Give A Sewing Machine To A College Student? Why This Is A GREAT Idea!
This age group is rediscovering the joy of making-it-yourself.
College students from every era seem to share the same dilemma: Lots of big ideas but no money to make them happen.
We've seen some amazing projects created by college students with little more than fabric, lots of creativity, and access to an old sewing machine. We say, "Impressive." And "Just imagine what they'll do when they get a decent machine."
Having a good quality sewing machine at college means that instead of tacking up a sheet, you can actually make curtains. Instead of throwing a bedspread over that old couch, you can make a real slipcover or a fun decorative blanket. And instead of throwing away clothes and accessories that need to be repaired, you fix them.
Of course a college student needs to be careful. If it gets out that she (or he) knows how to alter thrift store clothes, turn old State U t-shirts into a cool State U quilt, or just hem a pair of jeans--friends and "friends" of friends will be lining up at the dorm room door.
This holiday season, check out these Lightweight Favorite Janome machines that give you excellent stitch quality at a work-study price.
It Trims, It Stitches... It's Like Two Machines In One: Janome Jem Gold Plus Trim & Stitch
Sewing, quilting, plus light serging all in one great machine.
The Janome Jem line of sewing machines has been so popular because these models offer sewing and quilting enthusiasts a compact machine that delivers big machine features – the most important being Janome stitch quality.
The Jem Gold Plus takes this legacy one step further with the ability to trim fabric while it stitches. It's like having a "serger light." In fact, the innovative feature is called the Light Serging System (LSS). Using a unique built-in side cutter, it allows you to trim, sew, and finish seams in one easy step. For regular sewing, you'll enjoy features like a four-step buttonhole, built-in needle threader, one-hand thread cutter, quick foot conversion, and 12 essential stitches. And, its compact size makes it ideal for sewing or quilting on the go.
This model would be perfect for someone who isn't quite ready to step all the way up to a full serger, and it would make a great gift for a new sewer. Professionally finish garments and home décor projects with one versatile... and economical machine. The Jem Gold Plus makes it easy.
November Project: Easy Fabric Belt
Looking for a fast fashion project? You can't beat a belt!
A simple belt is the perfect accessory for a casual look with jeans or cords. It's a cinch to make for yourself and a perfect gift for the holidays. Instructions for this belt are available in our Project Center. For more inspiration, visit our friends at Sew4Home, where Janome is the Signature Sponsor. They have two easy belt tutorials for you to try. One is a jazzy plaid belt with a slide buckle, and the other is a fast and fabulous webbing and ribbon belt; these would be super for kids. Check them all out!
Why We LOVE The Horizon Sewing Machine: Plate Markings
These detailed, precise and permanent markings are a Janome Exclusive.
One of the features that has quilters and sewists excited about the new Horizon Memory Craft 7700QCP is the needle plate markings. You say, "Needle plate markings? What could be exciting about that?" It's exciting when those markings save you measuring and marking time and make your seams more precise.
The Horizon features an exclusive needle plate design that offers a wealth of useful information where you need it most – right in front of you as you sew. You’ll find markings on both sides of the needle for seams of all sizes. There are also special angle marks, cornering guides and needle drop lines. This system is so innovative, Janome had it patented.
To find out more about how to use these markings, go to the Lessons 1 and 2 in the Horizon section. You'll learn how to use the Seam Guides, including the special angled markings, and the Cornering Guides for making a perfect 5/8" corner.
Video: Ditch Quilting With The Clear View Quilt Set
It's easy to do this technique when you have the right presser foot.
Ditch quilting (also called quilting in the ditch) is when you run your line of stitching very close to an already sewn seam on a quilt patch, block or any other type of border. The existing stitch forms a "ditch," which is especially pronounced in the puffy layers of batting in quilting. The stitch is also popular for securing binding. If possible, you should sew on the side of the seam that does not have the seam allowance pressed underneath.
There are a number of different ditch quilting feet for Janome sewing machines. One that fits virtually all Janome top-loading models is the Clear View Quilting Foot Set. It comes with a Ditch Guide that allows you to easily keep your stitch nice and close "in the ditch."
