Janome Blog

  • 2/4/2020

    We love when Kimberly stops into local Janome dealers as she is traveling around teaching, speaking or vacationing. And while Kimberly was in Ohio recently with family, she stopped into the ever-so-amazing Pins and Needles location in Middleburg (don’t worry, Pins and Needles has 3 locations chalk full of the more wonderfulness).


    With classes, bolts of fabric, threads, notions and, of course, a whole line-up of Janome machines for anyone to test-drive right as they walk in the door, Kimberly was struck with the passion that was oozing from this dealer. Head to Kimberly’s blog to read more about her highlights, see more photos from her drop-in shop-stop number 10!

  • 1/24/2020

    Sarah set out to make her son, Joshua, a perfectly fitted button down shirt for Christmas. Armed with her new Continental M7, not only was the shirt precisely sewn but the buttonholes were simply easy thanks to the Acuspark app that walked her through every step of the process. 

    Sarah's step-by-step of how to use Acuspark to make a perfect and precise buttonhole: 

    There are a couple screens of buttonhole options, but I used the basic one. Note the QR code in the bottom left corner (more info below).

    First, you can select from a wide variety of buttonholes. I went for the standard (after all, I hadn’t sewn a buttonhole in over two decades!). Using the AcuSpark app (free on the App store, works with the M7 and a few other Janome’s), you open the app on your phone/device, scan the QR code in the bottom right of the machine’s screen (photo on left). This takes you to a tutorial within the app.

     As you can see from the screen shots, the tutorial walks you through the process step by step. Easy peasy…my kind of sewing!
    Here’s the app telling you how to make a buttonhole!


    This is what that buttonhole foot looks like in real life. You slide the button into the back, attach the foot to the machine, and it makes the perfect sized hole every time. I kid you not, I make SEVEN buttonholes, perfectly, in seven minutes, and most of that was repositioning to the next spot!


    More instructions on attaching and using the special buttonholer foot.


    This Nancy Zieman (oh how I miss her!) tool from Clover is an improvement over the old-school metal one. Although I have a fondness for the metal one, this version allows you to center the ruler exactly on the button band and mark your buttonholes. The darker green slider notches into the grooves so it doesn’t slide up and down the center as you work. I wondered when I bought it why I thought I needed a newer (plastic, yuck) version. Now I know. Once again, smarter sewing.


    Ended in perfect precision!

    LOOKIT how perfect that turned out! The only thing I would change on the next one (and yes there will be more for both sons) is to use a slightly less crisp interfacing so the collar stand holds up but isn’t quite so stiff.

    So, with 50 years of sewing experience (albeit minimal garment making in the past three decades), an excellent pattern that taught this greying sew-ist a couple new things, and the incredible precision of the Janome M7 Continental machine, I am a seriously happy camper. Even better, Joshua loves his shirt!

  • 12/3/2019

    Written by: Liz Thompson, National Education Manager-Canada 

    The Holiday season is upon us. We will be wrapping gifts, hanging tinsel and generally making things look pretty and seasonal in our homes – right?



    With all of that decorating in mind, we wanted to remind you about a very nifty Janome Accessory, the Ribbon Sewing Guide, which will assist you decorating and embellishing your ribbons – customize gift wrapping with names and more.

    This accessory fits most of our sewing machines – it screws directly into the needleplate. Because the guide attaches to the needle plate it does not matter whether your machine is high shank or low shank or 9mm wide or 7mm wide. Please check with your local Janome Dealer if you are unsure of how to attach it. More information on the Ribbon Sewing Guide can be found here.

    There are 2 different length screws and 2 different thicknesses of little rubber pads. Please follow the instructions on the Blister package for this Accessory to know which screw and which pad is to be used for your specific Janome sewing machine. The pad goes under the ribbon guide and the screw goes through the guide and pad to attach it to the needle plate.

    The white double sided guide (like 2 little “walls”) encloses the sides of the ribbon or tape and adjusts wider or narrower to perfectly accommodate ribbons or tapes. You can even make your own ribbons from scrap fabric if you wish. There is also a clear plastic guide, rather like a long clip guide, which secures the ribbon to further guide it straight. When all is in place, the ribbon or tape feeds through under the foot of the machine and your embellishment is perfectly positioned as it sews. You can use your alphabets/lettering to sew messages like Happy Birthday or Merry Christmas. Even add the name of the person who will receive the gift the ribbon is attached to! Or decorate a plain ribbon with pretty decorative stitching on your sewing machine - a perfect way to utilize all of the built-in decorative stitches you don't often get to use!

    TIP: If you are using a very soft or silky ribbon (which most ribbons are), we highly recommend you use a strip/piece of our Madeira WATER SOLUBLE stabilizer (Avalon) under the ribbon on sewing guide, and above the needle plate, ie between the accessory and needle plate. This will stabilize the soft ribbon and your stitching will not pucker or distort. Alternatively, you could spray the ribbon with a liquid stabilizer to firm it up. Press dry before sewing on the ribbon. We would not suggest a tearaway stabilizer as you would not want to pick all that stabilizer out from the back of the ribbon afterwards. Water soluble stabilzer will just peel away easily and any remaining bits can be spritzed with water. Press the ribbon with a cool iron and press cloth when you are done embellishing.

  • 11/6/2019

    Written by: Regena Carlevaro, Janome Education Manager

    There is no better gift you can receive than the joy you see in someone’s eyes when you give them a gift. Although my sewing career began out of necessity (middle child of five - “no thank you, hand-me-downs!”), I soon realized that the ability to create one of a kind, homemade gifts for others made my sewing time even more fulfilling.

    But, don’t be worried! This doesn’t have to be a time-consuming endeavor. Sometimes the simplest touches can have the most meaning. The gifts that you have added a monogram to, or a newborns birth statistics to are always warmly welcomed.

    That’s why I love my MB-7, which sits on my Ava cabinet. It’s always ready to go when I need it. All my thread and stabilizer are neatly organized in the cabinet and the only thing I have to work hard at is deciding what I want to embroider.

    It’s not even hard to find really adorable blanks these days to put the personalization upon. My favorite is www.embroiderbuddy.com. They have tons of adorable stuffed animals that are made to embroider on the bellies or ears. Simply unzip the bottom, take out the pillow and hoop up the belly. Now, you’re ready to design and embroider a really one-of-a-kind gift that the recipient will love for years.

    Another great resource is www.wholesaleboutique.com. They have everything from lunch bags to backpacks to embroider. They even have boots!

    With a little time, thread and stabilizer at hand, you are ready to add your personal touch to whatever you decide to gift this year.


    Here are some other sources for blanks:


  • 10/7/2019

    When traveling, our spokesperson, Kimberly Einmo, often does shop-stops to local Janome dealers and a few weeks back she stumbled upon one of the most positively stunning shops in the Virginia/DC area: Sew Magarbo!

    The owner, Precious Lopez, has made her store a shop full of colorful fabric, must-have notions, amazing accessories, a GIANT sewing classroom, thoughtful gifts, modern patterns and many Janome sewing machines to try and test out (including the brand new Continental M7). 

    Precious is passionate about making sewing accessible for adults and kids alike. In fact, she pioneers an after-school sewing for kids age 6-12 and her classes are full of kids that are interested in sewing, crafting and making lasting friendships. 

    Precious Lopez is making waves in the Virginia/DC quilting and sewing area so if you ever find yourself in the vicinity, Sew Magarbo is a must see shop. 

    You can read more about Kimberly's shop-stop on her blog HERE!

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