JUKI Designer Ambassador: Kenya Freeman

Meet our new JUKI Designer Ambassador, Kenya Freeman, CEO and Senior Lead Designer of Sylvia Mollie Collections – an American lifestyle brand that embodies bold femininity. Her garments are meant to instill power and confidence to fearless woman! And its’ because of this that Kenya’s motivation to create is simple: this is her purpose.

“It is my calling and my assignment beyond the passion. Knowing what I do is going to change the lives of many after me.”

We are very excited to have Kenya join the JUKI family as a JUKI Designer Ambassador and want to share a tidbit of her story with our JUKI Lovers! So follow along as we share a part of Kenya’s sewing journey.

Inspired by life, Kenya stumbles upon inspiration in her day-to-day activities. From dreams to the seasons, she’s always observing life outside of her home and the people she passes. Situations in life have continued to bring her inspiration, leading to her beautiful bold fashion pieces.

Kenya’s favorite pieces to work on are dresses. From the challenging cuts to the techniques she’s picked up, she looks forward to the pieces that will shine. Using Frixon pens, her favorite sewing trend, she drapes and uses her tool to mark those seams and lines. Her favorite part is heating it and seeing all the marks disappear from her work.

Kenya acclaims her season on Project Runway to be her most significant achievement in her sewing journey. Setting the tone for her future in fashion, Kenya’s life changed. As one of the top 5 finalists, Kenya’s work is loved by viewers. Her popularity quickly rose, and she inspired so many others to work on their skills.

Her love for sewing comes in full form when she sees the final product. It amazes her to see the process from concept to creation. As she continues to grow her brand Kenya’s primary goal is to relaunch her fashion line to sizes 10-20, creating an inclusive atmosphere for all fashion lovers.

Currently, in the process of the product development stage, Kenya is nothing but excited! With a roller coaster of an adventure since she joined the fashion industry, she’s experienced crazy, insane, exciting, devastating, and unforgettable moments. Her advice to sewers is simple, “Keep practicing. Keep practicing.  Keep practicing.  Never give up. It only gets better with time.”

We hope you enjoyed getting to learn about Kenya as much as we did, JUKI lovers! So join us on our socials and visit us here to keep up with our new friend Kenya and her journey in fashion.

Which of Kenya’s pieces did you love the most? Let us know below!

Create with JUKI: Candy Corn Treat Bag!

Get ready for the holidays with JUKI!

Today we’re going to be showing you how to create a treat bag! Perfect for Halloween and special occasions, dress up your party table with these adorable accessories. With the ability to change fabric colors, use this for Halloween, Christmas, Hanukah and more!

Click here to download our Treat Bag instructions.

Get Ready for Halloween with JUKI!

Halloween season is upon us, JUKI lovers, and we’re so excited to let the creativity flow! Join us today, as we talk about ideas for your spooky costumes and what machines and accessories will help you get there.

One of the crucial things to keep in mind when planning your costume is not everything has to be from scratch. Costumes are created from pieces put together, which means parts of them can be homemade, and other parts can be store-bought or even found in your home!

Before You Start:

The best way to start is to pick a theme! Build an inspiration board with color schemes, materials, and other costumes people have done. Consider your budget as you go through ideas on how you want your finished project to look. Add your special flair and creative touches to make your costume unique to you!

Helpful Tools to Creating Your Project:

We recommend having two sewing machines on hand when creating your costume, a computerized sewing machine and a serger. Our Kokochi DX-4000QVP is an essential tool when creating Halloween costumes or even cosplay. This computerized sewing has a large sewing area for your capes or larger pieces, includes 368 sewing patterns to personify your garments and 20 professional buttonhole options. No matter what you’re creating, this machine creates beautiful pieces that you envision!

If you’re creating pieces that involve fabric that may fray or need gathering, like fairy costumes or princess gowns, it is a great idea to keep an overlock on hand like the MO-654DE. This popular serger has a built-in rolling hem that covers the fabric and prevents it from fraying as well as all the popular overlock and flatlock variations. It is perfect for adding those touches like a bunched-up sleeve, neckline, or skirt.

Here are some key things to think of when planning your costume:

Focus on what fabrics you’re going to need. Keep in mind what colors you’ll need, what kind of character you’re going to be, and what you need the costume to do for you! Cotton is a common one for costumes, but keep in mind location and weather. Tulle is perfect for petticoats, bows, and tutus. Felt is helpful for decorations, or if you need accessories like a hat. Some costumes will require stretch, so keep that in mind when shopping for a costume like superheroes made from latex and lycra. Satin can be used for costumes like princesses or creating a decade pieces from the ’20s.

