Lunch Box Quilt Designs: Fun With Appliqué Embroidery
Appliqué quilt patterns designed specifically for embroidery sewing machines.
What goes better with your Janome embroidery machine than an embroidery quilt kit?
Angie Steveson, the founder of Lunch Box Quilts, has received awards for her unique quilt designs both locally and nationally. Articles and projects featuring her designs have appeared in magazines such as Creative Machine Embroidery and Quilting and Embroidery. And her quilting kits are just plain fun.
Each package includes a CD-ROM with embroidery designs and instructions as well as a printed copy of the instructions. The CD-ROM includes embroidery designs in various formats, including .jef for Memory Craft embroidery machines.
You can find a wide variety of Lunch Box Quilts kits at your Janome dealer. Here are a few that fit the almost-holiday season.
Lunch Box Quilts Halloween Fun -- Stir up some fun with this Halloween themed quilt. The pattern collection contains nine Halloween embroidery machine applique designs. Two patterns are included to make either a 37" X 35" wall hanging or a 54" X 66" quilt.
Lunch Box Quilts Autumn Wind -- Let the wind blow these colorful autumn leaves onto your quilt. The pattern collection contains twelve leaf embroidery machine applique designs. Two patterns are included to make either a 26" X 32" wall hanging or a 60" X 77" quilt.
Lunch Box Quilts Merry Christmas -- It's never too early to get ready for Christmas. This pattern collection contains eight Christmas embroidery machine applique designs. Two patterns are included to make either a 36" X 33" wall hanging or a 62" X 80" quilt.
Lunch Box Quilts Holiday Recipe Towels -- This Digital Embroidery Collection contains 10 separate embroidery designs for use on your favorite dish towel. Includes a USB-Drive with embroidery files and instructions.
New Video: Beading Foot Narrow
The easy way to sew narrow strings of beads on your MC12000.
As an embellishment, beads can add a very glamorous touch to garments, accessories, and even home decor.
You could sew them on one-at-a-time by hand. But if you have a Horizon Memory Craft 12000 sewing, quilting, and embroidery machine, there's a much easier way.
The Beading Foot Narrow L1 lets you easily attach strings of beads, cording, yarn, or other items. Specially designed for the 9 mm stitch width of your MC12000, it can sew beads or other trims up to 2 mm in diameter. (For larger beads you'll want Beading Foot Wide L2.)
The string of beads is fed through a slot on the foot, while the the needle penetrates on either side to stitch them down. To hide your thread as it crosses the beads, you may want to use monofilament or a color that matches your fabric.
How To Use The Narrow Beading Foot
- Snap the foot onto your machine.
- Feed the beads or cord through the slot on the front of the foot.
- On your machine's touchscreen go into the Utility Section. Choose stitch number nine.
- Begin sewing, slowly gaining speed.
And now you've attached a string of beads. It's that simple.
To see this demonstrated, watch the video Beading Foot Narrow L1 (9MM) Attaching smaller beads. You can try out the Narrow Beading Foot and all the other accessories on the MC12000 at your authorized Janome dealer.
Martelli Products: Sewing Accessories That Make It Easy
More than a notions company--they invent solutions to common sewing problems.
Over the past few weeks we've been introducing you to some of the innovative sewing accessories from our newest partner Martelli Products. You might have read about their amazing presser feet that allow you to sew curved quilt seams without a headache. Or their ergonomic rotary cutter that lets you slice through multiple layer of fabric with out a wrist-ache.
Today, we're highlighting a few more Martelli items now available at your Janome dealer.
The Kwik-Spin Thread Dispenser was designed to solve a simple challenge: is there a way to unwind thread from a cone in exactly the same way it was wound on? Yes, put the cone in a plexiglass-covered stand that dispenses the thread from the side. The Kwik-Spin Thread Dispenser is available in three sizes, and as you can imagine, has been one of their best-sellers.
Watch Martelli's Kwik-Spin demonstration video on YouTube.
The Roundabout Rotary Table solves the problem of having to scoot your cutting mat to continue your work (or walking around to the far side of your cutting table). Martelli designed a 16" diameter round cutting mat that's combined with a sturdy turntable. It's so stable you can cut right up to the extreme outside edge with no tipping or plastic pieces to get in the way. 30 stainless steel ball bearings mean great durability and no maintenance. Originally designed for quilters, the Roundabout is great for crafting and scrapbooking as well.
