Powered by Janome: Angela Pingel
This former high school math teacher and interior designer runs the Cut to Pieces blog.
Angela Pingel first caught our attention when she won the 2012 Moda Bake Shop Sliced! competition. Her entry project was an adorable Owl Tag Along toddler backpack.
Her first place finish also made her a Janome sewist--the Grand Prize being a Horizon 7700 machine.
We wanted to highlight Angela's blog as a great place to find sewing tutorials, quilt alongs, free patterns, and lots of inspiration. She also sells her original designs through PatternShop and Etsy.
Angela's creations have been featured in 101 Patchwork Projects and Modern Patchwork by Interweave Press, 99 Modern Blocks by C&T Publishing, and she was actually featured on Moda Bake Shop prior to deciding to enter the Sliced! competition.
She's never taken any sewing classes but has taught herself to sew from patterns and books and eventually some online tutorials. Angela says, "My mother used to make a few dresses for me when I was little and knew some basics that she passed on, but I quickly moved past her."
She discovered quilting when she was working in a fabric store in high school. She had already been sewing garments for years. She says, "I fell in love with quilting and haven't looked back!"
Angela decided to start her blog after becoming a stay-at-home mom. She had been a math teacher and an interior designer, but was looking for something that would be more flexible. Orignally, Cut to Pieces was a way to share all the projects she was making in online bees and swaps. Now it's that and so much more.
Angela got acquainted with Janome when she won her 7700. What she likes best about her machine is how well it quilts through many layers, and the built in AcuFeed system. She says, "Both of these have made quilting much easier for me!"
Like all sewists and quilters, Angela feels like there are always so many projects and so little time. She says, "I have lots on the horizon (pun intended) but one of the things I'm looking forward to is a new sew along on my blog making Princess Dresses from a single, simple pattern."
Pantone's Color Of The Year For 2013
This lively, radiant, lush green, is the Color of the Year for 2013.
The Pantone company of Carlstadt, NJ is the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries.
Each year they choose one color they believe will be significant in everything from t-shirts to tea kettles. For 2013 they chose emerald green.
According to Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®, "Green is the most abundant hue in nature – the human eye sees more green than any other color in the spectrum."
Leatrice says that like the gem stone, multifaceted Emerald continues to sparkle and fascinate. "Symbolically, Emerald brings a sense of clarity, renewal and rejuvenation, which is so important in today’s complex world. This powerful and universally appealing tone translates easily to both fashion and home interiors."
Since ancient times, Emerald has been the color of beauty and new life in many cultures and religions. It’s also the color of growth, renewal and prosperity. No other color conveys regeneration more than green.
We want to know what you think. So leave a comment below, answering the question: What would you like to make in this wonderful color?
By leaving a comment you'll be entered in a random drawing for a box of Janome Embroidery Thread. (Comments will be closed at the end of the day and the random winner will be notified by email. Contest open to US residents, 18 years or older.)
Janome Heritage: The Sturdy RX-18s
This economy machine had a sturdy inner frame made from a single piece of cast aluminum.
Back in 1999 (and still today) you would see sewing machines in the discount stores for unbelievably low prices. They looked pretty good on the outside, but if you could open them up you'd see they had plastic stitch mechanisms, plastic frames, and sometimes no inner frame at all.
Sadly, many beginners who bought these machines blamed their own lack of skills when they couldn't sew a decent stitch.
That year Janome introduced a brand new basic machine with a cast aluminum internal frame and an all metal stitch mechanism. The RX-18s came with an economy price tag, making it the same price as many plastic models, but it offered sewists a much more solid experience.
Its unusually sturdy construction made it a favorite for beginners and as a machine to use in sewing classrooms. It didn't come with a lot of fancy stitches, but the RX-18s gave beginners a chance to learn on a frustration-free machine with a solid feel and consistent stitch.
Even though the aluminum frame added all-important rigidity, it didn't add a lot of extra weight. So the RX-18s was also a favorite among sewists and quilters who liked to take it to class. And there are thousands of RX-18s still running strong today.
Try them out for yourself at your local Janome dealer.
Video: The 9mm Ribbon/Sequin Foot For The MC12000
This versatile foot can attach a variety of embellishments.
The Horizon Memory Craft 12000 Ribbon/Sequin Foot RS is designed to take advantage of the machine's 9 mm stitch width.
This optional foot has a slot at the front through which you feed your ribbon, elastic, or--as we're highlighting today--strings of sequins.
