New Project: Maureen Cracknell's Typography Quilt
Here's a quilt project that's just your "type."
Strictly speaking, typography is all about typefaces and creative layouts with words.
But for her Typography Quilt project creative quilter Maureen Cracknell has thrown in the typewriter too. Several of these were fussy cut and then appliquéd onto the quilt blocks.
A talented blogger and a member of our Janome Horizon Memory Craft 12000 Independent Design Team, Maureen says the fonts on the machine were a big part of the fun. This is a Quilt-As-You-Go style quilt, made with log cabin style blocks, including a simple and fun appliqué. She created the stitched typography using the built-in text stitches in her Horizon Memory Craft 12000 sewing machine.
Maureen says, "This is definitely one of my new, most favorite styles of quilting!"
Her finished quilt comprises twelve 17" squares, but she says that you can make your quilt blocks in any pattern and size.
This project requires intermediate to advanced quilting skills. And will take several days to complete. Get complete instructions for the Typography Quilt project.
Win A Memory Craft 9900 In The FaveQuilts Sweepstakes
It's the embroidery machine that's as unique as you! Contest ends June 2nd.
The Memory Craft 9900 lets you take your creative expression in any direction you can imagine. All the best features are here for embroidery, garment sewing, home décor, fabric crafting, and quilting. All in a machine that's just the right size for any sewing space.
Plus the MC9900 comes with those fun faceplates you can switch out to match your mood.
Just image what color your mood will be when you win your own MC9900 in the FaveQuilts Facebook sweepstakes. It takes just a few seconds to enter. (See the entry page for complete rules.)
The Serious Embroidery Machine That's A Great Value
The MC9900 has the most stable embroidery unit Janome has ever produced. It's precise. In fact, the stitch quality is so precise, it's possible to embroider fine lace designs on certain types of organza without stabilizer!
It's fast (1000 spm). And it's remarkably quiet.
Have You Visited FaveQuilts.com?
If you love quilting, they should be on your bookmarks list. They have thousands of free quilt patterns, free quilted gift ideas, and quilting tutorials for beginners. And they add new projects and tips every day. Plus, they have a number of free quilting ebooks. Go to FaveQuilts.com.
New Serger Video: How To Stabilize A Seam To Prevent Stretching
An easy solution using Cording Foot B with your serger.
Knits are great because they're stretchy. But there may be times when you want a seam in your knit fabric to hold its shape and not stretch--like a shoulder or a v-neck.
You can stabilize a seam to make it non-stretchy by inserting a piece of "cording" while you serge. Your cording can be heavy crochet thread, floss or any heavier decorative thread.
Cording Foot B is designed to automatically insert cording as you serge your seam. The result is a knit seam that won't stretch.
How To Stabilize A Seam With Cording
- Begin by setting up your machine for a normal 4 thread overlock, according to manual settings.
- Insert the cord through the hole on the front of the foot, and attach the foot to the machine.
- Place your two pieces of knit fabric right sides together.
- Then serge along the edge.
The resulting seam won’t stretch because the inserted cording stabilizes it.
To see this demonstrated watch the video Cording Foot B: Stabilize a seam to prevent stretching.
Designs In Machine Embroidery's Special Digital Issue - Sponsored In Part By Janome
67 pages of inspiration - free for you!
The "Summer Special Release" of Designs in Machine Embroidery is an enhanced digital edition sponsored in part by Janome.
It may be FREE but they packed this 67 page special issue with educational material for newbies, intermediate, and advanced embroiderers. You also get 10+ projects, free embroidery designs, videos from sponsors and access to leading companies in the embroidery industry.
Devour the expert information on stabilizers and how to embroider on ribbon, polos and t-shirts! Learn to create continuous embroidery with confidence. Stitch a little something for the man in your life, and develop your designer’s eye – all in this one special issue!
Special Interactive PDF
Download the Summer Special Release issue as a .zip file to your computer. Unzip it to access the PDF file, which you can read and enjoy from the convenience of your desktop computer or laptop.
Eileen Roche, creator of Designs in Machine Embroidery, has a short video that explains all the ways to navigate the issue and access all the multimedia resourches. Watch the video on the download page.
ScrapBusters Week On Sew4Home
Pull out your Janome and your fabric stash bag and whip up something wonderful!
We all love little projects – especially if they can be done on the spur of the moment, using fabric from your stash and leftover notions. That's the idea behind Sew4Home's ongoing ScrapBuster projects. As the exclusive sewing machine sponsor of this very creative site, we are big fans of ScrapBusters because they are great excuses to break-out any Janome machine and whip up a quick and easy project. Look through these five new options to make for yourself or give as a gift.
1) Ditch the brown bag and lighten up your lunch table with their very cute insulated lunch bag. If you have a Janome Walking foot or an Ultra Glide foot, either is great when working with the PUL used for the bag's lining.
2) Make a clever pouch you can slip on a belt and keep both hands free. Drop your smart phone in a pocket at the back and use the zippered front pocket to hold cash, change, credit cards or other necessities.
