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Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:00

The Janome Sewing Family - 15 And Counting

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They own a total of 31 Janome machines!

700-this-janome-sewing-family-numbers-15-and-countingFor 11 years, a group of women have been getting together for one weekend in April to do sewing, quilting, fabric shopping, enjoy great food, and do lots of catching up.

Unlike most sewing groups, these women have one major thing in common: they're all related.  

Hailing from Minnesota, Texas, and Iowa, they are five sisters, their daughters, granddaughters, cousins, daughter-in-laws, and nieces.

And they all use just one brand of sewing machine--Janome/New Home!

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Wednesday, 15 May 2013 00:00

New Accessories Catalog Now Available At Your Janome Dealer

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Find the all accessories designed just for your Janome machine.

708-new-accessories-catalog-now-available-at-your-janome-dealerLet's say you want a professional looking hem along the bottom of your drapes. So you decide to finish them with a blind hem stitch because it's virtually invisible. Smart idea.

Now all you need to do is get a Blind Hem Foot and it'll be easy. But which of the four kinds of blind hem feet is designed for your specific Janome?

Don't worry, that's easy too. Because your Janome dealer has just the right tool to help you purchase the correct Blind Hem Foot or any other optional accessory for your machine.

He or she has just received the new Janome Accessories Catalog.

Drop by their store to quickly find information on all the accessories you want--from presser feet to embroidery hoops to sewing cabinets. And everything for your serger and coverstitch machine too.

The catalog is cross-referenced to ensure you get exactly the right model of accessory for your machine.

It even includes information on accessories for "retired" Janomes that are no longer in production.

Visit your nearest Janome dealer and bring home the feet and accessories to make your next project a success.

Find Your Nearest Janome Dealer

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Tuesday, 14 May 2013 00:00

Janome At The Tokyo Hobby Show

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The event brough in more than 130,000 visitors from around the world.

701-janome-at-the-tokyo-hobby-showWith nearly 2.5 million square feet of space, the Tokyo International Exhibition Center has earned the popular nickname Tokyo Big Sight.

At the end of April it was a big sight indeed when over 600 hobby-related exhibitors from around the world gathered to display their newest and best in dozens of categories. You could see everything from the latest in doll collecting to painting to knitting, and lots of sewing and craft.

Of course Janome was there with the latest machines.

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Monday, 13 May 2013 00:00

New Anna Maria Horner Project With Videos

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Make her original Pleasant Pathways Shorts.

702-new-anna-maria-horner-video-a-projectAnna Maria Horner shows once again that your Janome sewing machine + a little creativity = style that purchased clothing can't match.

Her latest project is called Pleasant Pathway Shorts. Not only is it a project every teen girl will love to wear, but it shows just why you want all those fun 9mm stitches on your Horizon Memory Craft 12000.

Videos

Anna Maria has created two videos for the project. The Intro Video is a short overview about her inspiration for creating these shorts. In the Project Highlights video she takes you step-by-step through the project, from selecting the materials all the way through to the finish. See both videos here.

Instructions & Pattern

Get complete instructions for the Pleasant Pathway Shorts Project as a PDF file, with lots of great illustrations and notes from Anna Maria. You can also download the Pleasant Pathway Shorts Pattern as a PDF. Download the instructions and pattern here.

Anna Maria says that the real star of this project is her MC12000 with all its gorgeous decorative stitches. "I know it's given me a million different ideas about what I want to do next."

Try out the MC12000 for yourself at your local Janome dealer.

Go To The Pleasant Pathways Shorts Project

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Friday, 10 May 2013 00:00

Starting Today: Let's Celebrate Mom! Special Financing Offer This Weekend Only

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Go on an interest-free Janome shopping spree starting TODAY.

699-celebrate-mom-special-financing-offer-this-weekend-onlyMake this a Mother's Day weekend to remember 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 a dream sewing machine and a serger . . . you get the idea. And you can pay for your purchase over two years with no interest. But you have to get to take advantage of this Let's Celebrate Mom offer by this Sunday, 05/12/2013.

