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.
Janome Poll: What Is Your New Year Sewing Resolution?
We'd like to know what your big plans are for sewing in 2014.
Being human, we accomplish much more when we've set down specific goals.
This really applies to sewing and quilting where projects we thought would take us a few hours can sometimes stretch into weeks and months. Thus the frequent sightings of UFOs (UnFinished Objects) in our sewing rooms.
We hope you have some goals to make 2014 a more enjoyable and productive year with your Janome machine. And it would great if you would share what you have planned.
Please vote in our Poll What Is Your Top New Year Sewing Resolution? Then check back on Friday to see the results.
You're Invited to the Jenny Haskins Touch of Magic Tour 2014!
Jenny's Touch of Magic Tour is coming to a city near you!
Some lucky embroidery enthusiasts were able to Experience the Magic of Jenny Haskins products and Janome embroidery machines during the Touch of Magic Tour in 2013. We learned so much, and had so much fun with our friends at RNK Productions that we have collaborated for a full schedule of events nationwide in 2014.You won't want to miss these special two-day events, where you'll learn about and experience the Jenny Haskins MAGIC first hand.
Our first event of the new year will take place January 24th and 25th in Austin, TX, with special hosts Northwest Sewing Center.
Join Jenny Haskins Embroidery Expert Paula Bramwell, as well as Janome Education Team Members Louis Carney and Susan Clark for a fabulous weekend of creativity and fun.
These exciting events will be happening throughout 2014, and will visit cities nationwide. Be sure to check back often for a location near you.
To experience the Magic in Austin in January, register at the official RNK Touch of Magic Tour page.
Special Offer: Pink And Blue Bobbins
These limited edition bobbins are now 30% off.
Add a little color to your sewing setup with these bright bobbins, designed especially for your machine.
These are real Janome J bobbins, made of a special rubber and plastic combination, which allows them to better hold thread, absorb machine vibration and reduce noise. (Janome J bobbins fit all Janome machines except the MB4 and 1600 series.)
All that and pretty too! Hurry while supplies last at your local Janome Dealer.
MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM JANOME AMERICA
We wish you and your family all the best.
We hope Santa filled your stocking with lots of good things.
And that you get time today to play with some of your new sewing and quilting "toys."
From all of us at Janome America.
Software Update: Digitizer MBX v4.0 Compatibility for Windows 8.1
Download the Free Update to Make Your Digitizer MBX v4.0 Compatible with Windows 8.1
Janome has posted a new update for owners of Digitizer MBX version 4.0. Download and install this update to make your dongle compatible with Windows 8.1. Download now by going to the update page and following the directions.
All current and former updates can be found on the Janome Software Update Page.
Free Online Flipbook: Inspired Embroidery Volume 1 From Artistic
Featuring projects created with designs from Artistic Embroidery Collections.
The first ebook in our series shows you just how easy it is to be a fabric artist with Artistic Designs.
Viewable online with your computer or tablet, this 39 page ebook features 7 complete projects including pillows, a wine bottle cover, a mantel cover, greeting cards, and even a quilt. The back of the book includes more information on featured Artistic Embroidery Collections.
The projects in Inspired Embroidery Volume 1 are for a variety of sewing skill levels. And each one requires an embroidery machine.
The online book format makes it fun to browse with page turning animation and even the sound of rustling paper.
Go here to start reading Inspired Embroidery Volume 1.
Artistic Embroidery Collections include the work of some of today’s best-known designers, including Michael Miller Fabrics, Lonni Rossi, Jenny Hart of Sublime Stitching, Leah Day of Day Style Designs and the Free Motion Quilting Project, and Stitchique.
The collections include a wide variety of applications, from embellishing ready-to-wear to paper crafting to incredible, stand-alone embroidery designs. They're easy enough for new embroidery users, but with the quality to please the most experienced embroiderer.
Artistic Creative Products include software, design collections, and the accessories you need to create with embroidery, crystals, and cutting blades. See the entire line at your nearest Artistic dealer.
New Project: Cat Block Pillow by Elizabeth Hartman
Use your favorite scraps to create an array of charming patchwork cats.
There's just something about quilting and cats.
Lots of us enjoy creating with fabric and thread under the watchful eye of a feline.
Elizabeth Hartman of Oh, Frannson! has created a clever, geometric cat design that you can use on a quilt block or for an entire pillow.
The Cat Block Pillow project is a perfect way to use your favorite scraps to create an array of charming patchwork cats. The instructions show you how to make an assortment of 6” x 6” cat blocks, or combine 10 cats to make a large block perfect for a 20” x 20” pillow cover.
Elizabeth says, "Don’t hesitate to mix and match fabrics for a scrappy look!"
The project requires intermediate quilting skills and can be completed on any Janome Sewing Machine. Elizabeth uses a 1600P-QC, which sews at up to 1,600 spm and features a 9" bed. Try it out for yourself at your local Janome Dealer.
New Serger Video: Introduction To The 1100D Professional Serger
This has to be the easiest stitch set up you've ever seen.
The Janome 1100D Professional serger has the speed and precision to give you perfect results every time.
And it's also quick and easy to set up.
The 1100D features a unique Stitch Information Display Panel, which shows you the required settings for each stitch. You can set it up in seconds and get dependable results.
How To Set Up A Stitch On The 1100D
- On the stitch display, find the kind of the stitch you want to use and note its corresponding number.
- Turn the display knob on the right of the machine until that number appears in the first column of the Stitch Information Display Panel. You'll now see all the required settings for best results with that stitch. (There's no need to adjust the tension. The 1100D does this automatically for each stitch selected.)
- The second column shows you the differential feed setting, which you set with a knob.
- The third is stitch length, which is adjusted by a knob.
- Fourth is the needle position, which can be left, right, or both.
- Fifth is the cutting width, which you adjust at the side of the bed.
- Sixth is the upper knife position, which should be up or down.
- Second to the right is the two thread converter. Again, it should be up or down.
- Finally, there's the needle plate setting knob, which should also be up or down.
Now you're ready to serge with your chosen stitch.
The presser foot lifter is located to the side on the 1100D. And it doubles as a handy thread cutter.
And for help with threading, you'll find the easy-to-follow guides inside the front cover of the serger.
To see the stitch settings demonstrated watch the video Introduction To The 1100D Professional Serger.
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