Are you adding embellishments to your costume? Add a touch of glam and glitz like buttons on a clown costume, or gemstone, and flashy sequins on a decade’s piece for the ’70s! We recommend making sure; you have the right foot on hand for your sewing machine as well. Our Creative Set, for example, will have all our popular design attachment pieces like our applique presser foot, cording and embroidery presser foot, pearl attaching presser foot, and more!

As Halloween dawns upon us be ready to celebrate! Did you create a Halloween costume with your JUKI? Be sure to tag us!

Create with JUKI: Trick or Treat Bag!

It is almost Halloween time, JUKI Lovers!

Join us today as we share a JUKI Halloween projects for your family! Learn how to create our Trick or Treat Bag, a see-through bag perfect for seeing everything your children bring home. With a finished size of 14” x 16”, this bag will carry all those treats home!

Click here to download our Trick or Treat Bag instructions.

Trick or Treat Yo’ Self with JUKI!

Get into the spirit with JUKI this October! Join us this month as we go over our HZL machines that get every job done!

Our HZL-F300 will exceed your sewing expectations! Equipped with 106 stitches including 16 professional buttonholes, 3 lettering fonts, and a wide variety of included accessories this machine is perfect those complex projects you want to create. it has an ability to handle heavy duty fabrics and layers, perfect for your quilting and home décor projects.

Check out the HZL-F400 is perfect for creating your clothing pieces you want to show off! With Halloween round the corner, this machine is perfect for designing that costume you’ve been driving of. create beautiful seamless quality projects, add buttons holes and more, we know how important it is that your machines fulfills your needs!

Don’t forget to create beautiful patterns on your quilts using the HZL-F600! Incorporating JUKI’s industrial sewing machine technology, you can create pieces with beautiful stitch quality. offering a range of functions, this machine can assist you on your next quilting project or clothing pieces. feel at ease with the electronic buttonhole function, exclusive advanced thread trimming, complete control and on-board guides, and more!

Whichever machine youre looking at, check out your nearest JUKI dealer for the oppurtunity to see it in person and get more information!

Click here for our JUKI Vendor Finder.

How To Read A Pattern

We know how daunting it can be to use sewing patterns for the first time. No worries! We are here to help. Today, we are diving into the basics of how to read a sewing pattern. Follow along as we review the basic info you will need, as well as tips to keep in mind.

Let’s Begin!

Start by looking at the instructions section of the booklet or file. This section is loaded with information such as helpful tips before getting started and the best material to use for your project.

Find the Style Lines

When you open up your new pattern, look at the flat, drawn designs to get a better idea of whether this project is the right one for you. It’s a more accurate representation of what you will be sewing and less distracting than the 3D image usually shown at the front of the kit.

Think About Your Sewing Level!

Many patterns will indicate a level of difficulty for example if you’re a beginner, lean towards projects marked as “easy” because these will have a better guide on how to construct your project. They’ll indicate the right tools for each step and showcase how to properly do certain steps. For those that have more experience and feel they’re above the “easy” patterns, there are many options to choose from as well.

As you continue to grow your sewing skills, you’ll be able to explore more advanced patterns. We recommend checking out nearby sewing classes and checking out construction books to help! Don’t rely on one thing to grow. Continue to find different ways of creating projects through blogs, classes, and social media.

Check Out Fabric Suggestions

The best part about patterns is many give you the layout for what tools you’ll need on your new project. Many will suggest a fabric that is well suited to the pattern, whether it be because of durability, stretch, or material feel. Using the encouraged fabric will also get you closer to the desired look.

Once you have more experience in sewing, feel free to experiment with different fabrics! Sometimes, leaving the path and venturing out to try new fabrics in a project that called for something different can surprise you, or at least give you a lesson on why something won’t work next time.

Keeping Up with Yardage

Pattern designers will include fabric yardages to give you an idea of how much fabric you will need. While this should account for pre-wash shrinkage, we recommend buying at least 5-10% more than you’ll need. Think of this as a safe route in case your measurement needs to be higher for your fit or you want extra fabric for accessorizing a clothing project.

A hot tip is to pay attention to the width of the fabric. While the average width is usually 60″ or 44″, you can come across narrower fabrics. When this happens, keep in mind to buy more yardage to accommodate all the pattern pieces.

Don’t Forget Your Thread and Notions!

Patterns will include a list of notions you need for your project like elastic, zippers, and more. Add these to your shopping list!

