Terrific Technique: Using Twin Needles to Create a Decorative Background for Embroidery
A Simple Tip to Create a Unique Background
Dimensional backgrounds add depth and interest to your sewing work, and they are especially effective when embroidery is placed on top.
Creating this kind of background is easy with your Janome sewing machine and a Twin Needle. The background helps the embroidery to 'pop', and it allows you to customize the colors of the embroidery - you might use complementary or matching thread for cohesion, or choose a contrasting color to liven things up!
This technique looks great with embroidery, but you can use it with decorative stitching, or in any kind of project where you want to add a bit more interest to your fabric.
- Any Janome Sewing machine that can use a twin needle
- Satin Stitch Foot F
- Janome embroidery thread in complimentary or contrasting colors
- Stabilized fabric
- 4mm twin needle 4.0/90
Create the Background
- Set up your sewing machine for ordinary sewing.
- Attach Satin Stitch foot F.
- Insert twin needle.
- Select a triple stretch stitch.
- sew straign lines on the fabric, always sewing in the same direction. Use the edge of the foot as a guide to give the same distance between each line.
- Further embellish the area with embroidery designs, decorative stitches as desired.
What You Need To Know About Needles: Ball Point
The rounded needle tip keeps fibers from shredding.
There are some sewing situations where having a very sharp tip on your needle is not a good thing.
For example, when you're sewing knits or stretch fabrics. In these cases, a sharp tip can cut or shred the fibers, leaving needle holes in your fabric.
This is when you want to use the Janome Ball Point Needle. It has a slightly rounded tip (ball point) to push between the fibers instead of cutting them.
The head of the Ball Point Needle has a combination of both a slightly bulged eye and a reduced blade over the eye, giving it a "snake's head" shape. The bulged eye opens a slightly larger space in the material and the thinner blade reduces contact between the needle and the fabric. This keeps the needle from heating up, preventing skipped stitches.
Additionally, the scarf of the needle is deeper allowing for a larger loop for forming the stitch, another guard against skipped stitches.
Choose your needle size based on the weight of the fabric. Janome Ball Point needles are available in Size 11, Size 14, and assorted size packs (11 and 14). They are compatible with all Janome sewing machines and can be found at your local Janome Dealer.
And don't forget to start each new project with a new needle.
Janome Poll Results: What You Want To Learn Next
Take a look at the results. Then go learn that new technique.
Last week we asked you to vote in our online poll with the question: What technique would you most like to learn?
The most popular answers all had to do with decorative stitching for quilting, sewing and serging. See how others voted on our Poll Results page.
Even better, you can see online resources to help you learn all nine of the techniques listed in the poll.
Video: Sewing On Two-Hole Buttons With The Button Sewing Foot
Are you still sewing on buttons by hand? There's an easier way.
The Button Sewing Foot makes sewing on two-hole buttons fast and easy. And it works with all Janome sewing machines.
Setting Up The Foot
To attach the foot, slide the bar onto the back of the presser foot holder and then lower it to snap the foot into place.
Some Janome machines have a button sew-on feature, which will automatically lower the feed dogs. Or you can use a zigzag stitch but be sure to the lower feed dogs manually.
Using The Foot
- Set your button under the foot and lower it in place. The rubber extensions will hold you button while it is being sewn on.
- Position the button so that the needle goes into the middle of the left hole. To check this, use the handwheel on the machine to lower the needle.
- Now for the right hole. Continue turning the handwheel until the needle goes up and comes down in the right hole. Adjust the width of your stitch so that the needle comes down in the center of the hole.
- When you're ready, stitch the button.
To see this demonstrated watch Button Sewing Foot Video: Sewing On Two-Hole Buttons. In this clip the Button Sewing Foot is shown on the Memory Craft 11000 Special Edition, which ties the button off automatically.
With the Button Sewing Foot you can do more than just sew buttons. It can also attach snaps, hooks and eyes, and even couch bows in place.
Christmas in July Starts Today: It's Time To Sew & Save
Visit your participating Janome America dealer to take advantage of 11 hot deals for sewing, serging and embroidering.
From today through July 31, 2011, you can find more reasons than ever to jump start your sewing for the holidays and beyond!
We've come up with eleven gift with purchase packages that have something for everyone: free specialty hoop with the MB-4, a free quilting package with the Memory Craft 11000 Special Edition, four free embroidery cards with the MC9700 sewing and embroidery model, sergers with free thread bundles, entry-level machines with a free sewing projects book.
