Powered by Janome: Jill of Sew A Fine Seam
She's found her creative niche, offering handmade items and vintage finds.
Jill Flory describes herself as "the one who sews, and designs and dreams and decorates." She's one of the new breed of "mompreneurs"-- home-based entrepreneurs who are taking advantage of the web and social media to build a community and a business. And we're proud to say Jill does her sewing on a Janome Memory Craft 6600 Professional (and has a Janome serger).
Through her blog Sew A Fine Seam Jill she features sewing tutorials, unique items she has for sale in her Etsy shop, and decor ideas inspired by her flea market finds.
The name of her blog was inspired by the Bible verse "Whatever you do, do with all your heart, as to the Lord." (Col. 3:23). Jill reasoned that even if she was just sewing a simple seam, it was worth doing well.
Jill's mother taught her to sew when she was eight years old. She recalls that her first project was sewing a tiny dress for Barbie’s little sister. Since then sewing has always been a major part of her life, whether making her own creations or doing custom sewing for a client.
Jill says, "I delight in designing the items I create. I love to get to know a client by digging through their blog and asking them questions about what they like or don’t like and then designing something just for them. When it involves wonderful fabrics like fine linen and cotton and especially vintage fabrics I am truly in my element!"
She began sewing on a Janome right after she got married. Her mother gave her a basic model as a gift. But, Jill says, "A few year later I had put enough miles on it I wanted something a little more heavy duty and with a few more options. Because I always had such great service from the shop my first Janome came from, I started there in my search for a bigger, better machine."
The machine that fill the bill with power, sewing room and features was the MC6600P. So Jill bought it from the same dealer and says she has been very happy with it.
Jill continues to be busy with clients and growing her blog audience. She says, "Coming up this year I have a few slip cover projects and at least one wedding to sew for. Also pillows, bags, ruffled leggings, and whatever else I decide to sew to put in my Etsy shop!"
#1 Spring 2013 Fashion Trend: Lace!
This classic accent is back in style.
There was a time when lace was considered appropriate for lingerie trim only. But now this fabric (and trim) is staging a comeback, showing up on everything from sleek day dresses to frilly weekend tops.
Lace was huge on the runway previews for spring. Valentino, Giambattista Valli, Bottega Veneta, and Burberry were some of the best examples. It is definitely a return to delicate, feminine dressing. Elle Magazine has an entire slideshow of the latest lace designs from New York's Fashion Week.
There are lots of great ways to wear lace. As one designer said, "I love the idea of lace detailing on skirts, pants and coats. Lace tops are great to pair with a structured blazer to offset the sweetness. A super easy way to integrate the lace trend into spring is a lace tight!"
You have a number of accessories for making sewing with lace easier on your Janome. For instance, a serger is perfect for this task. If you are using your 1200D serger, you'll want the Lace Attachment Guide.
Or take a look at Jenny Haskins' Lace Glorious Lace embroidery designs.
Your authorized Janome dealer will be happy to help you with the accessories and notions you need.
Video: MC12000 Ultraglide Foot U (9mm)
You need this foot to avoid sticky fabric situations.
How do you sew with your Horizon Memory Craft 12000 on cotton laminates, vinyl, and other fabric that likes to stick to the presser foot?
Use the Ultra Glide Foot (9mm).
Made from a non-stick material, this optional accessory glides smoothly over faux leather, ultra suede and plastic. In fact, the Ultra Glide foot slides along with such low drag, you can sew on sticky materials just like they're regular fabric.
It's extra useful for top stitching.
How To Use The Ultra Glide Foot On Your MC12000
- Attach the foot to your machine.
- On the touch screen go to Utility Stitches.
- Choose a straight stitch.
- Begin sewing as you would with regular fabric.
And your seam looks just as good.
To see this demonstrated, watch the video Ultra Glide Foot U (9mm): Sewing sticky fabrics.
