Quilter’s Creative Touch 5 Upgrade Now Available

We are pleased to announce that Quilter’s Creative Touch 5 is now available! If you own earlier versions of Quilter’s Creative Touch, you will enjoy a free upgrade. A video explanation of how to upgrade to QCT5 is available on our YouTube channel. Please click here to watch. Step-by-step written instructions can be found by clicking here.

Happy quilting!

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Look for JUKI in the Netflix Original Series: Next in Fashion!

Image Courtesy of Netflix

Next In Fashion is a competition series hosted by fashion designer, Tan France from Queer Eye and model and fashion designer, Alexa Chung. The new reality show features talented designers from around the world competing for $250,000, a debut collection with online fashion retailer, Net-a-Porter, and the chance to become the next big thing in fashion. Watch the official trailer below!

JUKI Machines used on the show:
DDL-9000C (Industrial Version) / J-150QVP (Home Sewing Version)
MO-114D (Home Sewing)
MCS-1500 (Home Sewing)
JUKI Tajima Sai (Home Sewing)

Trailer Courtesy of Netflix on Youtube

Now streaming on Netflix.

JUKI Feature: Wendy Chow, Modern Quilter & Designer

Happy February, JUKI artisans! This month we are featuring the quilting story, inspirations, and progress of modern quilter and designer, Wendy Chow. Keep scrolling to read!

Quilting is an art form that has continued to thrive after centuries. Today, quilts are not only seen as a utility to provide warmth, but they also represent us and our story. I hope to pass down this creative legacy through my modern designs. 

“Today, quilts are not only seen as a utility to provide warmth, but they also represent us and our story.”

My name is Wendy and I’m an Aussie modern quilter and pattern designer based in New York City. I have a deep love for prints and patterns. My designs feature bold, unique colour combinations and geometric shapes inspired by architecture, interior design and nature.

I was exposed to sewing from a ripe age of four. Mum used to make her own dress patterns and sewed all sorts of things for my sisters and I, including bedsheets, curtains, dresses, costumes and pajamas. Hovering over mum, watching what she was working on, made me curious. I wanted to learn how to use a sewing machine. However, her fear of my getting the needle stuck in my finger got in the way and I had to wait until high school home economics class. 

With the basics from school, I taught myself how to quilt. Quilting was introduced to me in 2015 when my sister spent most of her spare time making quilts for friends and family in my parents’ dining room. Eventually quilting became my escape from my hectic corporate job. It was a creative outlet and the thought of my projects helped me get through the long hours in the office. This was the start of the.weekendquilter. 

“It was a creative outlet and the thought of my projects helped me get through the long hours in the office.”

I got my first Juki nearly a year ago and absolutely love it. My husband bought it for me as a thank you gift for moving to the other side of the world for him. I chose the Juki HZL-NX7 for its large workspace for throw and queen-sized quilts, and the straight stitch and dual-feed dog functions make domestic quilting a breeze. With the automatic thread trimmer function, I have also saved hours and spools of thread from not having to trim any loose threads on the back of my quilt tops. Since the upgrade, I haven’t visited a long arm quilter and my quilting experience has been much more enjoyable. 

Follow Wendy’s story on Instagram, @the.weekendquilter.

From the Runway to your Sewing Machine: 2020 Spring Fashion Trends

Next year’s spring trends are giving us major flashbacks! They say fashion cycles every 20 years, right? It’s time to rediscover eye-burning neon, puffy sleeves, and those 80s disco blazers ’cause baby, they are back!

Your Not-So-Basic Black & White

Images by Godisable Jacob

Who knew this basic color combo could be so exciting?! Designers such as Khaite, Michael Kors, Carolina Herrera and many others used a mix of a checker and polka dot to create eye catching looks on the runway.

– Achieve the Look at Home –

You now have an excuse to purchase more fabric. Yes, we are totally enabling you! Achieve the look by purchasing black and white fabrics like this cotton polka dot print fabric or warping checkered print fabric as seen on Timeless Treasures.

Image by Timeless Treasures

Make a Statement Sleeves

Image by Godisable Jacob

Fashion week made us embrace our inner 80’s gal with bold, statement sleeves. From bell to flouncy silhouettes, this larger-than-well-statement-sleeves trend has made its way into ready-to-wear fashion and it’s not going to stop any time soon!

– Achieve the Look at Home –

JUKI HZL Series Gathering Foot

Whatever your sleeve pick, the gathering foot will help you achieve this look by folding and bunching fabric to give your garment that extra desired volume.

Knit Hit

Image by EVG Photos

Knit is making a hit next year! Striped knit dresses were seen on the runway in varying lengths and colors from brands like Kate Spade and Altuzarra. Make this figure flattering dress yours by wearing it down with sandals or adding metallic accessories for an evening out.

– Achieve the Look at Home –

Knit can be a tricky fabric to sew without the right tools. Below are 5 tips to achieve this look:

Image by Organ Needles

1. Use ballpoint needles sew in between the knit for a beautiful finish.

2. Use thread that has a stretch so it moves in harmony with the fabric. Polyester thread is recommended.

JUKI HZL Series Walking Foot

3. Use an even feed or walking foot. This foot comes with upper and lower feed dogs that evenly feeds fabric and prevents puckers.

Micro Lifter on TL-18QVP

4. If your sewing machine does not come with a walking foot, you may slightly raise the presser foot with the micro-lifter to prevent puckers.

MO-1000
Air Thread Overlock Serger

5. Select the right stitch: zig zag or triple straight stitch that allows your fabric to move without popping a seam. You may also use a serger.

Let us know which fashion trends made you say, “wow!”
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JUKI Longarm Training 2020

We are pleased to invite owners of the Stand up and Sit Down version of the TL-2200QVP and Miyabi J-350QVP to participate in an exclusive Longarm Basic Consumer Training with our Juki America Educators.

DATES AND LOCATIONS

Date & Time: July 15 – 16 (10AM – 5PM) NEW DATES
                      July 17 (10AM – 4PM)

Location: Southeast Sewing
                228 Ottley Dr NE
                Atlanta, GA 30324

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