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Monday, 12 August 2013 00:00

New Project: Summer Runner By Pat Sloan

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Bring some sunshine to your outdoor porch or patio.

766-new-project-summer-runner-by-pat-sloanAuthor, fabric designer and radio show host Pat Sloan has created a great centerpiece for summer decorating. Her Summer Runner project has a finished size of 12.5" x 36". It takes about 2-3 hrs. to make and requires intermediate sewing skills. Printer friendly instructions are also included.

Pat says, "I'm delighted to share this fun and fast table runner for summer decorating! I am using my super amazing Memory Craft 8900 QCP to sew and then quilt this runner with decorative stitches." For her example, Pat used her own Eat Your Fruits and Veggies fabric.

If you're not familiar with Pat, she's a former software engineer who became one of America's favorite quilters.

She designs beautiful fabric for Moda. She's published nearly two dozen books through Leisure Arts. She's created a number of thread kits for Aurifil. Her blog is one of the best quilting resources on the net. Oh yeah, and she's "The Voice of Quilting" as the host of American Patchwork & Quilting Radio.

Try out Pat's quilting machine for yourself at your local Janome dealer.

Go To Summer Runner Project

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Friday, 09 August 2013 00:00

Pillow Knockoffs From Sew4Home

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Create the top designer looks for less.

765-pillow-knock-offs-from-sew4homeOur creative friends at Sew4Home.com, where Janome America is the exclusive sewing machine sponsor, have recently been "pillow private eyes." They searched the web to find trend-setting luxury pillows from a range of high-end outlets, such as Anthropologie®, Neiman Marcus® and Horchow Home® among others. The options they found ran from $150 to $2000! And not a single one of them couldn't have been made by you and your trusty Janome!

Check out all five of their fun designer knockoffs they made for $50 or less... including a premium pillow form!

Nautical Stripes and Grommets

The Classic Square x 2 - Tapestry & Cotton

Taffeta Lumbar with Embellished Net Wrap

Tufted Multi-Color Pom Pillow

Nautical Ahoy! Appliqué Pillow

Go To Sew4Home

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Thursday, 08 August 2013 00:00

New Serger Video: Gathering Fabric

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How to ruffle the edge of your fabric in one easy step.

764-new-serger-video-gathering-fabricThe traditional way of making gathers in a piece of fabric with a standard sewing foot involves sewing two rows of threads, and then pulling on the thread tails to gently bunch your material.

But there's a much faster and easier way, using your Janome serger and the optional Gathering Foot G.

How To Gathering One Layer Of Fabric

  1. Attach Gathering Foot G go your serger.
  2. Set up for a three thread overedge stitch, with the needle in the left position. 
  3. Use a tight needle tension and a tight lower looper.
  4. Set your stitch length to 4. 
  5. Set your Differential Feed to 2. 
  6. Be sure the blade is in the UP position.
  7. Place your fabric under the foot and begin serging. You'll see the machine make perfectly even gathers.


You now have a piece of ruffled fabric to attach to your project.

To see this demonstrated, watch the video Gathering Foot G: Gathering one layer of fabric.

Find Gathering Foot G and all the other optional accessories for your Janome serger and your local dealer.

Watch How To Gather A Single Layer

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Wednesday, 07 August 2013 00:00

Join The Conversation On Facebook & Twitter

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"Like" us or follow us to make sure you're getting all the Janome news.

000-did-you-knowHave you stopped by the official Facebook page for Janome America lately? No matter what time of day you check in, there's always lots going on.

You can find out first about the latest Janome news, promotions and contests. Plus we post tons of great sewing information we've found from around the web. Join the conversation with 48,700+ "fans" (as of this morning). You can post comments and read responses from Janome enthusiasts around the the country.

Have You "Liked" Us But Aren't Seeing Us In Your Facebook Feed?

Here's how to fix that: Hover over the button on the page where it says "Like" and then make sure you are check marked to "show in news feed." This is something you'll want to do for all the pages you've "liked."

Don't Forget To Follow Us On Twitter

Several times a day we tweet updates, links, and interesting things just for Janome sewists. Visit our official Janome Twitter page to start following.

