Horizon Memory Craft 8900 QCP & 8200 QC: First Reactions, New Projects & More
We just knew you'd love our new quilting machines.
Have you ever thought twice about starting a large-scale quilt project because your old machine just wasn't up to the task? It could be lack of bed space, insufficient power, an inadequate feeding system, or other limitations.
A full size quilt can measure 8' x 10' or larger, making it difficult to stitch on a standard size sewing bed--it becomes a wrestling match to stuff all that fabric through the space to the right of the needle. So the new Horizon Memory Craft 8900 QCP was given the same wide-open sewing space as the top-of-the-line Horizon Memory Craft 12000. It has a full 11" of bed space to the right of the needle. For techniques like free motion quilting, quilters can forget about whether or not their quilt is going to fit and just enjoy the machine's smooth, powerful stitching.
The new Horizon Memory Craft 8200 Quilter's Companion gives you the same big bed space at a value price.
Both machines also have 9mm stitch width, the new AcuFeed Flex™ fabric feeding system, easy-switch needle plates, lots of decorative stitches, and so much more.
See The New Projects And The Houston Quilt Show Video
You can explore a whole website devoted to the 8900 QCP and 8200 QC machines. See all the features and specifications, and get complete projects made with the new machines.
Also, if you haven't seen it yet, be sure to watch the video we made at the Houston Quilt Show. We invited quilters to try out the new machines and then tell us what they thought. Watch the video.
After you've read about all the features, and seen what other quilters have to say, you're going to want to try out the 8900QCP and 8200QCP for yourself. You can do that at your local Janome dealer.
Black Friday & Beyond: Amazing Financing Offer Ends Today!
You pick the machines and accessories--and buy with NO interest for FOUR years.
Hopefully, you're reading this on Wednesday morning (11/28/12). Because that means you still have time to take advantage of Janome's Black Friday financing offer at your local dealer.
Here's the deal in a nutshell: purchase a Janome machine (or any combination of products) for $3,000 or more on a GE Capital Home Design account and simply make the 48 monthly payments on time. It's like saving up for your new machine in reverse--you can take it home now and pay for it over the next four years with no interest (as long as you meet the financing requirements). See the full details.
You can finish your holiday sewing, quilting and embroidery on a brand new machine. Choose the top-of-the-line Horizon Memory Craft 12000, the brand new Horizon Memory Craft 8900 Quilter's Companion Pro, or purchase a combination of machines, software, and furniture to completely outfit your sewing room.
You get to decide which Janome products to buy. And $3000 is just the minimum.
But you only have through close-of-business today to get this special offer. Find your nearest, participating Janome dealer right now and get down to their store.
The No Interest For 48 Months offer runs 11/23/2012 - 11/28/2012 at your participating Janome dealer in the US. Subject to credit approval.
New Video: Hemmer Foot - 4mm - for the MC12000
An even hem makes everything look better and more professional.
A fancy napkin is just a piece of fabric with a nice hem all the way around. And making a professional looking, double-turned or rolled hem is easy when you have the right presser foot.
This optional accessory is designed for making rolled edges on light to medium weight fabrics. The Hemmer Foot 4mm has a funnel on the front which folds your hem as you stitch. Once you get it started, you can sew a professional looking hem in no time.
How To Use The Hemmer Foot 4mm D2
- Attach the foot to your MC12000.
- On the touch screen go into Utility Stitches and choose a straight stitch.
- Take your fabric and make a slight double-roll the same width as the hemmer foot opening. Then cut the end of the roll at an angle.
- You'll need thread tails to help feed the fabric. To make them, place the fabric, right-side-down, under the foot and lower the needle. Sew two or three stitches. Then remove the fabric, leaving several inches of thread tails.
- Feed the fabric into the little curl on the foot, using the thread tails to help guide it into place.
- Begin sewing, holding the fabric so it continues to curl into the foot.
You end up with a professional-looking hem.
To see this demonstrated, watch the video Hemmer Foot 4mm D2: Creating Professional Rolled Hems.
New Project: Casserole & Confectionery Carrier
Use it to carry cookies, casseroles, candy, fruit, cheese, crackers, and more to holiday gatherings.
