Introducing A New Janome Partner: Martelli Notions
This family-owned company has a terrific line of quilting notions.
We're very pleased to welcome Martelli Enterprises to the Janome family. For over 20 years, they have provided quilters and other sewing and craft enthusiasts with the tools and accessories to pursue their art and express themselves.
Based in Pensacola, Florida, they continue to be run by the Martelli family, who are committed to continually improving their products and developing new ones. They say, "We believe that it really means something to offer a product that will be appreciated and recommended to others."
Today, we're highlighting just one of those innovative products: the Curve Master. This presser foot allows you to easily sew the curves necessary for Drunkard’s Path, Double Wedding Ring, Grandmother’s Fan, and other daunting quilts.
The Curve Master provides automatic easing of curves, eliminating the need for making center points of curved pieces. Turns a three-step process into a one-step process. This accessory fits any Janome sewing machine and requires only beginning sewing skills to use.
To see how it works, watch Martelli's video demonstration of the Curve Master foot on YouTube. (The first half of the video demonstrates some of their cutting templates.)
Find Martelli products at your local Janome dealer.
Janome Poll - What's On Your Holiday Wish List?
Time to think about the tools for those upcoming projects.
If you're a sewist, you have two kinds of holiday wishes. The first is your hope that you get some nice presents from the people you love. Unwrapping your new, dream sewing machine would not be a bad way to spend Christmas morning.
Your second kind of holiday wish is for the machine, accessories, and materials to be able to get your holiday gifts completed. This wish has to occur much earlier in the year, if you hope to get your projects done.
In today's poll we'd like to find out the big thing you'd wish for--either for yourself or to enable you make things for others. So, what's on your holiday wish list? Vote in the poll. Check back later this week for the results.
Keep watching this website as we bring you the special offers and promotions to help you make those holiday wishes come true.
New Project: Kaye Wood's ABC Quilt
The perfect decoration for any child's room or a play area.
Quilter extraordinaire Kaye Wood has done it again. Using her patented View & Do™ pattern tools, you can make this amazing quilt with basic quilting skills.
The tumbling blocks are made from three diamonds—a Top, a Left and a Right. Each of these embroidered designs is fussy-cut following the directional lines on Kaye's View & Do™ Diamond Shape tool.
ABC Quilt Details
Finished size: 48" x 75"
Skill level: ability to sew a 1⁄4" seam.
Estimated time: 12 hours after embroidery is done.
Go to the ABC Quilt project page to download and print out Kaye's complete instructions.
You can get her View & Do™ 60° Diamond Shape tool and a DVD showing her making the quilt on her Kaye's Quilting Friends website.
10 Janome Sergers Help Cancer Victims
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and you can help by sewing pillowcases.
ConKerr Cancer’s mission is to brighten the lives of children with cancer and other life-changing illnesses through the simple gift of a bright cheery pillowcase. We recently posted about the Janome machines donated to their Los Angeles chapter.
The non-profit was founded by Cindy Kerr who helped her teenage son through his cancer treatment by making him cheery pillowcases. Now tens of thousands of volunteers across North America share their time, talent, and material to create “miles of pillowcase smiles” as well as raise awareness and funds. To date, ConKerr Cancer has delivered over 500,000 pillowcases/smiles!
During National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month their goal is to create 20 miles of pillowcases--that would be 44,000 of them laid end to end--each one representing a child currently in treatment. The Los Angeles chapter alone has committed to donating one mile of those (2112 pillowcases).
A ConKerr organizer told us that a generous donor gave them 10 Janome sergers to help reach their goal. We're so happy to hear about our machines being used for such a worthy cause.
ConKerr Cancer Foundation can use all they help they can get to reach their goal by the end of this month. Go to their national website to find out how you can sew, donate, or even host an event.
New Video: AcuFeed Straight Stitch Foot for the MC12000
Get better results on very fine or very heavy fabrics. And it's ideal for quilting.
When your Horizon Memory Craft 12000 is sewing at full speed--1,000 stitches per minute--it's actually forming more than 16 stitches per second. And they look beautiful. But what happens when you're sewing on fabric that doesn't want to feed evenly with the regular feed dogs? For example: very fine or very heavy fabrics, or the thick layers of a quilting.
