Check It Out: Halloween Hostess Apron at Sew4Home
Ghoulishly gauzy... creepy yet cute!
Our friends at Sew4Home have posted an adorable retro hostess half-apron just in time for Halloween parties. A blend of crisp cotton and frothy organza, this project is a great one to practice your narrow hems and sheer fabric stitching. It features The Ghastlies, a spectacularly spooky print from Alexander Henry Fabrics.
Remember, switching to a straight stitch needle plate or using the Automatic Plate Convertor features on models like the Horizon 7700QCP or the Memory Craft 5200 helps keep tricky, lightweight fabrics, like organza, stay flat and smooth.
Horizon Memory Craft 12000: Have You Checked With Your Certified Janome Dealer?
See the new machine in person this Saturday. At certified dealers only.
This Saturday, October 1st, you are finally going to get the chance to see the new Horizon Memory Craft 12000 in person--and give it a try.
Just make sure your dealer will have the machine in his or her store.
Only Janone Dealers who have been certified on the new MC12000 will have them on Saturday. If you've received a postcard or email from your dealer telling you they will have the machine, you'll be fine. The majority of dealers have gone throught the necessary training to be able to demonstrate all the features on the machine and answer your questions.
But if you haven't heard from your dealer, find them on our Dealer Locator and see if they have the Horizon Memory Craft 12000 certification banner next to their store name.
Then you might want to call or email them to find out what time they'll be revealing the new machine.
If you don't have a favorite Janome Dealer who's certified on the MC12000, you can find the closest one on our Dealer Locator.
Janome Poll Results: How Do You Feel About Sergers?
Some people are afraid of them. Some can't live without them.
Sewists can have strong feelings about sergers. Last week we asked you to tell us how you feel about them. We got votes on a range of answers from "I have one" to "I'm scared of sergers."
Two possible answers got no votes at all: "I don't need one because I have a coverstitch machine" and "I don't like sergers and will never get one." In the past few years sergers have gotten much easier to thread and to keep running with the proper tension. So there's really no need to dislike them.
Video: Sewing On Beads With The Narrow Base Zipper Foot
This foot allows you to get in close enough to attach various decorative accents.
The Narrow Base Zipper Foot (also called Zipper Foot - Narrow Base) can be moved from side to side. It allows you to get in close to sew on zippers, thick cording, and beads that are attached to a ribbon.
Sewing On Beads Attached To A Ribbon
- Attach the Narrow Base Zipper Foot to your machine. Loosen the screw on the right and slide the foot to the right of the needle.
- Sew along close to the edge of the ribbon and your stitching won't show.
To see this demonstrated, watch Zipper Foot - Narrow Base (High Shank) Video: Sewing On Beads.
The Narrow Base Zipper Foot shown in the video is for high shank sewing machines. There's also a Narrow Base Zipper Foot for low shank machines. Your Janome Dealer has both kinds and will help you make sure you have the right one for your machine.
Fabric Trends For Fall 2011: What Are They Predicting?
These are the kinds of materials showing up on the runways.
A little while ago we linked to predictions of what Fall's big color trends will be. Today, we're looking at predictions for fabric. With our shortened fashion cycles, it won't be long before (some) runway trends are showing up in the pattern catalogs.
BecomeGorgeous.com has a report on what fashion designers are showing. We've paired each kind of fabric with the presser foot or other accessory you'll need to sew them.
Shearling (sheepskin that's been recently shorn)
Quote: "This is probably the hottest must-have fabric trend of the season."
Sewing Tip: Use a Leather Needle and sturdy upholstery thread.
Fur (often faux)
Quote: "Furry footwear, furry skirts and pants, and even a head-to-toe furry outfit, Yeti-style, could be seen at the Chanel runway show."
Sewing Tip: Use a Universal Needle and standard foot.
Checking In With The Janome Gals + A Couple New Charitable Sewing Ideas
If you're able to sew for others, your help is needed by a number of organizations.
There's a lot of charitable sewing that happens outside of a non-profit organization. Often, a sewist hears someone else needs clothing or a quilt and just makes it for them. That's how it worked when our Janome Gals sewed the new nursery for the foster family. (See Jami, Debbie, and Kathy's latests posts on the experience, including how they used the new Horizon MC12000.)
But for an ongoing need, or if you're going to distribute the sewn items to a lot of people, you need the structure and follow-through of an organization.
The SewingGood blog has been bringing attention to both kinds of sewing for others. Below are some recent stories of creativity being used for compassion.
If you want to help, be sure to visit their page of organizations who could use your help right now.
Recent Sewing Good Stories
-Victoria Findlay Wolfe is a professional quilter trying to collect 700 quilts for displaced families in New York.
