Janome Blog

  • 7/10/2018

    Can’t make up your mind on whether to add an overlocker to your sewing machine collection? Here are 4 signs to help you decide:

    Do you sew mostly garments?

    Let’s face it, unfinished garment seams, especially on woven fabrics, aren’t durable over time. Eventually the fabric will fray, showing the unfinished edges and sometimes your seams will start to unravel. (That’s the beginning of the end for your handmade garment!)

    If you look at your store-bought clothes you will most likely notice the flawless edge of the seams. This is where the brilliant work of an overlocker comes into play – it stitches and trims away excess fabric along the edge all at once!

    The overlocker can be set up to complete many finishes by simply adjusting the settings to suit your project. Investing in an overlocker will make your garments stand the test of time, while making them look professionally constructed.


    Do you have limited time to sew?

    Granted, not all of us are full-time home sewists. Some of us are lucky if we can have an uninterrupted stitching session while the kiddos are napping, or have a ninja sew straight after getting home from our full-time job. If your sewing time is limited, an overlocker can help you whiz through your projects quickly and efficiently.

    A serger can be used for many finishes including construction of garments, through to finishing off the edges of fabric that will then be seamed on the sewing machine. In particular, the serger is useful for knit and stretch fabrics, as it helps to guide and seam these fabrics that are often difficult to sew using a sewing machine.


    Do you have trouble with the edges of your seamed fabrics rolling after sewing with the sewing machine?

    Does the fabric rolling in the seam allowance on the edge of your knit garment drive you batty? If you have experienced this before, you will know that it becomes difficult to sew other intersecting seams and creates an unnecessary bulk to your work.

    Sergers can help with this issue as the knit/stretch fabrics feed through with the help of the differential feed and allow you to create a nice flat seam allowance. Your waistbands and side seams will look a lot neater and sit more comfortably when you wear your garment.


    Do you enjoy sewing home décor or accessorizing your home?

    The serger can be used for more than just garment sewing. Have you ever wanted to work with fabrics that might end up needing to be washed or used frequently, and you worry about how they will cope?

    The serger can be perfect for this as you can finish the edges of your pillows and other home deco items so that they are reinforced and secure for laundering and daily use. With a serger, you can stitch up lovely rolled hems to finish off your table linens, gathers for beautiful ruffles on pillows and so much more! The extra strength that is given when using the serger on the seams allows for a longer life to your handmade sewing projects.


    One thing is for sure, once you decide to invest in a serger, it quickly becomes very difficult to imagine life without it! A serger can be the perfect addition for everyone. Contact an authorized Janome Dealer today for a demonstration on the range of Janome sergers to see how much your sewing experience can be improved with this versatile machine.

  • 6/28/2018

    We're super excited because today our newest and most innovative serger, the Janome AirThread 2000D is shipping to your local dealer! By next week they should start arriving, so be sure to contact your closest dealer to set up a time to drop in and try it out!

    Gone are the days of frustrating serger threading! With the NEW Janome AirThread 2000D, just place the threads in the proper places, press the button, and let the machine do the rest! There's even built-in needle threaders to thread both the right and left needle, a larger bed space, and many more features! Be sure to check out the product page for all the details, then visit your dealer for more info.

  • 6/26/2018

    Looking to update your wardrobe without spending a lot? This Dress-to-Kimono tutorial from Trish at Trish Stitched is a great way to look cool for the summer, without spending big bucks to get the designer look.

    This tutorial will take you through the basic steps of turning an outdated dress into a modern piece - and with lots of room for customization, you can achieve the look you want!

    Download the project instructions from our project page here and follow along with the video Trish made that's posted below!

  • 5/30/2018

    Guest Post from Janome Education Manager, Regena Carlevaro!


    Janome America recently hosted an Education Summit, attended by our online project contributors, bloggers, educators and business partners. This was a talented group of sewists with entirely different skill sets that had one thing in common - the love of sewing on their Janome sewing machine(s).

    Why am I telling you about an education event that was not open to the public? Why would you want to continue reading about an amazing experience in which were not able to participate? Because the excitement and wonder that I witnessed during three days of sewing and learning together can be yours too.