Here's the deal in a nutshell: purchase a Janome machine (or any combination of products) for $1,000 or more on a GE Capital Credit card and simply make the 24 monthly payments on time. It's like saving up for your new machine in reverse--you can take it home now and pay for it over the next two years with no interest (as long as you meet the financing requirements). See the full details at the bottom of this 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 $1000 is just the minimum.

But you only have through close-of-business Sunday to get this special offer. Find your nearest, participating Janome dealer right now and get down to their store.

The No Interest For 24 Months offer runs 05/10/2013 - 05/12/2013 at your participating Janome dealer in the US. Subject to credit approval. 

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Thursday, 09 May 2013 00:00

New Project: Angela Yosten's Tailored Bed Skirt Tutorial

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Coordinate your bed with the rest of your decor.

693-new-project-angela-yostens-bed-skirtYou can buy a plain white bed skirt to cover your box spring.

But when your bed skirt fabric coordinates with your throw pillows, curtains and other items in the room, it really makes a difference.

Angel Yosten has created a Tailored Bed Skirt Tutorial, which shows you how to complete a professional-looking bed skirt in just 2-3 hours, using your Janome serger and sewing machine. And you need only intermediate sewing skills to create this elegant accessory.

Get complete, step-by-step instructions online.

Angela is a creative seamstress who specializes in making sophisticated projects easy for everyone. She's the author of Stop. Go. Quilt. Sew! 12 Fun Projects For Boys to Enjoy, and a contributor to quilting books Modern Blocks, and Fresh Fabric Treats.

For this project she used a Memory Craft 8900 QCP sewing and quilting machine and an 1100D serger. For hemming the skirt, Angela uses the 9mm Rolled Hem Foot D. (Watch the video tutorial on using this foot to make rolled hems.)

You can try out both of these machines and the Rolled Hem Foot at your local Janome dealer.

Go To The Tailored Bed Skirt Tutorial

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Wednesday, 08 May 2013 00:00

Powered By Janome: Jeni of In Color Order

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Her blog is a wealth of information and quilting inspiration.

695-powered-by-janome-jeni-of-in-color-orderJeni Baker is a true renaissance woman. She teaches sewing. She sells her own quilting designs. She even has her own line of fabric. And we're proud to say that she does her stitching on a Janome.

Jeni has been blogging and sewing for 13 years, learning how to do both at age 11. She credits her Mom for always encouraged craftiness. Throughout high school Jeni sewed tote bags and other small projects. When she went away to college, she took along a sewing machine and sewed off and on when she found time between classes.

When she moved into an apartment, she tried making her first quilt. It was a success, and Jeni says, "I have been hooked ever since!"

Now she teaches sewing classes at The Sewcial Lounge, a modern sewing and fabric shop in Madison, WI. And she designs her own line of fabric for Art Gallery Fabrics. It's called Color Me Retro, and draws its inspiration from the kitchenware of the 1950s and 60s--bright, fresh combinations of lime green, royal blue, and raspberry red.

Jeni also designs her own sewing and quilting patterns, which she sells through her blog In Color Order.

She discovered Janome through her Mom, who had two Memory Craft 4800s. Jeni took one with her to college as a backup machine and was very happy with it.

She says, "When it came time to buy a larger machine, it was a no brainer to buy another Janome." Jeni chose a Horizon 7700 QCP.  Her favorite thing about the 7700 is the large throat space.  "I am primarily a quilter, so having that extra room is invaluable.  I also love the free-motion quilting foot.  Being able to adjust the height of the foot makes things a lot easier!"

See all of Jeni Baker's tutorials, patterns, and fabric designs on her blog. You'll also find links to her Etsy shop and information on where to get her fabric.

