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Wednesday, 02 February 2011 05:00

Why We LOVE The Horizon Sewing Machine: Favorite Stitch Adjustment

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103-hor-fav-stitch-settingsFollow 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. 

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Tuesday, 01 February 2011 05:00

Introducing the HD1000 and HD3000

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97-machine-hd-series-newThe "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.

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Monday, 31 January 2011 05:00

Favorite Quilt Block Series: Block #1: Heart in a Square in a Square

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100-favs-quilt-block-series-heart-in-squareThis 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.

Go To The Quilt Block Project

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Friday, 28 January 2011 05:00

Get To Know The 900CPX

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96-machine-900cpx-newThe 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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Thursday, 27 January 2011 05:00

Janome Project Classics: Valentine Favorites

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95-top5-valentine-projectsYou have made these the most popular Valentine's Day Projects on Janome.com.

As you get ready to sew for that "special someone," you might be looking around the web for project inspiration. Here at Janome.com, we took a look at our projects created specifically for Valentine's Day and also other heart-themed projects that would be appropriate.

Here are the most popular based on site traffic.

Top 5 Valentine's Projects

  1. Vanessa Valentine Serger Doll - This classic doll measures just over 28" tall. Using the supplied patterns, she's easy to put together with any Janome serger. Will she be happy or sad this Valentine's Day? You decide.
     
  2. Keep The Heart Truth Growing Wallhanging - Jane Spolar created this as part of Janome's support for The Heart Truth campaign to raise awareness of women's heart disease. You can make it with any Janome sewing machine. Jane used her Memory Craft 6600P.
     
  3. Valentine Pillow - Created by Annie Moody, this project features machine trapunto and embroidery. The heart design in the center is from the classic MC8000 Design Gallery CD ROM. It can be made on any Memory Craft embroidery machine.
     
  4. Keep The Heart Truth Growing Pillow - Made by Jane Spolar to accompany the wallhanging mentioned above. It's a beautiful, flowing heart design that fits a 16" x 16" pillow form. Jane, who designs for Quilt Poetry, also made this on her Memory Craft 6600P. 
     
  5. Valentines Wallhanging - You know those heart-shaped candies with little messages like, "Be Mine"? This project uses that classic motif for a cascade of romantic hearts. Easy enough for anyone to make. But you do need an embroidery machine.

 

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Wednesday, 26 January 2011 05:00

Good Things in Small Packages: Jems, Hello Kitty, Sew Mini

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89-compact-machinesDon't let their size fool you. These compact sewing machines aren't toys.

Sometimes you just want a small sewing machine. If you take your machine along to sewing class or your quilting group, it's nice to be able to carry it with one hand.

But even more important than being lightweight, a compact machine has to be able to sew well.

Here are some Janome machines which are light enough to take with you and small enough to fit on a little sewing table, but also give you the excellent stitch quality you need.

The Janome Jem Family

Several years ago we introduced a 3/4-size machine that offered the sturdy design and convenient features of larger (and more expensive) machines. The original Janome Jem sewing machine was a hit. We've expanded the current line with three machines:

Jem Platinum 760

This 3/4-size machine weighs just 12 pounds, but packs the full weight of other computerized sewing machines, incorporating advanced controls and a wide range of everyday functions. Read more about the Jem Platinum 760 sewing machine.

Jem Gold 3

A little workhorse that includes features like 10 stitches, a four-step buttonhole, built-in needle threader, one-hand thread cutter, and quick foot conversion. Includes a Free Quilting Kit (a $60 retail value). Read more about the Jem Gold 3.

Jem Gold Plus Trim and Stitch

To make this great machine even better, we added a Light Serging System (LSS) which lets you trim, sew, and finish seams in one easy step. Also includes 12 stitches, a four-step buttonhole, built-in needle threader, one-hand thread cutter and quick foot conversion. Read more about the Jem Gold Plus.

Hello Kitty®

The little white cat with the bow in her hair has become a worldwide pop icon. The 12-lb.Janome Hello Kitty® sewing machine is a full-function 3/4 model. There's a free arm and a carry handle for easy portability. And the machine offers 11 stitches, including 2 stretch stitches and a built-in buttonhole. It's perfect for the first-time sewist. Read more about the Hello Kitty sewing machine.

Sew Mini

The smallest sewing machine we make is the the Janome Sew Mini. At just 5 lbs. it's easy to take out, set up, and put away. It includes a straight stitch with four lengths and a zigzag with three widths. The top drop-in bobbin is easy to insert and remove. Available at major retailers.

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Tuesday, 25 January 2011 05:00

The Artistic Sewing Suite - Create Something Amazing

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94-artssThis software package makes it easy to be excited about machine embroidery.

You love your Memory Craft embroidery machine because it enables you to customize any garment or sewing project. It opens up new creative options within your favorite hobby. 

If that describes you, then you're going to be delighted to experience the new Artistic Sewing Suite. It's an exclusive software bundle that unites a wide range of sewing applications, such as appliqué, cutwork, embroidery, quilting, decorative stitching, and heat transfer.

Cutwork

At its core, the Artistic Sewing Suite is a graphics-driven program for creating embroidery designs. However, the specialized software goes further than traditional embroidery digitizing programs by providing an integrated cutwork feature. Utilizing special cutting needles, this unique capability allows you to turn your embroidery machine into an amazing new tool.

Cut intricate appliqué or quilting shapes in a fraction of the time; produce heirloom quality table linens in the hoop; create free-standing accessories for home décor; embellish ready to wear garments and accessories . . . the list is limited only by your imagination!

