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Tuesday, 01 July 2014 00:00

Video: Stitching In The Ditch With The Ditch Quilting Foot

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The flange on this foot makes this technique easy--even for beginners. (Be sure to leave a comment to be entered into our Friend-to-Friend Facebook Challenge machine drawing.).

Where does the term "stitch in the ditch" come from and why do quilter's use it? On your quilt top, when you press both seam allowances to one side of a patch, you end up with more layers of fabric under that side of the seam, causing it to sit a little higher than the other.

Many years ago quilters discovered that it's easier to do your quilting on the lower side of the seam because it has fewer layers of fabric. This in turn causes the higher side of the seam to stand up even more for a desired dimensional effect. Because you're stitching along in the little low area next to the seam, you're stitching "in the ditch."

To do this technique successfully, you need to keep your stitch a consistent distance from the seam. The flange on the Ditch Quilting Foot makes this easy.

How To Stitch In The Ditch With The Ditch Quilting Foot

  1. Snap the Ditch Quilting Foot onto your sewing machine. Select a straight stitch. And set the machine for a medium speed.
  2. Align your fabric so that the flange rests in the seam. You can move the needle to adjust how close it stitches to the flange.
  3. As you sew, keep your eye on the flange, making sure it stays in the seam.


And you've made a beautiful stitch-in-the ditch.

To see this demonstrated watch Ditch Quilting Foot Video: Stitching In The Ditch.

The Ditch Quilting Foot fits most Janome sewing machines. The 1600P has its own Ditch Quilting Foot and there's also one designed for the AcuFeed System. To make sure you have the right one see your Janome Dealer.

Watch The Ditch Quilting Foot Video

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Monday, 09 January 2012 05:00

Friend-to-Friend: The Quilter Magazine

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We've reached our goal as of 1/13/12 and the promotion has now closed! Thanks for entering; we will be doing our drawing ASAP and will post about the winner next week. Thanks again for spreading the Janome Love!

346-friend-to-friend-the-quilter-magazineFind fabulous quilt patterns and info in The Quilter and Quilt Trends!

We are heading into the home stretch with Janome's Friend to Friend Challenge!

Today we are highlighting two of our favorite quilting magazines, The Quilter and Quilt Trends.

The Quilter is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful quilting magazines we know of! It is fantastic to look at, and the projects feature easy instructions with helpful diagrams. It is published seven times a year, with a not-to-be-missed holiday issue. Projects range from classic to contemporary, and each issue includes informative articles about the quilting world, fascinating profiles on both established and up and coming quilters, as well as a variety of techniques like hand and machine piecing, applique, and machine quilting. Find them online at www.thequiltermag.com, on Facebook, and on Twitter!

Quilt Trends is a new quarterly magazine that showcases current fabrics in modern and traditional quilts, with additional emphasis on using coordinating fabric to create a variety of accessories. We love their articles about popular fabric and quilt designers and what inspires their work. Each issue also includes clever decorating ideas, previews of the latest quilt books and notions, and a gallery of upcoming fabric collections. Find Quilt Trends online at www.quilttrendsmag.com, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

Enter to win back issues of these great magazines, as well as the multitude of other prizes in our Friend to Friend Prize Bundle! Leave a comment below, and be sure to like us on Facebook, and encourage your sewing friends to do the same!

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Friday, 06 January 2012 05:00

The Horizon Memory Craft 12000: Best Uses for the Narrow AcuFeed Flex Foot

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We've reached our goal as of 1/13/12 and the promotion has now closed! Thanks for entering; we will be doing our drawing ASAP and will post about the winner next week. Thanks again for spreading the Janome Love!

345-mc12k-best-uses-for-the-narrow-acufeed-flex-footThe new AcuFeed Flex™ Feeding System has two narrow feet. Here are some of the things our Janome Educators recommend using them for.

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The Horizon Memory Craft 12000 sewing, quilting, and embroidery machine has a removable feeding system called AcuFeed Flex™. It utilizes two widths of sewing feet: The Dual Feed Twin type, which take full advantage of the new 9mm stitch width. And the Dual Feed Single Type feet, ED and VD, which make it easy to get in close.