You can can choose two different stitches for attaching sequins. With the zigzag the needle will penetrate on either side of the sequins, causing the thread to cross back and forth over the top. The straight stitch option has the needle penetrate the sequins to hold them in place.
Attaching Sequins On Your MC12000 With A Straight Stitch
- Attach the foot to your machine.
- Feed the sequins through the slot at the front.
- On the touch screen choose a straight stitch.
- Adjust the stitch length so you penetrate the sequins fewer times.
- Begin sewing at a slow speed, guiding the fabric and making sure the sequins are feeding evenly.
And now you've attached your sequins with a straight stitch.
Attaching Sequins On Your MC12000 With A Zigzag Stitch
- Set up the foot as before.
- On the touchscreen go to Utility Stitches.
- Choose a zigzag stitch.
- Adjust the width to 7 so the needle penetrates on either side of the sequins.
- Adjust the length to 5.
- Begin sewing at a slow speed, guiding the fabric and making sure the sequins are feeding evenly.
And now you've attached your sequins with a zigzag stitch.
To see this demonstrated watch the video Ribbon Sequin Foot RS (9mm): Attaching ribbons or sequins. You'll also learn how to use the Ribbon/Sequin Foot (9mm) to attach ribbon.
Polish Your Sewing Skills for the New Year
Our friends at Sew4Home have collected their top 12 how-to tutorials from 2012.
You can always learn something new to make your sewing faster, easier and better. Even if it's not a brand new technique, it may be a different way to look at a task that provides a more professional finish.
Our how-to-do-it pals at Sew4Home.com, where Janome America is the exclusive sewing machine sponsor, collected their twelve top instructional tutorials from 2012 on one handy page. Once, you're done with these, move on over to their Project Index for more great ideas and information. Their projects can be made on any Janome machine.
Learn how to do shirring, make a rolled hem, create wave tucks, install an invisible zipper and more. Many of the tutorials use Janome-specific presser feet, some of which you may have overlooked in your everyday sewing.
The goal is to give you the tools to make sewing easier, which will make it more fun, which will make it something you want to do more often... which will make your Janome machine(s) so happy!
Cute As Can Be: Two Hello Kitty Machines That Really Sew
You can combine adorable and functional.
These two Hello Kitty sewing machines are proof that great things can come in small packages.
Decorated with Hello Kitty graphics, they both come in a compact 3/4 size. But unlike "toy" machines, they both have real Janome stitch mechanisms, making them great for beginners or as take-along machines.
Hello Kitty 15822
With a weight of only 14 pounds and a width of just 14½", the Hello Kitty 15822 sewing machine has a size and weight that makes it easy to take with you. It comes with 22 built-in stretch and utility stitches, including a one-step buttonhole. And it sews them out at up to 650 stitches per minute.
Hello Kitty 18750
The Hello Kitty 18750 computerized sewing and quilting machine features 50 stitches, including 3 one-step buttonholes, which you can quickly select using the backlit LCD display. The machine has sewing speeds up to 820 stitches per minute, with excellent precision thanks in part to a 7-piece feed dog and the jam-proof horizontal full-rotary bobbin.
Relax your pedal foot and use the Start/Stop button. And when you finish a stitch just touch the Locking Stitch button, or use the Easy Reverse button.
Other Lightweight Janome Favorites
In addition to the two Hello Kitty models, Janome has an entire line of light weight machines. Some are full size and some 3/4. But they all have the popular stitches you want, the Janome precision you demand, and the durability you need to tote it from here to there. Find out more on our Lightweight Janome Favorites page.
See the entire line of Janome sewing machines at your local dealer.
Quilting On The New MC8900QCP & 8200QC
Add this to your quilting list for the weekend.
We can tell you all about how much fun it is to quilt on the new Horizon Memory Craft 8900QCP and 8200QC. But you really have to try them out for yourself.
So we're officially inviting you to duck into your local dealer and give them a test drive.
We're hearing some great feedback from quilters who have brought home the machines and have had a chance to work on them.
Of course, they love the easily measurable features like the 11 inches of bed space and the 9 mm wide stitches. But they also keep talking about the impressions they get while quilting--like how smooth the free motion quilting feels and how quiet the machine is.
If you're going to be spending a lot of time with your quilting machine (and we hope that's your case), smooth and precise operation becomes a big deal.
How To Tell The Two Machines Apart
The MC8900QCP has a gray front panel, comes standard with the AcuFeed Flex™ fabric feeding system, has 270 stitches, and can sew at 1,000 stitches per minute.
