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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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Wednesday, 26 October 2011 05:00

Computerized Cuteness - Introducing Hello Kitty 18750

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296-hello-kitty-18750-newDon't let the cute graphics fool you. This is a fully capable machine.

Under the adorable graphics is a full-featured machine with computerized power and stitch precision.

Sewing has a whimsical and playful side. And when you first see this machine, you have to smile. But when you sit down to sew on it, you'll smile even more.

The Hello Kitty 18750 computerized sewing and quilting machine features 50 stitches, including 3 one-step buttonholes, which you can quickly select using the backlit LCD display. The machine has sewing speeds up to 820 stitches per minute, with excellent precision thanks in part to a 7-piece feed dog and the jam-proof horizontal full-rotary bobbin.

Relax your pedal foot and use the Start/Stop button. Use the Locking Stitch button at the end of your stitch or the Easy Reverse button. 

Other time-saving features include: a one-hand needle threader, a thread cutter, memorized needle up/down, and a convenient drop feed.

The Hello Kitty 18750 is the big sister to the compact Hello Kitty 15822. Play with them both at your local Janome dealer.

Find Out More About The Hello Kitty 18750

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Tuesday, 25 October 2011 05:00

Video: Creating A Blind Hem With The Adjustable Blind Hem Foot G

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277-creating-blind-hem-adjustable-blind-hem-foot-g-videoThe adjustable flange lets you accurately set the "bite" of your stitch.

The blind hem stitch is one of the most popular hidden stitches. When you use it to hem the bottom of your drapes or a pair of pants, it gives your project a professional finish because it's virtually invisible.

A blind hem is sewn by folding and pressing the hem and then folding it back close to where you want to sew the seam. Then you sew along the wrong side of your fabric, using the flange on the foot to guide you along the fold.

The Adjustable Blind Hem Foot G makes it easy to create beautiful blind hems. And it has an adjustable flange so you can determine how close to the edge you want to make your stitch.

How To Create A Blind Hem

  1. First, using the standard foot on your machine, finish the raw edge of your hem by folding it over and sewing with a straight stitch.
  2. Snap on the Blind Hem Foot G.
  3. Choose the appropriate blind hem stitch for the type of fabric your project requires.
  4. Once you've measured your hem, fold your fabric again so that your initial fold is just showing.
  5. Place the edge of your fold against the flange and sew. You can adjust the stitch width to minimize the bite.
  6. Sew your blind hem seam.


When you're finished you have a true blind hem.

To see a demonstration of this technique, watch Adjustable Blind Hem Foot Video: Creating A Blind Hem.

Adjustable Blind Hem Foot G fits all top loading Janome sewing machines. For front loading machines, use Adjustable Blind Hem Foot G (front loading). For help making sure you have the right presser foot, ask your local Janome dealer.

Watch How To Sew A Blind Hem

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Monday, 24 October 2011 05:00

Introducing Hello Kitty 15822

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295-hello-kitty-15822-newThis little Kitty is so cute, you HAVE to take it home.

Actually, don't let the cutness fool you. This is a real sewing machine--just in a compact size. 

With a weight of only 14 pounds and a width of just 14¬Ĺ", the Hello Kitty 15822 sewing machine has a size and weight that makes it easy to take with you. It comes with 22 built-in stretch and utility stitches, including a one-step buttonhole. And it sews them out at up to 650 stitches per minute.

The machine also features a free arm and has a built-in thread cutter. Most importantly, it has Janome's vertical oscillating bobbin and a three-piece feed dog for excellent stitch quality.

Did you ever wonder where Hello Kitty came from? She was created in 1974 by the Japanese company Sanrio. Her name in Japanese "Haro Kiti" means "Kitty White." Kitty first came to the US in 1976, adorning a vinyl coin purse.

Try out the new Hello Kitty 15822 at your nearest Janome dealer. This machine would make a great gift for a young sewist or someone who just loves cut things.

Find Out More About The Hello Kitty 15822

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Friday, 21 October 2011 05:00

Free Motion Quilting: A 3-part Series by Sarah Ann Smith: Part 2

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293-sarah-ann-smith-free-motion-quilting-part2Get 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!).

Start Free Motion Quliting!

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Thursday, 20 October 2011 05:00

2011 Is Janome Tokyo's 90th Anniversary: Watch Our History Video

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294-2011-janome-tokyo-90th-anniversary-videoBack 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.

Watch The History Of Janome Video

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