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Monday, 24 January 2011 05:00

Video: Using the Janome Ultimate Ruffler

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88-ultimate-ruffler-videoIt's the easiest way to do this sophisticated technique.

Ruffles are created when you gather together a longer piece of fabric often with the intent of sewing it to another, flat piece of fabric. Larger, folded ruffles are called pleats. There are lots of different projects that call for ruffles, from the edging around a pillow to the gathered waist of a skirt.

This embellishment adds a sophisticated look, but ruffles can be challenging, and time-consuming, to sew... unless you have a presser foot on your sewing machine that automatically does the gathering for you. Like the Janome Ultimate Ruffler.

It's called The Ultimate Ruffler because it's absolutely the easiest way to make ruffles and pleats with your sewing machine. To see how to attach it and use it watch The Ultimate Ruffler Video: Creating Ruffles And Pleats.

The standard depth of ruffles is two-to-one. So if you're sewing a twelve inch seam, you'll need twenty-four inches of your gathering fabric. But if you want a different look, the Ultimate Ruffler lets you control how many ruffles you have along your seam as well as how deep each one is. You can have a ruffle formed every stitch, every six stitches, or every twelve stitches. By turning a screw on the foot, you can adjust how much fabric is folded at each gather.

As with any new foot, you'll want to sew some test pieces before starting in on your project.

The Ultimate Ruffler fits all Janome sewing machines, except the MC6600P and Horizon 7700QCP sewing and quilting machines. These two machines use the AcuFeed Ruffler.

Watch The Ultimate Ruffler Video

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Friday, 21 January 2011 05:00

Serger Smarts: Create Your Own Serger Stitches

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93-serger-smarts-braid-stitchesBy working "outside of the box" you can adjust your serger settings to create a beautiful braid stitch.

For best results we recommend that your serger stitches should be set up according to specific guidelines--whether it's a four-thread overlock, a rolled hem, or a flatlock. Our serger manuals call for specific tension adjustments to achieve a balance of thread coverage on the fabric.

That got us thinking . . . what would happen if we didn't follow the recommendations? Would it be possible to make new stitches by tweaking the settings? The answer we found was, YES!

Playing with a Janome 1110DX serger, we were amazed with the unique results we were able to achieve by deviating from the recommended stitch settings. In the next few weeks, we'll be featuring some of the different stitches we created by adjusting our serger settings. (BTW, you can make these on any Janome serger.)

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Our first unique stitch we've named the Braid Stitch. You create this stitch by putting decorative thread in both loopers and using only the right needle (use a size 14 needle for best results). The stitch brings both of the decorative threads to the top to form a mock braid. This is a great finish for a fleece throw.

To create this new stitch, make the following adjustments:

  1. Right Needle - set to 4
  2. Upper Looper - set to 9
  3. Lower Looper - set to 2
  4. Stitch Length - Between the "R" and 2
  5. Differential Feed - 1.0
  6. Disengage the stitch finger, or set to "R"

 

By mixing up your thread colors and textures, you can create a number of different effects with this one neat stitch!

More Info On Janome Sergers

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Thursday, 20 January 2011 05:00

Introducing the DC5100

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90-machine-dc5100-newWhen you're moving beyond beginner projects, this new machine is a great next step.

Back when you were a newbie sewist, you were happy just to get your straight stitch in a straight line. Now that you're diving into more intermediate level projects, here's a computerized machine with everything you need to grow in your skills.

The new Janome DC5100 sewing machine has a nice selection of stitches, lots of time-saving features, and a powerful motor to make your next project a big success.

The DC5100 has a total of 167 built in stitches, including 5 styles of one-step buttonholes, and a complete alphabet in upper and lower case. You can find your stitch quickly by opening the top cover and glancing at the stitch reference guide. Then use the touchpad to navigate on the easy-to-read LCD screen. Save your selections in the machine Memory, which can store up to 50 custom patterns.

You get power and precision at up to 820 stitches per minute. An automatic tension control and 7-piece feed dog ensure excellent stitch quality.

Lots of presser feet are included. The DC5100 comes with 11 snap-on feet, including a Blind Hem Foot, Even Feed Foot, Overedge Foot, Overcasting Foot, and Automatic Buttonhole Foot.

Other time saving features include a memorized needle up/down, drop feed, and a built-in Needle Threader. And to top it all off, the DC5100 comes with its own Hard Cover.

Ready to step up in your sewing? Try out the new DC5100 computerized sewing machine at your local Janome Dealer.

See a thorough review of the DC5100 at the Sewing Machines For Beginners blog.

