Introducing: The Janome DC2014
The perfect machine for all sewing tasks is arriving now at your Local Janome Dealer: The Janome Decor Computer 2014.
Video: Free Motion Channel Quilting With The Clear View Foot
It's important to see your needle when you're tracing around a shape with free motion quilting.
The fun of free motion quilting is the freedom to draw any shape you like with thread. One of the accessories that helps you explore that creativity is the Free Motion Quilt Foot Set, Convertible (High Shank), also called the Convertible Free Motion Quilt Foot Set (High Shank).
The set has three different feet attachments:
- Closed Toe Foot for general use with lace and catchable fabrics.
- Open Toe Foot for general use and extra visibility.
- Clear View Foot for uneven surfaces and evenly spaced quilting. This is the one that gives you the best visibility as you do echo quilting--tracing around a shape with free motion quilting.
How To Use The Clear View Foot For Free Motion Channel Quilting
- Before putting the foot on your machine, first install the Clear View attachment. Loosen the screw on the side of the foot. Slide off the current attachment. And slide on the Clear View attachment. Then re-tighten the screw.
- To install the foot on your machine, loosen the presser foot screw and remove the existing foot and ankle on your machine. Then attach the Free Motion Quilt foot to the machine and tighten the screw.
- Lower the presser foot and adjust the screw on the right so that the bottom of the foot just skims your fabric.
- Choose a straight stitch.
- Drop the feed dog. You may also choose to use the optional straight stitch needle plate.
Now you're ready to trace around an object with FMQ.
To see this demonstrated watch Free Motion Quilt Foot Set Video: Free Motion Channel Quilting With The Clear View Foot.
The Free Motion Quilt Foot Set, Convertible (High Shank) is made, of course, for high shank sewing machines. If you have a low shank machine, use the Free Motion Quilt Foot Set, Convertible (Low Shank). Ask your Janome Dealer to help you get the right one for your machine.
Cabin Fever Project Book
It's Winter Time and the Sewing is Cozy!
The temperatures outside have certainly been frightful, but it's been a great excuse to stay in the warmth and sew! Our designers have certainly been busy, and we are excited to bring you seven brand new projects that are perfect for cold winter sewing.
We've incorporated instructions for using some of our favorite accessories, like the Piping Foot to create detail, the Ultra Glide Foot for sewing with vinyl, and some of the great built-in embroidery designs from the Horizon Memory Craft 15000.
Looking for a new machine to cure the winter blues? Stop in at your participating Janome Dealer soon, and take advantage of incredible savings on some of our best products!
In the meantime, check out our Cabin Fever Sewing Project Flipbook and get inspired!
Cabin Fever Sales Event at Your Participating Janome Dealer
Visit your Local Janome Dealer today and take advantage of Great Winter Sales!
Have winter's freezing temperatures been keeping you holed up inside? Janome's Cabin Fever Sales Event is just the thing to cure those winter blues!
Stop in at your participating Janome Dealer soon, and take advantage of incredible savings on some of our best products!
Try Embroidery Therapy this winter with the Horizon Memory Craft 15000. Stop in soon at your local participating Janome dealer, to receive an iPad with your purchase - perfect for taking advantage of the included Apps, AcuEdit and AcuMonitor, and then sending to your machine wirelessly!
Did you make a Quilting Resolution for the New Year? Check out our amazing savings on the Horizon Memory Craft 8900 - our package includes the Universal Table, Universal Side Table, and Horizon To Go Trolley for one great price. It's everything you need to turn your home sewing space into a Quilting Haven!
Check out all of the great deals in our online flyer, then contact your local Janome dealer today!
Descending Zig Zag Quilt from Maureen Cracknell
Maureen Cracknell Homemade brings a great, easy quilt project - perfect sewing for cold winter days!
Just in time to help you keep your stash-busting New Year's Resolution, we have a fun new quilt project from our good friend Maureen Cracknell.
This zig zag quilt pattern gives the visual effect of a complicated quilt pattern, but is super easy to make. The secret is in dividing the dark value colors from the light values, and then arranging the blocks to accentuate the design. (Maureen even includes a fabulous hint for determining the color values of your fabrics!) The blocks finish at 8" - the perfect size for creating a small or large quilt.
Video: Stitching In The Ditch With The Ditch Quilting Foot
The flange on this foot makes this technique easy--even for beginners.
