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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.

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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.

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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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Monday, 29 July 2013 00:00

Software Update: Digitizer Jr. Gains MC9900 Compatibility

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Free update includes several improvements.

756-software-update-digitizer-jr-gains-mc9900-compatibilityIf you are an owner of Digitizer Jr. software, there's an important free update for you to download.

Digitizer Jr. Version 4.0Q will allow you to create designs specifically for the new MC9900 embroidery machine. And it will enable direct communication with Horizon Memory Craft 12000. Compatible with Windows Vista, 7, and 8.

Who can use this update? You must own Digitizer Jr. V4.0. Ask your Janome dealer if you have any questions.

The Digitizer Jr. 4.0Q can be dowloaded by going to its Software Updates page and following the link.

Digitizer Jr. Is A Great Entry To The World Of Digitizing

The software features a powerful, easy to use interface with large icons. You can do multi-hoop layout with automatic adjustment for different fabrics. Create lettering and monogram designs. Get a realistic view of your designs before you stitch them out with Visualizer. You also get split design capability for MA/Giga Hoops, and machine connectivity via USB cable. Supported embroidery files: JAN, JEF, JEF+, SEW, EMD, EMX, JMT, PES, PEC, HUS, VIP, VP3, EXP, PCS, PCM, CSD, XXX, DST.

See how Digitizer Jr. compares to full-featured Digitizer MBX.

Whether you are new to digitizing or a seasoned professional, enter the future of embroidery with the Digitizer series of software from Janome. Find out more about it at your Janome dealer.

Go To The Digitizer Jr. 4.0Q Update Page

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Friday, 26 July 2013 00:00

New Bank Vacuum Model: The Stick Up HEPA

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The lightweight vacuum with heavy duty filtration.

755-new-bank-vacuum-model-the-stick-up-hepaThe Bank Vacuum Company has just introduced a new version of its convenient Stick Up model that includes HEPA filtration.

In case you wondered, HEPA stands for High-Efficiency Particulate Air. To qualify as HEPA by US government standards, an air filter must remove (from the air that passes through) 99.97% of particles that have a size of 0.3 micrometres.

The HEPA filter on the Stick Up effectively traps pollen, bacteria, mold spores and pet dander. Plus, the vacuum has a charcoal filer to capture and eliminate odors.

In addition to the advanced filtration and light weight (only 6 lbs.!) The Bank Stick Up is the perfect choice for powerful, cordless cleaning. It was designed to give you excellent performance on all hard surfaces as well as carpets and area rugs.

The detachable hand vacuum is perfect for 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.

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.

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Thursday, 25 July 2013 00:00

Christmas In July Final Weeks--Check Out These Specials On Quilting Machines

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Save hundreds or get bonus accessories when you bring home your dream machine.

754-christmas-in-july-final-weeks-specials-on-quilting-machinesChristmas in July really makes sense if you're a quilter.

The new holiday fabrics have been released, and if you plan on having your quilting projects done in time for real Christmas, you need to start now.

That's why for our Christmas in July promotion we made sure to include specials on our most popular quilting machines. Each one gives you lots of room, lots of quiet power, and lots of great quilting stitches.

Horizon Memory Craft 8900 Quilter's Companion Professional
You get 11”+ of room to the right of the needle, enough to fit a large quilt while you do free motion stitching. And if you want to go really big, the MC8900 QCP is designed to work on a quilt frame. It even has an optional remote thread cutter. Includes 270 built-in stitches, the new AcuFeed Flex feeding system, and the quick-change needle plate.

Horizon Memory Craft 8200 Quilter's Companion
Same 11" to the right of the needle as the MC8900QCP, and other essential quilting features. Comes with 120 built-in stitches.

Memory Craft 6600 Professional
The 6600 contains loads of features created especially for quilters, including the AcuFeed system. Comes with 163 built-in stitches.

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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Wednesday, 24 July 2013 00:00

Janome Heritage Machine: The Classmate S-750

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This basic flatbed machine has proved to be a terrific beginner model.

753-janome-heritage-machine-the-classmate-s750Usually, when we feature one of our "heritage" machines, it's a model that was popular in the past but has been since discontinued.

Today's heritage model was introduced back in 1999 but has proved to be so reliable and easy to use, it's still available 14 years later. 

The Classmate S-750 was designed for sewing classes. Simplicity and reliability are the keys to a hard-working classroom sewing machine and the S-750 excelled (and still excells) at both. With 10 utility stitches and a built-in buttonhole, it gave students a solid range of options, and most important, it had excellent Janome stitch quality to give students early success.

Another winning innovation was its top-loading bobbin system, a timesaving feature not usually found on economy model machines. It also had a handy threading guide that makes changing top and bobbin thread easy. Finally, the versatile flatbed design allowed the S-750 machine to fit existing sewing cabinetry.

The machine caught the notice of Home Economics Magazine, which gave it a What's New Porfolio Award in 1999.

Quiet, smooth and dependable, the Janome S-750 continues to make learning to sew frustration-free for students and teachers alike. 

Find Out More About The Classmate S-750

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