Complete Details On The DC5100

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Wednesday, 19 January 2011 05:00

New Book for New Sewists: Thread & Bobbin

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91-thread-and-bobbin-bookNew to sewing... or know someone who is?

A little book just hit the shelves that is perfect for you or the beginning sewist(s) in your lift. thread & bobbin: 21 simple sewing projects ($18, All American Crafts) is written by Janome America's own Alison Newman and her good friend and textile expert, Kaitlin Witte.

There are a variety of projects from quilts to aprons, purses to baby blocks. All have detailed, step-by-step instructions and illustrations. There's also a handy glossary of terms. Most of the items can easily be made in a weekend, some in just a few hours. It's a great book for beginners, but equally fun those more skilled because of the very cute ideas.

Check out the wonderful review at Sew4Home as well as the article in the New York Daily News.

You can find thread & bobbin online at Amazon as well as most chain bookstores. Better still, many Janome dealers are carrying autographed copies!

Visit the Thread & Bobbin Website

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Tuesday, 18 January 2011 05:00

Video: Finishing A Raw Edge With The Overcast Foot M

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54-overcast-foot-m-videoDon't have a serger? Use this presser foot on your sewing machine to finish the raw edges of your fabric.

Seamstresses have used the overcast (also called overlock) stitch for centuries as a way to keep the unfinished edges of fabric from raveling. It's useful for heavy fabrics or when the edge has multiple layers like high loft batting; times when folding over and stitching the edge would be too bulky.

Many Janome sewing machines have this stitch built-in and when used with the Overcast Foot M, it gives a nicely finished edge that looks like it was done by a serger.

To see how to use this foot watch the Overcast Foot M Video: Finishing A Raw Edge. You'll see how to set up the foot on your machine and how to sew with the guide to finish your edge in one pass.

The Overcast Foot M is particularly good for finishing medium to heavyweight, easily-frayed woven fabrics such as tweed, gabardine, and linen.

To find out which Janome sewing machines can use the Overcast Foot M (ie., which machines have the overcast stitch), go to the machine's page and look under Accessories.

More About The Overcast Foot M

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Monday, 17 January 2011 05:00

Under An Hour! Serged Scarf Hat

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92-serged-scarf-hatOne of the great things about the 1100D and 1200D sergers is that they can create a Blanket Stitch.

This stitch is perfect for finishing the edges of quilts, blankets and fleece throws. It's a wonderful on a serger, because you can trim the edge and stitch in one quick and easy step.

Our serged scarf hat is a fast, fun project for anyone wanting to get acquainted with this stitch on their serger. Use vairegated thread, as we did in our sample, for a great decorative effect. The wide scarf with a built-in hat is perfect to keep you cozy on a chilly day. And with this winter's wild storms all over the USA, there are plenty chilly days left to put this warm fleece wrap to good use!

Find out more about Janome's 1100D and 1200D sergers.

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Scarf Hat Project

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Friday, 14 January 2011 05:00

Clover Accessories at your Janome Dealer

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87-clover-accessoriesLook for a wide selection of notions and innovative sewing aids from this Janome partner.

Clover has a variety of high quality products to help you sew and quilt. From traditional notions like their measuring and marking aids to unique items like their mini irons, Clover products are a big help when you sit down at your Janome sewing machine.

Here are a few of our favorites:

Mini Iron II - It's got all the heat of a regular iron in a tiny size. You can press hard-to-reach places and it's ideal for doing fusible products.

Bamboo Handle Tools - They feel good in your hand and bamboo has a nice, natural look. Includes tools like a seam ripper, and various tracing tools.

Bias tape and Bias tape makers - They have a nice selection. And their Quick Bias Tape saves you time because it can be easily ironed on to straight or curved fabric designs.

Yo-yo makers - Fabric yo-yos make a fun accent to all kinds of projects. Clover has quick yo-yo makers for all sizes. You can even make unusual shapes like shamrocks and butterflies.

Pom-pom makers - They're not just for ski hats anymore. Make small, large, or even heart-shaped pom-poms.

You can find Clover products at your local Janome Dealer. Selection will vary, depending on your retailer.

See All Clover Products

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Thursday, 13 January 2011 05:00

Iris Ultra Cotton Quilting Thread

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86-iris-ultra-cotton-quilting-thread-boxThis assortment of 100% cotton thread is ideal for machine quilting.

Our experts are often asked, "Which brands of thread will work best for quilting on my Janome?"

When it comes to quilting, where your thread may be feeding through your sewing machine at 1,000 stitches per minute, not all threads are created equal. But there are a number of high quality brands that will give you excellent results when you use them for quilting. One of those is Iris thread made by Hilos. 

