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Thursday, 24 October 2013 00:00

Janome Heritage: The Award-Winning Model 320


This sleek machine brought Janome to the forefront of design.

820-janome-heritage-machine-the-award-winning-model-320In 1949 the Pine Sewing Machine Company of Tokyo officially changed its name to Janome. You might recall that the new name came from a nickname given to the company's cutting edge bobbin design, which reminded people of a round snake eye--pronounced "janome" in Japanese.

In keeping with its new name, the company sought a new look for its flagship sewing machine. To accomplish this they turned to Jiro Kosugi, one of Japan's leading industrial designers. He had already designed an innovative 3-wheeled truck for the Toyo Kogyo Company (now Mazda) and was a founding member of the highly respected Japan Industrial Designers Association.

Mr. Kosugi's design for the new Janome Model 320 was released in 1954. In addition to running faster and more smoothly than previous models, its space-age look won the prestigious Mainichi Design Prize competition.

The sleek, modern look was a major step forward from the machines of the 1930s and 40s, and the new 320 was a big success for Janome.

Nearly 60 years later, Janome continues to lead the sewing world in innovation with the first home machine that connects with an iPad, the Horizon Memory Craft 15000. And just like the Model 320 did in its day, the MC15000 has set a new standard for smooth, quiet power.

Find Out More About The Horizon MC15000

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Wednesday, 23 October 2013 00:00

New Product: Artistic Pick N Release Tool


If you do crystals or rhinestones, you want this clever tool.

819-new-product-artistic-pick-n-release-toolThe Artistic Crystals system really is amazing. Instead of placing your crystals one at a time in your design template, you can spread them on dozens at once, turning them over the right way with the special brush.

But what if you want to individually place crystals of a second color in your design? Or maybe you get that occasional stubborn crystal that doesn't want to turn over the right way.

Then you want the Artistic Pick N' Release Tool. It's designed for picking up single rhinestones, studs, and more.

The tapered, waxed end is designed for picking up tiny objects. The larger, round end lets you can pick up items of virtually any shape.

The Pick N' Release Tool is perfect for getting that last stubborn rhinestone into the template, replacing one missing stud on an existing design, or adding something new after you've already cut a template.

How Artistic Crystals Work

You use the Artistic software to create a template so the crystals will go where you want them--all at once instead of one at a time. Once they're in place, you use a hot press to activate the glue. 

Watch the how-to video: Create A Crystal Design.

You can use any of the thousands of designs in the software or make your own shapes to create fun and interesting designs with crystals. Write out words or make hearts or butterflies--it all just takes a few minutes.

You can get the New Pick N' Release Tool and all the other Artistic supplies at your nearest Artistic dealer.

Find Out More About The Pick N' Release Tool

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Tuesday, 22 October 2013 00:00

Memory Craft 200E & DC1018 Combo Offer


A special offer on a complete sewing and embroidery package.

818-memory-craft-200e-a-dc1080-combo-offerThe Memory Craft 200E is an affordable embroidery-only machine with Janome stitch quality.

The DC1018 is a sturdy sewing machine with a nice set of time-saving features. For a limited time you can get them both in a package deal at your participating Janome dealer.

But here's what make this offer so exclusive--the DC1018 is available only as part of this combo.

Features Of The DC1018

  • 18 stitches with a maximum width of 7mm, including 3 one-step buttonholes
  • LCD screen with quick selection buttons
  • One-hand needle threader
  • Needle up/down button
  • 7-piece feed dog with drop feed dog
  • Speed control slider
  • Locking stitch button
  • Easy reverse button
  • Extra high presser foot lift
  • Soft cover included, and much more

Features Of The MC200E

  • 73 built-in embroidery designs and 3 monogramming fonts
  • Maximum embroidery size: 5" x 5"
  • Embroidery speed up to 650 spm
  • Backlit LCD touchscreen makes it easy to do on-screen editing
  • Imports designs from a USB drive
  • Compatible with Janome software
  • Built-in needle threader
  • Multi-folder memory system, and much more

This is a great combo for a beginner or anyone who wants to do sewing and embroidery. See both machines at your participating local Janome dealer.

Find Out More About The DC1018/MC200E Combo

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Monday, 21 October 2013 00:00

Embroider a Cure Collection


Buy this collection of support ribbon designs. Help fund the fight against ovarian cancer.

817-embroider-a-cure-collectionOver 22,000 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer this year, and more than 15,000 will die from the disease. And these numbers have not changed in over 30 years!

Janome is proud to partner with Designs in Machine Embroidery to help support the Be The Difference Foundation in the fight against ovarian cancer.

