Powered By Janome: Barbara Harms And Her Fiber Art
This is the definition of Fiber Art!
Barbara Harms describes her colorful work as "wildly age-inappropriate art quilts."
Others use terms like "beautiful," "jaw dropping," and "like looking at a painting." (Visit her online gallery and see for yourself.)
Whatever words you use, you'll agree that her floral and nature themed quilts are awe-inspiring. And we're so proud that Barbara loves to do her quilting on a Memory Craft 8900 QCP.
She learned to sew by taking high school classes and getting help from her Mom. It was friends who introduced her to quilting.
Barbara says, "I'm a visual person, and I was instantly drawn. I had to learn how this was done!" She transitioned to fiber art for the freedom of creative expression, but continued to use many of the familiar quilting methods. Her favorite technique is free motion quilting, which translates directly into fiber art, and she was able to extend it into fiber painting.
What she enjoys about the creative process is starting with the little seed of an idea, and then going through all the twists and turns it takes to become a quilt. She says "The result often surprises me. It may be quite different than I expected. But it's that Ta Da moment--that's the motivation to make the quilts that I make."
Barbara discovered Janome after a series of disappointments with another major brand. As she was looking for another machine, she realized that most of her friends and contacts in the quilting world used and loved their Janomes. "They were fiercely loyal to the brand," she says. "That was the best recommendation I could have, from actual owners who had used Janomes."
She ended up choosing the MC8900 QCP because, she says, "It had every feature I could ever want or need. It must have been designed by a quilter." She loves the 11" to the right of the needle, the lighting, innovative feeding system, jog dial navigation, left needle position, power, quiet, and sturdy durability.
But Barbara's FAVORITE feature--which she describes as "pure luxury, brilliant and convenience" is the one-step needle plate conversion. She says, "You have rocked my world with this. I hated the old screws to deal with in that tiny cramped space. I usually dropped a couple and was on my floor hands and knees hunting. Now one little push of a lever and up pops that plate!!! Thank you, thank you!!!"
And there's one more thing Barbara loves about Janome: her local dealer, Whitlock's Vacuum & Sewing Center. She can't say enough about their excellent help and support.
Visit Barbara Harms' Fiber Art blog for tutorials, inspiration, and to see her gorgeous quilts. See what she has for sale in her Etsy Shop. And if you'd like to try out her quilting machine for yourself, see your local Janome dealer.
Janome Poll Results: What You're Looking Forward To In Summer Sewing
Which projects do you think are most popular for summer?
On Monday we asked you to tell us what summer project you're most looking forward to.
After we tabulated the results, we thought it was interesting that actual "summery" projects like a sundress finished Third. Tied for Second was making an accessory like a handbag or tote. And number One--this category won by a landslide.
Take your best guess, then take a look at the poll results.
For more inspiration and ideas for summer (winter, spring or fall) projects see our Project Center.
New Serger Video: How To Apply Tape To Seams For Stability
Sometimes you don't want your stretchy fabric to stretch.
When you're using your serger to make garments with knit or sweater-type fabrics, your finished seams will stretch along with the fabric.
This is desirable, except for places like shoulder or crotch seams where stretching will cause the garment to lose its shape.
To prevent this, you need to stabilize your seam when you serge it. And an easy way to do this is with seam tape, which is available at any fabric or sewing store.
How To Stabilize A Seam With The Tape Foot And Reel
- Begin by winding the tape from the package onto the Tape Reel. Load the tape by feeding it through the slot in the side of the reel and then cranking it counterclockwise. You can load the whole package of tape, and keep it on the reel for future use.
- Once the tape is loaded, feed the free edge through the guide on the front of the reel.
- Set up the machine for a standard 4 thread overlock, according to the manual.
- Attach the Tape Reel to the machine, according to the instructions included with the guide.
- Feed the tape through the guide on the Tape Foot.
- Serge about one half inch of the tape to get started.
- Position your fabric under the foot, and serge your entire seam, applying the tape to the top of the fabric.
Even though the tape isn’t encased in the seam, it still stabilizes the fabric so the seam will not stretch.
To see this demonstrated, watch the video Taping Foot With Reel: How to apply tape to seams for stability.
Janome Poll: What Summer Project Are You Most Looking Forward To?
Vote in the poll today. Check back for the results Wednesday.
Summer is just around the corner. And that means you'll soon be diving into those warmer weather projects.