How Janome Educators Are Using The Narrow AcuFeed Flex™ Feet

"I like to use the narrow AcuFeed Flex feet to attach the ribbon of hanging beads. More efficient than the E foot." 
--Maddie Bushman

"Great for doll clothes, especially 11 1/2" tall dolls (like Barbie). I wish I'd had these feet when my granddaughters where still in the doll stage. They would have saved me from being so frustrated when stitching those tiny narrow seams."
--Sue Thornton-Gray

"I love to use the narrower feet when stitching down ribbons. Other feet have caused me to pull my ribbon while stitching down to a base fabric, which can end up puckering the material. Or I can’t seem to sew the ribbon straight because the satin has a tendency to slip while I am stitching. These new feet solve ALL my problems." 
--Valora Hammond

"I love the new AccuFeed Flex Zipper Foot! It makes replacing zippers in hoodies a breeze!"
--Nancy Fiedler

"Delicate fabrics and those beautiful light weight knits are so much easier to handle when you're using one of the narrow AccuFeed Flex feet. Your seams are not stretched or warped."
--Amy Meek

Try out the new AcuFeed Flex™ System and all the other wonderful features on the Horizon Memory Craft 12000 at your local Janome Dealer.

(Be sure to leave a comment to be entered into our Friend-to-Friend Facebook Challenge machine drawing. Then head over to our Facebook page and give us a like!)

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Thursday, 05 January 2012 05:00

Friend-to-Friend: Thread & Bobbin Book - Special New Year's Coupon At Janome Dealers

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We've reached our goal as of 1/13/12 and the promotion has now closed! Thanks for entering; we will be doing our drawing ASAP and will post about the winner next week. Thanks again for spreading the Janome Love!

344-friend-to-friend-thread-bobbin-book-specialMake a Resolution and Learn to Sew this Year with Thread and Bobbin

So you caught the sewing bug, and you really want to make some fun projects this year. Look no further than Thread and Bobbin: 21 Simple Sewing Projects. This great little book contains a variety of projects at various skill levels. Home decor, garments, handbags, shower gifts, and adorable stuff for baby - there is something for everyone, as well as great sewing tips and inspiration to keep you sewing all year long!

And now, your participating Janome dealer has this fabulous book on sale! Hurry in before January 22, 2012, for 15% off! Click below to download your coupon!

Even better - enter to win a copy! Leave a comment below, and head over to our Facebook page and give us a like! to be entered for our Friend to Friend Challenge Prize Bundle!

Get Your Thread and Bobbin Coupon Here!

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Wednesday, 04 January 2012 05:00

Three New Software Updates Now Available As Free Downloads

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We've reached our goal as of 1/13/12 and the promotion has now closed! Thanks for entering; we will be doing our drawing ASAP and will post about the winner next week. Thanks again for spreading the Janome Love!

00-generic-software-updatesBe Sure to Keep your Janome Products Current with these FREE Updates

Janome engineers are constantly working to make Janome products better. Fortunately, today's technology allows us to release software and firmware updates to existing models to help them to run at their highest capability... even after you take them home! THREE new updates have been added to the Janome website.

Horizon Memory Craft 12000 owners, a new update is now available for Horizon Link. This update will add the following functions to your Horizon Link software:

  • Direct save of embroidery designs and combination stitches onto USB flash drive
  • Open Horizon Link by double clicking the icon of a design / combination stitch file
  • Importing embroidery designs from any drive location on the PC
  • Resolution of minor issues from the previous version

Users of Digitizer Jr.: you can now save embroidery designs onto ATA PC Cards up to 2GB in size. Click here to download this update.

And finally, an update for Janome Digitizer MBX is now available. This will add the following capabilities to your software:

  • Full multi-language capability – English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, Thai, Chinese-T, Russian, Portuguese
  • Thai, Chinese-T: Online Manual and graphical user interface only
  • Russian and Portuguese: Graphical user interface only
  • Direct save onto USB flash drive is now available through “Write to Card” icon for MC12000
  • Cropped photos are now able to be edited
  • Resolution of minor issues from the previous version
  • Information and modifications regarding the above have been included in the Online Manual and Help

These are all FREE updates, so be sure to download today!

(Be sure to leave a comment to be entered into our Friend-to-Friend Facebook Challenge machine drawing.)

See all of the Available Updates

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Tuesday, 03 January 2012 05:00

Video: Free Motion Channel Quilting With The Clear View Foot

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We've reached our goal as of 1/13/12 and the promotion has now closed! Thanks for entering; we will be doing our drawing ASAP and will post about the winner next week. Thanks again for spreading the Janome Love!

