Red, White & Proud Patriotic Embroidery Project
Show your pride at your next outdoor event.
One of the unwritten rules of summer: just as soon as you get your outdoor tablecloth on the table, a breeze is going to come up.
Here's a patriotic way to keep everything from blowing away. Red, White & Proud tablecloth weights. This is an intermediate level project you can make in about 30 minutes (plus embroidery stitching time). It requires Digitizer MBX embroidery software, a Memory Craft embroidery machine, and we used bright Janome embroidery thread.
The round shape is like a badge of pride, while the teardrop shape is in honor of the ones we have lost. For a real 4th of July feel, you could also make one in the shape of a star.
You can sew weights into the lining or leave the back open and put in a rock or two at your picnic area.
Get complete instructions online for Red, White & Proud.
Software Update: Digitizer MBX Version 4.0Q
Makes your software compatible with the Memory Craft 9900.
If you are an owner of Digitizer MBX software, there's an important free update for you to download.
Digitizer MBX Version 4.0Q will allow you to create designs specifically for the new MC9900 embroidery machine.
Who can use this update? You must own Digitizer MBX V4.0 F/K/M R2. Ask your Janome dealer if you have any questions.
The Digitizer MBX 4.0Q can be dowloaded by going to its Software Updates page and following the link.
Unlimited Creativity In Stitches
Janome's Digitizer software was developed in a collaborative effort with Wilcom International, the industry's top embroidery software developer. It combines easy-to-use functionality with a powerful software engine to give you the freedom to express yourself.
From editing individual stitches to layouts of large, multi-hoop designs and full stitch-out simulations, Digitizer can handle it all with ease.
Whether you are new to digitizing or a seasoned professional, enter the future of embroidery with the Digitizer series of software from Janome. Find out more about it at your Janome dealer.
Free Webinar: Show Your Creative Side With Artistic Software
Embroidery, crystals, and fun come together in this purse project.
Next Tuesday (06/25/2013) you can attend a free online webinar that will show you just how easy it is to explore your creative side with Artistic software.
Artistic Educator Bunny Gates will show you how to use the software to make an adorable little wallet. The wallet can hold your license, credit cards, money and more. It’s quick and easy to make and can be as cute as you want it to be.
Simply sign up for one of the two available times and then attend from your computer or select mobile device. There's no cost but you must register ahead of time:
Noon to 1PM Eastern on 6/25
7 to 8 PM Eastern time on 6/25
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.
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