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In-The-Hoop Embroidered Coasters: Janome Memory Craft 500E

Wednesday, 20 January 2016 1:00

We started  working with the Janome MC500E when it debuted just last fall, and it's been a delight. This project is designed to show you an example of a popular trend: embroidery in-the-hoop. The technique is just as the name implies, the vast majority of the project, both sewing and embroidery, is done within the hoop. In this case it means that although the MC500E is an embroidery-only model, it can complete the entire project. We've given detailed steps below for completing these beautiful coasters on the MC500E, but even if you don't have this model (yet...), you'll find the in-the-hoop process intriguing. We used one of the MC500E built-in designs, using its flexible on-screen editing features to create the border.

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Decorative Stitch Hot Pads: Janome Skyline S7

Wednesday, 16 December 2015 1:00

I know they say creativity is about learning to "color outside of the lines," but sometimes, the line is our friend. This happy pair of hot pads is all about the beauty of a perfect connection from point A to point B. We selected a wide stripe for the front, which we then highlighted with parallel rows of bright decorative stitching. The back has just the decorative stitching against a neutral background. We used our Janome Skyline S7 for precise and beautiful stitching row after row after row. 

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Mug Rug with Embroidery, Patchwork, and a Pocket: Janome Memory Craft 500E

Monday, 07 December 2015 1:00

A mug rug is like a mini placemat with just the right amount of room for the aforementioned mug along with a few little treats. The smaller size makes it great for tight spaces, like an end table or in your sewing room. We incorporated an extended panel with a pocket for a napkin. Use it with the napkin for an especially tidy mug rug or remove the napkin and simply take advantage of the extra real estate... perhaps for some additional little treats!

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Embroidered Floral Poppy Placemats & Napkins: Janome Memory Craft 500E

Monday, 09 November 2015 1:00

The word "only" gets kind of a bad rap. It can seem a little too close to "lonely," but the flip side is the heart of its true meaning: to focus on one thing. If you do one thing very, very well, then you are likely an expert. So it is with the Janome Memory Craft embroidery-only machines. Yes, they only do embroidery, but they do it expertly and with Janome's trademark ease-of-use. The newest member of this family is the Memory Craft 500E, which just debuted last month at authorized Janome America dealers. We got the opportunity to try the new model and used it to create this beautiful set of embroidered placemats and napkins. We selected two built-in florals, stitching them against a shear ribbon lattice on a 100% linen background.

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Soft Cross Body Bag with Decorative Stitch Strap: Janome Skyline S7

Wednesday, 04 November 2015 1:00

Sometimes you want structure and sometimes you want soft. With slicing winds, hammering rain, and sheets of ice, winter serves up enough hard edges. Treat yourself or a friend to this easy-going sling bag. Canvas and cotton with fusible fleece in between creates a durable yet flexible tote. A solid strap lets you wear it cross-body so your hands are free, and the bag is snug to your side when that wind kicks up. We used the decorative stitches on our Janome Skyline S7 to make a super stylish strap from simple twill tape.

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Modern Two-Tone, Fold-Over Clutch in Faux Leather: Janome Skyline S7

Wednesday, 28 October 2015 1:00

Two colors, two fabrics, one awesome machine to put it all together: the new Janome Skyline S7. This clutch knocks-off a popular style we spotted on the shelves of several la-di-da, high-end boutiques. We love being able to give you the inspiration and instructions to make your own beautiful bags and totes for a fraction of the hundreds of dollars listed on designer price tags.

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Hanging Sewing Caddy with Clear-View Vinyl Pockets: Janome Skyline S7

Monday, 19 October 2015 1:00

"Where did I put my ....?" Sewing projects are full of little bits and pieces, including numerous notions whose jobs are to make construction easier, but only if you can find them when you need them! Corral important items with our clever clear-view caddy. Janome America sent us the new Skyline S7 sewing machine to try out, and we felt the perfect project to showcase its precision stitching was something with multiple, tricky layers. 

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Accessories We Love: Janome Flower Stitch Attachment

Friday, 09 October 2015 1:00

The Janome Flower Stitch Attachment is the flower girl of the sewing accessory world, allowing you to sprinkle pretty posies over any project. The attachment fits Janome low shank sewing machines with a maximum stitch width of 7mm. It is not compatible with machines that include embroidery, have the Janome AcuFeed™ or AcuFeed Flex™ systems, or feature a maximum 9mm stitch width. What a fun and easy way to add little decorative stitch touches in pretty thread colors! 

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How to Turn a Corner with a Decorative Stitch

Thursday, 17 September 2015 1:00

Did you ever have one of those cute little wind-up toys? It's so fun to watch as it tick-tock walks across the floor. But what happens when it comes to a wall? Can it turn left or right or even stop? No! It just keeps going, ka-wonking its little toy head against the wall over and over and over. It's a little like the decorative stitch. As long as you're going straight, all is well. The pattern is pretty, the thread is colorful, it's adding an amazing accent to your project. Then the corner approaches. If making a turn with a decorative stitch has you ka-wonking your own head against the wall, we're here to help with three ways to take a turn for the better.

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Mountain Sunrise Embroidered Pillow: Janome America

Monday, 31 August 2015 1:00

Embroidery turned a simple round, white pillow into a stunning statement. Our friends at Janome America sponsored this beautiful custom embroidery design, allowing us to offer it as a free download in the six main embroidery machine formats. The ascending and descending triangles simulate a rosy sunrise reflected in a cool mountain lake. We used the Horizon Memory Craft 15000 for our sample and also tested the design on the Memory Craft 9900. Both models stitched out the design with the incredible precision for which Janome is famous. 

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