MC6600P Quilt Wins Best In Show
Janet Stone wins Best in Show at MQX 2011. She takes home a Horizon as her prize.
The Machine Quilters Exposition (MQX) is an annual show that celebrates the art of machine quilting, and features a wide range of instructors, vendors, and classes to help attendees hone their skills.
The show focuses largely on long arm quilting machines, so it was especially remarkable this year when Janet Stone won Best in Show for her Red Letter Daze quilt, which she made on her Janome Memory Craft 6600P sewing machine.
Janet has been quilting off and on for about twelve years. She got serious about quilting after purchasing her 6600P in 2006. She she soon won third place in a baby quilt contest through Fons and Porter’s Love of Quilting magazine.
Her next quilt was a wall quilt, which won first place at the 2008 Minnesota Quilters Show in Rochester, MN, in the ‘first entry in a quilt show’ category, as well as Judges’ Choice, and Faculty Choice!
And now, just five years after "getting serious" Janet wins Best in Show at a major event. How did she do it? Read her whole story here.
Janet's machine, the MC6600P, has been a favorite among professional sewists, home dec aficionados, garment specialists and especially quilters. It has the arm and bed space of a professional model, the speed and precision of a professional model—but the quiet, easy operation of a Memory Craft.
Janet's new machine, the Memory Craft Horizon 7700QCP, has even more bed space, stitches, and quilting features. Find out more about the Horizon 7700 sewing and quilting machine.
Fanciful Spring Shawl Uses Digitzer Jr.
Digitizer Jr Makes a Simple Spring Shawl Fabulous!
Spring is the time for baring your shoulders with a cute summer dress... but the weather is often unpredictable! Our fanciful shawl is the perfect accessory. As useful as it is pretty, tote this to your next garden party to be sure you're prepared for the weather. The stunning embroidery on the back is easy to create using Janome's Digitizer Jr software - on special through the end of this month with the purchase of a Memory Craft 9700 sewing and embroidery machine. Check out this and other great deals on fabulous Janome products!
Video: Creating An Eyelash Fringe With The Fringe Foot
This accent is easy to learn and lots of fun.
If you look closely at the Fringe Foot, you'll see that it has a metal flange running right down the middle. When the needle swings back and forth over this flange, it creates an evenly spaced loop, making it possible to create decorative effects like eyelash fringe (which we'll describe below) and fagoting.
Fagoting is when you join two pieces of fabric with a decorative stitch, leaving a small space between them. This is often seen on vintage items.
Creating eyelash fringe with the Fringe Foot is easy. You simply sew so that the left penetration of your needle is where you want your line of fringe to form. Then when you've finished stitching, you snip the threads very close to the right penetration of the needle to free the fringe.
It's easy, but we recommend watching our brief tutorial Fringe Foot Video: Creating An Eyelash Fringe. And, as with any new technique, be sure to make a few practice lines of fringe before you try it on a project.
This video demo was done on the Memory Craft 11000 Special Edition sewing and embroidery machine. It uses the Fringe Foot (high shank machines).
Like Us On Facebook; You Could Win a Summer Sewing Bundle
Win the new HD1000 sewing machine and a copy of Thread & Bobbin.
We know you love Janome sewing. All we're asking you to do is "Like" us on Facebook. And you'll be eligible to win our "Summer Sewing Bundle."
The Prize Package
- One new HD1000 sewing machine. It's a great mechanical model with a sturdy design (that "HD" stands for Heavy Duty), beautiful stitch quality, and easy-to-use yet powerful features.
- And a copy of Thread & Bobbin. This user-friendly book is filled with 21 fun and unique projects for everyone from the beginner to the seasoned sewist.
How To Enter
- Log in to your Facebook account.
- Go to the Official Janome America Inc. page.
- Click the "Like" button (up at the top of the page).
Rules: The contest runs 5/16/2011 through 6/13/2011. A winner will be chosen at random from those who've "Liked" our official page. The winner will be notified through Facebook. Must be over 18 years of age and a legal U.S. resident to win. If we're unable to contact initial winner, another winner will be chosen.
