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Thursday, 04 November 2010 05:00

Video: Stitching In Circles With The Circular Sewing Attachment


28-circular-sewing-attachment-videoPick 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.

There's an attachment for most newer models, such as the Memory Craft 11000 Special Edition and the new 3160QDC, and another attachment for for slightly older Janome models.

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.

Watch the Circular Sewing Attachment Video

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Wednesday, 03 November 2010 05:00

Why We LOVE The Horizon Sewing Machine: What Is APC?


30-horizon-apcThe 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?!

Read More About Horizon Features

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Tuesday, 02 November 2010 05:00

Techniques You Need: Continuous Bias Binding


29-cont-bias-binding-sampleLearn the easy way to make continuous bias binding.

Quilts with curved edges and scallops or home décor sewing projects with rounded corners require a lot of ease in the binding, which is accomplished by using bias strips to create the binding. But sewing enough bias strips together to finish an entire quilt can be a real chore. Follow this neat trick for creating Continuous Bias Binding on your sewing machine. Simply stitch a few pieces together, make some cuts, and presto! You have a full length bias binding strip! This is just one of the Quilting Techniques in our Learning Center

Our friends at Sew4Home also have some good tips on making and attaching bias binding.

Go To The Continuous Bias Binding Tip

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Monday, 01 November 2010 05:00

Live From Quilt Market & Festival in Houston


63-intl-quilt-festival-photo-mashupLatest and greatest – exploring the 'new debuts' in Houston.

Autumn is a busy time of year in sewing machines! Every year, Janome attends International Quilt Market & Festival in Houston, TX. Quilt Market is an industry-only event where quilt shop owners and sewing machine dealers come to see new products. Probably the most exciting part of Quilt Market is seeing all of the fabulous new fabrics. We've seen some amazing new products, and unveiled a couple of our own! Stay tuned for more details over the next few days as we explore more of Market and segue into the consumer portion of the event: Quilt Festival. And... be sure to plan a visit to your Janome dealer soon!

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From Houston

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Friday, 29 October 2010 05:00

Sewing With A Hammer: How To Set Snaps and Rivets from Sew4Home


27-s4h-snaps-rivetsUsually, sewing is quiet and peaceful. But sometimes you have to finish your project with a hammer and pliers!

Snaps and rivets are the tough guys of sewing.

Snaps fill a unique role as fasteners. They are sturdier than hook and loop (like Velcro®) but are easy enough for a toddler to use. Rivets are sturdy and give your projects a "cool" look. They're perfect for attaching heavy leather straps to bags, holding belt buckles in place or reinforcing the corner stress points of a pocket or pouch.

Both snaps and rivets are similar in that you have to press two pieces of metal together to install them on your project. And in both cases, installing them can seem a little daunting because you are literally crushing the metal parts together and the instructions that come with snap and rivet tools are not always clear.

Fortunately, Sew4Home.com (where Janome is the Signature Sponsor) has easy step-by-step instructions for installing both.

In both cases you'll want to practice a few times on scraps of fabric to make sure you have your technique down. Then you can snap and rivet to your heart's content.

Installing Rivets

Installing Snaps

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Thursday, 28 October 2010 05:00

How To Create A Perfect Lettuce Edge With The 1100D Serger


64-lettuce-edgeLiesl Gibson of oliver + s takes an easy path to the perfect lettuce edge.

Inspired to make some fun outfits from her own new City Weekend collection of printed interlock knits, Liesl was thrilled at how fast and easy her Janome 1100D serger made the entire process. She shared her tips with us and, of course, we had to pass along the technique to you. Want more! Take a few minutes to browse through all the other Techniques in our Learning Center.  

Read The Lettuce Edge Technique

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Wednesday, 27 October 2010 05:00

Did You Know: You Can Chat With Your Sewing Friends on Janome Forum, Facebook and Twitter


25-janome-social-mediaHave you ever been sewing along in the evening and suddenly had a question about something on your Janome machine?

You could spend hours sifting through sewing websites and blogs looking for the answer. Or, you could go to the only official online community for where Janome sewing machine owners share their knowledge: Janome Forum. You don't have to be a registered member to read what people are posting. But if you register (for free), you can interact with the community of more than 19,000 other Janome owners.