Read her story.
-A group of Sacramento sewists is working with an organization to make dresses to protect little girls in third world countries.
Read their story.
-Sew Much Comfort has been providing custom custom-made adaptive clothing at no cost, to injured service members from all branches of the military.
Read their story.
-A doctor's wife makes baby items for her husband's patients who have conquered drug addiction.
Read her story.
Janome Poll: Sergers--Have One, Want One, or Scared of That!?
How do you REALLY feel about sergers? Cast your vote in our poll.
A serger is a machine that sews an overlocking stitch, using loopers instead of a bobbin to form the stitch. In 1881, the Merrow Machine Company invented the first machine that could do an overlock.
The modern serger (still called an "overlocker" in much of a world) combines various overlocking stitches with the ability trim the edge of the fabric at the same time. You can sew a seam, trim the fabric, and finish the raw edge in one step. When using knit fabrics, you are able to construct items such as garments very quickly and with a professional-looking finish. Your Janome Dealer has a variety of sergers, from the economical Magnolia 7034D to the advanced 12000D.
Some sewists couldn't live without their serger. But others, because of its multiple needles, loopers and tension adjustments, think a serger is too complex for them.
Here at Janome America, we love sergers, and think it's time for more information about them. But what about you? Let us know how you feel about sergers by voting in our Janome Poll. We'll post the results of the poll next week. Plus, your feedback will help us decide what type of serger tips, techniques and detailed information would be helpful to you.
Sewn With Love: Lisa Graves' "WordSakes" Baby Quilt Uses Janome Digitizing Software
She used her own technique for doing the quilting and embroidery all in the hoop.
Lisa Graves, who does custom embroidery in Keswick, Ontario, Canada, was planning on making this quilt for a friend's baby. But after she found inspiration for the design from her unborn son, she kept it for him.
The "Wordsakes Baby Quilt" was created using Janome Digitizer software and the Memory Craft 11000 Special Edition. And it's a beautiful example of sewing with love.
Video: Sewing On A Ring With The Button Sewing Foot
Don't sew on rings by hand. Use this foot and a simple technique.
The Button Sewing Foot has two bars that attach to the foot shank to provide extra stability. And it also has a textured, rubber sleeve to hold the button securely in place while sewing. You can use it for sewing on two hole buttons and for sewing on four hole buttons.
But you can also use it to attach rings of various sizes.
Attaching A Ring With The Button Sewing Foot
- To attach the foot, slide the bar onto the back of the presser foot holder and then lower it to snap the foot into place.
- Some Janome machines have a button sew-on feature, which will automatically lower the feed dogs. Or you can use a zigzag stitch but be sure to the lower feed dogs manually.
- Move the ring into position under the foot so that when the needle is in the left position, it will penetrate just outside the ring.
- Using the handwheel, move the needle until you see where it will penetrate on the inside of the ring. Adjust your stitch width if necessary.
- Sew down the ring. The machine will automatically tie off the thread.
- Raise the needle and cut the thread.
- Repeat this process to anchor the ring at a second point.
To see this demonstrated, watch Button Sewing Foot Video: Sewing On A Ring.
The Button Sewing Foot can also be used to attach snaps, hooks and eyes, and even flowers. It's compatible with top loading Janome machines. If you have a front loading machine, use Button Sewing Foot (front loading machines). Ask your Janome Dealer to help you find the right foot for your machine.
Horizon Memory Craft 12000: What Are People Saying?
A few comments from people who've worked on the new machine.
Janome Dealers flew in from around the world to learn about the Horizon Memory Craft 12000. After nearly a week of intense training, they went back to their stores and shared on their blogs what they thought about the new machine.
"I was very excited to see the new machine LIVE. I think you are going to love it . . . You are able to leave the embroidery arm on when sewing and this makes an even deeper sewing area. The sharpness of the color screen is awesome, so bright and bold in color. Love it!!!!"
"(T)he new Janome “top of the line” Horizon Memory Craft 12000 has kept me enthusiastic about sewing. The new machine has features I never thought possible in a sewing/embroidery machine. To try to impart all of the information I learned about the Janome 12000 in this brief blog post would be impossible. Instead, I will compose a number of blog posts over the next few weeks, featuring one or two amazing benefits in each post."
"It seems really fantastically designed, and has a few features to make insomniac sewists/embroiderers happy--a 'stealth' mode that allows you to turn off the noises it makes, all those LED lights, the magnifier in just the perfect place..."
For more first-hand impressions of the new machine, visit SewingGood.com where they have a new blog post by Jami, one of the "Janome Gals" from the introduction video. She gives some insight into the foster family's situation and also talks about doing embroidery on the MC12000.
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