Take Our Serger Smarts Poll
We'd like to know how often you use this essential sewing tool.
Because a serger can cut your fabric and create a professional-looking finished seam all in one pass, it's become a go-to machine for many sewists. Their Janome serger sits near their sewing machine and they couldn't imagine their sewing room without one.
But maybe you're one of those sewists who doesn't have a serger. Or you have one but hardly use it for various reasons. If sergers are somewhat of a mystery to you, take a look at our Ask Jan section with serger answers.
Also, in our Learning Center we have an entire section of Serger Techniques.
But before you go learn everything you need to know about serging, please take a few seconds to vote in our latest poll: Serger Smarts -- How Much Do You Rely On Your Serger?
Check back this week to see how people voted.
Get Set For Summer Travel With Our Lightweight Faves
Our most popular models for sewists "on-the-move."
They're the perfect companion machines to take with you to class, clubs or on vacation. Who takes their sewing machine on vacation? If you have to ask, then you just don't understand how dedicated to the love of sewing and quilting some of us are! Many of us also love to have a compact "stitching workhorse" in our sewing space to allow us to continue working on a project while another machine is embroidering.
From the 60-stitch 3160QDC with its Superior Feed System to the three-quarter size Janome New Home 720, each of these Lightweight Favorites has the popular stitches you want, the Janome precision you demand, and the durability you need to tote it from here to there.
Grab one to go today at your Janome America dealer.
New Project: Double-Sided Napkins
Not your ordinary napkin! These contemporary beauties feature unique decorative stitching.
Jane Spolar of Quilt Poetry created these lovely double-sided napkins from the “Bollywood Bliss” fabric collection she recently designed for Northcott. Easy elegance!
Jane shows you how to apply the appliqué with a decorative stitch, including great notes about how to pivot the stitching around the appliqué shape. And, she explains how to go around the outer edge with a blanket stitch.
Both of the decorative stitches are done using variegated thread, which is an absolutely beautiful combination with Jane's vibrant Bollywood Bliss fabrics.
"Fall in Love" With The MC12000 Today!
Take an official test drive; get a free designer fabric bundle.
If you haven't had the chance to Fall in Love with the Janome Horizon Memory Craft 12000, now is the time. Our Janome America educators and dealers have put together the ultimate test drive that will take you through all the features this amazing machine has to offer. Once you get your hands on one, you aren't going to want to let go. And, just for trying it out, participating Janome America dealers will give you a FREE bundle of beautiful designer fabric from Free Spirit Fabrics!
This is a machine so well designed and built, it's like an extension of your own two hands. It was precisely engineered to be forgotten. If that sounds strange, it won't once you try it out. Because you'll never need to worry about performance, you can forget frustration and focus all your energy on your projects. It's where the journey starts and creativity blooms.
Check with your local Janome America dealer for all the details and to schedule your official Horizon Memory Craft 12000 test drive.
Janome Heritage: 1929's PINE Model 100
What was our top-of-the-line model more than 80 years ago?
1929 was a year of ominous events, like the Wall Street Crash. But there were also amazing technological advancements like the first public demonstration of color TV at Bell Telephone Laboratories. And the advanced, new PINE Model 100 sewing machine was introduced in Tokyo.
Before our company changed its name to Janome in the 1930s, we were called the PINE Sewing Machine Company. At that time home sewists were looking for the same thing we all want today: reliability, stitch quality, and time-saving features. The Model 100, which was powered by a treadle, delivered on these expectations with a better way of forming a stitch. A new, semi-vertical rotary bobbin thread mechanism dramatically improved the machine's operating efficiency.
At that time an "affordable" sewing machine was a major purchase for an average family. But with clothing also being very expensive, a seamstress could save her family a substantial amount of money over time by making their garments. More than 80 years later there are still Model 100s in service and they're still sought-after by collectors.
The Model 100 was our top-of-the-line machine for 1929. It featured one stitch and you had to pedal to keep it going. Today our top-of-the-line Memory Craft 12000 features a powerful electric motor with a Start/Stop button and a virtually unlimited number of stitches--because you can create your own using the Stitch Composer software. But when adjusted for inflation the MC12000 is much less expensive.
Great New Project: Cheerful Accent Pillow
Make this 16" pillow using a built-in design and lettering on the Horizon Memory Craft 12000.
Here's a great project for brightening somebody's day, or brightening up your own sitting area. This 16" cheerful accent pillow is an example of how easy it is to create with the new, extra large embroidery hoops available with the MC12000. The project requires intermediate sewing skills and will take about 90 minutes to make.
Created by Milinda Stephenson using a built-in floral design, the embroidery layout is simple and easy. Bring in Favorite Designs 15 (the arc of flowers), duplicate, flip and drag into position to form the circle. Then just add your lettering.
The encouraging saying in our example is about 3,000 years old, taken from Proverbs 17:22. You can add your own. Or if you can't decide on just one, make a set of pillows.
Complete instructions are online: Cheerful Accent Pillow.
