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Wednesday, 22 June 2011 05:00

Sewn With Love: Anne Jordan's Family Quilt


194-swl-anne-jordan-family-quilt-articleThe 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.

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Tuesday, 21 June 2011 05:00

Video: Using An AcuFil Quilt Template On The Clothsetter Table 11000


198-using-acufil-quilt-template-clothsetter-table-videoGet 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:

  1. 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.
  2. Attach the AcuFil hoop to the Clothsetter Table.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Add the magnetic clips to hold your project in place.
  6. Remove the Hard Template and the printed template. Release the hoop from the Clothsetter Table and attach it to your machine.
  7. 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.

Watch The Clothsetter Table AcuFil Video

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Monday, 20 June 2011 05:00

What You Need To Know About Needles: Denim


207-jano-needles-denim-dykWhen 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.

More About Janome Denim Needles

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Friday, 17 June 2011 05:00

Terrific Technique: Flat Felled Seams


197-terrific-technique-flat-felled-seams-tipLearn 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.

Learn To Create Flat Felled Seams On Sheers

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Thursday, 16 June 2011 05:00

Yarn Embroidery Adorns A Mini Book Cover


196-yarn-adorns-embroidery-mini-book-coverThis 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.

The Brush-Out Embroidery Kit works with all Memory Craft Embroidery machines. Find it at your local Janome Dealer. Then use it to add a unique and classic accent to an ordinary cloth book cover.

Make The Yarn Embroidery Book Cover

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Wednesday, 15 June 2011 05:00

Sewn With Love: Eileen Oberlin's Father's Day Tool Roll-up


205-swl-eileen-oberlin-tool-belt-snipeDad 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

HowTo Submit Your Project To Sewn With Love

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Tuesday, 14 June 2011 05:00

Video: Creating Fringe With The Overcast Foot M


192-creating-fringe-overcast-foot-m-videoHere's a great trick for this versatile foot.

A couple of weeks ago, we told you about Creating An Eyelash Fringe With The Fringe Foot. Today, you're going to learn about another way to make smaller fringe, this time with the Overcast Foot M.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Begin sewing. When you've finished your row, snip the thread on the right side, close to the fabric.
  4. 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.

The Overcast Foot M is compatible with most Janome sewing machines. Check with your local Janome Dealer to make sure it will work with yours.

Watch Making Fringe With Overcast Foot M

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Monday, 13 June 2011 05:00

Last Day To Enter Our Summer Sewing Bundle Contest on Facebook


195-fb-contest-last-dayToday 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

  1. Log in to your Facebook account.
  2. Go to the Official Janome America Inc. page.
  3. Click the "Like" button (up at the top of the page).
  4. 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.

Enter Right Now On Our Facebook Page

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Friday, 10 June 2011 05:00

Sign Up Now for Janome eNews Email Newsletter


193-sign-up-janome-enewsGet the latest inspiration and updates delivered right to your email inbox.

If you haven't subscribed to Janome eNews, you're really missing out. It's the essential accessory for your sewing machine or serger that comes free every month.

As a subscriber you'll receive the latest information on Janome machines and accessories, links to projects and techniques, plus news, special offers and more.

All you need to do is go to our eNews Subscription Page to sign up. Be sure to follow the instructions so it gets past your SPAM filters.

Our list is private so you'll receive NO junk mail. And you can easily unsubscribe at any time.

If you wonder what kinds of things you'll see in Janome eNews, you can browse through our back issues section.

See the latest issue, find back issues, and a link to our sign up page on the Janome eNews page.

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Thursday, 09 June 2011 05:00

Digitized Letter Pillow Project


191-digitized-letter-pillow-digitizer-jrEmbroidery 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.

Go To The Digitizer Pillow Project

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