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Tuesday, 02 July 2013 00:00

Starts Tomorrow! 4th of July Financing Offer From GE

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The savings start one day early--tomorrow.

736-starts-tomorrow-4th-of-july-financing-offer-from-geDeclare your creative independence with a very special financing offer at your participating Janome dealer.

Bring home your dream sewing machine, or your dream sewing machine and a cabinet, or completely outfit your dream sewing room. And you can pay for your purchase over three years with no interest. But you have to get to take advantage of this 4th of July Celebration offer which starts tomorrow and ends next Tuesday, 07/09/2013.

It's pretty simple. Purchase a Janome machine (or any combination of products) for $2,500 or more on a GE Capital Credit card and then make the 36 monthly payments on time. You can take it home now and pay for it over the next three years with no interest (as long as you meet the financing requirements). See the full details at the bottom of the offer page.

Choose the top-of-the-line Horizon Memory Craft 12000, the brand new Horizon Memory Craft 8900 Quilter's Companion Pro, or purchase a combination of machines, software, and furniture to completely outfit your sewing room.

You get to decide which Janome products to buy. And $2500 is just the minimum.

Find your nearest, participating Janome dealer right now and plan on getting down to their store tomorrow.

The No Interest For 36 Months offer runs 07/03/2013 - 07/09/2013 at your participating Janome dealer in the US. Subject to credit approval. 

More About The 4th Of July Financing Offer

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Monday, 01 July 2013 00:00

Reminder: Jenny Haskins Magic Tour Coming Soon

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The seminars start soon. Check for dates and locations near you.

735-reminder-jenny-haskins-magic-tour-coming-soonThe kind of "magic" Jenny Haskins is known for is on display in her beautiful embroidery and extraordinary quilts. But unlike a stage magician, she wants to give away her secrets.

So in collaboration with RNK Distributing, she's putting on an educational tour across the US.

Jenny won't be appearing in person. But you'll get the next best thing: an educator personally trained by Jenny herself. And you will come away with the ability to use the same tips and tricks Jenny uses to get such fantastic results with her embroidery and quilting.

The Jenny Haskins Touch Of Magic Tour 2013 is coming to locations across the US this summer, beginning in just a couple of weeks in Rhode Island. Check for dates and locations in your area.

These are special two-day events where you won't just learn but you'll experience the Jenny Haskins MAGIC first hand. You'll be guided and inspired to new heights of embroidery and quilting!

Each Attendee will take their turn stitching one or more of the six amazing projects using a brand new state-of-the-art embroidery machine provided for them.

Go to the official RNK Productions Touch Of Magic Tour page.

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Friday, 28 June 2013 00:00

New Scrapbusters Series on Sew4Home

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Got a minute? Make something adorable!

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Sew4Home's ScrapBuster articles are fast and clever little projects you can whip out with just the items you have on hand. It's an ongoing series they do that we love here at Janome America, because a quick and easy idea is usually just what we need to jump start our creativity. 

They recently featured a week of new ideas. Janome America is the exclusive sewing machine sponsor at Sew4Home, so all these projects can be made with any Janome machine... there goes the last of your excuses!

Fire up your favorite Janome to make a Patchwork Mug Rug with its own napkin pocket, Drawstring Gift Bags with pretty rick rack accents, a super cute set of Pinwheel Quilted Coasters, a patchwork and Pieced Strip Belt that uses up all those teeny little scraps you can't bear to throw away, and an adorable set of Round Trivets - the quilting on these is done with the Janome Circular Sewing attachment!

Make one or make them all. Each and every one is a perfect way to spend a few relaxing hours on a summer afternoon with your Janome and some of those special little fabric leftovers in your stash bag.

Go To ScrapBusters Week at Sew4Home

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Thursday, 27 June 2013 00:00

Free Artistic Crystals Download: King of Diamonds

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Get this gorgeous embroidery and rhinestone design for free.

734-free-artistic-crystals-download-king-of-diamondsBernadette Griffith of Bertina Studios has created this ornate embroidery and crystal design for Artistic Software in the .DRAW file format.

Every detail of the "king without a sword" is there, including the jewels on his royal robes. You can also get the detailed design for the back of the card.

Download the design in 200x200 and 230x230 sizes.

Bertina Studios is well-known for their embellishment techniques and fun, informative workbooks. They also have Quilting Patterns, Sewing Patterns, Long Arm Quilting Patterns, and Video Workbooks.

How Artistic Crystals Work

It's the most creative way to combine embroidery and bling.

The software makes it easy to create a template so the crystals will go where you want them. It works with a hot press to activate the glue. And then you can place all your crystals at once--much easier than applying them one at a time.

Watch the how-to video: Create A Crystal Design.

Get Artistic Suite V6 Software at your local Janome dealer.

Go To The King Of Diamonds Download Page

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Wednesday, 26 June 2013 00:00

New Serger Video: Making Pintucks

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You can use your serger to do this decorative technique.

733-new-serger-video-making-pintucksPintucks are little decorative ridges (or tucks), usually sewn in narrow rows. You've seen them on decorator pillows, fancy jackets, and quilts.

With a sewing machine, you create a pintuck by placing cording under your fabric, using a cord guide, and stitching on either side of it with a twin needle.

But on a serger, using the Blind Stitch Foot, you can make a pintuck without the cording. You just fold your fabric, and with the knife disengaged, stitch along the fold.