Size Chart

The first mistake many make is trying to create sizing based on what people buy at the store! Located on your pattern, you will find a size key or chart that helps you choose the right lines for your size.

Make sure to create your project off your body measurements. Don’t worry if your measurements seem off that charts, charts are only averages, and many will experience this! Remember your size is always changing and it’s best to do this every month or so. We recommend determining the size to sew using different measurements for different pieces of clothing:

•          Top/dresses: Use chest (or high bust) circumference

•            Pants: Use the hips girth (meaning widest girth under the belt, usually around the seat)

•            Skirts: Use natural waist (even if the skirt will then sit in a low or high waist)

Time for the Pattern Pieces!

Check for which pieces need printing. Some patterns may include pieces for simple shapes that you cut by measurement only.

Read Your Symbols

Symbols are how the designer communicates with you through their patterns! These symbols will show you how to place the pattern, access where the grainline is, what pieces need to align, and more. Refer to the symbol chart and mark when transferring the sewing pattern onto the fabric.

Let’s get to Cutting!

Now there are two ways you can cut. One method is by placing the pieces on top of the fabric and cut from there. However, many times this technique can waste a lot of fabric! Another way to do this is simply to place your cut-out pattern pieces on top of the fabric and play a game of Tetris by fitting the pieces. Make sure to follow the lines, and you’ll save fabric while getting the project done.

We hope this helps you the next time you decide to pick up a pattern book. Don’t forget to tag us on social media when you create a project using your favorite pattern book!

New Juki Brand Ambassador Alert! Meet Nicole Moore.

Sewing has always been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. When I was young, my mother sewed many of our outfits. We went to a private school, and with some additional help, she even sewed all the students’ uniforms. But it wasn’t just my mother who influenced my sewing journey, my paternal grandmother would sew Barbie clothes for me, which filled me with great delight! Later in life, my aunt helped me make curtains for my first apartment. Eventually, a majority of the women in our family started meeting regularly to either sew group projects or just work on our things. We still try to get together every year!

I didn’t start “seriously sewing” until I transitioned out of the corporate world (back in 2013). I’ve always been a driven and determined person and was convinced that there was more to being a stay-at-home mom than philanthropy and the car rider line. Most of my friends and all of my family knew that I love to sew. I was often asked to make things for people and told to sell my creations. I never really gave it too much thought until our local music Association hosted a craft fair. I decided to put myself out there and get a booth. I made several pillowcases and sold the majority of them at the craft fair. I was so excited about my success that I decided to open an Etsy shop and place the leftover products for sale online. This is how my company, Sew Much Moore In Store began. 

My Etsy shop was how I initially made money with sewing. I started with pillowcases, then transitioned to bags, and was doing well making custom ID wallets for people on my Etsy shop. During this time, I started a website and learned about blogging through an online course. I created multiple lines of income through affiliate marketing and paid sponsorships. It wasn’t until 2016 that I made my business legitimate. You see, Etsy sent me an email that said they needed either my social security number or my FEIN#. I decided to go ahead and get my business license and things took off from there.

After I went legitimate, I was motivated and decided to give Amazon Handmade a try. At the time, I was using a hand-me-down 1984 Kenmore. This poor machine was on its last leg. I had made hundreds of ID wallets and make-up bags on it. I was constantly sending it in for service, and it just couldn’t keep up. When I opened my Amazon Handmade shop on Black Friday weekend, I made enough money to purchase my first Juki sewing machine. I’ve decided on an industrial sewing machine considering the amount of bags I was making in my commercial business. I purchased the Juki DU-1181N. I decided to get the servo motor so I could control the speed. I learned a great deal about industrial machines and even wrote a blog series which can be found here.  

I found great success with my JUKI industrial, so it was an easy decision to purchase additional JUKI machines like the JUKI TL-2010Q straight stitch sewing machine. This is hands-down my favorite machine to sew on! I can easily piece my quilts, make most bags and even do some free motion quilting. It sews like a dream! And because I love free motion quilting, I added a JUKI J-350QVP as well. I occasionally quilt other people’s quilts, but because my long arm is currently on a table (and not a frame) I mostly just quilt my quilts with my J-350QVP. One of my business goals is to transition my long arm sit down to a frame and add the automation package. Both my kids are still in the house so until they fly the coop, I don’t have the real estate in my home for a longarm business right now. I’m also learning more about making garments so it only makes sense that I have a JUKI serger and cover stitch combo, MO-735. I bought these as gifts for my Mom and love to use them when I visit her. My mom still loves to teach me new things since sewing garments is something that I am still learning more about.

