March is National Craft Month: A Great Time To Try Machine Felting
It's easy to learn with the Janome FM-725 felting machine.
It looks just like a sewing machine--at first glance. Then you begin to notice it doesn't have upper or lower thread, a bobbin, feed dogs, or even a stitch selector.
But the Janome FM-725 felting machine doesn't need them. It takes you in a whole new creative direction where instead of sewing two pieces of fabric together you actually blend them into a single layer.
And what better time than National Craft Month to discover the fun of felting?
How To Felt With The FM-725
- You place the fabric you want to embellish under the needles.
- On top of that place your decorative material--it could be other fabric or just your choice of fibers like pieces of yarn.
- When you press the foot pedal, the special set of five barbed needles move up and down in unison through your two layers. They gently fray the decorative material you've placed on top and pull the loosened fibers through the bottom material, embedding the two layers together.
The result is a unique, altogether new material.
You can use your FM-725 to embellish works you've already sewn, such as art quilts or jackets. Or you can use it to create something to stand on its own. The FM-725 is also wonderful for adding your own flair to ready-made garments and home décor. The amazing versatility of this machine makes it an exciting addition to your sewing room. Because there are no rules, you experience total freedom of expression.
Create 3-D appliqués, customized fabric colorations, watercolor-inspired prints, your own fabric, and much more. The key to success is experimentation. Search local fabric and fiber shops for inspiration to add new texture and color to your creations. The only problem is, once you get started, it’s hard to stop.
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Here's how it works. Every month for a whole year you receive 1 full embroidery collection and 1 mini embroidery collection. In addition, every three months you also receive a bonus collection. And if that wasn't enough, you also get a valuable starter kit and other bonuses. The collections feature a variety of topics including vintage, home décor, tile scenes, clothing designs and much more.
If you purchased all this at normal retail prices, you'd pay more than $3,000. But when you purchase the most advanced embroidery machine we've ever made, you get it all for FREE.
That's right. A year's membership in the Diamond Club is yours at no cost with the purchase of a Horizon Memory Craft 12000.
For more details about the Diamond Club, download the club brochure at AnitaGoodesign.com.
To take advantage of this special offer, contact your local Janome Dealer for all the details. Then get ready for a whole year of embroidery fun.
This offer is based on manufacturer's suggested retails price and valid at participating authorized Janome retailers in the USA. Void where prohibited. Not valid in combination with any other offers.
Sew4Home Creates A Rustic Wedding
Have a wedding coming up? Check out these terrific and trendy projects!
The talented team at Sew4Home recently whipped up a little wedding wonderfulness with their Rustic Wedding Series. This is one of the hottest trends right now in the DIY wedding category for both wedding gowns as well as the ceremony and reception decorations. It's all about creating a wonderful mash-up of subtle tones and textures - just like you'd find in nature itself. A hallmark of the trend is mixing traditional wedding fabrics; like taffeta, silk, tulle and organza with unique fabrics not normally thought of as wedding choices; such as burlap, ticking, crushed velvet and muslin. They've done a great article on Working with Specialty Fabrics, which highlights which Janome presser feet are perfect for making various tasks faster and easier.
There are eight projects, each featuring Sew4Home's easy, step-by-step instructions. All can be completed on any Janome machine. From Bride & Groom Chair Covers, to a Flower Girl Basket, to the amazing Wedding Gown Sash shown to the right... what a romantic result!
Another interesting thing they demonstrate is how large swaths of fabric can be a beautiful - and very economical - way to decorate for the wedding and reception. Many of the specialty fabrics featured come in very wide widths, from a standard 44-45" for something like ticking, to 50" plus for taffetas and satins, to 100" plus for organzas and muslins. This means you have a huge width measurement with which to work, so often only need only a few yards to create a dramatic drape of fabric for a back drop, table overlays, and more.
There's still time to enter to win their Great Giveaway assocaited with this Series. The deadline is March 29, 2013. One lucky entrant will get a $200 shopping spree at Fabric.com plus a cool ribbon-work book by Elaine Schmidt.
New Video: Using The Appliqué Foot
This basic technique is a favorite for all kinds of sewing projects.
An appliqué is simply a decorative technique where one piece of material is sewn over another.
The word "appliqué" (pronounced app-li-KAY) is borrowed from the French and basically means: "applied" or "thing that has been applied."
