Merry Christmas from Janome
And have a happy sewing New Year.
Can you believe another Christmas is already here? Neither can we.
From everyone here at Janome America, we send you best wishes for this Holiday season. May you get all your projects done on time; may your creativity make someone feel very special; and may you be able to spend the season with your family and the people you love.
A number of our Facebook friends have been telling us which sewing or embroidering machine they'd like Santa to bring them this year.
After all the wrapping paper is cleaned up, you can check in with us to see who got a new Horizon in their stocking, and who got a lump of coal.
Why We LOVE The Horizon Sewing Machine: The Three-Part Blanket Stitch
Quilting is the realm of the tiny detail. And we at Janome knows this.
When we built the Horizon Memory Craft 7700QCP, we added new features in even the smallest places, like the appliqué stitch package.
As on many Janome sewing machines, the Horizon offers a wide selection of Blanket Stitches for appliqué.But the Horizon includes one extra blanket stitch that really shines. However, you have to really be paying attention to realize the tiny improvement that was made to this stitch to make it so great.
In Janome quilting circles, Quilting Stitch #45 is sometimes referred to as the 'Waltzing Stitch.' This specialized appliqué stitch makes three steps for one blanket stitch: first it steps forward, then goes in for the ‘bite’ of the blanket stitch, then swings out to complete the stitch (1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3…). Most blanket stitches stitch just twice when they advance, so sometimes it's hard to tell on curves when the stitch will take a ‘bite’ into the appliqué. Quilting Stitch #41 cures the confusion and is the best stitch for creating perfect curved appliqué!
The NEW MC6300P: Auto Thread Cut for Buttonholes - Yay!
Did you Know?
The new Memory Craft 6300 sewing machine has a wide array of great features that any sewist will appreciate, some of which make even us scratch our heads and say, “How did they think of that?!”.
One of our favorite new features is an automatic thread cutter programmed into the end of any buttonhole or bartack. When you choose a buttonhole stitch, the automatic thread cutter is activated to snip your threads at the end of each buttonhole. It is so handy and convenient. This makes lines of buttonholes amazingly easy and quick to finish. Once you try it, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it.
Video: Quilting With The Open-Toe Foot Set
What is an open-toe quilting foot and why would I want to use one?
On a sewing machine presser foot, the 'toe' is the (usually) upturned front of the foot that glides over the fabric. In most cases, the toe has a solid surface with a hole for the needle to go into. But some Janome quilting feet come in an 'open toe' version. On an open-toe foot, the whole front of the foot is opened up in a 'U' shape.
This design has the advantage of letting you see exactly where the sewing machine needle is penetrating the fabric. The Open-Toe Quilt Foot Set includes an Open-toe Walking foot with Quilt Guide and an Open-toe Darning foot. This set's walking foot has special feed dogs that work in sync with your sewing machine to pull the top layers of your fabric in perfect sync with the bottom.
The open-toe design lets you see the needle so you can stop stitching exactly at the end of your seam. It is also very handy for precise techniques, like stitching in the ditch.
The Open-Toe Walking Foot attaches a little differently from a regular snap on foot. But once you see it done, it's easy. Watch Open-Toe Quilt Set (High Shank) Video: Quilting With The Open-Toe Foot to learn how to set up and use this foot to stitch through several quilt layers, including high loft batting.
Paisley Twist Holiday Stocking
Nothing adorns the holiday mantle better than a handmade Christmas stocking
This classic Christmas stocking can be made entirely on your Janome sewing and embroidery machine – the detailing and trims are created with our free embroidery design downloads. The elegant gold and cream coloring will blend beautifully with traditional holiday reds and greens, adding a new elegance and sense of celebration to your home. This fabulous project arrives just in time for the holidays from Bernadette Griffith of Bertina Studio.
Did You Know: Download Free Software Updates On Janome.com
Is your Memory Craft running the latest software update?
The sewing machine is one of the few home appliances to fully take advantage of computerization. Not only does an on-board computer give you sophisticated functions like embroidery, but you can improve your machine by updating its operating system.
Your microwave oven has a little processor chip in it, but you can't upgrade its functions by downloading and installing new software. But you can with your Memory Craft embroidery machine. And the downloads are free on the Janome.com.
If you have a Memory Craft 11000, MC10001, MC10000, MC350E, MC300E, MC200E, MC9500, or MB-4, you should go to the Software Updates page and make sure your machine has the latest software. Read the description to make sure you're downloading the version you need. (It is possible to take your machine back one or two versions.) You'll find directions for installing the software on each download page. Major upgrades, like turning your Memory Craft 11000 into a Special Edition machine, can be purchased at your Janome dealer. Your dealer will also help you install these major upgrades.
The Software Update page also has updates for your Janome embroidery software. These are designed to fix any issues that have arisen after the software was released and to add more features and in many cases speed up various functions. In some cases they make your software compatible with newer Windows® operating systems.
You'll find updates for the following software packages: Customizer 2000 through 11000, Digitizer 10000, PC Folder Tools, Digitizer Pro/MB, and Digitizer Jr.
