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Wednesday, 15 June 2011 05:00

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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Go To The Janome eNews Page

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Thursday, 09 June 2011 05:00

Digitized Letter Pillow Project

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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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Wednesday, 08 June 2011 05:00

Janome Heritage: The Sturdy And Reliable 4623LE

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190-4623le-heritageSewists 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.

 

Many 4623LE sewing machines are still running strong. You can find out more about this model in our Retired Machine section, and download the instructional manual as a PDF file.

 

If you're looking for a current Janome machine with a basic stitch set but great reliability, try the Sewist 500.


See All Current Janome Sewing And Quilting Machines

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Tuesday, 07 June 2011 05:00

Video: Attaching Elastic With The Ribbon/Sequin Foot

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189-attaching-elastic-ribbon-sequin-foot-videoThe 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.

Watch The Elastic Attaching Video

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Monday, 06 June 2011 05:00

CoverPro Hem Guide Tutorial

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184-coverpro-hem-guide-tutorial-tipProfessional-looking cover stitch hems are so simple to make using this accessory.

If you do much hemming, for instance in garment construction, the CoverPro 1000CPX is your ideal companion machine.

With a wide triple cover hem stitch, exclusive free arm configuration, and Janome’s Seam Tightening System (STS), the 1000CPX is the most advanced Cover Hem machine available.

It comes with a number of useful accessories. But if you're doing hems, the CoverPro Hem Guide (Type 2) is worth it all by itself. It takes full advantage of the CoverPro's 1,000 stitch-per-minute capability and gives you a professional looking finish.

How it works: the CoverPro Hem Guide folds over a consistent width of fabric for you, making it easy to do hems, cuffs, and other finished edges. When you're sewing the hem of a tubular item such as a skirt, you simply release the guide as you come back around to the beginning of the hem, and then finish the last few inches.

For easy step-by-step instructions on using this attachment see our Technique: Using CoverPro Hem Guide.

The innovative design of the CoverPro 1000CPX cover hem machine is based on the marriage of an industrial-style cover hem machine and a convenient home machine. The resulting union has produced a high-speed, long arm, heavy-duty cover hem machine that looks and operates like a sewing machine.

Go To The Hem Guide Technique

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Friday, 03 June 2011 05:00

Ruffles Everywhere: Links To Great Ruffles Projects And Patterns

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183-ruffles-everywhereIt seems like everyone has a project that uses this versatile accessory.

Janome sewists love using the Ultimate Ruffler to create ruffles and pleats for both garment and home dec sewing.  This accessory fits all our sewing machines and it's easy to use.

If you need a quick tutorial watch The Ultimate Ruffler Video: Creating Ruffles And Pleats

Some Of Our Favorite Projects From Around The Web That Use Ruffles

Ruffled Bubble Romper For Baby Newborn To 24 Months
by Tie Dye Diva
Fluffy and cool! Vintage-styled baby romper ties at the neck and looks so sweet with three rows of ruffles behind!

Misses' Dress from Butterick
From Suzy Chin for Maggy Boutique.
With ruffles on the collar and a tie on one side, this elegant party dress gets an "Easy" sewing rating.

Misses Tops from Kwik Sew
This top has a deep V-neckline accented with a loose ruffle.

Misses' Skirt from Vogue Patterns
This version of the project uses embroidered fabric with a scalloped edge.

Scrap It: Ruffled Hot Cup Jacket
Something for your coffee cup to wear.

Horizon And MC6600P Owners

If you own a Horizon 7700QCP or Memory Craft 6600 Professional, you'll need to get the Ruffler for the AcuFeed System.

See your local Janome Dealer to get the right Ruffler for your machine.

Watch The Ultimate Ruffler Video

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Thursday, 02 June 2011 05:00

Get Your Kids Sewing This Summer With Our Thread & Bobbin Book Giveaway!

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186-thread-n-bobbin-keep-kids-sewing-summer-funResearch shows the creative arts are good for our health and well-being.

Studies have shown crafting (and sewing in particular) to be one of the best "total brain" activities to reduce stress, promote self expression and develop fine motor skills. When you're sewing, you use your creative side to pick colors, patterns and embellishments. Your analytical side kicks in to help with the math of measuring and cutting as well as stitching that straight seam. Better still... you have the thrill and self-esteem boost of ending up with a project to wear and/or proudly show off to family and friends.

All this makes sewing a super summer activity for kids of all ages. And, we have the perfect book to kick it off: thread & bobbin: 21 simple sewing projects ($18, All American Crafts), by Kaitlin Witte and Janome's own Alison Newman. There are lovely photos, plenty of helpful illustrations to guide the new sewist step-by-step, a very cool glossary with both terms and techniques, and a pocket in the back of the book holds a full sheet of patterns and appliqué shapes.

We are giving away TWO COPIES of thread & bobbin to jump start your summer sewing. Simply leave us a comment below, telling us who you'd like to teach to sew this summer (make sure to include your email so we can contact you). We'll draw two winners at random from all the comments collected by June 15, 2011.

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