Serger Smarts: Why Do I Need A Serger Part 1 of 2
The serger is the perfect machine for achieving a professional finish quickly and easily.
Many people who sew are afflicted with a tendency toward perfectionism. Those who admire their work may swoon over the beauty of the finished product, while the sewist herself sees only the three errant stitches in the left sleeve.
Because of this, as many sewists refine their skills, they aspire more and more toward the professional finishes found in ready-to-wear garments and other professionally produced sewn goods. A serger is the logical next step.
With its multiple threads and that sharp cutting blade, the serger may seem intimidating, but don't let looks fool you. A basic understanding of the different parts of the machine and what they do to achieve the variety of stitches will go a long way toward making you comfortable with this remarkable and versatile machine.
Happy Thanksgiving From Janome
We wish you and your family the happiest Thanksgiving Day and hope you can look back over the year and remember much to be thankful for.
At Janome America we are thankful for many things, including our customers. We hope this holiday season gives you many chances to display your amazing creativity.
History Of The Original Thanksgiving
The Pilgrims landed at Plymouth late in 1620 full of hope for a new life. But over the next year, they saw more than half their number die from disease. With the help of Squanto, a Native American of the Patuxet tribe, they successfully planted crops, and in the fall of 1621 had their first successful harvest. The colonists celebrated the first Thanksgiving with 90 members of the Wampanoag tribe, with whom Squanto had been living. Because wild turkey was plentiful, it's likely they ate this during the three day feast, giving rise to our modern tradition.
There were many days of thanksgiving observed throughout the next 150 years, including George Washington's 1777 official proclamation after the victory at the Battle of Saratoga.
Our observance of the official holiday was instituted by President Abraham Lincoln during the darkest days of the Civil War. In 1863 Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be celebrated on the final Thursday in November. Despite the ravages of war and a country which was being torn in two, he found much to be thankful for. The proclamation is only about a page long and well worth reading today.
Read Abraham Lincoln's Thanksgiving Day Proclamation on the National Park Service website.
Video: Installing A Zipper With The Concealed Zipper Foot
A well-sewn invisible zipper should look like it's simply part of the seam.
You can use a hidden zipper on so many different kinds of projects: a skirt, pillows, or as a closure for a purse. It gives a finished, professional look to any project and is much easier to install with your sewing machine than many people think.
The key is to get the needle as close to the teeth as possible. The Concealed Zipper Foot accomplishes this by slightly unrolling the zipper just before the needle. The foot also has special grooves on the bottom which guide each side of the zipper teeth as you sew down the tape.
Printed instructions for putting in a zipper can sometimes be hard to follow if you've never done it before; it's almost like you have to see somebody demonstrate it once. So, we created a video appropriately called Installing A Zipper With The Concealed Zipper Foot. In about a minute you can see one of our instructors attach the foot and show you how to sew each side so you end up with a beautiful hidden zipper. This video demonstration was done on a Memory Craft 11000 Special Edition, but many Janome sewing machines can use this foot (or a version of it).
Introducing the Memory Craft 6300P
Our most popular professional-line features in a new economical model.
So, you’ve caught the sewing bug, and you’re ready for a machine that can keep up with you. But your budget doesn’t quite allow for the very top of the line? No problem. Janome created the Memory Craft 6300P just for you! This machine comes with all of the extras that you’re looking for, such as:
- Thread cutter
- Memorized needle up/down
- Low bobbin indicator
- An independent bobbin winder
66 built-in stitches and 4 buttonholes give you the stitches you need to handle all of your sewing tasks. And 9” of sewing space is plenty of room for quilting and other large projects. This is definitely the machine you want on your holiday wish list! Talk to your Janome dealer today, or stop in and take a test drive.
Holiday Sewing Promotion Going On Now
This Holiday Season we have the perfect gift for quilters on the go: Janome's Horizon-To-Go travel set.
During the next few weeks, when you purchase a new Horizon MC7700 QCP, you also get a custom Janome designer trolley bag filled with thread for FREE. The rolling trolley case and the custom Horizon thread gift box with 12 mini king spools have a retail value of over $250. Find out more about our Holiday promotion.
Horizon Opens Up New Possibilities In Quilting And Sewing
Why is this sewing and quilting machine causing such a buzz? There's never been a Janome like it.
From the widest bed in its class to the most illuminating lighting system, the Horizon sewing and quilting machine gives you so much more to enjoy. It has speed, precision and an innovative navigation system that makes it a breeze to choose your stitch from the 250 available.
You have plenty of room to stretch your creative muscles. Controls are positioned where it makes the most sense for hours of enjoyment. Operation is instinctive, with icons and buttons that are easy to use and understand. And of course, the Horizon is a true Janome sewing machine where it matters most: the quality of your stitches.