Again, read the description carefully before downloading and installing anything.
A Short Story Of How The Sewing Machine Changed Home Sewing from Labor-Intensive To A Labor Of Love
A sewing machine cut the time required to make a man's shirt by 90%.
Back in 1860, when we got our start making home sewing machines, clothing was extremely expensive. That's because it was nearly all sewn by hand. The woman of the house, when she wasn't preparing meals or cleaning, would make her family's clothing.
Only the wealthy could afford to buy their everyday clothing in stores or have them made by a tailor. As a consequence, a lot of time was spent repairing clothing with needle and thread.
If the average homemaker wanted to make her husband a shirt, she would first have to save up enough to buy the fabric. Then she would carefully lay out the pattern and cut out the pieces, saving every scrap of fabric. Then, when time allowed, she would painstakingly sew the whole thing together by hand. It took patience, skill, and a whole lot of time.
But if she could afford one of the new treadle-powered home sewing machines, she could finish a garment that by hand might have taken days to complete, in just a few hours. Having one of these "modern marvels" meant a marked improvement for the family – such as having more than one change of clothes, not to mention a big saving of labor for women.
Along with the steam engine and the telegraph, the sewing machine brought big changes to 19th century life.
Today, Janome sewing machines and sergers are making sewing faster and easier than ever.
Great Scarves for You, for Gifts, for Fun
We thought you'd enjoy this array of inspiring, clever, and adorable sewn scarf patterns.
There is nothing like a simple scarf around your neck for keeping out the winter chills... and keeping you looking fabulous. Couple that with the fact that most of these scarves are quick projects, and you’ve got the recipe for a great holiday gift!
Each of the great projects we found can be completed in an afternoon at your sewing machine. So with little more than a week to go before Christmas, it’s time to get stitching!
Amy Butler offers a free pattern for this Sash with Fringe. It is understated and elegant – perfect with jeans or a cute dress.
This scarf was inspired by those found in Anthropologie. Making the embedded texturing in this scarf is really easy – but what a wonderful effect.
This scarf from BurdaStyle is a great way to use up scraps of multiple colors and textures. The fringes at the bottom add a perfect touch.
Have a gentleman friend with too many ratty T-shirts? This scarf is a perfect way to give those old T-shirts a new life!
Amy Butler does it again. A simple pattern becomes the perfect scarf with soft and cozy flannels.
This simple scarf becomes a feminine work of genius with a few rows of adorable ruffles. The Janome Ultimate Ruffler would make quick work of the details!
The DC4030 -- Big Buttons - Big Fun
Enjoy easy navigation and great stitch quality on a computerized machine.
If you've seen it, what you'll remember about it is the innovative navigation system. You don't have to turn a dial to access the 30 stitches. You choose each one directly by pressing a large, illustrated button on the front of the machine. There are actually two stitch options per button; you make your selection by pressing once for the left stitch and twice for the right.
You'll enjoy several features normally found only on more expensive models, such as a Needle Up/Down Button, a Lock Stitch Button, a Reverse Button, a Start/Stop Button, and Adjustable Foot Pressure which allows you to select from four foot pressure levels to perfectly accommodate fabrics of different thicknesses.
The Decor Computer 4030 is a lightweight yet sturdy sewing machine designed to do both delicate decorative work and functional heavy-duty sewing. It features 30 actual stitches, 6 one-step buttonholes, a built-in One-Hand Needle Threader, and Stitch Width and Length adjustments. There is also a Stitch Elongation feature, which means you can elongate some stitches without losing any density.
Video: Create Professional Rolled Hems With The Hemmer Foot Set
This presser foot will fold and sew your hem in one easy step.
When we sit down in front of our sewing machines, we all want to achieve that "professional finish" on our next project--whether on home décor projects, garments or accessories. One place where a nicely done stitch really sets a project apart is along the hem.
Traditionally, to make a professional looking rolled hem, you start at your ironing board, carefully pressing the rough edge. Then you turn it and iron it again, before going over to your sewing machine to sew your hemming stitch. If your item has a long seam, this can be time-consuming, especially as you try to keep the hem width even along its entire length. It can also lead to burned fingertips.
To make rolled hems faster and easier, Janome developed the Hemmer Foot Set, which works with its top-loading sewing machines. This set includes two feet: the 4mm Hemmer foot and the 6mm Hemmer foot, depending on the finished width you'd like to create. Each foot creates straight, professional rolled hems on light to medium weight fabrics. The channel guide holds the rolled fabric and allows for a straighter hem.
For easy step-by-step instrcutions, watch the video Hemmer Foot Set: Create Professional Rolled Hems. The demonstration is on the Memory Craft 11000 Special Edition but you'd follow the same steps with any Janome machine.
The Hemmer feet are easy to snap onto your machine. Select a straight stitch. Then simply roll the edge of your fabric to the desired width and feed it into the foot. As it sews, it continues to fold your fabric and stitch it down in one step to create just what you were looking for: the professional finished hem.
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