Powered By Janome: bobaloo! Cool Stuff For Cool Kids
How a sewing hobby turned into a successful business with the help of a fast stitching 1600P.
In 2007, Samantha Howard was laid off from her job in marketing. Since she was pregnant with her first child, she and her husband decided it would be a good time for her to become a stay-at-home parent. After having her second child, she was ready to work again. She just wasn't sure doing what.
She says, "I knew I didn't want to go back to a regular job and I really loved staying home with my kids, so I started to brainstorm ideas. I've sewn since I was little and have always loved making gifts, especially for babies and kids. I thought I'd try selling a few handmade goods to see if the demand was out there."
So in the fall of 2010 she started bobaloo!, a line of modern handmade gifts for babies and kids. She sewed her items on a basic machine and sold them on Etsy.com and at craft shows. Her sales started to take off and soon stores were carrying her line. To keep up with the demand, she needed to upgrade her sewing machine.
Samantha says, "Because I stay home with my two preschoolers, my sewing time is extremely limited and speed was one of my top priorities. After tons of research on both home and industrial machines, I decided on the Janome 1600P."
"It is amazing how much more I can sew with the 1600P. Not only does it sew twice as quickly as my old machine, it never jams so I don't waste time re-threading or pulling out bits of thread. The separate motor for winding the bobbin is also great time saver; I don't have to stop sewing to wind the bobbin. I'm just thrilled with this machine, and know it was one of the best business investments I've made so far. Because I can make more in less time, I'm able to keep stores stocked and bring in more profit."
She says, "I love interacting with customers and fellow handmade artists every day. My first full year of business has been such a success that I can't wait to see what's ahead!"
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.
Introducing the DC2012!
Fifty built-in stitches, including three one-step buttonholes.
The brand new Decor Computer 2012 has the variety, stability and computerized power to take you from home décor cushions to a beautiful blouse to a complex quilt. And, no one beats Janome stitch precision – especially with our Superior Feed System.
We've put your favorite convenience features at your fingertips on the new DC2012: memorized needle up/down, lock stitch, speed control, one-hand needle threader and more. Plus, a backlit LED screen with direct stitch selection makes it easy to speed through those 50 built-in stitches, which incude 24 beautiful heirloom stitches as well as the three fully-automatic sensor buttonholes.
And, take a look at those beautiful pistachio green accents! Past models have featured pretty blues and pinks, but we think this trendy green looks perfect against the traditional soft white of the main body of the machine.
Visit your local participating Janome America dealer to try one out today.
Janome Heritage: The Original Pine 500
This was considered a top-of-the-line portable 90 years ago.
You may already know the story of how the Janome Sewing Machine company earned its name. Hint: it had to do with an innovative bobbin design. Read about our history.
Before that, in the early 1920s, we were known as the PINE Sewing Machine Company. We made sturdy, all-metal machines that were affordable for the average Tokyo family. One of our most popular models was a sturdy portable called the Model 500. In 1921 it sold for 30 yen.
If we were selling this machine today, we could say:
- Eco-friendly, uses no electricity
- Variable speed, only limited by how fast you can crank
- Extremely durable, all cast metal body and gears
- Allows you to make your family's clothes 10 times faster than hand sewing
Sewing machine technology has certainly come a long way in 90 years. Today, if you want a sturdy, metal machine you don't have to crank by hand, take a look at the HD3000 sewing machine. It comes with 18 stitches and a one-step buttonhole. The powerful motor can handle any sewing task... though you don't get as much excercise as you would with the Model 500.
Sewn With Love: Jackie Cohen
This adorable baby quilt features all our favorite nursery rhyme characters.
After 24 years of moving around with her military husband, Jackie Cohen was happy to finally settle in Elizabethtown, KY. One of the things she's been able to enjoy as part of her new retirement lifestyle is exploring the features on her Memory Craft 11000 Special Edition. So when her niece had her second child, she decided to try some embroidery on a baby quilt.
Video: Using The Blind Hem Foot G on the MC12000
This foot is designed specifically for your Horizon Memory Craft 12000.
You'll find many projects where you want the professional finish of a blind hem. The Memory Craft 12000 comes standard with the foot to make it easy--the Blind Hem Foot G.
