What You Need To Know About Needles: Blue Tip
The best "all around" needle for your Janome machine.
If you ask your friendly Janome service technician, "What's one thing I can do to prolong the life of my sewing machine?", he or she will tell you to use fresh needles. The rule of thumb is to replace your needle each time you start a new project.
So you walk over to your dealer's Janome needle display. You see needles for denim, leather, heavy fabrics, knits and topstitching. But you're doing regular sewing and quilting. Which needle should you be using? For typical sewing and embroidery projects, the answer is the Janome Blue Tip needle.
The Blue Tip needle has the shaft size and type of point that gives your machine great performance on all kinds of medium weight fabrics--whether it's embroidery, quilting, or making garments.
At size 11, the Blue Tip needle is a little thinner than our Red Tip Needle, but without giving up strength and durability. It features a special flat back shank for easier installation, a sturdy shaft with front groove, and a larger eye to help prevent thread breakage.
Like all Janome needles, the Blue Tip has been designed to help your machine to stitch its best. And it will work on all Janome sewing, quilting and embroidery machines.
It's The Day Of The Royal Wedding; Celebrate In A Hat Like Kate's
The world is abuzz today about Kate Middleton and her love of hats and fascinators (what Kate is wearing in the photo to the right).
A hat is usually made to custom fit the head of the wearer. It can be made out of any number of materials, such as straw, felt, or fabric; and is either sewn or blocked (steamed and stretched) on a hat form. A fascinator has a smaller body and perches on the head, attached by elastic or combs. Both can be decorated with ribbons, feathers, and flowers.
The millinery industry has been alive and well in England for centuries, as the wearing of hats across the pond has been perennially popular for weddings, funerals, and formal events like the Royal Ascot. At the Royal Ascot, held during the third week of June each year, attendees who will be seated in the Royal Enclosure are advised on the Royal Ascot website that "only formal day dress with a hat or substantial fascinator will be acceptable." In fact, this occasion has become famous for its hats and fascinators: the bolder the better!
As we all tune in today to the royal wedding and all the pre and post festivities, half the fun will be watching to see what everyone is wearing, especially on their heads. London-based milliners Stephen Jones and Philip Treacy have adorned many royal and celebrity heads with their designs but, according to Vogue magazine, have been sworn to secrecy about anything millinery-related for the Royal Wedding. No one is telling what Kate will be wearing, but she will soon get to wear a very special headpiece: the tiara of a princess.
Meet Our First Sewn With Love Contributor: Rebecca
Adorable matching outfits at a very cute price.
Rebecca lives on a small farm in rural Pennsylvania with her four children and husband Matt. Using her beautiful photography, she blogs about cooking, canning, and making things for yourself.
She shares how she sewed her whole family coordinating Easter accessories for just $5... wow!
To see Rebecca's project and read the story, click the "Read More" button below.
Join Our New Series: Sewn With Love
Send us your project photos. Tell us your story. So we can share with everybody.
Starting tomorrow, we're beginning a new series on Janome.com. We'll be featuring projects and the stories behind them sent to us by Janome sewists.
We're calling it Sewn With Love. And we'd love to feature something from you. If you have a project that included an interesting technique, used a sewing feature in a creative way, or just ended up looking really pretty--would you consider sharing it with thousands of other Janome sewists?
How To Submit An Item To "Sewn With Love"
- Take a few digital shots of your Janome project.
- Write a few sentences describing what it is, how and why you made it, and what kind of Janome sewist you are.
- Email your photos and description to:
We look forward to hearing from you.
Check back here tomorrow to see the adorable and money-saving project sent in by Rebecca from rural Pennsylvania.
Video: Making Piping With The Narrow Base Zipper Foot
The Narrow Base Zipper Foot lets you get in close enough to make it easy.
Custom piping really gives your home decor and garment projects a professional finish. It's easy to make and easy to install.
To make it, you simply fold bias tape (or a bias strip you've cut from your fabric) over cording and sew a straight stitch.
But the trick is getting your needle close enough to the cording so the bias fabric goes around it snugly. Here's where you use a Janome presser foot on your sewing machine that allows you to get right up close to the piping: the Narrow Base Zipper Foot.
How to use it: Snap the Narrow Base Zipper Foot onto your machine. The foot has a screw on the right side. Loosen this and slide the foot to the right of the needle. Position the covered cording so it's against the foot. Then just sew down the length of your bias strip.
You can learn how do this in about minute by watching Zipper Foot--Narrow Base Video: Making Piping. The video shows the High Shank model but the instructions apply to the Low Shank foot as well.
Spring Specials: Save Now on the 204D Serger
Embroidery, sewing and now... serging; there's a great deal in store for everyone right now!
