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Tuesday, 26 April 2011 05:00

Video: Making Piping With The Narrow Base Zipper Foot

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158-piping-narrow-base-zipper-foot-videoThe 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. 

There are two models of this foot, one for High Shank sewing machines and one for Low Shank. Ask your Janome Dealer which one is right for your sewing machine.

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.

Watch Piping Video

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Monday, 25 April 2011 05:00

Spring Specials: Save Now on the 204D Serger

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161-spring-special-2011-mylock240dEmbroidery, 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

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Friday, 22 April 2011 05:00

Earth Day: Janome Sponsors Amazing Recycle Runway in Atlanta

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155-recycle-runway-atlanta-jano-sponsorsThis 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!

Read More About Recycle Runway in Atlanta

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Thursday, 21 April 2011 05:00

What You Need To Know About Needles: Red Tip

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154-jano-needles-red-tipFor 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.

Janome Red Tip needles are designed to work on all Janome sewing, quilting and embroidery machines.

More About Red Tip Needles

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Wednesday, 20 April 2011 05:00

New Product: Custom Accessory Bag For Janome Tables

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157-accessory-bag-for-janome-tablesSewing 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.

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Tuesday, 19 April 2011 05:00

Video: Install A Zipper With The Zipper Foot E

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153-zipper-foot-e-videoYes, 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.

Watch The Lap Zipper Video

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Monday, 18 April 2011 05:00

Spring Specials: Save Now on the DC2011

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156-spring-special-2011-dc2011The Spring Specials continue at your local Janome Dealer.

Whether you are embroidering, sewing or serging; there's a great deal in store now at your participating Janome America Dealer.

You can save $200 on the NEW DC2011 and get legendary Janome quality at a great price. Sew with confidence with fifty stitches, including 24 Heirloom stitches and three buttonholes, plus the precision and convenience features you'd expect to find only on high-end models.

This is a Limited Edition model, and when they're gone, they're gone. It has already shot to the top of our best-sellers list, and we are excited to be able to offer it during our Spring Promotion for $200 off! "Test Stitch" it at your Janome Dealer today, and make sure you get a demonstration of its Superior Feed System, Automatic Tension, as well as all those great decorative stitches. 

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Friday, 15 April 2011 05:00

Spring Specials: MC9700 Gift-With-Purchase Bundle

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152-spring-special-2011-mc9700-bundleThis Spring, there's something fresh and new on sale for everyone at your local Janome Dealer.

Starting today, there are some great reasons to stop by your local Janome Dealer to shop for the perfect new machine to welcome the sunny, sewing days of Spring!

When you buy the Memory Craft 9700 sewing and embroidery machine, you can get DigitizerJr. for just $200!

The MC9700 is our most popular mid-range sewing/embroidery combo model. And, if you're new to digitizing, DigitizerJr is the perfect software to learn to express yourself in stitches. Our Spring Special pricing saves you $299 on this powerful, easy-to-use digitizing program.

Find Out More About Our Spring Specials

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Thursday, 14 April 2011 05:00

Super Spring Pillow Project in the Modern Quilter Style

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151-super-spring-pillow-projectHorizon Memory Craft 7700 QCP Enthusiast, Alissa Haight Carlton Brings Us A New Pillow Project

This simple, quilted pillow is an ideal beginning sewing project. With an envelope closure and simple piecing, it's super easy. But the incredible topstitching detail gives it an expert-level finishing touch. Alissa credits all those beautiful, perfectly straight and even lines to the precision of the Janome Horizon she uses for all her modern quilting.

What is Modern Quilting?

You can find out more from the Modern Quilt Guild. They describe it as: a new twist on the traditional art of quilting. It could be something as simple as using a traditional quilt block and updating it in a fresh, fun, new way, using modern fabrics, modifying the block arrangement or even the scale of the block.

The piecing could be improvisational and wonky, or it could be very exact and measured, following a pattern or creating your own. The quilting might be traditional stippling, clean straight lines or a very free and fun, quilt-as-you-go style. Fabrics could be upcycled vintage sheets, custom digital printed fabric, a yummy selection from one of the new modern fabric designers, or an old fabric from an ever growing stash.

Find out more about Janome's ultimate quilting machine.

Go To Alissa's Spring Pillow Project

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Wednesday, 13 April 2011 05:00

Terrific Technique: Pintuck Shadow Effects

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150-pintuck-shadow-effect-tipsGet A Unique Effect With This Technique!

Sometimes an understated effect is just what you need. The Pintuck Foot used with Pintuck Cord Guides are perfect accessories for just that.

Colorful yarn or embroidery floss can create a unique and shadow effect when sewn with twin needles and your Janome sewing machine.

Check out our instructions for this great new technique!

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