Get Your Kids Sewing This Summer With Our Thread & Bobbin Book Giveaway!
Research shows the creative arts are good for our health and well-being.
Studies have shown crafting (and sewing in particular) to be one of the best "total brain" activities to reduce stress, promote self expression and develop fine motor skills. When you're sewing, you use your creative side to pick colors, patterns and embellishments. Your analytical side kicks in to help with the math of measuring and cutting as well as stitching that straight seam. Better still... you have the thrill and self-esteem boost of ending up with a project to wear and/or proudly show off to family and friends.
All this makes sewing a super summer activity for kids of all ages. And, we have the perfect book to kick it off: thread & bobbin: 21 simple sewing projects ($18, All American Crafts), by Kaitlin Witte and Janome's own Alison Newman. There are lovely photos, plenty of helpful illustrations to guide the new sewist step-by-step, a very cool glossary with both terms and techniques, and a pocket in the back of the book holds a full sheet of patterns and appliqué shapes.
We are giving away TWO COPIES of thread & bobbin to jump start your summer sewing. Simply leave us a comment below, telling us who you'd like to teach to sew this summer (make sure to include your email so we can contact you). We'll draw two winners at random from all the comments collected by June 15, 2011.
Video: Smooth Sewing On Sticky Fabrics With The Ultraglide Foot
Made from a special non-stick material, it slides with ease.
In that case you want to use the Ultraglide Foot. It allows you to sew on fabrics that can stick to a regular presser foot. Made from a non-stick material, it glides smoothly over faux leather, ultra suede and plastic.
The Ultraglide foot slides along with such low drag, you can sew on sticky materials just like they're fabric.
To see this foot in action watch Ultraglide Foot Video: Smooth Sewing On Sticky Fabrics. You'll see how to finish a luggage tag by sewing on a piece of clear vinyl. And take a look at a children's vinyl rain jacket that was sewn just like it was regular fabric.
The Ultraglide Foot in the video was demonstrated on the Memory Craft 11000 sewing and embroider machine. It's also available in two other versions, Ultraglide Foot (1600P series) and Ultraglide Foot (front loading machines). See your Janome Dealer for the right one for you machine.
The Pink Ribbon Series: Two Machines To Commemorate The Fight To End Breast Cancer
Tell us Your Story!
Remembering those who inspire us with their courage makes our own challenges look like something we can, and will, overcome. Yesterday we honored those who fought for our country - today we're honoring those who have fought against breast cancer.
To us, sewing is about sharing - and creating a legacy. Our Pink Ribbon models help to ensure more women survive breast cancer - so they can pass along their legacies for years to come.
Do you have a story of sewing with someone touch by breast cancer? We want to hear it! Share your comment with us below.
Memorial Day Wishes & Gratitude from Janome America
A day to remember those who have given "the last full measure of devotion."
Today is Memorial Day, a national holiday set aside to remember the men and women who have died while in the military service.
At Gettysburg Abraham Lincoln spoke of those who gave their lives so that this nation might live. We gratefully remember them today.
A Minute Of Silence Observed Today
The National Moment of Remembrance encourages all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation. As Moment of Remembrance founder Carmella LaSpada states: “It’s a way we can all help put the memorial back in Memorial Day.”
Origins Of Memorial Day
According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the first Memorial Day (then called "Decoration Day") was observed three years after the Civil War ended, on May 30, 1868. About 5,000 people attended ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.
Memorial Day is now observed on the last Monday of May. Volunteers often place American flags on each grave site at national cemeteries, and many Americans visit and pay their respects at local cemeteries and memorials.
All of us at Janome America send our best wishes and gratitude to the families and friends left behind.
Digitzer Jr. Created The Beautiful Layered Embroidery On This Purse
Make this cute purse, and learn to use Digitizer Jr. It's a win-win!
The best way to learn something is to do it, especially when it comes to sewing and embroidery. The Bird Bag purse is a perfect introduction to some of the great features of Digitizer Jr. Our tutorial takes you through enlarging and reducing the size of an embroidery design and changing colors. And the best part is, once you're finished, you can can put it on the front of this adorable purse!
If you don't have it already, visit your local Janome dealer to check out Digitizer Jr for yourself. For a short time, you can get it for just $200 with the purchase of a Memory Craft 9700. Click here to read more about this, and our other fabulous Spring Specials, but hurry... they end soon.
Using The Tape Binder On The Janome CoverPro
The Tape Binder is designed to finish the raw edge of stretch fabrics.