Does your sewing machine foot control sometimes move while you're pushing on it? How about your sewing machine? Martelli's Machine & Foot Pad Set helps keep both machine and foot pedal from moving when you don't want them to. Both pads are double-sided with a no-slip surface to keeps things in place as you sew.
And they have lots more great ideas for sewing. See the whole line of Martelli Products at your Janome dealer.
Powered By Janome: Miranda Anderson's One Little Minute Blog
Her blog began as a creative journal and has ended up as a business.
Miranda Anderson went from selling her handmade items at farmers markets, to starting her own Etsy store, and now sells custom-made items (and soon) patterns through her website. And we're proud to say she does all her sewing on two Janome machines.
Miranda's mother, an experienced seamstress, wanted her children to not just take sewing lessons, but make their own clothes right away. So in 3rd grade, Miranda and her sister would walk from school to a neighbor's house, where they took their lessons. Miranda said her Mom had a great incentive: they would get one new item of clothing from their favorite store for every two items they made for themselves.
This worked for a while, but as Miranda got older she stopped sewing. In 2006 she picked it up again after receiving multiple requests from friends. And, in order to fund a trip, she tried her hand at selling her original cut-and-sew apparel at a farmer's market in Salt Lake City.
Of the experience, she says, "It went okay, and I was able to fund a humanitarian trip to Bolivia with the income I received. In 2008, I opened a little shop on Etsy. I quickly became disenchanted with stocking inventory and then receiving custom order requests, so in 2010 I decided to sell out the Etsy shop and begin creating only made-to-order apparel. I began mainly creating custom Halloween costumes and showcasing them on my blog. Soon I was taking orders for holiday apparel, birthday dresses, and even wedding gowns."
Recently, because demand has been so strong for her designs, Miranda's focus has shifted in the direction of pattern-making. She will release her first pattern (of one of her most popular little girls' dresses the Big Bow Dress) in the next month or two.
She says, "I hope to continue to take custom sewing orders in addition to creating and selling patterns so others can make my original designs."
For several years Miranda has sewn on a Janome Sewist 525S sewing machine and a MyLock 634D serger. Both were gifts from her seamstress mother.
Miranda says, "In a few years of almost daily use, both my sewing machine and serger have worked beautifully! They are both easy to use, with clear instruction manuals that I keep close at hand for that every so often that I need to use an unusual stitch or technique. Both machines are so well made I am confident with my ability to adjust tension settings and stitch lengths without worry that they will not resume accurate stitching once returned to their original positions."
She adds that she has been so impressed with how simple it is to change presser feet and take advantage of the many different options for hemming. "My machines are both my reliable workhorses and I love them."
Currently, Miranda is working on some costumes for an upcoming episode of the OliveUs web video series, and can't wait to see them on the screen. From November 5-16 she'll will be collaborating with sewing friend Miriam of Madmim on a two-week long mini-series on their blogs about sewing with knits. And of course, lots of Halloween costumes.
Visit the sewing section of Miranda Anderson's One Little Minute blog.
Come Away With Me: Janome Introduces Exciting New Machines
Watch the sneak peak video online. Then mark 10/20 on your calendar.
When you're doing what you love, the world just seems to melt away, and it's you, your sewing machine, and your creativity.
Janome is about to release new sewing machines with everything you need to take your quilting and sewing to a new level.
Would you like a few details? Watch the Sneak Preview Video right now.
Special Launch Party Preview
On October 20, 2012 the newest machines in the Janome line will be premiering at your local dealer. Be the first to come see these machines with your dealer and sit down to experience the newest quilting and sewing experience--one so smooth and worry-free it simply takes you away.
Find your nearest Janome dealer.
Artistic Crystals: From Russia With Bling!
Our Crystal Ambassadors pay a visit to Moscow.
Over the past few months we've been posting reports from our Artistic Crystal Educators as they've held events around the country. There were the training sessions in Washington State. The glitzy Crystal Party in Reno, Nevada. And the noisy one in Auburn, Massachusetts.
Now Maddie Bushman has become our International Crystal Educator, hosting a series of Crystal Parties in Moscow, Russia.
She reports, "Artistic Suite Crystal Parties are a huge success in Moscow Russia. Language is not a barrier when it comes to learning how to Bling things! The people in Russia immediately took a liking to the many features of the Artistic Suite V6 Software especially the crystal appliques. Since the software is offered in many languages they were able to load the software in their native tongue. As you can see in the pictures, all of them enjoyed embellishing their tote bags as well as sweaters and a wallet."
Maddie hosted the parties along with Mr. Katsu from Janome Tokyo.
