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Monday, 19 August 2013 00:00

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

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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

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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

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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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Wednesday, 14 August 2013 00:00

Back To School Savings At Your Janome Dealer

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Find special deals on sewing machines for all skill levels.

769-back-to-school-savings-at-your-janome-dealerThe start of the new school year is a great time to think about a new machine--for your favorite new sewist or for you as you take on new sewing and quilting challenges.

Your participating Janome dealer is offering great back-to-school deals on a variety of models. You’ll find savings on machines for all abilities, from expert quilter to brand new sewist.

Back To School Specials On Machines For All Skill Levels

Memory Craft 8900 Quilter's Companion Professional - the sewing and quilting machine with the quiet power and top-end features to get your biggest projects done: 
-AcuFeed Flex™ fabric feeding system
-11" of workspace
-One-step needle plate conversion
-270 built-in stitches
-9mm stitch width
-1,000 spm sewing speed
-LCD touch screen
-Remote thread cutter port 

Magnolia 7360 - computerized power and precision in an easy-to-use package:
-60 built-in stitches
-7 one-step buttonholes
-Automatic thread tension control
-One-hand needle threader
-Snap-on presser feet
-Memorized needle up/down
-7 piece feed dog
-Start/Stop button 

Janome 2222 - simply the best for beginning sewists:
-Lightweight
-22 built-in stitches
-One-step buttonhole
-Easy stitch width and length adjustment
-Free arm
-Drop feed

Get a special price on the machine that's just right for your level of sewing. See your participating Janome dealer for offer details.

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Tuesday, 13 August 2013 00:00

New Serger Video: Gathering One Layer Of Fabric While Applying It To Another

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The Gathering Attachment makes it easy to do this in one step.

768-new-serger-video-gathering-one-layer-of-fabricLast week we featured the how-to video for using your serger to create gathers along the edge of a piece of fabric.

Today, we show you how to gather one piece fabric while attaching it to another, ungathered piece. When your ultimate goal is to attach your gathered piece to an ungathered piece, this technique can save you an entire step.

The accessories you need for your Janome serger are the optional Gathering Foot G and the Gathering Attachment.

How To Gather One Layer Of Fabric While Attaching It To Another Layer

  1. Put the Gathering Foot on your serger.
  2. Attach the Gathering Attachment: Open the front cover and loosen the screw on the front. Slide the attachment behind the screw, and tighten in place.
  3. Set up the machine for a three thread overedge stitch, with the needle in the left position.
  4. Use a tight needle tension and a tight lower looper.
  5. Set your stitch length to 4.
  6. Set your Differential Feed to 2.
  7. Be sure the blade is in the UP position.
  8. Put your two pieces of fabric right-sides together.
  9. Place the fabric to be gathered underneath the attachment.
  10. Feed the top fabric over the top of the foot.
  11. Hand crank a couple of stitches to attach the two layers together. Remember to always crank the wheel toward you.
  12. As you begin stitching, hold on to the top layer of fabric while letting the lower layer feed through.


The machine creates perfect gathers as it attaches the fabric.

To see this demonstrated watch the video Gathering Foot G: Using the Gathering Attachment to apply a gathered layer of fabric.

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

Watch Gathering One Layer Onto Another Video

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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.

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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

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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.

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