Introducing The New Purple Tip Needles
These prevent skipped stitches on heavy fabrics.
Janome has just introduced a new variety of sewing needle called the Purple Tip Needle.
Purple Tip Needles are designed to prevent skipped stitches with heavy fabrics, including knits, while doing sewing and embroidering. They feature a ball point tip to prevent fabric thread breakage and a special cobra shaped head to form a proper needle thread loop so that it prevents skipped stitches caused by the fluctuation of the fabric. And they're available in a heavier #14 size.
Purple Tip Needles are recommended for:
- Embroidery with a high density design and/or thick fabric
- Fluffier thread like cotton
- Quilting multiple layers which normally resist needle penetration
- Sewing knit, tricot, and synthetic fabrics like thick polyester
Here's a quick way to tell which color needle you should use for your specific project.
Red Tip Needle - Has a normal tip. Designed for regular sewing on fabrics such as cotton.
Blue Tip Needle - Has a ball point. Designed for sewing on knits and synthetic fabric.
Purple Tip Needle - Has a ball point with a special "cobra" head. Recommended for high density designs and thick fabrics.
For the best advice on which needle to choose for your next project, talk to your local Janome dealer.
New Serger Video: Cording Foot With Fine Wire
How to make professional looking wired ribbon.
The optional serger foot Cording Foot A allows you to embed materials like yarn, or fine cord as you stitch a rolled hem.
But you can also use it to make your own wired ribbon.
You simply use Cording Foot A to embed fine wire along the edge of the your fabric, encasing it in a rolled hem.
Not only does this allow you to pick any kind of fabric to make your ribbon, but you also get to determine the color and density of the thread (or decorative floss) that holds the wire in place.
You end up with a truly custom wired ribbon that coordinates perfectly with your gift or project.
Making wired ribbon this way takes just a few steps. For this example we're using 28 gauge beading wire. In the upper looper you can use decorative floss, wooly nylon, or any sort of heavier thread. We're using two pieces of fabric so our ribbon has a fancier look when folded.
Making Wired Ribbon With Cording Foot A
- Referring to your machine manual, set the tension on your serger for creating a rolled hem.
- With Cording Foot A on the machine, thread the wire through the guide on the foot.
- Stitch a rolled hem on the wire by itself for about half an inch. Make sure the wire is encompassed in the rolled hem. This ensures the wire is in the correct positioning for when you start serging on your ribbon.
- Position the strips of fabric, wrong sides together, under the foot and continue serging the length of the wire.
You now have a wire edge rolled hem that will hold its shape for your own custom ribbons and bows. Simply repeat to embed the wire on the other side.
To see this demonstrated watch the video Cording Foot A: Using fine wire for creating your own wired ribbon for decorative bows.
New Accessories For Zing Digital Cutter: Fabric Blade And 14" x 24" Mat
Two new accessories make it even easier to create perfect rhinestone templates.
With laser-guided accuracy, the Zing easily cuts through template material, vinyl cardstock, thin chipboard, rhinestone rubber, craft plastic and more.
Now you can get a new Zing Fabric Blade for cutting all kinds fabrics (stabilized or not), regular felt, and even tackle twill! This specially-designed blade has proven to give sharper points and cleaner cutting of fabric than other similar blades on the market.
To help you with your own cutting, Artistic has also introduced the Zing 14" x 24" Cutting Mat. This gridded mat has a pre-applied adhesive on it. It measures about 14.75″ x 27″. It is ideal for cutting larger projects or crystal design templates.
Find out for yourself just how fun it is to add Bling to your sewing, quilting and embroidery projects. Visit your local authorized Janome dealer.
New Project: MC9900 Embroidered Pot Holder
Choose the designs to match your decor.
Part of the fun that comes with having an embroidery machine that's as easy to use as the MC9900 is being able to produce beautiful items for your home whenever you like.
Take, for example, these Fancy Embroidered Pot Holders. Made with duck canvas and your choice of fabric print, they protect your hands from hot dishes while adding a little extra style to your kitchen.
This project, created by Alison Newman, requires intermediate sewing skills and can be customized with your choice of colors and embroidery designs. Get complete instructions online.
When you're making pot holders or any other project with embroidery, the Horizon Memory Craft 9900 gives you plenty of built-in designs to choose from and unsurpassed quality when you stitch them out.
The machine features a sleek, detachable embroidery unit that slides onto the back--the same configuration as on our top-of-the-line Horizon Memory Craft 12000. The X axis carriage (for side-to-side movement) has a sturdier design for greater strength and improved stability. While the Y axis carriage has a Double Linear Motion Guide, which also improves stability and allows more precise movement.
To try out the MC9900 embroidery machine for yourself, visit your local Janome dealer.
Introducing TWO NEW Machines In The Magnolia Line
An affordable Basic machine. And the most Advanced Magnolia ever made.
The popular line of Janome Magnolia sewing machines and sergers has two new members: the 7325 and the 7360.
We recommend this machine for beginners because it's so easy to figure out and the stitch quality is excellent--eliminating frustration. Someone who's just learning can sit down and enjoy immediate success. The machine comes with 25 essential and decorative stitches, an automatic buttonhole, built-in one-hand needle threader, a free arm, memorized needle up/down, and so much more. See the complete list of Magnolia 7325 features.
This truly is the most advanced Magnolia we've ever made. It comes with 60 stitches, including 8 one-step buttonholes, which are easy to access using the backlit LED screen with quick navigation keys. The stitch mechanism is exceptionally precise with Janome's 7-piece feed dog and automatic thread tension control. You also save time with features like the memorized needle up/down, one-hand needle threader, and the auto-declutch bobbin winder. If you like free motion quilting, you can drop the feed dogs, push the start/stop button, and just go with the flow. See the complete list of Magnolia 7360 features.
