Sewn With Love: Kait Witte's Swingy Summer Dress
A few alterations made it a project to love.
Kait Witte, who blogs about sewing at ThreadAndBobbin.com, sent us pictures and the story behind her latest creation--this adorable summer dress.
She made the dress on her Janome Memory Craft 5200 sewing machine, using a pattern from McCall's. With a few simple changes she made it a project to love.
Introducing The JNH2030DC
Creative sewing meets intelligent design.
Do you love a machine with thoughtful planning and sleek design? How about simple to use, yet versatile for a wide range of sewing? If you've answered 'yes' to any of the above, then you're going to love the newest addition to the Janome family: the JNH2030DC.
30 built-in decorative and utility stitches, including 3 automatic buttonholes provide the basics, but it doesn't end there! Designed to tackle all of your sewing challenges, this machine gives you what you need to get your sewing projects done: A Free Arm ensures any range of projects are done with ease, and the extended needle plate and seven piece feed dog provide the precision that Janome stitches are known for.
The JNH2030DC has a wide range of easy convenience features, including a start/stop button, speed control slider, locking stitch button, and easy reverse. You'll even find bigger machine features, like Adjustable Foot Pressure and an Extended Free Arm. At just 12 pounds it's easily portable, and a soft cover is included.
Visit your Janome Dealer to check one out today!
Video: Edge Stitching With The Adjustable Blind Hem Foot
The adjustable guide on this foot makes it easy.
Edge stitching is a row of stitching that's done very close to the edge of your fabric. It's often used on garments.
When you're sewing that close to the edge--usually 1/8" inch or less--you need some sort of guide to keep your seam a consistent distance. You can do this with the Adjustable Blind Hem Foot G.
This foot has an adjustable guide that allows you to stitch close to the edge with extreme accuracy.
Creating Edge Stitching
- Turn the dial on the Adjustable Blind Him Foot G to adjust the flange out.
- Choose a straight stitch.
- Using the flange as a guide for your fabric, sew your seam.
Now you have a perfectly finished edge stitch.
To see a brief video demonstration of this technique, watch Adjustable Blind Hem Foot Video: Easy Edge Stitching.
Something Big Is Coming
We can say very little other than this is something big!
Soon, your Janome Dealer will have big news about what's coming. Register online to receive details about our exciting new machine. Registered visitors will be among the very first to witness the arrive. Register today, and follow along as The Journey Continues.
Travel in Style This Summer with Cute Storage Projects from Sew4Home
Great storage projects from Sew4Home to Travel Tidy this season.
It's time to pack your bags and venture off on vacation. But... you can't face new adventures without a bag full of your familiar stuff!
Our friends at Sew4Home, where Janome is a proud sponsor, have come up with a series of nine travel accessories created in Anna Maria Horner's beautiful new Loulouthi fabric collection for Free Sprit Fabrics.
Pretty Pom Pom Pillow Project
Three Cheers for this unique project featuring Yarn Embroidery and Pom Poms!
There are so many accessories to make your sewing easier and more enjoyable, it's hard to know which to choose. Today's project features two accessories that we love: The Janome Brush Out Yarn Embroidery Set and Clover Pom Pom Makers.
Yarn embroidery is perfect for adding a dimensional effect to an ordinary embroidery design. When using it with one of the very basic line drawings from the built-in designs on your Janome embroidery machine, as we have here, it is amazing the new effects that can be achieved. You can make this pillow, or use the instructions as a base for creating your own unique geometric effects in your next project!
Check Out Our Christmas in July Special Offers Before They Melt Away
Just a few more weeks to save on Sewing, Quilting and Embroidery Packages.
Hurry in to your participating Janome America dealer by July 31, 2011 and check out our 11 great gift with purchase deals on everything from embroidery powerhouses, like the Memory Craft 11000 Special Edition and MB-4 to sergers to entry level favorites. There's something for everyone to jump start your projects for the holidays and more!
Video: Attaching Sequins With The Ribbon-Sequin Foot
You can use this foot to attach sequins two different ways.
The Ribbon/Sequin Foot has a slot at the front for feeding through ribbon, strings of sequins, or elastic.
If you want to attach sequins, you can choose two different methods and stitches--with a zigzag or a straight stitch. With the zigzag stitch the needle will penetrate on either side of the sequins, causing the thread to cross back and forth over the top. The straight stitch option has the needle penetrate the sequins to hold them in place.
How To Attach Sequins With A Zigzag
- To use a zigzag stitch, attach the foot and feed the sequins through the slot at the front.
- Choose a zigzag stitch and make it as wide as possible. Choose a long stitch length so you cover the sequins with as little thread as possible.
- Begin sewing at a slow speed, guiding the fabric and making sure the sequins are feeding evenly. You'll notice that the zigzag stitch goes over the sequins rather than piercing them.
Hint: Using a thread that's the same color as the sequins will also help hide the stitches.
Attaching Sequins With A Straight Stitch
- Set up the foot and feed the sequins through as described above.
- Choose a straight stitch and select a long stitch length to make the fewest possible holes in the sequins.
- Begin sewing at a slow speed.
To see both these methods demonstrated, watch Ribbon/Sequin Foot Video: Attaching Sequins.
The Ribbon/Sequin Foot is compatible with most Janome sewing machines. See your local Janome Dealer if you have any questions.
Terrific Technique: Using Twin Needles to Create a Decorative Background for Embroidery
A Simple Tip to Create a Unique Background
Dimensional backgrounds add depth and interest to your sewing work, and they are especially effective when embroidery is placed on top.
Creating this kind of background is easy with your Janome sewing machine and a Twin Needle. The background helps the embroidery to 'pop', and it allows you to customize the colors of the embroidery - you might use complementary or matching thread for cohesion, or choose a contrasting color to liven things up!
This technique looks great with embroidery, but you can use it with decorative stitching, or in any kind of project where you want to add a bit more interest to your fabric.
- Any Janome Sewing machine that can use a twin needle
- Satin Stitch Foot F
- Janome embroidery thread in complimentary or contrasting colors
- Stabilized fabric
- 4mm twin needle 4.0/90
Create the Background
- Set up your sewing machine for ordinary sewing.
- Attach Satin Stitch foot F.
- Insert twin needle.
- Select a triple stretch stitch.
- sew straign lines on the fabric, always sewing in the same direction. Use the edge of the foot as a guide to give the same distance between each line.
- Further embellish the area with embroidery designs, decorative stitches as desired.
What You Need To Know About Needles: Ball Point
The rounded needle tip keeps fibers from shredding.
There are some sewing situations where having a very sharp tip on your needle is not a good thing.
For example, when you're sewing knits or stretch fabrics. In these cases, a sharp tip can cut or shred the fibers, leaving needle holes in your fabric.
This is when you want to use the Janome Ball Point Needle. It has a slightly rounded tip (ball point) to push between the fibers instead of cutting them.
The head of the Ball Point Needle has a combination of both a slightly bulged eye and a reduced blade over the eye, giving it a "snake's head" shape. The bulged eye opens a slightly larger space in the material and the thinner blade reduces contact between the needle and the fabric. This keeps the needle from heating up, preventing skipped stitches.
Additionally, the scarf of the needle is deeper allowing for a larger loop for forming the stitch, another guard against skipped stitches.
Choose your needle size based on the weight of the fabric. Janome Ball Point needles are available in Size 11, Size 14, and assorted size packs (11 and 14). They are compatible with all Janome sewing machines and can be found at your local Janome Dealer.
And don't forget to start each new project with a new needle.
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