New Accessory: AcuFeed Flex Open Toe Foot For The MC12000, MC8900 & MC8200
Get a better view when doing decorative stitching on layers.
The AcuFeed Flex™ Layered Fabric Feeding System has become a favorite among quilters for its ability to move bulky layers of fabric in perfect sync. The system, which features feet in two widths, was first introduced on the Horizon Memory Craft 12000.
The AcuFeed Flex™ Open Toe Foot is a wide width 9 mm foot that features an open configuration to give you a better view of your stitching. It's especially useful when you're doing a decorative stitch and want to make sure it's lining up exactly right.
This wide-stance foot uses both of the upper feed dogs in conjunction with the lower feed dogs. So you get extra feeding traction with all of your machine's wider decorative stitches.
When you're not using it, the upper feed mechanism quickly detaches from the machine, and the foot is easily detached from the holder. For easier installation and removal, the rotation stopper has been eliminated, making it easier to access the screw.
To see the AcuFeed Flex™ Open Toe Foot in action, watch the video AcuFeed Flex™ System Intro.
Then see your local Janome dealer to try it out this optional accessory for yourself.
Powered By Janome: Shelly Mattingly With Tickle Me P.J.'s
This advertising executive has turned her favorite hobby into a little business.
Shelly Mattingly has created her own line of flashy, fun pajamas. With bold fabric designs and wide ribbon drawstrings, Tickle Me PJs help you to "Go to sleep with a SMILE." And she makes all her fun creations on a basic Janome sewing machine.
Shelly learned to sew in the third grade when her mother enrolled her in the local 4-H Home Economics program. And she's been sewing ever since.
Shelly started making pajamas when she had daughters of her own. They were ballet dancers and as they got older she wanted them to wear something over their leotards and tights. She says they weren't fond of sweats so they decided to wear their PJ Bottoms.
"They were rather unsightly so I decided to purchase some new ones," Shelly says. "I was very disappointed with the PJ’s available in the store so I purchased some cute fabric, trims and a pattern and decided to make them. They were such a hit at the studio that other moms asked if they could pay for my PJ’s."
That was the beginning of Tickle Me PJs. Now she sells her original creations at several boutiques, and also makes coordinating sets for cheer and dance teams.
Shelly discovered Janome when her other brand of machine had to be repaired. While it was in the shop, she was was desperate for something to sew on and went shopping for a second machine so she would always have a backup. After testing several models, she decided on a Janome Harmony 8080. "I love the simplicity of the machine," she says. "I change thread colors a lot and it's a breeze to thread." It's a reliable machine that has given Shelly hours of relaxation away from her other job as an Advertising Executive.
Find out more about Shelley's creations on her Tickle Me PJs Facebook page.
New Serger Video: Creating Cording
Use Cording Foot B to create your own couching cording.
Sewing 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.
How To Create Couching Cording With Cording Foot B
- Set up your serger for a rolled hem, with decorative floss in the upper looper.
- Thread TWO strands of decorative thread through the hole in the foot.
- 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.
It's Janome Week On Sew4Home
Follow along as our friends at Sew4Home present a special series of Janome projects.
As 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 .
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.
New Accessory: Universal Table Now Compatible With The MC9900
A sturdy sewing table with an insert designed for your specific machine.
Having the extra work room and fabric support of a custom flatbed sewing cabinet really enhances your sewing experience.
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.
New Serger Video: Setting Up For A Rolled Hem
How to set up your serger for this essential stitch.
The 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
- Begin by tightening the tension on the Right Needle.
- Set the pre-tension slider to the Rolled Hem setting.
- Change the stitch length from Standard to Rolled Hem. Or you can go slightly smaller if you want to make the stitches closer together.
- Open up the front of the serger to disengage the Stitch Finger.
- First lower the blade.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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