Modern Quilt Guild Announces Winner of Horizon 7700QCP
Project 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.
Free Motion Quilting: A 3-part Series by Sarah Ann Smith: Part 3
Troubleshooting 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.
Bold Fall Lines: A New Pieced Pillow Project from Alissa Haight Carlton
Bold 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.
Computerized Cuteness - Introducing Hello Kitty 18750
Don'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.
Video: Creating A Blind Hem With The Adjustable Blind Hem Foot G
The 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
- 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.
- Snap on the Blind Hem Foot G.
- Choose the appropriate blind hem stitch for the type of fabric your project requires.
- Once you've measured your hem, fold your fabric again so that your initial fold is just showing.
- Place the edge of your fold against the flange and sew. You can adjust the stitch width to minimize the bite.
- 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.
Introducing Hello Kitty 15822
This 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 14½", 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.
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.
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