One of the joys of the holidays is admiring the beautiful wrapping. When you bring your plate of hors d'oeuvres, dessert, or main dish to your next holiday gathering in a custom sewn carrier, you're sure to get lots of people wondering, "What wonderful treat is in there?"
This Confectionery Carrier sewing project was created by Janome Educator, Maddie Bushman. You can make it on any Janome sewing machine, and requires intermediate to advanced sewing skills. Get complete instructions online.
Maddie says about the carrier, "It can also be part of the gift if desired. This project is so much fun, you'll want to make several during the holiday season. Be sure to have enough pans on hand or purchase disposable pans that can be left behind with this lovely gift."
After you see the Confectionery Carrier project, be sure to take a look at all of our online holiday projects. Go to our Project Center and look under Holiday/Seasonal. You'll find everything from tree skirts and ornaments to great gift ideas.
It's Black Friday (and Beyond) at Janome America Dealers
Own your dream Janome machine TODAY. But NO intertest for FOUR years.
You don't have to get up at 4AM to grab this Black Friday super-deal.
Starting today (11/23/12) and running through next Wednesday (11/28/12) only, you can take advantage of a very special holiday financing offer at your Janome dealer. Purchase a Janome machine (or any combination of products) for $3,000 or more on a GE Capital Home Design account and simply make the 48 monthly payments on time. See the full details.
This means you can still do your holiday sewing, quilting and embroidery on a brand new machine. You can choose the top-of-the-line Horizon Memory Craft 12000, the brand new Horizon Memory Craft 8900 Quilter's Companion Pro, or purchase a combination of machines, software, and furniture to completely outfit your sewing room.
But don't wait. This special offer is only good for a few days. The No Interest For 48 Months offer starts today and runs through this Wednesday (11/23/12 - 11/28/12). And only at your participating Janome dealer. Subject to credit approval.
Happy Thanksgiving from Janome America
We have so much to be thankful for--starting with electricity.
We know that many friends and customers in our neck of the woods (northeast U.S.) will be especially thankful for "the basics" this year as they gather with family. Because of Hurricane Sandy there are still many in our state who are without power or even a home.
The original Thanksgiving was also observed on the heels of a disaster.
History Of The Original Thanksgiving
The Pilgrims landed at Plymouth late in 1620 full of hope for a new life. But over the next year, they saw more than half their number die from disease. With the help of Squanto, a Native American of the Patuxet tribe, they successfully planted crops, and in the fall of 1621 had their first successful harvest. The colonists celebrated the first Thanksgiving with 90 members of the Wampanoag tribe, with whom Squanto had been living.
Over the next 150 years, there were many days of thanksgiving observed, including George Washington's 1777 official proclamation after the victory at the Battle of Saratoga.
Our observance of the official holiday was instituted by President Abraham Lincoln during the darkest days of the Civil War. In 1863 Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be celebrated on the final Thursday in November. Despite the ravages of war and a country which was being torn in two, he found much to be thankful for.
We hope you're able to spend this day with family and friends. And we wish you a happy beginning to the holiday season.
Happy Holidays Projects at S4H, Featuring: Melissa White, Ty Pennington and Verna Mosquera
The latest and greatest fabric collections are at Sew4Home!
It's always fun for us to check in and see what our friends at Sew4Home are up to. As the exclusive sewing machine sponsor of this fabulously inspirational website, we know we'll always find a huge number of must-do projects - perfect for any Janome sewing machine model.
Over the past few weeks, Sew4Home has been designing with some of the newest, most beautiful fabric collections from FreeSpirit, Rowan and Ty Pennington Impressions. You might need to make some extra room in your stash for Amelie's Attic by Melissa White for Rowan Fabrics, Ty Pennington's amazing Fall 2012 collection, and Pirouette by Verna Mosquera for FreeSpirit.
There are also helpful new tutorials at Sew4Home for how to use your Janome accessories to create beautiful gathers, as well as how to insert both regular zippers and invisible zippers. Janome presser feet make jobs like these so much easier, and the results are beautifully precise and professional.
Stop back in to Sew4Home at the end of November/beginning of December for the final two-week installment of their Happy Holidays series when they feature Amy Butler's new Alchemy collection for Rowan. They'll be featuring Amys rayon/linen, 100% rayon, velveteen and cotton laminate substrates as well as her regular quilting cottons.
