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Wednesday, 22 January 2014 00:00

Video: Sewing Vinyl And Velvet With The Roller Foot

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229-sewing-vinyl-velvet-roller-foot-videoThe roller gives this foot better traction on shifty fabrics, and keeps it moving smoothly over sticky fabrics.

The Roller Foot gets its name from the little internal roller that helps feed "difficult" fabrics under your needle. It gives you better traction when sewing slippery materials like chiffon, velvet, and organza. And it keeps potentially sticky materials like leather and vinyl moving along.

You simply snap the foot on your sewing machine and sew like you normally would. To see this foot demonstrated watch Roller Foot Video: Sewing Vinyl And Velvet

The Roller Foot comes in two sizes, a 7 millimeter width for Horizontal Rotary Hook models and a 5 millimeter width for Oscillating Hook machines.

To find out which one is right for your machine, see your local Janome Dealer.

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Friday, 17 January 2014 00:00

Home Squared Pillow featuring the Font-Tastic Embroidery Collection from Artistic

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Make this Home-y Pillow using the Font-Tastic Embroidery Design Collection from Artistic and Michael Miller Fabrics. 

881-homesqauredIt's easy to spell out your love for home with these whimsical embroidered fonts, inspired by Michael Miller Fabrics. Add a pieced border and you have a font-tastic addition to your home decor!

The Font-Tastic Embroidery collection features 26 designs, one for each letter of the alphabet. You can check out the embroidery collection here, and learn more about the coordinating fabric line from Michael Miller Fabrics here. Artistic offers a full line of embroidery designs - visit the website to see them all, and find more inspiring projects in our Free online flipbook: Inspired Embroidery Volume 1

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Thursday, 16 January 2014 00:00

New Serger Video: Applying Beads with the Beading Attachment

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Applying beading to the edge of a project is easy with the 1100D serger and Beading Attachment. 

880-beadingfootThe Beading Foot and Beading Attachment easily allow you to apply beads to a folded edge. This technique is perfect for bridal wear, home dec sewing, or any project with a beaded edge.

Our video showcases the 1100D serger, but this foot is available for use with the any Janome serger. For a showcase of all Janome sergers videos, click here. Contact your Local Janome Dealer for details on this foot, and all of the accessories available for specialty serger techniques.

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Wednesday, 15 January 2014 00:00

Introducing: The Janome DC2014

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The perfect machine for all sewing tasks is arriving now at your Local Janome Dealer: The Janome Decor Computer 2014. 

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If you're in the market for a solid, computerized machine for garment sewing, quilting, home dec, or scrapbooking in 2014 -- take a look at the DC2014.

It continues the Janome tradition of offering a nice set of computerized features and exceptional stitch quality at a great price.

The DC2014 comes with fifty stitches, including three buttonholes. The backlit LED screen indicates which stitch you've selected, and easy navigation buttons help you quickly set width and length.

You'll also find a variety of easy convenience features, including an auto-lock button, easy reverse, a speed control slider, and a one-hand needle threader. And the front storage container slides off to give you a free arm.

The DC2014 was designed to deliver the stability and dependability you'd expect from a high end machine, allowing you to sew with precision and confidence. Optional accessories include all of the essential Janome presser feet.

See the new Decor Computer 2014 at your local Janome dealer.

Find out More about the DC2014

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Monday, 13 January 2014 00:00

Video: Free Motion Channel Quilting With The Clear View Foot

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It's important to see your needle when you're tracing around a shape with free motion quilting. 

322-video-free-motion-channel-quilting-with-the-clear-view-footThe fun of free motion quilting is the freedom to draw any shape you like with thread. One of the accessories that helps you explore that creativity is the Free Motion Quilt Foot Set, Convertible (High Shank), also called the Convertible Free Motion Quilt Foot Set (High Shank).

The set has three different feet attachments:

  • 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. This is the one that gives you the best visibility as you do echo quilting--tracing around a shape with free motion quilting.

     

How To Use The Clear View Foot For Free Motion Channel Quilting

  1. Before putting the foot on your machine, first install the Clear View attachment. Loosen the screw on the side of the foot. Slide off the current attachment. And slide on the Clear View attachment. Then re-tighten the screw.
  2. To install the foot on your machine, loosen the presser foot screw and remove the existing foot and ankle on your machine. Then attach the Free Motion Quilt foot to the machine and tighten the screw.
  3. Lower the presser foot and adjust the screw on the right so that the bottom of the foot just skims your fabric.
  4. Choose a straight stitch.
  5. Drop the feed dog. You may also choose to use the optional straight stitch needle plate.


Now you're ready to trace around an object with FMQ.

To see this demonstrated watch Free Motion Quilt Foot Set Video: Free Motion Channel Quilting With The Clear View Foot.

The Free Motion Quilt Foot Set, Convertible (High Shank) is made, of course, for high shank sewing machines. If you have a low shank machine, use the Free Motion Quilt Foot Set, Convertible (Low Shank). Ask your Janome Dealer to help you get the right one for your machine.

Watch Free Motion Channel Quilting Video

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Friday, 10 January 2014 00:00

Cabin Fever Project Book

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It's Winter Time and the Sewing is Cozy!

