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Tuesday, 07 December 2010 05:00

Video: Creating A Blind Hem With The Adjustable Blind Hem Foot

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48-adj-blind-hem-foot-videoYou can hide that stitch along the hem of your project for a more professional look.

A blind hem stitch is sewn so it's nearly invisible from the right side of your fabric. As the name implies, it's most often used on garments, like skirts and home décor items, like curtains, giving everything a more professional finish. The stitch hides itself two ways. First, it's very short on the right side. And second, you use matching thread so it hides against the fabric.

It's not difficult to sew a blind hem on your sewing machine. You just need the right accessory.

Janome has several blind hem presser feet that make it easy to sew a blind hem. They all have a little metal flange, which you guide along the edge of your fold to make an even hem. The Adjustable Blind Hem Foot G has an adjustable flange so you can change the width of your machine's blind hem stitch.

To learn how to use this foot watch the video Adjustable Blind Hem Foot Video: Creating A Blind Hem. You'll see how you first sew the rough edge with a straight stitch. Then you put on the blind hem foot, fold your fabric to the desired hem width, and sew your blind hem.

The demonstration is on the Memory Craft 11000 Special Edition but this foot fits all Janome sewing machines.

Watch The Blind Hem Video

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Monday, 06 December 2010 05:00

Free Holiday Embroidery Design Download

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47-holiday-emb-collectionsThis Snowboarding Santa is "Too Cool This Yule."

Looking for a fun design to jazz up your seasonal sewing? Janome America's own, Gregory Garvin designed and digitized this fun Snowboarding Santa. He's whooshing down the slopes full of Christmas cheer. The file is available in the .JEF format as a free download

Check out our Accessories section and browse through Janome's other holiday Design Cards and CDs. 

Get The Free Santa Download

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Friday, 03 December 2010 05:00

Video: Making Easy And Accurate 1/4" Seams With The Clear View Quilt Set

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46-easy-qtr-inch-seams-clear-view-quilt-set-videoAn exact 1/4" seam allowance is essential for accurately piecing a quilt on your sewing machine.

The Clear View Quilting Foot And Guide Set was designed to help you sew extremely accurate 1/4 inch seams with ease. The set includes a see-through presser foot with two attachment guides.

Its special design allows you to do a number of repetitive quilting tasks quickly and with extra accuracy. For instance, ditch quilting, miniature piecing, triangle piecing, and those all-important quarter inch seams. The foot is made from special clear plastic, which allows you to see through to your fabric and take advantage of the guideline markings at 1/8 inch and 1/4 inch from the center needle drop position.

It also has handy cornering markings for both 1/8 and 1/4 inch seams. Additionally, an oval-shaped needle hole allows you to make needle adjustment for scant 1/4 inch piecing (this feature is available on computer models only). The attachments are easy to take on and off and the foot is very easy to use.

Watch the video Making Easy And Accurate 1/4" Seams With The Clear View Quilting Foot And Guide Set. In about a minute, you'll learn how to set up the foot and use it to make perfect quarter inch seams.

The Clear View Quilting Foot & Guide Set fits virtually all Janome top-loading sewing machine models.

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Thursday, 02 December 2010 05:00

Janome Dealer's Husband Wins Blue Ribbon With First Quilt

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73-watermelon-quilt-festival-winnerBryan McKenzie, co-owner of Kelley’s Pins and Needles, walks away top prize in the 2nd Annual Watermelon Patch Quilt Guild Quilt Show in Lucedal, Mississippi.

There were over 50 quilts entered into the local show, and Kelley’s Pins and Needles was there to represent Janome sewing machines. Bryan's wife, Kelley runs the shop, But Bryan wanted to help make some store samples and also get more familiar with the Janome machines. Little did he know what talent was hidden inside him. Using the Memory Craft 11000 Special Edition and a Hoop Sisters program, he created an award winning quilt right out of the chute. There's no stopping him now!

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Wednesday, 01 December 2010 05:00

Quilted Hot Pads Have A Secret Spice Pocket

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69-quilted-hot-padsWhen a hot pot is placed on top, the aromas from hidden spices fill the air!

These clever pot holders have a special pocket inside for stowing Allspice, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, or other delicious-smelling spices. Fast and easy to make from holiday or other fabric, these would make a great hostess gift. Each pad is quilted using random lines of decorative stitching. It's the perfect excuse to use all your favorite stitches in colorful thread.

Check out our Project Center for more great gift ideas to make with your Janome sewing machine or serger

Make Our Scented Holiday Hot Pads
& Trivets

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Tuesday, 30 November 2010 05:00

Start Someone Sewing: Top Five Beginner Machines to Give

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44-top-beginner-machines-to-giveThe right sewing machine can make all the difference for a beginner.

If you're a quilter or an embroidery enthusiast with advanced skills, your wish list includes a top-of-the-line Janome sewing machine like the Memory Craft 11000 Special Edition or the Horizon 7700 QCP.

But what if you're just a beginner, or you're buying a machine for someone new to sewing? You want a machine that's sturdy, reliable and easy to operate. It should have a good selection of stitches and options, but not so many that the new sewist finds the machine overwhelming. Once beginners get a few projects under their belts and have built some confidence, then it's time to look for a sewing machine that's another step up.

Another consideration is price. You don't want to break the bank when you're just starting out on a new hobby, but you still want to get a good quality machine that will be able to sew precise stitches on all types of fabric. The machines listed below have been popular with beginning sewists and the people who have taught them to sew.

