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Tuesday, 23 April 2013 00:00

New Serger Video: Creating Cording

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Use Cording Foot B to create your own couching cording.

685-new-serger-video-creating-cordingSewing cording onto the top of fabric (a technique called "couching") is a great way to add dimensional embelleshment.

It's even better when you make custom cording exactly the color, or combination of colors, you want.

Here's an easy technique for doing this, using your Janone serger with Cording Foot B.

How To Create Couching Cording With Cording Foot B

  1. Set up your serger for a rolled hem, with decorative floss in the upper looper.
  2. Thread TWO strands of decorative thread through the hole in the foot.
  3. Now serge over the two threads, encasing both in a rolled hem.


And now you've created a cord with a little more substance that you can couch down to give surface embellishment to your project.

To see this demonstrated watch the video Cording Foot B: Create your own cording for couching.

Then visit your local Janome dealer to try it out for yourself and pick up this optional serger foot.

Watch How To Create Custom Cording

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Monday, 22 April 2013 00:00

It's Janome Week On Sew4Home

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Follow along as our friends at Sew4Home present a special series of Janome projects.

684-its-janome-week-on-sew4homeAs their exclusive sewing machine sponsor, Janome machines and accessories are always featured on Sew4Home.com. However, this week is an extra special series of Janome-focused techniques and projects.

Today, they have an article showing how to identify the the basic parts of a sewing machine. They've used the new Magnolia 7360 as their model, and it's a great out-of-the-box tutorial if you are new to sewing... but, it never hurts for any of us to brush up on our basic skills Laughing.

Later in the week, you'll discover four new projects to add to your creative to-do list: a set of decorative stitch pillows complete with free templates for an intersecting line grid, a starburst, and a spiral; free embroidery design downloads to embellish a set of ready-made table linens; a beautiful quilted bed runner; and an apron that pulls all of the week's techniques into one project: decorative stitching, quilting and embroidery!

Stop by each day to join in the fun. Then, make Sew4Home a regular habit. There's new inspriation and information every weekday. 

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Friday, 19 April 2013 00:00

New Accessory: Universal Table Now Compatible With The MC9900

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A sturdy sewing table with an insert designed for your specific machine.

683-new-accessory-universal-table-now-compatible-with-the-mc9900Having the extra work room and fabric support of a custom flatbed sewing cabinet really enhances your sewing experience.

Janome's Universal Sewing Table now makes this possible for the Memory Craft 9900 embroidery machine thanks to a new optional insert.

Made with a frame of tubular steel, this table includes a generous storage compartment (just the right size for your MC9900 embroidery unit) and a supply drawer. The table surface is 45” x 17.5” -- room enough for even the biggest embroidery projects. The top is made from a scratch resistant formica surface and includes a built-in ruler.

You'll find extra storage space in the roomy pockets of the canvas skirt--without sacrificing any room in your sewing space. The Universal Sewing Table is the perfect foundation for your sewing machine.

The Universal Table is also compatible with the MC12000, MC11000 SE, MC11000, MC8900, MC8200, MC7700, MC6600, MC6500, and MC6300.

See your Janome dealer to find out more about the new optional insert for the MC9900 and to get the Universal Sewing Table that's set up for your machine.

Find Out More About The Universal Table

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Thursday, 18 April 2013 00:00

New Serger Video: Setting Up For A Rolled Hem

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How to set up your serger for this essential stitch.

682-new-serger-video-rolled-hemThe rolled hem looks like a very tight and narrow satin stitch on the edge of your fabric. For example, you can see this professional looking stitch on many purchased napkins.

And it's one of those stitches that you can use on many different projects. It's no exaggeration to say that the rolled hem alone makes it worth owning a serger.

It takes just a few steps to set up your Janome serger for this stitch.

How To Set Up Your Serger For A 3 Thread Rolled Hem

  1. Begin by tightening the tension on the Right Needle.
  2. Set the pre-tension slider to the Rolled Hem setting.
  3. Change the stitch length from Standard to Rolled Hem. Or you can go slightly smaller if you want to make the stitches closer together.
  4. Open up the front of the serger to disengage the Stitch Finger.
  5. First lower the blade.
  6. Then press in the cutting blade adjustment knob on the left side of the machine. This will move the cutting blade out of the way and let you move the Stitch Finger slider from "S" for standard to "R" for the Rolled Hem position.
  7. Close up the front of the machine.


And you're ready to serge a rolled hem.

To see this demonstrated, watch the video How To Set Up Your Serger For A Rolled Hem.

And for all the accessories and advice you need for your Janome serger, see your local Janome dealer.

Watch How To Set Up For A Rolled Hem

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Wednesday, 17 April 2013 00:00

Powered By Janome: Andres The Quilting Guy At Mad Tesla

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This "computer guy" is crazy about modern quilting.

681-powered-by-janome-andres-the-quilting-guy-at-mad-teslaIt'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.

Check out Andres' latest projects on his Mad Tesla blog. And try out his quilting machine at your local Janome dealer.

Go To The Mad Tesla Blog

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Tuesday, 16 April 2013 00:00

New Video: Piping Foot

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It's not hard to add this accent to your projects.

680-new-video-piping-footPiping 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

  1. Place your cording in the center of the fabric, and then wrap the fabric around it.
  2. With the Piping Foot on your machine, move the needle to a left position so it just barely clears the needle hole.
  3. Hand crank the needle to make sure it will safely clear the hole in the foot.
  4. Feed the encased cording into the groove on the underside of the foot.
  5. 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.

Then go see your local Janome dealer to try out this useful foot for yourself and make sure you get the right version for your Janome sewing machine.

Watch How To Use The Piping Foot

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Monday, 15 April 2013 00:00

Mother's Day Project Ideas From Sew4Home

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Mom's special day is coming up on May 12th this year.

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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.

Go To Mother's Day Week at Sew4Home

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Friday, 12 April 2013 00:00

Janome Partner Bank Vacuums: Meet The Bank President

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Cleans carpet and bare floors all in one great vacuum.

678-janome-partner-bank-vacuums-meet-the-bank-presidentToday 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.

See the complete features of The Bank President vacuum. Then use our dealer locator and look for the Bank Vacuum icon to find the dealer nearest you.

Find Out More About The Bank President Vacuum

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Thursday, 11 April 2013 00:00

New Accessory: Optic Magnifier For The MC8900, MC8200 & MC9900

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For when you really need to see up close.

677-new-accessory-optic-magnifierThe 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

  1. Place the AcuView Magnifier in position under the holder on the front of the machine.
  2. Align the upper prong with the reception location for the magnifier.
  3. 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.

Find Out More About The Optic Magnifier

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Wednesday, 10 April 2013 00:00

New Video: Pintucking Foot & Cord Guide Set

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This accessory set makes pintucks easy.

676-new-video-pintucking-foot-a-cord-guide-setPintucks 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

  1. Set up your machine for sewing with two threads. Then, thread the machine with both threads.
  2. Insert a twin needle and thread both eyes.
  3. Replace the bobbin case cover with the Pintuck Cord Guide.
  4. Choose your desired Pintuck Foot and attach it to the machine.
  5. Insert the cord into the cord guide.
  6. Choose a straight stitch.
  7. Place your fabric under the foot, but over the cord. 
  8. 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.

Watch The Pintucking Foot And Cord Guide Video

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