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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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Monday, 11 July 2011 05:00

Terrific Technique: Using Twin Needles to Create a Decorative Background for Embroidery

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218-terrific-technique-twin-needles-tipA 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.

Supplies Required

  • 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

  1. Set up your sewing machine for ordinary sewing.
  2. Attach Satin Stitch foot F.
  3. Insert twin needle.
  4. Select a triple stretch stitch.
  5. 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.
  6. Further embellish the area with embroidery designs, decorative stitches as desired.

 

Check our Techniques Page for more Tips

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Friday, 08 July 2011 05:00

What You Need To Know About Needles: Ball Point

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217-jano-needles-ball-point-dykThe 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.

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Thursday, 07 July 2011 05:00

Janome Poll Results: What You Want To Learn Next

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216-what-technique-poll-resultsTake 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.

How to install a zipper

How to do Free Motion Stippling on a quilt

How to quilt with a walking foot

How to make ruffles and pleats

How to do stitching in the ditch

How to attach binding

How to make a lettuce hem with my serger

How to use the Circular Sewing attachment for decorative stitching

How to make rolled hems

See The Poll Results

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Wednesday, 06 July 2011 05:00

Video: Sewing On Two-Hole Buttons With The Button Sewing Foot

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201-sew-two-hole-button-sewing-foot-videoAre 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

  1. Set your button under the foot and lower it in place. The rubber extensions will hold you button while it is being sewn on.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Watch Sewing Two-Hole Button Video

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Tuesday, 05 July 2011 05:00

Christmas in July Starts Today: It's Time To Sew & Save

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215-xmas-in-july-launchVisit 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.

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Monday, 04 July 2011 05:00

Happy 4th Of July From Janome America

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214-4th-of-julyWe 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.

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Friday, 01 July 2011 05:00

Janome Poll: What Technique Would You Most Like To Learn?

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213-what-technique-pollWe'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.

Click Here To Vote In The Poll

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Thursday, 30 June 2011 05:00

Key Catcher Project Features Your Favorite Snapshot

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212-key-catcher-projectMake 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.  

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