Embroidery

With the Artistic Sewing Suite, images can be imported from a wide range of sources – clip art, photos, personal artwork – and turned into stitchable designs for your embroidery machine. Over 3,000 built-in designs are included with the program, so you can get started right out of the box.

The Styles and Patterns tools artistically fill shapes and create distinctive embroidery designs; 353 Styles and 194 Patterns are included. Styles and Patterns can also be combined for thousands of additional possibilities.

Best of all, the program is intuitive and easy to learn.

The Easy Sequence feature creates perfect embroidery from imported drawings; it's not necessary to manipulate thread sequences to achieve amazing results. And, the software can determine the appropriate embroidery density all by itself thanks to five pre-set fabric categories and a wide range of fabric weights, which allow the design to be customized to the fabric.

For more information regarding this exciting new product, visit our new website. Then visit your local Janome dealer for an in-store demo today.

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Sewing Suite

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Monday, 24 January 2011 05:00

Video: Using the Janome Ultimate Ruffler

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88-ultimate-ruffler-videoIt's the easiest way to do this sophisticated technique.

Ruffles are created when you gather together a longer piece of fabric often with the intent of sewing it to another, flat piece of fabric. Larger, folded ruffles are called pleats. There are lots of different projects that call for ruffles, from the edging around a pillow to the gathered waist of a skirt.

This embellishment adds a sophisticated look, but ruffles can be challenging, and time-consuming, to sew... unless you have a presser foot on your sewing machine that automatically does the gathering for you. Like the Janome Ultimate Ruffler.

It's called The Ultimate Ruffler because it's absolutely the easiest way to make ruffles and pleats with your sewing machine. To see how to attach it and use it watch The Ultimate Ruffler Video: Creating Ruffles And Pleats.

The standard depth of ruffles is two-to-one. So if you're sewing a twelve inch seam, you'll need twenty-four inches of your gathering fabric. But if you want a different look, the Ultimate Ruffler lets you control how many ruffles you have along your seam as well as how deep each one is. You can have a ruffle formed every stitch, every six stitches, or every twelve stitches. By turning a screw on the foot, you can adjust how much fabric is folded at each gather.

As with any new foot, you'll want to sew some test pieces before starting in on your project.

The Ultimate Ruffler fits all Janome sewing machines, except the MC6600P and Horizon 7700QCP sewing and quilting machines. These two machines use the AcuFeed Ruffler.

Watch The Ultimate Ruffler Video

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Friday, 21 January 2011 05:00

Serger Smarts: Create Your Own Serger Stitches

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93-serger-smarts-braid-stitchesBy working "outside of the box" you can adjust your serger settings to create a beautiful braid stitch.

For best results we recommend that your serger stitches should be set up according to specific guidelines--whether it's a four-thread overlock, a rolled hem, or a flatlock. Our serger manuals call for specific tension adjustments to achieve a balance of thread coverage on the fabric.

That got us thinking . . . what would happen if we didn't follow the recommendations? Would it be possible to make new stitches by tweaking the settings? The answer we found was, YES!

Playing with a Janome 1110DX serger, we were amazed with the unique results we were able to achieve by deviating from the recommended stitch settings. In the next few weeks, we'll be featuring some of the different stitches we created by adjusting our serger settings. (BTW, you can make these on any Janome serger.)

93-serger-smarts-braid-stitch-sample

Our first unique stitch we've named the Braid Stitch. You create this stitch by putting decorative thread in both loopers and using only the right needle (use a size 14 needle for best results). The stitch brings both of the decorative threads to the top to form a mock braid. This is a great finish for a fleece throw.

To create this new stitch, make the following adjustments:

  1. Right Needle - set to 4
  2. Upper Looper - set to 9
  3. Lower Looper - set to 2
  4. Stitch Length - Between the "R" and 2
  5. Differential Feed - 1.0
  6. Disengage the stitch finger, or set to "R"

 

By mixing up your thread colors and textures, you can create a number of different effects with this one neat stitch!

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Thursday, 20 January 2011 05:00

Introducing the DC5100

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90-machine-dc5100-newWhen you're moving beyond beginner projects, this new machine is a great next step.

Back when you were a newbie sewist, you were happy just to get your straight stitch in a straight line. Now that you're diving into more intermediate level projects, here's a computerized machine with everything you need to grow in your skills.

The new Janome DC5100 sewing machine has a nice selection of stitches, lots of time-saving features, and a powerful motor to make your next project a big success.

The DC5100 has a total of 167 built in stitches, including 5 styles of one-step buttonholes, and a complete alphabet in upper and lower case. You can find your stitch quickly by opening the top cover and glancing at the stitch reference guide. Then use the touchpad to navigate on the easy-to-read LCD screen. Save your selections in the machine Memory, which can store up to 50 custom patterns.

You get power and precision at up to 820 stitches per minute. An automatic tension control and 7-piece feed dog ensure excellent stitch quality.

Lots of presser feet are included. The DC5100 comes with 11 snap-on feet, including a Blind Hem Foot, Even Feed Foot, Overedge Foot, Overcasting Foot, and Automatic Buttonhole Foot.

Other time saving features include a memorized needle up/down, drop feed, and a built-in Needle Threader. And to top it all off, the DC5100 comes with its own Hard Cover.

Ready to step up in your sewing? Try out the new DC5100 computerized sewing machine at your local Janome Dealer.

See a thorough review of the DC5100 at the Sewing Machines For Beginners blog.

Complete Details On The DC5100

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