Free Bonus Design from the Authors of Thread & Bobbin: Hanging Wall Blocks
These soft baby alphabet blocks are perfect for a nursery... oh heck, we want them everywhere!
It's a little hard to tell from our tiny pictures, but these adorable blocks are dimensional. When you click through to the project LINK, you'll see they are pretty little cubes with hanging ribbons so you can string them together to make a darling display in a nursery or playroom.
This project is a special bonus from our friends Alison Newman (from Janome America) and Kaitlin Witte, and is one of the many projects they created when preparing for their book, thread & bobbin: 21 simple sewing projects ($18, All American Crafts). It's a great book for beginners, but equally fun for those more skilled because of the very cute ideas... like this one!
Baby It's STILL Cold Out There: Make Our Cute Pom Pom Gloves
Give me a J-A-N-O-M-E!
It's hard to be happy when your hands are cold. So we came up with these super fun pom pom gloves to keep you warm . . . and cheery. Ours are embroidered with the "home team," but you could substitute a child's name, a mascot name or a fun saying, like "Hooray!" or "Happy" on one hand and "Know It!" on the other.
The colorful finger poms are made using Clover's clever Pom Pom maker. Many Janome dealers carry a variety of Clover products; check out what's available at your dealer. Our friends at Sew4Home, where Janome is a Signature Sponsor, did a great pom pom tutorial of how to use this handy tool.
Introducing the DC1050 Computerized Sewing Machine
Don't let the economy price fool you. This computerized sewing and quilting machine delivers, speed, quality and time-saving features.
If you've been looking in the Economy price range for a sewing machine, but want more than just bare-bones features, you're going to want to look at the new Janome DC1050 sewing machine.
It's a full-size, computerized machine with a powerful DC motor, 50 stitches, including three one-step buttonholes, and a maximum speed of 820 stitches per minute.
Your first concern should always be stitch quality. And the DC1050 delivers this with Janome's 7-piece feed dog system below the needle and computerized precision above. Combined with strong needle penetration, it feeds all weights of fabric smoothly, giving you excellent results on home décor, garments and quilting projects.
The 50 built-in stitches include utility and basic construction stitches like straight, zig zag, blind hem, and overcasting, as well as appliqué, blanket and heirloom stitches. There's also a locking stitch you can activate with a button.
Navigation between stitches and adjusting stitch settings is easily accomplished with the backlit LCD display. For quick reference, all 50 stitches are listed on the front of the machine.
The DC1050 includes lots of features you wouldn't expect on a budget-conscious machine: a one-hand needle threader, a memorized needle up/down function, and a Start/Stop button, which allows you to sew long seams without using the foot control.
See our web site for more information on the DC1050 sewing machine, including complete specifications and an instruction manual.
Also, take a read through the thorough review over at www.sewing-machines-for-beginners.com.
Taking A Winter Vacation? Make Our Fun Beach Blanket Tote!
Open it up to lounge. Then fold it up to tote.
If you're suffering through this winter's ice and snow, we bet nothing sounds better than taking off to where the sun is shining!
If you are lucky enough to escape, make this great Beach Blanket Tote before you go. It's similar in construction to a 'quillow' or pocket pillow--a lap quilt that folds up into a throw pillow. Our design makes use of fun decorative stitches to quilt the layers and has a great alternating stripe design. Aloha!
You can make the Beach Blanket Tote with any Janome sewing machine and intermediate skills.
Free Embroidery Download: Colorful Fish from Bertina Studio
Stitch this vibrant embroidery design into your next project!
Her elegant circling fish design is perfect for a pillow front or the center of a tablecloth. We love the featured color palette with its traditional color values, but you could swap out these tones for neutrals or pastels or metallics and create an entirely new effect.
The free design in the .JEF format was created using Janome's Digitizer Jr. software. It's sized for the 200x200 SQ hoop, which comes standard with the Memory Craft 11000 Special Edition embroidery and sewing machine.
Techniques You Need: Free Motion Satin Stitch
Try this technique with any fabric for an impressive - yet easy - effect.
"Shop-hops" (those great days of fabric hunting and gathering) can be a lot of fun, especially when done with a group of good friends. But once the day has ended and the treasures have all been unpacked there is occassionally a purchase that prompts you to ask, “What was I thinking"?
What seemed at the time like a real find now appears to be one of those bundles of fabric that will become a permanent resident on the fabric shelf.
