Free Motion Quilting: A 3-part Series by Sarah Ann Smith: Part 2
Get Quilting! Sarah Ann Smith shares advice to help You get started today!
Last week, we shared an article on Design Considerations for Free Motion Quilting by Thread and Quilting expert Sarah Ann Smith. This week, sit down at your machine and get started with the quilting process!
Sarah shares a variety of helpful hints and tips. Beginners will love her basic tips for getting started, and experts are sure to find a new tidbit of wisdom from this seasoned quilting guru. Sarah wrote her articles using her Horizon Memory Craft 7700QCP, but you can get started with this fun and liberating technique using any machine that allows you to lower the feed dogs. (In a features list for Janome machines, this will be listed as "Drop Feed" capability. Find a machine that will by clicking here!).
2011 Is Janome Tokyo's 90th Anniversary: Watch Our History Video
Back in the 1920s Mr. Ose started Japan's first sewing machine factory.
This year Janome Tokyo will celebrate 90 years since its founding. On the About Janome page you can watch a brief video that tells the story of the company, showing you some of the early facilities, advertisements, and sewing machines.
The company got its name from an innovative part on its sewing machine. In Japanese, the word Janome (pronounced Ja-NO-me) means "eye of the snake." The company earned the name in the 1920s when founder Yosaku Ose, a pioneer in Japanese sewing manufacturing, began to use a round metal bobbin system instead of the traditional long shuttle.
The Japanese thought the new round bobbin looked like a snake's eye, and from the innovative design, a name was born.
Over the next 25 years, Janome grew to become a household name in Japan. And seeking to expand into the U.S., the company purchased New Home in 1960. Since then the company has established divisions in Canada, Mexico, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. As well as agents in Africa, Central and South America and throughout the Pacific Rim of Asia.
As it has grown, Janome has given the sewing industry many firsts, including the first programmable computerized machine for home use (the Memory 7, in 1979), and now the industry-leading Horizon Memory Craft 12000.
The Horizon Memory Craft 12000: AcuFeed Flex™ Is Perfect For Fall's Fabrics
The new feeding system on the MC12000 is ideal for fleece, shearling, wool, and other cold-weather fabrics.
One of the favorite features on the new Horizon Memory Craft 12000 is the upgraded fabric feeding system. The AcuFeed Flex™ Layered Fabric Feeding System allows you to sew thick and fluffy fabrics without shifting.
The Janome Educators have been working with fall and winter-weight fabrics on the new machine. We asked them what it's been like to sew with AcuFeed Flex™.
Here's what they said:
"AcufeedFlex helps to keep your napped fabrics like fleece, velvets, and corduroy feeding evenly. It does such a nice job, I might say that uneven seams are a thing of the past. It's especially nice when you're working with lining a winter fabric with a satin or crepe."
Video: Keeping Layers From Shifting With The Rotary Even Foot
The tractor feed moves your layers of fabric in perfect sync with the feed dogs.
When you're sewing on multiple layers, the feed dogs will move the bottom layer just fine, but the top layers can lag slightly, throwing your seam off. There are several kinds feeding feet that help to solve this problem. One them--which fits on all Janome machines--is the Rotary Even Foot™.
It has a tractor feed that moves in perfect sync with the feed dogs, keeping your fabric layers moving all at once. The Rotary Even Foot™ can also prevent stretchy fabrics like jersey and knits and hard to feed materials, like leather or vinyl from slipping or puckering.
It's also excellent for matching up stripes or plaids because it keeps the patterns perfectly aligned.
This versatile foot comes with five attachments for various techniques from blind hemming to attaching bias binding to making various size rolled hems.
Sewing With The Rotary Even Foot™
- Snap the foot on your machine.
- Choose any stitch.
- Begin sewing.
You get beautifully even stitches.
To see this foot in action, watch Rotary Even Foot Video: Keeping Layers From Shifting.
The Rotary Even Foot™ is also good for polar fleece and other plush fabrics that like to shift. Your seam will lay perfectly flat and be able to stretch without distorting the fabric. It fits all Janome sewing machines.
Sewn With Love: Lorene Hendrickson's Crazy Compass Quilt
For this project all piecing and quilting were done in the embroidery hoop.
When Lorene Hendrickson of Leavenworth, IN bought her new Memory Craft 11000 Special Edition, she thought a quilt project with embroidery would be a great way to see what the machine could do.
So at her dealership she signed up for the EmbroidaBlock of the Month Program from Hoop Sisters. Each month for 10 months Lorene received the embroidery designs to complete their "Crazy Compass" quilt design. All piecing and quilting was done in the embroidery hoop.