Try out this and all the other optional MC12000 presser feet at your authorized Janome dealer.
New Artistic® Project: Vinyl Appliqué on a Leather Bag
This sweet leather bag gets a makeover with vinyl adhesives.
You've probably seen lots of old leather bags and purses at yard sales and thrift stores. Now here's a way to update a leather item using vinyl appliqué.
Artistic Educator Maddie Bushman used Artistic Suite V6 software to create the lettering and designs on the bag shown to the right.
You can do the same thing in just 30 minutes, with intermediate skills. Get complete instructions here (PDF).
Maddie wanted to demonstrate how Artistic software is not just limited to creating embroidery and crystal designs - it also has lots of great applications for various crafting techniques. For this example, you can cut your design out of vinyl to embellish things that you wouldn't normally be able to do embroidery or appliqué on.
Artistic Suite V6 software contains a wide variety of amazing features and functionality, including cutwork, TrueType font conversion, appliqué, fabric cutting, decorative stitches, and heat transfer.
It also includes a revolutionary rhinestone application, which allows you to add them to sewing and crafting projects like never before. Any shape, including logos, clip art, or imported graphics, can be easily designed for rhinestones. The software then sends the design to a digital cutter for template creation.
You'll also find a powerful monogram feature - insert 3 characters for monogramming, freely edit monogram shapes with a Node Editor, and create a monogram from any TrueType font.
You can use any of the thousands of designs in the software or make your own shapes to create fun and interesting designs with crystals. Write out words or make hearts or butterflies--it all just takes a few minutes.
New Limited Edition MC8900QCP with a RED Face Plate!
You ask. Janome listens.
This summer we introduced the Horizon Memory Craft 8900 QCP and 8200 QC sewing and quilting machines to rave reviews. Watch the video we made of quilters who first tried it at the Houston Quilt Show.
It had everything a quilter could hope for. 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.
Now, for a limited time, the MC8900 QCP is available with a rich red face panel. 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.
Powered by Janome: Debbie Grifka of Esch House Quilts
Modern quilts are her passion.
One day in 2002, Debbie Grifka began to work on a wall hanging. Though she'd done some garment and home decor sewing, she'd never taken on a large scale project before.
Debbie says, "I’m not really sure what combination of factors led me to start that day, but I have been obsessed ever since. I love designing and making quilts!"
As a little girl Debbie was taught to sew by her mom. Then in junior high she took a garment making class. But her passion for quilting didn't happen until that fateful day in 2002 when she started the wall hanging.
The idea of participating in an online community led her to start her blog in 2009. She says that she was having lots of fun reading other people's blogs and seeing their photos on Flickr and really wanted to participate in that sharing. Recently, she was able to quit her part time job and devote herself to full time quilting and designing quilts.
Debbie says she discovered Janome while researching a new machine.
"I talked to many fellow sewists and quilters about what machines they owned and how they liked them," she says. "There were two final factors that led me to pick Janome and, specifically, the 7700. I quilt all my own quilts and plan to continue to do so, so the throat space was a very important part of my decision. The Janome 7700 offered the most throat space in my price range."
She also liked her local dealer who had helped her keep her old machine running. "The dealership has been in business for over 60 years, so I felt good knowing they will be there if I have any problems."
Debbie says that the three features she most looked forward to having were needle up/down, a walking foot and the large throat space. "Two of the features that have surprised me by how much I love them are the automatic needle threader and the thread cutter." She adds that quilting is much easier on the 7700.
Even though she's an experienced quilter, Debbie continues to try new techniques. One thing she's really looking forward to learning is free motion quilting. "I've been too busy to set time aside to do it yet, but I think starting in March (after QuiltCon), I will set aside a few hours a week to work on it."
Put A Gift In It: New Sew4Home Series
Four great carriers for gifts and more: bag, basket, pouch and tub.
