Powered By Janome: Andres The Quilting Guy At Mad Tesla
This "computer guy" is crazy about modern quilting.
It's unusual for a guy whose biggest hobby is complex, online computer games to suddenly give that up for quilting.
But then Andres Rosales is an unusual guy.
An IT professional by day, he spends his off hours at his Janome machines creating sophisticated modern quilts.
He can trace it all back to his roommate asking him to help set up a website for the Modern Quilt Guild of Ventura, California.
"In January 2012 Maureen helped start a local chapter of the Modern Quilt Guild," says Andres. "I was asked to join the board to help with computer-related (website, email, etc.) issues. I was at a point where I wanted a new hobby."
Maureen took him under her wing and taught him to sew. Andres pieced his first block for the March meeting and says that he hasn't looked back since.
It was definitely the "modern" take on quilting that caught his fancy. Andres says that Maureen, a long-time quilter, had taken him to quilt shows in the past. But, he says, not much interested him until he was exposed to The Modern Quilt Guild. "Their aesthetic spoke to me and that's what got me quilting."
Andres first sewed on Maureen's Janome MC6600 Professional--a machine that she's very happy with. So when he decided to buy his first machine he went to her dealer (Art & Jenny’s Sewing Machine Center) and got a great price on a DC2012. Andres says he loved the machine and has became a life-long Janome customer.
So for his next machine he bought a Horizon 7700QCP. Andres says his top three favorite features are the 11 inch work space (that's the BIG seller), the superior feed system, and the automated plate converter.
New Video: Piping Foot
It's not hard to add this accent to your projects.
Piping really gives your home decor and garment projects a professional finish. It's easy to make and easy to install, using the optional Piping Foot.
You can use either a purchased bias strip or cut your own strip of fabric. It can be either straight of grain or bias.
How To Install Piping
- Place your cording in the center of the fabric, and then wrap the fabric around it.
- With the Piping Foot on your machine, move the needle to a left position so it just barely clears the needle hole.
- Hand crank the needle to make sure it will safely clear the hole in the foot.
- Feed the encased cording into the groove on the underside of the foot.
- Choose a straight stitch and sew down the side of the encased cord to create your custom piping.
It's that easy.
To see this demonstrated, watch the video Piping Foot: How To Make Your Own Piping.
Mother's Day Project Ideas From Sew4Home
Mom's special day is coming up on May 12th this year.
No need to panic... our creative friends at Sew4Home.com have a wonderful series of handmade, heartfelt gift perfect for any Mom! As the exclusive sewing machine sponsor, we're always confident Sew4Home's projects can be easily completed on any Janome machine.
Check out all five project ideas for the mother, mother-in-law or grandmother in your life. You can choose from a vintage half apron with a set of matching hot pads, a set of amazing pleated pillowcases, a clever note pad folder to go, a pair of beautiful, easy and inexpensive chiffon scarf ideas, and a jumbo farmer's market tote made of colorful cotton laminate inside and out (pull out the Janome Ultra Glide foot for that one)!
While you're there, browse through some of the Sew4Home technique articles, such as Working With Laminates and Sewing With Sheers. They are full of useful tips and always feature the best Janome accessory to make the job faster and easier. These posts are done with the beginning sewist in mind so the steps and photos are very clear and detailed. But even if you're a sewing pro, they are great refresher articles.
Janome Partner Bank Vacuums: Meet The Bank President
Cleans carpet and bare floors all in one great vacuum.
Today we're featuring another high-value, high-performance vacuum from Janome's new partner The Bank Vacuum Company.
The company was founded by Greg Bank, owner of a chain of successful vacuum stores in Florida. He saw that his customers were moving away from wall-to-wall carpeting in their homes and increasingly choosing a combination of wood, tile and area rugs.
The problem for Greg and his customers was that the major vacuum makers were still designing machines for wall-to-wall carpeting. There were no machines available to clean a combination of surfaces at a reasonable price.
So Mr. Bank designed and began manufacturing his own vacuum cleaners.
The Bank President was developed in reponse to the demand for a heavy duty, upright vacuum that's still light weight.
It's the only upright vacuum with a natural bristle bare floor attachment right on the vacuum. This makes vacuuming your hard floors a breeze. You also get a dusting brush and crevice tool right at your fingertips, making it even easier and faster to clean your whole house floor to ceiling.
Watch the video demonstration of The Bank President on YouTube.
New Accessory: Optic Magnifier For The MC8900, MC8200 & MC9900
For when you really need to see up close.
The Optic Magnifier was first introduced on our top-of-the-line Horizon Memory Craft 12000. This adjustable magnifying glass was the best, hands-free way to see the tiniest detail under the needle.
Now there's an Optic Magnifier made just for the Memory Craft 9900 embroidery machine, and the Memory Craft 8900 and 8200 quilting machines.
When you attach this specially designed lens to your machine, you can view items in the needle area with 1.5x magnification. You simply snap it onto the machine when you want to use it and then tilt or swung it out of the way when you're done.
Attaching the Optic Magnifier is very simple and involves the same steps as attaching the MC12000 AcuView Magnifier.
How To Attach The AcuView Magnifier
- Place the AcuView Magnifier in position under the holder on the front of the machine.
- Align the upper prong with the reception location for the magnifier.
- Push up to click the magnifier in place.
Now it's ready to use.
To see this demonstrated watch the video How To Attach The AcuView Magnifier.
The Optic Magnifier is one of many innovative features that are making the new Memory Craft sewing, quilting and embroidery machines everyone's favorite. To get the Optic Magnifier for your machine, visit your authorized Janome dealer.
