Powered By Janome: Fashion Designer Jamie Lau
She received a sewing machine for her twenty-fifth birthday and hasn’t put it down since.
Jamie Lau is a Brooklyn-based designer, sewing instructor, fashion writer, and author. Inspired by her love of dresses, Jamie infuses a playful nostalgia into her work by transforming simple silhouettes into fashion forward frocks sewn from traditional Japanese prints, luxurious brocades, ikats, and vintage-inspired fabric.
And we're proud to say Jamie does her sewing and serging on Janome machines.
While most new sewists try a throw pillow or easy pajama pants as their first project, Jamie was a little more ambitious. Her first project was a silk-lined handbag with a gusset, magnetic snap closure, and wooden handles. And she made it out of French toile.
Jamie says, "In retrospect, I guess this was a pretty ambitious project for someone who had never touched a sewing machine before to accomplish in a four-hour class, but I was very proud of the results!"
She began sewing in 2007, eventually leaving her government policy job in 2010 to begin an internship at BurdaStyle.com. She then went on to author a book and become the site’s Editorial and E-commerce Manager. Jamie is the Co-Author, Lead Designer, and Art Director of BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern, an in-depth pattern making and sewing guide to mastering iconic looks from the 1920s to 1980s, published in 2012. She now focuses full-time on Jamie Lau Designs.
At the sewing studio where she took her first class, Jamie discovered Janome. And several months later received a 4623 LE Plus for her birthday. (This model has since been discontinued and has now been replaced with the MS5027LE.)
She says, "It was great to finally have my own machine. This helped kick off my fashion and sewing adventure and I still use it to this day!"
A few years later she started to focus more on garment construction and less on sewn accessories and so decided to buy a serger. Jamie chose the Magnolia 7034D because it was a great, affordable model and the same serger she'd used at pattern making school.
"A serger was an absolute must for me in order to accomplish more professional finishes and continue to create clothing with high quality craftsmanship," she says.
Jamie is currently working on creating a collection of her own original textile designs for her clothing line. You can read about her first print design on Spoonflower where she's been guest posting about the process.
And try out Jamie's favorite brand of sewing machines and sergers at your local Janome dealer.
New Pillow Project Featuring Retro Handwork Collection From Artistic
Make this fun pillow using a faux hand-sewn embroidery design.
A week ago we told you about the new embroidery collections just released by Artistic.
One of the collections that caught our eye is the Retro Handwork Collection by Jenny Hart of Sublime Stitching. A sought-after hand embroidery artist, Jenny has captured the wonderful folk-art hand look that's all the rage right now.
A great way to try out this new collection is by making our "True To You" Flange Pillow Project.
It's a 16" square, flange-style, throw pillow that's easy to sew and perfectly frames the retro look embroidery. Complete instructions are online, formatted in an easy-to-print PDF.
You can make with with any Memory Craft embroidery machine that has a 230 mm or larger hoop. And of course, you need the Retro Handwork Collection.
Artistic Creative Products include software, design collections, and the accessories you need to create with embroidery, crystals, and cutting blades. Find the entire line at your nearest Artistic dealer.
See all the new Artistic embroidery collections.
Fun New Artistic Product: Glitter Vinyl
Add SPARKLE and GLAM to your projects with easy iron-on Glitter Vinyl!
Spice up any project with this amazing, new iron-on product from Artistic.
Glitter Vinyl makes it easy to add some personality to team t-shirts, create a unique look on sneakers, add some glamour to jeans--basically, customize anything.
How To Use Artistic Glitter Vinyl
1. Cutting your design: Glitter Vinyl sheets feed into any Digital Cutter, making it easy for you to create custom cut creations using the Artistic Creative Suite V6.0 software. Or, you can hand cut the shape you'd like.
2. Ironing it on: place the design in the desired location, plastic coating face up, and apply a hot iron or use the Artistic Press.
3. Remove the coating: peel off the plastic coating.
And now you're left with a stunning, sparkling design!
Artistic Glitter Vinyl is available in 8 colors at your Artistic dealer.
Craftstylish.com Has A "Teach Yourself To Sew" Contest
Know someone who wants to learn to sew? They could win a Janome sewing machine.
Sometimes all a pre-sewist needs is a little encouragement and some good instruction.
CraftStylish.com is providing both with the introduction of their Teach Yourself To Sew Season 4 DVD and the accompanying giveaway.
The DVD is the latest installment in their terrific series where the editors of Threads Magazine "teach the skills beginners need to learn and advanced sewers want to review."
The Teach Yourself To Sew Giveaway is your chance to win a Janome 4120QDC computerized sewing machine, plus other great prizes. To enter simply go to the entry page. Leave a comment on why you want to learn how to sew in 20 words or less, by 11:59 p.m. ET on October 28, 2013. The winners will be randomly selected from qualified entries, announced, and contacted via email the week of November 4, 2013. It's that simple.
CraftStylish is the ultimate crafting resource. A place to connect, discover and share with other crafters. It’s the destination for fabulous inspiration and expert instruction on the latest trends, projects, ideas, and materials. Whatever craft you love—knitting, crocheting, sewing, quilting, embroidery, jewelrymaking, and more.
The 4120 Quilter's Decor Computer sewing machine features sturdy construction and stable feeding. It comes with 120 stitches, twin-needle functionality, superior editing, mirror stitching, and more. Try it out at your local Janome dealer.
The Horizon Memory Craft 15000 Website Is Now Live
Get detailed information plus projects, videos, and more.
The full website for the Horizon Memory Craft 15000 is now live.
You can see complete specifications for the new machine, see how it compares with previous top-of-the-line models, and get more details on all the new features.