New Video: Clear View Quilt Foot and Guide Set For The MC12000
This essential quilting accessory is three-feet-in-one.
The Clear View Quilting Foot is designed to easily sew quarter inch or eighth inch seam allowances or to do stitching in the ditch. It's especially useful for small quilt piecing on your Horizon Memory Craft 12000.
The Clear View Quilting Foot comes with two flanges:
-One acts as a guide along the edge of your fabric to help you sew a perfect quarter inch seam allowance.
-The other helps you align your fabric as you stitch in the ditch.
You can attach either flange by loosing the screw on the foot. Sliding the flange into place and re-tightening.
The markings on the foot allow it to be used without the flanges for techniques like piecing triangles or sewing half square triangles. They indicate 1/8 inch and 1/4 inch from center needle drop position with handy cornering markings for both 1/8 and 1/4 inch seams.
The foot has an oval shaped needle hole, allowing you to adjust the needle position for scant 1/4 inch piecing.
To see this foot demonstrated, watch the video Clear View Quilting Foot And Guide Set OV.
Holiday Wishbook Highlight: Great Accessory Discounts
Save from 10 - 20% on everything from software to stabilizer.
The 2012 Holiday Wishbook has 15 pages of valuable coupons for discounts on thread kits, dress forms, lots of presser feet, and much more. Just make sure you see your Janome dealer before December 31st.
Here are a few examples:
Artistic® Super Wish Book Bundle
-Silhouette CAMEO Digital Cutter
-Crystals Starter Kit
-Crystals V6.0 Software
Save 10% on everything you need! The Cameo cutter is an electronic cutting tool for template material, paper, cardstock, vinyl, fabric and more up to 12” wide and 10 feet long. The Artistic Crystals Starter Kit contains all of the materials necessary to create and transfer rhinestone designs to your sewing or crafting project. And the software brings all the bling together.
Janome Universal Sewing Table
This sturdy sewing table was created specifically to hold Memory Craft machines with a custom cut insert. It includes a generous storage compartment (just the right size for your MC12000 embroidery unit) and a supply drawer. The table surface is 45” x 17.5” and comes with a built-in ruler. Made of steel tubing with a scratch resistant formica surface. Includes a custom machine insert to fit: MC12000, MC11000 SE, MC11000, MC8900, MC8200, MC7700, MC6600, MC6500, and MC6300.
Grace Company TrueCut Package
This is everything you need for easy and accurate fabric cutting. The TrueCut package includes a My Comfort ergonomic rotary cutter, a power blade sharpener, 3 clear rulers, and 2 packages of TrueGrips non-slip adhesive rings.
Get complete details on these and other accessory offers, and the special packages on quilting and sewing machines in our Holiday Wishbook. You can flip through it online or download to browse as a PDF. (With 25 pages of offers and coupons, it's well-worth a look.)
Then go see everything in person at your dealer. Look for the icon in our Dealer Locator indicating participating dealers near you. Offers good through December 31, 2012 at participating Janome dealers in the USA.
New Project From Maureen Cracknell: A Seamstress Tea Towel
This simple project uses classic sewing motifs to express what we've all thought: "I'd rather be sewing."
Put this one on your list of easy-projects-that-would-make-great-gifts.
This Seamstress Tea Towel project was created by the talented blogger Maureen Cracknell, who is a member of our Janome Horizon Memory Craft 12000 Independent Design Team. The project uses several of the built-in stitches on the Horizon Memory Craft 12000. It's a great example of how you can use the MC12000's decorative stitches in conjunction with some simple appliqué with a very clever result.
The project requires intermediate sewing skills and can be completed in about 90 minutes. Get complete instructions online.
The MC12000 has 425 built-in stitches, which can go up to 9 mm wide. With the included Stitch Composer software you can make your own decorative stitches--so you really have an unlimited number to choose from.
You can really feel the smooth power and precision of the Horizon Memory Craft 12000 when stitching appliqué. The stitches form beautifully and you always feel like you're in control. Try it for yourself at your authorized, local Janome dealer.
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