'Shirr Madness' Hits Sew4Home
Learn it, use it... soon you'll succumb to 'shirr madness' as well!
Our friends at Sew4Home.com, where Janome is a proud sponsor, have gone bonkers for shirring... and just in time to use it on all kinds of great summer tops and dresses in lightweight cottons and voiles. Shirring is surprisingly easy (especially with a quality Janome machine) and a great way to add both fit and texture to a garment.
First, if you are brand new to the technique, Sew4Home shows you the easy step-by-step way to master it. Then, try out your newfound skills on a darling little girl's sundress (which also has an adorable eyelet underskirt) or a flirty summer top for yourself.
Thanks to Janome's excellent feeding systems, sewing with elastic thread in the bobbin is smooth and easy. You can use the technique on any of our models.
High Waisted Pants & Skirts Are Back For Spring
This flattering style has an updated look.
Fashion bloggers and designers are declaring that the hourglass silhouette is back. (Was it ever really gone?) The high waisted skirts and pants of the 1950s are the new trend for spring--at least for women. For men, the high waisted look is still considered a little "Ed Grimley."
Not only elegant and classic, this style is much more flattering for the average feminine figure. As one blogger gushed, "You will look like you had a legit nip and tuck over the weekend!"
The new/old look in skirts can be pencil-slim, A-line or full. Think Marilyn Monroe. The latest pants are high waisted with a flare. Think Katherine Hepburn. In both cases they zip up the side.
In both cases sewing these garments for yourself will likely require you to install a concealed or lapped zipper. But don't let that scare you. If you can sew a straight seam you can put in a zipper. You just need to make sure you have the right zipper foot for our machine and easy-to-follow instructions. And it just so happens we have both for you.
MC12000 Concealed Zipper Foot Z - The Concealed Zipper Foot Z comes standard with the Horizon Memory Craft 12000 and allows you to get in close enough to easily install a concealed zipper. The machine makes it easy with a Concealed Zipper application.
Installing A Lap Zipper With The Narrow Base Zipper Foot - The flexibility of the Narrow Base Zipper Foot makes close sewing easy. By loosening the screw on the back, you can move the foot to either side of the needle, adjusting how close you'd like it to be.
Installing A Zipper With The Concealed Zipper Foot - The key is to get the needle as close to the teeth as possible. The Concealed Zipper Foot accomplishes this by slightly unrolling the zipper just before the needle. The foot also has special grooves on the bottom which guide each side of the zipper teeth as you sew down the tape.
Install A Zipper With The Zipper Foot E - The Zipper Foot E can be snapped onto your machine so it sews on either side of the needle. That way the needle can get close enough to stitch but the zipper teeth don't go under the foot.
See your local Janome dealer to get the right zipper foot for your machine.
Powered By Janome: Tyler Larsen of Baby Lux Design
Her online boutique features one-of-a-kind clothing and accessories.
The inspiration for Tyler Larsen's line of baby clothing and accessories began before she had any children of her own. She was running a successful interior design business, but she seemed to be making baby items on a regular basis.
She says, "I had always hand crafted my own baby shower gifts for friends and family over the years and by doing that I always seemed to have a running order from a friend of a friend."
After the birth of her son, she left the design world in order to stay at home. But she couldn't stop thinking about all those orders for baby items she used to get.
"I just knew I had to do something creative or I’d go stir crazy! So, I bugged the 'hub' to whip me up a website. A place where I could share ALL my fun creations with the rest of the world." Her old design business was called Lux Interior Design. By changing one word she came up with Baby Lux Design and was soon selling items online and in a local bricks-and-mortar store.
Tyler says that her mother made a significant contribution to her business when she gave her a Memory Craft 6600 Professional sewing machine.
"I am so thankful for my Janome," she says. "It's been an important part in my creative growth. I always say . . . 'If I can draw it, I can sew it on my Janome!' Its precision never ceases to amaze me."
Are you Powered by Janome? Tell us how you started out, what you make, how others can order your product, and most importantly, why you trust Janome to help get the job done! We'll be sharing many of these stories on Facebook, Twitter, our eNewsletter, and here on Janome.com.
To get complete details on how to send us your story go to our Powered By Janome submission page. We'd love to hear from you.
Artistic Suite Software Update: Free!
Do you have the Artistic Suite V6.0 Software? If so, this update is for you!
We love Artistic software for all of its amazing capabilities, like rhinestone template creation, cutwork, embroidery design, and more. Now, it's even better!
The new Artistic V6.01 Update features a wide variety of enhanced capabilities for the software, from cutting out shapes and shapes within shapes to enhanced calculation speed to presets for materials and cutters.
Special Day - Special Women - Special Pricing
Make your Mother's Day gift count by purchasing a Limited Edition Pink Ribbon model to honor the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.
Janome, a proud supporter of the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.®, is equally proud to offer the Pink Ribbon Series, two machines with the power, precision and easy-to-use features you've come to expect. Both commemorate the cause of spreading breast cancer awareness, education and empowerment.
The MS5027LE-PR is an all-around workhorse with 27 stitches, a one-step buttonhole and a built-in needle threader. The regular MSRP is $549, but through May 13th at participating Janome dealers, you can find it for just $399 and you'll get a free case of the pretty Pink Cherry Blossom Janome bobbins.
The DC4030PR is a computerized model with 30 stitches; convenience buttons for needle up/down, lock stitch and start/stop; and six one-step™ buttonholes. The regular MSRP is $799, but through May 13th at participating dealers, you can find this model for just $549 plus a free case of the Pink Cherry Blossom bobbins.
