New Video: Gathering Foot
This optional accessory makes gathering a breeze.
There are many sewing projects that call for gathers -- garments, home décor items, and accessories to name just a few.
You can use it to gather a single layer of material or to gather a top piece of fabric as you sew it onto a bottom piece.
How To Use The Gathering Foot
- Begin by adjusting the tension for the needle thread to between 3 and 6.
- Set your stitch length. The longer the stitch, the more gathers you will have. Try gathering with a stitch length of 4, and then adjust up or down.
- Attach the Gathering Foot to your machine, making sure that the bar on the back is over the ledge on the ankle.
- Now begin stitching.
It's that easy. You've just created a row of gathers.
To see this demonstrated, watch the video Gathering Foot: Creating Gathers.
New Project - Travel Series by Amy Meek - Laundry Bag
Here's an easy project for making this essential travel accessory.
About two days into your trip things can start getting a little chaotic in your suitcase--unless you remembered to bring a bag for your dirty laundry.
As part of her Travel Series, Amy Meek has created an extremely useful drawstring Laundry Bag Project that's also very easy to sew. Get complete instructions online.
Amy says, "When you're living out of a suitcase for a little while, you'll probably run into the issue of what to do with all of your dirty clothes. You don't want to leave them in your luggage where they could get clean clothes dirty! Make this simple laundry bag to tuck into your suitcase and fill with your dirty clothes as you go."
Did you miss a project in Amy's Travel Series?
Other Projects In The Travel Series
The True Story of TrueCut Accessories
The cutting edge of rotary cutting!
For more than 25 years The Grace Company has been making high quality, long arm quilting products. Now they've come out with a real breakthrough for quilters and crafters -- the TrueCut Cutting System.
It's a state-of-the-art rotary cutting system where each product has been designed to make your cutting safe, easy, and accurate.
The My Comfort Cutter prevents stress on your wrist, neck, arm and shoulders thanks to its ergonomic Comfort Curve Grip. It provides you with more cutting power with less effort by placing all cutting power directly over the blade.
TrueCut Rulers come in a variety of sizes. The larger ones are ideal for cutting fabric directly off the bolt, while the smaller rulers are easier to manage for smaller projects, and great for cutting various shapes.
TrueCut Cutting Mats are self-healing and double sided for extended use. These mats show grid lines at many angles and increments.
The TrueSharp Power Sharpener allows you to stop wasting money on new blades. With this tool you can extend the life of the blades you already have.
If you have further questions about the TrueCut Cutting System, check with your local Janome dealer.
Do You Love the MC8900 QCP? Would You Love It Even More In Red?!
Going fast. The special limited edition with a red face plate.
Since its release last fall, the Horizon Memory Craft 8900 QCP has been a favorite with quilters.
They love the 11 inches to the right of the needle, the power, the quiet, the free motion quilting capabilities, and so much more. In fact, the only item on the "wish list" for these models was a request for a Janome Red face panel - similar to what debuted on the the predecessor model, the Horizon 7700 QCP.
So in response, Janome has released a limited number of MC8900 QCPs with the rich red face panel. Quantites are limited. See your local Janome America dealer for details, availability and pricing.
The Ultimate Quilting Machine
With its 11 inches of bed space and the 9 mm wide stitches, the MC8900QCP is a quilter's dream. We've been getting wonderful feedback from quilters who've had a chance to try it out--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.
The MC8900QCP comes standard with the AcuFeed Flex™ fabric feeding system, has 270 stitches, and can sew at 1,000 stitches per minute. It was designed to open up new possibilities for quilters at every skill level. You'll be able 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.
For complete details go to our MC8900QCP/MC8200QC website. Then try it out for yourself at your local authorized Janome dealer. But don't wait, because when the red face panel models are gone, they're gone
New Video: Beading Foot Set
This accessory makes it easy to attach strings of beads, cording, yarn, or other items.
Adding strings of beads to a garment or accessory gives it such a rich look. And there's an optional Janome accessory that makes this technique easy.
The Beading Foot Set allows you to embellish bridal wear, evening wear, casual wear and crafts with strings of beads, cording, yarn, or other items. The set includes two feet. The Narrow Groove Foot for beads up to 2 mm in diameter and the Wide Groove Foot for beads from 2.5 to 4 mm in diameter.
How To Attach Beads
- Snap either the Wide Groove or Narrow Groove Foot onto your machine.
- Feed the beads through the slot on the front of the foot.
- Choose a zigzag stitch. To hide your thread as it crosses the beads, you may want to use monofilament.
- Begin sewing, slowly gaining speed.
And now you've attached a string of beads.
To see this demonstrated, watch the video Beading Foot Set: Attaching Narrow Beads.
Find this and all the other optional presser feet for your machine at your local Janome dealer.
New How-To's Online For Transferring Embroidery Designs
Copy embroidery designs to or from your Memory Craft without using Janome software.
To easily move embroidery designs from one device to another, you just need a USB memory stick and some simple instructions.
Let's say you have a design on your Memory Craft embroidery machine that you want to move to your PC. You simply insert your USB memory stick into your machine and then save the design to it. (The process differs slightly, depending on your model of machine.)
When you insert a USB stick into your Memory Craft for the first time, the machine creates a special folder system on the stick. So that when you place that memory stick in your PC, you can copy files into the newly created folder that can be opened by your Memory Craft. In this way you can bring designs back and forth without using any Janome software.
To help you with step-by-step instructions on how to do this, we've created a design transfer tutorial (as a PDF) for the MC12000, MC11000, MC9900, MB-4, MC10001, MC9700/MC9500, MC350e, MC300e, and MC200e.
To get more help with this or any other procedure on your Memory Craft, see your authorized Janome dealer.
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.
Join the Anita Goodesign Diamond Club for FREE
Receive ALL new designs every month for a whole year--FREE with purchase of MC12000!
The Diamond Club from AnitaGoodesign is so much fun, we just had to bundle it with our top-of-the-line embroidery machine.
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.
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