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Monday, 03 June 2013 00:00

Father's Day Series On Sew4Home

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Give Dear ol' Dad something handmade from the heart for Father's Day.

714-fathers-day-series-on-sew4homeFinding great gift ideas for guys can be tough. Luckily for us (and you), our friends at Sew4Home, where Janome America is the exclusive sewing machine sponsor, just finished a wonderful series of Father's Day projects. From a super simple jumbo pillow to an ultra cool safari style duffle, there's something for every skill level - and every Dad! Use your Janome sewing machine or serger to make it fast and easy and get that amazingly professional finished look. 

Shown to the right is a sleek device carrier for the Techie Dad to hold an iPad® and cell phone or file folders and homework to correct for Teacher Dad. 

Is your dad an awesome chef or maybe a weekend warrior on the BBQ? Check out their cook's apron and hot mitt combo - it's sure to light his fire.

Their amazing vintage style duffle blends heavy canvas and faux leather with webbing and brass zipper accents; inside is a tough rip-stop nylon lining. Thanks to Janome's precision feeding systems, there's no problem with the variety of layers and varying thicknesses.

Or, make a jumbo lounge pillow and matching summer-weight blanket so Dad can take a well-deserved rest. Both use super soft sweatshirt knit. You can sew with a sewing machine or serger.

Go to Father's Day on Sew4Home

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Friday, 31 May 2013 00:00

New Serger Video: Creating A Wide Filled Rolled Hem

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Get the same professional finish with a little fuller look.

713-new-serger-video-creating-a-wide-filled-rolled-hemWhen doing a typical rolled hem, your serger folds the very edge of your fabric and encases it in a low profile stitch.

But there are times when you might want a fatter rolled hem as a decorative accent. You can easily do this by inserting cording (such as thick thread) with Cording Foot B as you serge your rolled hem. This effect works well on heavier fabrics like table linens.

Since your inserted cording will show through a little, you can choose a contrasting color for a creative effect.

How To Create A Wide Filled Rolled Hem

  1. Thread the upper looper with decorative floss. 
  2. Set up the machine for a rolled hem. For a quick tutorial watch the Rolled Hem Set Up video.
  3. Thread Cording Foot B with heavy crochet thread. You can also use floss or any heavy decorative thread.
  4. Before you place your fabric under the foot, serge along the cord for about half an inch to ensure that the thread is encased in the rolled hem.
  5. Place the fabric under the foot and sew along the edge of the fabric.


And now you've completed your wide, cord-filled rolled hem.

To see this demonstrated watch Cording Foot B: Creating a wide filled rolled hem.

Find Janome sergers and the optional accessories like Cording Foot B at your local Janome dealer

Watch How To Create A Wide Filled Rolled Hem

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Thursday, 30 May 2013 00:00

New Project: Sew Easy Sundress by Milinda Stephenson

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All you need are 1 1/2 yards of fabric and an old tank top.

712-new-project-sew-easy-sundress-by-milinda-stephensonWith this sew easy project you can make a sundress in about the time it takes to shop for one.

Maybe that's a little bit of an exaggeration. But Milinda Stephenson has come up with a clever way to make a cute sundress, using a tank top, your choice of fabric, and just 3 hours of sewing time.

She says, "When the weather gets hot, all you want is a nice easy sundress to pull on and head out in."

The project requires just 1 1/2 yards of fabric and an old tank top. (Or Milinda suggests you can pick one up for cheap at a clearance table at your favorite store.) You need beginner to intermediate sewing skills and can use any Janome sewing machine. Milinda used her MC12000.

Get complete instructions online for the Sew Easy Sundress. Make the first one for yourself and you'll soon get orders for more from famiy and friends. 

Go To The Sew Easy Sundress Project

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Wednesday, 29 May 2013 00:00

Quilter's Video Survey: Enter To Win $4,000 In Prizes

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The Persian Pickle Club movie and Janome are partnering to get your opinion.