The purchase of the Embroider a Cure design set will fund programs dedicated to helping women increase their chance of survival of ovarian cancer. This design collection includes 20 support ribbon embroidery designs.

Be The Difference Foundation was formed by four ovarian cancer survivors who all share the same passion, to Be the Difference and end ovarian cancer.  Their mission is to help women increase their chance of survival by raising money to fund programs for better treatment options, effective early screening, symptomatic and genetic predisposition awareness, and a cure.

When you purchase the Embroider a Cure collection at your Janome dealer, you're supporting the Foundation on its mission to help women increase their chance of survival of ovarian cancer.

Be the difference. Get your design collection today.

Go To The Embroider a Cure Collection

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Friday, 18 October 2013 00:00

Software Updates: MC15000 And HorizonLink Software Suite


Get free updates for your machine and companion software package.

816-software-updates-mc15000-and-horizonlink-software-suiteJanome has posted two important software updates:
Update to version 1.02 for the Horizon Memory Craft 15000 sewing, quilting and embroidery machine
- Update to version 1.01 for the included Horizon Link™ Software Suite

Download them now by going to the links above and following the directions. Or find them both on the Janome Software Update page.

Improvements With Horizon Memory Craft 15000 Version 1.02

  1. Presser foot lifter button and thread cutter button can be used when the Trace Baste function has been puased.
  2. Mirror image display of Decorative Stitches has been improved.
  3. "Save As" function has been improved: It is now possible to change a file name and save the file in a different folder. (In version 1.01 the file name reverts to the former name when saved in a different location.)
  4. Other minor issues are resolved.


The Horizon Link Suite version 1.01 update makes this program compatible with the Memory Craft 15000 version 1.02.

Be sure to read the instructions completely before updating. For more information see your certified Janome dealer.

Find Them Both On The Janome Software Page

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Thursday, 17 October 2013 00:00

Beginner Basics At Sew4Home


Learning to sew yourself - or teaching someone new? Check Out Sew4Home's Xtra EZ Projects.

814-beginner-basics-at-sew4homeOur friends at Sew4Home believe everyone can and should create beautiful, handmade items for their home and families. To prove their point, they've just kicked off a brand new series calles, Xtra EZ. These are projects that can be done by beginners or used as projects to help teach someone to sew - especially a child.

Not only are the steps themselves just that: extra easy, but they've also made sure there are specific techniques to build a beginner's sewing tool box. And because Janome is the exclusive sewing machine sponsor for Sew4Home, all the recommended machines and feet are Janome branded products. Of course with the creative S4H gals behind the project designs, you can also be assured the featured fabrics are adorable. For this first set of three EZ pillows, they used Love & Joy from Dena Designs for FreeSpirit Fabrics.

Check out the first three projects in the Xtra EZ series:

Learn a simple nine-patch technique, including great cutting tips, as well as how to do a basic back envelope closure in the Xtra EZ Nine Patch Pillow.

See the steps for creating perfect corners with trim and how to add a center tufted button in the Xtra EZ Tufted Pom Pillow.

And the Xtra EZ Pony Tail Bolster Pillow shows you steps for gathering, topstitching and making narrow ties. 

Go To Sew4Home

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Wednesday, 16 October 2013 00:00

Featured Product: Iris Ultra Cotton Quilting Thread Kit


We recommend this high quality quilting thread for your Janome machine.

813-new-product-iris-quilting-kitYou may not be familiar with Iris thread. If so, we want to introduce you to this excellent brand and make you aware of the special quilting collection available at your Janome dealer.

Iris Ultra Cotton Quilting Thread is made from highly mercerized, long staple Egyptian cotton. This means it has the longer fibers and special processing to give it a smoother surface and improved luster. You get smooth feeding while you quilt on your Janome machine and colors that stay brilliant for years to come.

Iris is the only company manufacturing this type of thread in North America. Their threads are known for strength, tenacity, brilliant sheen, and the ability to run smoothly in all major sewing and embroidery machines.

Through a special partnership, we've created the Iris Ultra Cotton Quilting Thread Kit. It comes with 24 spools of Size 50, Long Staple Egyptian cotton--18 solids and 6 variegated. Each mini king spool contains 1100 yds. of thread.

The colors include: Black, White, Green, Ecru, Natural, Pink, Celery, Lt. Blue, Grey, Dark blue, Red, Lt. Brown, Flesh Pink, Royal, Sterling, Cypress, Lemon, Sienna, Red combo, Blue combo, Brown combo, Jewel combo, Pastel combo, and Primaries combo.

This quilting thread kit is available at your participating Janome dealer.