Watch the video Ditch Quilting With The Clear View Quilt Set to see how to install the guide on the foot, how to set it up on your sewing machine, and how to do ditch quilting.
Techniques You Need: Hand-Stitched By Sewing Machine
Add a touch of classic quilting.
There is something very special about hand stitching. The slight unevenness in the construction is soothing, and makes every project seem more special. While there is nothing that can truly replace the labor of love involved in handstitching, what if you could create this effect without putting the amazing amounts of time into your quilting?
The answer is hand-look stitches created on your Janome sewing machine! The Memory Craft 11000 Special Edition and Horizon 7700QCP both come with stitches that are specially-designed to look like they were sewn by hand. You can incorporate these into all kinds of projects–from quilts to handbags – to give them a special and personal flair.
Follow our simple instructions to get the most out of these stitches.
Our Best Bags: Four Janome Classic Fave Sewing Projects
Everybody loves tote bags and purses.
It's no wonder. Bags are fairly quick to make on any kind of sewing machine. They make great gifts. And you can always use another one.
Here are the Top Four Faves on Janome.com from the past year.
- Janome Shopping Tote – This embroidered canvas bag has an inner inset to keep bottles upright, ample room for all of your groceries, and even an optional coupon pocket. Perfect for all of your shopping trips.
- Recycled Cowboy Boot Purse – This is a fun project for recycling old cowboy boots and leather belts. You just need one of each to make a purse. Be sure you have a Janome Leather Needle and you can do this project on any Janome machine.
- Perfect Purse – Use your Janome serger to create the interesting pocket on the front of this purse. The Flatlock stitch and variegated thread work together for a wonderful textured look. And you only need Beginner skills to make this great purse.
- Pauline Purse – It's a fun and pretty purse for any occasion. The finished size is approximately 11" x 11" with a 2" bottom. Here's a chance to use the Janome CoverPro 1000CP with your Memory Craft embroidery machine.
Browse Our New Albums of Photos from 2010 Houston Quilt Market & Festival
Looking for some fun shots from the 2010 Quilt Market & Festival?
We just uploaded 18 albums of photos taken at this year's Quilt Market & Festival in Houston. Simply click on any thumbnail image to view it at a larger size. Each album of images is grouped and the pictures can be paged through as an overlay so you don't have to jump from the page. Of course, this is just a fraction of what was there, but fun-fun-fun nonetheless!
Video: Stitching In Circles With The Circular Sewing Attachment
Pick any decorative or straight stitch on your Janome and sew with it in a perfect circle.
Select any decorative or straight stitch on your Janome sewing machine, and with the Circular Sewing Attachment, you can use that stitch to sew in a perfect circle, up to 10" in diameter. It works kind of like a record player. You put your stabilized fabric on a sharp spindle and it rotates as you sew.
With the Circular Sewing Attachment you can sew a big circle and then nest a series of smaller circles inside of it. Or you could sew a circle with one stitch and then add another stitch right along the edge. It's a popular attachment for quilters because a quilt square is just the right size to easily rotate. But the possibilities for other kinds of projects are endless.
Watch Circular Sewing Attachment Video: Stitching In Circles to see how easy it is to attach it to your machine, how to prepare your fabric, and how to stitch circles of various sizes.
Why We LOVE The Horizon Sewing Machine: What Is APC?
The APC changes the size and shape of the needle hole with the touch of a button. No fuss, no muss... no screwdriver!
Janome engineers are always looking for features that allow you to sew better, and get more done in less time. One of their recent engineering feats is the creation of the Automatic Plate Converter (APC). And it comes standard on the Horizon sewing and quilting machine.
The APC automatically changes the size and shape of the needle hole in the needle plate from a regular zigzag plate to a straight stitch needle plate. This smaller hole is especially important when you are using light fabrics, sewing at high speeds, or doing free motion quilting. With the APC activated, your fabric won’t be pulled into the needle plate.
The Horizon activates the APC with three main straight stitch options. Simply press the button and the needle plate changes configuration, eliminating the need to change out the plate with a screwdriver. Why would you want to spend time with plate changing when you could spend that time sewing or quilting?!
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