Powered by Janome: Hopeful Threads
Demonstrating that the love of sewing and the love of helping others go hand-in-hand.
Kristy Smith created her charity sewing blog, Hopeful Threads, to help friends and other sewists focus on how to use their gifts, talents and love of sewing to help others.
Even though the blog was started just over a year ago, projects through Hopeful Threads have already helped to spread love around the world. Some of their projects include pillowcases for foster children through their local Child Services office, dresses for Dress A Girl Around the World, cloth diaper covers for an outreach in Cambodia, and activity tote bags for a local Children's Hospital.
It's Kristy's hope to continue reaching and meeting needs all around the globe. They are already off to a great start in 2012! Visit Hopeful Threads to see what they've been up to and how you can help.
Kristy says that she's been sewing for years as a personal hobby and for a small home business. But when she leaped into sewing for Hopeful Threads, her husband decided she needed a more reliable machine.
"He bought me a Janome Heart Truth HT2008LE and I absolutely love this machine!!" says Kristy. "Seriously! I have referred to it as my 6th child in several instances! ;) This machine is such a work horse and such a pleasure to sew with at the same time. I tell anyone who asks about buying a machine to check out Janome!"
"Thank you for providing such a high-quality product in a price range that the average home sewist can afford!"
She adds that her hope is to be able to purchase a Janome serger by the end of the year so she really can be completely "Powered By Janome."
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.
Take Our Poll: The Color of the Year is Tangerine Tango; What Will You Make?
Orange is such a bright and happy color. What will you make to celebrate its Color of the Year status?
Tangerine is in the orange family, and orange is a powerful color because it is associated with the warmth of the sun. It is said to stimulate enthusiasm, creativity and a curiosity to explore new things. However, this dynamism is not orange's only focus. It is also one of the healing colors - without the explosive nature of its cousin, red. People who like orange are usually thoughtful and sincere. Read more here about how Pantone selected Tangerine Tango as its Color of the Year.
Put some orange in your life when you want to:
- Spice things up when you feel time is dragging
- Become more involved in something
- Increase creativity
- Bring relief from things becoming too serious
Take our poll and let us know your what Tangerine Tango inspires in you.
Then, turn on your Janome sewing machine, embroidery machine or serger, and squeeze a little orange into your next creation. You can use it to catch attention and highlight the most important elements of your design.
New Project: Fast & Easy Stool Cover
These great stool covers are perfect for a quick décor pick-me-up!
Cabin fever tends to spark those creative impulses, and by mid-winter, many sewing enthusiasts are looking to make some changes in their home décor! These quick-and-easy stool covers can give your kitchen or rec room stools a great flash of color and flair. Of course they're washable, changeable, and lend themselves to endless creativity. Bigger ties, bows or flowers could take these covers to the next level. Check out our instructions, and adapt one (or two or three or four) to fit your personal style!
Video: Using the Satin Stitch Foot F on the MC12000
Just the thing you need for sewing out all those decorative stitches on the MC12000.
The Satin Stitch Foot F is a closed toe foot designed to be used for both decorative and straight stitches. It takes full advantage of the Horizon Memory Craft 12000's 9mm stitch width and comes standard with the machine.
For straight stitching, the foot has a marker on the front to indicate where the stitch will land.
For better results with decorative stitching, the foot is slightly hollowed on the underside. This allows it to glide easily over any thread build-up created by decorative stitching. It gives you great results with both the built-in decorative stitches as well as the ones you create yourself with the MC12000's Stitch Composer software. See this Bolster Pillow project as an example.
The Satin Stitch Foot F is extremely simple to use.
Sewing Decorative Stitches With The Satin Stitch Foot F
- Snap the foot onto your machine.
- Choose any decorative stitch.
We HEART You!
Happy Valentine's Day. Thank you for checking in with us each day.
We can't send you flowers and candy but we do want you to know how much we appreciate you as part of the Janome community.
The web and social media have given us so many ways to discuss our favorite subjects--sewing, quilting and embroidery! And it's made it possible for everyone from beginners to experts to help each other, encourage each other, and share their experiences of "the sewing life."
Earlier this year, we were amazed at the response from our sewing community when we ran our Friend-To-Friend Facebook Challenge. In just a few weeks, our friends reached out to bring in 5,000 new Janome enthusiasts. Right now, if we all wanted to meet in one venue, we'd have to rent Madison Square Garden!
Thank you again for sharing our passion for sewing.
All of us at Janome America
P.S. Since it's Valentine's Day, here are some our favorite classic Valentine's Day Projects.
Powered By Janome: Sue's Snoods For Champion Field Spaniels
If you're a show dog, you wear a snood to keep your ears from dangling in food, water, or dirt.
Sue Meachem has a small business sewing accessories for show dogs. It's called Sue's Snoods but she makes a variety of dog show necessities.
A few of these were new to us:
- Snoods: A headband for the dog that keeps floppy ears clean.
- Belly Bands: Keeps dogs from from "leaving their mark," on purpose or through incontinence.
- Lycra and Terry Robes: Keeps the dog's coat flat and ready to show.
- Bibs: Keeps the front ruff dry on slobbery dogs.
- Bait bags: Where you store the little reward treats.
Read more about them on Sue's website. Our thanks to Jeff Woodward of Woodward Photography in Guilford, Vermont for use of the snood image above.
Sue says, "I breed and show Champion Field Spaniels so I am very involved in the sport of showing dogs and sewing for them was a logical extension of this passion."
She began sewing her dog accessories with an older electronic sewing machine that did the job, but not quite as well as she wanted. Then she discovered the MC6600P at A Notion To Quilt in Shelburne MA (where she found co-owner Lenny to be extremely helpful). Sue was so impressed with the machine, she bought it the next day.