Go To Iris Ultra Cotton Quilting Thread Kit

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Tuesday, 15 October 2013 00:00

Free Artistic Webinar: How To Make Lettering


This Thursday, October 17 at 7:00 PM EDT. Attend via computer or mobile device.

812-free-artistic-webinar-how-to-make-letteringIt's so much fun to express yourself through lettering.

Our free webinar will show you how to open up a whole new world of creative typography with Artistic software and the Zing and Cameo digital cutters.

Register for our latest online webinar How to Make Lettering Using Cutting Blades for Zing and Cameo and learn all kinds of neat lettering tricks. With Artistic software you can change the baselines, create embroidery designs, turn your letters into appliqué, and much more.

The amazing part is seeing what the Artistic digital cutting machines can do with your design. Learn how to set the cutting blades on the Zing and the Cameo to cut your vinyl, crystal template material, fabrics, and more.

The webinar is free, but you must register ahead of time. You can do that right now on the webinar registration page: How to Make Lettering Using Cutting Blades for Zing and Cameo.

You can attend via PC or Mac, or even on your iPad or Android tablet. See the webinar page for system requirements.

For more information on Artistic software, Zing and Cameo digital cutters, see your local Artistic dealer

Go To Lettering Webinar Registration Page

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Monday, 14 October 2013 00:00

Check Out Our Updated Events Section


Come see the latest Janome machines at these great local events.

811-check-out-our-updated-events-sectionThey're happening in Kansas, Texas, Illinois, and coming soon to an exhibition venue near year.

Fall and winter quilting and sewing events are a fun way to see the very best in fabric art, find out about the latest in machines and accessories, and get a chance to meet others who are also passionate about their creative work.

To find out about what's going on in your region, just visit the Janome Events page. We keep it updated with dates and info on upcoming events.

For example, next Thursday there's the Original Sewing and Quilt Expo in Ft. Worth, TX:
-Enjoy presentations, demonstrations, and lots of how-to's the lively 30-minute sessions.
-Sit down and sew great accessories and gifts with our Expo Staff in the Make-It Center.
-See what techniques Expo designers, teachers and experts are doing these days.
-Take a break from shopping at the FREE Runway Fashion Shows.
-Meet the nice people from Janome dealer Sewing World.
-And lots more. See our Events page for complete details. 

Find Out What's Happening On Our Events Page

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Friday, 11 October 2013 00:00

Powered By Janome: Fashion Designer Jamie Lau


She received a sewing machine for her twenty-fifth birthday and hasn’t put it down since.

810-powered-by-janome-fashion-designer-jamie-lauJamie Lau is a Brooklyn-based designer, sewing instructor, fashion writer, and author. Inspired by her love of dresses, Jamie infuses a playful nostalgia into her work by transforming simple silhouettes into fashion forward frocks sewn from traditional Japanese prints, luxurious brocades, ikats, and vintage-inspired fabric.

And we're proud to say Jamie does her sewing and serging on Janome machines.

While most new sewists try a throw pillow or easy pajama pants as their first project, Jamie was a little more ambitious. Her first project was a silk-lined handbag with a gusset, magnetic snap closure, and wooden handles. And she made it out of French toile.

Jamie says, "In retrospect, I guess this was a pretty ambitious project for someone who had never touched a sewing machine before to accomplish in a four-hour class, but I was very proud of the results!"

She began sewing in 2007, eventually leaving her government policy job in 2010 to begin an internship at BurdaStyle.com. She then went on to author a book and become the site’s Editorial and E-commerce Manager. Jamie is the Co-Author, Lead Designer, and Art Director of BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern, an in-depth pattern making and sewing guide to mastering iconic looks from the 1920s to 1980s, published in 2012. She now focuses full-time on Jamie Lau Designs.  

At the sewing studio where she took her first class, Jamie discovered Janome. And several months later received a 4623 LE Plus for her birthday. (This model has since been discontinued and has now been replaced with the MS5027LE.)

She says, "It was great to finally have my own machine. This helped kick off my fashion and sewing adventure and I still use it to this day!"

A few years later she started to focus more on garment construction and less on sewn accessories and so decided to buy a serger. Jamie chose the Magnolia 7034D because it was a great, affordable model and the same serger she'd used at pattern making school.

"A serger was an absolute must for me in order to accomplish more professional finishes and continue to create clothing with high quality craftsmanship," she says.

Jamie is currently working on creating a collection of her own original textile designs for her clothing line. You can read about her first print design on Spoonflower where she's been guest posting about the process. 

Check out the Jamie Lau Designs online shop and follow Jamie on her blog, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest for the latest updates and inspirations.

And try out Jamie's favorite brand of sewing machines and sergers at your local Janome dealer.

Go To Jamie Lau's Blog

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