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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!

Read More About This Pintuck Technique

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Tuesday, 12 April 2011 05:00

Video: Calibrate Your MC11000 To The Clothsetter Table 11000

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148-mc11000-cothsetter-table-videoYou get perfect embroidery placement and it works as an extension table.

The Clothsetter Extension Table is an exclusive accessory that does two jobs for the Memory Craft 11000 Special Edition sewing and embroidery machine. First, it allows you to place embroidery designs on your fabric with perfect accuracy. Second, it works as an extension table to give extra support to larger sewing projects.

The Clothsetter Extension Table enables you to get precise embroidery placement by giving you a way to place your project in exactly the right spot in your embroidery hoop. On your fabric you mark exactly where you want the center of your design and then use the crosshairs on the Clothsetter to adjust your fabric in the hoop until it's in the right position.

But before you use your Clothsetter Extension Table, you need to calibrate it to your specific MC11000 machine.

This involves stitching out the test embroidery pattern built in to your machine. You place it in your Clothsetter, and then make fine adjustments to the arm position until the crosshairs line up. It's actually pretty easy to do.

Watch Clothsetter Table 11000 Video: Calibrating To Your Machine.

To learn more about this accessory, you can watch all six instructional videos. They're all listed on the Clothsetter Table 11000 page.

Watch Clothsetter Table Calibration Video

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Monday, 11 April 2011 05:00

Jenny Haskins Partners With Janome America

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149-jenny-haskins-designsWe're proud to announce Janome America Dealers can now offer a full selection of Jenny Haskins products.

Jenny Haskins, a native of Australia and a professional artist, traded in her brushes and paint for needle and thread. She worked as the National Marketing Manager for a major sewing machine company, had a regular sewing segment on a national TV program, and eventually started her own company, which has become a major influence in the world of quilting.

Now you can find her clever and creative product line at select dealers. Click to read more about five of our favorites.

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Friday, 08 April 2011 05:00

Did You Know? Your Start/Stop Button Can Be Used To Slow Down

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145-startstop-button-did-you-knowSome Of Your Favorite Features Have Hidden Identities! 

Sure, we all know about the multitude of great features on Janome machines, but some of the features offer more than meets the eye! One such feature is the Start/Stop Button.

Traditionally, this button is used for long seams. You press the button to sew without the presser foot, so you can relax and focus on your seams.

This great feature can also be used to slow down the needle speed at the beginnng and end of seams, when you may have to pay special attention to hems or other fabric issues. At the beginning of a seam, simply press and hold to slowly accelerate up to your set speed. At the end, press and hold to slow down, then release to stop. This useful feature is a Janome Exclusive!

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Thursday, 07 April 2011 05:00

Janome Sponsors Online Sewing Class by Jennifer Paganelli

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147-online-sewing-class-jpaganelle-jano-sponsorJanome America helps sponsor an affordable online video class from fabric designer Jennifer Paganelli.

Online video channel Rick Rack: Thread Therapy for Sewers kicks off its new season on Sunday, May 15 with a class featuring talented fabric designer, Jennifer Paganelli.

Jennifer's new book Girl's World debuts this month. (A copy of the book is included with your class registration.) Though it was hard for Rick Rack to choose their favorite from the 21 adorable sewing patterns, they chose the pretty cover dress. Mary's Fancy Sash Dress is their first online project of the new season.

Registration for the class is open through May 12th. Then on May 15th, join Jennifer and Girl's World pattern maker and sewing expert, Dolin O'Shea for this exciting online sewing tutorial. No prior sewing experience is necessary.

Find out more about the class, register, and see free video tutorials from Rick Rack.

Jennifer Paganelli is the creator of Sis Boom fabrics, which has over eight lines with Free Spirit Fabrics and a line with Sunbrella. Her work has been featured in national publications including Real Simple and Country Living. Girl's World is Jennifer's first book.

Register For Online Class

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Wednesday, 06 April 2011 05:00

What You Need To Know About Needles: Quality Construction

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146-janome-needles-did-you-knowOunce for ounce, this is the most important piece of metal on your machine.

If you're sewing along at 600 stitches per minute (not even the fastest many of our Janome models can go), your needle is piercing the fabric TEN times per second. Each and every time, it must put your thread in exactly the right place at exactly the right time for every stitch.

It's no wonder a a worn needle can cause problems for your machine. You should always start each new project with a new needle. Even better, you should choose the brand of needle engineered for your machine.

Janome Needles: Specifically Designed For Your Machine

In our 150 years of making sewing machines, we've learned a thing or two about sewing needles. We make our own line of needles, which have been engineered to enable your Janome machine to produce the best quality stitches.

146-jano-needles-detailsWhy are Janome needles better? Here's the detailed answer:

Shank: The upper end of the needle which is inserted into the machine. Janome needles (except the industrial DB) all have a flat back shank to insure perfect positioning.

