Powered by Janome: Debbie Grifka of Esch House Quilts
Modern quilts are her passion.
One day in 2002, Debbie Grifka began to work on a wall hanging. Though she'd done some garment and home decor sewing, she'd never taken on a large scale project before.
Debbie says, "I’m not really sure what combination of factors led me to start that day, but I have been obsessed ever since. I love designing and making quilts!"
As a little girl Debbie was taught to sew by her mom. Then in junior high she took a garment making class. But her passion for quilting didn't happen until that fateful day in 2002 when she started the wall hanging.
The idea of participating in an online community led her to start her blog in 2009. She says that she was having lots of fun reading other people's blogs and seeing their photos on Flickr and really wanted to participate in that sharing. Recently, she was able to quit her part time job and devote herself to full time quilting and designing quilts.
Debbie says she discovered Janome while researching a new machine.
"I talked to many fellow sewists and quilters about what machines they owned and how they liked them," she says. "There were two final factors that led me to pick Janome and, specifically, the 7700. I quilt all my own quilts and plan to continue to do so, so the throat space was a very important part of my decision. The Janome 7700 offered the most throat space in my price range."
She also liked her local dealer who had helped her keep her old machine running. "The dealership has been in business for over 60 years, so I felt good knowing they will be there if I have any problems."
Debbie says that the three features she most looked forward to having were needle up/down, a walking foot and the large throat space. "Two of the features that have surprised me by how much I love them are the automatic needle threader and the thread cutter." She adds that quilting is much easier on the 7700.
Even though she's an experienced quilter, Debbie continues to try new techniques. One thing she's really looking forward to learning is free motion quilting. "I've been too busy to set time aside to do it yet, but I think starting in March (after QuiltCon), I will set aside a few hours a week to work on it."
Put A Gift In It: New Sew4Home Series
Four great carriers for gifts and more: bag, basket, pouch and tub.
Our creative friends at Sew4Home.com, where Janome America is the exclusive sponsor, have a fun series of innovative project ideas to wrap up something special for a special someone.
Pick out a few inexpensive items at the store and build your own custom-themed basket for a baby or wedding shower, birthday or housewarming or any time you need a unique present. Wrapping up everyday items in a handmade carrier, especially one the gift recipient can use again and again, turns the ordinary into something super special.
Sew4Home projects can be done on any Janome machine, and with their easy, step-by-step instructions, you are virtually guaranteed success.
Trendy Weekender Shoulder Bag: With two inside pockets and its unique tall design, the bag holds a surprising amount of stuff at a finished size of just 12" x 9" x 2".
Fill 'er Up Gift Baskets: Wide and shallow, these are designed to be the perfect, easy-to-fill gift baskets. Directions are given for two sizes that nest together.
Fabric Wallets: Super cute and super easy mini pouch. Tuck in a gift card or a romantic note along with a special token of your love.
Jumbo Fabric Tub: Whether you're doing the laundry, need jumbo storage for knitting or other crafting supplies, or want to put together a king-size gift package - this jumbo round basket is the project for you!
New Project: Travel Series By Amy Meek - Shoe Bag
Dirty shoes and clean clothes don't mix.
Problem: You need to bring along several pairs of shoes when you're traveling. But you don't want the dirty soles of your favorite walking shoes smudging your clean clothes.
Solution: This handy shoe bag. Make it from any woven fabric (or even nylon if you want it to be moisture-proof) and you can safely tuck your shoes inside before putting them in your suitcase.
Amy Meek's Shoe Bag Project is part of her Travel Series of easy sewing projects that are extremely useful if you're going on a trip. You can make the shoe bag in about an hour with beginner skills, using any Janome sewing machine.
Even when you're not traveling, you can use your shoe bag to keep your dress shoes from getting dusty in the closet, or for bringing home especially dirty shoes after a camping trip.
Other Projects In The Travel Series
New AcuFeed Flex Holder & Foot (VD-Single-9mm): For MC12000, 8900 & 8200
Use these for zippers and other narrow work.
The AcuFeed Flex feeding system evenly feeds fabric from both the top and bottom. The system includes two types of foot holders: the Dual attachment, which has two upper feed dogs and uses wider feet, and the Single attachment, which has one upper feed dog and uses narrower feet for work like installing zippers.
The Single AcuFeed Flex foot holder and narrow VD foot are standard accessories on the Horizon Memory Craft 12000. Now they're available as optional accessories for the Memory Craft 8900 QCP and Memory Craft 8200 QC.
The VD foot is ideal for when you to stitch as closely as possible, like on a zipper. Watch a video demonstration using this foot to install a lap zipper.
How To Install An AcuFeed Flex Foot (Wide Or Narrow)
To use an AcuFeed Flex foot, you first install it on the foot holder, then attach the foot holder to the machine:
- Place the pins of the foot in the grooves of the ankle, and then push them together. (To change the foot, pull the foot out of the grooves, and put the new foot in place.)
- To attach the AcuFeed Flex system to your machine, first loosen the screw on the side of the shaft and remove the current ankle.
- Hold the AcuFeed Flex system in place and tighten the screw.
To see this demonstrated watch the video AcuFeed Flex System Intro.
0% Interest for Three Years - Wow!
Now through Tuesday the 19th, you could get 0% interest on any purchase over $2500!
If you've had your eyes on a new Janome, now is the time to buy! At participating dealers until February 19th, our Presidents' Day Sale is offering 0% financing until 2016 on purchases over $2,500.
