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Monday, 08 July 2013 00:00

Nature Artist Marjolein Bastin On Sew4Home

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Delightful new fabric brings the beauty of nature inside.

740-nature-artist-marjolein-bastin-on-sew4homeGreeting cards, ornaments, stationery, journals, children's books, bedding, dinnerware, calendars, cross stitch, home accessories... and now fabric! Marjolein Bastin is a talented and prolific designer who is entranced by the natural world. FreeSpirit Fabrics is thrilled to be bringing her talent to the world of fabric with the debut collection, Nature's Palette. And, our friends at Sew4Home, where Janome America is the exclusive sewing machine sponsor, were selected to create the first complete set of project ideas in this beautiful range of fabrics.

You can first read about Marjolein's history, then launch into S4H's eight, great projects. There's a wonderful variety, and all the projects can be done on any Janome, although they do recommend the Janome Horizon Memory Craft 8900 QCP for a number of the tutorials, especially the beautiful quilted Bed Topper. The MC8900 is so precise, with such amazing stitch quality, it's a perfect choice for all types of sewing and quilting.

You can also learn how to make a Full Apron with the most adorable button detailing joining the bib to the skirt. There's a Zipper Top Fold-over Purse that is the best over-the-shoulder size. We fell in love with the generous Gift Bags, featuring a threaded eyelet drawstring.

If you're looking for a way to brighten up any room, try the Cafe Curtains - the topstitching across the tabs really showcases the Janome stitch precision. Their Bed Topper brings a blast of color to your bed linens and features one of the pre-printed panel designs available in three different colors in the Nature's Palette collection. The little Lumbar Pillow is so fast and easy, you could finish it in less than a hour, giving you time to whip up some beautiful Lace-edged Pillowcases. Top it all off with a Basket-weave Quilted Tote.

Once you've explored all the wonderful Sew4Home ideas, you can enter to be one of three winners of some very generous bundles of the Nature's Palette fabrics.

Marjolein at Sew4Home

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Friday, 05 July 2013 00:00

New Project: Petite Cake Cover

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The perfect way to take your cupcakes with you.

739-new-project-petite-cake-coverIt seems everyone is going crazy for cupcakes these days.

So next time you need to transport your confectionary creations, why not carry them safely in a mini cake cover?

Janome Educator Maddie Bushman has created a project for transforming a blank CD or DVD spindle case into a custom cupcake carrier.

It's a fun way to explore the embroidery and cutting needle capabilities of Artistic Sewing Suite V6. And since it makes embellishment so easy, you can decorate your carrier so it's just as fancy as your cupcakes.

Get complete instructions online for the Petite Cake Cover.

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

It also includes a revolutionary rhinestone application, which allows you to add them to sewing and crafting projects like never before. Any shape, including logos, clip art, or imported graphics, can be easily designed for rhinestones. The software then sends the design to a digital cutter for template creation.

You'll also find a powerful monogram feature - insert 3 characters for monogramming, freely edit monogram shapes with a Node Editor, and create a monogram from any TrueType font.

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.

Get Artistic Suite V6 Software at your local Janome dealer.

Go To The Petite Cake Cover Project

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Thursday, 04 July 2013 00:00

Happy 4th of July from Janome America

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Today we celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

738-happy-4th-of-july-from-janome-americaOn July 2nd, 1776 the Continental Congress voted independence from Great Britain. And, remarkably, it took them only two days of deliberation to come up with the final draft of their official declaration of that fact.

On the 4th of July, 1776 the new Congress signed the document that formally layed out the philosophical reasons for our secession and the list of grievances against King George III. Written by Thomas Jefferson, this Declaration of Independence is honored as the founding document of America.

John Adams, a founding father and our second President, was sure that July 2nd would be the day that everyone remembered and celebrated.

Adams wrote to his wife: "I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival." But it was the 4th that was commemorated.

We celebrate our independence on the day the Declaration of Independence was signed, because this document so eloquently sums up the heart of of American freedom in a single sentence:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Let's remember this as we enjoy our parades, picnics, fireworks, and liberty. 

Read The Declaration Of Independence

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Wednesday, 03 July 2013 00:00

Introducing The Christmas In July Promotion

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Starts today. Flip through 9 pages of Janome summer savings right now.

737-introducing-the-christmas-in-july-promotionRemember as a kid wishing Christmas would come twice a year?

Well now that you sew, it does!

In the sewing world we know that July is a good time to start on holiday projects, especially since the latest holiday fabrics are being released right now. So if you've been thinking about a new sewing, embroidery or quilting machine, or this is the year you'll get that serger, the Christmas in July sale at your participating Janome America dealer is a great place to start.

Look through our online flipbook for savings on everything from our top-of-the-line Horizon Memory Craft 12000 to our new quilting machines to great beginner machines. And of course you'll find all kinds of notions and accessories.

Begin by browsing the Christmas In July Flipbook.

Then get to your participating, local Janome dealer to get your savings.

Offers valid through July 31, 2013 at participating Janome dealers in the USA. Not valid in combination with any other offers.

Go To The Christmas In July Flipbook

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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.

Find Out More About Touch Of Magic Tour 2013

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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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