Why We LOVE The Horizon Sewing Machine: What Is APC?
The APC changes the size and shape of the needle hole with the touch of a button. No fuss, no muss... no screwdriver!
Janome engineers are always looking for features that allow you to sew better, and get more done in less time. One of their recent engineering feats is the creation of the Automatic Plate Converter (APC). And it comes standard on the Horizon sewing and quilting machine.
The APC automatically changes the size and shape of the needle hole in the needle plate from a regular zigzag plate to a straight stitch needle plate. This smaller hole is especially important when you are using light fabrics, sewing at high speeds, or doing free motion quilting. With the APC activated, your fabric won’t be pulled into the needle plate.
The Horizon activates the APC with three main straight stitch options. Simply press the button and the needle plate changes configuration, eliminating the need to change out the plate with a screwdriver. Why would you want to spend time with plate changing when you could spend that time sewing or quilting?!
Techniques You Need: Continuous Bias Binding
Learn the easy way to make continuous bias binding.
Quilts with curved edges and scallops or home décor sewing projects with rounded corners require a lot of ease in the binding, which is accomplished by using bias strips to create the binding. But sewing enough bias strips together to finish an entire quilt can be a real chore. Follow this neat trick for creating Continuous Bias Binding on your sewing machine. Simply stitch a few pieces together, make some cuts, and presto! You have a full length bias binding strip! This is just one of the Quilting Techniques in our Learning Center.
Our friends at Sew4Home also have some good tips on making and attaching bias binding.
Live From Quilt Market & Festival in Houston
Latest and greatest – exploring the 'new debuts' in Houston.
Autumn is a busy time of year in sewing machines! Every year, Janome attends International Quilt Market & Festival in Houston, TX. Quilt Market is an industry-only event where quilt shop owners and sewing machine dealers come to see new products. Probably the most exciting part of Quilt Market is seeing all of the fabulous new fabrics. We've seen some amazing new products, and unveiled a couple of our own! Stay tuned for more details over the next few days as we explore more of Market and segue into the consumer portion of the event: Quilt Festival. And... be sure to plan a visit to your Janome dealer soon!
Sewing With A Hammer: How To Set Snaps and Rivets from Sew4Home
Usually, sewing is quiet and peaceful. But sometimes you have to finish your project with a hammer and pliers!
Snaps and rivets are the tough guys of sewing.
Snaps fill a unique role as fasteners. They are sturdier than hook and loop (like Velcro®) but are easy enough for a toddler to use. Rivets are sturdy and give your projects a "cool" look. They're perfect for attaching heavy leather straps to bags, holding belt buckles in place or reinforcing the corner stress points of a pocket or pouch.
Both snaps and rivets are similar in that you have to press two pieces of metal together to install them on your project. And in both cases, installing them can seem a little daunting because you are literally crushing the metal parts together and the instructions that come with snap and rivet tools are not always clear.
Fortunately, Sew4Home.com (where Janome is the Signature Sponsor) has easy step-by-step instructions for installing both.
In both cases you'll want to practice a few times on scraps of fabric to make sure you have your technique down. Then you can snap and rivet to your heart's content.
How To Create A Perfect Lettuce Edge With The 1100D Serger
Liesl Gibson of oliver + s takes an easy path to the perfect lettuce edge.
Inspired to make some fun outfits from her own new City Weekend collection of printed interlock knits, Liesl was thrilled at how fast and easy her Janome 1100D serger made the entire process. She shared her tips with us and, of course, we had to pass along the technique to you. Want more! Take a few minutes to browse through all the other Techniques in our Learning Center.
Did You Know: You Can Chat With Your Sewing Friends on Janome Forum, Facebook and Twitter
Have you ever been sewing along in the evening and suddenly had a question about something on your Janome machine?
You could spend hours sifting through sewing websites and blogs looking for the answer. Or, you could go to the only official online community for where Janome sewing machine owners share their knowledge: Janome Forum. You don't have to be a registered member to read what people are posting. But if you register (for free), you can interact with the community of more than 19,000 other Janome owners.
It's easy to create an account. Simply come up with a unique user name, which will be displayed when you post a comment, register your email address and Janome Forum will send you your password. If you like, you can also customize your profile with one of 50 icons, include your location, a signature, and even add chat program info if you want to contact other members outside the Forum.
Browse through the fifteen major subject categories or search the entire forum. Of course, Janome Forum is also a great place to post what you've learned and help out other Janome sewing machine and serger owners.