During our Spring Promotion, save $100 on the MyLock 204D serger and get a wide range of serging features in a great compact machine. The sturdy design and precise Janome stitch mechanism of the 204D can't be beat. You get beautiful 3/4 thread operation, top speed, and a pure professional finish. The 204D has been in our serger line for a number of years and is a consistent favorite with both dealers and customers. Take at look at everything you get:
- 3 or 4 thread overlock
- Lay-in thread tension dial
- Seam width: 1 - 5mm seam length3.3mm (narrow), 7.5mm (wide) 2.0mm Rolled hem
- Slim foot
- Handy needle threader
- Convenient thread cutter
- Easy rolled hem change-over
- 0.5 - 2.2 differential feed ratio
- Easy upper knife release
- Adjustable cutting width: 3.1 - 5.1mm
- Easy lower looper threading
- Differential feed
- Lower looper pre-tension setting slider
- Changeable thread guide
- Front and back needle guard
- Retractable upper knife
- Numbered tension dials
- Color-coded thread guides
- Snap-on presser feet
Earth Day: Janome Sponsors Amazing Recycle Runway in Atlanta
This inspiring exhibition takes 're-make and re-use' to a whole new level!
Environmental educator and public artist, Nancy Judd started Recycle Runway in 1998 to help change the way people live on the earth through innovative exhibitions of couture fashion made from trash. Her amazing creations provide education about conservation in way that is accessible and impactful. From a complete cowgirl ensemble made from outdated phone book pages to a sparkling evening gown embellished with hand-cut pop-can spangles to a skirt made of 'ruffled' inner tubes... each garment takes from 100-450 hours to create.
In celebration of April as Earth Month, eighteen Recycle Runway fashions will be installed in the Atlanta International Airport. Janome America is proud to be sponsoring one of the nine cases located throughout international Concourse E. Between 10-13 million people are expected to pass through the terminal during this year long exhibition!
What You Need To Know About Needles: Red Tip
For best results with dense embroidery and thick fabrics, choose this Janome needle.
The first rule of sewing machine needles is: Use a new needle for each project. But you can ensure even better results by choosing the genuine Janome needle designed especially for your kind of project.
If you're sewing on thicker fabric or your doing particularly dense embroidery, we recommend the Janome Red Tip Needle. At size 14 it's a little thicker than our Blue Tip Needle, giving it extra strength and durability. It features a special flat back shank for easier installation, a sturdy shaft with front groove, and a larger eye to help prevent thread breakage.
New Product: Custom Accessory Bag For Janome Tables
Sewing Cabinet owners have a new place to store notions and supplies.
You've heard, "A place for everything and everything in its place." This is especially true if you have a Janome Sewing Cabinet (also known as an Industrial Table). You can now add some useful storage space to your cabinet with new Accessory Bags.
The set of bags attaches to each side of your cabinet, providing roomy pockets to store things like scissors, thread, needles, and other notions. Each bag has two 10" x 10" pockets for a total of four. When installed on your table, they hold your items where you can easily see and retrieve them.
The Custom Accessory Bag set fits both models of Janome sewing cabinets:
The Horizon Cabinet was designed specifically for the Memory Craft Horizon 7700QCP sewing and quilting machine, providing a generous formica-finished sewing surface of 45" x 19". It holds your Horizon in the flatbed position, at a comfortable work height, and has special openings so you can use the knee lift. It also includes a storage drawer.
The original Sewing Cabinet was created to accommodate the 1600 Professional, Memory Craft 6500P, and Memory Craft 6600P sewing machines. Like the Horizon Cabinet, this cabinet holds the machine in the flatbed position, accommodates a knee lift, contains one drawer, and provides a generous formica-finished sewing surface of 45" x 19".
The Sewing Cabinet Accessory Bags are available at your local Janome Dealer.
Video: Install A Zipper With The Zipper Foot E
Yes, YOU can put in a lap zipper.
Many sewists are intimidated by the thought of installing a hidden or lap zipper. For starters, the zipper's teeth will not fit under a standard presser foot. Then there's the challenge of sewing the zipper in so it looks straight. And finally you have get the lap to lay flat over the zipper.
Don't worry. It's not as hard as you think.
All Janome sewing machines come with a zipper foot, which allows you to sew a lap zipper into your project with ease. The Zipper Foot E can be snapped onto your machine so it sews on either side of the needle. That way the needle can get close enough to stitch but the zipper teeth don't go under the foot.
To install a lap zipper you simply sew a series of straight stitches, folding the zipper or the fabric back at each step. Once you see it done, it's not that complicated.
We created a video to show you the simple steps. Watch Zipper Foot - Narrow Base (High Shank) Video: Installing A Lap Zipper.
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