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Monday, 27 December 2010 05:00

Six Big Sewing Trends Of 2010


57-six-big-sewing-trends-2010It's time to take a look back at the big trends for 2010.

To be safe, we'll say these aren't the only sewing trends of the past year--just the ones that have come to our attention.

When the economy is booming, people turn to their sewing machine as a creative outlet. When times call for cutting back, people get out their sewing machine as a way to save money. We've seen a mixture of both this year.

Six Big Sewing Trends Of 2010

1. Cutting Edge Designer Fabric For Everyone: Manufacturers are producing fabric in smaller runs to serve a more diverse customer base. Because a small run is less of a risk, this has allowed many new talented designers to enter the marketplace. In addition, there are a number of sites now where you can design and have your own fabric printed: Spoonflower, Fabric on Demand, Eye Candey, and Karma Kraft.

2. Retro Colors Are Back: Turquoise was Pantone's color of 2010. Other "seventies" colors are back in a big way--Avocado, Milk Chocolate, Icy Blue, Burnt Orange, Tomato Red. It just goes to show that, once again, everything old is new again.

3. Young People Rediscovering Sew-It-Yourself: The generation that didn't have Home Ec in school wants to learn to do more themselves. Some of this is the "organic" trend to re-use and "repurpose" fabric and old garments to avoid waste. Many younger people also want more personal control over the source of products. For instance, there is a huge trend of young parents who have gone beyond just avoiding disposable diapers to sewing their own diapers and diaper covers.

4. Sewing Blogs Bigger Than Ever: Online sites have been around for years, but in 2010, we saw the emergence of a treasure trove of new blogs dedicated to sewing. Written with humor and clear step-by-step instructions, they've allowed millions of people to connect and accomplish more in their sewing. Our Signature Sponsorship of Sew4Home is evidence of our support for this wonderful trend. 

5. "Homemade" Is The New "Store Bought": A generation ago you wouldn't want to wear something home sewn unless you could be guaranteed it actually looked like it came from the mall. Now, many items in clothing stores have a faux homemade look. And to wear something you made, or that was handmade just for you, is worth showing off. This year saw an explosion in craft fairs, farmer's markets and other venues that showcase arts and crafts. Plus, sites like Etsy make it easy to market and sell handmade goods.

6. Rise in Women Entrepreneurs: The shaky economy and continued expansion of the web and social media has made it more feasible than ever to start a creative business. Many women who never dreamed they'd start small businesses are doing just that, and sewing has been a bona fide growth area. These "Mompreneurs" may be starting out at the kitchen table but this year has seen many of their companies grow into successful ventures. The Creative Connection event drew huge numbers of these women in September.

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Friday, 24 December 2010 05:00

Merry Christmas from Janome


77-merry-christmas-2010And have a happy sewing New Year.

Can you believe another Christmas is already here? Neither can we.

From everyone here at Janome America, we send you best wishes for this Holiday season. May you get all your projects done on time; may your creativity make someone feel very special; and may you be able to spend the season with your family and the people you love.

A number of our Facebook friends have been telling us which sewing or embroidering machine they'd like Santa to bring them this year. 

After all the wrapping paper is cleaned up, you can check in with us to see who got a new Horizon in their stocking, and who got a lump of coal.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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