Where does the term "stitch in the ditch" come from and why do quilter's use it? On your quilt top, when you press both seam allowances to one side of a patch, you end up with more layers of fabric under that side of the seam, causing it to sit a little higher than the other.
Many years ago quilters discovered that it's easier to do your quilting on the lower side of the seam because it has fewer layers of fabric. This in turn causes the higher side of the seam to stand up even more for a desired dimensional effect. Because you're stitching along in the little low area next to the seam, you're stitching "in the ditch."
To do this technique successfully, you need to keep your stitch a consistent distance from the seam. The flange on the Ditch Quilting Foot makes this easy.
How To Stitch In The Ditch With The Ditch Quilting Foot
- Snap the Ditch Quilting Foot onto your sewing machine. Select a straight stitch. And set the machine for a medium speed.
- Align your fabric so that the flange rests in the seam. You can move the needle to adjust how close it stitches to the flange.
- As you sew, keep your eye on the flange, making sure it stays in the seam.
And you've made a beautiful stitch-in-the ditch.
To see this demonstrated watch Ditch Quilting Foot Video: Stitching In The Ditch.
The Ditch Quilting Foot fits most Janome sewing machines. The 1600P has its own Ditch Quilting Foot and there's also one designed for the AcuFeed System. To make sure you have the right one see your Janome Dealer.
Janome Poll Results: Your Top New Year Sewing Resolution
Finishing projects and getting organized are the most popular responses.
Earlier this week we asked you to pick your top sewing resolution for the New Year.
It probably won't be a big surprise to learn that the top two answers by a large margin were:"Finish some of my UFOs (unfinished objects)" and "Organize my sewing space."
The New Year is a great time for fresh start on both these challenges.
On finishing what you've started, we found this great quote from author Neil Gaiman, "Whatever it takes to finish things, finish. You will learn more from a glorious failure than you ever will from something you never finished."
On getting organized, we also found some helpful links: Here's How To Declutter Your Sewing Room from a professional organizer. And some inspiring examples of How To Organize Your Sewing Room from All People Quilt.
Visit our Poll Results page to see what the other top goals were.
FREE 60-Minute Craftsy Class on Machine Embroidery
We've partnered with Craftsy to provide an excellent machine embroidery class.
Take Machine Embroidered Classics online, on your own time schedule, and learn tips and tricks for adding embroidery to ready-made pillowcases, woven kitchen towels, even a tulle-topper trick to conquer high-pile bath towels.
Expert instructor, Yvonne Menear leads this fantastic class that will help you do more with your Memory Craft embroidery machine. Plus, the exclusive embroidery files featured during class are included!
It's FREE. And you can start right now by going to the Machine Embroidered Classics class page and clicking the "Enroll Now" button.
Machine Embroidered Classics Class Description
Get to know your embroidery machine as expert instructor Yvonne Menear guides you through easily embroidering pillowcases, kitchen towels and even high-pile bath towels!
Start by deconstructing a pillowcase to make room for hooping a pretty redwork rose, and discover Yvonne’s favorite stabilization strategies, including wash-away stabilizer, spray adhesive and basting.
Work with a woven kitchen towel and select thread colors that showcase texture in a lovely filled leaf design. Then, conquer a high-pile bath towel with a tulle topper trick that will help you highlight a stunning shell design.
Plus, get the exclusive embroidery files featured during class for FREE, sized to fit both 4" x 4" and larger hoops.
Happy New Year From Janome America
Best Wishes For A Great 2014!
We hope the New Year brings you creativity and joy.
Not just in your sewing, but for your whole life.
From all of us at Janome America.
New Project: Janome Snowstorm Skirt
Use decorative stitches and techniques to create a one of a kind garment.
The fashion forecasters predicted that winter whites would be very "in" this year.
Here's a project for an elegant and versatile skirt embellished with decorative stitches.
The Snowstorm Skirt, created by Janome Educator Nancy Fiedler, is an easy project you can create in just 3 hours using any simple pencil skirt pattern.
You achieve the "snowstorm" effect by using white thread on your white fabric to create rows of textures.
Nancy says, "For the best results, you'll want to use a 9mm width machine so that you can achieve the biggest, most bold decorative stitches." The MC15000, MC12000, MC9900, MC8900 and MC8200 all have 9mm decorative stitches. She also used the Ribbon/Sequin Foot to apply rows of shimmery sequins.
Nancy also recommends a Janome serger to serge the edges of the front and back to create a smooth seamline and to secure ends of the trims.
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