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Tuesday, 06 August 2013 00:00

Powered by Janome: 10 Year Old Quilter Brianna Shafer

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Is this what it's like to be a kid in a candy store?

762-powered-by-janome-10-year-old-quilter-brianna-shaferIn January of this year Brian and Susy Shafer opened Suzzie's Quilt Shop in Manassas, Virginia. In June they became Janome dealers.

When school was out for the summer, their 10 year old daughter Brianna began coming down to the store to be with her mom. And with all that fabric and all those sewing machines, she decided to make her own quilt.

Susy says that Brianna started with a charms quilt. "She arranged the colors herself and sewed on our Janome 4120 QDC floor model here at the shop--she loves it so much!"  Brianna quilted it by herself with the walking foot on the machine.

After that she decided to make a quilt from a Swirly Girls pattern, called Perfect Ten. It was going to be for her grandfather who's a retired fire fighter. So she chose fabrics with a fireman theme.

When that was finished, she decided to take on a major project--a Jelly Roll 1600 quilt. It's made using 2 1/2" wide strips, which would measure 1600 inches long if placed end-to-end. She did her free motion quilting on a Memory Craft 8900 QCP. Susy says she helped a little bit with the piecing, but Brianna did most of the quilting, and bound it herself on the machine.

And Brianna was just getting started. She made two Christmas quilts from a Sew Creation pattern called Oh Henry! Her mom says, "I just gave her the pattern and she read and did it herself." After that Brianna made her own A-line skirt.

For her most recent project she learned curve piecing from one of the store staff. Using this technique, she made a pillow with the block.

Brianna's favorite machine is the 4120 QDC. She says, "I like it because it's nice, simple, fun, easy to move around, and easy for kids to use. It's a perfect size machine for me." She also likes the thread cutter--it's so convenient.

Susy thinks it's good for other kids to see Brianna sewing when they come to the shop. It inspires them to sew too. Some of the mothers and grandmothers have been asking if Brianna can teach the kids class next year.

Brianna's latest passion is machine appliqué. Her mom has promised to post her newest creation on Facebook when it's finished.

Susy says, "She loves to sew. Every day she tells me she wants to make something. Yes, every day. She loves to come to the shop with me because she can sew all day long. I'm so proud of her!  I'm so blessed." 

Visit Suzzie's Quilt Shop on Facebook. Try out Brianna's favorite quilting machine at your local Janome dealer.

Go To Suzzie's Quilt Shop on Facebook

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Monday, 05 August 2013 00:00

Fall Fashion Trend Report 2013

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This autumn look for classic fabrics and subdued colors.

761-fall-fashion-trend-report-2013The major designers have released their fall collections and the trend-setters are predicting that some very traditional looks will be back in style.

One of the big trends is the "mid-century" (1950s-60s) look. Flattering, comfortable, and sophisticated, these are sure to make if off the runway and onto the street.

Early this year the Pantone Company predicted that green would be in. They were right. As Glamour Magazine says, "Pantone called it: Green is officially a thing for fall 2013. From emerald to army, there’s a shade for every skin tone, hair color, and personal style."

Other colors include gray, camel, and of course black and white. A trend that's come back is color blocking--putting contrasting blocks of fabric next to each other like a Mondrian painting.

As far as fabrics, designers are showing beautiful, thick wool, faux fur, and leather. Everyone is using these fabrics in classic overcoats and outer wear. (Do they think we're in for a cold winter?)

If you're going to be sewing your own fall fashion on your Janome, you can get specialty presser feet to make projects much easier.

The power and precision of a Janome sewing machine makes working with even the trickiest fabrics easier and more fun!

Thick wool: many Memory Craft machines can use the AcuFeed Flex™ or original AcuFeed feeding system. Or you can use the walking foot designed for your machine.

Leather: the Ultraglide Foot will help sticky leather feed past your needle.

Faux fur: your standard foot will work but be sure to start your project with a new needle.

See your local Janome dealer to get the right presser feet and accessories for your machine.

