What Will Be This Fall's Big Color Trends?
And how do they come up with the fabric pallette forecast?
Fall is when the latest fashions make their debut. But it's also when the people who monitor style come up with their predictions for the trendiest color combinations for the following year. We'll see them in clothing, on furniture, and at the fabric store.
You might suspect otherwise, but there's no single authority that hands down a verdict on what colors many of the big retailers will be carrying in their fall lines. And, like a weather report, the predictions are updated as collections are rolled out.
Fashionising.com has been monitoring two different color forecasts, one for clothing and one for textiles. (See the actual colors on their blog.) But where they get their info is also interesting.
For the garment industry, they get their fall/winter 2011 colour trends from Design Options, a trend forecasting company from Southern California.
For textiles, they get their predictions from Spin Expo, an international trade fair for yarns, fibres, knitwear and knitted fabrics that is held in both New York and Shanghai.
Video: Sewing High Loft Batting With The Even Feed Foot (Walking Foot)
This foot will help you to quilt through thick layers with ease.
Thick batting makes for a wonderfully full quilt. But when you try to stitch multiple layers--especially if they're thick--they tend to shift, with the layers nearest the feed dogs getting out ahead.
To solve this problem you use a foot that feeds the fabric from the top at exactly the same pace as the bottom. You want to use the Even Feed Foot (also called the Walking Foot). Using upper feed dogs, it walks both layers through at the same speed so you end up with perfectly matching ends.
Using The Even Feed Foot To Quilt High Loft Batting
- To install the foot, you must first remove the foot and ankle of the All-Purpose foot.
- In order for the Even Feed foot to work, the bar must be placed above the needle screw.
- Then tighten the foot screw to ensure it is properly seated on the machine.
- Choose a straight stitch. We're sewing on high loft batting so we've adjusted the stitch length to 2.8.
- As you sew, the feed dogs on the foot pull the fabric through at the same rate as the feed dogs underneath.
When you're done, you have nice even stitches.
To see this demonstrated watch Even Feed Foot (Walking Foot) Video: Sewing High Loft Batting.
See your Janome Dealer to find out which one will work with your machine.
The Horizon MC12000: Check It Out Online Now; See It In Person At Your Dealer 10/1
Try out the new machine at your Janome dealer in just 3 weeks.
But to get the full details on how the MC12000 will change the way you sew, quilt, and embroider, you need to see it in person. And talk to someone who's been trained on it.
On Saturday, October 1st, the Horizon Memory Craft 12000 will arrive at certified Janome Dealers. They've just completed comprehensive training on the machine and will be able to answer your questions and guide you through a sewing demo.
It's been a lot of fun reading the blog posts of dealers who just returned from Orlando, FL where they saw and tried out the new machine for the first time. They're excited to get the MC12000 in their stores.
So make sure you get to see it on 10/1. Check with your local dealer to make sure they're certified to sell the MC12000 and find out what they'll be doing for "opening day."
Sew4Home's Lil' Boy's Storybook Bedroom Is A Classic
Vintage, Retro, Old School... or simply, "Hey, I remember that!"
Designs with a nostalgic flavor go by many names, but are universally appealing. Over at Sew4Home they've started a darling new series of projects called called Storybook Bedroom. All eight of the projects use wonderfully nostalgic Lil' Rascals fabric by Chloe's Closet (courtesy of Moda Fabrics).
From a chubby-cheeked cowboy to a bespectacled pug dog to a mischievous monkey... the characters of Lil' Rascals are all up to something. The eight tutorials are designed to outfit a toddler's bedroom--they envisioned a boy's room--but this collection's soft color palette and playful designs would work for any lil' rascal in your life.
Lil' Rascals Projects Available So Far
- Bedroom Picturebook Caddy
- Learn-to-Spell Alphabet Bunting
- Bound & Personalized Blanket
- Sleepytime Pillowcases
- Ukelele Throw Pillow
There will be three more projects in this theme so check back at Sew4Home.com.
Sew4Home recommends several different Janome sewing machines for these projects, including the HD3000, Jem Gold 3, and Memory Craft 6300. For embroidery they recommend the Memory Craft 11000 Special Edition. And for a serger the Magnolia 7034D.
Sewn With Love: Tina Dana's Dino Quilt
How'd you like to nap with the dinosaurs?
There are so many great embroidery designs out on the Internet. And when you have the Memory Craft 11000 Special Edition, you can just download them to a thumb drive and load them into your machine for embroidery.
That's what Tina Dana of Lakeland, FL when she made this adorable baby quilt for one of her former students.
Video: Installing A Lap Zipper With The Narrow Base Zipper Foot
No need to fear zippers. Just use this foot and follow these simple steps.
