Sewn With Love: Marge Passalacqua's Air Force Quilt
This beautiful quilt commemorates an Air Force career.
When her son retired after 23 years with the U.S. Air Force, Marge Passalacqua wanted to sew something special for him.
So she created this beautiful 20 square quilt, commemorating his career. It shows the Air Force bases he was stationed at around the world, the military operations he was a part of, as well as soaring eagle motifs.
Video: Joining Fabric With The Rotary Even Foot
The dual tractor feed can handle material of varying thickness.
Sometimes you need to join two pieces of thick material, like quilt batting. If you lay one layer of batting on top of the other to sew like a regular seam, you'll get a ridge of double-thick batting. This will show up in your finished quilt.
Instead, you want to butt the two edges of the batting together. Then when you stitch, the seam will be just as flat as the rest of the batting.
The trick, of course, is getting the two sides of fluffy batting to feed under the needle at exactly the same time. You can accomplish this by using the exclusive Janome Rotary Even Foot™. It has two little tractor treads that hold onto the thickest fabric and feed it through in perfect sync with the feed dogs.
To join two pieces of batting with the Rotary Even Foot™ you first install the Blind Hem guide and put the foot on your machine. Then you align your two fabric pieces under the foot so the guide runs between them. Choose a decorative serpentine stitch and set its width to maximum. Now begin stitching. The needle catches both sides and joins them together.
To see this demonstrated watch Rotary Even Foot Video: Joining Fabric. The demonstration is on a Memory Craft 11000 Special Edition sewing and embroidery machine. But the Rotary Even Foot™ works on all Janome sewing machines. See your local Janome dealer to purchase yours.
The Rotary Even Foot™ does lots more than join fabric. It comes with five attachments--Blind Hem, Bias Tape, and three different Rolled Hem attachments. It's designed to prevent stretchy fabrics, jersey and knitted fabrics and hard to feed materials, like leather or vinyl from slipping or puckering.
The foot also allows left-right tilt and its caterpillars independently grip the fabric for perfect feeding along areas where there is a height difference between the left and right sides of the needle. This is especially useful when hemming thicker fabrics.
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Need A Janome Manual? Many Available For Download Here!
PDF manuals are free to download and easy to search.
Are you missing your sewing machine or serger manual? Or would you like it in an electronic format for fast searches?
You can find downloadable manuals in the PDF format (.pdf) in the Machine Section of our website.
How To Find And Download Your Manual
- Go to the Machine Section find your sewing machine or serger. Go to its web page. If your machine is an older model, look for it under "Retired."
- Find the "Specifications" button at the bottom of the frame and click on it.
- Click on the "Download Manual" link in the upper right corner of the frame. The manual will open in a new window in your browser. Downloading may take a minute or two, depending on your internet connection speed. (Reading the manual in your browser requires Adobe Reader, which comes pre-installed on most computers.)
- Once the manual has completely downloaded in your browser window you can scroll through it and search for information.
- To use the manual offline, you'll need to save a copy to your computer. At the top left of the manual window, find the "diskette" icon. Click this to "Save A Copy" of the PDF file to whichever folder you choose.
Now when you double-click your manual PDF file, it'll open in Acrobat Reader.
And you can easily print out all or just part of it.
MC6600P Quilt Wins Best In Show
Janet Stone wins Best in Show at MQX 2011. She takes home a Horizon as her prize.
The Machine Quilters Exposition (MQX) is an annual show that celebrates the art of machine quilting, and features a wide range of instructors, vendors, and classes to help attendees hone their skills.
The show focuses largely on long arm quilting machines, so it was especially remarkable this year when Janet Stone won Best in Show for her Red Letter Daze quilt, which she made on her Janome Memory Craft 6600P sewing machine.
Janet has been quilting off and on for about twelve years. She got serious about quilting after purchasing her 6600P in 2006. She she soon won third place in a baby quilt contest through Fons and Porter’s Love of Quilting magazine.