Speaking of sewing lessons… In 2017, I decided to add sewing lessons to my business! I was already contracted with a local quilt shop to teach monthly lessons to a kids club. I enjoyed working with the kids and decided to offer classes in my home for the local community. We don’t have a large space for group sewing, but we did manage to gather around the dining room table with our machines and learn about quilt piecing, bag making, and many other valuable sewing lessons. I continue to teach sewing and quilting through my videos and offer classes to guilds and quilt shops as well. To learn more about my lectures and and in-person workshops, you can visit my website here.  

2017 was also the year that I was nominated for the Vice President of programming for the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild. During my two years of service, I had the opportunity to learn more about being a professional in the industry. I gained experience including contract negotiations, learning what a professional is worth, and the pleasure of getting to know so many inspiring creators in the industry. I was also pleased that the membership of the guild experienced tremendous growth during my years of service. I believe it had a lot to do with the talent we acquired for lectures and workshops. I also believe our guild was more successful in gaining new members and filling most sewing workshops because of the marketing efforts for the guild. My experience with Facebook pages, groups and events provided maximum exposure for our guild members and for potential members as well. We grew so much that we had to find a new place to meet as most meetings were “standing room only” and many workshops would sell out quickly.

I was getting comfortable with social media by this time and started engaging my audience through these platforms. By this time, my business had a weekly newsletter, a Pinterest marketing strategy, a social media schedule, patterns and products offerings on my WooCommerce website while still maintaining my Etsy and Amazon Handmade presence. I even started a custom t-shirt quilt business as well! With all these things going on, I decided it was time for a YouTube channel! This was a pretty good learning curve because I didn’t know much about editing videos. Fortunately, iMovie made it pretty simple and with the help of Google, I was able to start producing video tutorials. This new format helped reach a new audience and brought additional traffic to my website, which was now hosting advertising for yet another line of income to my business.  

Fast forward to 2019, and I was sharing every day on my Instagram stories. I would constantly get questions about my sewing business. These questions inquired about how I managed everything that I was doing, and it made me feel happy and excited to help other people do the same thing. I never thought about adding coaching to my business until I learned more about producing my online courses. I learned how to create my business by online learning, so it only made sense for me to create my own coaching company.

The Creative Day Job began in 2020 and it currently hosts multiple online courses that serves Creative Entrepreneurs (mostly in the sewing and quilting industry). I love to help sewers and quilters that want to turn their hobby into a business by navigating the technology and overwhelm so they can start earning income from their craft. If I were to give a piece of advice to someone about starting or creating their own sewing/quilting business, it would be this, “just get started.” There’s always going to be something to overcome or some obstacle that might get in your way, but if you just get started and keep moving forward you can do it also! To learn more about the Creative Day Job, you can visit my website here

I truly believe there is Sew Much Moore In Store for myself and my journey with the sewing and  quilting industry. I love to help people with their sewing and quilting projects and I love to help  people overcome their creative business obstacles. I especially love the JUKI brand because  with the help of their machines and technology, my work has become more productive and  enjoyable!  

There are several ways to stay in touch with Nicole. You can find her on Instagram every day.  Subscribe to her YouTube Channel and sign up for her Weekly Newsletter. Nicole even has a  Facebook Page and TikTok Channel. If you need help or are interested in starting a Creative  Business – be sure to visit the Creative Day Job website! 

When you follow Nicole, there is always Sew Much Moore In Store!

Author: Nicole Moore

Editing Team: JUKI

It’s National Sewing Month!

It’s National Sewing Month!

It’s National Sewing Month, JUKI Lovers! In 1982, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed September as National Sewing Month, “in recognition of the importance of home sewing to our Nation,” however, there are so many forms of home sewing! Between embroidery, garment sewing, home décor, quilting, and more, there is no shortage in your options for how to create.

Today, we wanted to celebrate one of the many ways you sew, quilting! A complex sewing category that so many enjoy, quilting is such a popular form of sewing that all types of fabrics, notions, sewing machines and accessories have been created to make quilting more fun for you! That is why we put together our top five quilting accessories for you.

Look below as we go over our top accessories that promise to make your quilting experience a better and more enjoyable time each time you use them.

Quilting Foot

Included with our longarms and beloved J-150QVP, our Quilting Foot is a must-have when quilting! Used for free-motion sewing and ruler work, the quilting foot has a distance of ¼” (6.5mm) from the needle entry point to the outer edge. Create beautiful quilts or home décor with your quilting foot.