Just a few of the Horizon's features:
- 11" x 4.7" work area with an extra-long free arm
- Navigate via LCD screen or tactile jog dial
- AcuFeed™ System moves layers of fabric in perfect sync
- Extension table and cloth guide come standard
- 250 stitches and 20 memory banks
- Quilt piecing system
- Full length measuring markings on the arm plus needle plate angles, cornering and needle drop guides
Offer based on regular retail price and valid 10/18/2010 - 12/31/2010 at authorized Janome dealers in the USA and Canada. Limited to supplies on hand.
Beginning Sewing Webinar - Login, It's Free
Tune into Janome's Beginning Sewing Webinars
Are you just learning to sew or do you want to help someone learn? This series shows you the basics of how to teach sewing to an aspiring young sewist, or will help you if you're just beginning.
Taught by Janome instructors, and presented in cooperation with HomeSchoolBlogger.com, these online classes are free, but you must register to attend. They occur on a mid-month Wednesday and are streamed live at 4 PM EST.
Lesson 1 was broadcast November 10th, but don't worry if you missed it. You can watch an archived version of the class. Go to the registration page and scroll down to see the video window.
Lesson 2 is coming up on Wednesday, December 15 so mark your calendar and don't forget to register today.
Lesson 3 is scheduled for Wednesday, January 12; Lesson 4 will be on Wednesday, February 16.
Separate Registrations are required for each subsequent lesson. Space is limited so be sure to register early.
Each lesson will be taught by Alison Newman and/or Kim Schultz of Janome America, Inc. You'll learn the basics of the sewing machine and the process of sewing, while at the same creating a series of fun and creative projects. Sewing unites a variety of important skills – from math to hand-eye coordination – while encouraging students to explore their creative talents. Bring a life-long and fulfilling hobby into your world with Janome’s classes.
Why We LOVE The Horizon Sewing Machine: The Optional Thread Stand
Store two large thread cones on the back of the machine
The extra-wide 11” bed of the Janome Horizon sewing and quilting machine makes it ideal for quilting. And we all know quilting often requires a lot of thread, plus many manufacturers now offer the larger, more economical king and mini-king spools, which won’t fit on the traditional machine spool pins.
This extra-high expandable feeding stand allows an even flow of thread, without adding any tension to the thread itself. The thread stand attaches directly and securely to the sewing machine, which eliminates the risk of anything tipping over during use.
It's the perfect accessory for anyone looking to use large thread spools, or who wants to keep more than one thread color ready for a project.
Video: Getting Precise Embroidery Placement With The Clothsetter 10000
So precise, you can make embroidery designs of virtually any size.
One of the things that sets Janome Memory Craft embroidery machines apart from other brands is the Clothsetter 10000. This unique tool helps you place your fabric in the embroidery hoop perfectly every time. It's so accurate, you can create embroidery designs of almost unlimited size by placing each embroidered section precisely next to the one before.
The Clothsetter 10000 is compatible with Embroidery Hoop A (5" x 4.3") and Embroidery Hoop B (5.5" x 7.9") and so can be used on Memory Craft sewing and embroidery machines that use these hoops.
The MC11000 Special Edition has a special extension table with the Clothsetter built right in. There are several video tutorials on this Clothesetter as well.
How easy is it to use? Watch the video Getting Precise Embroidery Placement With The Clothsetter 10000. In less than two minutes you'll learn how to use the Clothsetter 10000 with a printed template to accurately position your fabric in the hoop. And you'll also see how larger designs can be created in parts using this tool.
Techniques You Need: How To Sew A French Seam
This seam was once the standard on all fine garments made of lightweight fabric.
Probably the most elegant – and feared – of seam techniques is the French Seam. It's used to enclose the seam allowance on the inside of project. When a zigzag or serge stitch would leave a lot of thread visible through the fabric, a French Seam can be used.
This technique is great for garments, home décor, or any project where you need to hide your seams. Common examples are curtains or a patchwork scarf. It's something you can do with any Janome sewing machine.
One of the reasons the French Seam is more feared than necessary is that when you look at the finished seam, it’s hard to understand just how it is done. But in reality the basic process is really quite simple.
Follow our instructions to make a French Seam in six simple steps.
Give A Sewing Machine To A College Student? Why This Is A GREAT Idea!
This age group is rediscovering the joy of making-it-yourself.
College students from every era seem to share the same dilemma: Lots of big ideas but no money to make them happen.
We've seen some amazing projects created by college students with little more than fabric, lots of creativity, and access to an old sewing machine. We say, "Impressive." And "Just imagine what they'll do when they get a decent machine."
Having a good quality sewing machine at college means that instead of tacking up a sheet, you can actually make curtains. Instead of throwing a bedspread over that old couch, you can make a real slipcover or a fun decorative blanket. And instead of throwing away clothes and accessories that need to be repaired, you fix them.
Of course a college student needs to be careful. If it gets out that she (or he) knows how to alter thrift store clothes, turn old State U t-shirts into a cool State U quilt, or just hem a pair of jeans--friends and "friends" of friends will be lining up at the dorm room door.
This holiday season, check out these Lightweight Favorite Janome machines that give you excellent stitch quality at a work-study price.
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