Or maybe not.
Take our Janome Poll and let us know your answer to What summer project you are MOST looking forward to?
Vote in the poll.
Most Popular Projects LAST Summer
We thought it would be interesting to look back in the records to see which projects on Janome.com were the most popular for the summer of 2012. While accessories like purses, handbags, and totes were popular, a diverse range of projects were represented.
Christmas - Holiday Card Holder
Doll Clothing - Spring Dress For 18 inch Dolls
Home Decor - Contemporary Double-Sided Napkins (by Jane Spolar)
Let us know what you'll be working on this summer by voting in our poll.
Powered By Janome: Sarah Ann Smith of Sarah By The Sea Quilting
She wants to share her passion for making quilts.
Color. Line. Texture. Imagery. Stories. Sarah Ann Smith weaves these together in her vivid and unforgettable quilts. An author, educator, and in-demand teacher, her impressive work is on display on her website. And we're proud to say she does her quilting in an MC8900 QCP.
Sarah learned to sew as a girl--mostly at school. She says, "My mother did sew, but she really hated sewing. I can remember when I was 4, she made me a circle skirt of prequilted fabric, white with little purple flowers." Sarah took sewing through high school, then after college took a tailoring class. A few years later she learned about Threads magazine, subscribed, and has read every issue cover to cover for nearly two decades.
After graduating from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, she worked as a Legislative Assistant for a U.S. Congressman in Washington, D.C., earned a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School; volunteered in Guinea-Bissau, Africa; met her soon-to-be-husband, and became a U.S. Foreign Service Officer (diplomat).
Sarah's first tour with the U.S. Foreign Service was in Toronto, Canada, where she took her first drawing classes while living across the street from the Art Gallery of Ontario. Finally, fate picked up a thimble: while assigned to the U.S. Embassy in La Paz, Bolivia, Sarah came across someone's discarded Keepsake Quilting catalog, which opened up the doors to the quilting world. She hasn't looked back since.
Sarah discovered Janome after several years of frustration with another brand's top-of-the-line sewing machine. She says, "It would sew beautifully with ONE brand of thread, same thread in top and bottom. Only. It would NOT sew with the threads I wanted to use, and it hated the Bottom Line in the bobbin." As you can imagine she got pretty tired of her machine dictating what thread she could use. She'd heard that Janome machines were reliable and at the International Quilt Festival in Houston she headed to the Janome booth. Sarah tried the 6500P and fell in love!
Since then she's become part of Janome's machine artist program, where she's had the chance to use and promote the latest Janome machines. Right now she's using the MC8900 QCP and couldn't be happier. Sarah says she loves everything about it, but specifically, the outstanding tension, harp space, handling of virtually ANY thread, and lighting!
In addition to multiple quilts she has to finish, Sarah is being featured in the upcoming Quilting Arts Workshop DVD. You can find out more about her books, tutorials, and beautiful quilts at SarahAnnSmith.com.
Angela Yosten's YouTube Videos Featuring Janome Machines
She was recently featured on the Fat Quarter Shop Channel.
Antela Yosten is a designer for Moda Fabrics, a creator of books, patterns, and tutorials for sewing and quilting. And we're very proud that she uses a Memory Craft 8900 QCP.
One of Angela's skills is making elegant projects easy for the average sewist. For example, her Tailored Bed Skirt project.
Recently, she was invited onto the Fat Quarter Shop's YouTube channel to talk about her influences, her creative process, and to demonstrate how to make her adorable Flats characters--paper dolls made from fabric.
Video: How to Make Flats Dolls with Angela Yosten - Kimberly of the Fat Quarter Shop has Angela teach us step-by-step how to make her Flats dolls, using her Flats fabric from Moda and the MC8900. This is the perfect project for children!
Video: Angela Yosten is in the Hot Seat - Chelsey of the Fat Quarter Shop asks Angela a series of rapid-fire questions about her preferences in life, fabric, and creativity. Of course, she's a Janome girl!
Fat Quarter Shop did a number of other videos featuring Angela. Go here for the complete list.
New Serger Video: Applying Cording to an Edge or Fold for Embellishment
Be sure to watch the video for this handy serger technique.
A serger is such a time saver because it can cut your fabric at the same time you're stitching.
But sometimes you want to simply add an embellishment, like decorative cording, without trimming your fabric.
