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Thursday, 26 September 2013 00:00

Powered By Janome: Julie Hirt of 627handworks

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This modern quilting blog is where she shares the crafty side of of her life.

799-powered-by-janome-one-of-our-favorite-quiltersThe 627Handworks modern quilting blog is the creation of Julie Hirt, who describes herself as a "Stitcher & Fabric Fanatic." (In case you wondered, the "627" comes from 6/27/07, the day Julie and her husband started dating.) She posts her own beautiful creations, lots of great tips she's discovered through trial and error, weekly link-ups with other great quilting blogs, and her paper piecing patterns as free downloads.

And we're proud to say Julie does her quilting on a Janome.

No one in Julie's family had an interest in sewing or quilting as she was growing up. So as an adult she taught herself by watching YouTube videos and reading blogs. Her first project was a Christmas quilt she began in July, 2010.

She says, "Since I had no idea how long it would take I definitely gave myself plenty of time to finish by Christmas.  The whole process was a series of firsts, so it will always be special. The fact that it didn't fall apart in the wash made it a success in my eyes." 

After that first quilt, she was hooked. Online she started seeing a lot of modern quilts and fabrics that fit into her lifestyle and made her want to give them a try.

There are many aspects of the quilting process she enjoys, from planning, to piecing, to quilting, to hand-binding.

"Just when I think I'm bored with one of the steps, it's time to move onto the next.  Planning the design and choosing the fabrics is probably my favorite part."

Julie started 627Handworks as a way to keep track of her own projects. She'd found so many great sources online when she first started sewing, it seemed like a logical step. Now she says she uses her own blog as a reference for past projects if she needs the name of a pattern or fabric.

She discovered Janome after making a few quilts on her starter machine and realizing she needed to upgrade.  Julie did a lot of research on several machines from different brands that were in her price range, and kept reading great things about Janome.

She ended up choosing the Memory Craft 6600 Professional when she stopped by her local dealer (Missouri Sewing Machine Co) to give the Janome 6500 a test drive. Someone was already tryinging out that model, so she decided to try the machine next to it--the 6600P. Julie says her reaction was, "Ooh boy!"

Of all the great features on the 6600P, the three she really appreciates are:
* The start/stop button "which is fantastic for free motion quilting."
* The Accufeed walking foot,  "which has made a HUGE difference in my piecing."
* And the large throat space which gives her the ability to quilt larger projects at home.

Julie says, "The next thing I knew I was walking out with my sparkly new machine.  It's the best sewing purchase I've ever made and I love my Janome."

She's recently released a Quilt Bee sewing app for Apple devices. It's a simple app that keeps track of your sewing projects as well as any swaps or quilt bees you may be participating in. An Android version is currently in the works.

Visit Julie Hirt's blog and try out her quilting machine at your local Janome dealer.

Go To 627handworks

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Wednesday, 25 September 2013 00:00

Win Sarah Ann Smith's Latest DVD And Other Prizes

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Win a copy of her Quilting Arts Workshop DVD.

798-win-sarah-ann-smiths-latest-dvd-and-other-prizesA couple of months ago we profiled Sarah Ann Smith of Quilting By The Sea. We were so impressed with her quilts, and the fact that she's been so in-demand as a teacher. (And she told us she was impressed with her MC8900QCP quilting machine.)

At that time she was just wrapping up production on her new instructional video: Art Quilt Design from Photo to Threadwork. Now the video has been released and Sarah is giving web visitors multiple chances to win a free copy plus other prizes.

It's actually two fun things in one. In September, Sarah has asked her quilting blogger friends to each give away one copy of the video. All you have to do to enter is visit their giveaway blog post and leave a comment. Be sure to keep checking in with Sarah and her blogger friends, because they plan another giveaway series in November.

You not only get a chance to win the Photo to Threadwork DVD, but you're going to discover some great quilting blogs.

To find the blogger doing the giveaway each week, visit Sarah's Quilting By The Sea blog, where she gives a review of the giveaway blog and posts the contest link.

Also, you might be curious about the notions and supplies Sarah has chosen to use in the video. As a companion piece she's written a post on why she recommends the various products and materials she used in her demonstrations.

Go To Sarah Ann Smith's Blog

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Tuesday, 24 September 2013 00:00

Horizon Memory Craft 15000: New, Exclusive Embroidery Designs

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Originals by well-known designers and more.

797-horizon-mc15000-new-exclusive-embroidery-designsThere are a number of features on the Horizon Memory Craft 15000 that are bigger, but won't take up more space in your sewing room.

One of these is the collection of built-in embroidery designs. The MC15000 comes with a library of 480 designs.

That's 142 more than are on the MC12000 (and it has a pretty big collection). Even better, half of all the designs in the MC15000's collection are exclusive.

Divided into 15 different collections, the embroidery designs range from Sashiko to Holiday to Tulle Lace.

One of the most exciting parts of the new designs are the 60 that have been created especially for the MC15000 by well-known designers: Jenny Hart, Leah Day, Lonni Rossi, Tira Schulteis, and Noriko Nozawa. They're clever, inventive, and all original.