322-video-free-motion-channel-quilting-with-the-clear-view-footIt's important to see your needle when you're tracing around a shape with free motion quilting. (Be sure to leave a comment to be entered into our Friend-to-Friend Facebook Challenge machine drawing.)

When we reach 20,000 Likes, we'll give away our double machine prize bundle. Complete details here.

The fun of free motion quilting is the freedom to draw any shape you like with thread. One of the accessories that helps you explore that creativity is the Free Motion Quilt Foot Set, Convertible (High Shank), also called the Convertible Free Motion Quilt Foot Set (High Shank).

The set has three different feet attachments:

  • Closed Toe Foot for general use with lace and catchable fabrics. 
  • Open Toe Foot for general use and extra visibility. 
  • Clear View Foot for uneven surfaces and evenly spaced quilting. This is the one that gives you the best visibility as you do echo quilting--tracing around a shape with free motion quilting.

     

How To Use The Clear View Foot For Free Motion Channel Quilting

  1. Before putting the foot on your machine, first install the Clear View attachment. Loosen the screw on the side of the foot. Slide off the current attachment. And slide on the Clear View attachment. Then re-tighten the screw.
  2. To install the foot on your machine, loosen the presser foot screw and remove the existing foot and ankle on your machine. Then attach the Free Motion Quilt foot to the machine and tighten the screw.
  3. Lower the presser foot and adjust the screw on the right so that the bottom of the foot just skims your fabric.
  4. Choose a straight stitch.
  5. Drop the feed dog. You may also choose to use the optional straight stitch needle plate.


Now you're ready to trace around an object with FMQ.

To see this demonstrated watch Free Motion Quilt Foot Set Video: Free Motion Channel Quilting With The Clear View Foot.

The Free Motion Quilt Foot Set, Convertible (High Shank) is made, of course, for high shank sewing machines. If you have a low shank machine, use the Free Motion Quilt Foot Set, Convertible (Low Shank). Ask your Janome Dealer to help you get the right one for your machine.

Watch Free Motion Channel Quilting Video

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Monday, 02 January 2012 05:00

Janome Heritage: Compulock Computerized Serger

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342-janome-heritage-compulock-computerized-sergerIt was the first serger easy enough to be a Memory Craft. (Don't forget to leave a comment to be entered into our Friend-to-Friend Facebook Challenge machine drawing.)

When we reach 20,000 Likes, we'll give away our double machine prize bundle. Complete details here.

In the spring of 1998 Janome introduced a new concept in sergers. It didn't look like a traditional serger. It had features that weren't available on a traditional serger. And thanks to computerization, it was much easier to use than a traditional serger. It was called the Memory Craft Compulock.

Like a true Memory Craft, the Compulock featured an interactive Visual Touch Screen. There were fifteen primary stitches plus six variations--a total of 21 built-in stitches--more than any other serger at that time. And that included a beautiful 6mm cover stitch. 

Once you chose a stitch, every tension was set automatically and the Compulock was ready to serge immediately. At the same time, the Touch Screen recommended the best stitch length and differential feed ratio. With a touch of the “Information” key, the Touch Screen indicated the appropriate needle settings, presser foot, needle plate, extension plate and stitch finger position. 

The Complulock also had five sensors to monitor machine settings to remind you of any oversights which might ordinarily lead to problems. If there was a problem, a warning beep was followed by a message on the Touch Screen and the Compulock wouldn’t run until the user had taken the indicated action.

At that time, one of the biggest drawbacks with owning a serger was the threading. The Compulock’s answer? Illuminated thread paths and color-coded thread guides, making easy enough for a beginner to thread.

Today, Janome's top-of-the-line model is the computerized 1200D Professional Serger. Try it for yourself at your local Janome Dealer.

Find Out More About the 1200D Serger

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Friday, 30 December 2011 05:00

Friend-to-Friend: Sarah Ann Smith

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We've reached our goal as of 1/13/12 and the promotion has now closed! Thanks for entering; we will be doing our drawing ASAP and will post about the winner next week. Thanks again for spreading the Janome Love!

341-friend-to-friend-sarah-ann-smithImagining new possibilities with thread: Sarah Ann Smith

The best thing about Janome sewing machines is not the machines themselves, but the amazing work sewists are able to create with them. Sarah Ann Smith is not just a sewist, she is an artist in thread, and the work she creates with her Janome Memory Craft Horizon 7700QCP is amazing. A visit to the Gallery on her website reminds you there are few limits to what can be accomplished with fabric and thread!