711-quilters-video-survey-enter-to-win-4000-in-prizesThe Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas has been at the top of quilters' favorite novel lists for years. Now it's being made into a film and the producers need your help.

The production team of The Persian Pickle Club movie want to better understand how quilters like you interact with different forms of video media. Let your voice be heard by participating in an online survey. It closes this Friday so don't wait.

When you complete the survey, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win one of many fabulous prizes including a Janome sewing machine, thread, fabric, gift cards and much more--over $4,000 in quilting prizes. Go here to take the survey.

About The Persian Pickle Club Movie

In Harveyville, Kansas, crops are burning up in a searing drought during the Great Depression. The Persian Pickle Club, a quilting group of local ladies, derives its name from a common bolt of Persian Pickle fabric, an old time term for today’s paisley. The fabric is pieced into each member’s quilts, representing their closeness and unity.

Rita Ritter, the newest member, has ambition beyond small town life. She embarks on a dangerous journey to find a murderer and uncovers a harrowing secret the quilters have been guarding. Along the way, Rita learns profound truths about the women and her own capacity for friendship. Find out more about the movie

Survey ends Friday, May 31st, 2013 at midnight. See survey for complete list of drawing rules.

Take The Quilter's Video Survey

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Tuesday, 28 May 2013 00:00

Free Webinars Today: Artistic Crystals

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Turning the Ordinary into Extraordinary with Artistic Software!

710-free-webinars-today-artistic-crystalsThis is very short notice--but you can still attend today's free webinars. One begins at Noon and the other at 7 PM (Eastern Time). There's no cost but you must register ahead of time.
Register for the Noon Webinar
Register for the 7PM Webinar

As you can guess from the title, these 1 hour seminars will show you how to take an ordinary purchased item and transform it into something special. Turn letters into embroidery and embroidery into Crystals for a beautiful effect. And you'll see how to use the Zing Cutter to make placing crystals easy and accurate.

You can attend the webinars on your PC, Mac, or even selected mobile devices. See the System Requirements link on the registration page. 

Artistic Suite V6 software contains a wide variety of amazing features and functionality, including cutwork, TrueType font conversion, appliqué, fabric cutting, decorative stitches, heat transfer, and of course--crystals!

You can use any of the thousands of designs in the software or make your own shapes to create fun and interesting designs with crystals. Write out words or make hearts or butterflies--it all just takes a few minutes.

Register for the Noon-1PM Webinar

Register for the 7-8PM Webinar

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Monday, 27 May 2013 06:00

Reminder: Special 36 Month Financing Offer Ends Today

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Zero interest and 3 years to pay!

719-reminder-special-3-year-financing-offer-ends-todayBring home your Janome dream machine and accessories today, and finance it at no interest.

Purchase any combination of Janome products for $2,500 or more on a GE Capital Credit card and simply make the 36 monthly payments on time. Financing requirements and full details are here.This No Interest For 36 Months offer runs 05/24/2013 - 05/27/2013 at your participating Janome dealer in the US. Subject to credit approval.

But you have to make your purchase today. See your local, participating Janome dealer.

Full Details Of Memorial Day Finance Offer

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Monday, 27 May 2013 00:00

Happy Memorial Day From All Of Us At Janome America

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Let's take time to remember and be thankful for those who've made the ultimate sacrifice.

709-happy-memorial-day-from-all-of-us-at-janome-americaAbraham Lincoln said it best in his famous address on the battlefield at Gettysburg:

"We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live.

It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract." 

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the first Memorial Day (then called "Decoration Day") was observed three years after the Civil War ended, on May 30, 1868. About 5,000 people attended ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.

Memorial Day is now observed on the last Monday of May. Volunteers often place American flags on each grave site at national cemeteries, and many Americans visit and pay their respects at local cemeteries and memorials.

All of us at Janome America send our gratitude to the families and friends left behind.

