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Monday, 10 June 2013 00:00

Janome Poll: What Summer Project Are You Most Looking Forward To?

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Vote in the poll today. Check back for the results Wednesday.

720-janome-poll-summer-projectsSummer is just around the corner. And that means you'll soon be diving into those warmer weather projects.

Or maybe not.

Take our Janome Poll and let us know your answer to What summer project you are MOST looking forward to?
Vote in the poll.

Most Popular Projects LAST Summer

We thought it would be interesting to look back in the records to see which projects on Janome.com were the most popular for the summer of 2012. While accessories like purses, handbags, and totes were popular, a diverse range of projects were represented.

Purses & Handbags - Perfect Purse, Pauline Purse, Saddlebag Serger Purse, and the 3 Designer Handbags from Janome Digest.

Christmas - Holiday Card Holder 

Doll Clothing - Spring Dress For 18 inch Dolls

Home Decor - Contemporary Double-Sided Napkins (by Jane Spolar)

Felting Project - Mall Wallet This very popular project is made using the FM-725 felting machine.

Let us know what you'll be working on this summer by voting in our poll.

Vote In The Summer Sewing Poll

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Friday, 07 June 2013 00:00

Powered By Janome: Sarah Ann Smith of Sarah By The Sea Quilting

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She wants to share her passion for making quilts.

718-powered-by-janome-sarah-ann-smith-sarah-by-the-sea-quiltsColor.  Line.  Texture.  Imagery.  Stories. Sarah Ann Smith weaves these together in her vivid and unforgettable quilts. An author, educator, and in-demand teacher, her impressive work is on display on her website. And we're proud to say she does her quilting in an MC8900 QCP.

Sarah learned to sew as a girl--mostly at school. She says, "My mother did sew, but she really hated sewing.  I can remember when I was 4, she made me a circle skirt of prequilted fabric, white with little purple flowers." Sarah took sewing through high school, then after college took a tailoring class.  A few years later she learned about Threads magazine, subscribed, and has read every issue cover to cover for nearly two decades.

After graduating from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, she worked as a Legislative Assistant for a U.S. Congressman in Washington, D.C., earned a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School; volunteered in Guinea-Bissau, Africa; met her soon-to-be-husband, and became a U.S. Foreign Service Officer (diplomat).

Sarah's first tour with the U.S. Foreign Service was in Toronto, Canada, where she took her first drawing classes while living across the street from the Art Gallery of Ontario. Finally, fate picked up a thimble: while assigned to the U.S. Embassy in La Paz, Bolivia, Sarah came across someone's discarded Keepsake Quilting catalog, which opened up the doors to the quilting world. She hasn't looked back since.

Sarah discovered Janome after several years of frustration with another brand's top-of-the-line sewing machine. She says, "It would sew beautifully with ONE brand of thread, same thread in top and bottom. Only.  It would NOT sew with the threads I wanted to use, and it hated the Bottom Line in the bobbin." As you can imagine she got pretty tired of her machine dictating what thread she could use. She'd heard that Janome machines were reliable and at the International Quilt Festival in Houston she headed to the Janome booth. Sarah tried the 6500P and fell in love!

Since then she's become part of Janome's machine artist program, where she's had the chance to use and promote the latest Janome machines. Right now she's using the MC8900 QCP and couldn't be happier. Sarah says she loves everything about it, but specifically, the outstanding tension, harp space, handling of virtually ANY thread, and lighting!

In addition to multiple quilts she has to finish, Sarah is being featured in the upcoming Quilting Arts Workshop DVD. You can find out more about her books, tutorials, and beautiful quilts at SarahAnnSmith.com.

You can try out her quilting machine at your local Janome dealer.  

Find Out More About Sarah Ann Smith

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Thursday, 06 June 2013 00:00

Angela Yosten's YouTube Videos Featuring Janome Machines

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She was recently featured on the Fat Quarter Shop Channel.

