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Tuesday, 17 May 2011 05:00

Video: Creating An Eyelash Fringe With The Fringe Foot

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174-creating-eyelash-fringe-foot-videoThis 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).

Other versions include Fringe Foot (front loading machines) and Fringe Foot (top loading machines). See your local Janome Dealer for the right one for your machine.

Watch Video On How To Make Fringe

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Monday, 16 May 2011 05:00

Like Us On Facebook; You Could Win a Summer Sewing Bundle

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173-fb-likeus-contestWin 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

  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).

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?

In the extremely unlikely chance we don't draw your name, you can still purchase the HD1000 sewing machine and Thread & Bobbin book for yourself. See your local Janome Dealer for a great price.

Enter Right Now On Our Facebook Page

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Friday, 13 May 2011 05:00

Embroidered Wrist Purse Uses Digitizer Jr..

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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!

Make the Purse!

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Thursday, 12 May 2011 05:00

Introducing the 4120QDC Computerized Sewing Machine

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170-machine-4120qdcThe 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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Wednesday, 11 May 2011 05:00

Sewn With Love: Spring Yo-Yo Pillow By Jessica Kovach

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171-swl-yo-yo-pillow-jessica-kovachA bright, cheery project just in time for Spring.

Jessica Kovach of West Olive, Michigan tells us that a while back she'd made a bunch of fabric yo-yos. She was just waiting for the right project and the right occasion to use them.

The project was a colorful throw pillow. And the occasion was the blooming daffodils in the yard outside her window. 

To see Jessica's project and read her story, click the "Read More" button below.

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Tuesday, 10 May 2011 05:00

Video: Attaching A Flower With The Button Sewing Foot

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169-attach-flower-button-sewing-foot-videoThis versatile foot can attach a number of decorative accents.

We've mentioned here before how the easiest way to sew on a button (and make sure it's sturdy) is with the Button Sewing Foot.

This foot has two bars that attach to the foot shank to provide extra stability and also has a textured, rubber sleeve to hold the button securely in place while sewing.

Whether it's a two-hole or four-hole button, you simply align the button under the foot so that the swing of the needle puts it in the middle of the holes.

The Button Sewing Foot can also be used to attach a number of different decorative accents, like flowers. With the foot attached to your machine, you choose the button sewing stitch (or a regular zig zag but be sure to put the feed dogs down). Adjust the stitch so it's narrow. Position the flower right up against the front of the foot and sew.

To see how easy it is watch Button Sewing Foot Video: Sewing On A Flower. You'll learn how to sew on a flower in less than a minute.

The video demonstrates the Button Sewing Foot on the Memory Craft 11000 Special Edition sewing and embroidery machine. There's also a version of the foot for front loading machines called Button Sewing Foot (front loading machines).

See your Janome Dealer to find out which foot is right for your machine.

Watch Video On Attaching A Flower

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Monday, 09 May 2011 05:00

Janome Poll Results: What Did You Make For Mom This Year?

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166-making-for-mothers-day-poll-resultsThanks to everyone who voted in our poll.

Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day. Last Thursday we asked you to vote in our poll about what you were sewing for your mother this year.

Home decor items were the most popular, followed by clothing, and "I think Mom should be making something for me."

Surprisingly, Table Linens didn't get a single vote. Could this be a new trend? Probably just our unscientific polling methods.

Click the box below to the see the poll results. You can scroll down the page to see results from past polls as well.

See Mother's Day Poll Results

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Friday, 06 May 2011 05:00

Last Minute Mother's Day Apron: Make It Cute With Cross Stitch

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168-mothers-day-apron-projectA Ready-Made Apron + Some Creative Embroidery = A Fast & Fun Gift For Mom.

We used Digitizer MB and its Cross Stitch program to create this beautiful trio of hearts then added our "Home Is Where The Heart Is" wording in a fun Flair script. Save the design, transfer it to your Janome embroidery machine (we used the Memory Craft 11000 Special Edition) and you have a winning Mother's Day gift in the blink of an eye.

Our instructions include screen captures so you can see exactly what to do every step of the way. Once you experience how quick and simple it is to create Cross Stitch embroidery designs from graphics, you'll want to do it again and again.

Cross Stitch Apron Project Instructions

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Thursday, 05 May 2011 05:00

Janome Poll: What Are You Making For Mom This Year?

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167-making-for-mothers-day-pollMother's Day is Sunday. Tell us about your project.

Mother's Day is traditionally the busiest day of the year for America's restaurants. Probably because Dad and the kids don't know how to cook anything more complicated than toast.

It's also a busy time for sewing machines as daughters (and some sons) are making something special for Mom.

Are you sewing anything for your mother this year? If so, vote in our Janome Poll.

Then check back on Monday to see the results. 

Click Here To Take The Poll

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Wednesday, 04 May 2011 05:00

Janome Heritage: Early Computerized Workhorse, Memory Craft 6000

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165-mc6000-heritageSturdy, precise and dozens of decorative stitches. No wonder sewists loved it.

In 1986 "Miami Vice" was one of the hottest shows on TV. It was cool for men to wear pastel suits with t-shirts, loafers with no socks, and three day stubble. That didn't last. But something else from 1986 did: the Janome Memory Craft 6000 computerized sewing machine.

The MC6000 offered the best of both worlds. It was a solid, heavy-duty sewing machine with excellent stitch quality. And it featured the latest in computerized stitching.

It stitched easily on heavy materials; like canvas, upholstery fabric, and even leather. But could still sew beautifully on lightweight materials; like chiffon, batiste, and silks.

Sewists also got some of the most advanced features available in the mid-1980s. The MC6000 featured 135 stitches with Program Memory, enlongation and three Memory Buttonholes. It had Block and Script alphabets, running designs like crocodiles and flowers, a 7mm stitch width, as well as overlock and blind hem capabilities.

Today, the Horizon MC7700 QCP carries on the tradition of Janome power, stitch quality, and advanced features. Try one today at your local Janome Dealer. (And ask if they remember the MC6000!)

Read More About The MC7700 QCP

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