Video: Creating Rolled Hems With The Rotary Even Foot
This foot lets you fold and stitch your hem in one easy step.
The Rotary Even Foot™ is a "tractor foot" which pulls the top of your fabric in perfect sync with the feed dogs. This extra grip is especially useful when you're pulling fabric through a Rolled Hem guide to make a rolled hem.
The Rotary Even Foot™ has attachments for three sizes of rolled hems: 1/2", 3/4" and 1". Each one of these uses the same technique and allows you to make a hem in one easy step.
Making A Rolled Hem With The Rotary Even Foot™
- Before putting the foot on your machine, you'll need to install one of the Rolled Hem guides: loosen and remove the screw on on the Rotary Foot, slide the attachment into place and tighten the screw.
- Snap the foot onto your machine.
- Cut about 3/8" off the corner of your fabric.
- Start rolling your fabric and feed it into the guide so it goes under the tractor feed.
- Choose a straight stitch.
- As you sew, hold your fabric up a little to help feed the roll through the foot.
You end up with an evenly done rolled hem.
To see this demonstrated watch Rotary Even Foot Video: Creating Rolled Hems.
The Rotary Even Foot™ does lots more than rolled hems. It comes with five attachments for various techniques from blind hemming to attaching bias binding.
When you use it without its attachments, the foot is effective for preventing stretchy fabrics, jersey and knitted fabrics and hard to feed materials, like leather or vinyl from slipping or puckering. The foot also allows left-right tilt and its caterpillars independently grip the fabric for perfect feeding along areas where there is a height difference between the left and right sides of the needle especially when hemming thicker fabrics.
Sewn With Love: Theresa Morrison's Graduate Student Quilt
A quilt to commemorate a "daughter" earning her PhD.
Theresa Morrison works in the Marketing Department at Texas A&M University. When a co-worker, who's very special to her, earned her doctorate at the school, Theresa used her Memory Craft 4800 QC to make a lap quilt.
Janome Heritage: The Janome 605
This machine gave you dozens of decorative stitches before computerization.
Way before web cams and traffic cams there were sewing machine cams. These round devices were what allowed mechanical sewing machines to sew some pretty advanced decorative stitches.
The Janome Model 605 was first released in 1956. It could use 24 different cams to create complex decorative stitches. (A cam is a small, round metal pattern.) You could do a simple zigzag up to a running leaf pattern. You changed the look of the stitch by adjusting its width and length or putting in a twin needle.
To set up a stitch you chose the appropriate cam and set it in the compartment on the top of the machine. Then you went to your sewing manual to find the "recipe" for setting up your stitch. And finally, you did plenty of test stitching before sewing the decorative stitch on your project. (Test sewing on a scrap is still a good idea.)
The Model 605 had other "advanced" features we take for granted today: like a quick switch needle plate for zigzag or straight stitch, a chain stitch, blind hem stitch, a cloth guide, and even free motion embroidery. Available feet included a button sewing foot, yarn application foot, fringe foot, applique foot, and many others we still use today.
In the 1950s and 60s, before computerization, it took many more steps to set up your machine for a zigzag stitch or to do a simple buttonhole. But it was a major improvement over the machines of the 1930s and 40s, which were limited to straight stitches.
Today, for advanced decorative stitching, Janome customers prefer the Horizon Memory Craft 7700QCP. Computerization, technological refinements, and the display screen have made every step of sewing and quilting much easier. And no cams to keep track of.
The Holiday Project Pack o' the Month: A Free Gift Jan - June 2012
A great deal on a great machine PLUS a gift every month for six months.
Imagine this: each month a surprise package arrives at your dealer's store with your name on it. Inside a Project Pack awaits you: an optional foot or another interesting accessory, pretty fabric, and a fun project that gives you a creative way to try out that foot/accessory and fabric right away. Our 2011 Janome Holiday Project Pack o' the Month is the gift that really does keep giving.
Visit our Holiday Promotion website to find out all the details, including the eight qualifying machines. Your local participating Janome America dealer also has all the details, and a pretty Gift Card you can include if you'd like to give the Project Pack o' the Month as a gift.
Video: Getting An Even 1/4" Seam On High Loft Batting With The Even Feed Foot (Walking Foot)
This is the perfect technique (and foot) for edging a quilt.
A nice, accurate 1/4" seam is essential when piecing your quilt. But you can also get this same accuracy when stitching through layers of fabric and batting. You just have to use the right foot.
The Even Feed Foot, also called the Walking Foot, has special feed dogs which move multiple layers of fabric in perfect sync. But it's also designed to give you a perfect 1/4" seam allowance when you line up your fabric with the edge of the foot.
This foot has other useful applications, including topstitching in areas where the bulk of the seam allowance can make your stitches uneven, such as around a collar.