That means you can take your pick of the Horizon Memory Craft 12000, Horizon Memory Craft 8900, MB-4 multi-needle embroidery machine, or other great Janome machines and accessory packages totalling $2,500 and not pay interest for 36 months.
Contact your local Janome dealer to find out more about these fabulous savings, then hurry in - our sale ends Tuesday, February 19th!
Happy Valentine's Day
Our Gift To You: Free Heart Designs - Free Project.
Just in time for Valentine's Day, Janome Educator Mary Carollo made this love-ly pillow with original digitized designs created using Artistic Suite V6 software.
Mary loves creating unique new designs by adding outline effects to simple shapes - and the creative opportunities in Artistic are nearly endless, with 566 outline styles. Her instructions teach you how to create these designs using either Artistic Suite V6 or Artistic Crystals.
So, treat yourself this Valentine's Day and learn some new skills in your software. Or if you prefer to get stitching right away, simply download the fabulous free designs to use in your own project.
Get A Sneak Peek Of Our Newest Machine
Coming March 1, 2013: The Memory Craft 9900
It's brand new... and as unique as you!
The latest Memory Craft model from Janome hits the scene on March 1st at your local, participating Janome America Dealer.
We have a sneak online peek for you today. See some of the amazing projects we've made, and get a glimpse of the fun we had putting together all the information about this wonderful new model.
It's a new journey to sewing, embroidery and beyond!
New Project: Travel Series By Amy Meek--Luggage Tag
The custom look helps you quickly ID your bag.
Why just write or print your information on a luggage tag, when you can embroider it?
As part of her ongoing Travel Series, Amy Meek has designed an embroidered Luggage Tag project that's both functional and very cool looking.
On the back you see a colorful swatch of neoprene, which will help you identify your bag on the carousel. On the other side, it's your contact information just in case your luggage gets lost.
The project requires an embroidery machine, but you can make it in an hour or less with Beginner sewing skills.
It's best if this luggage tag is only seen by perfect strangers. Because if your friends or family see it, they're all going to want you to make them one.
New Concealed Zipper Foot Z (9mm): For MC12000, 8900 & 8200
Now available for MC8900 and MC8200 Machines.
If you're going to make high quality clothes, you need to be able to install an invisible (or concealed) zipper. Many sewists avoid any kind of zipper, let alone one with an extra flap of fabric.
The truth is it's really not that hard. All you need are step-by-step instructions and a zipper foot that will let you sew as close to the fastener as possible.
Concealed Zipper Foot Z (9mm) was originally released as a standard accessory for the Horizon Memory Craft 12000, but you can now get it for Janome's other 9mm machines: MC8900 and MC8200. This foot is especially good for getting close to the zipper.
How To Install A Concealed Zipper With Concealed Zipper Foot Z
- On the touchscreen of your Horizon Memory Craft 12000 choose "Sewing Applications." Then "Zippers." Then "Concealed Zipper."
- With the Standard Foot A still on your machine, sew the seam up to your zipper opening, leaving your zipper opening unsewn.
- Choose "Basting." And baste the opening closed.
- Remove the Standard Foot, and attach Zipper Foot Z.
- Sew down the right side of the zipper teeth, using the far left of the foot.
- Remove Zipper Foot Z and attach Zipper Foot E.
- Fold the project to one side, leaving the seam allowance available.
- Stitch down the top of the zipper to the seam allowance.
- Flip the project over to the other side.
- Stitch the zipper tape down to the seam allowance.
- Remove the basting stitches.
- Remove Zipper Foot E and attach Concealed Zipper Foot Z again.
- Position the coils into the far right slot and sew along the coils of the zipper.
And now you've successfully installed a concealed zipper.
To see this demonstrated watch the video Concealed Zipper Foot Z: Installing A Concealed Zipper.
Get this optional accessory at your authorized Janome dealer.
New ARTISTIC Project: Reverse Appliqué Monogram Pillow
Looking for a new twist on the traditional monogram?
With a Reverse Appliqué Monogram, you'll cut out the negative space of the monogram rather than the letter itself. This technique gives you a new dimension not found with traditional appliqué.
This throw pillow project requires an embroidery machine (you can use a Memory Craft 12000, 11000, 10001, 9700, or 9500).
You'll also need a PC running Artistic Suite V6 software. And you'll use the cutting needle blades included with Artistic Suite V6.
On your computer, you'll create your monogram layout, assign an appliqué stitch, and then set up the cutting blades to cut it out with amazing accuracy.
The effect is quite stunning. But because it all happens in the hoop, it's very easy.
Just follow Maddie's step-by-step instructions.
Artistic Suite V6 software contains a wide variety of amazing features and functionality, including cutwork, TrueType font conversion, appliqué, fabric cutting, decorative stitches, and heat transfer.
It also includes a revolutionary rhinestone application, which allows you to add them to sewing and crafting projects like never before. Any shape, including logos, clip art, or imported graphics, can be easily designed for rhinestones. The software then sends the design to a digital cutter for template creation.
You'll also find a powerful monogram feature - insert 3 characters for monogramming, freely edit monogram shapes with a Node Editor, and create a monogram from any TrueType font.
You can use any of the thousands of designs in the software or make your own shapes to create fun and interesting designs with crystals. Write out words or make hearts or butterflies--it all just takes a few minutes.
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