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Monday, 25 July 2011 05:00

Janome Partners With SewingGood Blog On Our Big Announcement

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226-sewing-good-introWe're working together on a charitable project as part of our September unveiling.

SewingGood.com is a blog dedicated to stories of quilters and sewists using their skills for the benefit of others.

They feature inspiring news and tell about organizations large and small that could currently use sewing help. Their hope is to inspire all of us to use our sewing for the good of others.

Janome is working with SewingGood on a charitable sewing project of our own. It has to do with our big announcement coming in September. And while we'd like to spill the beans right here, all we can say is that it's going to feature four women who use Janome machines (we call them the "Janome Gals") who will be sewing together on a project for a special family.

Each woman in the group has had a different sewing background. But all of them have experienced great enjoyment in sewing for others.

Right now SewingGood has an introductory post about the group and then a guest post from each of the four Janome Gals. They'll be posting more information as it becomes available.

Visit SewingGood.com

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Friday, 22 July 2011 05:00

Terrific Technique: Decorative Hems with the Twin Needle

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225-decorative-effects-cording-foot-h-tipA scallop stitch and twin needle create the perfect hem on sheers.

Specialty fabrics like sheers come with their own unique challenges. Hems are often difficult, because when they are made in the traditional style, they will show through. The easiest solution to this common problem is a rolled hem. But given the wide variety of tools and stitches available, leave it to the Janome team of sewists to come up with a special technique to add some creative decorative effects!

This special technique shows you how to use a Scallop Stitch, (like Stitch #79 on the Janome Horizon 7700QCP) and a 2mm twin needle to create a fantastic decorative hem. It's simple to achieve - and will give your sheer sewing projects a creative and professional finish. 

Try this Technique!

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Thursday, 21 July 2011 05:00

Sewn With Love: Kait Witte's Swingy Summer Dress

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224-swl-kait-witte-swingy-summer-dressA few alterations made it a project to love.

Kait Witte, who blogs about sewing at ThreadAndBobbin.com, sent us pictures and the story behind her latest creation--this adorable summer dress.

She made the dress on her Janome Memory Craft 5200 sewing machine, using a pattern from McCall's. With a few simple changes she made it a project to love.

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Wednesday, 20 July 2011 05:00

Introducing The JNH2030DC

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223-machine-jnh2030dc-newCreative sewing meets intelligent design.

Do you love a machine with thoughtful planning and sleek design? How about simple to use, yet versatile for a wide range of sewing? If you've answered 'yes' to any of the above, then you're going to love the newest addition to the Janome family: the JNH2030DC.

This fantastic new machine rounds out the DC series, and is the 'little sister' to two of our most popular models: the 4120QDC and the 3160QDC.

30 built-in decorative and utility stitches, including 3 automatic buttonholes provide the basics, but it doesn't end there! Designed to tackle all of your sewing challenges, this machine gives you what you need to get your sewing projects done: A Free Arm ensures any range of projects are done with ease, and the extended needle plate and seven piece feed dog provide the precision that Janome stitches are known for.

The JNH2030DC has a wide range of easy convenience features, including a start/stop button, speed control slider, locking stitch button, and easy reverse. You'll even find bigger machine features, like Adjustable Foot Pressure and an Extended Free Arm. At just 12 pounds it's easily portable, and a soft cover is included.

Visit your Janome Dealer to check one out today!

Check out the JNH2030DC!

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Tuesday, 19 July 2011 05:00

Video: Edge Stitching With The Adjustable Blind Hem Foot

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203-edge-stitching-adjustable-blind-hem-foot-g-videoThe adjustable guide on this foot makes it easy.

Edge stitching is a row of stitching that's done very close to the edge of your fabric. It's often used on garments.

When you're sewing that close to the edge--usually 1/8" inch or less--you need some sort of guide to keep your seam a consistent distance. You can do this with the Adjustable Blind Hem Foot G.

This foot has an adjustable guide that allows you to stitch close to the edge with extreme accuracy.

Creating Edge Stitching

  1. Turn the dial on the Adjustable Blind Him Foot G to adjust the flange out.
  2. Choose a straight stitch.
  3. Using the flange as a guide for your fabric, sew your seam.

Now you have a perfectly finished edge stitch.

