Janome At The Tokyo Hobby Show
The event brough in more than 130,000 visitors from around the world.
With nearly 2.5 million square feet of space, the Tokyo International Exhibition Center has earned the popular nickname Tokyo Big Sight.
At the end of April it was a big sight indeed when over 600 hobby-related exhibitors from around the world gathered to display their newest and best in dozens of categories. You could see everything from the latest in doll collecting to painting to knitting, and lots of sewing and craft.
Of course Janome was there with the latest machines.
New Anna Maria Horner Project With Videos
Make her original Pleasant Pathways Shorts.
Anna Maria Horner shows once again that your Janome sewing machine + a little creativity = style that purchased clothing can't match.
Her latest project is called Pleasant Pathway Shorts. Not only is it a project every teen girl will love to wear, but it shows just why you want all those fun 9mm stitches on your Horizon Memory Craft 12000.
Anna Maria has created two videos for the project. The Intro Video is a short overview about her inspiration for creating these shorts. In the Project Highlights video she takes you step-by-step through the project, from selecting the materials all the way through to the finish. See both videos here.
Instructions & Pattern
Get complete instructions for the Pleasant Pathway Shorts Project as a PDF file, with lots of great illustrations and notes from Anna Maria. You can also download the Pleasant Pathway Shorts Pattern as a PDF. Download the instructions and pattern here.
Anna Maria says that the real star of this project is her MC12000 with all its gorgeous decorative stitches. "I know it's given me a million different ideas about what I want to do next."
Starting Today: Let's Celebrate Mom! Special Financing Offer This Weekend Only
Go on an interest-free Janome shopping spree starting TODAY.
Make this a Mother's Day weekend to remember with a very special financing offer at your participating Janome dealer.
Bring home your dream sewing machine, or your dream sewing machine and a cabinet, or a dream sewing machine and a serger . . . you get the idea. And you can pay for your purchase over two years with no interest. But you have to get to take advantage of this Let's Celebrate Mom offer by this Sunday, 05/12/2013.
Here's the deal in a nutshell: purchase a Janome machine (or any combination of products) for $1,000 or more on a GE Capital Credit card and simply make the 24 monthly payments on time. It's like saving up for your new machine in reverse--you can take it home now and pay for it over the next two years with no interest (as long as you meet the financing requirements). See the full details at the bottom of this page.
Choose the top-of-the-line Horizon Memory Craft 12000, the brand new Horizon Memory Craft 8900 Quilter's Companion Pro, or purchase a combination of machines, software, and furniture to completely outfit your sewing room.
You get to decide which Janome products to buy. And $1000 is just the minimum.
But you only have through close-of-business Sunday to get this special offer. Find your nearest, participating Janome dealer right now and get down to their store.
The No Interest For 24 Months offer runs 05/10/2013 - 05/12/2013 at your participating Janome dealer in the US. Subject to credit approval.
New Project: Angela Yosten's Tailored Bed Skirt Tutorial
Coordinate your bed with the rest of your decor.
You can buy a plain white bed skirt to cover your box spring.
But when your bed skirt fabric coordinates with your throw pillows, curtains and other items in the room, it really makes a difference.
Angel Yosten has created a Tailored Bed Skirt Tutorial, which shows you how to complete a professional-looking bed skirt in just 2-3 hours, using your Janome serger and sewing machine. And you need only intermediate sewing skills to create this elegant accessory.
Get complete, step-by-step instructions online.
Angela is a creative seamstress who specializes in making sophisticated projects easy for everyone. She's the author of Stop. Go. Quilt. Sew! 12 Fun Projects For Boys to Enjoy, and a contributor to quilting books Modern Blocks, and Fresh Fabric Treats.
For this project she used a Memory Craft 8900 QCP sewing and quilting machine and an 1100D serger. For hemming the skirt, Angela uses the 9mm Rolled Hem Foot D. (Watch the video tutorial on using this foot to make rolled hems.)
You can try out both of these machines and the Rolled Hem Foot at your local Janome dealer.
Powered By Janome: Jeni of In Color Order
Her blog is a wealth of information and quilting inspiration.
Jeni Baker is a true renaissance woman. She teaches sewing. She sells her own quilting designs. She even has her own line of fabric. And we're proud to say that she does her stitching on a Janome.
Jeni has been blogging and sewing for 13 years, learning how to do both at age 11. She credits her Mom for always encouraged craftiness. Throughout high school Jeni sewed tote bags and other small projects. When she went away to college, she took along a sewing machine and sewed off and on when she found time between classes.
When she moved into an apartment, she tried making her first quilt. It was a success, and Jeni says, "I have been hooked ever since!"
Now she teaches sewing classes at The Sewcial Lounge, a modern sewing and fabric shop in Madison, WI. And she designs her own line of fabric for Art Gallery Fabrics. It's called Color Me Retro, and draws its inspiration from the kitchenware of the 1950s and 60s--bright, fresh combinations of lime green, royal blue, and raspberry red.
Jeni also designs her own sewing and quilting patterns, which she sells through her blog In Color Order.
She discovered Janome through her Mom, who had two Memory Craft 4800s. Jeni took one with her to college as a backup machine and was very happy with it.
She says, "When it came time to buy a larger machine, it was a no brainer to buy another Janome." Jeni chose a Horizon 7700 QCP. Her favorite thing about the 7700 is the large throat space. "I am primarily a quilter, so having that extra room is invaluable. I also love the free-motion quilting foot. Being able to adjust the height of the foot makes things a lot easier!"
