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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.

Find Out More

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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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Thursday, 03 November 2011 05:00

The Project Pack o' The Month is Here! Check Out Our New Holiday Sale Website

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301-project-pack-o-the-monthYou've heard it before: The Gift That Keeps on Giving... But Never Before Has It Meant SO Much!

This year's Holiday Promotion just started, and we are so excited to tell you about it! You not only get great pricing on some of our newest and most popular models, you can also get SIX MONTHS of follow-up gifts from January through June 2012.

That's right – a gift pack arrives each month for six months with presser feet or other other great accessories, pretty fabric, plus a fun project using that month's featured feet/accessories. That's what you get EACH time! It's an added value of up to $1200 and so fun.

We all need a little push sometimes to learn more about our machines. With the Project Pack o' the Month, not only do you get the actual optional feet and/or accessories, you also get a creative way to try them out right away. Great for you... absolutely perfect as a gift!

Check Out The NEW Project Pack o' the Month Website

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Wednesday, 02 November 2011 05:00

Sewn With Love: Carol Maclaskey's Couch Cover

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299-swl-carol-maclaskey-couch-coverMore proof that you should never throw any fabric scrap away.

Carol Maclaskey of Montgomery, TX and her husband bought a vintage travel trailer with the goal of refurbishing it in time to go to the Burning Man Festival in Nevada. They painted, did glazing, installed a new floor--but the biggest challenge was the fold out couch. It had been "updated" with an avocado green cordouroy cover.

But Carol remembered she had a lot of old jeans she just couldn't bear to throw away. So with her trusty Memory Craft 6500P sewing and quilting machine she got busy and made quite a transformation.

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Tuesday, 01 November 2011 05:00

Video: Using The Closed Toe Foot Of The Free Motion Quilt Foot Set

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278-closed-toe-foot-free-motion-quilt-foot-set-videoThis spring-loaded "hopping foot" makes for smooth movement when you're free motion quilting.

There are a number of presser feet that will allow you to do free motion quilting with your Janome sewng machine. One of the most versatile is the Convertible Free Motion Quilt Foot Set.

As the name implies, it's actually a holder that uses three different free motion feet to give you the best results on various kinds of fabric:

  • 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. 


Today we're highlighting the Closed Toe Foot, which is good for general free motion stitching as well as lace and catchable fabrics.

Using The Closed Toe Foot With The Free Motion Quilt Foot Set

  1. To install the Closed Toe attachment on your foot, loosen the screw on the side of the foot, slide off one attachment and slide on another. Then re-tighten the screw.
  2. Lower the feed dog. You may also choose to use the optional straight stitch needle plate.
  3. To install the foot on your machine, loosen the presser foot screw and remove the existing foot and ankle on your machine. Attach the Free Motion Quilt foot to the machine and tighten the screw.
  4. Choose a straight stitch and begin sewing, moving the fabric to create your design.


To see this demonstrated watch Free Motion Quilt Foot Set Video: Using The Closed Toe Attachment.

The foot demonstrated is the Convertible Free Motion Quilt Foot Set (high shank) for high shank machines. For a low shank machine use Convertible Free Motion Quilt Foot Set (low shank). If you have questions about which is right for your machine, see your Janome dealer

Watch How To Use The Closed Toe Foot To Do FMQ

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Monday, 31 October 2011 05:00

Modern Quilt Guild Announces Winner of Horizon 7700QCP

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300-project-modern-quilt-guild-logoProject Modern wraps up a year of amazing quilts and an exciting Janome America Sweepstakes

Just over a year ago, we signed on as a sponsor of the Modern Quilt Guild's Project Modern, a year long series of exciting quilting challenges. Each of the four challenges had a unique theme, but they all focused on the entrants coming up with their own designs or a unique modern spin on a traditional design. The Modern Quilt Guild's goal is to offer inspiration to its members to reinterpret conventional quilting designs with a minimalist sensibility.

From September 2010 to September 2011, while MQG members amazed us with their incredibly unique quilt creations, Janome America put up a Horizon 7700QCP as the prize of a concurrent Sweepstakes on the MQG blog.

The winners of the fourth and final challenge were just announced. And, then the lucky winner of the Janome America Horizon Sweepstakes was drawn. Heather Freeman of Columbus Ohio takes home the Memory Craft Horizon 7700QCP. Congratulations, Heather! Enjoy your modern quilting on this incredible machine.

The Modern Quilt Guild movement has local chapters around the country and world. Find out more about the organizations near you... or how you can start one of your own.

More About The Modern Quilt Guild

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Friday, 28 October 2011 05:00

Free Motion Quilting: A 3-part Series by Sarah Ann Smith: Part 3

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298-sarah-ann-smith-free-motion-quilting-part3Troubleshooting Tips for Free Motion Quilting

Over the past two weeks, we have shared a series of Free Motion Quilting articles by Thread and Quilting expert Sarah Ann Smith. Today, in our final installment, Sarah gives her tips for troubleshooting when something goes awry while quilting.

Being an expert on free motion quilting means spending a fair amount of time diagnosing machine, thread, and other problems. Sarah has boiled troubleshooting down to a simple, five-step process. Click below to read more. If you missed them, be sure to check out Sarah's previous articles: Design and Technical Considerations for Free Motion Quliting and Free Motion Quilting Technique.

Get Troubleshooting Tips

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Thursday, 27 October 2011 05:00

Bold Fall Lines: A New Pieced Pillow Project from Alissa Haight Carlton

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297-pieced-pillow-project-alissa-haight-carltonBold Design and Simple Piecing join in one Fabulous Home Decor Project

One exciting new addition to the quilting world in recent years has been the emergence of the Modern Quilting Movement. This new aesthetic has its roots in traditional quilting techniques, but seeks to reinterpret conventional quilting designs with a minimalist sensibility. The movement has organizations around the country and world through local chapters of the Modern Quilt Guild.

We are excited to bring this fantastic Modern Quilted Pillow project to you, compliments of Alissa Haight Carlton, a co-founder and president of the Modern Quilt Guild. Alissa created this pillow in colors to celebrate fall, but any contrasting solids will work with the design. If you love this style, be sure to check out Alissa's previous project for the Janome website, the Quilted Spring Pillow.

Find more Modern Quilting inspiration at Alissa's website, and be sure to look for her New Book, Modern Minimal coming soon from Stash books!

Make the Pillow

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