See Harper's Bazaar 2013 Fall Runway Report

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Friday, 02 August 2013 00:00

New Bank Vacuum Model: The Bare Floor Stick Up

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Think of it as a powerful electric broom.

760-new-bank-vacuum-model-the-bare-floor-stick-upWhen you need a quick clean up on wood, laminate, tile or other hard floor surfaces, you now have a vacuum designed just for that task.

The Bare Floor Stick Up from the Bank Vacuum Company has all the features of the regular Stick Up, but is designed especially to work on bare floors--though you can still use it on rugs and carpets. Weighing only 6 lbs., the Bare Floor Stick Up has a HEPA filter which effectively traps pollen, bacteria, mold spores and pet dander. Plus, the vacuum has a charcoal filter to capture and eliminate odors.

It includes a detachable hand vacuum to take care of those little spills or around birdcages or litterboxes, or take it out to the car. The vacuum also featues a swivel neck assembly for those hard to reach areas and an easy-to-use On/Off switch for the rotating brush.

When you've got hard floors to clean, the easy choice is the Bare Floor Stick Up.

Check our Janome dealer locator to see who in your area carries Bank Vacuums. Look for this icon:alt

Then pay them a visit and try out a Bank Vacuum for yourself.

Find Out More About The Bank Vacuum Company

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Thursday, 01 August 2013 00:00

New Project: Fabulous Fascinators

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In honor of our favorite Royals across the pond.

759-new-project-fabulous-fascinatorsA fascinator is basically a very small, formal hat with lots of embellishment. Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, has recently brought them back into vogue.

True millinery (hat making) can require several years of training, and you can see this reflected in the prices of designer fascinators.

But the good news is you can easily make your own. 

Janome Educator Maddie Bushman has created a Fascinator project that's doable in just a few hours. You need only beginning sewing skills and you can make it on any Janome sewing machine. You'll also need a Ruffler that fits your machine model.

Maddie says, "Using trims, ribbons, buttons, feathers and a bevy of other embellishments a work of art can come to life. Some of the embellishments you may already have from other fun craft projects. This instruction guide will bring you through how to make the purple and black hat (pictured in the project), but you can use your creativity to make a masterpiece unique to you!"

Get complete instructions online for making your own fascinator.

Go To Fascinator Project

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Wednesday, 31 July 2013 00:00

Powered by Janome: Create Kids Couture

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After learning to sew, these two moms created their own, unique pattern company.

758-powered-by-janome-create-kids-coutureTiffany and Shannon met while teaching themselves how to sew clothes for their daughters. They soon realized that while there were plenty of beautiful patterns out there, they could find very few "over-the-top" children’s boutique patterns.

After becoming experienced seamstresses, both opened up clothing boutiques. They continued to work together, sharing what they were learning--including what it takes to make good patterns.

After multiple requests from fans, they decided to share their one-of-a-kind designs, opening Create Kids Couture in 2011. They now offer 170 patterns for girls, tweens, womens, boys, and dolls. And they love their Janome machines.

Continue below to read our interview with them.

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Tuesday, 30 July 2013 00:00

Final Two Days of Christmas In July Promotion

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All the great bonuses and discounts end Wednesday.

757-final-two-days-of-christmas-in-july-promotionWere you hoping to get an early start on your Holiday projects this year?

Maybe you were thinking about getting more done with a new sewing, embroidery and quilting machine.

Either way, you have just today and tomorrow to take advantage of our Christmas in July promotion. We designed the event to give you a head start on your seasonal projects and help you save on the machines and accessories you need to get everything done.

If you've been thinking about a new sewing, embroidery or quilting machine, or this is the year you'll get that serger, the Christmas in July sale at your participating Janome America dealer is a great place to start.

Look through our online flipbook for savings on everything from our top-of-the-line Horizon Memory Craft 12000 to our new quilting machines to great beginner machines. And of course you'll find all kinds of notions and accessories.

Begin by browsing the Christmas In July Flipbook.

Then get to your participating, local Janome dealer to get your savings.

Offers valid through July 31, 2013 at participating Janome dealers in the USA. Not valid in combination with any other offers.

Go To The Christmas In July Flipbook

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