See all of Jeni Baker's tutorials, patterns, and fabric designs on her blog. You'll also find links to her Etsy shop and information on where to get her fabric.
New Serger Video: Cording Foot with Fishing Line
Give your rolled hem a little extra body.
When you're making a rolled hem with your serger, how do you give it more dimension?
Serge your hem with fishing line inside, using a technique called "veiling."
Cording Foot A is designed for attaching fine cord, wire, or other material that will fit through the loop on the foot. You can use it to easily insert fishing line as you stitch a rolled hem, creating a nice rippled effect for the edge of veiling, chiffon, chiffon flowers, or any time you want a rippled effect on lightweight fabric.
How To Use Fishing Line With Cording Foot A
- Begin by threading the machine with the right needle in and Wooly Nylon in the Upper looper. Because the hole in the upper looper is small, use the following technique to thread the Wooly nylon: Take a piece of thread and make a loop. Then feed the wooly nylon through this loop. Now pass the thread through the eye of the upper looper. As you pull it to the back of the machine, it pulls the wooly nylon right through.
- Adjust the tension for creating a rolled hem, according to your machine manual.
- Attach Cording Foot A.
- Thread fishing line through the hole in the foot.
- As you begin serging, you will be encasing the fishing line into the rolled hem.
To see this demonstrated, watch the video Cording Foot A: Using fishing line for veiling or chiffon flowers.
Enter The Spring Into May Giveaway
Win one of six HUGE prize packs. The total of all prizes is valued at more than $2,200!
With the arrival of spring, and Mother's Day just around the corner, it's the perfect time for a big giveaway.
It takes just a minute to enter and you're then eligible for a chance to win one of six HUGE prize packs. The total of all prizes is valued at more than $2,200.
For example: Prize Pack 1 includes a Janome Magnolia 7325 sewing machine and a $100 gift card for Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores. And the other five prize packs feature everything from fabric to online lessons to a Kindle Fire tablet.
Check out all the prizes here and then scroll to the bottom to enter. The contest ends this Friday (05/10/2013) so don't wait.
Introducing The New Purple Tip Needles
These prevent skipped stitches on heavy fabrics.
Janome has just introduced a new variety of sewing needle called the Purple Tip Needle.
Purple Tip Needles are designed to prevent skipped stitches with heavy fabrics, including knits, while doing sewing and embroidering. They feature a ball point tip to prevent fabric thread breakage and a special cobra shaped head to form a proper needle thread loop so that it prevents skipped stitches caused by the fluctuation of the fabric. And they're available in a heavier #14 size.
Purple Tip Needles are recommended for:
- Embroidery with a high density design and/or thick fabric
- Fluffier thread like cotton
- Quilting multiple layers which normally resist needle penetration
- Sewing knit, tricot, and synthetic fabrics like thick polyester
Here's a quick way to tell which color needle you should use for your specific project.
Red Tip Needle - Has a normal tip. Designed for regular sewing on fabrics such as cotton.
Blue Tip Needle - Has a ball point. Designed for sewing on knits and synthetic fabric.
Purple Tip Needle - Has a ball point with a special "cobra" head. Recommended for high density designs and thick fabrics.
For the best advice on which needle to choose for your next project, talk to your local Janome dealer.
New Serger Video: Cording Foot With Fine Wire
How to make professional looking wired ribbon.
The optional serger foot Cording Foot A allows you to embed materials like yarn, or fine cord as you stitch a rolled hem.
But you can also use it to make your own wired ribbon.
You simply use Cording Foot A to embed fine wire along the edge of the your fabric, encasing it in a rolled hem.
Not only does this allow you to pick any kind of fabric to make your ribbon, but you also get to determine the color and density of the thread (or decorative floss) that holds the wire in place.
You end up with a truly custom wired ribbon that coordinates perfectly with your gift or project.
Making wired ribbon this way takes just a few steps. For this example we're using 28 gauge beading wire. In the upper looper you can use decorative floss, wooly nylon, or any sort of heavier thread. We're using two pieces of fabric so our ribbon has a fancier look when folded.
Making Wired Ribbon With Cording Foot A
- Referring to your machine manual, set the tension on your serger for creating a rolled hem.
- With Cording Foot A on the machine, thread the wire through the guide on the foot.
- Stitch a rolled hem on the wire by itself for about half an inch. Make sure the wire is encompassed in the rolled hem. This ensures the wire is in the correct positioning for when you start serging on your ribbon.
- Position the strips of fabric, wrong sides together, under the foot and continue serging the length of the wire.
You now have a wire edge rolled hem that will hold its shape for your own custom ribbons and bows. Simply repeat to embed the wire on the other side.
To see this demonstrated watch the video Cording Foot A: Using fine wire for creating your own wired ribbon for decorative bows.
New Accessories For Zing Digital Cutter: Fabric Blade And 14" x 24" Mat
Two new accessories make it even easier to create perfect rhinestone templates.
With laser-guided accuracy, the Zing easily cuts through template material, vinyl cardstock, thin chipboard, rhinestone rubber, craft plastic and more.
Now you can get a new Zing Fabric Blade for cutting all kinds fabrics (stabilized or not), regular felt, and even tackle twill! This specially-designed blade has proven to give sharper points and cleaner cutting of fabric than other similar blades on the market.
To help you with your own cutting, Artistic has also introduced the Zing 14" x 24" Cutting Mat. This gridded mat has a pre-applied adhesive on it. It measures about 14.75″ x 27″. It is ideal for cutting larger projects or crystal design templates.
Find out for yourself just how fun it is to add Bling to your sewing, quilting and embroidery projects. Visit your local authorized Janome dealer.
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