Video: Sewing Sheer Fabrics With The Straight Stitch Needle Plate & Foot
Lightweight fabrics sew wonderfully, if you just give them a little extra support.
The Memory Craft 11000 Special Edition has an accessory called the Straight Stitch Needle Plate & Foot Set to help keep silky and sheer fabrics from moving up and down with the needle. Because you use this foot and plate only with a straight stitch in the center needle position, it can offer much more support around the fabric.
Specially made for this machine, the Straight Stitch Needle Plate has a smaller needle hole to better support lightweight fabric. The Straight Stitch Foot has a single needle hole and the bottom of the foot is completely flat to hold the fabric firmly against the feed dogs.
To use this set, you need to remove your machine's regular needle plate, which is held in by two screws. To see how do do this for the MC 11000 Special Edition, watch Straight Stitch Needle Plate & Foot Video: Sewing Sheer Fabrics.
Janome Heritage: Sewing & Serging With The Combi
It's a sewing machine. No, wait, it's a serger.
Back in the early 1980s clock radios were all the rage. You could have a clock that played the radio as an alarm. Or was it a radio that could tell time?
At about that time, Janome released a sewing machine with an equally useful combination. It was called the New Home Combi. On one side it was a sewing machine. On the other side it was a serger.
The sewing machine had basic stitches including a buttonhole and a blind hem. The serger had two needles and would do a variety of overlock stitches, including a two thread flat lock.
If you were using the sewing machine side and wanted to do some stitching on the serger, you didn't have to get up and move. You could just pull a lever and the Combi would rotate on its stand, swinging the serger side around to the work position. Push the lever back in and you were ready to go.
We produced a number of Combi models throughout the 1980s, including the DX 502 shown in the illustration.
Today, sewists still find it handy to have basic serging functions incorporated into a sewing machine.
The Jem Gold Plus features the Light Serging System (LSS) which lets you trim, sew, and finish seams in one easy step. No need for an additional serger to professionally finish your garments and home dec projects, the Jem Gold Plus makes it easy to complete your sewing projects on one versatile machine.
Free Bonus Design from the Authors of Thread & Bobbin: Pretty Purple Quilt
Make This Easy Yet Striking Lap Quilt
If you read our pages regularly, you know we love, Thread & Bobbin by Kaitlin Witte and Alison Newman. It's a user-friendly book filled with 21 fun projects. Detailed instructions and lots of diagrams make the sewing novice comfortable, while a comphrehensive glossary and a technique section build confidence and skills.
The authors have teamed up to bring us another free bonus project! This quick and easy quilt project features a large focal fabric as a center medallion, and coordinating striped blocks make a unique frame. It's easy to finish in a weekend.
Be sure to pick up the book at your local Janome dealer for more simple and unique project ideas.
New Bright & Beautiful Project Series from Sew4Home: Gypsy Romance
Pick up your tambourine and put on your golden hoop earrings; it's time for brilliant colors, lavish designs and sparkling embellishments.
Janome is proud to sponsor the very creative folks at Sew4Home. We are always so excited to see, and tell you about, their latest projects so you can create them for yourselves. Right now they are featuring a wonderful series called Gypsy Romance created from Pillow & Maxfield's wonderful Gypsy Bandana fabric collection for Michael Miller Fabrics.
There a seven vibrant projects: three home décor options and four fun wearable items. Take a look at the already posted Pom Pom Throw, 3-D Triangle Pillows, Panel Curtains, Beaded Headscarf and Wrap Belt. And, coming soon: a three-tiered skirt, shoulder bag and pom pom garland.
Sew4Home exclusively uses Janome machines in their studios!
We're Tickled Pink About Our Cherry Blossom Bobbin Pack
Celebrating the 90th Anniversary of Janome Tokyo.
It's fitting that our Tokyo factory is celebrating its 90th anniversary with special Cherry Blossom Bobbins. We were first called "Janome" as a nickname because of the unique design of our lower bobbin. It reminded people of a snake eye, which is pronounced Ja-NO-me in Japanese. (You can read more about this story at the bottom of our About Janome page.)
Pink cherry blossoms are a well known symbol of Japan. This set of 25 pink bobbins is packaged in a Janome-brand cherry blossom motif organizer for easy carrying and storage. Janome "J" bobbins fit all standard Janome sewing machines (except the 1600 series and the MB-4).
Janome "J" bobbins are made of a special rubber and plastic combination, which allows them to better hold threads, absorb machine vibration and reduce noise. We're especially happy to offer this beautiful pink version for a limited time.
Video: Sewing Perfect 1/4" Seams And Corners With The 1/4" Seam Foot O
Here's a surefire way to keep your seam allowance accurate.
The most important skill in quilting is being able to sew a consistent quarter inch seam allowance. No matter how accurate you are at cutting out your pieces, if your 1/4" is off just a little, your quilt top won't square up correctly.
Even worse, it's the kind of error that compounds with each additional square: If you're off by just 1/16" on each square, by the time you've sewn eight squares, your quilt is off by a full half inch.
But there's good news. Janome has a presser foot that's designed to give you a perfect 1/4" seam allowance every time. It's called the 1/4 inch Seam Foot O.