Because Iris Thread runs so well in your Janome sewing machine, we've partnered with them to bring you Iris Ultra Cotton Quilting Thread in a custom Horizon gift box, which includes 12 mini king spools of premium quilting thread, as well as individual mini king spools. 

Quilting fabrics are usually made from 100% cotton, making pure cotton thread the traditional choice for your quilting machine. Iris quilting thread is highly mercerized, meaning it's had special processing to give it a smoother surface and improved luster. 

When you put in extra hours to make your quilt project its very best, it makes good sense to use an excellent quality thread like Iris. Using top quality raw materials, Iris is the only company manufacturing this type of thread in North America. Their threads are known for strength, tenacity, brilliant sheen, and the ability to run smoothly in all major sewing and embroidery machines.

See the Iris Ultra Cotton Quilting Thread assortment and single spools at your local, participating Janome Dealer.

Read More About Iris Threads

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Wednesday, 12 January 2011 05:00

MC11000 Special Edition - AcuFil Quilting

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84-mc11kse-acufil-quiltingAcuFil™ Quilting is a complete quilting system built into your embroidery machine

One of the innovations that sets the Memory Craft 11000 Special Edition apart is Janome’s exclusive Stippling in the Hoop function. It's called AcuFil™, because it allows you to Accurately Fill your hooped quilt square with stippling (lines of stitching that fill in a space). And it's one of the reasons the MC11000 Special Edition is unlike other top-of-the-line sewing and embroidery machines.

Why Stipple In The Hoop? 

Free-form stippling, where you move your fabric to stitch in random patterns, is fun. But if you want an embroidered design in the middle of your square, the MC11000 Special Edition can help you fill it with a perfectly even stitch pattern.

Simply enter your quilt dimensions into the AcuFil™ Calculator and the machine calculates and lays out automatic stippling to perfectly cover each square in your entire quilt top. And that’s just the start. Choose from dozens of embroidery quilting designs and stippling patterns to customize your quilt top. The optional Digitizer embroidery software takes layout possibilities a step further with all-new quilting functionality.

Our AcuFil™ Quilting Hoop and Template combination is easy-to-use and brilliantly precise across all hoopings. And our exclusive direct PC connection sends your design to your computer so you can print a complete template.

24 Embroidery Designs For Quilting Give You Dozens of Combination Options

Each of these three-part designs is ready to be embroidered on your quilt square. A Core design is surrounded by expertly stippled Fill, which in turn is set off by a Border. But you can also use the components separately: Core by itself or Core plus Fill but without a Border. This gives you a total of 72 stand-alone designs.

Faster Hooping With Unlimited Movement

The AcuFil™ Quilting Hoop is not only the fastest hoop you’ve ever used, it also allows you to move your fabric in any direction while continuing your design. The inner hoop has been replaced by special magnetic clamps, which hold the multiple layers of your quilt firmly in place but allow you to quickly re-hoop.

How Big Can You Go?

It’s up to you. The AcuFil™ Quilting System is so accurate, you can continue a fill pattern across all hoopings. Your design is no longer limited by the size of your hoop. The AcuFil™Calculator can generate stippling for your quilt top up to a 10' x 10' range.

See the specifications, and all optional accessories for the MC11000 Special Edition.

Download the MC11000 brochure as a PDF (3.7 MB).

Download a basic instruction manual as a PDF (2.2 MB). 

More About The MC11000 Special Edition

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Tuesday, 11 January 2011 05:00

Video: Making Parallel Rows Of Stitching With The Border Guide Foot

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50-parallel-rows-border-guide-videoThe easy way to stitch parallel rows – perfect for quilting.

If you need to make evenly spaced rows of decorative stitching on a project, you can get out your rulers and fabric markers and draw line after line. Or you can use the Janome presser foot designed to stitch parallel rows without marking up your fabric.

The Border Guide Foot has "wings" on each side of the foot. Made from a special see-through material, it allows you to use guide marks that run the length and width of the foot. And it works on all Janome sewing machines.

Simply align one of the markings on the foot with the edge of your fabric or you can draw a line to start in the middle. Choose any stitch and sew. For your next row just use the first row of stitching as your guide line, keeping it in line with the chosen mark as you sew.

The two sets of vertical red lines are calibrated to allow perfect spacing of rows. The horizontal red line matches the needle drop so you can line up the start of each row. The small red mark denotes the center of the design for lining up with the marking for the first row.

Watch the Border Guide Foot Video: Making Parallel Rows Of Stitching.

You can also use the Border Guide Foot to sew a line of decorative stitching around the border or along the edge of a project.

Learn Effortless Border Stitching

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