How To Make Pintucks With The Blind Stitch Foot

  1. Begin by setting up the machine for a rolled hem, according to the manual instructions, with the thread in the right needle.
  2. Use decorative floss or wooly nylon in the upper looper.
  3. Attach the Blind Stitch Foot to the machine.
  4. Disengage the knife.
  5. Fold your fabric along the line where you want your pintuck.
  6. Place the folded edge of the fabric against the guide on the foot. If needed, adjust the guide so that the left needle will just catch the edge of the fold.
  7. Serge along the fold.


And you've created a pintuck.

To see this demonstrated watch the video Blind Stitch Foot: Making Pintucks.

Find the Blind Stitch Foot and all the other optional accessories for your Janome serger at your local Janome dealer.

Watch How To Make Pintucks With The Blind Stitch Foot

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Tuesday, 25 June 2013 00:00

Kaye Wood Quilting Half-Circle Borders Technique

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A great way to use your View & Do Circle shape tool.

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This is why we love Kaye Wood. She's so great at taking a complex quilting challenge and breaking it down into doable steps. It's also helpful that she's developed some great measuring and marking tools.

Here's the problem: When you're making a quilt with a scalloped border, how do you make sure all of your half circles are the same size and they they end right at the corners of the quilt?

Kaye's tutorial How to Make Evenly Spaced Half-Circle Borders shows you the solution.

Her trick is using a paper template and the View & Do Circle shape templates. Made of hard plastic suitable for rotary cutting, you can make 2, 4, 6, or 8 inch circle shapes (semi-circle shapes in this case.) These are great for sewing, quilting, scrapbooking or any craft.

You can do this technique with any Janome sewing machine. But since you're quilting, why not make it the MC8900 QCP quilting dream machine? Try it out at your Janome dealer.

Go To The Half Circle Borders Technqiue

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Monday, 24 June 2013 00:00

Red, White & Proud Patriotic Embroidery Project

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Show your pride at your next outdoor event.

727-red-white-a-proud-embroidery-projectOne of the unwritten rules of summer: just as soon as you get your outdoor tablecloth on the table, a breeze is going to come up.

Here's a patriotic way to keep everything from blowing away. Red, White & Proud tablecloth weights. This is an intermediate level project you can make in about 30 minutes (plus embroidery stitching time). It requires Digitizer MBX embroidery software, a Memory Craft embroidery machine, and we used bright Janome embroidery thread.

The round shape is like a badge of pride, while the teardrop shape is in honor of the ones we have lost. For a real 4th of July feel, you could also make one in the shape of a star.

You can sew weights into the lining or leave the back open and put in a rock or two at your picnic area.

Get complete instructions online for Red, White & Proud.

For information on Digitizer MBX software and Memory Craft embroidery machines, see your local Janome dealer.

Go To The Red, White & Proud Project Instructions

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Friday, 21 June 2013 00:00

Software Update: Digitizer MBX Version 4.0Q

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Makes your software compatible with the Memory Craft 9900.

731-software-update-digitizer-mbx-version-40qIf you are an owner of Digitizer MBX software, there's an important free update for you to download.

Digitizer MBX Version 4.0Q will allow you to create designs specifically for the new MC9900 embroidery machine.

Who can use this update? You must own Digitizer MBX V4.0 F/K/M R2. Ask your Janome dealer if you have any questions.

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

Unlimited Creativity In Stitches

Janome's Digitizer software was developed in a collaborative effort with Wilcom International, the industry's top embroidery software developer. It combines easy-to-use functionality with a powerful software engine to give you the freedom to express yourself.

From editing individual stitches to layouts of large, multi-hoop designs and full stitch-out simulations, Digitizer can handle it all with ease.

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 MBX 4.0Q Update Page

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Thursday, 20 June 2013 00:00

Free Webinar: Show Your Creative Side With Artistic Software

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Embroidery, crystals, and fun come together in this purse project.

728-free-webinar-show-your-creative-side-with-artistic-softwareNext Tuesday (06/25/2013) you can attend a free online webinar that will show you just how easy it is to explore your creative side with Artistic software.

Artistic Educator Bunny Gates will show you how to use the software to make an adorable little wallet. The wallet can hold your license, credit cards, money and more. It’s quick and easy to make and can be as cute as you want it to be.

In the 1 hour webinar Bunny will take you step-by-step through construction, using Artistic Suite V6 and the Zing Cutter.

Simply sign up for one of the two available times and then attend from your computer or select mobile device. There's no cost but you must register ahead of time:
Noon to 1PM Eastern on 6/25
7 to 8 PM Eastern time on 6/25

For more information on Artistic software and Zing cutters, see your local Artistic dealer

See All Janome Webinars On Our Webinar Page

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Wednesday, 19 June 2013 00:00

Jenny Haskins' RNK Events Coming Soon

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Learn the tricks and tips used by the Magician Herself, Jenny Haskins!

730-jenny-haskins-rnk-events-coming-soonJenny Haskins is known the world over for her beautiful embroidery and extraordinary quilts. She and RNK Distributing are putting on an educational tour to help you get the same amazing results.

Jenny won't be appearing in person on this education tour. But you'll get the next best thing: an educator personally trained by Jenny herself. And you will come away with the ability to use the same tips and tricks Jenny uses to get such fantastic results with her embroidery and quilting.

The Jenny Haskins Touch Of Magic Tour 2013 is coming to locations across the US this summer, beginning mid July in Rhode Island. Check for dates and locations in your area.

These are special two-day events where you won't just learn but you'll experience the Jenny Haskins MAGIC first hand. You'll be guided and inspired to new heights of embroidery and quilting!

Each Attendee will take their turn stitching one or more of the six amazing projects using a brand new state of the art embroidery machine provided for them.

Go to the official RNK Productions Touch Of Magic Tour page.

Find Out More About Touch Of Magic Tour 2013

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