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.
New Video: Gathering Foot V For The MC12000
This foot is for creating soft gathers in lightweight fabrics.
The Gathering Foot V has no moving parts, but it works like a mini ruffler to create small gathers on your fabric as you sew on your Horizon Memory Craft 12000. You can use it to gather a single layer of material or to gather a top piece of fabric as you sew it onto a bottom piece.
This optional foot is shaped like a reversed wedge--thicker in front of the needle and thinner behind. The result is that while you stitch, the feed dog gently and evenly gathers the fabric. For tighter or looser gathers, simply adjust the tension on your machine.
Using Gathering Foot V (9mm) To Create Soft Gathers
- Begin by attaching the foot to your MC12000. Be sure to first insert the back bar into the groove. Then snap on the foot.
- On the touch screen of your machine go to Utility Stitches. And choose a straight stitch.
- Press the Adjust Key. Change your stitch length to between 3 and 5. And change your upper tension to tighten the gathers. (The tighter the setting, the more gathers you will have.)
- Place your fabric under the foot and begin sewing. You'll create a beautiful, soft gather.
For larger ruffles use the Ruffler Foot.
To see this foot demonstrated watch the video Gathering Foot V: Creating soft gathers.
Holiday Wishbook Highlight: Quilting Project Packs
Over $720 in Quilting Gifts: 3 Great Project Packs Over 3 Months.
What could be better than a Janome quilting machine? How about your dream quilting machine plus three months of quilting project packs?
That's the special deal in our Holiday Wishbook promotion on Janome quilting machines.
When you purchase a qualifiying Janome quilting machine by Dec. 31st, 2012, you’ll also receive 3 monthly Quilt Project Packs. They each include a fun accessory, pretty fabric, and a corresponding project that will allow you to try out the included accessory right away.
The complete package has a retail value of $721.92!
What You Get In The Monthly Quilting Packages
Quilting Project Pack #1
- Fabric Kit for City Park Quilt
- City Park Quilt Pattern
- Clear View Quilting Foot and Guide Set
Quilting Project Pack #2
- Ribbon/Sequin Foot
- Beading Foot
- Circular Sewing Attachment
- 2 Fat Quarter Bundles
- Quilt Project Instructions
Quilting Project Pack #3
- Iris Thread Kit
- Quilt Binder Set
- 2 Fat Quarter Bundles
- Quilt Project Instructions
Get complete details on this offer and see all the special packages on quilting and sewing machines, and accessories 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.
Take Our Embroidery Survey
We want to hear your ideas on built-in designs!
If you have experience with machine embroidery, we'd like to pick your brain. Specifically, we're looking for your input on the kinds of built-in embroidery designs that come with a Memory Craft machine and the size of hoop you most often use.
Please take a minute to fill out our online survey. Your answers will be confidential and your feedback will help us decide which kinds of design packages to include in future machines.
Reminder: Don't Miss Kym Goldup-Graham's Sewing Revolution Tour
Learn amazing ideas for Janome sewing, appliqué, quilting, and machine embroidery from one of our favorite Aussie authors.
Kym Goldup-Graham is on her whirlwind US Tour, where she'll be sharing her innovative techniques at Janome dealers across the country. Below are the remaining dates for mid-November and early December.
Kym Goldup-Graham U.S. Remaining Tour Dates
Super Stitch, North East, PA - Nov. 16, 17
Huntsville Sew and Vac, Huntsville, AL - Nov. 27
Stuart Sew n Vac-Stuart, FL - Nov. 30, Dec. 1
South Sound Sew n Vac-Olympia, WA - Dec. 4, 5
Longview Sewing Center, Longview, WA - Dec. 7, 8
Kym is an international teacher, author and inventor of sewing related products. Along with Ann Duncan, she founded The Sewing Revolution®. Most of their products relate to accessories produced by Janome. They are both passionate and enthusiastic about their craft and love to share the secrets to sewing they have learned with others. Ann and Kym currently write a column for a machine embroidery magazine, and their latest book Infinity Quilt is sold worldwide.
New Video: Buttonhole Foot B for the MC12000
Use it for buttons that are larger than one inch.
When you want to make a regular size buttonhole on your Horizon Memory Craft 12000, you use the Automatic Buttonhole Foot R. It measures your button automatically and sews out the correct size hole.
But what if your button is too big for Buttonhole Foot R--one inch across or bigger? You use the optional Buttonhole Foot B (9mm). It utilizes the MC12000's built-in buttonhole memory so once you've sewn one hole, you can repeat it multiple times.
The foot is easy to use and has grooves on the back to allow it to move smoothly over the buttonhole stitching.
How To Use Buttonhole Foot B To Make A Large Buttonhole
- Using a water-soluble marker, mark the size of your desired buttonhole on your fabric.
- Attach the foot to your machine.
- On the touch screen go into Buttonholes. Select Buttonhole #2, which will memorize the buttonhole length.
- Place the bottom of your marked buttonhole at the needle position. Start sewing.
- When you reach the top mark, touch the Reverse button. The machine will stitch the top bar tack and return to the bottom.
- Once it reaches the bottom, touch the Reverse button again and it will sew the other side of the buttonhole.
- At the top of the buttonhole, touch the Reverse button one last time, so it will complete the stitch and knot-off.
The size of the buttonhole has now been memorized and the machine will sew additional buttonholes at this same size.
To see this demonstrated watch the video Buttonhole Foot B: Creating an extra large buttonhole.
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