Use the technique below with optional Cording Foot B to create a decorative embellishment along the edge of your fabric, on a fold of fabric, or to apply cording to any surface. Your cording will be encased in whichever decorative thread you have in the upper looper.
Note: because you are simply adding embellishment, and don’t want to finish the edge of the seam, you don't want the upper knife to cut your fabric.
How To Apply Cording To An Edge Or Fold With Cording Foot B
- Set up the machine for a rolled hem, with decorative thread in the upper looper.
- Lower the upper knife according to the machine manual.
- Close the machine.
- With Cording Foot B on the serger, thread cording into the foot. Pull it a few inches out the back.
- As you begin serging, be careful to run the stitches right along the edge of the fabric. This is important because the knife is down, so the fabric won’t be trimmed.
And now you've applied your decorative cording.
To see this demonstrated, watch the video Cording Foot B: Applying cording to an edge or fold for embellishment.
Kaye Wood 2014 Australia Quilting Cruise
7 day land tour and 11 night cruise with Kaye and fellow quilters.
If you love quilting and have always dreamed of going to Australia, it doesn't get any better than this.
From January 17 to February 4, 2014 Kaye Wood will be leading a quilter's dream-come-true tour of the "land down under."
For the first week you'll see the most famous sights of Australia by land--from Sydney Harbor to Ayers Rock to the Great Barrier Reef.
Then you'll set sail for New Zealand. While at sea you'll enjoy the quilting classes, lectures, and sharing events, led by Kaye Wood and Mary Korpal. All your sewing supplies will be furnished, including sewing machines provided by Janome.
When you reach New Zealand, you'll make stops along some of the most amazing ocean views in the world--from Wellington Harbor to Milford Sound. Then you'll steam back to Australia, enjoying another set of quilting classes and lectures.
Kaye Wood is one of America's best-known quilt designers and hostess of the longest running quilting program on Public Television. More than 30 years ago she discovered a technique that simplified the piecing of quilts using her Starmaker® Master Templates. Since then she has authored over 20 books on quilting and has designed 9 quilting tools.
Kaye's Land Tour & Sea Cruise is going to be a quilting adventure you'll never forget. Get the cruise flyer (PDF) for more information.
Father's Day Series On Sew4Home
Give Dear ol' Dad something handmade from the heart for Father's Day.
Finding great gift ideas for guys can be tough. Luckily for us (and you), our friends at Sew4Home, where Janome America is the exclusive sewing machine sponsor, just finished a wonderful series of Father's Day projects. From a super simple jumbo pillow to an ultra cool safari style duffle, there's something for every skill level - and every Dad! Use your Janome sewing machine or serger to make it fast and easy and get that amazingly professional finished look.
Shown to the right is a sleek device carrier for the Techie Dad to hold an iPad® and cell phone or file folders and homework to correct for Teacher Dad.
Is your dad an awesome chef or maybe a weekend warrior on the BBQ? Check out their cook's apron and hot mitt combo - it's sure to light his fire.
Their amazing vintage style duffle blends heavy canvas and faux leather with webbing and brass zipper accents; inside is a tough rip-stop nylon lining. Thanks to Janome's precision feeding systems, there's no problem with the variety of layers and varying thicknesses.
New Serger Video: Creating A Wide Filled Rolled Hem
Get the same professional finish with a little fuller look.
When doing a typical rolled hem, your serger folds the very edge of your fabric and encases it in a low profile stitch.
But there are times when you might want a fatter rolled hem as a decorative accent. You can easily do this by inserting cording (such as thick thread) with Cording Foot B as you serge your rolled hem. This effect works well on heavier fabrics like table linens.
Since your inserted cording will show through a little, you can choose a contrasting color for a creative effect.
How To Create A Wide Filled Rolled Hem
- Thread the upper looper with decorative floss.
- Set up the machine for a rolled hem. For a quick tutorial watch the Rolled Hem Set Up video.
- Thread Cording Foot B with heavy crochet thread. You can also use floss or any heavy decorative thread.
- Before you place your fabric under the foot, serge along the cord for about half an inch to ensure that the thread is encased in the rolled hem.
- Place the fabric under the foot and sew along the edge of the fabric.
And now you've completed your wide, cord-filled rolled hem.
To see this demonstrated watch Cording Foot B: Creating a wide filled rolled hem.
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