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  • 9/24/2015

    Outfit Inspiration for Moms

    Janome Blogger Lauren Dahl is hosting the Momiform MAKEover series on her blog Baste + Gather. More than 30 different mothers are participating in this awesome series where they will be making over their daily "momiforms" with handmade garments.

    Lauren came up with the idea of this series so that mothers of newborns do not have to conform to wearing old maternity clothes and can put together cute outfits using their creativity and fashion sense while also being comfortable at the same time. 

    For eight days, Lauren will give a preview of 3-4 different outfit submissions. There will be a giveaway at the end of the series where a contestant can enter to win a Janome Skyline S5 sewing machine. 

    Click here to check out all of the talented participants and to get stylish momiform inspiration!

  • 9/23/2015

    First Place Winner

    In August, Janome Blogger Merrick White from Merrick's Art and her best friend Leanne Barlow from Elle Apparel launched The Modern Girl's Guide to Sewing, a two-part online video course that teaches beginner and intermediate sewing enthusiasts everything they need to know about modern clothing construction.

    As part of this program, Merrick and Leanne hosted a giveaway for all of the participants. Janome provided machines for the top three winners. The first place winner was Sophorn A. from Washington. Her prize was a Janome 4120QDC sewing machine and she picked it up at Parkland Parish Quilt Company, a sub-dealer of South Sound Sewing and Vacuum in Tacoma, WA. In the picture is Sophorn with Julie from South Sound Sewing and Vacuum. 

    "I have very little knowledge about sewing. As a little girl I have been taught to hand stitch and patch holes in clothes. I remembered when I was about 10 years old, I asked my mother if I can give her sewing machine a go. It scared me at first because I thought the needle was moving too fast and somehow I would get my fingers caught in it. Ever since then, I haven't used a sewing machine.

    Thanks to The Modern Girl's Guide to Sewing sweepstakes, I am no longer afraid. I have a love for homemade things, which at one point thought was impossible for me to do. Overall, I hope to learn as much as I can with my new 4120QDC machine." - Sophorn

    Congratulations Sophorn!

  • 9/22/2015

    A Janome Digitizing Workshop

    Lilla Rogers, one of the most successful illustration agents in the industry as well as an author, beloved e-course guru and visionary entrepreneur is putting some of her top artists with top editors and art directors so that they can work together and pitch projects. This event is called Speed Art Dating and will take place on Friday, September 25th and Saturday, September 26th in Arlington, MA. 

    Lilla's mantra is People Buy Your Joy and this event clearly embodies her vision. She will teach two innovative workshops; her art directors will share how to dazzle with hot pitches and the artists will pitch their ideas directly to the decision-makers.

    Lilla, with her inimitable brand of wit, warmth and wisdom, will also be video streaming on Periscope - the newest live interactive video app. During the scope, she will interact with her followers while she interviews her artists as they carve block prints onto linen to make patterns. Later on, the artists will show how to digitize their artwork to make machine embroidered designs on linen. 

    Artists Carolyn Gavin and Suzy Ultman, who contributed to AcuDesign, will be attending the event.

    Creative Retreat Itinerary:

    Lilla will lead the artists in two very exciting art workshops. They will then share their results across social media as well as with the art directors attending the event.

    Workshop 1: Block Printing

    The artists will carve large rubber blocks and then print onto lush silks to create fresh patterns.

    Workshop 2: Mod Machine Embroidery

    Lilla will teach her artists how to create innovative designs using Embrilliance software that they will then stitch onto gorgeous linens with our state-of-the-art Janome Horizon Memory Craft 15000 machine.

    Speed Art Dating

    Each artist will meet with each art director for 10 minutes where they will be able to pitch their book projects or home décor collections, show new work or just chat.

    Periscope Video

    Lilla and team will be live video-streaming interviews of the artists and art directors and engaging the viewers to ask questions of these inspiring folks. Watch @lillarogers on Periscope.

    We hope you will participate in this wonderful event!

  • 9/18/2015

    Techniques from Janome Educator Nancy Fiedler

    Janome Educator Nancy Fiedler is working with Sew4Home to contribute tips, tricks and techniques. In this post, Nancy used the Janome Memory Craft 8900QCP Special Edition machine to create samples using the Satin Stitch foot. The best thing about this foot is that it is transparent so you can see the stitches forming beneath the foot.

    In this Sew4Home post, Nancy provides clear step-by-step instructions on how to create continuous stitching with a single stitch pattern, stitching with stacked stitches and creating a single corner.

    Click here for the full blog post.

  • 9/16/2015

    Enter to Win a Skyline S5

    It is that time of the year where the leaves are beginning to change colors and everyone is starting to think about the fun Halloween holiday at the end of October. Janome wants to celebrate with you by having a Halloween home-sewn costume contest!

    From now until Sunday, November 1st, submit a picture of a past or present homemade Halloween costume for a chance to win a Janome Skyline S5 sewing machine. There are unlimited entries so submit in-progress photos to show off your work and increase your chances of winning a new sewing machine.

    Click here to enter the contest or use #janomehalloween on Instagram. The winner will be announced on Monday, November 2nd.

    Good luck and have fun!

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