The flexibility of the Narrow Base Zipper Foot makes close sewing easy. By loosening the screw on the back, you can move the foot to either side of the needle, adjusting how close you'd like it to be.
Because it lets you get in close, this foot is handy for a number of technqiues, such as installing pre-strung beads or piping. And, of course, zippers.
How To Install A Lap Zipper
- First, sew the seam where you'd like the zipper to be located.
- Attach the Zipper Foot to your machine. Loosen the screw and move the foot to the right of the needle then re-tighten.
- Choose a straight stitch.
- To first attach your zipper, position it teeth-down with the edge of the tape lined up with the seam allowance. Align your project so the needle is in the middle of the zipper tape. Sew all the way down the zipper.
- Move the foot to the left side of the needle.
- Turn the zipper over and fold the edge of the fabric back to the edge of the teeth. Sew a seam close to the edge of the fold.
- Open up your fabric and lay it flat. Move the Zipper Foot to the right side of the needle. And sew a seam close to the zipper teeth.
- When you've sewn the length of the zipper, remove the stitching on your original seam and you now have a lap zipper installed.
To see this demonstrated, watch Zipper Foot - Narrow Base (High Shank) Video: Installing A Lap Zipper.
This demonstration is with the high shank version of this foot. If you have a low shank model, you can use Zipper Foot-Narrow Base (low shank machines). Ask your Janome Dealer about which version works with your machine.
The Creative Journey Starts Here!
The Horizon Memory Craft 12000 will expand your sewing, quilting and embroidery to new horizons.
With a 15" embossed stainless steel plate in the bed and 11" to the right of the needle, it has the most workspace of any Janome. It has the largest, most stable embroidery system we’ve ever developed. And an amazing list of new features.
The Horizon Memory Craft 12000 will change the way you create, and make the creative journey more enjoyable than ever before.
Real-Time PC Connection With Horizon Link™
Create and edit designs on the touchscreen in real time on your computer. Use your mouse to drag, drop and edit. This means your editing screen can be as large as your computer monitor. Or take your laptop with you to edit on the go.
AcuFeed Flex™ Layered Fabric Feeding System
Our AcuFeed™ system has been a favorite among quilters for its amazing precision and power. Now it’s even better. AcuFeed Flex™ is easy to remove and comes in two widths with multiple feet to address different tasks.
Create Your Own Stitches
Design your own original decorative stitches from scratch. Using the Stitch Composer,™ it’s easy. And your Memory Craft 12000 can use your new creation just like one of its own built-in stitches, altering length and width and adding it to combinations.
The Linear Motion Embroidery System™
It slips neatly onto the back of your machine to give you a bigger embroidery area than ever before, with even greater accuracy. So discreet and sleek, you can leave it attached for regular sewing. And it’s the only home-use sewing machine to allow Free Arm embroidery.
Then there's the 9mm Stitch Width, Auto Presser Foot Lift, One Step Needle Plate Conversion, Variable Width Zigzag during FMQ, and so much more.
Janome Horizon Memory Craft 12000
It's finally here. The machine that will change the way you quilt, sew and embroider.
The Horizon Memory Craft 12000 was unveiled before a worldwide audience in Orlando, FL. It features major new capabilities not available on any other machine, as well as many "firsts" for a Janome.
The result of years of work at Janome's Research & Development Center, the Horizon Memory Craft 12000 is the beginning of a whole new journey.
Check back on Tuesday for complete details and the date it will be available at your local Janome dealer.
The New Machine Is Unveiled Tomorrow!
Registration to see the video closes today.
Today, Janome dealers and representatives from Janome subsidiaries around the world are flying into Orlando, FL.
Tomorrow night, more than 1,200 of them will gather in the Cypress Ballroom at the Orlando World Center Marriott Resort, where they will be poised on the edge of their seats for the live unveiling of the new Janome flagship sewing machine.
But minutes later, you could be seeing it too--if you register to see the unveiling video online. Simply go to The Journey Continues and register your email address.
Then, shortly after 8 PM Eastern time on Saturday, we will email you a link where you can watch the complete video introduction.
The registration form will be closing today. So don't wait to sign up.
Stolen Janome Machines: Watch For These Serial Numbers
Make sure you don't buy one of these MC11000s.
Earlier this summer, a shipment containing Janome Memory Craft 11000 Special Edition sewing machines was stolen from a trucking company yard while awaiting transit to the Janome warehouse in New Jersey.
Janome has identified the serial numbers of the 215 stolen machines, and is currently cooperating with state and local authorities and their insurance company examiners who are investigating the crime.
It is illegal to purchase stolen property. So please be sure you check the serial number before you buy a new or used Memory Craft 11000. If you come across one that you believe is stolen, please contact Janome, using the the information on this page.
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