A Short Story Of How The Sewing Machine Changed Home Sewing from Labor-Intensive To A Labor Of Love
A sewing machine cut the time required to make a man's shirt by 90%.
Back in 1860, when we got our start making home sewing machines, clothing was extremely expensive. That's because it was nearly all sewn by hand. The woman of the house, when she wasn't preparing meals or cleaning, would make her family's clothing.
Only the wealthy could afford to buy their everyday clothing in stores or have them made by a tailor. As a consequence, a lot of time was spent repairing clothing with needle and thread.
If the average homemaker wanted to make her husband a shirt, she would first have to save up enough to buy the fabric. Then she would carefully lay out the pattern and cut out the pieces, saving every scrap of fabric. Then, when time allowed, she would painstakingly sew the whole thing together by hand. It took patience, skill, and a whole lot of time.
But if she could afford one of the new treadle-powered home sewing machines, she could finish a garment that by hand might have taken days to complete, in just a few hours. Having one of these "modern marvels" meant a marked improvement for the family – such as having more than one change of clothes, not to mention a big saving of labor for women.
Along with the steam engine and the telegraph, the sewing machine brought big changes to 19th century life.
Today, Janome sewing machines and sergers are making sewing faster and easier than ever.
Great Scarves for You, for Gifts, for Fun
We thought you'd enjoy this array of inspiring, clever, and adorable sewn scarf patterns.
There is nothing like a simple scarf around your neck for keeping out the winter chills... and keeping you looking fabulous. Couple that with the fact that most of these scarves are quick projects, and you’ve got the recipe for a great holiday gift!
Each of the great projects we found can be completed in an afternoon at your sewing machine. So with little more than a week to go before Christmas, it’s time to get stitching!
Amy Butler offers a free pattern for this Sash with Fringe. It is understated and elegant – perfect with jeans or a cute dress.
This scarf was inspired by those found in Anthropologie. Making the embedded texturing in this scarf is really easy – but what a wonderful effect.
This scarf from BurdaStyle is a great way to use up scraps of multiple colors and textures. The fringes at the bottom add a perfect touch.
Have a gentleman friend with too many ratty T-shirts? This scarf is a perfect way to give those old T-shirts a new life!
Amy Butler does it again. A simple pattern becomes the perfect scarf with soft and cozy flannels.
This simple scarf becomes a feminine work of genius with a few rows of adorable ruffles. The Janome Ultimate Ruffler would make quick work of the details!
The DC4030 -- Big Buttons - Big Fun
Enjoy easy navigation and great stitch quality on a computerized machine.
If you've seen it, what you'll remember about it is the innovative navigation system. You don't have to turn a dial to access the 30 stitches. You choose each one directly by pressing a large, illustrated button on the front of the machine. There are actually two stitch options per button; you make your selection by pressing once for the left stitch and twice for the right.
You'll enjoy several features normally found only on more expensive models, such as a Needle Up/Down Button, a Lock Stitch Button, a Reverse Button, a Start/Stop Button, and Adjustable Foot Pressure which allows you to select from four foot pressure levels to perfectly accommodate fabrics of different thicknesses.
The Decor Computer 4030 is a lightweight yet sturdy sewing machine designed to do both delicate decorative work and functional heavy-duty sewing. It features 30 actual stitches, 6 one-step buttonholes, a built-in One-Hand Needle Threader, and Stitch Width and Length adjustments. There is also a Stitch Elongation feature, which means you can elongate some stitches without losing any density.
Video: Create Professional Rolled Hems With The Hemmer Foot Set
This presser foot will fold and sew your hem in one easy step.
When we sit down in front of our sewing machines, we all want to achieve that "professional finish" on our next project--whether on home décor projects, garments or accessories. One place where a nicely done stitch really sets a project apart is along the hem.
Traditionally, to make a professional looking rolled hem, you start at your ironing board, carefully pressing the rough edge. Then you turn it and iron it again, before going over to your sewing machine to sew your hemming stitch. If your item has a long seam, this can be time-consuming, especially as you try to keep the hem width even along its entire length. It can also lead to burned fingertips.