Our creative friends at Sew4Home.com, where Janome America is the exclusive sponsor, have a fun series of innovative project ideas to wrap up something special for a special someone.
Pick out a few inexpensive items at the store and build your own custom-themed basket for a baby or wedding shower, birthday or housewarming or any time you need a unique present. Wrapping up everyday items in a handmade carrier, especially one the gift recipient can use again and again, turns the ordinary into something super special.
Sew4Home projects can be done on any Janome machine, and with their easy, step-by-step instructions, you are virtually guaranteed success.
Trendy Weekender Shoulder Bag: With two inside pockets and its unique tall design, the bag holds a surprising amount of stuff at a finished size of just 12" x 9" x 2".
Fill 'er Up Gift Baskets: Wide and shallow, these are designed to be the perfect, easy-to-fill gift baskets. Directions are given for two sizes that nest together.
Fabric Wallets: Super cute and super easy mini pouch. Tuck in a gift card or a romantic note along with a special token of your love.
Jumbo Fabric Tub: Whether you're doing the laundry, need jumbo storage for knitting or other crafting supplies, or want to put together a king-size gift package - this jumbo round basket is the project for you!
New Project: Travel Series By Amy Meek - Shoe Bag
Dirty shoes and clean clothes don't mix.
Problem: You need to bring along several pairs of shoes when you're traveling. But you don't want the dirty soles of your favorite walking shoes smudging your clean clothes.
Solution: This handy shoe bag. Make it from any woven fabric (or even nylon if you want it to be moisture-proof) and you can safely tuck your shoes inside before putting them in your suitcase.
Amy Meek's Shoe Bag Project is part of her Travel Series of easy sewing projects that are extremely useful if you're going on a trip. You can make the shoe bag in about an hour with beginner skills, using any Janome sewing machine.
Even when you're not traveling, you can use your shoe bag to keep your dress shoes from getting dusty in the closet, or for bringing home especially dirty shoes after a camping trip.
Other Projects In The Travel Series
New AcuFeed Flex Holder & Foot (VD-Single-9mm): For MC12000, 8900 & 8200
Use these for zippers and other narrow work.
The AcuFeed Flex feeding system evenly feeds fabric from both the top and bottom. The system includes two types of foot holders: the Dual attachment, which has two upper feed dogs and uses wider feet, and the Single attachment, which has one upper feed dog and uses narrower feet for work like installing zippers.
The Single AcuFeed Flex foot holder and narrow VD foot are standard accessories on the Horizon Memory Craft 12000. Now they're available as optional accessories for the Memory Craft 8900 QCP and Memory Craft 8200 QC.
The VD foot is ideal for when you to stitch as closely as possible, like on a zipper. Watch a video demonstration using this foot to install a lap zipper.
How To Install An AcuFeed Flex Foot (Wide Or Narrow)
To use an AcuFeed Flex foot, you first install it on the foot holder, then attach the foot holder to the machine:
- Place the pins of the foot in the grooves of the ankle, and then push them together. (To change the foot, pull the foot out of the grooves, and put the new foot in place.)
- To attach the AcuFeed Flex system to your machine, first loosen the screw on the side of the shaft and remove the current ankle.
- Hold the AcuFeed Flex system in place and tighten the screw.
To see this demonstrated watch the video AcuFeed Flex System Intro.
0% Interest for Three Years - Wow!
Now through Tuesday the 19th, you could get 0% interest on any purchase over $2500!
If you've had your eyes on a new Janome, now is the time to buy! At participating dealers until February 19th, our Presidents' Day Sale is offering 0% financing until 2016 on purchases over $2,500.
That means you can take your pick of the Horizon Memory Craft 12000, Horizon Memory Craft 8900, MB-4 multi-needle embroidery machine, or other great Janome machines and accessory packages totalling $2,500 and not pay interest for 36 months.
Contact your local Janome dealer to find out more about these fabulous savings, then hurry in - our sale ends Tuesday, February 19th!
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