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Kids can sew classes
July 8,9 &10th @ 10 am

Dressdan Plate Class July 14 @10 am

Trouble shoot class
July 15 @10am

9900 CE 10 am July 16

12000 CE 10 am July 23

15000 CE 10 am July 22

Anita Goodesign's Event
July 18 & 19 @ the Holiday Inn City Center 700 Rogers Avenue
8am -5pm
2 day event 7 different projects to be taught.  We will have 3 Janome Educators and then the Anita Gooddesigns Educator. This is an event you will NOT want to miss! get signed up today space is very limited!479-484-5351


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I can not say enough great things about Jeannie and Patrick. I have bought two machines from them. They always help me with any questions. Best service and great machines. Thank you guys so much. Happy happy happy!!!! Casey C.

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If you love to sew and embroider, you need to be a customer of Sewing Machine Center. I have a Janome and love it. They have the best customer service of any place of business I have been to in a long time. Always polite and will go out of their way to help you. Thank you for always taking care of me and in a timely fashion. Alot of nice and caring people.

Great customer service! They make you feel like family. I love taking classes here!!

Great customer service, and great quality products and machines!

I really like the people there and the help they give you.

Very good fast service!

Very nice people in a wonderful store full of Great Items, especially with all the material in stock now.

Why Shop With Us?

From a fresh selection of fabric to a huge assortment of thread, embroidery supplies and notions, The Sewing Machine Center is the best source for all things sewing in the Fort Smith, Arkansas, area. Our store features a full line of Janome and Elna sewing machines, along with parts and accessories, and on-site maintenance and repair services. We also offer a wide range of classes, taught in a casual, no-pressure atmosphere, for sewing enthusiasts of all skill levels. We specialize in exceptional customer service, with a friendly, well-trained staff that’s always on hand to offer attentive, personalized assistance!

Frequently Asked Questions


Smocking the Janome Way

Smocking The Janome Way


Supplies Required:

  • Janome Sewing Machine with built-in decorative cross-stitch
  • #11/75 Blue Tip Needle
  • "A" Foot
  • "F" Foot
  • Janome Embroidery Thread color of choice
  • All purpose sewing thread to match Batiste
  • Batiste fabric 10" x 45"
  • Woven fusible interfacing approximately 5"x15"


  1. Snap on the "A" foot. Place all purpose thread in needle and bobbin, and select stitch # 1 (straight stitch). Length 5.0
  2. Fold fabric in half lengthwise and press fold down center.
  3. Place the fabric under the foot from the edge. Press the Lock-a-Matic button or begin the row with a locking stitch. Holding the fabric taut, (but allowing the machine to feed the fabric) so it will not gather, sew a row of basting stitches down the center fold. Sew two more rows on each side of the center row, each 1/2" apart.
  4. Gather stitches by gently pulling the bobbin thread. Try to pull all five of the threads at the same time to give a uniform look. (we are going to achieve a "pleater" look ). Gather down to inches. Trim threads to about long.
  5. Press interfacing on to wrong side of gathers to stabilize the "pleats".
  6. Snap on the "F" foot. Thread the needle with Janome embroidery thread and the bobbin with Janome bobbin thread.
  7. Select the built-in decorative cross-stitch. This will be sewn at 10 size.
  8. Sew along, and on top of each basting row.

Experiment with other beautiful built-in embroidery stitches on your Janome sewing machine for a "hand smocked" look.