What if You Don't Win?
Embroidered Wrist Purse Uses Digitizer Jr..
Digitizer Jr software makes this adorable purse quick and easy to make!
Sometimes you just need a little tote for the basic essentials. Our Wrist Purse is the perfect size to grab and go. This quick project also contains a basic tutorial for using Janome's Digitizer Jr Software for design layout, color editing, and combination. Digitizer Jr software makes embroidery design so easy, the Wrist Purse can be designed and stitched in an afternoon - so you'll have it for that party tonight!
The best part? Digitizer Jr is part of our Spring Promotion at your local participating Janome Dealer! Now, when you buy the Memory Craft 9700, you can get Digitizer Jr for $200!
Introducing the 4120QDC Computerized Sewing Machine
The power, precision and convenience you need to realize your creative potential.
Normally, we can sum up the merits of mid-range sewing machine in a couple of paragraphs. But Janome has included so many features and stitches in this new machine, we're going to have to do quite a bit of summarizing. (And then send you to your Janome Dealer for the whole story.)
The 4120 Quilter's Decor Computer sewing machine (4120QDC for short) was designed for the quilter or home decor sewist who wants computerized performance, and lots of stitches and time-saving features--in a modestly-priced machine. The 4120QDC delivers all this while still being very easy to use.
Sewn With Love: Spring Yo-Yo Pillow By Jessica Kovach
A bright, cheery project just in time for Spring.
Jessica Kovach of West Olive, Michigan tells us that a while back she'd made a bunch of fabric yo-yos. She was just waiting for the right project and the right occasion to use them.
The project was a colorful throw pillow. And the occasion was the blooming daffodils in the yard outside her window.
To see Jessica's project and read her story, click the "Read More" button below.
Video: Attaching A Flower With The Button Sewing Foot
This versatile foot can attach a number of decorative accents.
We've mentioned here before how the easiest way to sew on a button (and make sure it's sturdy) is with the Button Sewing Foot.
This foot has two bars that attach to the foot shank to provide extra stability and also has a textured, rubber sleeve to hold the button securely in place while sewing.
Whether it's a two-hole or four-hole button, you simply align the button under the foot so that the swing of the needle puts it in the middle of the holes.
The Button Sewing Foot can also be used to attach a number of different decorative accents, like flowers. With the foot attached to your machine, you choose the button sewing stitch (or a regular zig zag but be sure to put the feed dogs down). Adjust the stitch so it's narrow. Position the flower right up against the front of the foot and sew.
To see how easy it is watch Button Sewing Foot Video: Sewing On A Flower. You'll learn how to sew on a flower in less than a minute.
The video demonstrates the Button Sewing Foot on the Memory Craft 11000 Special Edition sewing and embroidery machine. There's also a version of the foot for front loading machines called Button Sewing Foot (front loading machines).
See your Janome Dealer to find out which foot is right for your machine.
Janome Poll Results: What Did You Make For Mom This Year?
Thanks to everyone who voted in our poll.
Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day. Last Thursday we asked you to vote in our poll about what you were sewing for your mother this year.
Home decor items were the most popular, followed by clothing, and "I think Mom should be making something for me."
Surprisingly, Table Linens didn't get a single vote. Could this be a new trend? Probably just our unscientific polling methods.
Click the box below to the see the poll results. You can scroll down the page to see results from past polls as well.
Last Minute Mother's Day Apron: Make It Cute With Cross Stitch
A Ready-Made Apron + Some Creative Embroidery = A Fast & Fun Gift For Mom.
We used Digitizer MB and its Cross Stitch program to create this beautiful trio of hearts then added our "Home Is Where The Heart Is" wording in a fun Flair script. Save the design, transfer it to your Janome embroidery machine (we used the Memory Craft 11000 Special Edition) and you have a winning Mother's Day gift in the blink of an eye.
Our instructions include screen captures so you can see exactly what to do every step of the way. Once you experience how quick and simple it is to create Cross Stitch embroidery designs from graphics, you'll want to do it again and again.
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