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Wednesday, 28 August 2013 00:00

The New Horizon Memory Craft 15000 Has Gorgeous Built-In Designs


You're going to love embroidery on this machine.

778-the-new-horizon-mc15000-has-gorgeous-built-in-designsIt comes loaded with built-in designs like you've never seen before - dozens created just for this machine by leading designers. So many different styles. All ready to be stitched out with unmatched precision.

Whether you do embroidery for quilting, on home décor items, or garments, the Horizon Memory Craft 15000 will help you complete projects like never before. Not just bigger or more complex, but truly a step up to the next level of creativity.

When it comes to embroidery, the MC15000 will take you anywhere you want to go.

See it at your participating Janome dealer on October 1st.

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Tuesday, 27 August 2013 00:00

The New Horizon Memory Craft 15000 Connects To An iPad®


Built-in connectivity. Two iPad® apps.

777-the-new-horizon-memory-craft-15000-connects-to-an-ipadrThis is the first Memory Craft that can use the wireless Internet connection in your home to communicate with your iPad® via two included apps, as well as directly to your laptop or PC. Now you can leave your sewing room without leaving your machine.

The first app is AcuMonitor™. It allows you to watch the progress of the embroidery stitchout remotely. The second app is AcuEdit™, which allows you to use your iPad® to design embroidery layouts while relaxing on the couch. Horizon Memory Craft 15000 owners can access all 480 built-in designs once the iPad® has been connected to the machine.

It's just one more way the Horizon Memory Craft 15000 will take you "Anywhere you want to go."

Available at participating Janome dealers October 1, 2013.

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Monday, 26 August 2013 00:00

Unveiled Last Night In Las Vegas: Our New Top-Of-The-Line Sewing, Quilting & Embroidery Machine


There's never been a Janome like it.

776-unveiled-last-night-in-las-vegas-new-tolLast night a group of dealers from around the world gathered in Las Vegas for the first look at the new Horizon Memory Craft 15000.

This is the machine that will take you anywhere you want to go. It's bigger, faster, brighter, and more versatile than any Memory Craft before it!

But how does it sew? You'll have to wait until October 1st to find out. That's when the new MC15000 will be unveiled in your dealer's store.

We'll be posting more details on our website as they become available.

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Friday, 23 August 2013 00:00

New Project: Cheery Chevron T-Shirt by Milinda Stephenson


Turn a plain t-shirt into a fashion statement.

775-new-project-cheery-chevron-t-shirt-by-milinda-stephensonMilinda Stephenson created this clever project, which has you saving steps by embroidering through your backing fabric while it sits on top of your embroidery hoop.

You create your pocket as an accent for the colored t-shirt on your embroidery machine and then sew it on. The chevron fabric really makes your monogram jump out.

The Cheery Chevron T-Shirt Project requires intermediate sewing skills and about an hour to complete. The embroidery design is downloadable as a free JEF file.

Milinda used her Horizon Memory Craft 12000 to complete the project.

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Thursday, 22 August 2013 00:00

Powered by Janome: Anna Graham of Noodlehead


Her blog is a great resource for free tutorials, inspiration, and her terrific tote patterns.

774-powered-by-janome-anna-graham-of-noodleheadAnna Graham was inspired to name her blog Noodlehead because of her two young daughters. On it you'll find a great range of projects-- from home dec to garments to holiday. Her sewing ideas are stylish as well as practical. And we're very proud to say she does her stitching on a Janome.

Anna learned to sew from her mother. She can't specifically recall her first project, but does remember that at first her mom did most of the sewing and she just watched. As she started to do more on her own, her mom was always there to fix things when she would get frustrated.

Several years ago, she began sewing for her own two daughters. Whenever she needed inspiration or to learn a technqiue, she would find them on sewing blogs.  She says, "After discovering the blogging world, I never turned back."

She set up Noodle-head.com to chronicle her own creative adventures and hopefully help other sewists who also wanted to discover new techniques while they made items for their own home and family. As a result, she's connected with a lot of creative women she never would have met otherwise.

Anna decided to get a Janome on the recommendation of her uncle, who'd been a sewing machine repairman for 30 years.

She says, "I had a New Home that I was using (a very old mechanical basic type machine).  So I felt confident in buying a Janome, and my Uncle highly recommended the brand.  The Memory Craft 5200 was another recommendation of my Uncle.  Based on its functions I knew it would work well for me!" She's been very happy with the MC5200 and has a whole post on her process in choosing the machine. (Note: Janome has since updated this model to the MC6300.)

Anna is becoming known for her tote patterns (which you can purchase on her site as PDF files). They come in all shapes and sizes, from the roomy Super Tote to the Envelope Clutch. There's a bag for everybody. Her next big project involves bringing these designs to print.

Visit Anna Graham's blog. Find her on Facebook. Follow her on Pinterest. And try out her favorite brand of sewing machine at your local Janome dealer.

Go To Noodle-head.com

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Wednesday, 21 August 2013 00:00

New Project: Flirty Cut-Off Shorts by Regena Carlevaro


Turn throwaway jeans into cute shorts.

773-new-project-flirty-cut-off-shorts-by-regena-carlevarHere's an easy way to turn a pair of girl's jeans with holes in the knees into a pair of shorts with embellished cuffs.

In this Flirty Cut-Off Shorts project, Janome Educator Regena Carlevaro shows you how to cut the hems off the jeans and sew them back on to make stylish shorts.

It requires beginning sewing skills, any Janome sewing machine (Regina used her MC12000), and just one hour for construction. You also have the option of using your Janome serger. And, of course, you'll need a pair of worn out girl's jeans. Regena recommends boot cut or flared for best results.