3) Their Dresser Top Coin Catcher is a beautiful way to organize all those bits and pieces of stuff that clutter up any surface in the house. Learn how easy it is to put in metal grommets.
4) Using the built-in AcuFeed Flex™ system on the Memory Craft Horizon 8900 QCP, Sew4Home created a super-professional Door Stop Cube. AcuFeed Flex™ makes working with the heavy layers easy, and also allows for super precise topstitching.
5) Embellished Ribbon Bookmarks are a pretty gift with unlimited creative options. Sew4Home shows you clever way to use your ribbon scraps, including how pretty it is to add decorative stitching.
The Janome Sewing Family - 15 And Counting
They own a total of 31 Janome machines!
For 11 years, a group of women have been getting together for one weekend in April to do sewing, quilting, fabric shopping, enjoy great food, and do lots of catching up.
Unlike most sewing groups, these women have one major thing in common: they're all related.
Hailing from Minnesota, Texas, and Iowa, they are five sisters, their daughters, granddaughters, cousins, daughter-in-laws, and nieces.
And they all use just one brand of sewing machine--Janome/New Home!
New Accessories Catalog Now Available At Your Janome Dealer
Find the all accessories designed just for your Janome machine.
Let's say you want a professional looking hem along the bottom of your drapes. So you decide to finish them with a blind hem stitch because it's virtually invisible. Smart idea.
Now all you need to do is get a Blind Hem Foot and it'll be easy. But which of the four kinds of blind hem feet is designed for your specific Janome?
Don't worry, that's easy too. Because your Janome dealer has just the right tool to help you purchase the correct Blind Hem Foot or any other optional accessory for your machine.
He or she has just received the new Janome Accessories Catalog.
Drop by their store to quickly find information on all the accessories you want--from presser feet to embroidery hoops to sewing cabinets. And everything for your serger and coverstitch machine too.
The catalog is cross-referenced to ensure you get exactly the right model of accessory for your machine.
It even includes information on accessories for "retired" Janomes that are no longer in production.
Visit your nearest Janome dealer and bring home the feet and accessories to make your next project a success.
Janome At The Tokyo Hobby Show
The event brough in more than 130,000 visitors from around the world.
With nearly 2.5 million square feet of space, the Tokyo International Exhibition Center has earned the popular nickname Tokyo Big Sight.
At the end of April it was a big sight indeed when over 600 hobby-related exhibitors from around the world gathered to display their newest and best in dozens of categories. You could see everything from the latest in doll collecting to painting to knitting, and lots of sewing and craft.
Of course Janome was there with the latest machines.
New Anna Maria Horner Project With Videos
Make her original Pleasant Pathways Shorts.
Anna Maria Horner shows once again that your Janome sewing machine + a little creativity = style that purchased clothing can't match.
Her latest project is called Pleasant Pathway Shorts. Not only is it a project every teen girl will love to wear, but it shows just why you want all those fun 9mm stitches on your Horizon Memory Craft 12000.
Anna Maria has created two videos for the project. The Intro Video is a short overview about her inspiration for creating these shorts. In the Project Highlights video she takes you step-by-step through the project, from selecting the materials all the way through to the finish. See both videos here.
Instructions & Pattern
Get complete instructions for the Pleasant Pathway Shorts Project as a PDF file, with lots of great illustrations and notes from Anna Maria. You can also download the Pleasant Pathway Shorts Pattern as a PDF. Download the instructions and pattern here.
Anna Maria says that the real star of this project is her MC12000 with all its gorgeous decorative stitches. "I know it's given me a million different ideas about what I want to do next."
Starting Today: Let's Celebrate Mom! Special Financing Offer This Weekend Only
Go on an interest-free Janome shopping spree starting TODAY.
Make this a Mother's Day weekend to remember with a very special financing offer at your participating Janome dealer.
Bring home your dream sewing machine, or your dream sewing machine and a cabinet, or a dream sewing machine and a serger . . . you get the idea. And you can pay for your purchase over two years with no interest. But you have to get to take advantage of this Let's Celebrate Mom offer by this Sunday, 05/12/2013.
Here's the deal in a nutshell: purchase a Janome machine (or any combination of products) for $1,000 or more on a GE Capital Credit card and simply make the 24 monthly payments on time. It's like saving up for your new machine in reverse--you can take it home now and pay for it over the next two years with no interest (as long as you meet the financing requirements). See the full details at the bottom of this page.
Choose the top-of-the-line Horizon Memory Craft 12000, the brand new Horizon Memory Craft 8900 Quilter's Companion Pro, or purchase a combination of machines, software, and furniture to completely outfit your sewing room.
You get to decide which Janome products to buy. And $1000 is just the minimum.
But you only have through close-of-business Sunday to get this special offer. Find your nearest, participating Janome dealer right now and get down to their store.
The No Interest For 24 Months offer runs 05/10/2013 - 05/12/2013 at your participating Janome dealer in the US. Subject to credit approval.
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