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Tuesday, 09 November 2010 05:00

Video: Ditch Quilting With The Clear View Quilt Set

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34-clear-view-quilt-set-videoIt's easy to do this technique when you have the right presser foot.

Ditch quilting (also called quilting in the ditch) is when you run your line of stitching very close to an already sewn seam on a quilt patch, block or any other type of border. The existing stitch forms a "ditch," which is especially pronounced in the puffy layers of batting in quilting. The stitch is also popular for securing binding. If possible, you should sew on the side of the seam that does not have the seam allowance pressed underneath.

There are a number of different ditch quilting feet for Janome sewing machines. One that fits virtually all Janome top-loading models is the Clear View Quilting Foot Set. It comes with a Ditch Guide that allows you to easily keep your stitch nice and close "in the ditch."

Watch the video Ditch Quilting With The Clear View Quilt Set to see how to install the guide on the foot, how to set it up on your sewing machine, and how to do ditch quilting.

Go To The Ditch Quilting Video

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Monday, 08 November 2010 05:00

Techniques You Need: Hand-Stitched By Sewing Machine

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33-hand-stitched-by-machineAdd a touch of classic quilting.

There is something very special about hand stitching. The slight unevenness in the construction is soothing, and makes every project seem more special. While there is nothing that can truly replace the labor of love involved in handstitching, what if you could create this effect without putting the amazing amounts of time into your quilting?

The answer is hand-look stitches created on your Janome sewing machine! The Memory Craft 11000 Special Edition and Horizon 7700QCP both come with stitches that are specially-designed to look like they were sewn by hand. You can incorporate these into all kinds of projects–from quilts to handbags – to give them a special and personal flair.

Follow our simple instructions to get the most out of these stitches.

More About Hand-Look Stitches

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Friday, 05 November 2010 05:00

Our Best Bags: Four Janome Classic Fave Sewing Projects

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36-4-best-bagsEverybody loves tote bags and purses.

It's no wonder. Bags are fairly quick to make on any kind of sewing machine. They make great gifts. And you can always use another one.

Here are the Top Four Faves on Janome.com from the past year.

  • Janome Shopping Tote – This embroidered canvas bag has an inner inset to keep bottles upright, ample room for all of your groceries, and even an optional coupon pocket. Perfect for all of your shopping trips.
  • Recycled Cowboy Boot Purse – This is a fun project for recycling old cowboy boots and leather belts. You just need one of each to make a purse. Be sure you have a Janome Leather Needle and you can do this project on any Janome machine.
  • Perfect Purse – Use your Janome serger to create the interesting pocket on the front of this purse. The Flatlock stitch and variegated thread work together for a wonderful textured look. And you only need Beginner skills to make this great purse.
  • Pauline Purse – It's a fun and pretty purse for any occasion. The finished size is approximately 11" x 11" with a 2" bottom. Here's a chance to use the Janome CoverPro 1000CP with your Memory Craft embroidery machine.

Take A Look At All Our Online Projects

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Wednesday, 03 November 2010 05:00

Browse Our New Albums of Photos from 2010 Houston Quilt Market & Festival

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63-intl-quilt-festival-photo-mashupLooking for some fun shots from the 2010 Quilt Market & Festival?

We just uploaded 18 albums of photos taken at this year's Quilt Market & Festival in Houston. Simply click on any thumbnail image to view it at a larger size. Each album of images is grouped and the pictures can be paged through as an overlay so you don't have to jump from the page. Of course, this is just a fraction of what was there, but fun-fun-fun nonetheless!

Photos From 2010 Quilt Market & Festival

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Thursday, 04 November 2010 05:00

Video: Stitching In Circles With The Circular Sewing Attachment

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28-circular-sewing-attachment-videoPick any decorative or straight stitch on your Janome and sew with it in a perfect circle.

Select any decorative or straight stitch on your Janome sewing machine, and with the Circular Sewing Attachment, you can use that stitch to sew in a perfect circle, up to 10" in diameter. It works kind of like a record player. You put your stabilized fabric on a sharp spindle and it rotates as you sew.

There's an attachment for most newer models, such as the Memory Craft 11000 Special Edition and the new 3160QDC, and another attachment for for slightly older Janome models.

With the Circular Sewing Attachment you can sew a big circle and then nest a series of smaller circles inside of it. Or you could sew a circle with one stitch and then add another stitch right along the edge. It's a popular attachment for quilters because a quilt square is just the right size to easily rotate. But the possibilities for other kinds of projects are endless.

Watch Circular Sewing Attachment Video: Stitching In Circles to see how easy it is to attach it to your machine, how to prepare your fabric, and how to stitch circles of various sizes.

Watch the Circular Sewing Attachment Video

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Wednesday, 03 November 2010 05:00

Why We LOVE The Horizon Sewing Machine: What Is APC?

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30-horizon-apcThe 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?!

Read More About Horizon Features

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Tuesday, 02 November 2010 05:00

Techniques You Need: Continuous Bias Binding

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29-cont-bias-binding-sampleLearn 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.

Go To The Continuous Bias Binding Tip

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Monday, 01 November 2010 05:00

Live From Quilt Market & Festival in Houston

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63-intl-quilt-festival-photo-mashupLatest 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!

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From Houston

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Friday, 29 October 2010 05:00

Sewing With A Hammer: How To Set Snaps and Rivets from Sew4Home

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27-s4h-snaps-rivetsUsually, 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.

Installing Rivets

Installing Snaps

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Thursday, 28 October 2010 05:00

How To Create A Perfect Lettuce Edge With The 1100D Serger

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64-lettuce-edgeLiesl 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.  

Read The Lettuce Edge Technique

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