Whatever kind of creative work you do--quilting, embroidery, garments and decor sewing--the MC15000 has the capability to take your work to another level. Find out more about the wireless iPad and PC connectivity. See examples of the 480 built-in embroidery designs. And browse through the 500 built-in stitches.
You can watch the new videos, which look at the MC15000 from the perspective of a quilter, an embroidery enthusiast, a garment seamstress, and a home decor sewist.
There have been so many improvements to this machine, you probably haven't heard about them all. You can dig through the detailed specifications to see all the ways the new MC15000 is the ultimate sewing, embroidery, and quilting machine.
And we'll continue to add information as it's available--including new lessons, reviews, videos, and much more.
Weekend Wonders At Sew4Home
Get Out Your Janome for a Weekend of Sewing!
Our fab friends at Sew4Home.com, where Janome is the exclusive sewing machine sponsor, are back with a fun series. And today is a great day to tell you about it since we are rolling into the weekend. Weekend Wonders is a reoccurring series on Sew4Home. These are great projects you can whip out in a weekend, and this time around, they're also great projects to use on your weekend.
All nine of the projects could be done on any Janome machine. But, the creative Sew4Home team added a pretty monogram to each of their samples, so they recommend the Memory Craft 9900. Of course, the new Horizon Memory Craft 15000 would also be wonderful!
The full alphabet font with brackets that Sew4Home used on their samples is offered at their site as a free download in all the major embroidery formats.
Check out all nine projects:
The other reason it's a lucky day to let you know about this latest Sew4Home series is because they are holding a Great Giveaway, starting today. Leave a qualifying comment for a chance to win one of two $125 Shopping Sprees at Fabric.com.
The New Artistic Embroidery Collections
There's a design for every sewist in these new collections.
Artistic Creative Products has just released 8 new embroidery design collections by top designers.
The new Artistic Embroidery Collections include the work of some of today’s best-known designers, including Michael Miller Fabrics, Lonni Rossi, Jenny Hart of Sublime Stitching, Leah Day of Day Style Designs and the Free Motion Quilting Project, and Stitchique.
The collections include a wide variety of applications, from embellishing ready-to-wear to paper crafting to incredible, stand-alone embroidery designs. They're easy enough for new embroidery users, but with the quality to please the most experienced embroiderer.
New Artistic Embroidery Collections:
Enchanted Garden by Lonni Rossi - 28 designs
Expressions of Textures Leah Day - 50 designs
Font-Tastic by Michael Miller Fabrics - 26 designs
Retro Handwork by Jenny Hart of Sublime Stitching - 25 designs
Floral Fun by Stitchique - 15 designs
Owl Greetings by Stitchique - 16 designs
Hipster Style by Stitchique - 15 designs
Forest Friends by Stitchique - 19 designs
Artistic Creative Products include software, design collections, and the accessories you need to create with embroidery, crystals, and cutting blades. See the entire line at your nearest Artistic dealer.
It's October: Look At These Classic Halloween Projects
Trick-or-treaters will be arriving in just a few weeks.
Despite its spooky reputation, Halloween is one of the best holidays for meeting your neighbors and their kids. Of course, the downside is that most of them will be in disguise.
To get your home in the mood, here are some of our most popular Halloween quilting, sewing, and embroidery projects.
Jack Patchwork Wall Hanging - This 36" square wallhanging is a quick project that can be completed in a weekend. And, it's a great lesson in perfect patchwork and satin stitch appliqué. Can be completed on any Janome sewing machine.
Halloween Pumpkin Tea Towel - Add a little bling to Halloween with Artistic Crystals software. Combine embroidery, appliqué and crystals to create this design. Mix and match different designs to match your style.
Nine Terrifying Tutorials from Sew4Home - Decorations, costumes, even trick-or-treat bags. Here are nine fun and easy projects from our friends at Sew4Home.
The MC15000 Are Arriving!
Starting today, you can try out the Horizon Memory Craft 15000 at your Janome dealer.
The ultimate quilting, embroidery and sewing machine--the one we've been telling you about for weeks--is finally here.
Beginning today, Janome dealers across the country are hosting MC15000 unveiling parties. Contact your local dealer to find out when they'll be holding theirs.
Be sure to ask about 48 months of interest-free financing, and the free-iPad-with-purchase offer.
What Makes The Horizon Memory Craft 15000 Worth Seeing
It really is the machine that will take you anywhere you want to go. Not only does it have the largest touch screen on a home sewing machine (9" diagonally), but it's the first home machine to interface wirelessly with Apple's iPad®.
It has double the processor speed of the MC12000. Double the number of stitches you can us in an embroidery design (now 200,000). Forty-two percent more embroidery designs (now 480). And comes with five embroidery hoops.
Plus you get a lot of extra time-saving features like a fully automatic needle threader, three magnifier lenses, an independent bobbin winding motor that works with a five blade bobbin winder plate, and much more.
New Accessory: Colorful Sewing Machine Totes
Take your Janome sewing machine along in style.
Just in time for your Fall quilting and sewing classes, you can get a colorful Sewing Machine Tote to match your personal style.
Designed to safely transport your standard size Janome sewing machine, these totes feature strong handles, accessory pockets, and tons of space. Whether you're just going to sewing class, or you're traveling across the country, you get a sturdy piece of sewing luggage that fits your style.
The colors include Black with floral designs, Gold with paisley and floral designs, Pink with circle designs, Purple Paisley with floral designs, and Red with paisley and floral designs. Anything but plain and boring.
Dimensions of the bags are 17" wide x 12.5" tall x 8" deep, with front pocket dimensions of 14" wide x 8" tall x 2" deep.
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