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.
Last Day To Enter Our Summer Sewing Bundle Contest on Facebook
Today is the deadline. Just "Like" us and you're automatically entered.
Our "Summer Sewing Bundle" Facebook contest ends today (6/13/2011). Go to our Facebook page and "Like" us before the end of the day, and you'll be entered in our drawing for a sewing machine and book prize package.
The Prize Package
- One new HD1000 sewing machine. It's a great mechanical model with a sturdy design (that "HD" stands for Heavy Duty), beautiful stitch quality, and easy-to-use yet powerful features.
- And a copy of Thread & Bobbin. This user-friendly book is filled with 21 fun and unique projects for everyone from the beginner to the seasoned sewist.
Entering Is Easy
- Log in to your Facebook account.
- Go to the Official Janome America Inc. page.
- Click the "Like" button (up at the top of the page). Rules: The contest runs 5/16/2011 through 6/13/2011. A winner will be chosen at random from those who've "Liked" our official page. The winner will be notified through Facebook. Must be over 18 years of age and a legal U.S. resident to win. If we're unable to contact initial winner, another winner will be chosen.
Good luck and thank you for being our FB fan.
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Digitized Letter Pillow Project
Embroidery lets you customize and personalize.
One of the best things about knowing how to sew is how you can get ideas from the expensive items in department stores – then go home and make your own version.
It saves a bit in the pocketbook, and allows you to take even more joy in the items in your home. That was the idea behind our Elegant Digitzed Letter Pillow project.
The letter M was digitized using Janome Digitizer Jr. software. Our easy-to-follow instructions not only allow you to make this letter, but they teach you some of the basics of the software. Once you've digitized your favorite letter, you can resize it to use on other accessories: a bag, a jacket or a towel would be fun!
With customized embroidery, the sky's the limit. Visit your local Janome dealer to find out more.
Janome Heritage: The Sturdy And Reliable 4623LE
Sewists loved it because it did the basics so effortlessly.
In 2002 Janome came out with a sewing machine that is still a favorite among customers. The 4623LE was a fairly basic machine without all the latest bells and whistles. But it had the most important feature on any sewing machine--great reliability on whatever stitch you asked it to sew.
Quilters could use it to do free motion quilting through layers of fabric. Garment makers had no trouble when sewing sheer lingerie fabrics. It could hem denim with no problem.
Even though it had one choice for buttonholes, it stitched them reliably every time.
Its no-frills design made it easy to select stitches. It was simple to thread and because it had the Superior Feed System, a beginner could get the same excellent stitch quality as an expert user.
If you're looking for a current Janome machine with a basic stitch set but great reliability, try the Sewist 500.
Video: Attaching Elastic With The Ribbon/Sequin Foot
The slot on the front also accommodates elastic.
As you might guess, the Ribbon/Sequin Foot is designed to apply ribbons and rows of sequins. It has a slot at the front the front of the foot where the ribbon or strip of sequins is fed under the needle, to be attached by your chosen stitch.
The Ribbon/Sequin Foot is also an excellent way to attach elastic. You feed it through the front slot like ribbons and sequins, but with the elastic you gently tug on it as you sew. This results in a nice even gather.
It's easy to do. Start with your foot before you attach it to your machine. Cut the end of your elastic at an angle and insert it through the slot on the front of the foot. Make sure you have a little of the elastic coming out the back. Now install the foot on your machine and you're ready to sew.
To see this demonstrated watch Ribbon/Sequin Foot Video: Attaching Elastic.
In the video the Ribbon/Sequin Foot is shown on the Memory Craft 11000 quilting and embroidery machine. But this versatile accessory fits all Janome sewing machines.
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