Open Toe Foot

Are you working on small designs and need more visibility? Look into our Open Toe Foot! Open at the front so that the needle area is easy to see, this presser foot is useful for quilting small designs or anytime visual of the needle area is needed. Use this the next time you’re creating intricate designs on your quilt and home décor for a cleaner finish!

Glide Foot

When it comes to working on three-dimensional projects or working with applique, it’s best to use our Glide Foot! A bowl-shaped foot is intended to be used for quilting when gliding along with applique and other three-dimensional embellishments. Perfect for when you’re creating accessorized quilts and adding beautiful embellishments like ribbons!

Couching Foot

Use unusual and fun threads the next time you’re quilting with our Couching Foot! Used for sewing decorative thread, yarn, and much more, this set includes two different sizes of couching foot. If you have thick threads that do not fit in a needle, textured thread that would shred, decorative cords, yarn, or trims; all these can be sewn with this accessory in your arsenal! Use this accessory the next time you want to elevate your quilt.

Rulers

Use your quilting ruler as a template when stitching designs! By combining basic lines and shapes, you can create various patterns that will wow you and your loved ones. Be sure to use your ruler together with the presser foot! There are different options on what shapes you can choose to work with that will help you create those designs you are thinking of. Look into our JUKI ruler sets that come with five different rulers giving you a vast array of ways to create patterns.

It’s important to have the right tools when you need them! That’s why we recommend looking into what accessories your machines can have on hand. The next time you’re starting a quilt, think of what different accessories you have and how you can use them on your next project!

Channel the Flannel with JUKI!

Celebrate with us as we showcase some of our top QVP products this month! Get ready for the fall and those warm projects you have coming up using our QVP line!

Our Haruka TL-18QVP is perfect for those fall bags, and heavy quilts we all love! Bring industrial technology into your home; this machine can go from straight stitch to free motion quilting for all your project needs. The Kokochi DX-4000QVP is one of our state-of-the-art machines! offering touch screen capabilities, a large sewing space, and an abundance of features, this machine truly gives you that ‘good feeling’! Don’t forget to check out our MO-2000QVP! Perfect for giving your projects that clean finish, this machine offers automatic needle threaders, air threading, and more to make sure your project ends on a high note.

JUKI Spotlight: Fashion for Dogs with Tiana Feng

What began as a fun project turned into a world of its own; meet Tiana Feng, the face behind The Bacon Collection and Bacon the Doggers! A digital marketer in the music industry and dog stylist by night, Tiana runs her little dog’s social media account under Bacon the Doggers. A miniature schnauzer who loves getting dressed and doing photoshoots with their mom, they love to feature dog fashion from creators all around the world!

Beginning in April of 2020, Tiana began to pick up sewing after finding herself with an abundance of free time due to the COVID-19 lockdowns. Between research on the internet and plenty of YouTube videos, she began creating projects and continued to learn new tricks as time passed. The opening of ‘The Bacon Collection’ last year was inspired by human luxury fashion and street fashion. Bacon’s style has always been clothing that even humans would want to wear!

“The Bacon Collection is inspired by human luxury fashion as well as street fashion. That’s kind of what Bacon’s style has always been.”

Bacon was a natural model at the young age of 3! The first day he came home, Bacon was dressed in a sweater and loved it. Thus, history was born, and Bacon became an influencer without even knowing it! Wanting to learn how to make clothes specifically for Bacon, Tiana began designing and creating clothing. As she continued to grow and spend more time focusing on her hobby, she found that selling her designs and dog fashion would be a great way to support her next project. Inspired by her puppy, ‘The Bacon Collection’ was founded.

Opening up her Etsy shop in May, it would take a month before her first order. Slow at first, her shop began to grow as other dog influencers learned about her fashion sales and increased her viewership! Ballooning over 500 sales in a year, Tiana continues to be shocked at her progress from picking up sewing last year to her life now.

Using her JUKI MO-654DE serger and JUKI HZL-F600, Tiana plans to continue dressing more dogs in fabulous clothing and hopes to one day collaborate with some human fashion brands on projects. If you are interested in dressing your pet in beautiful clothing check out The Bacon Collection! Shop and social info down below.

Tiana Feng’s Instagram: @Tianafeng

Bacon’s Instagram: @baconthedoggers

Shop Instagram: @thebaconcollection

Shop Link: http://thebaconcollection.com

Blog: https://baconthedoggers.com/collabs/