Great Rainy Day Project To Do With The Kids: Dime Store Dollie
Not every summer day is a sunny day. Make this cute craft project to while away a drizzly day.
Janome's own Maddy Bushman comes up with the cutest craft ideas! Her little Dime Store Dollie is just perfect when you're looking for a fast and fun project to do with the kids. A small can of tomato paste provides the base for the body and everyone can pitch in to help design the look of Dollie's outfit and a unique expression for her happy round face. Or have each person create his/her own customized Dollie then line them all up on a shelf to keep watch over the kitchen... at least until the next time you make spaghetti sauce!
This is a great excuse to dive into your stash basket for pretty bits of fabric and trims. Dollie can be completed on any Janome machine, although we do recommend using your Janome Quarter Inch Seam foot "O" if you have one to make the seaming faster and easier... and straighter.
It's A Towel! No, It's A Bag! Wait... You're Both Right!!
Turn an ordinary towel in a perfect beach tote!
When you're headed to the beach or a pool party, you want to travel light. It doesn't get much lighter than this!
This clever bag is made out of a towel. There's a pocket inside for stowing the necessities, and the tote itself folds out to reveal a towel. You can even use it as a pillow for lying in the grass at a nearby park.
Best of all, you can whip the whole thing together in about an hour! And you can make it using any Janome sewing machine.
It's the perfect recipe for summer: A little bit of accomplishment, to make way for a lot of relaxing. Enjoy!
Introducing The New JNH720
Celebrate Janome Heritage with this great, tote-able sewing machine!
Last year, Janome America celebrated its 150th anniversary. We spent a year commemorating our amazing legacy in the United States. And during that year, we realized how many people are truly proud to be a part of the Janome family.
Many of you may know that Janome America started as the New Home Sewing Machine Company in Orange, MA in 1860, and became a part of the Janome brand in 1960 (read the full story here).
The new Janome New Home 720 celebrates this rich heritage of dedication to manufacturing quality sewing machines. This ¾ size machine is perfect for toting to classes and guild meetings (so you can show off your machine – and your love of Janome!)
You’ll find 20 stitches, including options for decorative, utility, and 2 one-step buttonholes. Easy convenience buttons are located right on the front of the machine for quick access, and provide memorized needle up/down, start/stop, easy reverse, and an autolock function. The machine even includes a hard cover for easy storage and transport.
Stop in at your Local Janome Dealer to take one for a test drive today!
Sewn With Love: Anne Jordan's Family Quilt
The whole family made the squares. Anne quilted it all together with love.
We have to start this story by asking, what do you call your nephew's wife? Your niece-in-law?
Anyway, Anne Jordan wanted to do something for this special person in her life when she became pregnant for the first time. Anne got the extended family involved in creating quilt squares, which she put together into a large quilt.
To go with the quilt Anne also made some embroidered pillows with special significance for the new mom.
Video: Using An AcuFil Quilt Template On The Clothsetter Table 11000
Get great results by using these exclusive Janome tools.
When you're using your Memory Craft 11000 Special Edition to do stippling on a quilt square, you can get perfect placement by using the Clothsetter Table 11000 and a template created by the AcuFil Print Tool.
Here's how you do it:
- Once you've created your design and printed your template, set it on your quilt and align it in the square. Once it's aligned, used clear tape to hold it in place.
- Attach the AcuFil hoop to the Clothsetter Table.
- Set your project on the hoop and bring the arm down to check for placement. Be sure the arrow on your template is pointng the same way as the arrow on the cross-hairs.
- Lift the arm and set the Hard Template that comes with the AcuFil Hoop on top of your project. Gently press it down into the hoop, keeping the markings aligned with your template.
- Add the magnetic clips to hold your project in place.
- Remove the Hard Template and the printed template. Release the hoop from the Clothsetter Table and attach it to your machine.
- And now you're ready to stitch out your embroidery.
To see this demonstrated, watch Clothsetter Table 11000 Video: Using An AcuFil Template On A Quilt.
The Large Extension Table That's Also A Clothsetter
Clothsetter Table 11000 is a unique, dual-function tool enables perfect design placement every time. It was designed exclusively for the Memory Craft 11000 Special Edition sewing, quilting and embroidery machine.
When this accessory is set up as a Clothsetter, it ensures perfect placement of single designs on your project and multiple designs within the same hoop or between multiple hoopings.
It also converts quickly into a standard extension table. Measuring 13 1/2" x 26 1/2", it provides extra support for your large sewing and quilting projects. The legs screw into place and adjust in height for stability on any surface.
What You Need To Know About Needles: Denim
When sewing on heavyweight fabrics, the right needle is essential.
The real test of any sewing machine is how well it sews through layers of denim.