Free Motion Quilting: A 3-part Series by Sarah Ann Smith: Part 1
Learn Free Motion Quilting from an Expert
Many Janome fans will recognize the name Sarah Ann Smith, a world-renowned art quilter, textile artist, instructor, and author. Her book, Threadwork Unravelled, is considered by many to be a must-have resource on choosing and using the perfect threads for quliting. Sarah also happens to be a fervent Janome lover! To share her love, she created a series of Free Motion Quilting lessons on her Horizon Memory Craft 7700QCP. Look for more installments over the next few weeks, or follow her blog for more great tips and inspiration.
Our first lesson involves Getting Started with Free Motion Quilting, with some advice on design and technical considerations.
The Horizon Memory Craft 12000: Projects Are Online!
You can make the entire bedroom suite featured on HorizonMemoryCraft12000.com
The Horizon Memory Craft 12000 gives you features that make sewing easier and allow you to take on projects you simply couldn't do before.
With new capabilities in embroidery size, the new 9mm stitch width, and the ability to create your own decorative stitches from scratch, you can make the entire bedroom suite featured on our MC12000 website.
Embroidered Duvet Cover - Our king size custom duvet has a small motif repeated over and over to create a stunning border.
Embroidered Euro Shams - Our matching embroidered Euro Shams were easily completed with the generous embroidery area of the SQ23 hoop (9.1" x 9. 1" or 230 x 230 mm).
Accent Pillow - Our 16" chenille accent pillow makes use of the Edit Screen on the new Horizon MC12000 as well as the new extra-large hoops to create a stunning center design that coordinates with the duvet and the euro shams.
Bolster or “Tootsie Roll” Pillow - This cute little pillow uses the new Stitch Composer™ software with Horizon Link™ to create your own unique decorative stitch accent! The custom stitch was created to complement the fabric used in the pillow.
See and try out the MC12000 at your local, certified Janome Dealer.
Congratulations To Our New Machine "Wish List" Winner
Just before we unveiled the new machine, we asked you to post your "wish list."
Two weeks before we unveiled the Horizon Memory Craft 12000, we asked you to tell us which features you'd like to see on the new machine. Then we put everyone who left a comment into a drawing to win a Janome hat and water bottle.
We'd like to congratulate Barbara Jean O'Nale of Kapolei, Hawaii for winning the drawing. She also sends a shout-out to her local Janome Dealer, Ed Benz of New home Sewing Center in Honolulu. HI. "He's the best, and I'd really like to give credit to him for getting me so interested in Janome!"
Barbara's wish was:
"I'd also like at least a 9mm stitch width. the decorative stitches are much prettier and there are more decorative options when you can go wider."
And we're happy to say she got her wish.
But we'd like to congratulate everyone else who showed amazing insight into a large number of new features that are actually on the machine. If you remember, we hadn't even told anyone what the name of the new machine would be. But when we saw suggestions for larger hoops, 1,000 spm speed, improved lighting, larger screen capability, and fast needle plate switching--just to name a few--we wondered if some of you had secretly been using the Horizon Memory Craft 12000.
Hopefully, this also means that the new machine matches up with your fondest wishes for sewing, quilting and embroidery features. If you haven't yet, see all the features on the MC12000 website and then try them out for yourself at your nearest certified Janome Dealer.
Video: Attaching Lace While Gathering With The Ultimate Ruffler
Your fabric is ruffled but the lace is attached flat.
We've highlighted the Ultimate Ruffler here before. It's an attachment that looks complex as it's doing its work, but it's actually easy to use. To learn how to use it make ruffles and pleats watch the video.
You can also use the Ultimate Ruffler to attach lace while ruffling. The fabric gets a gather and the lace is attached flat--all with one stitch.
Attaching Lace While Using The Ultimate Ruffler
- The ruffler foot snaps onto your machine with the black plastic arm going over the needle screw.
- Choose a straight stitch.
- You'll first want to select the distance between your gathers. The selection lever on the ruffler foot lets you control how many stitches between each ruffle. The first slot is every stitch. The next is every 6 stitches. The 12 slot is every 12 stitches. Be sure to sew a test strip to make sure this will work for your project.
- Then you want to adjust the depth of your gathers. You do this by turning the adjustment screw. Again, test your settings on a scrap.
- Now, to attach lace while gathering: feed the fabric you want gathered under the metal bar.
- Feed your lace over the top of the bar.
- Begin sewing. Your fabric is gathered but your attached lace is not.
To see this demonstrated, watch The Ultimate Ruffler Video: Attaching Lace While Gathering.
Happy Columbus Day
Celebrate this great Italian with Sew4Home's five fun Italiano Kitchen projects (and one delicious recipe)!
Janome America is proud to be a sponsor of the great sewing blog, Sew4Home. Their Italiano Kitchen series was a recent favorite of ours and one we thought would be perfect to call to your attention today.
There's a mother and daughter apron set, plus napkins, placemats and a bistro tablecloth. Everything you need for your Columbus day feast... including a recipe for Nana Amato's Sicilian style bread. Mangiare e gustare!
All these great projects can be done on any Janome machine.
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