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Thursday, 23 December 2010 05:00

Why We LOVE The Horizon Sewing Machine: The Three-Part Blanket Stitch


82-horizon-blanket-stitchQuilting 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!

Try out this Horizon stitch, and all its other great stitches and features, at your local Janome dealer. It’s amazing the difference a little detail can make!

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Wednesday, 22 December 2010 05:00

The NEW MC6300P: Auto Thread Cut for Buttonholes - Yay!


83-6300-buttonholesDid 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.

Find Out More About the NEW MC6300P

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Tuesday, 21 December 2010 05:00

Video: Quilting With The Open-Toe Foot Set


55-open-toe-foot-set-videoWhat 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.

Watch The Open-Toe Quilt Set Video

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Monday, 20 December 2010 05:00

Paisley Twist Holiday Stocking


81-paisley-twist-holiday-stockingNothing 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.

Go to the Paisley Twist Project Instructions

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Friday, 17 December 2010 05:00

Did You Know: Download Free Software Updates On Janome.com


56-download-free-softwareIs 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.

Go To The Software Updates Page

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Thursday, 16 December 2010 05:00

A Short Story Of How The Sewing Machine Changed Home Sewing from Labor-Intensive To A Labor Of Love


23-sewing-machine-storyA 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.

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Wednesday, 15 December 2010 05:00

Great Scarves for You, for Gifts, for Fun


71-great-scarfs-v1We 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!

Visit Our Project Center for More Ideas

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Tuesday, 14 December 2010 05:00

The DC4030 -- Big Buttons - Big Fun


52-machine-dc4030Enjoy easy navigation and great stitch quality on a computerized machine.

Have you seen the DC4030 at your Janome dealer? It's a computerized sewing machine that gives you excellent sewing quality results at a great price.

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.

Download the DC4030 brochure as a PDF (2.8 MB) then try it out at your local Janome dealer.

More About The DC4030

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Monday, 13 December 2010 05:00

Video: Create Professional Rolled Hems With The Hemmer Foot Set


51-hemmer-foot-videoThis 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.

Watch The Hemmer Foot Video

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Friday, 10 December 2010 05:00

How To Use The J Hoops for the MB-4



There is a large assortment of free arm “J” hoops available for the M-B4 Multi Needle Embroidery Machine.

By using one of these clever hoops, the MB-4 embroidery-only machine can stitch designs on the legs of jeans (large or small) without you even needing to open the side seams. How cool is that?! In addition, gloves, tote bags, purses, shirt pockets, collars, sleeves and a host of other items are no longer impossible... or even a challenge. Take a look at the our easy technique for embroidering toddler jeans with the J6 No. 2 hoop, just like the ones worn by our very cute model to the right. 

List Of J Hoops For The MB-4 

Monogram J1 Hoop, Side Clamp The J1 Hoop measures 30 mm (diameter). The side clamp allows for greater versatility in hooping, accommodating your specific project.

Monogram J1 Hoop, Center Clamp This version of the J1 Hoop measures 30 mm (diameter). The side clamp allows for greater versatility in hooping, accommodating your specific project.

Monogram J2 Hoop The special shape of the J2 hoop allows for deeper insertion into pockets. The J2 Hoop measures 24x54mm. Please note, the Monogram Hoop Holder is required when using this hoop.

Monogram J3 Hoop The J3 hoop measures 64 x 28mm. Please note, the Monogram Hoop Adaptor is required when using this hoop.

Monogram J4 Hoop The J4 Hoop measures 42mm x 67mm. The side clamp allows for greater versatility in hooping, accommodating your specific project.

Monogram J5 Hoop The J5 Hoop measures 46x46mm. Please note, the Monogram Hoop Holder is required when using this hoop.

Monogram J6 Hoop, Center Clamp The center clamp allows greater versatility in projects, accommodating your specific hoop needs. The J6 Hoop measures 66x66 mm.

Monogram J6 Hoop, Side Clamp The J6 Hoop measures 30 mm (diameter). The side clamp allows for greater versatility in hooping, accommodating your specific project.

Monogram J7 Hoop The J7 Hoop measures 110x95 mm.

Monogram J8 Hoop The J8 Hoop measures 120x121 mm.

The steps to use the hoops are easier than you might think. Click the button below to learn how.

Learn How To Use The MB-4 J Hoops

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