Jenny Haskins' RNK Events Coming Soon
Learn the tricks and tips used by the Magician Herself, Jenny Haskins!
Jenny Haskins is known the world over for her beautiful embroidery and extraordinary quilts. She and RNK Distributing are putting on an educational tour to help you get the same amazing results.
Jenny won't be appearing in person on this education tour. But you'll get the next best thing: an educator personally trained by Jenny herself. And you will come away with the ability to use the same tips and tricks Jenny uses to get such fantastic results with her embroidery and quilting.
The Jenny Haskins Touch Of Magic Tour 2013 is coming to locations across the US this summer, beginning mid July in Rhode Island. Check for dates and locations in your area.
These are special two-day events where you won't just learn but you'll experience the Jenny Haskins MAGIC first hand. You'll be guided and inspired to new heights of embroidery and quilting!
Each Attendee will take their turn stitching one or more of the six amazing projects using a brand new state of the art embroidery machine provided for them.
Go to the official RNK Productions Touch Of Magic Tour page.
New Serger Video: Making Blind Hems
This stitch is one of the best reasons to own a serger.
The whole purpose of a blind hem stitch is to make it nearly invisible from the right side of your fabric. It's most often used on garments, like skirts and home décor items, like curtains, giving everything a more professional finish.
The stitch hides itself two ways. First, it's very short on the right side. And second, you use matching thread so it's even harder to see against your fabric.
How To Create A Blind Hem With The Blind Stitch Foot
The foot can be adjusted to fit the depth of your blind hem fold. Simply turn the screw to adjust the bite into the fabric.
- Thread the machine for a 3 thread wide overedge stitch, according to the manual instructions.
- Set the stitch length to 5.
- Attach the foot to the machine.
- Fold your fabric the depth of your hem, then back on itself, leaving an edge available.
- Adjust the fold along the guide so that the left needle barely pierces the fold.
- Now begin stitching your hem, aligning the fold with the guide on the foot. As you go, the needle will just catch the edge of the fold.
And you've created a blind hem.
To see this demonstrated watch the video Blind Stitch Foot: Making blind hems.
Horizon Memory Craft 12000 Inspiration Workbook
Tips, tricks, and step-by-step instructions for getting the most out of your machine.
If you own a Horizon Memory Craft 12000, you now have a new resource for getting the most out of your sewing, quilting and embroidery machine.
This 64 page Workbook was developed by our instructors to give you better knowledge of your MC12000 so that you will be able to use all of the functions of this machine.
Inside you'll find easy-to-follow instructions for everything from basic set up and adjusting your preferences to using the included HorizonLink software.
You'll get practical exercises to try out what you've just learned as well as some fun techniques to enhance your sewing experience.
No matter what level sewist you are, this workbook will be a reference guide you can turn to at any time to learn something new or refresh your memory.
The Horizon Memory Craft 12000 Workbook is available at your local, authorized Janome dealer.
Great Bank Vacuum Model: The Original Bank
The vacuum that started it all.
We've told you the story of vacuum store owner, Greg Bank, who saw his customers choosing a combination of wood, tile and area rugs for their homes.
But the major vacuum makers were still designing machines for homes with wall-to-wall carpeting.
So Mr. Bank set out to design a vacuum that could thoroughly clean a combination of flooring surfaces at a reasonable price.
His flagship model: The Bank Vacuum.
Light weight and easy to use, The Bank Vacuum gives you better performance than any other vacuum in its class. It features the most powerful suction, the highest possible airflow, and S-Class filtration (superior to HEPA).
Watch the YouTube video about The Bank Vacuum.
Check our Janome dealer locator to see who in your area carries Bank Vacuums. Look for this icon:
Then pay them a visit and try out a Bank Vacuum for yourself.
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.
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