New Video: Pintucking Foot & Cord Guide Set
This accessory set makes pintucks easy.
Pintucks are little decorative ridges (or tucks), usually sewn in narrow rows. The ridge is created when a narrow piece of cording is placed under your fabric and you stitch on either side of it with a twin needle. To sew them you need a pintucking foot working in conjunction with a pintucking cord guide.
When you want to make pintucks on your Janome sewing machine, the Pintuck Foot And Cord Guide Set is the accessory to use. The set comes with two feet. (The wider one is for heavier cords. The narrower one is for lighter cords.) And two cord guides that correspond to the feet.
Setting up and creating beautiful pintucks is easy with this set.
How To Create Pintucks With The Pintuck Set
- Set up your machine for sewing with two threads. Then, thread the machine with both threads.
- Insert a twin needle and thread both eyes.
- Replace the bobbin case cover with the Pintuck Cord Guide.
- Choose your desired Pintuck Foot and attach it to the machine.
- Insert the cord into the cord guide.
- Choose a straight stitch.
- Place your fabric under the foot, but over the cord.
- Begin sewing. The bobbin thread works in a zigzag motion between the two top threads, creating a stitch and locking the cording in place.
And now you've created beautiful pintucks.
To see this demonstrated, watch the video Pintucking Foot And Cord Guide: Creating Pintucks.
Try out this and all the other optional sewing machine feet at your local Janome dealer.
New Project Featuring Designs From The "Embroider A Cure" CD
Help a great cause by making this cute tote bag.
Right now the statistics on ovarian cancer are not good: 70% of all women diagnosed with the disease will die from it.
But a number of great organizations are working to find better treatments and eventually a cure. One of them is the Be the Difference Foundation.
When you purchase the Embroider A Cure Design Collection from Designs in Machine Embroidery, 100% of the net proceeds from the sale go to the Be The Difference Foundation.
And to inspire you to get this CD, Janome Educator Sam Fung has created the Embroider A Cure Tote Bag Project. You can make it in an hour with Beginner-Intermediate sewing skills, on any Memory Craft sewing and embroidery machine.
Order your CD today and make this bag to show your support for the fight against this disease.
About The Foundation
Be The Difference Foundation was formed by four ovarian cancer survivors in different phases of survivorship who all share the same passion, to Be the Difference and end the fight against ovarian cancer. Their mission is to help women increase their chance of survival of ovarian cancer by raising money to fund programs for better treatment options, effective early screening, symptomatic and genetic predisposition awareness, and a cure.
Janome dealers, along with other independent sewing retailers, are also supporting the Foundation on its mission to help women increase their chance of survival of ovarian cancer.
Be the difference. Order your design collection today.
New Accessory: Circular Sewing Attachment For The MC9900
This popular accessory is now available for our newest embroidery machine.
With the Circular Sewing Attachment you can choose any decorative or straight stitch on your Janome sewing machine, and sew it in a perfect circle up to 10" in diameter.
It works kind of like a record player. You put your stabilized fabric on a sharp spindle and it rotates as you stitch.
Now there's a Circular Sewing Attachment for the Memory Craft 9900 sewing and embroidery machine.
It's another great way to use the 200 built-in stitches on the MC9900. You can sew a big circle and then nest a series of smaller circles inside of it. Or you could sew a circle with one stitch and then add another stitch right along the edge. It's a popular attachment for quilters because a quilt square is just the right size to easily rotate. But the possibilities for other kinds of projects are endless.
Watch Circular Sewing Attachment Video: Stitching In Circles to see how easy it is to attach it to your machine, how to prepare your fabric, and how to stitch circles of various sizes.
Then get this optional accessory at your local Janome dealer.
New Janome Partner Vacuum: The Bank Robber
Get the power of a full-size vacuum in a compact.
Can you really get the cleaning power of a full size vacuum in a light weight model?
Yes, with The Robber from The Bank Vacuum Company.
This powerful unit glides across any kind of flooring in your house--wood, tile, area rugs, carpeting--and "steals" every last particle of dirt for an amazing clean. You can even use it on walls and furniture.
The Bank Robber comes with a disposable cloth bag and HEPA filtration for allergy sufferers. Variable speed control allows you to control suction depending on the surface you are cleaning—either full power for floors or low power for curtains.
The Robber includes a 20 foot retractable cord, telescoping extension wand, and soft rubber wheels to protect your wood floors.
Watch the video demonstration of The Bank Robber on YouTube.
New AcuFeed Zipper Foot (9mm) and AcuFeed Quilt Piecing Foot: For MC12000, 8900 & 8200
These MC12000 feet are now available for the MC89000 QCP and MC8200 QC.
One of the great innovations on the Horizon Memory Craft 12000 is the AcuFeed Flex™ Fabric Feeding System.
It gives you even better precision than the original AcuFeed System because it utilizes two widths of sewing feet. And you can easily detach it from your machine when you're not using it.
Several specially designed AcuFeed Flex™ feet came standard with the MC12000, but were not available for other machines. We're happy to say that has now changed.
AcuFeed Flex™ Zipper Foot ED
This single width, 9mm foot lets stitch very close to the zipper. And the AcuFeed Flex™ System keeps your fabric layers from shifting and distorting your zipper as you sew your seams. Watch the video on how to install a lapped zipper with this foot.
AcuFeed Flex™ 1/4 Inch Foot OD
The 1/4" foot OD, sometimes referred to as the Quilt Piecing foot, is a quilter's dream. It has a built-in flange to keep your seams right at 1/4" all the way around. Watch the video introduction to the AcuFeed Flex™ System, which includes this foot.
Both of these optional feet are available at your authorized Janome dealer.
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