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.
Let's Talk: Tell Us What YOU Are Hoping To See On The New Janome Machine
New clues keep appearing. Rumors keep flying. But we want to know what you think. You could win a cool prize.
By now you probably know that on September 3rd, we'll be revealing a brand new machine. And you've probably guessed it's a pretty big deal, because you can sign up to see it just minutes after its unveiled to Janome dealers worldwide.
Also on that registration page are visual clues about what the new machine will look like. This has led to a lot of guessing about the new machine's features.
Guessing is fun, but we want to know which features you are hoping are on the new machine. Leave your wish list by using the Comments feature below.
When you leave a comment on this article, you'll be automatically entered in the drawing to win a cool Janome hat and water bottle (a great way to beat the summer heat). The winner will be drawn randomly from all entries.
If you haven't yet registered to see the video of the new machine the day it's released, you can do that here.
Video: Using Clothsetter Table 11000 As An Extension Table
Your MC11K Special Edition has a Clothsetter and an extension table in one accessory.
This unique dual-function tool enables perfect design placement every time--and you can quickly convert it to a standard extension table. Measuring 13½" x 26½", the Clothsetter Table 11000 provides extra support for large sewing and quilting projects on your Memory Craft 11000. And, it features standard and metric measurements.
Using The Clothsetter Table 11000 As An Extension Table
- Screw the legs into place and adjust the height for your work surface.
- Remove your MC11K Special Edition accessory tray.
- Slide the extension table against the bed of the machine.
Now you have large, even support for bulkier projects like quilts.
To see the Clothsetter Table 11000 table demonstrated watch Clothsetter Table 11000 Video: Using It As An Extension Table.
Find out more about this exclusive Janome accessory at your local Janome Dealer.
Sewn With Love: Debra Mowers' Camo Prom Outfits (What?!)
The fabric that's nearly invisible to deer caught everyone's eye at the prom.
Debra Mowers says that sewing on her Janome Horizon is something enjoys doing all the time. Out of all the projects she's ever done, one of her favorites came about when her granddaughter Chelsea asked Debra to make her prom dress.
But she had a very unusual request for fabric--hunter's camouflage.
Flip Flop Coasters
Flip flops aren't just for feet anymore!
The final project in our summer-loving flip flop series is the cutest one yet! These drink coasters are super easy to sew, and add a festive flair to your poolside party. Elastic forms the flip flop, and is what holds the glass in place. It's easy to attach with any Janome machine, but for extra smooth sewing, try sewing it on with the Ultraglide foot.
These adorable coasters are the perfect addition to any picnic or summer barbeque. Use up some scraps and make them in a variety of fabrics. Each guest can have a unique color/pattern to keep track of his/her glass. Don't forget to sew an extra set to bring along as a hostess gift for your next summer get together.
Flip Flop Beach Towel
Turn an average towel into something extraordinary with this quick project.
Today we're featuring another fun and innovative project from Janome Educator, Amy Meeks. This new take on the average beach towel mimics a flip flop. The straps give the towel some unique functions: you can use them to attach your towel to your beach chair, to ensure it doesn't blow away in the ocean breeze; or hook them to your car seat for the drive home, protecting your car seats from a wet bathing suit... and your legs from the hot car vinyl!
The whole project can be created with just a few seams on any Janome machine. Use new terrycloth fabric or recycled beach towels from your own linen closet. Whip up one... or two today!
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