Powered by Janome: Fashion Designer Dorothy Williams of Luminaa
Elegant and feminine, her timeless designs have just a little bit of an edge.
New York fashion designer Dorothy Williams is the creator of the Luminaa Collection. Inspired by the silhouetted shapes of the 1950s, her skirts and dresses have been described as having "a soft, architectural style with timeless beauty, modernity and a bit of an edge." And she loves to do creative sewing on her Janome Magnolia 7330.
Dorothy mostly taught herself to sew as a child. Her mother had an old sewing machine and she used it to make little outfits for her dolls. As an early teen she took tailoring classes during the summer. Then she went to college to learn fashion design, where she had an inspiring instructor who taught her advanced sewing and couture techniques.
In 1997, while still a college student, she was asked to design and sew a gown for Bill Clinton's Presidential Inaugural Ball. It was worn by one of the President's relatives and earned Dorothy statewide media attention. After graduating from Texas Woman’s University in Fashion Design and studying in Paris at the Paris Fashion Institute, she moved to New York to study Costume & Textiles at the Fashion Institute of Technology. After graduating with her Master’s Degree, Dorothy spent 10 years in the industry working for various companies as a Technical Designer.
She created her Luminaa line of skirts and dresses in 2008. Dorothy's experience in the industry taught her the importance of fit and comfort as well as style.
About Luminaa she says, "Comfort is the foundation of our garments along with the ability for the pieces to work with any existing outfit the customer may already have in her closet."
She says she ended up choosing a Janome machine after her other machine died. While researching reviews on the internet, she found that Janome machines have a good reputation.
"They are pretty tough, of good quality and last a long time. That's pretty much my criteria for a sewing machine, especially lasting a long time!" she says.
She likes her computerized Magnolia 7330 because she can change the tension, stitch width, needle placement, etc. with a push of a button instead of moving gears. "Also I love the fact that I can see the bobbin, so I know when I'm running out of thread and can easily remove it. It doesn't make a lot of noise and the sewing feels very smooth like butter."
She doesn't sew fashion exclusively. Dorothy says she recently sewed a new setee cover and likes to make pillows, when she has time. She's looking forward to expanding Luminaa into a full clothing line.
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 Crystals Technique Articles Posting Now From Sew4Home DIY Wedding Sparkle Series
Get ready to sparkle!
Our creative friends at Sew4Home.com, where Janome is a sponsor, recently completed an amazing series of sparkling wedding wonders using the Artistic integrated system of crystals, software, cutters and presses.
More that just inspiring projects, the series was put together with creative entrepreneurs in mind: the "Business of Bling!" These are projects you can make for yourself or make and sell as a home-based wedding accessories business.
The detailed step-by-step crystal application project sheets for all the S4H techniques are now posted on the Artistic website, so YOU can get ready to sparkle!
Washington State Artistic Crystals Training Tour
The expert is coming to YOU!
If you live in or around Washington State, you won't want to miss a great opportunity to get hands-on training in the Artistic Crystals system from Janome District Sales Manager, Norman McKeague-Foster. Norman will be teaching Artistic Crystals classes at the various Quality Sewing locations listed below.
He'll show you how easy it is to use rhinestones to turn a simple item into a beautiful and unique gift or garment.
Call your nearest Quality Sewing location for all the details.
June 18 - Bellingham: 3-5pm
June 19 - Northgate: 10am-Noon
June 19 - Everett: 3-5pm
June 20 - Federal Way: 10am-Noon
June 20 - Kirkland: 3-5pm
June 21 - Ballard: 10am-Noon
June 21 - AAA Burien: 3-5pm
June 22 - Issaquah: 10am-Noon
June 22 - Bellevue: 3-5pm
June 23 - Puyallup: 10am-Noon
June 24 - Tacoma: 10am-Noon
Janome Heritage: Memory Craft 4800
This hard working machine became a favorite among quilters.
In 1999 the most popular names for babies were Jacob and Emily. But during that year another name was growing in popularity, especially among home dec sewists and quilters. It was "Memory Craft 4800."
This new Janome machine had a combination of speed, power and a huge variety of built-in stitches that made it perfect for serious sewing. The MC4800 caught the notice of Craft Trends Magazine, earning the Product Excellence Award, and Consumer Reports, which also gave it high marks.
The MC4800 came with 233 built-in stitches, including new block and script alphabets. But with the ability to combine and edit the stitches, you could end up with thousands of choices. It had exclusive stitch editing capabilities, allowing you to alter width, length, needle position and elongation of memorized stitch combinations either globally or individually by pattern. And sixteen of the most popular stitches on the MC4800 could be elongated up to five-times their original size.
The stitch information was displayed on a high-resolution, iconographic backlit LCD display. This allowed you to use the machine right out of the box, without having to read through reams of instructions. Another MC4800 exclusive was the Resumption Mode feature, which allowed the machine to remember the last stitch used before it was turned off. Other favorite features were the auto-lock buttonhole, instructions in 10 different languages, and three memory bank modes that could store up to 50 custom stitches each.
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