All the embroidery designs on the MC15000 have been optimized for the machine's 5 embroidery hoops. The designs can be easily edited on-screen and combined in layouts of up to 200,000 stitches.

See the amazing embroidery collection that comes with the Horizon Memory Craft 15000 when it debuts at your Janome dealer on October 1st.

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Monday, 23 September 2013 00:00

How To Get Your Janome Facebook Coupons

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As our "Friend" you'll get two Facebook-only coupons per month.

796-how-to-get-your-janome-facebook-couponsWe think we have one of the best Facebook communities in the whole world of sewing & craft. It's really been a lot of fun to meet and interact with so many Janome sewists.

We now have nearly 50,000 friends sharing tips, ideas, inspiration, solutions, and encouragement. And we make sure our followers are getting the latest Janome news. If you love sewing, this is one Facebook page you should definitely "Like."

Now you've got another great reason to join us: Facebook-only coupons.

Twice a month, through December, we'll be posting special offers on machines and accessories that you can print out and take to your Janome dealer. Access to these coupons is free to all our Facebook friends.

If you're not our friend yet, don't risk missing out on these coupons. Go to our Facebook page and click the "Like" button.

Go To The Janome America Facebook Page

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Friday, 20 September 2013 00:00

Janome Poll Results: Accessories You Need For Holiday Sewing

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Quilting accessories earned the most votes--not a huge surprise.

795-janome-poll-results-accessories-you-need-for-holiday-sewingWe know that an important part of getting those holiday projects finished is having the right accessories for your machine.

So on Wednesday we posted a poll with the question: Which accessory is at the top of your "I need to start my Holiday sewing" wish list?

You could choose from:
1/4" Foot
Border Guide Foot
Clear View Quilting Foot and Guide Set 
Free Motion Quilting Foot Set
Free Motion Couching Foot
Gathering Foot
Quilt Binder Set
Ribbon/Sequin Foot
Ruffler

To see which one won out, take a look at our Janome Poll results page.

We asked you to pick just your one favorite, but all these optional presser feet have proven to be sewing room favorites over the years.

To find the ones made just for your model of Janome machine, see your local Janome dealer

Go To Janome Poll Results

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Thursday, 19 September 2013 00:00

MC15000 Special Offer: Interest-Free Financing & Free iPad

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A limited-time special offer on the ultimate sewing, quilting & embroidery machine.

794-mc15000-special-offer-interest-free-financing-and-free-ipadThe Horizon Memory Craft 15000 will be unveiled at your Janome dealer in less than two weeks.

And the day you get your first look at this special machine, you'll can also get a special deal.

Horizon Memory Craft 15000 Introductory Offer

Get 48 months of interest-free financing. Take your new MC15000 home right away and simply make the 48 equal monthly payments on time. Subject to credit approval. See your dealer for full details and to get pre-approved today.

Get a FREE Apple iPad® with purchase. Through a special relationship with Apple, Janome has created the first machine that can communicate directly with the iPad® through your wireless network.  You can go about your chores, or relax by the pool, and keep and eye on the machine.

The Horizon Memory Craft 15000 has the largest touch screen on a home machine. It gives you the most sewing room, quiet power, and unmatched stitch quality.

No matter which kind of sewing you're passionate about, our new top-of-the-line machine is designed to take your creativity to a new level.

Find out more about this MC15000 special offer at your local, authorized Janome dealer.

Find Out More About The MC15000

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Wednesday, 18 September 2013 00:00

Janome Poll: What Accessories Are On Your I-Need-To-Start-My-Holiday-Sewing Wish List?

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If you had to pick ONE accessory for holiday sewing . . .

793-janome-poll-accessories-to-start-my-holiday-sewing-wish-listThe holidays aren't here yet--thank goodness. But the holiday sewing season is in full swing.

Whether you're creating a quilt or making clothing as gifts or sewing home decor items, having the right accessories can make all the difference. 

So we're wondering which optional presser foot is at the top of your wish list for getting your holiday sewing done.

Vote on our poll question: Which accessory is at the top of your "I need to start my Holiday sewing" wish list?

Then check back in a couple of days for the results. 

Vote In Our Holiday Accessory Poll

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Tuesday, 17 September 2013 00:00

Tim Holtz Eclectic Element Series On Sew4Home, Plus Giveaway

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Renowned paper crafter, Tim Holtz brings his magic to the world of fabric.

792-tim-holtz-eclectic-element-series-on-s4h-plus-giveawayOur friends at Sew4Home were excited to be chosen as one of the first forums to present a full range of projects in the amazing, new Eclectic Elements by Tim Holtz for Coats. This is the debut fabric line for the legendary Coats brand, and the premier collection for renowned paper crafter and designer, Tim Holtz.

Sew4Home produced eight projects sure to rocket to the top of your project "Must Do" list. The Tim Holtz creative team contributed steps for a fast and easy fabric flower. Sew4Home's editorial staff invites you to lose yourself in the myriad of unusual and imaginative vintage motifs that make up this collection. It's a keeper for quilting, home dec and more!