877-flipbook-LogoThe temperatures outside have certainly been frightful, but it's been a great excuse to stay in the warmth and sew! Our designers have certainly been busy, and we are excited to bring you seven brand new projects that are perfect for cold winter sewing. 

We've incorporated instructions for using some of our favorite accessories, like the Piping Foot to create detail, the Ultra Glide Foot for sewing with vinyl, and some of the great built-in embroidery designs from the Horizon Memory Craft 15000.

Looking for a new machine to cure the winter blues? Stop in at your participating Janome Dealer soon, and take advantage of incredible savings on some of our best products!

In the meantime, check out our Cabin Fever Sewing Project Flipbook and get inspired!

Download the Sewing Project Flipbook

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Thursday, 09 January 2014 00:00

Cabin Fever Sales Event at Your Participating Janome Dealer

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Visit your Local Janome Dealer today and take advantage of Great Winter Sales!

873-Cabin-Fever-Front-End-LogoHave winter's freezing temperatures been keeping you holed up inside? Janome's Cabin Fever Sales Event is just the thing to cure those winter blues!

Stop in at your participating Janome Dealer soon, and take advantage of incredible savings on some of our best products!

Try Embroidery Therapy this winter with the Horizon Memory Craft 15000. Stop in soon at your local participating Janome dealer, to receive an iPad with your purchase - perfect for taking advantage of the included Apps, AcuEdit and AcuMonitor, and then sending to your machine wirelessly!

Did you make a Quilting Resolution for the New Year? Check out our amazing savings on the Horizon Memory Craft 8900 - our package includes the Universal Table, Universal Side Table, and Horizon To Go Trolley for one great price. It's everything you need to turn your home sewing space into a Quilting Haven!

Check out all of the great deals in our online flyer, then contact your local Janome dealer today!

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Wednesday, 08 January 2014 00:00

Descending Zig Zag Quilt from Maureen Cracknell

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Maureen Cracknell Homemade brings a great, easy quilt project - perfect sewing for cold winter days!

876-desendingzigzagquiltJust in time to help you keep your stash-busting New Year's Resolution, we have a fun new quilt project from our good friend Maureen Cracknell.

This zig zag quilt pattern gives the visual effect of a complicated quilt pattern, but is super easy to make. The secret is in dividing the dark value colors from the light values, and then arranging the blocks to accentuate the design. (Maureen even includes a fabulous hint for determining the color values of your fabrics!) The blocks finish at 8" - the perfect size for creating a small or large quilt.

You can use any Janome sewing machine, but the the built-in AcuFeed on the Horizon Memory Craft 8900QCP makes quilting a breeze!

Make the Descending Zig Zag Quilt

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Tuesday, 07 January 2014 00:00

Video: Stitching In The Ditch With The Ditch Quilting Foot

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The flange on this foot makes this technique easy--even for beginners. 

Where does the term "stitch in the ditch" come from and why do quilter's use it? On your quilt top, when you press both seam allowances to one side of a patch, you end up with more layers of fabric under that side of the seam, causing it to sit a little higher than the other.

Many years ago quilters discovered that it's easier to do your quilting on the lower side of the seam because it has fewer layers of fabric. This in turn causes the higher side of the seam to stand up even more for a desired dimensional effect. Because you're stitching along in the little low area next to the seam, you're stitching "in the ditch."

To do this technique successfully, you need to keep your stitch a consistent distance from the seam. The flange on the Ditch Quilting Foot makes this easy.

How To Stitch In The Ditch With The Ditch Quilting Foot

  1. Snap the Ditch Quilting Foot onto your sewing machine. Select a straight stitch. And set the machine for a medium speed.
  2. Align your fabric so that the flange rests in the seam. You can move the needle to adjust how close it stitches to the flange.
  3. As you sew, keep your eye on the flange, making sure it stays in the seam.


And you've made a beautiful stitch-in-the ditch.

To see this demonstrated watch Ditch Quilting Foot Video: Stitching In The Ditch.

The Ditch Quilting Foot fits most Janome sewing machines. The 1600P has its own Ditch Quilting Foot and there's also one designed for the AcuFeed System. To make sure you have the right one see your Janome Dealer.

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Friday, 03 January 2014 00:00

Janome Poll Results: Your Top New Year Sewing Resolution

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Finishing projects and getting organized are the most popular responses.

872-janome-poll-results-your-new-year-sewing-resolutionEarlier this week we asked you to pick your top sewing resolution for the New Year.

It probably won't be a big surprise to learn that the top two answers by a large margin were:"Finish some of my UFOs (unfinished objects)" and "Organize my sewing space."

The New Year is a great time for fresh start on both these challenges.

On finishing what you've started, we found this great quote from author Neil Gaiman, "Whatever it takes to finish things, finish. You will learn more from a glorious failure than you ever will from something you never finished."

On getting organized, we also found some helpful links: Here's How To Declutter Your Sewing Room from a professional organizer. And some inspiring examples of How To Organize Your Sewing Room from All People Quilt.

Visit our Poll Results page to see what the other top goals were.

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