Jeni's favorite quilting machine has been replaced by the Memory Craft 8900 QCP--with even more bed space and great quilting features. Try one out at your local Janome dealer.

Go To The In Color Order Blog

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Tuesday, 07 May 2013 00:00

New Serger Video: Cording Foot with Fishing Line

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Give your rolled hem a little extra body.

694-new-serger-video-cording-foot-with-fishing-lineWhen you're making a rolled hem with your serger, how do you give it more dimension?

Serge your hem with fishing line inside, using a technique called "veiling."

Cording Foot A is designed for attaching fine cord, wire, or other material that will fit through the loop on the foot. You can use it to easily insert fishing line as you stitch a rolled hem, creating a nice rippled effect for the edge of veiling, chiffon, chiffon flowers, or any time you want a rippled effect on lightweight fabric.

How To Use Fishing Line With Cording Foot A

  1. Begin by threading the machine with the right needle in and Wooly Nylon in the Upper looper. Because the hole in the upper looper is small, use the following technique to thread the Wooly nylon: Take a piece of thread and make a loop. Then feed the wooly nylon through this loop. Now pass the thread through the eye of the upper looper. As you pull it to the back of the machine, it pulls the wooly nylon right through.
  2. Adjust the tension for creating a rolled hem, according to your machine manual.
  3. Attach Cording Foot A.
  4. Thread fishing line through the hole in the foot.
  5. As you begin serging, you will be encasing the fishing line into the rolled hem.


To see this demonstrated, watch the video Cording Foot A: Using fishing line for veiling or chiffon flowers.

You can find Cording Foot A and all the other optional serger feet at your local Janome dealer.

Watch Cording Foot A Veiling Video

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Monday, 06 May 2013 00:00

Enter The Spring Into May Giveaway

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Win one of six HUGE prize packs. The total of all prizes is valued at more than $2,200!

698-enter-the-spring-into-may-giveaway-winWith the arrival of spring, and Mother's Day just around the corner, it's the perfect time for a big giveaway.

We're teaming up with the Craft Buds blog and some of your favorite sewing and craft brands for the Spring Into May Giveaway.

It takes just a minute to enter and you're then eligible for a chance to win one of six HUGE prize packs. The total of all prizes is valued at more than $2,200.

For example: Prize Pack 1 includes a Janome Magnolia 7325 sewing machine and a $100 gift card for Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores. And the other five prize packs feature everything from fabric to online lessons to a Kindle Fire tablet.

Check out all the prizes here and then scroll to the bottom to enter. The contest ends this Friday (05/10/2013) so don't wait.

Go To The Spring Giveaway Entry Page

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Friday, 03 May 2013 00:00

Introducing The New Purple Tip Needles

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These prevent skipped stitches on heavy fabrics.

692-introducing-the-new-purple-tip-needlesJanome has just introduced a new variety of sewing needle called the Purple Tip Needle.

Purple Tip Needles are designed to prevent skipped stitches with heavy fabrics, including knits, while doing sewing and embroidering. They feature a ball point tip to prevent fabric thread breakage and a special cobra shaped head to form a proper needle thread loop so that it prevents skipped stitches caused by the fluctuation of the fabric. And they're available in a heavier #14 size.

Purple Tip Needles are recommended for:

  • Embroidery with a high density design and/or thick fabric
  • Fluffier thread like cotton
  • Quilting multiple layers which normally resist needle penetration      
  • Sewing knit, tricot, and synthetic fabrics like thick polyester


Here's a quick way to tell which color needle you should use for your specific project.

Red Tip Needle - Has a normal tip. Designed for regular sewing on fabrics such as cotton.

Blue Tip Needle - Has a ball point. Designed for sewing on knits and synthetic fabric.

Purple Tip Needle - Has a ball point with a special "cobra" head. Recommended for high density designs and thick fabrics.

For the best advice on which needle to choose for your next project, talk to your local Janome dealer.

More About Purple Tip Needles

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