She now uses it to sew all kinds of fabrics--cottons, vinyl, terry cloth, and Lycra just to name a few. The AcuFeed system has been a big help when sewing slippery layers of fabric and she's been very impressed with the stitch quality.
Sue says, "I have been able to expand my product line because I know my machine can do it all. I am only limited by time and what I want to sew. I have barely scratched the surface of what this machine can do. I love it love it love it."
Are you powered 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.
New Project: Featuring Artistic Crystals & Artistic Suite V6 Software
See how Easy it is to Design your Own Custom Rhinestone Templates
Yesterday, we talked about an exciting new product available at Janome dealers: Artistic Software. Today, we have a link to step-by-step instructions for creating your own rhinestone template out of one of the built-in designs in Artistic Suite V6. It's simple, and super fun, to make your own rhinestone designs. Once you've finished placing the crystals on-screen, simply send the design to a digital cutter to create a template, and after arranging rhinestones in the template, transfer it to your project. You can design and finish a crystal-embellished t-shirt in under an hour!
Be sure to visit your Janome dealer for a full demo - You'll be amazed at what Artistic software products allow you to create!
The Latest in Embellishment Techniques: Rhinestones Go Digital!
Do you love rhinestones as much as we do? Then you are going to LOVE this new product!
It seems everywhere we turn, there is another awesome rhinestone-encrusted t-shirt, a sparkling quilt top or a fabulous pair of designer jeans we simply must have! But like anyone who sews, we figure, why buy something when you can make it! And now, we’ve discovered the perfect product for doing just that.
The answer is Artistic Crystals and Artistic Suite V6 software. These amazing products have an incredible, built-in rhinestone design system. The programs contain an easy graphic design function that allows you to create rhinestone designs from imported graphics and logos, create or alter graphics from included designs and clip art, or create your own word-based designs using any font! The program includes pre-sets for rhinestones of a variety of sizes and colors, so you can customize to your favorite rhinestone brand, color or size.
Once you are finished with the layout, the design is exported to a digital cutter. The machine cuts small holes in a template material, each representing one rhinestone. Once the template is complete, brush the rhinestones into it. Then, using a sticky transfer tape, place the design on your garment or project. This incredibly easy process means anyone can create customized rhinestone designs!
Find out more about this product at your local Janome Dealer today. And tune in tomorrow for a special project that will feature this amazing process. With Artistic software, it's easy to add a little sparkle to anything!
Video: Using The Free Motion Quilting Closed-Toe Foot QC On The MC12000
FMQ is one the most enjoyable things you can do on the new machine. Here's the accessory to make it easy.
With its powerful, quiet stitching and extra large work area, the Horizon Memory Craft 12000 is the ideal machine for doing free motion quilting. It comes standard with a number of presser feet to help you get the best results with FMQ.
If you're quilting through fluffy layers, like high loft batting, you want to use the Free Motion Quilting Closed Toe Foot QC.
How To Use The Free Motion Quilting Closed-Toe Foot QC
- On the touchscreen of your Horizon Memory Craft 12000 choose "Sewing Applications."
- Page Forward to "Free Motion Quilting".
- Choose Straight Stitch 2.
- Choose the QC foot.
- If you have the blue Free Motion Quilting Bobbin Case, insert this optional accessory.
- Attach the Free Motion Quilting Foot QC to the machine. Be sure you install it onto the machine with the back bar behind the ankle and the front bar as usual. This provides extra stability for the foot, and will keep the foot flat so that it doesn’t add any downward pressure.
- No need to lower your feed dogs. The machine will do it automatically when you select this sewing application.
- Your machine has an automatic foot pressure sensor. When you start stitching, the sensor will detect the loft of your project and adjust the presser foot pressure accordingly. The default setting is 1mm. But you can also adjust the setting in the Set Program.
- Begin free motion quilting.
- When you're finished stitching, press the thread snips button to cut your thread. Or, if desired, you can leave thread tails to bury into the back of your quilt.
And now you've done beautiful free motion quilting through all the layers of your quilt.
Try out free motion quilting on the Horizon Memory Craft 12000 at your nearest, authorized Janome dealer.
Keeping Up With Anna Maria Horner: Workshops, Sewing Rooms & More
Sewing, Sharing, Learning, and Laughing with Janome and Anna Maria
It all starts with a wonderful sewing dealer. Add in some great sewing buddies, a fabulous and funny teacher, as well as inspiring projects and sewing machines to get the creative juices really flowing – mix it all up and you get the perfect sewing and learning weekend! Janome and Anna Maria Horner presented just that at Meissner Sewing and Learning Center in Sacramento, CA on February 2nd, 3rd and 4th. Fans and sewing enthusiasts travelled from far and wide to meet Anna and to attend her motivating classes, all hosted by Meissner's (whose store, if you have not been, is a paradise for sewing lovers!).
The event kicked off with a prime time meet and greet with Anna on Thursday evening. A large and enthusiastic crowd filled Meissner’s store to view a slide show, listen as Anna described her design process and insight into color, and get a first-hand look at many of her gorgeous samples. At Friday’s class, Anna debuted her new Patchwork Prism quilt, which was created for the Janome Horizon 7700QCP. (This quilt project will soon be available as a download and video presentation on the Anna Maria section of Janome.com, so check back right here for details!) Class attendees were thrilled to work with Anna to create their own color combinations for this dazzling quilt. Day Two’s class featured Anna’s Multi-tasker Tote, which showcases some really great design tricks that help sewists as they assemble this heavy-duty carry-all.
Anna’s classes are a must for anyone who reads and enjoys Anna’s blog. She is just as gracious, witty and insightful in person as she is on the page (or computer screen!) Inquire with your local Janome dealer, and find out when she might be visiting a store near you!
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