It's easy to create an account. Simply come up with a unique user name, which will be displayed when you post a comment, register your email address and Janome Forum will send you your password. If you like, you can also customize your profile with one of 50 icons, include your location, a signature, and even add chat program info if you want to contact other members outside the Forum.

Browse through the fifteen major subject categories or search the entire forum. Of course, Janome Forum is also a great place to post what you've learned and help out other Janome sewing machine and serger owners. 

We also have active communities of sewing friends on both Facebook and Twitter and would love to have you follow us at on either or both sites. It's another great way to exchange information, find out first about new products, and discuss topics with fellow Janome fans.

Join The Janome Forum

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Tuesday, 26 October 2010 05:00

Video: Attaching 1/2" Binding With The Binder Foot


24-binder-footSometimes It's Good To Be In a Bind.

Bias binding tape (often just called bias tape) gives a professional finish to all kinds of sewing projects. You can use it on garments, blankets and quilts, accessories, and a host of home décor items. Pre-folded bias tape is readily available at the fabric store, which is certainly convenient. But if you want a specific color or pattern as an accent, you can easily cut and make your own and then attach it with the Janome Binder Foot on your sewing machine.

This optional presser foot is equipped with a small funnel to fold and guide the binding over the fabric edge before it reaches the sewing machine needle. It can be used with either a narrow zigzag or a straight stitch, and will handle from 10mm to 14mm bias tape. All the folding and feeding may sound complicated, but just watch our short video and you'll see how easy this foot is to use. It fits most Janome sewing machines.

Sew4Home (where Janome is the Signature Sponsor) also has a good tutorial for making and attaching bias binding. 

Watch Binder Foot Video

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Monday, 25 October 2010 05:00

The Adjustable Knee Lifter - Add It To Your Janome Sewing Machine


31-adjust-knee-lifterLook, Ma! No Hands!

For many sewists, the knee lift is an accessory they could not live without. Whether quilting or sewing, it allowed to easily raise the presser foot on their sewing machine without using their hands. But what if there was actually an even better version of this terrific accessory? Well, Janome found a way to produce just that!

Janome offers a special, ergonomic Adjustable Knee Lifter. This accessory was specially designed so all body types could reach the knee lift with ease. It offers a full range of adjustment from left to right, so you can find the position that best suits your sewing needs.

The Adjustable Knee Lifter fits all Janome machines with knee lift capability, including the new Horizon 7700 QCP and the Memory Craft 11000 Special Edition sewing and embroidery machines. It's the perfect accessory to make quilting and all types of sewing more comfortable.

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Knee Lifter

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Friday, 22 October 2010 05:00

Why We LOVE The Horizon: How to Use the Optional Binder Foot


22-horizon-binder-footThe Horizon's optional Quilt Binder Foot is the perfect accessory for quick and trouble-free binding.

This time-saving attachment, with a superior design based on industrial binding tools, has a cone on the front of the fabric holder that feeds and folds fabric for a finished ½” binding. It's just one of the features that makes the Horizon an outstanding sewing and quilting machine. Two upper screws on the binding allow you to adjust the fold of the fabric – set them at the same length for a straight stitch, or set the bottom a bit further than the top for a blanket stitch. There are additional cones available to create a 5/16" binding and a 7/16" binding. 

We show this accessory on the Horizon, and it did debut with the arrival of this wonderful machine, however, you can also use the Quilt Binder Foot on the MC6500 and MC6600 sewing and quilting machines. And on the MC11000 and MC11000 Special Edition sewing, quilting and embroidery machines

Tips for using the Quilt Binder Foot:

  1. Adjust the needle drop position as well as the screws to achieve stitching that is close to the inside edge of the binding.
  2. Sewing the folded binding at about 3/8” when beginning makes it easier to insert the edge of the quilt into the fold with the needle in the fabric.
  3. When using thicker fabric or making the double folded strip for the binding, cut the strips 1/8” narrower than the standard 2” to enable smooth insertion of the fabric into the attachment.
  4. Sew with the two-prong AcuFeed fabric feeding system or use the Even Feed Foot for smooth feeding and to avoid wrinkling of the fabric, even when working with different fabric thicknesses.

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