This densely woven fabric can make your machine work twice as hard to create a stitch--unless you give it an unfair advantage and use a needle designed specifically to penetrate denim.
Janome Denim Needles have a very sharp point, a slender eye, and a thick, strong shaft which work together to sew through multiple layers of fabric without deflection or breaking.
And because you're going to want to use thicker thread with denim, they have an eye and front groove that are larger than normal.
Janome Denim Needles are also ideal for canvas, duck, and other heavy, tightly woven fabrics. In fact, if you try sewing through layers of these dense materials with a regular needle, your machine won't just work harder, you may end up with crooked stitches.
Like all Janome needles, the Denim has been designed to help your machine to stitch its best. And it will work on all Janome sewing, quilting and embroidery machines.
Don't forget to start each new project with a new sewing needle.
Terrific Technique: Flat Felled Seams
Learn how to use this classic technique on sheer fabrics.
Flat felled seams are traditionally made in denim and are often used to form the seam on the sides of pant legs. The seam is super sturdy, so it's great for any location that may get a lot of stress and strain, wear and tear.
But this technique isn't just for denim. Flat felled seams also look great on sheer fabric. Learn how by following the simple steps in our technique Flat Felled Seams on Sheers.
The major benefit of this technique is that the result doesn't contain any visible seam allowance. This makes it a great choice for locations where the final product will be seen from both sides.
The flat felled seam also makes a wonderful option for drapes, though some drapery fabrics require special attention to get the seam just right. Read our flat felled seam tutorial to learn how to use the 6mm Hemmer Foot for a polished, professional finish on sheer fabrics, such as lace, tulle or georgette.
Yarn Embroidery Adorns A Mini Book Cover
This cover for a composition notebook is a great project for learning to embroider with yarn.
Janome's Brush-Out Embroidery Kit allows you to turn regular embroidery designs into dimensional images.
With the special foot and yarn guide on your Memory Craft embroidery machine, the yarn is fed from behind the needle and stitched onto the top of your fabric in whatever embroidery design you choose.
Also included in The Brush-Out Embroidery Kit is a special brush that you use to raise the nap on the yarn after it's been embroidered. But for this Yarn Embroidery Book Cover project you create a totally different texture by skipping the brush-out.
The built-in stippling designs on the Memory Craft 11000 Special Edition are perfect for embroidering the yarn in place, and it brings a whole new look to yarn embroidery.
Sewn With Love: Eileen Oberlin's Father's Day Tool Roll-up
Dad will remember this gift every time he reaches for a wrench.
A tool box is a great place to keep your wrenches. The only problem is it doesn't keep them in order.
That's one reason we liked this Sewn With Love project sent in to us by Eileen Oberlin of Fort Wayne, Indiana. (The other reason: it says Happy Father's Day right across the top.)
Eileen tells us she made the 13" x 13" caddy from a very heavy denim, which she did not pre-wash so it would retain its stiffness. There's no batting, because the denim is sturdy enough on its own, and without it, everything rolls up more tightly.
"I used my dual feed foot, a Janome denim needle, and denim topstitching thread," says Eileen. "My machine handled this project beautifully. I continue to be impressed with the Janome Memory Craft 6600P. I've heard that the 6600 is called the Janome workhorse, and I believe it!"
With this organizer, Dad can lay his wrenches--in order--on the car fender or the ground. He can easily find the next size up or down. And when he's got everything fixed, he just rolls up the organizer, ties it shut, and the wrenches are ready to be stored for next time. Eileen says her husband also uses his for 'on-the-road' projects, such as visits to their son's house.
What a great way to tell Dad "I love you."
We hope Eileen's creation inspires you to share your own Sewn With Love project and story. Find out how to submit it on our Sewn With Love page.
Video: Creating Fringe With The Overcast Foot M
Here's a great trick for this versatile foot.
The Overcast Foot M is designed to be used with an overcast stitch to give a professional finish to the edges of your seams. It's particularly useful for finishing off medium to heavyweight, easily frayed woven fabrics such as tweed, gabardine, and linen.
The foot has a small metal flange that acts as a fabric guide for the your raw edge. When the needle pulls the thread across this, you can snip one side to create fringe.
Here's how you do it:
- With the foot on your machine, choose the Overcast Stitch. Adjust the stitch width to 7.0. Make the stitch length .50. Adjust the tension to 2.0.
- Position your fabric where you want your fringe to begin. The left stroke of the needle is where your row of fringe will be created.
- Begin sewing. When you've finished your row, snip the thread on the right side, close to the fabric.
- Turn the fabric over and rub the row of snipped threads to remove them.
What's left is your row of short fringe.
This is easy to do once you've seen it demonstrated. Watch Overcast Foot M Video: Creating Fringe.
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