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Janome Digest Issue No. 31: Summer 2006

1 November, 2006

Summer is the time to see new sights and try new things. And this summer's edition of Janome Digest gives you a chance to do both. With a new format, a new editor, and plenty of new projects, this issue is packed full of projects for your busy summer.

Whether your travel plans take you by air or in the car, any trip is better with stylish luggage. Michelle Mishler shows you how to make your own coordinated luggage ensemble, using the high-speed 1600P straight stitch machine. You'll feel like a jet setter with a travel bag, ID wallet, and Travel Document Folder made from your choice of fabric. You'll even get tips on putting in a zipper with professional looking results.

You can make one-of-a-kind garments with your own fashion flair. All you need is your Janome sewing machine. Linda Matthews shows you how to use a diagonal ribbon technique to make a "Ribbon Rhapsody" jacket. Once you learn it, this same technique can be used on a skirt, bodice insert, or for home decor.

You might not want to cuddle up with a quilt in the middle of summer. But it's a great time to make one. The Cozy Kids I-Spy Quilt, created by Louisa Smith and Lisa Harris from Loveland, Colorado, has seventy-two brightly colored squares. Your favorite toddler can play "I spy" as he or she points out favorite animals, shapes, and storybook characters.

At the serious end of quilting is the Art Quilt. This non-traditional form of fabric art has come into its own in the past ten years. Linda Matthews, a nationally recognized quilting artist and Janome educator, has written an article on the history of the art quilt. Find out about SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Association), and its involvement with Janome.

Embroidered jeans are hot. But have you seen what they're charging for them at the high end department stores and boutiques? Nancy Fiedler shows you how to get the same effect with a pair of plain jeans and your Memory Craft 11000. And while you're at it, you can make a matching belt and handbag.

While school's out, it's the time for kids or grandkids to go on sleep-overs. You can make it lots more fun (and minimize the risk of "home sickness") by sending your child with a Sleep-Over Sack to carry a few familiar things. Kim Diehl of Pocatello, ID shows you how to use any Janome sewing machine to make a pillowcase-sized sack for pajamas, blanket, and a change of clothes. The appliquÈd outside pocket can hold a DVD, late night snack, or a stuffed friend.

No machine has the combination of sewing speed, power, work room and time-saving features of the Memory Craft 6600 Professional. Now it's even more versatile with new accessories like the Open Toe Foot, the Straight Stitch Needle Plate, and the Ditch Quilting Foot. These tools enable you to do multiple techniques, like Stitch in the Ditch, Topstitching, Understitching, and Heirloom Sewing.

Have you ever thought about turning your sewing hobby into a home based business? Michelle Mishler has. She'll introduce you to a set of projects to inspire your entrepreneurial spirit and some advice on the kinds of machines you'll need for more serious sewing. Her projects include a Leather Clutch Purse, a Tote Bag with Bamboo Handles, and a Leather Diamond Quilt Shoulder Bag.

In the Sewist Showcase, we get a taste of African heritage with a beautiful bag by Amani ya Juu ("Peace From Above"), a training project in sewing and marketing for marginalized women in Africa. We also have a Whimsical Wallhanging by Terry Trouf of Mahwah, NJ. In Ask The Educator, Maddie Bushman, Janome America Educational Coordinator, answers some questions about the CoverPro's full capabilities. As well, Finishing Touches covers how to use the Janome CoverPro Hem Guide, Type 2, to create professional-looking cover stitch hems.

Janome Digest covers projects and techniques from all over the world for owners of Janome sewing machines, embroidery machines and sergers. Plus, subscribers find out early about new Janome products and accessories and the creative ways to use them. Quarterly issues of Janome Digest are available at participating Janome dealers or by subscribing online.

Janome America is the largest subsidiary of the Janome Sewing Machine Company of Tokyo, which produces more than two million sewing machines annually as well as a line of related sewing products and embroidery software. It is a category leader in innovation, and Janome sewing machines are recognized throughout the industry for their ease-of-use and unsurpassed stitch quality.