This seam foot has a little metal flange to the right of the needle along which you guide your fabric. To see this foot in action, watch 1/4" Seam Foot O Video: Perfect 1/4" Seams And Corners. In the video this foot is demonstrated on the Memory Craft 11000 sewing and embroidery machine.
The guide can also be used wherever a 1/4" seam is called for. It is especially helpful when the markings on the needle plate cannot be used, such as when completing a flat-felled seam.
There are a number of different versions of this foot, depending on your Janome sewing machine:
DIY Dish Launches Their 3rd Season Today with a Joel Dewberry Feature
Season 3, Episode Number 1, featuring fabric designer Joel Dewberry starts today.
The DIY Dish Web Show brings you the latest and greatest projects, reviews, and how-to’s with everything DIY.
Today they begin their third season of "webisodes" with fabric designer Joel Dewberry. You'll see some of his creations and learn how to make his unique pin cushion.
As a prolific designer, artist and craftsman, Joel is thrilled to express his passion for design on the medium of fabric. He has harmonized an eclectic mix of design elements into a cohesive collection that delivers a modern yet timeless style. Joel launched his own textiles brand, Joel Dewberry Eclectic Modern in May 2007.
Hosts, Kim and Kris, love the creative process. As you might guess, Kim and Kris are identical twin sisters! As former elementary school teachers (they even taught in the SAME 4th grade classroom for many years!), they have always enjoyed sharing and teaching. Kim and Kris use Janome sewing machines and sergers and Janome America is proud to be a sponsor the DIY Dish site and webisodes.
Whether it be sewing, crafting, scrapbooking, quilting, embroidery, family projects, and more, you’ll enjoy watching The DIY Dish and participating too!
Janome Tokyo Sends Thanks For Outpouring Of Support
Photo Credit: Toshiharu Kato/Japanese Red Cross
Janome Employees Are Safe And Janome Offices And Factories Undamaged
As most of you know, Janome America's corporate headquarters are in Tokyo, Japan. We were all shocked to awake just days ago to the news of the earthquake and tsunami and to see the scenes of devastation from around the country. We wanted to let you know that everyone from the Janome Tokyo head office, the R&D Center and the factory are safe. There was no damage from the earthquake or tsunami to our home office or production facilities. Our employees also report their homes were not damaged. We are incredibly thankful for this news.
The transportation and communication lines in Japan have not yet been fully restored. Our staff who rely on the train could not get to work earlier this week, but most of them made it in yesterday via alternate routes or modes of transportation. We feel immeasurably fortunate to have escaped the damage and to have ample inventory in stock in warehouses and factories around the world.
Janome America stands ready to help. The Janome Group has donated considerably in the wake of other disasters; such as the Kobe earthquake in 1995, the September 11 Relief Fund in 2001, the tsunami that hit Thailand and 13 other countries in 2004, Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and Haiti last year. We will do the same for the victims of this most recent tragedy. Janome Group has already pledged a significant amount of money to assist those affected.
For those of you who want to help, we recommend donating to the Red Cross; they have set up a special fund: Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami. As news reports have indicated, the supplies, food and other items needed are vast, so a donation to a reputable organization such as the Red Cross would be most appropriate and can be used to purchase the most important items.
All of us here at Janome America, and especially all our colleagues in Japan, so appreciate the e-mails and telephone calls from friends, supporters and customers from all over the world. Please continue to keep all the Japanese citizens in your thoughts and prayers as they rebuild and restore. It is an honor to serve such compassionate and thoughtful customers.
Janome Heritage: First Professional-Style Embroidery Machine, MC8000
This three-in-one machine opened up new worlds of creative possibility.
Do you remember when you first saw the Memory Craft 8000? This embroidery pioneer turns 21 this year!
It caused quite a stir in the sewing world when Janome released it in 1990. It was the first home sewing machine that would allow you to do professional-style embroidery. For the first time you could just bring up a design on the screen, hoop up your fabric, and stitch it out.
And it didn't even need a bulky embroidery attachment.
You could do multi-color embroidery designs. You could build a design library of Memory Cards. And with the Scan 'n Sew, you could scan any line art and turn it into a design.
The MC8000 was also the first of the three-in-one machines, where you could do sewing and quilting along with the embroidery. Just choose your function on the ultra-modern touchscreen. Its monogramming function was also very popular.
The Memory Craft 8000 was a best-seller and there are still sewists using theirs today. Now, more than 20 years later, the 4th generation Memory Craft 11000 Special Edition is Janome's top-of-the-line model.
Video: Sewing On Four-Hole Buttons With The Button Sewing Foot
Learn how to use the Button Sewing Foot to sew on four-hole buttons.
So you have a terrific automatic buttonhole foot. But what about sewing on the button? Is there a special foot for that?
This accessory has two rubberized feet that hold your button still while your machine sews it into place.
The Button Sewing Foot is easy to set up. You just snap it on. Then choose your machine's button sew-on feature. If your machine doesn't have this, you simply choose a zigzag stitch and lower your feed dogs.
You position your button under the foot and then adjust your stitch width until your needle drops right into the center of the two holes. You test where your needle will pierce with the handwheel. Then simply stitch in those two holes.
But what if your button has four holes? Watch Button Sewing Foot Video: Sewing On Four-Hole Buttons. This demo was created using the Memory Craft 11000 Special Edition sewing and embroidery machine.
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