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Thursday, 17 November 2011 05:00

Janome Heritage: The Janome 605

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311-janome-heritage-the-janome-605This 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.

Find out more about the Horizon 7700

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Wednesday, 16 November 2011 05:00

The Holiday Project Pack o' the Month: A Free Gift Jan - June 2012

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308-project-pack-o-the-monthA 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. 

Find Out More About The Project Pack o' the Month

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Tuesday, 15 November 2011 05:00

Video: Getting An Even 1/4" Seam On High Loft Batting With The Even Feed Foot (Walking Foot)

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280-getting-an-even-quarter-inch-seam-on-high-loft-batting-with-the-even-feed-foot-videoThis 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

  1. To install the foot, you must first remove the foot and ankle of the All-Purpose foot.
  2. As you put the Even Feed Foot on your machine, be sure the bar goes above the needle screw.
  3. Tighten the foot screw to ensure it is properly seated on the machine.
  4. Choose a straight stitch. 
  5. Adjust the needle position to 7.0, which makes it go all the way over to the right.
  6. 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.    

Watch How To Get A 1/4" Seam With High Loft Batting

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Monday, 14 November 2011 05:00

Sewing With Faux Fur & Faux Leather at Sew4Home

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307-s4h-sewing-with-faux-fur-faux-leatherThe 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

Sewing with Faux Fur at Sew4Home

Sewing with Faux Leather at Sew4Home

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Friday, 11 November 2011 05:00

The Horizon Memory Craft 12000: Comparison Chart Now Online

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304-mc12k-comparison-chart-now-onlineLook 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. 

Take a look, and then browse through all the other pages of information on the new top-of-the-line Horizon Memory Craft 12000

Comparison Chart

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Thursday, 10 November 2011 05:00

Introducing the 990D Serger

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306-990d-serger-newEasy 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!

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Wednesday, 09 November 2011 05:00

Angela Yosten's Fast & Fun Ruffled Knit Shirt

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305-angela-yosten-fast-fun-ruffled-knit-shirt-projectMake 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.

Make the Shirt!

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Tuesday, 08 November 2011 05:00

Video: Using The Quilting Bar On The Open-Toe Quilt Set

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279-using-the-quilting-bar-on-the-open-toe-quilt-set-videoThis 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

  1. First remove the presser foot and ankle on your machine by loosening the screw on the left.
  2. Attach the Walking Foot, making sure the bar goes OVER the needle screw. Then tighten the presser foot screw.
  3. Attach the Quilting Bar by sliding it into the groove on the back of the foot.
  4. Slide it in or out to get your spacing. The guide will rest on your previous row of stitching.
  5. 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.

The Open-Toe Quilt Set is compatible with high shank machines only. If you're not sure, ask your Janome dealer about which quilting feet are right for your machine. 

Watch The Quilting Bar Video

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Monday, 07 November 2011 05:00

Project Pack o' The Month: The Gift The REALLY DOES Keep On Giving

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303-project-pack-o-the-month-the-giftJanuary through June – Every Month Brings A Great Project Pack Gift

From beginner to pro, Janome has it covered this year with a Holiday Promotion featuring eight of our most popular models. From the top-of-the-line Horizon Memory Craft 12000 sewing and embroidery model to the 1110DX serger to three top-performing Decor Computer sewing machines and more; there's something for you... and everyone on your list. But... not only do you get one of these great machines at a great price, you also get a special gift every month!

Each month, an email will land in your inbox, alerting you (or your gift recipient) that a package has arrived at your dealer's store. You run by the store, pick up your Project Pack, and open the box to find:

  1. Presser feet or other great accessories
  2. Pretty fabric
  3. A fun project, using that month's featured feet/accessories

What new and different gift will be next?! Every package will be an exciting surprise. You won't know until you break the seal exactly what's inside.

Visit our Holiday Promotion website to find out more, and then find your nearest participating Janome Dealer.

Offer runs through December 31, 2011.

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Friday, 04 November 2011 05:00

Trunk Show: On The Road With The Horizon Memory Craft 12000

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302-trunk-show-on-the-road-with-mc12kThis in-depth demonstration of the MC12000, complete with finished samples, is coming to a dealer near you.

The new Horizon Memory Craft 12000 has so many exciting features, you can spend a couple of hours going through them and still feel like you've just scratched the surface.

Right now our Janome Educators are fanning out across the country, bringing the MC12000 Trunk Show to a certified Janome Dealer near you.

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