That's why Janome developed the AcuFeed Flex™ fabric feeding system. It has a set of upper feed dogs to pull the fabric through in sync with the lower ones, for perfect feeding every time. And you can remove the whole system when you're not using it.
Your MC12000 can use a number of AcuFeed Flex™ presser feet. One of the most useful is the Straight Stitch Foot STD. It has a smaller needle hole to better support your fabric as the needle penetrates. And it's easy to set up and use.
Using The AcuFeed Straight Stitch Foot
- Be sure you have the Straight Stitch Needle Plate installed.
- Install the foot on the foot holder before you attach it to the machine. Place the pins of the foot in the grooves on the ankle and then push them together.
- Attach the AcuFeed Flex system to the machine and tighten the screw.
- Push in the bar on the back until it's flush.
- On your machine's touch screen activate the AcuFeed Flex system. The screen will show you have the Straight Stitch Needle Plate installed.
- Choose a Straight Stitch.
- As you sew, the AcuFeed Flex system will feed all layers of your fabric smoothly.
To see this demonstrated, watch the video AcuFeed Straight Stitch Foot STD: Doing a straight stitch with the AcuFeed Flex System.
Try out this foot for yourself at your authorized Janome dealer.
New Projects at Sew4Home Feature Simply Color by Vanessa Christenson
Sew4Home brings you a simply wonderful collection of new projects in Simply Color.
Our friends at Sew4Home.com, where Janome is the exclusive sewing machine sponsor, just finished up a wonderfully colorful series, featuring the debut collection of Vanessa Christenson for Moda Fabrics. As the doting mama to four little darlings, Vanessa somehow also finds time to be a designer, author, quilter, sewer... oh for goodness sakes, let's just say: doer of many things.
One of Vanessa's passions is organizing. She admits she doesn't always win the clutter war, but she loves to do battle. So, Sew4Home decided their Simply Color series would have an organizational theme. Check out all the projects, which can be done on any Janome Machine: Garment Covers, Foldover Tote, Coin Purse, Kid's Laundry Duffle, Pinboard and Foldaway Shopping Duffles in their own Carrying Case.
SPECIAL BONUS: For the Kid's Laundry Duffle, Janome America sponsored a free embroidery design download for those of you with Janome embroidery machines who would like to do the dufle's Wash Me appliqué as an in-the-hoop embroidered appliqué. Go to the S4H project page to download the instructional notes as well as the design file.
Review all the great projects and techniques, and then make sure you enter their Great Giveaway for a chance to some of the beautiful Simply Color fabric for yourself.
Artistic Crystals: Party Time Take #2
It's "all about the bling" at this recent event sponsored by Auburn Sewing Center.
Are you ready to have a little fun? Go to an Artistic Crystals party put on by your Janome dealer.
We've recently introduced a whole line of Artistic products, including the software program called Artistic Suite V6. It does cutwork, appliqué, monograming, embroidery, cross stitch, photo stitch, and crystal application. It makes placing crystals so easy and exact, you can let your creativity run wild.
We just heard from Janome Educational Coordinator Maddie Bushman about a recent Crystals Party put on by Auburn Sewing Center. They had so many people attend that they hosted it at an off-site location.
In keeping with the theme, everybody was given party hats and party horns. Maddie says, "Every time the attendees heard about a feature of the software that excited them they blew their horns. There was so much horn blowing that it seemed like it was New Year’s Eve."
The partiers each brought garments, which they embellished with Artistic Crystals. Maddie reports that some of them put two or three crystal designs on the same shirt. Everybody was enjoying the refreshments and really had a good time.
She says, "One thing for sure. Chris (the dealer) knows how to throw an Artistic Crystal Party."
How Artistic Crystals Work
The software makes it easy to create a template so the crystals will go where you want them. It then works with a hot press to activate the glue. And then you can place all your crystals at once--much easier than applying them one at a time.
Watch the how-to video: Create A Crystal Design.
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.
Janome dealers around the country have been offering crystal parties. If you haven't been to one, contact your local dealer to see when they'll be holding theirs.