Regena says, "Don’t throw away your kids jeans just because they have holes in their knees! Show your kids that your practice the 3 R’s: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle."

She adds that it will take you less time to make these adorable shorts than it would to drive to the mall and back.

Make the shorts as long or as short as you like. But just be ready to make more as soon as your favorite young model wears them around her friends.

Go To Flirty Cut-Off Shorts Project

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Tuesday, 20 August 2013 00:00

Fun with Elastics: New Projects at Sew4Home


Not your grandmother's elastics!

772-fun-with-elastics-new-projects-at-s4hStrrrrreeeeetch your knowledge of elastics with our friends at Sew4Home.com, where Janome America is the exclusive sewing machine sponsor. 

Long the wallflower of the notions world, hidden inside waistbands, cuffs and underwear, Sew4Home put their creative spin of five fun projects that use the new Dritz® Fashion Elastics. These new elastic options snapped onto the scene this year in bold colors, patterns, even ruffles! It's a style makeover we haven't seen since shoelaces went from white to wild. The Sew4Home projects incorporate Ruffle Elastic, Fold-Over Elastic, and Colored Knit Elastic. Don't try to keep this elastic out of sight inside a casing, it's begging to be the featured star. 

Little Girl Twirly Skirt - your Janome serger would make this project even faster.

No-Slip Kid Friendly Suspenders - the superior feeding system on Janome models makes sewing directly on elastic no problem.

Boho Bag with Elastic Pockets - the Fold-Over Elastic has a woven centerline that makes it super easy to use as binding. 

Ruched Pillow - S4H shows you how to use your zipper foot (which now comes in 9mm) to attach and gather in one step.

Mesh Sport Pouches - The open mesh of the pet screen allows you to see what's inside; two different elastics add heft and flexibility rather than stretch.

Elastic Projects at Sew4Home

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Monday, 19 August 2013 00:00

New Project: An Eye For An Eye Braille Quilt by Thomas Knauer


Mix Braille and lettering to bring a famous quote to life in a fascinating wallhanging.

771-new-project-an-eye-for-an-eye-braille-quilt-by-thomas-knauerThomas Knauer is not your typical quilter. A self-described geek, he earned post-graduate degrees in art and taught Design at Drake University.

But his life went through a big change when he moved to upstate New York to continue is academic career and start a family. He soon fell ill with a rare form of muscular dystrophy known as Hypokalemic Periodic Paralysis.

Thomas says that after two years, "we finally found an effective management protocol, and I began sewing for my young daughter. I fell instantly in love with the practice and began designing fabric and sewing quilts. From there it has been a remarkable roller coaster ride, one wonderfully filled with fabric, quilts, and an extraordinary community. Oh, and more quilts. Always more quilts . . ."

He now designs fabrics for Andover and includes free quilt patterns for each collection.

His Eye For An Eye Braille Quilt project was inspired by a quote from Mahatma Gandhi: "An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind."

The embroidery on the quilt mixes together the letters from the quotation with the Braille characters for those letters.

The mini quilt requires intermediate sewing skills, will take about 4-6 hours, and has a finished size of 24" x 24". Thomas used his Memory Craft 12000 for the sewing, quilting and embroidery.

Get complete instructions online, including the entire embroidery design as a .JEF file.

Find out more about Thomas Knauer on his website. Try out his quilting and embroidery machine at your local Janome dealer.

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Friday, 16 August 2013 00:00

Giveaway Drawing: Today Is National Tell A Joke Day


To enter, share your favorite sewing one-liner in the comment section below.

770-giveaway-drawing-today-is-national-tell-a-joke-dayHave you heard any good sewing or quilting related jokes? Since today is National Tell A Joke Day, we're hoping you'll share a laugh with the rest of us. When you post your joke, you'll be entered into a drawing for our grab bag of Janome notions. 

Enter your joke in the comment section below.

Here are a few jokes we found on the web to get things started:

  • What does a sewist say when she pokes herself with a needle? "Ouch!"
  • You haven't had enough coffee until you can thread a sewing machine while it's running.
  • You know you're a quilter if . . . your ironing board is always set up, but you never iron clothes.

BTW, we can't find out anything about the origins of National Tell A Joke Day. But it's on all the calendars, so that's good enough for us.

The drawing is now over. Thank you to everyone who entered. See the jokes below.

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Thursday, 15 August 2013 00:00

"You Are My Sister" Breast Cancer Raffle Results


Heather Ross's original painted Janome went up on the auction block.

767-you-are-my-sister-raffle-resultsA diagnosis of breast cancer is difficult enough. But when you add the financial strain of medical expenses not covered by insurance, it can be overwhelming.

When artist and fabric designer Heather Ross found out that her twin sister Christie had breast cancer, she reached out to her local creative community for support.

With the help of Harts Fabric of Santa Cruz, CA, Heather organized a fundraising event called "You Are My Sister." Janome donated a sewing machine, which Heather painted. Other prizes included original artwork, books, quilts, and a custom surfboard!

Heather reports that the fundraiser was well-attended and the surfboard and the Janome were the two hottest auction items. 

"It was really fun, too," says Heather. "We were able to cover medical expenses that were not being covered by insurance through donations, raffle, and silent auction. It is a relief to us all. It would not have been possible without the help of some crafty friends, family, coworkers, and fans."

We were also happy to hear that Christie, who works as a high school counselor, has a very good prognosis. She still has to go through radiation and chemo, but the outpouring of love from her family, friends, and friends-of-friends who made this event so successful has been a big boost.

The painted Janome was a DC2013.

Read more about the "You Are My Sister" event and see photos of some of the unique items that were donated.

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