Shaft: The body of the needle below the shank. Janome needles have a precision-formed shaft, which varies in thickness depending on the number of the needle.

Front Groove: This groove, located on the front of the shaft, acts as the last thread guide before the thread goes through the eye of the needle.

Scarf: The short indentation above the eye of the needle. It allows the hook on your Janome bobbin case to get close to the eye of the needle so it can catch the thread loop and form the stitch. Janome's longer, deeper scarf helps eliminate skipped stitches.

Eye: The hole at the end of the needle through which the thread passes. Janome needles have especially smooth eye holes to keep thread feeding smoothly and to avoid snagging.

See all the different types of Janome Needles now available at your local Janome Dealer.

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Tuesday, 05 April 2011 05:00

Video: Echo Quilting With The Convertible Even Feed Foot Set

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124-echo-quilting-videoAdd a new dimension to your quilting. It's easy when you use the right foot.

Echo quilting is when you make repeating lines of stitching an equal distance apart. You can achieve this even spacing by measuring and marking your quilt square but an easier way is to use the Adjustable Quilting Guide on the Convertible Even Feed Foot Set.

The foot ensures that your layers of quilt and batting are feeding evenly through your machine while the guide ensures that each row of stitching is the same distance away from the last.

To set the distance between your rows of stitching, simply adjust the the guide either further out or closer to your needle.

Once you've seen the foot in action, it's easy to use. Watch Convertible Even Feed Foot Set (High Shank) Video: Echo Quilting

Echo quilting is just one of the things you can do with the Convertible Even Feed Foot Set. The foot, made for feeding thick layers of fabric evenly, has everything you need for trouble-free quilting. The foot set includes both open toe and closed toe attachments, a stitch-in-the-ditch guide, and an adjustable guide.

There are two versions of this foot set, one for high shank sewing machines like the Memory Craft 11000 Special Edition, and one for low shank Janome machines.

Watch The Echo Quilting Video

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Monday, 04 April 2011 05:00

Great Machines For A Great Cause: Pink Ribbon Series

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144-pink-ribbon-seriesJanome is a proud to announce the Pink Ribbon series.

If you are a subscriber to our Janome eNews Newsletter, this exciting announcement also arrived in your email box this morning. Two brand new machines, which commemorate the cause of finding a cure for breast cancer, will be available this month at participating Janome America dealers.

Each machine has the power, precision and easy-to-use features you've come to expect on your favorite Janome sewing/quilting models. The MS5027PR is an all-around workhorse with 27 stitches, a one-step buttonhole and a built-in needle threader. The DC4030PR is a computerized model with 30 stitches; convenience buttons for needle up/down, lock stitch and start/stop; and six one-step™ buttonholes. Both models are beautifully designed and carry the Pink Ribbon logo.

And, the machines come with this amazing Ready To Quilt BONUS PACKAGE: Walking Foot, ¼" Seam Foot and Blanket Stitch capability.

See your Janome America dealer today for a full demonstration.

Learn More About the DC4030PR

Learn More About the MS5027PR

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Friday, 01 April 2011 05:00

Hemming Knits with a Twin Needle

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00-generic-terrific-tipLooking to hem knits? Here's a special trick for using your sewing machine!

For a professional finish, the serger is the best machine to use for creating hems in knits and other fabrics. However, if you only have a regular sewing machine, there are ways around using a serger. Click the red box below to discover our trick for hemming knit fabrics with a twin needle and a conventional sewing machine.

Twin Needle Knit Hemming Technique

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Thursday, 31 March 2011 05:00

Why We Love The MC11000 Special Edition: The AcuGuide Automatic Cloth Guide

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143-acuguide-cloth-guide-mc11kseThis exclusive Janome accessory makes hemming, rows of decorative stitches, and perfect 1/4" seams a breeze.

The Memory Craft 11000 Special Edition was designed to open up new possibilities in embroidery, sewing, and quilting.

One way the MC11000 Special Edition helps you make the most of your sewing time is when it automatically measures your seam allowances. Using an exclusive accessory called the AcuGuide™ Automatic Cloth Guide, the machine allows you to stitch precisely measured seams without rulers or markers.

You simply snap the AcuGuide onto the carriage arm of the embroidery mechanism. Then enter your desired seam allowance. The MC11000 Special Edition automatically moves the guide the correct distance to the right of the needle and you're ready to sew your seam.

Quilters love the AcuGuide™ for their 1/4" seams. But it's also wonderful for hemming or aligning rows of quilting or decorative stitching.

To see how easy it is to set up and use this accessory watch AcuGuide Cloth Guide Video: How To Automatically Measure A Seam.

More Reasons To Love The MC11000 Special Edition

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