Specialty Sewing Is Easier With Specialty Feet. Learn The Tricks.
These popular feet help you get more out of your machine.
Specialty sewing feet are like the tool kit for your sewing machine. For just about any kind of sewing technqiue, there's a specialty presser foot to make it easier. (In fact, sometimes there are more than one.) And even the most basic machine can use many of these helpful feet.
For example, you could probably attach binding without using the Binder Foot, but why would you want to? Once it's set up, this handy foot folds the binding and feeds it along the edge of your fabric right where it needs to go under the needle. You get much better results--and a lot more binding done.
Here are techniques you can do with five of the most popular specialty feet from our site. Along with each one is a link to the video tutorial on how to use it.
Attaching bias binding with the Binder Foot: Use this foot to apply pre-folded bias binding tape or bias tape you have cut yourself to the edge of fabric in one easy step.
-Watch Binder Foot Video: Attaching 1/2" Binding
Create ruffles and pleats with the Ultimate Ruffler: This design allows fabric to be ruffled or pleated to the desired fullness quickly and easily and also has the capability to vary the sizes of ruffles.
-Watch The Ultimate Ruffler Video: Creating Ruffles And Pleats
Stitch in a perfect circle with the Circular Sewing Attachment: This is not a presser foot. But it does allow you to sew a perfect circle or combination of circles using decorative or straight stitches.
-Watch Circular Sewing Attachment Video: Stitching In Circles
Do free motion quilting with the Open Toe Free Motion Foot: Part of the Open Toe Quilt Set, this foot allows you to do free motion techniques with an unobstructed view of your needle.
-Watch Open-Toe Quilt Set (High Shank) Video: Using The Free Motion Foot
Make professional looking rolled hems with the Hemmer Foot Set: Creates straight, professional rolled hems on light to medium weight fabrics up to 6mm or 4mm. The channel guide holds the rolled fabric and allows for a straighter hem.
-Watch Hemmer Foot Set Video: Create Professional Rolled Hems
Video: Miniature Piecing With The Clear View Quilting Foot And Guide Set
Sometimes you need to see through your presser foot.
When you're doing miniature quilt piecing, it can be a real challenge to get that 1/8" seam allowance with a regular metal foot.
So Janome created the Clear View Quilting Foot (part of the Clear View Quilting Foot And Guide Set). Made from a material that's see-through, it has red lines that make it easy to line up your 1/4" and 1/8" seam allowances.
The foot set comes with two different guides. But for miniature piecing, you'll just use the foot by itself.
Miniature Piecing With The Clear View Quilting Foot
- Attach the quilt foot to your machine and choose a straight stitch.
- Align your fabric with the eighth inch red guide line. And begin sewing.
- Keep your eye on the red line as you guide your fabric.
You'll get a perfect eighth inch seam every time.
To see this demonstrated watch Clear View Quilting Foot Set Video: Miniature Piecing.
Sewing Heavy Fall Fabrics? The HD Series Is Here To Help!
Get sturdy stitching on a lightweight machine.
With autumn just around the corner we're all thinking of projects with heavier fabrics--window coverings to keep in the heat, garments to keep out the chill, and of course nice thick quilts.
Thick fabrics, especially where they fold into layers, can be a challenge for any sewing machine. Not only is your motor working harder to make the needle penetrate the fabric, the whole stability of your machine is tested as it moves the heavy material through.
Janome created the HD3000 and HD1000 sewing machines just for this purpose. The HD stands for "Heavy Duty," starting with the metal exterior and going all the way down to the metal components inside. The HD series machines are built to take on your heavy fabrics without being heavy themselves.
At less than 19lbs. the HD3000 features 19 stitches (including a one-step buttonhole), 6.5 mm stitch width, built-in needle threader, free arm, and Janome's 7 piece feed dog system. Even more affordable, but still heavy duty, the HD1000 has 14 stitches and a 5 mm stitch width.
Visit your local Janome dealer as ask to try out one of the HD machines on some sturdy fall fabric.
The New Machine Reveal Is Only One Week Away!
The hurricane missed Florida, but there's something else BIG headed to Orlando next week!
On the evening of Saturday, September 3rd, in a ballroom filled with over 1,200 dealers and VIPs from around the globe, Janome will proudly unveil a machine that has been in the works for years. A new machine that has set a new standard for precision, advanced features and easy-of-use. Immediately after the event, the machine will be unveiled to you!
If... you've registered.
Sewn With Love: Stacy Foster's Colorful Tote
You'll never guess what she carries around in this colorful bag.
The great thing about sewing is you can make any project fit exactly what you need. So when Stacy Foster couldn't find ad suitable bag to take her pistol and other equipment to the shooting range, she made this great looking bag with a perfectly size pocket for each item.
Not only is it functional, but we bet nobody would ever guess what's she's carrying in it.
Janome Heritage: The Jem
Proof that a sewing machine could be petite AND reliable.