To make rolled hems faster and easier, Janome developed the Hemmer Foot Set, which works with its top-loading sewing machines. This set includes two feet: the 4mm Hemmer foot and the 6mm Hemmer foot, depending on the finished width you'd like to create. Each foot creates straight, professional rolled hems on light to medium weight fabrics. The channel guide holds the rolled fabric and allows for a straighter hem.
For easy step-by-step instrcutions, watch the video Hemmer Foot Set: Create Professional Rolled Hems. The demonstration is on the Memory Craft 11000 Special Edition but you'd follow the same steps with any Janome machine.
The Hemmer feet are easy to snap onto your machine. Select a straight stitch. Then simply roll the edge of your fabric to the desired width and feed it into the foot. As it sews, it continues to fold your fabric and stitch it down in one step to create just what you were looking for: the professional finished hem.
How To Use The J Hoops for the MB-4
There is a large assortment of free arm “J” hoops available for the M-B4 Multi Needle Embroidery Machine.
By using one of these clever hoops, the MB-4 embroidery-only machine can stitch designs on the legs of jeans (large or small) without you even needing to open the side seams. How cool is that?! In addition, gloves, tote bags, purses, shirt pockets, collars, sleeves and a host of other items are no longer impossible... or even a challenge. Take a look at the our easy technique for embroidering toddler jeans with the J6 No. 2 hoop, just like the ones worn by our very cute model to the right.
List Of J Hoops For The MB-4
Monogram J1 Hoop, Side Clamp The J1 Hoop measures 30 mm (diameter). The side clamp allows for greater versatility in hooping, accommodating your specific project.
Monogram J1 Hoop, Center Clamp This version of the J1 Hoop measures 30 mm (diameter). The side clamp allows for greater versatility in hooping, accommodating your specific project.
Monogram J2 Hoop The special shape of the J2 hoop allows for deeper insertion into pockets. The J2 Hoop measures 24x54mm. Please note, the Monogram Hoop Holder is required when using this hoop.
Monogram J3 Hoop The J3 hoop measures 64 x 28mm. Please note, the Monogram Hoop Adaptor is required when using this hoop.
Monogram J4 Hoop The J4 Hoop measures 42mm x 67mm. The side clamp allows for greater versatility in hooping, accommodating your specific project.
Monogram J5 Hoop The J5 Hoop measures 46x46mm. Please note, the Monogram Hoop Holder is required when using this hoop.
Monogram J6 Hoop, Center Clamp The center clamp allows greater versatility in projects, accommodating your specific hoop needs. The J6 Hoop measures 66x66 mm.
Monogram J6 Hoop, Side Clamp The J6 Hoop measures 30 mm (diameter). The side clamp allows for greater versatility in hooping, accommodating your specific project.
Monogram J7 Hoop The J7 Hoop measures 110x95 mm.
Monogram J8 Hoop The J8 Hoop measures 120x121 mm.
The steps to use the hoops are easier than you might think. Click the button below to learn how.
Janome Holiday Classics Collection: Stockings
These stocking projects have been the most popular for the past few years.
The tradition of hanging Christmas stockings by the fireplace in hopes of having them filled with presents supposedly originated with the real St. Nicholas (around 280 A.D.).The story goes that he became aware of three girls who could not be married because their poor father lacked dowries for them. In those days, a woman without a fortune or a husband had few ways of making a living. Nicholas rode past their house one winter night and saw the girls' stockings drying by the fireplace. He threw gold coins down the chimney, which landed in the stockings and made it possible for the girls to marry.
The idea of Santa Claus flying from house to house on Christmas Eve to put presents in stockings was popularized by Clement Moore's poem, which we all know as "The Night Before Christmas."
Christmas stockings have been a popular holiday sewing item for generations. They're simple enough for a beginner to make on any Janome sewing machine. Or you can make them into an ornate work of art using a Memory Craft embroidery machine. Either way, there's something special about having a Christmas stocking made just for you.
Here are the Most Popular Christmas Stocking Projects from Janome.com:
- Christmas Stocking Bottle Caddy--The perfect wrapping for your hostess gift.
- Christmas Collection II Stocking--Elegant and embroidered.