717-angela-yostens-youtube-videos-featuring-janome-machinesAntela Yosten is a designer for Moda Fabrics, a creator of books, patterns, and tutorials for sewing and quilting. And we're very proud that she uses a Memory Craft 8900 QCP.

One of Angela's skills is making elegant projects easy for the average sewist. For example, her Tailored Bed Skirt project.

Recently, she was invited onto the Fat Quarter Shop's YouTube channel to talk about her influences, her creative process, and to demonstrate how to make her adorable Flats characters--paper dolls made from fabric.

Video: How to Make Flats Dolls with Angela Yosten - Kimberly of the Fat Quarter Shop has Angela teach us step-by-step how to make her Flats dolls, using her Flats fabric from Moda and the MC8900. This is the perfect project for children!

Video: Angela Yosten is in the Hot Seat - Chelsey of the Fat Quarter Shop asks Angela a series of rapid-fire questions about her preferences in life, fabric, and creativity. Of course, she's a Janome girl!

Fat Quarter Shop did a number of other videos featuring Angela. Go here for the complete list.

To try out Angel Yosten's sewing and quilting machine, visit your local Janome dealer.

See All The Angela Yosten Videos

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Wednesday, 05 June 2013 00:00

New Serger Video: Applying Cording to an Edge or Fold for Embellishment

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Be sure to watch the video for this handy serger technique.

716-new-serger-video-applying-cording-to-an-edgeA serger is such a time saver because it can cut your fabric at the same time you're stitching.

But sometimes you want to simply add an embellishment, like decorative cording, without trimming your fabric.

Use the technique below with optional Cording Foot B to create a decorative embellishment along the edge of your fabric, on a fold of fabric, or to apply cording to any surface. Your cording will be encased in whichever decorative thread you have in the upper looper.

Note: because you are simply adding embellishment, and don’t want to finish the edge of the seam, you don't want the upper knife to cut your fabric.

How To Apply Cording To An Edge Or Fold With Cording Foot B

  1. Set up the machine for a rolled hem, with decorative thread in the upper looper.
  2. Lower the upper knife according to the machine manual.
  3. Close the machine.
  4. With Cording Foot B on the serger, thread cording into the foot. Pull it a few inches out the back.
  5. As you begin serging, be careful to run the stitches right along the edge of the fabric. This is important because the knife is down, so the fabric won’t be trimmed.


And now you've applied your decorative cording.

To see this demonstrated, watch the video Cording Foot B: Applying cording to an edge or fold for embellishment.

If you don't have Cording Foot B or a Janome serger, you can find them both plus plenty of hands-on help at your local Janome dealer.

Watch How To Apply Cording To An Edge Or Fold

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Tuesday, 04 June 2013 00:00

Kaye Wood 2014 Australia Quilting Cruise

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7 day land tour and 11 night cruise with Kaye and fellow quilters.

715-kaye-wood-quilting-cruiseIf you love quilting and have always dreamed of going to Australia, it doesn't get any better than this.

From January 17 to February 4, 2014 Kaye Wood will be leading a quilter's dream-come-true tour of the "land down under."

For the first week you'll see the most famous sights of Australia by land--from Sydney Harbor to Ayers Rock to the Great Barrier Reef.

Then you'll set sail for New Zealand. While at sea you'll enjoy the quilting classes, lectures, and sharing events, led by Kaye Wood and Mary Korpal. All your sewing supplies will be furnished, including sewing machines provided by Janome.

When you reach New Zealand, you'll make stops along some of the most amazing ocean views in the world--from Wellington Harbor to Milford Sound. Then you'll steam back to Australia, enjoying another set of quilting classes and lectures.

Kaye Wood is one of America's best-known quilt designers and hostess of the longest running quilting program on Public Television. More than 30 years ago she discovered a technique that simplified the piecing of quilts using her Starmaker® Master Templates. Since then she has authored over 20 books on quilting and has designed 9 quilting tools. 

Kaye's Land Tour & Sea Cruise is going to be a quilting adventure you'll never forget. Get the cruise flyer (PDF) for more information.

Find Out More About The Kaye Wood Australia Tour

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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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