How Artistic Crystals Work
The software makes it easy to create a template so the crystals will go where you want them. It 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.
Easier On Your Hands: Martelli Cutters & Mats
Cut up to 15 layers of fabric at a time.
Last week we introduced you to our new partner, Marelli notions. They make a great selection of innovative products that make it easier to do your quilting and sewing projects.
Today we want to highlight their rotary cutters and cutting mats. They not only help you cut quickly and accurately, but they're actually easier on your hands.
When your quilt top is made up of hundreds of pieces of fabric, it doesn't take long to feel the effects of those repetitive motions. The ergonomically designed Martelli Rotary Cutter puts your hand in a more comfortable position, allowing you to use gentle pressure to cut through many layers of fabric at once.
It's designed for hands with arthritis, carpel tunnel syndrome, and tendonitis. And to reduce hand fatigue. One big difference--the angle of the blade. This position requires less pressure to cut while still giving you superb maneuverability.
It's also got a great safety mechanism. When you roll the cutter on the cutting mat, the blade guard automatically opens, and you're ready to cut.
To see the ergonomic design in action, watch Martelli's demonstration on YouTube.
Martelli also makes a whole line of cutting mats designed to work with their rotary cutter. Choose from various sizes and markings.
You can find Martelli notions at your local Janome dealer.
New Project: Milinda Stephenson's Cell Phone Purse
Make this in-the-hoop project in less than 10 minutes. Great gift idea.
Sometimes, you don't want to carry a full purse with you everywhere you go, but you still need your cell phone. Solution: a stylish cross-shoulder cell phone case.
Milinda Stephenson has come up with a design you can make in just a few minutes, using your Horizon Memory Craft 12000. You choose an outside fabric, a liner fabric, and a piece of ribbon or cord for the strap. Then you use Melinda's embroidery file and in-the-hoop technique to do the stitching.
Once you make one, you'll say, "Wow, that was easy." And it's a good thing this is a quick project, because your friends are going to want you to make them one too.
Get complete instructions for the Cell Phone Purse. The link to the free embroidery download is included.
FREE Webinar Tonight: AcuFil™ Quilting On The Memory Craft 12000
It's from 8 - 9PM EDT and you can still register.
In this one hour live webinar you will see how AcuFil™ and the Memory Craft 12000 make quilting as easy as embroidery! There's NO cost. But to attend, you must register. The link will take you to our Webinars page, where you can click on the webinar in which you're interested to register (it's all free!), and where you will also find download links for the webinar handouts.
The AcuFil™ program automatically resizes a quilting motif and calculates the number of hoopings to quilt a defined area, using the exclusive Janome AQS22 quilting hoop.
In the webinar, you'll learn how to use the program to create a multiple design layout, edit an existing AcuFil™ design, create an original AcuFil™ designs, edit designs, and more.
There will be live tips for allover stippling, using templates, adding quilting to an embroidery design, even quilting a sash or border.
As you go through the steps of the lesson, you'll see how everything works together to create a pretty motif, which will then be incorporated into a final project.
If you're ready for the next step on your creative quilting journey, you'll want to join us for this fun, free webinar. Sign up right now.
New Video: Appliqué Foot AP for the MC12000
Take full advantage of the MC12000's 9mm stitch.
Appliqué is an old technique that never seems to go out of style. You can use it on garments, home decor, and of course, quilting.
The appliqué features on the Horizon Memory Craft 12000 make it easier than ever to get great results when going around curvers or turning corners.
The Pivot Function helps you with the curves and the aptly named Cornering Function helps you with the corners.
The Appliqué Foot AP is the optional MC12000 presser foot designed specifically for this technique. It's shorter than other feet for easier cornering. And the underside is designed to let the stitching and fabric edges easily pass through.
How To Use Appliqué Foot AP
- When you install the foot on your machine, the bar attaches to the back of the ankle before it snaps into place.
- On the touch screen choose Sewing Applications. Page to Appliqué then choose your desired appliqué stitch.
- Go into Adjust and activate the Pivot Function. If your appliqué has corners, also activate the Cornering Feature.
- Begin your sewing.
- Whenever you stop sewing, the Pivot Function automatically raises the foot part way for easy movement of your fabric.
- If you come to a corner, press the Cornering Function on the touch screen. The foot will go into pivot mode, raising part way. The stitch will be reset to the beginning of its design, without the locking stitches.
- As you begin sewing again, your stitch pattern will start from the beginning.
To see this demontrated, watch the video Appliqué Foot AP (9MM): Sewing an appliqué stitch.
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