Check them all out today, before they melt away with the summer sun.
Happy 4th Of July From Janome America
We hope you're out celebrating our independence.
It was actually on July 2nd, 1776 that the Continental Congress voted independence from Great Britain. And it took them only two days of deliberation to come up with the final draft of the Declaration of Independence and sign it.
Every year since, the 4th of July has been celebrated by Americans with picnics, family gatherings, speeches, baseball games, and big fireworks displays.
Founding Father, John Adams hoped the holiday would be “the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance. … It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”
Here's a description of U.S. Independence Day from our official State Department website.
And here's a free "United We Stand" American Flag embroidery design.
Have a great 4th. And be sure to remember the men and women stationed overseas who are fighting to keep our country free.
Janome Poll: What Technique Would You Most Like To Learn?
We'd love to know what you've set as your next learning goal.
The great thing about sewing and quilting is that you can always learn something new. Or learn how to do something using a better method.
Whatever your sewing level, we'd like to know what you hope to learn next. Not only will the results be interesting to other members of the Janome sewing community, but it'll help us know how to better serve our web visitors.
Follow the link below to vote in the poll. It'll take just a few seconds.
Then check back next week to see the results.
Key Catcher Project Features Your Favorite Snapshot
Make this darling little fabric bowl to collect keys, earrings, coins and more.
Any Janome sewing machine and just a few scraps of fabric are all you need for this fast and fun project. You use a empty tuna can as the base and encase your favorite photo between layers of cardboard, felt and vinyl. This is a wonderful project for kids since it's super easy to make and they get to pick out their own photo... or even draw a special picture. What a delightful present for grandparents, teachers and others.
Janome Heritage: Round Bobbin Rotary Sewing Machine Model NLB
This might have been your grandma's "dream machine" back in the 1930s.
The Round Bobbin Rotary Sewing Machine Model NLB was a flat bed machine designed to fit into a small cabinet. It featured a straight stitch with reverse, a rotary hook and a round bobbin. Other features included a bobbin winder, thread cutter, a sewing light and a foot or knee control.
The heart of the machine was a Westinghouse electric motor, which could run on AC or DC power.
You could purchase a number of accessories for the NLB, including various hemming and binding feet, a quilting foot with guide, a cloth guide and a braider foot and plate set. It's amazing to see how many different kinds of projects you could sew with just one stitch.
The NLB was manufactured in Rockford, Illinois just after our company moved from Massachusetts and New York. Even though it was made from "light weight metal," it didn't feature a carrying handle. Moving it meant getting a couple of gentlemen to help. Back then you weren't expected to take your sewing machine with you to class.
More than 70 years later, you can still find NLB machines that are sewing! All-metal gearing really makes a difference.
Today, we still make sturdy, metal body machines with solid performance. The new HD3000 is one example; it features a sturdy metal body, 19 stitches, lots of convenience features, and at less than 19 lbs., you can pick it up yourself.
Video: Decorative Stitches On Ribbon With The Ribbon Sewing Guide
Once you start embellishing ribbons, you'll be hooked.
Decorative stitching and lettering really look great on ribbons. And when you have the right accessory, it's easy to do.
The Ribbon Sewing Guide allows you to sew beautiful decorative stitches onto ribbon without having to attach it to fabric.
This accessory comes with different attachment screws and rubber padding, so it fits a variety of Janome models. Be sure to check the instructions on the back of the package to see which attachment screw and rubber pad will work with your machine. Or even better, just ask your friendly Janome Dealer for help.
Installing And Using The Ribbon Sewing Guide
- Place the rubber pad over the screw hole on your needle plate. Set the Ribbon Sewing Guide in place. Insert the screw through the hole and tighten.
- Loosen the two white screws to open the guide to the width of your ribbon – up to one inch.
- Slide back the Ribbon Holder and place your ribbon under the foot, then slide it back in place. Adjust the two guides so they're just touching the sides of the ribbon and tighten the screws.
- Take a piece of stabilizer and slide it under the ribbon guide and the presser foot.
- Select any decorative stitch and start sewing.
To see a brief video demonstration of this watch Ribbon Sewing Guide Video: Decorative Stitching On Ribbon
All Janome sewing machines that have an attachment hole on or near the needle plate can use the Ribbon Sewing Guide. But it does not fit machines without an attachment hole, such as the Memory Craft 10001 or 10000. Find out more about compatibility.
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