A Bevy of Binding Tips From Sew4Home
It's the final step that gives your project professional polish.
From quilts to table linens to the edge of a jacket, binding seems to pop up more often than just about any other sewing technique. Our friends at Sew4Home, where Janome America is a proud sponsor, are featuring a week of "Beautiful Binding." They started off this past Monday with a very thorough step-by-step that details how to cut your binding fabric, which way to press it, how to join it at the ends, and how to actually sew it to your project – both by machine and with a hand-stitched finish. Whether you're a binding pro or a newbie, it's a great summary article.
We think you'd also like their recent tutorial on stitching and clipping corners and points correctly to get the cleanest, sharpest lines.
New Video: Overedge Foot M for the MC12000
This accessory gives you a nice, finished edge in one step.
Some people call it "overcasting." We call it "overedging." But the goal is the same: to fold and stitch the rough edge of your fabric so it won't ravel and will look nice.
On the Horizon Memory Craft 12000 the foot that does this is called the Overedge Foot M. It has several special features to give you the best results.
If you look at the foot closely, you'll see that it has three little "wires." These hold your down your thread during stitching so the seam allowance will lay flat. Without them the tension of the thread can make the seam curl in on itself. The Overedge Foot M also has a flange to guide the edge of your fabric, ensuring an even seam width.
The Horizon Memory Craft 12000 has built-in settings to make this foot easy to use.
Using The Overedge Foot M On Your Horizon Memory Craft 12000
- On the touchscreen of your MC12000, go to Sewing Applications.
- Choose Overedge.
- Choose a fabric.
- Attach Overedge Foot M to your machine.
- Align your fabric with the flange on the foot and guide the fabric under the foot.
- Stitch along the edge of your fabric to create a beautiful, overcast finish.
To see this demonstrated in a short video watch Overcasting With Overedge Foot M.
Then be sure to watch the other feet and accessory videos on our Horizon Memory Craft 12000 Accessory Videos page.
Keeping Up With Anna Maria Horner: Lectures, Project & Video Coming & More
Keeping up with our friend, Anna Maria is a full-time job!
Anna Maria Horner is the definition of "dynamo." She not only has multiple irons in the fire, we think she actually builds the fire too! We are very close to the release of her free pattern for Patchwork Prism, which we are sponsoring. As soon as the accompanying video for it is edited, loaded and ready to go, it will be released as a free download from our Janome + Anna Maria website. That should be any day, so stay tuned.
If you are in the Spokane, Washington area; Anna will be at TopStitch for a workshop and lecture. Unfortunately the workshop is sold out, but seats are still available for the lecture. Visit the TopStitch website for more details.
And, we are very excited to be among the first to let you know that her third book will be coming out this fall! Anna Maria's Needleworks Notebook. It will be filled with the crewel, embroidery, cross stitch, needlepoint, hand quilting and more that Anna does so very, very beautifully. Now, we can learn to follow in her footsteps.
Powered By Janome: Sewcial Lounge
You can purchase your modern fabric and then sit right down at a Janome to make your project.
Sara Myers always dreamed of opening a fabric shop and sewing lounge. But a successful career in the financial services industry left her little time to start another business. Finally, she realized if she was ever going to see her dream come true, she was going to need to quit the corporate world – a risky venture these days.
But she did it. And in the summer of 2011 opened The Sewcial Lounge in Madison, WI. It's a modern fabric shop and sewing lounge that caters to the new, young generation of creative sewists. Unlike traditional fabric stores, which offer the entire spectrum of available fabric, Sara's shop carries a focused collection of hip, colorful fabric. Instead of a sea of notions, the lounge has a sleek, minimalist interior that is well-organized and devoid of clutter.
The back half of the store is the instructional realm where customers can rent a sewing machine or serger by the hour and also take classes. It's a place to hang out with friends and sew on a Janome.
Because she's found them so reliable for all skill levels, Sara has six Janome DC1050 computerized sewing machines, five at the store and one at home for her personal use.
"The pre-sets for the stitches (length/width) allow beginners to focus on their skills instead of having to constantly adjust those when changing stitches. I also LOVE the 02 stitch that automatically does the backstitching at the beginning for you and then you only have to hit the reverse button once at the end and not hold it down. I am obsessed with that feature."
Sara also loves the one step button hole function. She says some machines claim to have this but then they never properly work. "The one on this machine never causes any problems and makes a perfect buttonhole every time I use it!"
If you're in the Madison area, be sure to stop in and experience the new way to enjoy sewing.
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.
New Project: Pretty Door Hanger - Functional Sewing Fun
This is a great, quick project for a beginner - and perfect for making your guests more comfortable.
Our door hanger is a wonderful - and creative - way to let your guests know which door leads to the powder room. You could also use it as a decoration for a guest bedroom, sewing room or any room you'd like to draw special attention to. It's a fun and easy project to do with younger sewists. Add dangling bells or beads, embellish with rhinestones, or use a solid print and textile paints to write a name or special message.