Anna Maria Horner Video Now Online: Making The Paper Fan Dress
Watch Anna Maria as she makes this adorable dress in her workroom.
A few weeks ago, we told you about Anna Maria Horner's Paper Fan Dress project. This beautiful design was inspired by one her favorite John Singer Sargent paintings.
She has recently completed a video on the Fan Dress, shot in her workroom, where she talks about the inspiration for the project and then goes step-by-step through the construction on her Janome machine.
Anna Maria says, ". . . this painting inspired me mostly by how it at once illustrates the simplicity of childhood pleasures and the splendor of a summer evening. So more than anything, I wanted to design a frock that would be lightweight, fuss-free and very versatile to help little girls enjoy all that summer offers."
We think this project captures that feeling perfectly.
Powered by Janome: Denise Wild of LoveSewingNewYork.com
She's passing on her passion for sewing in Toronto and New York.
Denise Wild has loved sewing since she was a teenager. She's now sharing the fun with teens, young adults, and beginning sewists of any age at her two Love Sewing schools. And the machine model she's chosen to teach on is a Janome Sewist 500.
Denise was 13 years old when a family friend spent the summer teaching her how to sew. She worked through her first commercial pattern, and, she says, "I've loved sewing ever since!"
"I love sewing dresses, and I dream of a day when I can sew new dresses from morning to night. (And then do it all again the very next day!)"
She ended up working as a magazine editor, but continued to sew for herself. She says, "All of my friends and colleagues knew I sewed." And she would often sew for others.
Eventually, people started asking her to teach them how to sew. Her first class was a group of friends in her Toronto apartment. Realizing that this could be a viable business, Denise opened up The Sewing Studio in 2004. Since then she's added a Manhattan location.
She's been pleasantly surprised with the enthusiasm of her teen students. "They love fashion, they love exploring their creativity through design and construction, and they love finishing something that they started on their own."
Denise received her first Janome when her mother bought her one as a university graduation gift. She still uses that same machine in her personal sewing room.
If you enroll at The Sewing School New York, you'll learn to sew on a Janome Sewist 500. Denise says, "I love the machine for its simplicity and its smooth hand." You can try out the Sewist 500 for yourself at your local Janome dealer.
The Sewing Studio teaches classes in Toronto and New York City, and is the home of online sewing destination LoveSewing.com, which publishes daily articles on sewing and fashion. Keep your eye out for the LoveSewing learn-to-sew DVD, which brings The Sewing Studio's popular eight-week class to everyone everywhere.
New Video: AcuFeed Ditch Foot for the MC12000
How to do stitch-in-the-ditch through quilt layers on your MC12000.
You have two ways of doing easy stitch in the ditch on your Horizon Memory Craft 12000. One is with the the optional Ditch Quilting Foot S. The other way is with the optional AcuFeed Ditch Quilting Foot SD, which works in conjunction with the AcuFeed Flex™ fabric feeding system.
Both feet work on the same principle: a flange on the front of the foot helps you guide your fabric to keep your new line of stitching "in the ditch." The AcuFeed Ditch Quilting Foot helps you do this and keeps your multiple quilt layers feeding in perfect sync.
How To Use The Ditch Quilting Foot SD
- Install the AcuFeed Ditch Quilting Foot on the AcuFeed Flex foot holder before you attach it to the machine: Place the pins of the foot in the grooves of the ankle, and then push them together.
- Attach the AcuFeed Flex system to your machine and tighten the screw.
- Push in the bar on the back of the foot until it is flush.
- On your machine's touchscreen activate the AcuFeed Flex system. And choose a Straight Stitch.
- Align your fabric so that the flange rests in the seam.
Optional: On your machine you can move the needle to adjust how closely it stitches to the flange.
- As you sew, keep your eye on the flange, making sure it stays in the seam.
And you've made a beautiful stitch-in-the ditch.
To see this demonstrated watch the video AcuFeed Ditch Quilting Foot SD: Stitching in the ditch with the AcuFeed Flex System.
You can find this foot and the Horizon Memory Craft 12000 sewing, quilting and embroidery machine at your authorized Janome dealer.
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