More Information On Memorial Day From The VA

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Friday, 24 May 2013 00:00

Memorial Day Sales Event

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Zero interest and 3 years to pay: Friday-Monday only!

704-memorial-day-sales-eventThanks to a special financing offer from our partner GE Capital, you can go on a Janome shopping spree this weekend, use your new sewing machine to stitch up some summer fun, but take your time paying for it. Three years with no interest.

Here's the deal. Today through Monday purchase any combination of Janome products for $2,500 or more on a GE Capital Credit card and simply make the 36 monthly payments on time. Financing requirements and full details are here.This No Interest For 36 Months offer runs 05/24/2013 - 05/27/2013 at your participating Janome dealer in the US. Subject to credit approval.

Bring home the top-of-the-line Horizon Memory Craft 12000 or the brand new sewing and embroidery Memory Craft 9900 or maybe the quilting dream machine: the Horizon Memory Craft 8900 QCP. You get to decide which Janome machines and/or accessories to buy.

And $2500 is just the minimum, so you can also bring home major accessories like Janome software and sewing cabinets to fully equip your sewing room.

But you only have Memorial Day Weekend to take advantage of this very special financing offer. Visit your participating Janome dealer right now and get ready to finally bring home all your favorites. 

Find Out More About The Memorial Day Offer

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Thursday, 23 May 2013 00:00

New Project: Maureen Cracknell's Typography Quilt

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Here's a quilt project that's just your "type."

707-new-project-maureen-cracknells-typography-quiltStrictly speaking, typography is all about typefaces and creative layouts with words.

But for her Typography Quilt project creative quilter Maureen Cracknell has thrown in the typewriter too. Several of these were fussy cut and then appliquéd onto the quilt blocks.

A talented blogger and a member of our Janome Horizon Memory Craft 12000 Independent Design Team, Maureen says the fonts on the machine were a big part of the fun. This is a Quilt-As-You-Go style quilt, made with log cabin style blocks, including a simple and fun appliqué. She created the stitched typography using the built-in text stitches in her Horizon Memory Craft 12000 sewing machine.

Maureen says, "This is definitely one of my new, most favorite styles of quilting!"

Her finished quilt comprises twelve 17" squares, but she says that you can make your quilt blocks in any pattern and size.

This project requires intermediate to advanced quilting skills. And will take several days to complete. Get complete instructions for the Typography Quilt project.

To try out the quilting features on the MC12000, see your authorized Janome dealer.

Go To The Typography Quilt Project

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Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00

Win A Memory Craft 9900 In The FaveQuilts Sweepstakes

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It's the embroidery machine that's as unique as you! Contest ends June 2nd.

705-win-a-memory-craft-9900-in-the-favequilts-sweepstakesThe Memory Craft 9900 lets you take your creative expression in any direction you can imagine. All the best features are here for embroidery, garment sewing, home décor, fabric crafting, and quilting. All in a machine that's just the right size for any sewing space.

Plus the MC9900 comes with those fun faceplates you can switch out to match your mood.

Just image what color your mood will be when you win your own MC9900 in the FaveQuilts Facebook sweepstakes. It takes just a few seconds to enter. (See the entry page for complete rules.)

The Serious Embroidery Machine That's A Great Value
The MC9900 has the most stable embroidery unit Janome has ever produced. It's precise. In fact, the stitch quality is so precise, it's possible to embroider fine lace designs on certain types of organza without stabilizer!

It's fast (1000 spm). And it's remarkably quiet.

Try out the MC9900 and see the remarkable embroidery quality for yourself at your local Janome dealer.

Have You Visited FaveQuilts.com?
If you love quilting, they should be on your bookmarks list. They have thousands of free quilt patterns, free quilted gift ideas, and quilting tutorials for beginners.  And they add new projects and tips every day. Plus, they have a number of free quilting ebooks. Go to FaveQuilts.com.  

Enter To Win A Memory Craft 9900

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