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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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Wednesday, 30 March 2011 05:00

Serger Smarts: 4-Thread Flatlock

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142-serger-smarts-4thread-flatlockA Great Decorative Effect - and Sturdy to Boot!

The Flatlock Stitch was first created to imitate a commercial cover stitch. This very functional stitch is sometimes called a Safety Stitch, because it is strong and very secure. A Janome serger that makes a variety of flatlock stitches is the 1110DX.

A little decorative thread can make this stitch a wonderful embellishment to any project. The 4-thread flatlock is certain to be secure, and as they say, “The more thread the merrier!”

Make the following adjustments to create a four-thread Flatlock stitch:

Left needle (Size 14) – 0 (zero tension)
Right Needle (Size 14) – 1
Upper Looper (with decorative thread) – 3
Lower Looper – (with regular serger thread) – 8
Stitch length – 2 – 3
Differential Feed – 1.0

Engage Stitch Finger for Standard Serging.
Note – adjust the lower looper tension slider to “RH”.

Read More About The Janome 1200D Serger

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Tuesday, 29 March 2011 05:00

Video: Sewing Sheer Fabrics With The Straight Stitch Needle Plate & Foot

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110-straight-stitch-needle-platefoot-videoLightweight 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.

More About The Straight Stitch Needle Plate & Foot

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Monday, 28 March 2011 05:00

Janome Heritage: Sewing & Serging With The Combi

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141-combi-dx-janome-heritageIt'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.

Read More About The Jem Gold Plus

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Friday, 25 March 2011 05:00

Free Bonus Design from the Authors of Thread & Bobbin: Pretty Purple Quilt

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137-purple-quilt-bonus-designMake 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.

Make the Quilt

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Thursday, 24 March 2011 05:00

New Bright & Beautiful Project Series from Sew4Home: Gypsy Romance

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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 Throw3-D Triangle Pillows, Panel Curtains, Beaded Headscarf and Wrap Belt. And, coming soon: a three-tiered skirt, shoulder bag and pom pom garland.

These projects can be completed with any Janome sewing machine. But if you're looking for a recommendation, Sew4Home suggests the MC7700 Horizon, DC5100 and 3160QDC sewing machines.

Sew4Home exclusively uses Janome machines in their studios!

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Wednesday, 23 March 2011 05:00

We're Tickled Pink About Our Cherry Blossom Bobbin Pack

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128-cherry-blossom-bobbin-packCelebrating 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.

Find the 90th Anniversary Cherry Blossom Bobbins at your local Janome Dealer.

Read More About Cherry Blossom Bobbins

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Tuesday, 22 March 2011 05:00

Video: Sewing Perfect 1/4" Seams And Corners With The 1/4" Seam Foot O

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109-perfect-qtr-inch-seams-videoHere'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:

  • 1/4" Seam Foot O - The foot demonstrated in the video.
  • 1/4 Inch foot O (front loading machines)
  • 1/4 inch Seam Foot (1600P series)
  • 1/4 inch Seam Foot For AcuFeed
  • Read More About The 1/4" Seam Foot O

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