we show you how to gather one piece fabric while attaching it to another, ungathered piece. When your ultimate goal is to attach your gathered piece to an ungathered piece, this technique can save you an entire step.

The accessories you need for your Janome serger are the optional Gathering Foot G and the Gathering Attachment.

How To Gather One Layer Of Fabric While Attaching It To Another Layer

  1. Put the Gathering Foot on your serger.
  2. Attach the Gathering Attachment: Open the front cover and loosen the screw on the front. Slide the attachment behind the screw, and tighten in place.
  3. Set up the machine for a three thread overedge stitch, with the needle in the left position.
  4. Use a tight needle tension and a tight lower looper.
  5. Set your stitch length to 4.
  6. Set your Differential Feed to 2.
  7. Be sure the blade is in the UP position.
  8. Put your two pieces of fabric right-sides together.
  9. Place the fabric to be gathered underneath the attachment.
  10. Feed the top fabric over the top of the foot.
  11. Hand crank a couple of stitches to attach the two layers together. Remember to always crank the wheel toward you.
  12. As you begin stitching, hold on to the top layer of fabric while letting the lower layer feed through.


The machine creates perfect gathers as it attaches the fabric.

To see this demonstrated watch the video Gathering Foot G: Using the Gathering Attachment to apply a gathered layer of fabric.

Find Gathering Foot G, the Gathering Attachment, and all the other optional serger accessories at your local Janome dealer.

Watch Gathering One Layer Onto Another Video

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Monday, 12 August 2013 00:00

New Project: Summer Runner By Pat Sloan

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Bring some sunshine to your outdoor porch or patio.

766-new-project-summer-runner-by-pat-sloanAuthor, fabric designer and radio show host Pat Sloan has created a great centerpiece for summer decorating. Her Summer Runner project has a finished size of 12.5" x 36". It takes about 2-3 hrs. to make and requires intermediate sewing skills. Printer friendly instructions are also included.

Pat says, "I'm delighted to share this fun and fast table runner for summer decorating! I am using my super amazing Memory Craft 8900 QCP to sew and then quilt this runner with decorative stitches." For her example, Pat used her own Eat Your Fruits and Veggies fabric.

If you're not familiar with Pat, she's a former software engineer who became one of America's favorite quilters.

She designs beautiful fabric for Moda. She's published nearly two dozen books through Leisure Arts. She's created a number of thread kits for Aurifil. Her blog is one of the best quilting resources on the net. Oh yeah, and she's "The Voice of Quilting" as the host of American Patchwork & Quilting Radio.

Try out Pat's quilting machine for yourself at your local Janome dealer.

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Friday, 09 August 2013 00:00

Pillow Knockoffs From Sew4Home

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Create the top designer looks for less.

765-pillow-knock-offs-from-sew4homeOur creative friends at Sew4Home.com, where Janome America is the exclusive sewing machine sponsor, have recently been "pillow private eyes." They searched the web to find trend-setting luxury pillows from a range of high-end outlets, such as Anthropologie®, Neiman Marcus® and Horchow Home® among others. The options they found ran from $150 to $2000! And not a single one of them couldn't have been made by you and your trusty Janome!

Check out all five of their fun designer knockoffs they made for $50 or less... including a premium pillow form!

Nautical Stripes and Grommets

The Classic Square x 2 - Tapestry & Cotton

Taffeta Lumbar with Embellished Net Wrap

Tufted Multi-Color Pom Pillow

Nautical Ahoy! Appliqué Pillow

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