The MC8200QC is all white, has 120 stitches, sews at 820 spm, and offers the AcuFeed Flex™ fabric system as well.
These new machines were designed to open up new possibilities for quilters at every skill level. They will enable you to take on those ambitious projects your old machine just couldn't handle because of lack of bed space, insufficient power, an inadequate feeding system, or other limitations.
Video: MC12000 Piping Foot I
Watch how easy it is to create your own custom piping.
Custom piping really gives your home decor and garment projects a professional finish.
The foot has a groove on the bottom which feeds your bias tape wrapped around the cording. You can use purchased bias tape, or you can cut your own bias strip out of the fabric you choose.
Making Your Own Piping On The MC12000
- Begin by folding the fabric over the cord, right sides out.
- Attach the Piping Foot to your machine.
- On the touch screen, go to Utility Stitches. Select a straight stitch. If you want to sew closer to the cord, adjust the needle position.
- Align the folded fabric under the foot so the cord is in the groove on the bottom of the foot. Make sure the needle will penetrate as close to the cording as possible.
- Begin sewing.
And now you've created your own custom piping.
To see this demonstrated watch the video Piping Foot I (9mm): Making your own piping.
Powered By Janome: Gen X Quilters
She used to design emergency braking systems for semi-trucks. Now she designs beautiful quilts.
AnneMarie Chany started her blog Gen X Quilters after going to her first NQA Quilt Show in Columbus, Ohio in 2010. She wanted to help younger quilters--so called Generation X and Generation Y--to connect. Her blogroll is now a directory of more than 230 other blogs run by the next generation of quilters.
In addition to being a place for quilters to connect, her blog is also full of tutorials and inspiration, and the place to purchase AnneMarie's original quilt block designs. And we're proud to say she does her quilting on a Janome Memory Craft.
AnneMarie's first career was as an Industrial Engineer in the automotive industry--an unusual place for a woman. She helped design pneumatic ABS modulator valves for semi-trucks, straight trucks, and school buses. The end result was better, safer stopping, which resulted in many lives saved. She went on to do analysis of vehicle crash data, which helped her state set safer policies.
Her career as a quilter began after she stayed home to raise her three sons. She had tried other kinds of sewing but never quilting. She loved it.
"My engineering background significantly influences my approach to quilting," she says. "As an engineer, you are trained to think a certain way. Writing or following methodical procedures, attention to detail, measurement, precision and problem solving are fundamental." She says that quilting and designing her own quilts allows her to "flex her engineering brain," using all of those fundamentals in a creative and artful way.
AnneMarie first discovered Janome when her sister-in-law, a professional costume designer/seamstress, bought her a basic 3125. AnneMarie says she didn't know a thing about sewing. Not even how to thread a machine. Fortunately, the 3125 turned out to be a good machine for her to learn on.
When she decided she wanted a sewing machine designed for quilter's needs, AnneMarie bought a Memory Craft 4900 QC. She says, "It's a powerful little workhorse, yet still small enough that I am able to travel with it to sew-ins. When switching from a basic machine, I liked that the 4900 has several hundred decorative stitches and monogram alphabets, automatic thread tensioning, a top loading bobbin, and snap on presser feet. I use it a lot. A LOT."
In the coming year AnneMarie is looking forward to the Sisters' Ten Modern Block of the Month program she's hosting on her blog. It's a free BOM quilt she designed using traditional blocks, all based around the favorite women in quilters' lives, but set in a very modern and unique way. She's also working on publishing more patterns from her original designs.
Using The Quilt Binder Set For The MC12000
Designed for quilts, this accessory can help you bind other projects too.
This classic attachment is now available for the Horizon Memory Craft 12000.
The Quilt Binder Set is the perfect accessory for quick and trouble-free binding. With a design based on industrial binding attachments, it can finish the edges of your thickest quilts. And you can use it in conjunction with your AcuFeed Flex™ feeding system.
Your strip of binding fabric is fed into the funnel, where it is folded over your quilt layers and then stitched down for a 1/2" finished binding.
Two upper screws on the attachment allow you to adjust the fold of the fabric. You can set them at the same length for a straight stitch, or set the bottom a bit further than the top for a blanket stitch.
See our page of Tips For Sewing With The Quilt Binder Set. Learn how to get your needle as close to edge as possible, how to adjust for an extra thick quilt, and more.
The Quilt Binder Set For The MC12000 is available at your authorized Janome Dealer.
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