Download the brochure for the entire line of Magnolia sewing machines and sergers as a PDF file (1.1MB).
The new machines are delivering now participating Janome dealers in the USA. Call your dealer to find out when they will arrive in your area, then visit for a "test drive" of one.. or both!
Janome Partner Bank Vacuums: This Is The Stick Up
Gives you quick pick-ups for all hard surfaces and carpet.
Murphy's Law says that ten minutes after you've carefully vacuumed an area somebody is going to drop something on it. Whether it's crumbs or dirt from a shoe, you need lightweight vacuum that's easy to get out for a quick cleanup.
The Bank Stick Up vacuum is the perfect choice for powerful, cordless cleaning. Created by Janome partner The Bank Vacuum Company, The Stick Up is designed for excellent performance on all hard surfaces, carpets and area rugs. The detachable hand vacuum is perfect for those little spills or around birdcages or litterboxes.
It has a swivel neck assembly for getting into those hard to reach areas. And you can easily turn the rotating brush ON or OFF as you move from hard surfaces to carpet.
Other features of The Stick Up include:
- An easily detachable hand-held vacuum unit for cars, furniture and stairs
- A weight of only 6 lbs.
- Brush on/off switch for easy transition from floor to carpet
- Easy empty dust bin with washable filter
- Charging station
- 2 year warranty
Watch the video demonstration of The Stick Up on YouTube.
New Accessory: AcuFeed Flex Open Toe Foot For The MC12000, MC8900 & MC8200
Get a better view when doing decorative stitching on layers.
The AcuFeed Flex™ Layered Fabric Feeding System has become a favorite among quilters for its ability to move bulky layers of fabric in perfect sync. The system, which features feet in two widths, was first introduced on the Horizon Memory Craft 12000.
The AcuFeed Flex™ Open Toe Foot is a wide width 9 mm foot that features an open configuration to give you a better view of your stitching. It's especially useful when you're doing a decorative stitch and want to make sure it's lining up exactly right.
This wide-stance foot uses both of the upper feed dogs in conjunction with the lower feed dogs. So you get extra feeding traction with all of your machine's wider decorative stitches.
When you're not using it, the upper feed mechanism quickly detaches from the machine, and the foot is easily detached from the holder. For easier installation and removal, the rotation stopper has been eliminated, making it easier to access the screw.
To see the AcuFeed Flex™ Open Toe Foot in action, watch the video AcuFeed Flex™ System Intro.
Then see your local Janome dealer to try it out this optional accessory for yourself.
Powered By Janome: Shelly Mattingly With Tickle Me P.J.'s
This advertising executive has turned her favorite hobby into a little business.
Shelly Mattingly has created her own line of flashy, fun pajamas. With bold fabric designs and wide ribbon drawstrings, Tickle Me PJs help you to "Go to sleep with a SMILE." And she makes all her fun creations on a basic Janome sewing machine.
Shelly learned to sew in the third grade when her mother enrolled her in the local 4-H Home Economics program. And she's been sewing ever since.
Shelly started making pajamas when she had daughters of her own. They were ballet dancers and as they got older she wanted them to wear something over their leotards and tights. She says they weren't fond of sweats so they decided to wear their PJ Bottoms.
"They were rather unsightly so I decided to purchase some new ones," Shelly says. "I was very disappointed with the PJ’s available in the store so I purchased some cute fabric, trims and a pattern and decided to make them. They were such a hit at the studio that other moms asked if they could pay for my PJ’s."
That was the beginning of Tickle Me PJs. Now she sells her original creations at several boutiques, and also makes coordinating sets for cheer and dance teams.
Shelly discovered Janome when her other brand of machine had to be repaired. While it was in the shop, she was was desperate for something to sew on and went shopping for a second machine so she would always have a backup. After testing several models, she decided on a Janome Harmony 8080. "I love the simplicity of the machine," she says. "I change thread colors a lot and it's a breeze to thread." It's a reliable machine that has given Shelly hours of relaxation away from her other job as an Advertising Executive.
Find out more about Shelley's creations on her Tickle Me PJs Facebook page.
New Serger Video: Creating Cording
Use Cording Foot B to create your own couching cording.
Sewing cording onto the top of fabric (a technique called "couching") is a great way to add dimensional embelleshment.
It's even better when you make custom cording exactly the color, or combination of colors, you want.
How To Create Couching Cording With Cording Foot B
- Set up your serger for a rolled hem, with decorative floss in the upper looper.
- Thread TWO strands of decorative thread through the hole in the foot.
- Now serge over the two threads, encasing both in a rolled hem.
And now you've created a cord with a little more substance that you can couch down to give surface embellishment to your project.
To see this demonstrated watch the video Cording Foot B: Create your own cording for couching.
It's Janome Week On Sew4Home
Follow along as our friends at Sew4Home present a special series of Janome projects.
As their exclusive sewing machine sponsor, Janome machines and accessories are always featured on Sew4Home.com. However, this week is an extra special series of Janome-focused techniques and projects.
Today, they have an article showing how to identify the the basic parts of a sewing machine. They've used the new Magnolia 7360 as their model, and it's a great out-of-the-box tutorial if you are new to sewing... but, it never hurts for any of us to brush up on our basic skills .
Later in the week, you'll discover four new projects to add to your creative to-do list: a set of decorative stitch pillows complete with free templates for an intersecting line grid, a starburst, and a spiral; free embroidery design downloads to embellish a set of ready-made table linens; a beautiful quilted bed runner; and an apron that pulls all of the week's techniques into one project: decorative stitching, quilting and embroidery!
Stop by each day to join in the fun. Then, make Sew4Home a regular habit. There's new inspriation and information every weekday.
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