The foot has a flange down the middle, which helps you keep a consistent hem for the whole seam. There are also grooves on the back of the foot, which direct your fabric toward the needle as it feeds, keeping it from sliding off the edge.
How To Sew A Blind Hem With Blind Hem Foot G
- On the touchscreen of your Horizon Memory Craft 12000 choose Sewing Applications.
- Choose Blind Hem And Shell Tuck.
- Choose Blind Hem.
- Select your fabric.
- You can now create your blind hem with the default settings, or you can choose to customize the stitch.
- Attach the Blind Hem Foot G to your machine.
- Fold the edge of your fabric the depth you desire for your blind hem.
- Then fold it back on itself, leaving a narrow strip of fabric to catch the stitching.
- Align the fold of the fabric with the flange of the foot and begin sewing. The stitch will ‘bite’ into the fabric
You've created a beautiful blind hem!
To see this demonstrated watch the video Blind Hem Foot G: Using the adjustable blind hem foot to make blind hems on the MC12000 Accessories Videos page.
Count Down To Valentine's Day with Projects from Sew4Home
Eight pretty little project ideas that are easy to make on any Janome machine.
Our creative friends at Sew4Home, where Janome America is a proud sponsor, were working overtime this year to create eight, great projects for all your Valentine sweethearts. All the projects are fast and easy, and can be completed on any Janome sewing machine. Several recommend a Janome serger for finishing as well as some of our most popular accessory feet.
Try one or make them all:
- The Velveteen Scarf is a teen dream.
- The Quilted Glasses Case is wonderful as a teacher gift.
- A set of Ruffled Tea Towels would make Mom or Grandma happy.
- Bright and happy vase skirts give a little bouquet some personalized punch.
- His & Her Pajama Shorts will make your favorite couple smile.
- Make a set of Deep Dish Candy/Gift Baskets to fill with your favorite goodies.
- Super-sized Cedar Sachets are a Great Gift 4 Guys.
- Key Fobs with a Secret Pocket & Lanyard are perfect for the busy mom on the go.
Are You Powered By Janome?!
Does your Janome machine help fuel your entrepreneurial dreams?
Time spent sewing is so fulfilling, many sewists find the urge to turn their passionate hobby into a full or part time profession. If you have a cottage business, Etsy shop, or successful blog that is powered in part by work done on your Janome sewing machine, embroidery machine or serger, we want to hear from you!
Tell us how you started out, what you make, how others can order your product, and most importantly, why you trust your Janome to help get the job done!
We'll be sharing many of these stories with our friends on Facebook and Twitter as well as in some of eNewsletters. It’s a great way to spread the word about your business, and to show your Janome love!
New Project: Super Sweet Travel Dollies
Easy to Make and Easy to Love
Little Dollies are always a crowd pleaser with toddlers! These old-fashioned dolls were inspired by an Oprah Winfrey special featuring “Dr. Maya Angelou”.
These adorable dollies fit right in your purse, and a handkerchief makes the perfect blanket to keep them warm. You can whip one up in about an hour, or spend an afternoon making a few! You'll find instructions and a pattern at the link below.
Exciting New Product: Lunch Box Quilts, Appliqué Designs for Embroidery Machines
With your Janome Embroidery Machine, Applique has Never Been so Easy!
There are few things that make your sewing projects look more impressive than appliqué. It sets you free to create a wide variety of shapes and effects in your sewing projects. But, advanced designs can be tedious, and can seem nearly impossible to do with traditional stitching.
What if appliqué were as easy as stitching a digitized embroidery design? Now it is!
Lunch Box Quilts provides a wide variety of appliqué quilt patterns designed specifically for embroidery machines. Detailed appliqué and stitching is as easy as pressing "Go" on your Janome embroidery machine!
The line of Lunch Box Quilt Designs are now available from your local Janome dealer! Give your local dealer a call, and find out if they have the designs in stock, then stop by and check them out! The designs feature something for everyone, and a truly unique and amazing quilt can be completed in no time!
Sewn With Love: Marybeth Di Liberto
A story of college-sweethearts and Janome love.
Marybeth Di Liberto is a quilter who LOVES her Horizon 7700. She was able to use her machine to create a beautiful wallhanging to commemorate the engagement of her son and future daughter-in-law.
Using techniques she'd learned in a landscape quilting class, Marybeth re-created familiar scenes from where the couple had gone to college together.
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