  • Embroidery-only: MC300E - It has everything you need to do high quality embroidery right out of the box. This embroidery-only machine has drag and drop design editing, 100 built-in embroidery designs, and two standard hoops.
  • Serger: MyLock 204D - Its sturdy design and precise Janome stitch mechanism ensures beautiful 3,4 thread operation. And the fact that it doesn't take up much space makes it an easy fit for your sewing room.
  • Sewing & Quilting:
    • Jem Gold 3 - It's a ¾ size model and just 12 lbs., so you can easily take it with you. But the Jem Gold 3 packs big machine features, like: 10 stitches, a four step buttonhole, built-in needle threader, one-hand thread cutter, and quick foot conversion.
    • 2212 - Lightweight and easy to use, this is the perfect sewing machine for a beginner and the price is just right. Comes with 12 essential stitches and a four-step buttonhole.
    • Magnolia 7318 - With 18 decorative and utility stitches, easy electronic features, and the power and precision you can expect from Janome, the Magnolia 7318 is the perfect sewing machine for your lifestyle and your budget.
  • Computerized: DC2010 - Comes with fifty stitches, including three buttonholes, giving essential variety for your diverse sewing needs. The DC2010 also includes all of the features you expect only from a high end sewing machine, allowing you to sew with precision and confidence.

More About Lightweight Machines

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Monday, 29 November 2010 05:00

Janome Experts Share Their Secrets: Applique Work By Jane Spolar

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53-experts-applique-jane-spolarLearn their unique tips and tricks... then try them out for yourself!

Jane Spolar, who designs quilts for Quilt Poetry and fabric for Northcott, sews all of her amazing quilts using the Janome Horizon 7700QCP sewing and quilting machine. We asked her to share a few of her favorite appliqué stitches with us.

Jane writes:
One of my very first loves was hand embroidery. My mother taught me how to embroider when I was just seven years old. So it was natural for me to embroider by hand around my appliqué shapes when I began quilting.  When I started to use a sewing machine to accomplish my quilting projects, the next natural step was to experiment with machine stitching my appliqué. I was hooked! I absolutely love to use decorative machine stitches around my appliqué.

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Friday, 26 November 2010 05:00

Serger Smarts: Why Do I Need A Serger Part 1 of 2

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The serger is the perfect machine for achieving a professional finish quickly and easily.

Many people who sew are afflicted with a tendency toward perfectionism. Those who admire their work may swoon over the beauty of the finished product, while the sewist herself sees only the three errant stitches in the left sleeve.

Because of this, as many sewists refine their skills, they aspire more and more toward the professional finishes found in ready-to-wear garments and other professionally produced sewn goods. A serger is the logical next step. 

With its multiple threads and that sharp cutting blade, the serger may seem intimidating, but don't let looks fool you. A basic understanding of the different parts of the machine and what they do to achieve the variety of stitches will go a long way toward making you comfortable with this remarkable and versatile machine.

More Facts About Owning a Serger

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Thursday, 25 November 2010 05:00

Happy Thanksgiving From Janome

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68-happy-thanksgivingWe wish you and your family the happiest Thanksgiving Day and hope you can look back over the year and remember much to be thankful for.

At Janome America we are thankful for many things, including our customers. We hope this holiday season gives you many chances to display your amazing creativity.

History Of The Original Thanksgiving

The Pilgrims landed at Plymouth late in 1620 full of hope for a new life. But over the next year, they saw more than half their number die from disease. With the help of Squanto, a Native American of the Patuxet tribe, they successfully planted crops, and in the fall of 1621 had their first successful harvest. The colonists celebrated the first Thanksgiving with 90 members of the Wampanoag tribe, with whom Squanto had been living. Because wild turkey was plentiful, it's likely they ate this during the three day feast, giving rise to our modern tradition.

There were many days of thanksgiving observed throughout the next 150 years, including George Washington's 1777 official proclamation after the victory at the Battle of Saratoga.

Our observance of the official holiday was instituted by President Abraham Lincoln during the darkest days of the Civil War. In 1863 Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be celebrated on the final Thursday in November. Despite the ravages of war and a country which was being torn in two, he found much to be thankful for. The proclamation is only about a page long and well worth reading today.

Read Abraham Lincoln's Thanksgiving Day Proclamation on the National Park Service website.

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Wednesday, 24 November 2010 05:00

Video: Installing A Zipper With The Concealed Zipper Foot

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43-concealed-zipper-foot-videoA well-sewn invisible zipper should look like it's simply part of the seam.

You can use a hidden zipper on so many different kinds of projects: a skirt, pillows, or as a closure for a purse. It gives a finished, professional look to any project and is much easier to install with your sewing machine than many people think. 

The key is to get the needle as close to the teeth as possible. The Concealed Zipper Foot accomplishes this by slightly unrolling the zipper just before the needle. The foot also has special grooves on the bottom which guide each side of the zipper teeth as you sew down the tape.

Printed instructions for putting in a zipper can sometimes be hard to follow if you've never done it before; it's almost like you have to see somebody demonstrate it once. So, we created a video appropriately called Installing A Zipper With The Concealed Zipper Foot. In about a minute you can see one of our instructors attach the foot and show you how to sew each side so you end up with a beautiful hidden zipper. This video demonstration was done on a Memory Craft 11000 Special Edition, but many Janome sewing machines can use this foot (or a version of it).

Watch the Hidden Zipper Video

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