To see a brief video demonstration of this technique, watch Adjustable Blind Hem Foot Video: Easy Edge Stitching.

The Adjustable Blind Hem Foot G also comes in a version for front loading machines. See your local Janome Dealer to make sure you have the one that's compatible with your sewing machine.

Watch Edge Stitching Video

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Monday, 18 July 2011 05:00

Something Big Is Coming

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222-tol-reg-todayWe can say very little other than this is something big!

Soon, your Janome Dealer will have big news about what's coming. Register online to receive details about our exciting new machine. Registered visitors will be among the very first to witness the arrive. Register today, and follow along as The Journey Continues.

Follow The Journey

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Friday, 15 July 2011 05:00

Travel in Style This Summer with Cute Storage Projects from Sew4Home

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221-s4h-travel-tidy-seriesGreat storage projects from Sew4Home to Travel Tidy this season.  

It's time to pack your bags and venture off on vacation. But... you can't face new adventures without a bag full of your familiar stuff!

Our friends at Sew4Home, where Janome is a proud sponsor, have come up with a series of nine travel accessories created in Anna Maria Horner's beautiful new Loulouthi fabric collection for Free Sprit Fabrics.

It's called the Travel Tidy series. There's a roll-up lingerie caddy, a clever jewelry pouch, a flat iron/curling iron case, and more. 

Travel On Over To S4H For All The Projects

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Thursday, 14 July 2011 05:00

Pretty Pom Pom Pillow Project

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219-pom-pom-pillow-projectThree Cheers for this unique project featuring Yarn Embroidery and Pom Poms!

There are so many accessories to make your sewing easier and more enjoyable, it's hard to know which to choose. Today's project features two accessories that we love: The Janome Brush Out Yarn Embroidery Set and Clover Pom Pom Makers.

Yarn embroidery is perfect for adding a dimensional effect to an ordinary embroidery design. When using it with one of the very basic line drawings from the built-in designs on your Janome embroidery machine, as we have here, it is amazing the new effects that can be achieved. You can make this pillow, or use the instructions as a base for creating your own unique geometric effects in your next project!

Go to the Pom Pom Pillow Project

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Wednesday, 13 July 2011 05:00

Check Out Our Christmas in July Special Offers Before They Melt Away

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220-xmas-in-july-on-nowJust a few more weeks to save on Sewing, Quilting and Embroidery Packages.

Hurry in to your participating Janome America dealer by July 31, 2011 and check out our 11 great gift with purchase deals on everything from embroidery powerhouses, like the Memory Craft 11000 Special Edition and MB-4 to sergers to entry level favorites. There's something for everyone to jump start your projects for the holidays and more!

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Tuesday, 12 July 2011 05:00

Video: Attaching Sequins With The Ribbon-Sequin Foot

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202-attaching-sequins-ribbon-sequin-foot-videoYou can use this foot to attach sequins two different ways.

The Ribbon/Sequin Foot has a slot at the front for feeding through ribbon, strings of sequins, or elastic.

If you want to attach sequins, you can choose two different methods and stitches--with a zigzag or a straight stitch. With the zigzag stitch the needle will penetrate on either side of the sequins, causing the thread to cross back and forth over the top. The straight stitch option has the needle penetrate the sequins to hold them in place.

How To Attach Sequins With A Zigzag

  1. To use a zigzag stitch, attach the foot and feed the sequins through the slot at the front.
  2. Choose a zigzag stitch and make it as wide as possible. Choose a long stitch length so you cover the sequins with as little thread as possible.
  3. Begin sewing at a slow speed, guiding the fabric and making sure the sequins are feeding evenly. You'll notice that the zigzag stitch goes over the sequins rather than piercing them.
    Hint: Using a thread that's the same color as the sequins will also help hide the stitches.

 

Attaching Sequins With A Straight Stitch

  1. Set up the foot and feed the sequins through as described above.
  2. Choose a straight stitch and select a long stitch length to make the fewest possible holes in the sequins.
  3. Begin sewing at a slow speed.

 

To see both these methods demonstrated, watch Ribbon/Sequin Foot Video: Attaching Sequins.

The Ribbon/Sequin Foot is compatible with most Janome sewing machines. See your local Janome Dealer if you have any questions.

Watch Attaching Sequins Video

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