Live From VDTA: The Sewing Industry's Largest Trade Show in New Orleans
Janome Dealers meet to learn more about Janome products and share great ideas for sewing success!
Every industry has an insider trade show, and for the sewing machine world that event is the VDTA/SDTA Convention and Show. Each year, Janome dealers from around the country meet to get new information on products and accessories, and to learn more ways to bring new ideas for sewing and embroidery home to share with their customers. This year, dealers gathered in New Orleans, LA, where Janome offered a range of educational events on many of their products.
Janome America was also very proud to have two of their dealers, and one employee entered into the VDTA/SDTA Hall of Fame, a singularly prestigious honor! Click "read more" to see the full article and find out who entered the Hall of Fame.
New Video: The Three Bobbin Cases On The MC12000
These color-coded cases are designed to give you better results in various sewing applications.
Correct bobbin tension is so important for precise stitching. So it makes sense that you can get different Janome bobbin cases fine-tuned to Free Motion Quilting or appliqué or embroidery.
The Horizon Memory Craft 12000 can use three different bobbin cases, depending on the kind of sewing you want to do. They're each color-coded with a little dot so you can easily tell them apart.
Yellow Bobbin Case - Embroidery And Variable Zigzag
The yellow bobbin case comes standard with the Memory Craft 12000 and has a higher tension. It's used for embroidery and variable zig zag stitching. It can also be used for finer threads in the bobbin, when you need more tension on the thread.
Red Bobbin Case - Everyday Sewing
The red bobbin case is our standard bobbin case, and is included with all Janome sewing machines. It can be used for everyday sewing.
Blue Bobbin Case - Free Motion Quilting
The blue bobbin case has a looser tension and is designed for free motion quilting. This case can also be used for a heavier thread in the bobbin, like floss, or whenever you want a looser tension on your bobbin thread. The blue bobbin case is available for Janome sewing machines that have thread cutters, as well as those that do not.
Then be sure to watch the other feet and accessory videos on our Accessory Videos page.
Find out more about the best bobbin case for your favorite sewing application at your local authorized Janome Dealer.
Welcome to Angela Walters, Free Motion Quilter, Our Newest Janome Friend
"If it can be done, it can be learned." Words to live by from FMQ expert, and new Janome gal, Angela Walters.
We are extremely proud to introduce you to our newest Janome America friend, Angela Walters. We met Angela through our sponsorship of Sew4Home.com, and we were immediately captivated by her amazing free motion quilting work.
Angela normally uses a long arm machine, but is excited to be able to translate her skills into the world of Janome's sewing, quilting and/or embroidery machines, such as the Horizon 7700QCP, the Memory Craft 11000 Special Edition, the Memory Craft 6600P, and the brand new Horizon Memory Craft 12000. In fact, Angela claims there are many things that you can do on a traditional sewing machine that you simply can't do on a long arm.
Stay tuned over the next few months as we turn to Angela for tips on how to decide the best quilting shapes to fit your piecing, how to balance density with open space, and how to "go with the flow" and make the most of the freedom of free motion quilting.
You can follow Angela on her blog, Quilting is My Therapy.
Janome Heritage: Deluxe Model NLC
"NEW-HOME brings you Nevr-Clog and the miracle of tangle-free sewing!"
OK, so that was big sewing news from 60-odd years ago. But it was an important feature for sewists reading Life Magazine back in 1951.
This great vintage ad for the New Home Deluxe Model NLC says, "Now you can sew on and off your material, over pins and seams, foward and reverse, with any stitch at any speed--all without tangled bobbin threads and skipped stitches."
Actually that sounds pretty good for any sewing machine. The NLC had a very strong body and sturdy gear system, making it possible to sew on any kind of material. It did have only one stitch--straight--but you could use it to do many different techniques with a number of different attachments. Clothing was much more expensive back in the 50s and a good sewing machine could quickly pay for itself.
Promotional copy from another NLC ad says: "New features make your sewing smoothest, easiest ever. You get full rotary sewing, gear drive, thread-tension and stitch-length controls, wide range of speeds, sewing light and many more."
Today, if you want a sturdy Janome sewing machine with a metal body and basic stitches, try the HD1000. Or if you want the same sturdy construction with more stitches, try the HD3000. See both of them at your local Janome Dealer.
February is National Embroidery Month; Celebrate With This Stylish Pillow Project
Celebrate Embroidery with a great project and Digitizer MBX.
One of our favorite things about embroidery is the way it can set free your creativity. With Digitizer MBX software, you can design nearly anything and then stitch it on your Janome Embroidery machine.
The Tile Motif Pillow is a perfect example of the easy power of digitizer. We based this design on a designer pillow we found online. Learn how to re-create the design with the Offset Border Tool found in Digitizer MBX. This pillow was designed for the Horizon Memory Craft 12000, but you can design it for and stitch it on any Janome Embroidery machine.
If you're new to Digitizing, be sure to stop in at your local Janome Dealer for a demonstration! You're sure to come away amazed and inspired!
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