The CoverPro 1000CP is the perfect marriage of an industrial-style cover hem machine and a convenient home machine. The resulting union has produced a high-speed, long arm, heavy-duty cover hem machine that looks and operates like a sewing machine.
One of the most popular attachments for the 1000CP is the Tape Binder. In one step it folds and stitches the fabric you wish to use as tape around the raw edge. This allows you to easily make beautifully finished necks and arm holes, or just quickly bind any raw edge.
You can also use this foot to cover fabric on piping. Makes finished binding of 8mm (1/4") using a 32mm piece of bias binding tape.
Learn how to use the CoverPro Tape Binder by following our easy Technique: Loading Bias Tape on the Tape Binder.
See your local Janome Dealer for the Tape Binder that's right for your machine.
Sewn With Love: Marge Passalacqua's Air Force Quilt
This beautiful quilt commemorates an Air Force career.
When her son retired after 23 years with the U.S. Air Force, Marge Passalacqua wanted to sew something special for him.
So she created this beautiful 20 square quilt, commemorating his career. It shows the Air Force bases he was stationed at around the world, the military operations he was a part of, as well as soaring eagle motifs.
Video: Joining Fabric With The Rotary Even Foot
The dual tractor feed can handle material of varying thickness.
Sometimes you need to join two pieces of thick material, like quilt batting. If you lay one layer of batting on top of the other to sew like a regular seam, you'll get a ridge of double-thick batting. This will show up in your finished quilt.
Instead, you want to butt the two edges of the batting together. Then when you stitch, the seam will be just as flat as the rest of the batting.
The trick, of course, is getting the two sides of fluffy batting to feed under the needle at exactly the same time. You can accomplish this by using the exclusive Janome Rotary Even Foot™. It has two little tractor treads that hold onto the thickest fabric and feed it through in perfect sync with the feed dogs.
To join two pieces of batting with the Rotary Even Foot™ you first install the Blind Hem guide and put the foot on your machine. Then you align your two fabric pieces under the foot so the guide runs between them. Choose a decorative serpentine stitch and set its width to maximum. Now begin stitching. The needle catches both sides and joins them together.
To see this demonstrated watch Rotary Even Foot Video: Joining Fabric. The demonstration is on a Memory Craft 11000 Special Edition sewing and embroidery machine. But the Rotary Even Foot™ works on all Janome sewing machines. See your local Janome dealer to purchase yours.
The Rotary Even Foot™ does lots more than join fabric. It comes with five attachments--Blind Hem, Bias Tape, and three different Rolled Hem attachments. It's designed to prevent stretchy fabrics, jersey and knitted fabrics and hard to feed materials, like leather or vinyl from slipping or puckering.
The foot also allows left-right tilt and its caterpillars independently grip the fabric for perfect feeding along areas where there is a height difference between the left and right sides of the needle. This is especially useful when hemming thicker fabrics.
How To Share Articles On This Page With Your Friends
Just use the button at the bottom of this post.
Every week day you can find something new here on our home page. (Based on the feedback we're getting, it's a favorite stop for thousands of visitors.)
What if you find something your friends should really know about? Since Janome.com changes every day, if they come back next week, they might not find the article you're talking about.
We've made it easy to share articles from our home page with the SHARE button (down at the bottom right corner of this post).
Hover your mouse pointer over the SHARE button and a box will pop up with all your choices. You can send a link to the article via Email, Facebook, Twitter or about 350 other social media. Just click on your choice. If you're not already logged into your chosen media account, you'll be asked to do so.
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Need A Janome Manual? Many Available For Download Here!
PDF manuals are free to download and easy to search.
Are you missing your sewing machine or serger manual? Or would you like it in an electronic format for fast searches?
You can find downloadable manuals in the PDF format (.pdf) in the Machine Section of our website.
How To Find And Download Your Manual
- Go to the Machine Section find your sewing machine or serger. Go to its web page. If your machine is an older model, look for it under "Retired."
- Find the "Specifications" button at the bottom of the frame and click on it.
- Click on the "Download Manual" link in the upper right corner of the frame. The manual will open in a new window in your browser. Downloading may take a minute or two, depending on your internet connection speed. (Reading the manual in your browser requires Adobe Reader, which comes pre-installed on most computers.)
- Once the manual has completely downloaded in your browser window you can scroll through it and search for information.
- To use the manual offline, you'll need to save a copy to your computer. At the top left of the manual window, find the "diskette" icon. Click this to "Save A Copy" of the PDF file to whichever folder you choose.
Now when you double-click your manual PDF file, it'll open in Acrobat Reader.
And you can easily print out all or just part of it.
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