     {Designer Jen Tryon and Educator Luann Hartley hard at work}

    With only two and half days of classes slated, it was a challenge to demonstrate a variety of techniques to a group of very skilled people. Fortunately, we are in an extremely creative industry that hosts a diverse group of sewing instructors. As a result, there was no course selection by the attendees - everyone had to take the same classes at the same time. What did this accomplish? At some point during the Summit, each attendee was forced to sew something that was out of their comfort zone.


    We are habitual creatures and tend to stay in our lane when we find something that makes us feel comfortable. Straight line quilting with your AcuFeed foot may be less challenging than free-motion quilting if you don’t feel like you have control over your sewing. If you’re a garment sewist, chances are you would not sign up for a class to learn how to do ruler work on a quilt block. But, that is exactly what Tamara Kate and Meredith Daniel did during the Summit. They both learned how to do Ruler work and found that they had the aptitude and ability. An untapped talent waiting to be explored! We can thank our excellent instructor, Amy Johnson, for making everyone feel comfortable and relaxed with her easy manner of teaching.

     {Kimberly of Sweet Red Poppy working on her Flying Geese}

    The attendees were further blown away while learning how to design their own fabric with My Fabric Designs - a new software program created by the inventors at DIME. Eileen Roche showed them how to create fun baby blankets, quilts and more. The ideas began flying around the room and the excitement was truly infectious. “We can make our own branded fabric to line our bags!” “How about our logo on jacket lining?” If you get the chance, check it out at My Fabric Designs. The possibilities are truly inspiring.


    By the end of the Education Summit, fashion sewists were taught how to make truly perfect Flying Geese points with our new Spokesperson, Kimberly Einmo and her Easy Flying Geese Ruler. Heather Peterson from Girl Charlee Fabrics had seasoned quilters sewing on sergers for the first time, and they couldn’t wait to model the knit pencil skirts that they whipped up in only 30 minutes.

     {Trish and Meredith working on their pencil skirts with knits from Girl Charlee.}

    By this point, I’m sure you’re saying to yourself, “Gee, Regena, thanks for sharing how great this event was, but what use is this information to me?”


    Here’s the point. Get out of your comfort zone. If you’re a quilter, go to your local authorized Janome dealership and take a class that challenges you to learn a new technique, whether it’s quilting related or not. If you are a garment sewist, go to your local quilt guild and find out where you can take a basic quilting class. Whatever kind of sewing you’re in to, challenge yourself to do something different. It will be worth the risk, I promise. Look at the smiling faces in the attached photos and you’ll see a group of super gifted individuals who stepped up to the summit and realized how truly multi-faceted they are.

    You are too.

    Thanks Regena! What an amazing and inspiring event you coordinated! Be sure to check in tomorrow for a list of blog posts from the attendees with their thoughts about the event.

    We also want to extend a HUGE THANKS to our sponsors that worked with Janome to make this a truly amazing event!
    Sew Steady & Westalee
    Synchrony Financing
    Girl Charlee Knits
    Shannon Fabrics
    A & E Threads

  • 5/15/2018

    Here at the Janome family we're so excited to introduce to you our newest spokesperson, Kimberly Einmo

    Kimberly is an author, award-winning quilter, fabric designer, international instructor, quilt judge and host of some very popular classes on Craftsy! She has written best-selling books published by the American Quilter's Society, created a signature line of unique, speciality quilting rulers, and she writes a column, Stray Threads, in every issue of American Quilter Magazine. Kimberly is a featured artist for the Electric Quilt Company where she has developed three EQ companion software products. Her debut basics fabric collection, Solid-ish, is a best-seller for Timeless Treasures Fabrics and she enjoys teaching on quilting cruises to exotic locales around the globe.

    Kimberly is a proud military wife, mother of two college-aged sons, and recently relocated to Souther California with her husband, three rescue cats and one pampered pooch where she enjoys creating new quilt designs in her sunny studio.

    We'll be catching up with Kimberly next week while she's teaching at Janome's Education Summit and we'll have a fun interview to share afterwards! 

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