We also have active communities of sewing friends on both Facebook and Twitter and would love to have you follow us at on either or both sites. It's another great way to exchange information, find out first about new products, and discuss topics with fellow Janome fans.
Video: Attaching 1/2" Binding With The Binder Foot
Sometimes It's Good To Be In a Bind.
Bias binding tape (often just called bias tape) gives a professional finish to all kinds of sewing projects. You can use it on garments, blankets and quilts, accessories, and a host of home décor items. Pre-folded bias tape is readily available at the fabric store, which is certainly convenient. But if you want a specific color or pattern as an accent, you can easily cut and make your own and then attach it with the Janome Binder Foot on your sewing machine.
This optional presser foot is equipped with a small funnel to fold and guide the binding over the fabric edge before it reaches the sewing machine needle. It can be used with either a narrow zigzag or a straight stitch, and will handle from 10mm to 14mm bias tape. All the folding and feeding may sound complicated, but just watch our short video and you'll see how easy this foot is to use. It fits most Janome sewing machines.
The Adjustable Knee Lifter - Add It To Your Janome Sewing Machine
Look, Ma! No Hands!
For many sewists, the knee lift is an accessory they could not live without. Whether quilting or sewing, it allowed to easily raise the presser foot on their sewing machine without using their hands. But what if there was actually an even better version of this terrific accessory? Well, Janome found a way to produce just that!
Janome offers a special, ergonomic Adjustable Knee Lifter. This accessory was specially designed so all body types could reach the knee lift with ease. It offers a full range of adjustment from left to right, so you can find the position that best suits your sewing needs.
The Adjustable Knee Lifter fits all Janome machines with knee lift capability, including the new Horizon 7700 QCP and the Memory Craft 11000 Special Edition sewing and embroidery machines. It's the perfect accessory to make quilting and all types of sewing more comfortable.
Why We LOVE The Horizon: How to Use the Optional Binder Foot
The Horizon's optional Quilt Binder Foot is the perfect accessory for quick and trouble-free binding.
This time-saving attachment, with a superior design based on industrial binding tools, has a cone on the front of the fabric holder that feeds and folds fabric for a finished ½” binding. It's just one of the features that makes the Horizon an outstanding sewing and quilting machine. Two upper screws on the binding allow you to adjust the fold of the fabric – set them at the same length for a straight stitch, or set the bottom a bit further than the top for a blanket stitch. There are additional cones available to create a 5/16" binding and a 7/16" binding.
We show this accessory on the Horizon, and it did debut with the arrival of this wonderful machine, however, you can also use the Quilt Binder Foot on the MC6500 and MC6600 sewing and quilting machines. And on the MC11000 and MC11000 Special Edition sewing, quilting and embroidery machines.
Tips for using the Quilt Binder Foot:
- Adjust the needle drop position as well as the screws to achieve stitching that is close to the inside edge of the binding.
- Sewing the folded binding at about 3/8” when beginning makes it easier to insert the edge of the quilt into the fold with the needle in the fabric.
- When using thicker fabric or making the double folded strip for the binding, cut the strips 1/8” narrower than the standard 2” to enable smooth insertion of the fabric into the attachment.
- Sew with the two-prong AcuFeed fabric feeding system or use the Even Feed Foot for smooth feeding and to avoid wrinkling of the fabric, even when working with different fabric thicknesses.
The Facts on Machine Felting
Machine felting opens up truly unique possibilities for your creativity.
As luck would have it, Janome has the perfect tool for this: the FM-725 machine felting model.
The FM-725 does not use thread and does not have feed dogs like a regular sewing machine. Its 'sewing' mechanism is a five needle unit with barbs that mesh fabrics and fibers together. The barbs act as agitators, which tatter materials to adhere decorative effects to a base fabric. Once the barbs have gently frayed the decorative material you've placed on top of a base fabric, they pull the loosened fibers through the base, embedding the two layers together. The result is a unique, altogether new material.
You can use your FM-725 to embellish works you've already sewn, such as art quilts or jackets. Or you can use it to create something to stand on its own. The FM-725 is also wonderful for adding your own flair to ready-made garments and home décor. The amazing versatility of this machine makes it an amazing and exciting addition to your sewing room. Because there are no rules, you experience total freedom of expression.
Create 3-D appliqués, customized fabric colorations, watercolor-inspired prints, your own fabric, and much more. The key to success is experimentation. Search local fabric and fiber shops for inspiration to add new texture and color to your creations. The only problem is, once you get started, it’s hard to stop.
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