In sewing, quilting and home decor, you see a lot of appliqué where a decorative stitch is used to trace the outline of the top piece of fabric as its applied to the surface below.
You can do appliqué with your machine's standard foot. But for best results you should use a specially designed Appliqué Foot. This foot is shorter than other feet for easy maneuverability. The underside is flat around the needle hole for optimum thread tension, but opens wide behind the needle to let stitching and fabric edges easily pass through.
How To Use An Appliqué Foot
- Snap the foot onto your machine.
- Choose an appliqué stitch.
- Begin stitching around your appliqué.
Simply continue until you've completed your appliqué.
To see this demonstrated, watch the video Appliqué Foot: Sewing An Appliqué Stitch.
New Janome Partner Vacuum: The Bank Vault Cannister
"Simply the best cannister vacuum in the world."
You know the safest place to put your money is in a bank vault.
As it turns out, the safest place to put your money when you want a super-cleaning cannister vacuum is also The Bank Vault.
Made exclusively by Janome's new partner, The Bank Vacuum Company, The Bank Vault is designed to give you the same cleaning performance and allergy filtration as other vacuums costing $1200 or more. It's designed for homes with a mix of flooring, including tile, terrazo, wood, laminate, marble, and all kinds of carpet - both area rugs and wall-to-wall.
This ergonomic vacuum features a sealed hepa filtration system. Having a sealed system is very important for allergy sufferers because it means the dirt and allergens you are picking up are not being put back in the air when you vacuum.
You get features like the state-of-the-art German designed carpet/floor nozzle, a digital power control to reduce power for delicate cleaning, and hospital grade S class filtration. All this power and pick-up moves easily in any direction on four easy-glide casters.
The Bank Vault is truly the most economical way to clean your home and remove harmful allergens and dust particles from the air you breathe.
Watch the video demonstration of The Bank Vault on YouTube.
March is National Craft Month: The Perfect Month For A New Serger
The Janome 1100D and 1110DX are serging workhorses.
A serger is a very handy tool for both sewing and crafting projects. And since March is National Craft Month, it's a great time to highlight why.
Sergers hold a bit of mystique for many sewists, because the machines can use up to 4 threads instead of 2, and they have knives that cut your fabric while you're stitching.
But the truth is, Janome sergers are super easy to use! You can quickly familiarize yourself with their set-up, as well as those extra needles and cutting knives, which are what allow you to trim and finish seams in a single step--with truly professional results.
Janome sergers also contain a wide range of options for stitch customization, giving you far more functionality than just creating a clean finish on the raw edges of seams. These sergers are great for working with nearly any texture or loft of fabric. Constructing quilts, garments, home décor items and more is easy, and you can use them on a wide variety of fabrics, including wool, fleece, velvet, chiffon, silk, cotton or fur.
Meet Two Very Capable Janome Sergers: 1100D And 1110DX
The 1100D Professional Serger combines automatic tension, an easy threading system, Flip Needle System and adjustable stitches to give you simply the best serging has to offer. Features like Automatic Tension, the Blanket Stitch, Stitch Information Display, and easy conversion to rolled hem make the 1100D Professional the most advanced and easy-to-use 4-thread serger from Janome.
The 1110DX makes serger sewing easy! Incorporating the differential feed system of two feed dogs, puckered edges on woven fabrics and stretched edges on knits are virtually eliminated. The rolled hem conversion feature eliminates the need to change the needle plate, foot, or tension setting for rolled hemming. And the color-coded guides are easy to follow for 2, 3, or 4 thread serging.
Try out both the 1100D Professional and the 1110DX sergers at your local Janome dealer.
Exciting New Janome Partner: Bank Vacuums
Designed specifically for homes with a combination of wood, tile and area rugs.
Several years ago, Greg Bank, who owns a chain of successful vacuum stores in Florida, saw that his customers were moving away from wall-to-wall carpeting in their homes.
Increasingly, they were 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 cleaner. And the Bank Vacuum Company was born.
The vacuums have whimsical names like The Bank Robber, The Bank Stickup, and The Bank President. But with features like a sealed hepa filtration system, digital power control, and state-of-the-art German designed floor nozzles--these machines are serious about cleaning.