Her next quilt was a wall quilt, which won first place at the 2008 Minnesota Quilters Show in Rochester, MN, in the ‘first entry in a quilt show’ category, as well as Judges’ Choice, and Faculty Choice!
And now, just five years after "getting serious" Janet wins Best in Show at a major event. How did she do it? Read her whole story here.
Janet's machine, the MC6600P, has been a favorite among professional sewists, home dec aficionados, garment specialists and especially quilters. It has the arm and bed space of a professional model, the speed and precision of a professional model—but the quiet, easy operation of a Memory Craft.
Janet's new machine, the Memory Craft Horizon 7700QCP, has even more bed space, stitches, and quilting features. Find out more about the Horizon 7700 sewing and quilting machine.
Fanciful Spring Shawl Uses Digitzer Jr.
Digitizer Jr Makes a Simple Spring Shawl Fabulous!
Spring is the time for baring your shoulders with a cute summer dress... but the weather is often unpredictable! Our fanciful shawl is the perfect accessory. As useful as it is pretty, tote this to your next garden party to be sure you're prepared for the weather. The stunning embroidery on the back is easy to create using Janome's Digitizer Jr software - on special through the end of this month with the purchase of a Memory Craft 9700 sewing and embroidery machine. Check out this and other great deals on fabulous Janome products!
Video: Creating An Eyelash Fringe With The Fringe Foot
This accent is easy to learn and lots of fun.
If you look closely at the Fringe Foot, you'll see that it has a metal flange running right down the middle. When the needle swings back and forth over this flange, it creates an evenly spaced loop, making it possible to create decorative effects like eyelash fringe (which we'll describe below) and fagoting.
Fagoting is when you join two pieces of fabric with a decorative stitch, leaving a small space between them. This is often seen on vintage items.
Creating eyelash fringe with the Fringe Foot is easy. You simply sew so that the left penetration of your needle is where you want your line of fringe to form. Then when you've finished stitching, you snip the threads very close to the right penetration of the needle to free the fringe.
It's easy, but we recommend watching our brief tutorial Fringe Foot Video: Creating An Eyelash Fringe. And, as with any new technique, be sure to make a few practice lines of fringe before you try it on a project.
This video demo was done on the Memory Craft 11000 Special Edition sewing and embroidery machine. It uses the Fringe Foot (high shank machines).
Like Us On Facebook; You Could Win a Summer Sewing Bundle
Win the new HD1000 sewing machine and a copy of Thread & Bobbin.
We know you love Janome sewing. All we're asking you to do is "Like" us on Facebook. And you'll be eligible to win our "Summer Sewing Bundle."
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.
How To Enter
- 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.
What if You Don't Win?
Embroidered Wrist Purse Uses Digitizer Jr..
Digitizer Jr software makes this adorable purse quick and easy to make!
Sometimes you just need a little tote for the basic essentials. Our Wrist Purse is the perfect size to grab and go. This quick project also contains a basic tutorial for using Janome's Digitizer Jr Software for design layout, color editing, and combination. Digitizer Jr software makes embroidery design so easy, the Wrist Purse can be designed and stitched in an afternoon - so you'll have it for that party tonight!
The best part? Digitizer Jr is part of our Spring Promotion at your local participating Janome Dealer! Now, when you buy the Memory Craft 9700, you can get Digitizer Jr for $200!
Introducing the 4120QDC Computerized Sewing Machine
The power, precision and convenience you need to realize your creative potential.
Normally, we can sum up the merits of mid-range sewing machine in a couple of paragraphs. But Janome has included so many features and stitches in this new machine, we're going to have to do quite a bit of summarizing. (And then send you to your Janome Dealer for the whole story.)
The 4120 Quilter's Decor Computer sewing machine (4120QDC for short) was designed for the quilter or home decor sewist who wants computerized performance, and lots of stitches and time-saving features--in a modestly-priced machine. The 4120QDC delivers all this while still being very easy to use.
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