Near the end of 1998 Janome came out with a small sewing machine that turned out to be a big hit. It was called the Jem 639.
It didn't have a a lot of bells and whistles: 9 stitches, a four-step buttonhole, and a thread cutter. But it had two things going for it that soon made it popular with quilters. It only weighed about 12 lbs., so you could easily take it to quilting class. And it had excellent stitch quality, so you didn't feel bad about leaving your big machine at home.
While many "mini" size machines were made with plastic gearing and a flimsy body, the Jem had metal gears and the rigidity necessary to create accurate stitches. It was all the quality of Janome in a smaller package.
In the years since the original Jem was released, Janome has created other Jem models that share the same small size and big quality: Jem Gold, Jem Gold 2, and Jem Platinum series.
Today, you can get great sew-on-the-go reliability with the Jem Gold 3 (includes a free quilting kit), the Jem Platinum 760 (60 stitches and 5 one-step buttonholes), and the Jem Gold Plus (with a built-in Light Serging System). See your local Janome dealer to try a Jem today.
Video: Creating A Blind Hem With The Rotary Even Foot
Creating this stitch on "difficult" fabrics is a lot less difficult with this foot.
The blind hem is one of the most-used stitches in sewing, whether you're doing garments, home décor, or other projects. As you might have guessed from the name, it's a stitch you use to make a hem along the bottom of your skirt or curtain when you don't want the stitching to be seen.
There are a number of Janome feet you can use to make blind hems (like Blind Hem Foot G). But if you want to sew this stitch on stretchy fabrics, jersey and knitted fabrics, or hard to feed materials, like leather or vinyl – you want to use the Rotary Even Foot™.
This foot has two little tractor treads that feed your fabric smoothy under the needle.
Making A Blind Hem With The Rotary Even Foot™
- First, install the Blind Hem guide on the foot: Loosen and remove the screw on on the Rotary Foot, slide the attachment into place and tighten the screw. (Be sure the guide is just to the left of the two red lines.)
- Snap the foot onto your machine and choose a Blind Hem stitch.
- Fold and press the raw edge of your fabric. Fold it to the width of your hem and press it again. Then fold it back to within about ¼" of your original fold.
- Position your fabric against the guide on the foot and begin sewing.
Note: You'll want to use matching thread so your Blind Hem Stitch won't show.
To see this demonstrated, watch Rotary Even Foot Video: Creating A Blind Hem.
The Horizon 7700QCP Continues To Win Rave Reviews
Quilters and sewists love this machine and they're happy to share about it.
With its extra large sewing bed and wonderful stitch quality, the Horizon Memory Craft 7700QCP was designed to give you the best possible sewing and quilting experience.
It's great to know it's living up to its purpose. On a weekly basis we see Horizon owners posting on the web about how much they love their machine.
Here are just a few of the quotes we've seen from forums and review sites:
"I am a very satisfied Horizon owner! I love the extra harp space, the free arm, and all the other extras. I have had no problems with my machine and I use it almost all day every day! I've had it 4 months now and I am so happy I picked this machine."
"Love it....spent the first day doing samples of all the different stitches it can do. Still haven't finished them all!"
"I've had the 7700 for a year and I do love it! The way it FMQs is outstanding to say the least. The extra harp space is really super when moving the quilt around."
"I do love the Horizon and would buy it again in a heartbeat. . . It's great to have the features on it for if and when I need them."
"The quality of the stitches is the best I've seen in any Janome I have owned. The straight stitch is perfect in my opinion. There is a large quantity of stitches on the machine."
"I love my Horizon You will love yours too."
But don't just take their word for it. Go and try a Horizon at your local Janome Dealer.
A Modern Nursery Series At Sew4Home
Eight new projects to inspire you.
Our creative friends at Sew4Home.com, where Janome America is a sponsor, just posted eight great nursery projects: curtains, a baby quilt, tissue box cover, appliqué pillows, storage basket, and all the crib linens: bumpers, pleated skirt and fitted sheet. This fun series was designed using Michael Miller Fabrics new Color Story concept. Sew4Home chose the Citron-Gray Color Story for their modern baby boy nursery. It is a wonderfully happy yet soothing palette, and the sleek geometric shapes of the motifs create a trendy, upscale look that mom and dad will appreciate as much as baby.
What's New With "The Janome Gals" At SewingGood.com?
Nothing much. They've just been sewing on the new machine.
Yes, the group of friends we call "the Janome Gals" have finished their nursery project for the foster family. And yes, they used the new, top-secret machine.
You can read their blog posts about it over at SewingGood.com.
Of course, they were sworn to secrecy on the actual details of the machine but you can see photos of some of their completed items and read about what it was like to work together on a "sewing good" project.
If you're not familiar with the Janome Gals, they're a group of friends who were looking for a charity project they could sew together. We worked with them to help complete the project as part of the roll out of our new machine. You'll hear more about them when we unveil the new machine on September 3rd. You can register here to see the new machine video minutes after it's unveiled to the world.
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