Using The Even Feed Foot To Get a 1/4" Seam Allowance With High Loft Batting
- To install the foot, you must first remove the foot and ankle of the All-Purpose foot.
- As you put the Even Feed Foot on your machine, be sure the bar goes above the needle screw.
- Tighten the foot screw to ensure it is properly seated on the machine.
- Choose a straight stitch.
- Adjust the needle position to 7.0, which makes it go all the way over to the right.
- As you sew, keep your fabric even with the right edge of the foot. And you'll get a beautiful 1/4" seam.
To see this demonstrated, watch Even Feed Foot (Walking Foot) Video: Easy 1/4 Inch Seam Allowance With High Loft Batting.
The Even Feed Foot comes in several models, depending on which kind of sewing machine you have. Even Feed Foot For Embroidery Machines, Even Feed Foot For Low Shank Top Loading Models, and Even Feed Foot For Front Loading Machines.
Your local Janome Dealer will be happy to help you get the right one for your machine.
Sewing With Faux Fur & Faux Leather at Sew4Home
The season's most popular fabric trends are easier to sew with than you might think.
You see it simply everywhere this year: faux fur on everything from coats to gloves to boots. And, faux leather has become so realistic, it's hard to tell when products aren't genuine.
Our creative friends at Sew4Home, where Janome America is a major sponsor, have put together two great tutorials on how to work with these specialty fabrics.
It takes just a few marking, cutting and pinning techniques plus a few specialty accessories, like our Ultra Glide foot or our Roller foot to smoothly topstitch on the faux leathers. The power and precision of a Janome sewing machine makes working with even the trickiest fabrics easier and more fun!
Stock up on these popular fabric trends, turn on your Janome, and try one of the beautiful Sew4Home projects today: a fur throw and pillow, fur scarf and matching gloves and a super-cute faux leather handbag.
The Horizon Memory Craft 12000: Comparison Chart Now Online
Look at the Horizon Memory Craft 12000 and the Memory Craft 11000 Special Edition Side by Side
Find out how these two great models compare in terms of general, sewing and embroidery functions. Where are they similar? What are the biggest differences? We show you 48 different points of comparison, from the number of stitches, to the type of lighting to the size of the embroidery field... and 45 other items in between.
Introducing the 990D Serger
Easy to use, fast, and so pretty!
Beautifully finished seams, professional results, amazing decorative effects - take the next step in your sewing and add a serger to your sewing room. The 990D is the perfect first serger, with easy to use features and a wonderfully affordable price. Color Coded Thread Guides make threading a breeze and the Quick Change Rolled Hem easily converts between functions. Unlike the industrial design of so many sergers, the Janome cherry blossom design is so pretty!
Angela Yosten's Fast & Fun Ruffled Knit Shirt
Make an Ordinary T-shirt into Something Postively Adorable!
One of our favorite ways of creating unique garments is to adapt a ready-to-wear item with some great fabric and sewing skill. That is precisely what Angela Yosten did with her quick and adorable Ruffled Knit Shirt.
Angela's simple technique teaches you how to create gathers on your serger. Then you just stitch them onto the t-shirt itself. Super easy, no anxiety sewing - and the finished project couldn't be cuter!
Angela created this shirt with the Janome 1100D and CoverPro 1000CPX. These specialized machines will help you achieve a truly professional look. With an overlock stitch and some gathering know-how, you can also adapt this project for sewing on a regular sewing machine as well.
Be sure to check out more of Angela's great sewing ideas at her blog. You'll also want to check out another Janome project by Angela, a baby knit blanket with matching mittens, by clicking here.
Video: Using The Quilting Bar On The Open-Toe Quilt Set
This attachment makes it easy to do parallel rows of stitching.
The Open Toe Quilt Set comes with two feet essential to quilt making: a Walking Foot and an Open-Toe Free Motion Foot. Both feet have an open-toe design to make it easier to see the needle and do things like stitch-in-the-ditch quilting.
The Open-Toe Walking Foot has special feed dogs, which pull your top layers of fabric through at the same speed as the bottom layers. This keeps your quilting layers from shifting. The Walking Foot also comes with a Quilt Bar attachment, which allows you to sew perfectly even rows of parallel stitching without having to measure and mark them.
How To Use The Quilt Bar With The Open-Toe Walking Foot
- First remove the presser foot and ankle on your machine by loosening the screw on the left.
- Attach the Walking Foot, making sure the bar goes OVER the needle screw. Then tighten the presser foot screw.
- Attach the Quilting Bar by sliding it into the groove on the back of the foot.
- Slide it in or out to get your spacing. The guide will rest on your previous row of stitching.
- As you sew, keep your eyes on the guide, making sure it stays in the seam.
And now you have a perfectly parallel row of stitching. Repeat the process to make as many rows as you like.
To see this demonstrated, watch Open-Toe Quilt Set (High Shank) Video: Using The Quilting Bar.
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