Janome Educator, Maddie Bushman felt just this way about a repeat pattern of butterfuly blocks. So she looked to her Janome Horizon 7700QCP sewing and quilting machine and the Clear View attachment for the Convertible Free Motion Quilting Foot for some help!
Try her sure-fire cure for even the most troubling fabrics.
Why We LOVE The Horizon Sewing Machine: Favorite Stitch Adjustment
Follow these easy instructions to save a stitch adjustment for “Favorite Stitch”
The Horizon MC7700 QCP sewing and quilting machine offers the ability to save your personalized settings for any stitch. To do this, you simply turn on the Favorite Stitch option. When this option is activated, alterations you make to any stitch length or width will be saved for future use.
For easy step-by-step instructions, click the "Read More" button below.
Introducing the HD1000 and HD3000
The "HD" in this series stands for Heavy Duty.
Remember the old all-metal sewing machines? Maybe your mother or grandmother had one. Those machines couldn't be beat when it came to sturdiness and durability. But you had to be an Olympic weight lifter to pick one up.
Well, that kind of sturdiness is back – without all of the weight. Introducing the Janome HD1000 and HD3000 sewing machines.
Like your grandmother's machine, they have an all-metal body. But unlike your grandmother's, it's made of special, lightweight aluminum. So while these new machines live up to the Heavy Duty in their name, they're only about two pounds heavier than a comparable model with a plastic body.
Stability, Speed & Precision
The HD3000 sewing machine is perfect for a beginning sewist or someone who enjoys quiet, vibration-free sewing. Because of its rigid aluminum body, the machine gives wonderful stability to the sewing mechanism. Even when it's sewing along at its top speed of 860 stitches per minute, the 7-piece feed dog is perfectly synchronized with the needle and you enjoy the soothing feeling of your fabric feeding smoothly.
The HD3000 has 19 stitches, including a one-step buttonhole, and can stitch a zig zag up to 6.5mm in width. It has a free arm, built-in needle threader, and a reverse stitch lever. The machine comes standard with a hard cover.
The HD1000 is slightly smaller and lighter. It has a 3-piece feed dog, comes with 14 stitches, including a four-step buttonhole and has a maximum zig zag width of 5mm.
For a side-by-side comparison of the HD models, go to the HD3000 page and click the Comparison tab.
Favorite Quilt Block Series: Block #1: Heart in a Square in a Square
This adorable quilt block is easy to make – and perfect as a gift for your sweetie!
The base is a square in a square, which is a wonderful block for showcasing some center appliqué. We chose a heart to commemorate Valentine’s Day, but you can use any shape.
See our instructions for making this block in various sizes – make it in your favorite size for a pillow, quilt, tablerunner, or more!
You can create it using any Janome sewing machine.
Get To Know The 900CPX
The new CoverPro 900CPX is a specialized machine that does one stitch extremely well.
It's the coverstitch. You might be familiar with it if you own a serger. But chances are, if you're wearing something made of a knit material, it's been finished in several places with a coverstitch.
Sewn with two needles on the top and two loopers on the bottom, the coverstitch produces a neat, finished hem with two rows of stitching on the front and crossing threads on the back. It's used extensively on knits because it's a durable stitch that will stretch with the fabric.
Thanks to an innovative design, the CoverPro 900CPX produces a flawless double needle cover stitch. And thanks to a convertible free arm and vertical needle drop, it's a machine that is extremely easy to use. So handy, in fact, that if you sew knits regularly, it makes sense to add this stand-alone machine to your sewing room set-up.
And it's fast. The 900CPX can sew at up to 1,000 stitches per minute.
Part of what makes the 900CPX so handy is that it's shaped more like a regular sewing machine than a traditional serger. The extra-wide bed space makes it easy to accommodate a wide array of projects. You won't feel like you're having to cram your fabric through. You'll also find a Quick Reference Chart on the front of the machine, so you can choose the perfect stitch and stitch settings without consulting the manual.
Janome's exclusive Seam Tightening System (STS) reduces slack in the looper thread, giving you tight, flat, sturdy stitches on any type of fabric.
If you've never tried a coverstitch machine, visit your nearest authorized Janome Dealer and ask for a hands-on demo. Just be careful. As soon as you realize how easy it is to sew garments and sports wear, you'll be hooked.
See all three Janome CoverPro machines in the serger section.
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