All the projects can be completed on any Janome machine, but the beautiful Time Flies quilt is tailor made for the Horizon Memory Craft 8900 QCP.

Eclectic Elements is available now as yardage and bundles at your local independent fabric shop. Select designs can be found at Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores®.

Check out all nine projects, then return to Sew4Home to enter their Great Giveaway of a fabric basket filled with Eclectic Elements fabric cuts.

Meet the Designer and Fabric Flower Tutorial

A Penny Saved Apron

Bolster & Square Pillow Pair

Time to Travel Tote

Double Zipper Device Sleeve

Round Lined Basket with Cuff

Fabric Wallet

Banded Trio of Pencil Cups

Time Flies Quilt

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Monday, 16 September 2013 00:00

How The New Horizon Memory Craft 15000 Connects To Your iPad®

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Two new iPad® apps make it easy to design embroidery, and then monitor the stitch-out.

791-how-the-new-horizon-memory-craft-15000-connects-to-your-ipadThe Horizon Memory Craft 15000 (coming to your Janome dealer Oct. 1st) is the first sewing machine that can connect wirelessly to your Apple iPad®. This means you can work on embroidery layouts anywhere your home wi-fi connection reaches.

Where do you do your best creative thinking? If it's in your favorite chair in the living room, you can now go there to create embroidery design layouts for the MC15000.

Using the new AcuEdit™ app is like opening up the MC15000's touch screen on your iPad®. This native app utilizes the complete MC15000 embroidery editing suite. You can Move, Rotate, Enlarge/Reduce, Mirror image, and Vertical flip designs. You can do Centering, Cornering, Copy and Paste, and more. Plus, you have a complete set of monogramming tools.

You can import designs from the machine to AcuEdit™, create your design and when the finished layout is ready to be stitched out, you can send it back to the machine.

Once your fabric is hooped and you're ready to embroider, you can use a second app to keep tabs on your machine while it stitches out.

The AcuMonitor™ app lets you monitor your MC15000 from your iPad® during the entire embroidery process. For example, in your sewing room you could start the machine embroidering. Then you take your iPad® to the kitchen, keeping an eye on the stitch-out as you make dinner. AcuMonitor™ also uses your home's wi-fi network to track the status of the MC15000. It can check embroidery progress, machine status, and show you a list of all thread colors for the design being embroidered.

 Both apps are free to download through the Apple App Store and require an iPad® running iOS 6.0 or later.

 See the Horizon Memory Craft 15000 along with its iPad® functionality when the machine arrives at your Janome dealer October 1.

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Friday, 13 September 2013 00:00

Powered By Janome: Alyssa Lichner Of Pile O' Fabric

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She shares her quilting adventures as she conquers one Pile O’ Fabric at a time!

790-powered-by-janome-alyssa-lichner-of-pile-o-fabricAlyssa Lichner created her modern quilting blog to help enthusiasts of all skill levels establish a solid sewing foundation through step-by-step tutorials. Her goal has been to inspire everyone "to continue learning, to step out of their comfort zones, to try new techniques, join new events, try new products, and fall more in love with quilting and sewing than they've ever been!"

And we're proud to say Alyssa does her quilting on a Janome.

Growing up, she learned to sew from her mother. Alyssa remembers being able to make easy clothing patterns and costumes.

In 2006, she purchased her first sewing machine so she could sew her wedding veil. But after that her machine went back into the closet.

Two years ago she was at Pottery Barn doing Christmas shopping for her daughter, and she saw their quilts.

Alyssa says, "They were so cute, but I wanted something one of a kind. It was at that moment, I decided, I would make my daughter and soon-to-be son their own quilts. I Googled 'basic quilt tutorials and ideas' and came across Amy Smart at Diary of a Quilter. She had a full tutorial series for creating a quilt start to finish called the Basic Quilting Series."

Thanks to the tutorial Alyssa finished her first quilt and was totally hooked. She says that this was by far the most fun hobby she had ever tried and there was no turning back!

Shortly after that she started her own blog, adding her own tutorials as she learned. Now Alyssa and her husband own a sewing pattern design company called Aria Lane.

She first discovered Janome when she began reading popular quilting blogs. Alyssa says, "It didn't take long to figure out that some really great quilters were using Janome, and soon after I bought my own!"

Alyssa chose the 4120 Quilter's Decor Computer because it fit her requirements. She says, "I already had a straight stitch quilting machine, so I was primarily looking for a machine which had multiple stitches, was light/portable, had a great walking foot, a free arm, and was within my under-$1000 budget. The 4210DQC fit the bill perfectly!"

This past year Alyssa has hosted the Skill Builder Block-of-the-Month on her blog. Now she's working on the plans and sewing for Skill Builder BOM 2014, which will be an online class at pileofabric.com starting Janurary 2014. She's also working on four quilt patterns and one bag pattern for Aria Lane, where you can purchase her patterns. She and her husband will soon be adding Aria Lane embroidery, bag, and quilt patterns by other independent designers as well.

Find out more about Alyssa's quilting machine.

Go To The Pile O' Fabric Blog

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