Offer based on manufacturer's suggested retail price and valid through May 13, 2012 at participating authorized Janome Retailers in the USA. Void where prohibited. Not valid in combination with any other offers.
Keeping Up With Anna Maria Horner
She's a nationally recognized fabric designer, a quilter, and (we're so proud to say) a Janome sewist.
Can anybody really "keep up" with Anna Maria Horner? She's one of our most inspiring and busiest creative friends. Over the past few weeks she's been sharing her latest QAL (Quilt Along) project, the Patchwork Prism Quilt.
She says, "This quilt uses my favorite tricks: full spectrum, simple piecing, and an awesome machine."
Go to her Janome+Anna Maria project page to download the quilt pattern, download the pattern for a matching pillow sham, and watch her video on how she created the quilt.
We know she inspires us, but where does she get her inspiration? One place is nature. In a recent blog post, Anna Maria shared photos she took on a trip to George Vanderbilt’s Biltmore Estate. Her photos of the flowers in the conservatory are gorgeous. See the photos here. More details here.
If you're going to be in Florida this month, Anna Maria is planning a trip there. Details coming soon.
Monthly Janome eNews: Sign Up & Win
We're drawing from our mail list on May 15th; you could win a great notions bundle!
Each month, we send an eNewsletter that summarizes all the top Janome America news and events. It includes promotions going on at your local dealer, information about brand new products, stories of Janome creativity here in the US and around the globe, project ideas, video links and more. It's a great all-in-one resource for all things Janome!
To reward our loyal subscribers and encourage new people to jump on board, we'll be doing a drawing from everyone in our Janome eNews mail list as of midnight ET on Tuesday, May 15, 2012. Our random winner will receive a wonderful mystery notions bundle of favorite tools and supplies; like thread, scissors, needles, accessories and... well - it's a mystery, but you know it will be the fun stuff you want and need for your Janome sewing.
Artistic Creative Products: New Site - New Project!
Have you been to the Artistic site lately? There's new product information being added all the time, plus a hot-off-the-press project.
This very pretty pillow is brand new on the Artistic Creative Products website. The tutorial is an easy .PDF download right from the site. It showcases the incredible built-in embroidery designs that come with Artistic Suite V6, and also takes you through the steps of the software's cutwork feature. It's a great way to see the kind of beautiful mixed media designs you can create with Artistic Suite V6, using embroidery, cutwork and crystals.
Artistic: Go Ahead. Be an Artist.
Video: MC12000's HorizonLink Stitch Composer: Creating A Design
Making up your own decorative stitches is easy and fun.
One of the amazing things you can do with the Horizon Memory Craft 12000 is create your own stitches from scratch. Anything you can trace out with your computer mouse can be turned into a running stitch up to 9mm wide.
You can do this with the HorizonLink Stitch Composer software for your PC that comes with your sewing machine. The software is easy to use and your stitches can be quickly transferred to your MC12000. On your machine you can select them and sew with them just like the built-in stitches.
When you create a stitch, you need to have a locking stitch at the beginning and a locking stitch at the end. Between these you'll need a Start point, a Loop point, and an End point.
How To Create A Custom Stitch With HorizonLink Stitch Composer
- Be sure you have the software installed, and your PC connected to your Memory Craft 12000.
- Start the HorizonLink Stitch Composer software.
- On the screen at point 0,0 click three times to add three stitch points.
- Create a starting point by clicking the Start point icon. You'll create your stitch from left to right so it can sew out continually.
- Click a series of points to trace out the shape of your stitch, just like doing a dot-to-dot. If you make a mistake, you can just use the Backspace key.
- At the end of your stitch, you'll need to make a Loop point to tell the software to go back to the Start point and make this design over and over.
- When you're finished with your shape, insert an End Point. Then make three little stitches and insert a tie off.
- Go into View and under Window Layout click "Left & Right."
- Click the Play icon. This will play will play an animation of the stitch being stitched out.
- To save your stitch go to the top-most tab and click the Save-As icon. Then save your stitch to your chosen folder on your PC.
- Click Send to send your completed stitch to the machine.
- On your Memory Craft 12000 go into Decorative Stitches. Then go to Created Stitches, and there's the stitch you've created!
And you're ready to sew it out.
To see this demonstrated with a more detailed explanation, watch the video: HorizonLink Stitch Composer: Creating A Stitch.
Live From AQS in Paducah, KY
Quilt City USA - and Janome - welcomes quilters from across the country!
The American Quilter's Society held its first quilt show and contest in Paducah, KY in 1985. In its first year, it welcomed 5,000 visitors. Since then, the show has grown and multiplied to other US cities, but its true home is in Paducah, aka: Quilt City, USA, where the yearly event is considered the premiere quilting show in the country.
Janome is here with quilters from around the country to celebrate great quilts, learn tips and techniques from world-class quilt instructors for making our own quilts better, and to see all of the amazing products available for, well, quilting!
The show includes a huge selection of vendors showcasing a wide variety of products for quilting and sewing. Classes are first-rate, with topics from hand-work, to free-form quilting, to traditional techniques. And the quilt gallery on the show floor features breathtaking quilts for inspiration. Attendees are delighted to sew on classrooms full of Memory Craft 11000's, Horizon 7700QCP, and 3160QDC sewing machines.
If you love quilting, Paducah is worth the trip! Find out more about this, and all of the AQS quilt shows at their website. Find one near you, and make a plan to attend. In the meantime, be sure to become a member of this worthy organization.
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