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  • 1/19/2018

    Accessory of the Month – Applique Foot AP 

    Today we have Nancy Fiedler, one of Janome's Educators, joining us to share her tips about the AP Applique foot!

    Applique is a popular way to personalize and embellish all projects: garments, quilts, crafts, tote bags.  You can use any Janome machine for this technique and by using Applique Foot AP you will achieve perfect results every time.

    This clear foot has short toes which give you a clearer view of the applique for precise sewing and easy maneuvering around curves and corners. 

    If you have a Janome machine that has  a 7mm stitch width this part number would be: 202023001. A 9mm Janome machine would have a foot part number of: 202086002

    Instructions:

    1. Thread Janome Blue tip needle with embroidery thread.
    2. Insert Janome Prewound Bobbin.
    3. Attach Applique foot.
    4. Reduce pressure on presser foot one number lower than normal setting.

    Note:  By reducing presser foot pressure, the fabric will slide easier as you guide the applique under the foot. 

    1. Set machine to end needle down.
    2. Set machine for a satin stitch or select an applique stitch.  Many Janome machines have several to choose from! 

    Note: Satin Stitch is created by selecting Zigzag stitch, then adjusting the width 3mm, and length .40mm.  These settings can be adjusted depending on what look you're going for.

    1. Place stabilized fabric with applique under foot, lining up the edge of applique with right hand swing of needle.  

    Try out some of the many decorative stitches built into your machine.  Satin stitches, like the one shown, give your appliques unique edges.  

            

     

    Locking Stitches  Your Janome machine will automatically sew four stitches in place at the beginning of any decorative or zigzag stitch to create a lock.  Simply touch the reverse button at the end, the machine will sew four stitches in place to lock, and then stop.

    Create your own applique sampler!

    1.  Draw several leaf or heart shapes on paper side of fusible web.  Then following manufacturer’s directions fuse to wrong side of fabric.
    2. Cut out shapes and fuse to contrast fabric.
    3. Applique each shape with different applique stitches.

    Use this sampler to test and choose the perfect stitch for your applique projects.

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     Thanks Nancy! Looks like there's lots of great ways to spice up an applique project by choosing different stitches and designs! Follow the links below to find an applique project created by the Janome team of educators and designers!

  • 1/17/2018

    We're so excited for the new year and what it holds for Janome! We've got lots of new products AND some new Artisan faces! We'd like to welcome Faith Essenburg to our team!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We're looking forward to seeing her projects, and seeing what she stitches up with her Janome 6700.

    We asked Faith to give us a little intro about herself. Here's what she had to say:

    "My name is Faith Essenburg, I am a stay at home mom of three boys living in the Chicago suburbs. I started sewing a little over four years ago when I was pregnant with my youngest and I couldn't find baby bedding that I liked. My first makes were a quilt blanket with Minkey backing and a minkey crib sheet, working on an old loaner sewing machine and just learning as I went. That bedding is still in use four years later and I laugh everytime someone tells me they are scared to work with minkey! I took my sewing up a notch when I joined an online sew along more than a year later and I have been sewing away ever since. I find so much joy and satisfaction in slowing down and working with my hands, from choosing fabrics to learning new sewing methods to blogging my makes, it's all a creative blessing that I am just so glad I stumbled upon." 

    Wow, Faith! We're also impressed your first project was sewn with minkey. Don't forget to check back next week (or keep an eye on our Facebook or Instagram  feed) for Faith's first project! We think you'll really like it!

  • 12/21/2017

    Don't you love holiday decor? We're crushing on this gorgeous and festive pillow from designer Joanna Marsh! Want to make your own? Learn how here!

  • 12/20/2017

    We love this project from designer Alison O'Grady! She made this great walker organizer and customized it with some embroidery from Janome-embroidery.com! If you want to make your own customized one you can find all the details of the modified pattern she used here.

  • 11/17/2017

    This is a quick and easy project perfect for entertaining! It is also a great way to showcase embroidery or many of the specialty stitches built into your Janome sewing machine. 

    Make it for Thanksgiving, or change up the color scheme and embroidery and it'd be great for Christmas, birthdays, or any other special occassion. 

    Make your own following the tutorial from Alison O'Grady!

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