Janome is excited to announce a special partnership with The Bank Vacuum Company where these powerful, value-added machines will be available at praticipating Janome dealers.
Bank vacuums are truly the most economical way to clean your home and remove harmful allergens and dust particles from the air that you breathe. Choose from cannister, upright, and electric broom models.
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.
Improv Sewing: Book Review, Free Project Download & Gift With Purchase Opportunity
For a limited time only -- get Improv Sewing with the purchase of a Sewist 500.
Do you have beginner to intermediate sewing skills, a couple of hours, and a desire to create dozens of items to wear or to use to decorate your home?
Then authors Nicole Blum and Debra Immergut have written just the book for you.
This 320 page book is features 101 creative sewing projects -- all of which can be completed in less than a day - -some in less than an hour! Playful and inventive, they include clothing for all ages, accessories, home décor items, and furnishings. Most feature embellishments and decorative effects, simple touches that personalize a project with charm, and use interesting textural fabrics, such as jersey knits, linen, and felt...even paper and vinyl!
Nicole and Debra walk you through some sewing basics, demystify the lost art of simple pattern-making, provide visual guides to stitches, and give easy instructions for techniques such as appliqué, doodle-stitching, and layering of fabrics.
Free Project From Improv Sewing: Sketched Window Curtains
These airy window panels, with their dainty stitched lines on gossamer-thin fabric, seem to fill a room with soft breezes and sunlight even on a gloomy day. This project requires intermediate sewing skills, and can be completed in less than 2 hours, using any Janome sewing machine. Get complete project instructions online.
Get The Book Free With The Purchase Of A Sewist 500
The Janome Sewist 500 is a versatile machine with 25 stretch and utility stitches, an automatic 1-step buttonhole, and a convertible free arm. It's sturdy, easy-to-use, and gives you great Janome stitch quality.
For a limited time, when you purchase a Sewist 500, you can receive a free copy of the Improv Sewing book. Offer good at participating Janome dealers in the USA.
New Video:3-Way Cording Foot
How to easily apply multiple strands of cording at once.
Applying cord or other decorative embellishments to the top of your fabric can give a very sophisticated look.
But it's not difficult to do--if you have the right presser foot.
The 3 Way Cording Foot H has spring-loaded grooves along the front, which allow you to attach one, two, or three cords at once.
The foot also has grooves on the bottom to allow it to easily ride over the top of the cords.
You can use a decorative stitch to attach cording with this foot, but if you are applying three strands, you may want to avoid a stitch that lands exactly in the center of of the foot, because this will split your center cord.
How To Use The 3-Way Cording Foot
- Begin by tying your three cords in a knot.
- Holding the knot in back of the foot, bring the cords up through the needle hole. Then thread them under the black bar, and each cord will fit into its assigned slot.
- Now attach the foot to the machine.
- Choose a decorative stitch. In our video example, we chose a satin stitch with three way zigzag.
- As you begin sewing the first couple of stitches, hold the knot at the back of the foot. This will ensure the cords and the foot are aligning correctly. (Also, be sure to keep the cords aligned to the front of the foot. This helps them to feed more smoothly. But do not apply any tension to the cords.)
- Finish your stitching and you've just applied a row of cording.
To see this demonstrated, watch the video 3 Way Cording Foot H: Attaching 1, 2, or 3 Cords.
Embroidery For A Cure!
Buy this embroidery design collection. Raise hope. Target ovarian cancer.
70% of all women diagnosed with ovarian cancer will die of their disease. It is time to Be the Difference and join forces with the Foundation and the industry to change the statistics of ovarian cancer.
When you purchase the Embroider a Cure Design Collection from Designs in Machine Embroidery, 100% of the net proceeds from the sale go to the Be The Difference Foundation.
Order your CD today and then wait to be inspired. In about two weeks we'll be featuring a project made with some of these designs.
Be The Difference Foundation was formed by four ovarian cancer survivors in different phases of survivorship who all share the same passion, to Be the Difference and end the fight against ovarian cancer. Their mission is to help women increase their chance of survival of ovarian cancer by raising money to fund programs for better treatment options, effective early screening, symptomatic and genetic predisposition awareness, and a cure.
Janome dealers, along with other independent sewing retailers, are also supporting the Foundation on its mission to help women increase their chance of survival of ovarian cancer.
Be the difference. Order your design collection today.
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