Sarah is a true expert on all things thread, and is the author of ThreadWork Unravelled, an instant classic in the American Quilter's Society library of books. She is currently at work on another book, so stay tuned for its release!

Recently, Sarah shared a fantastic Three Part Article on Free Motion Quilting Technique, check out Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 for some great new tips for getting started or perfecting your technique.

Our Friend-to-Friend Challenge continues! As we share our friends with you, we hope you'll share our site with others, and encourage them to join our Facebook Community! When we reach 20,000 Likes on our Facebook wall, we'll draw a winner from all the comments collected right here, to win TWO Janome Sewing machines, as well as a mystery bag full of books (including ThreadWork Unravelled!), notions, patterns and more. You can find more info on our promotion here, and be sure to leave a comment below to enter! We are closing in on 20,000 but still need your help to push us towards the goal... and the prize drawing! 

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Thursday, 29 December 2011 05:00

Friend-to-Friend: DIY Dish

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We've reached our goal as of 1/13/12 and the promotion has now closed! Thanks for entering; we will be doing our drawing ASAP and will post about the winner next week. Thanks again for spreading the Janome Love!

340-friend-to-friend-diy-dishFind Sewing and Crafting Inspiration on the DIY Dish!

Janome's Friend-to-Friend Challenge continues! Today we are celerating our favorite weekly sewing and craft webshow, the DIY Dish! Hosted by the crafting and sewing world's favorite twin sisters, Kim and Kris, the DIY Dish shares fabulous tips, projects, and interviews for creating a handmade life. Kim and Kris also founded the pattern and embroidery websites, You Can Make This and SWAK Embroidery; both are great places to visit if you're looking for adorable projects and embroidery designs created by a wide variety of designers in sewing and crafting.

Kim and Kris do their sewing on a variety of Janome machines, including the Janome Horizon 7700QCP and the Memory Craft 11000 Special Edition. Their show caters to all types of sewing - from craftier projects with small doses of sewing to full-on embroidery and quilting projects. Projects and tips run from home décor to fabulous fabric choices to stuffed toys. If you love creating, you will love the DIY Dish!  

We're getting closer and closer to our goal of 20,000 likes on Facebook, and when we do, we'll award our fabulous Friend-to-Friend Prize of TWO Janome sewing machines and an assortment of books, patterns, notions, and more from our Janome friends! Be sure to tell YOUR friends to head over to Janome's facebook fan page and give us a Like, and then leave a comment below to be entered into our grand prize drawing!

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Wednesday, 28 December 2011 05:00

Friend-to-Friend: Alissa Haight Carlton and the Modern Quilt Guild

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We've reached our goal as of 1/13/12 and the promotion has now closed! Thanks for entering; we will be doing our drawing ASAP and will post about the winner next week. Thanks again for spreading the Janome Love!

339-f2f-alissa-haight-carlton-the-modern-quilt-guildThe Modern Quilt Guild and Alissa Haight Carlton - get Inspired with Modern Quilting!

One of the most exciting things we've done over the past year is to sponsor The Modern Quilt Guild's Project Modern, a year-long series of qulit challenges, which ended with the fabulous grand prize of the Janome Horizon. We love the Modern Quilt movement, especially their fearless exploration of new design and their commitment to education and community.

You can view all the amazing winners from the challenge here. And if you're looking for some really great inspiration, check out all of the entries for Project Modern, as well as lots of photos of amazing quilts at The Modern Quilt Guild's flickr group.

There are over a hundred branches of the Modern Quilt Guild around the United States and the world. Check out their website to find one near you. Or, if you don't see one, find out how to start a guild branch in your area!

The co-founder of The Modern Quilt Guild, Alissa Haight Carlton is also a great Janome friend! Alissa has made two fabulous projects for Janome users this year on her Horizon 7700QCP, the Quilted Spring Pillow and the Modern Circle Pillow. She has plenty more great sewing ideas at her blog, Handmade by Alissa.

Alissa is also the author of a terrific new book, Modern Minimal: 20 Bold & Graphic Quilts and is a co-author of Block Party. One of these will be included in our Prize Bundle for our Friend to Friend Challenge! Leave a comment below to win, and be sure to tell your friends to Like us, so that we hit our goal of 20,000 facebook friends very soon!

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