- Beary Christmas Stockings--Hang it on your country fireplace.
- Serger Christmas Stocking--Extra cute with piping and ruffles.
- Lacy Poinsettia Christmas Stocking--Designed to hang on your door.
- Turkey Feathers Christmas Stocking--Created for an avid hunter.
The Janome Cloth Guide
It makes measuring seams quick and easy.
Cloth guides come in all shapes and sizes – from a piece of tape stuck to your sewing machine to a flange on the side of a foot. But they have one thing in common: they make it easier to sew a consistently even seam width.
The ever-ingenious engineers at Janome have created a truly unique Cloth Guide design that allows for maximum fabric surface contact and visibility. Janome currently offers this special Cloth Guide for the Horizon 7700 QCP sewing and quilting machine and the Memory Craft 11000 Special Edition sewing and embroidery machine. The two machines offer a similar design, but they function in unique ways.
The Memory Craft 11000 Special Edition features the integrated AcuGuide™ Automatic Cloth Guide. This Cloth Guide snaps into the embroidery arm of the machine, and the embroidery mechanism dictates the positioning of the guide for truly precise seam measurements. Just snap the guide in, set your measurement on the touch screen, and sew! No need to measure or mark your fabric.
Watch the video: AcuGuide Cloth Guide Video: How To Automatically Measure A Seam.
The Horizon features a snap-on Cloth Guide design. This guide works with the built-in ruler located on the top of the Horizon's arm. Simply align the Cloth Guide with the needed measurement, and snap it in place. The guide creates a rigid and reliable surface for aligning your fabric as you sew.
Video: Creating A Blind Hem With The Adjustable Blind Hem Foot
You can hide that stitch along the hem of your project for a more professional look.
A blind hem stitch is sewn so it's nearly invisible from the right side of your fabric. As the name implies, it's most often used on garments, like skirts and home décor items, like curtains, giving everything a more professional finish. The stitch hides itself two ways. First, it's very short on the right side. And second, you use matching thread so it hides against the fabric.
It's not difficult to sew a blind hem on your sewing machine. You just need the right accessory.
Janome has several blind hem presser feet that make it easy to sew a blind hem. They all have a little metal flange, which you guide along the edge of your fold to make an even hem. The Adjustable Blind Hem Foot G has an adjustable flange so you can change the width of your machine's blind hem stitch.
To learn how to use this foot watch the video Adjustable Blind Hem Foot Video: Creating A Blind Hem. You'll see how you first sew the rough edge with a straight stitch. Then you put on the blind hem foot, fold your fabric to the desired hem width, and sew your blind hem.
Free Holiday Embroidery Design Download
This Snowboarding Santa is "Too Cool This Yule."
Looking for a fun design to jazz up your seasonal sewing? Janome America's own, Gregory Garvin designed and digitized this fun Snowboarding Santa. He's whooshing down the slopes full of Christmas cheer. The file is available in the .JEF format as a free download.
Video: Making Easy And Accurate 1/4" Seams With The Clear View Quilt Set
An exact 1/4" seam allowance is essential for accurately piecing a quilt on your sewing machine.
The Clear View Quilting Foot And Guide Set was designed to help you sew extremely accurate 1/4 inch seams with ease. The set includes a see-through presser foot with two attachment guides.
Its special design allows you to do a number of repetitive quilting tasks quickly and with extra accuracy. For instance, ditch quilting, miniature piecing, triangle piecing, and those all-important quarter inch seams. The foot is made from special clear plastic, which allows you to see through to your fabric and take advantage of the guideline markings at 1/8 inch and 1/4 inch from the center needle drop position.
It also has handy cornering markings for both 1/8 and 1/4 inch seams. Additionally, an oval-shaped needle hole allows you to make needle adjustment for scant 1/4 inch piecing (this feature is available on computer models only). The attachments are easy to take on and off and the foot is very easy to use.
Watch the video Making Easy And Accurate 1/4" Seams With The Clear View Quilting Foot And Guide Set. In about a minute, you'll learn how to set up the foot and use it to make perfect quarter inch seams.
The Clear View Quilting Foot & Guide Set fits virtually all Janome top-loading sewing machine models.
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