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Wednesday, 27 March 2013 03:00

New Video: Beading Foot Set


This accessory makes it easy to attach strings of beads, cording, yarn, or other items.

667-new-video-beading-foot-setAdding strings of beads to a garment or accessory gives it such a rich look. And there's an optional Janome accessory that makes this technique easy.

The Beading Foot Set allows you to embellish bridal wear, evening wear, casual wear and crafts with strings of beads, cording, yarn, or other items. The set includes two feet. The Narrow Groove Foot for beads up to 2 mm in diameter and the Wide Groove Foot for beads from 2.5 to 4 mm in diameter.

How To Attach Beads

  1. Snap either the Wide Groove or Narrow Groove Foot onto your machine.
  2. Feed the beads through the slot on the front of the foot.
  3. Choose a zigzag stitch. To hide your thread as it crosses the beads, you may want to use monofilament.
  4. Begin sewing, slowly gaining speed.

And now you've attached a string of beads.

To see this demonstrated, watch the video Beading Foot Set: Attaching Narrow Beads.

Find this and all the other optional presser feet for your machine at your local Janome dealer.

Watch Beading Foot Set Video

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Tuesday, 26 March 2013 03:00

New How-To's Online For Transferring Embroidery Designs


Copy embroidery designs to or from your Memory Craft without using Janome software.

665-new-how-tos-online-for-transferring-embroidery-designsTo easily move embroidery designs from one device to another, you just need a USB memory stick and some simple instructions.

Let's say you have a design on your Memory Craft embroidery machine that you want to move to your PC. You simply insert your USB memory stick into your machine and then save the design to it. (The process differs slightly, depending on your model of machine.)

When you insert a USB stick into your Memory Craft for the first time, the machine creates a special folder system on the stick. So that when you place that memory stick in your PC, you can copy files into the newly created folder that can be opened by your Memory Craft. In this way you can bring designs back and forth without using any Janome software.

To help you with step-by-step instructions on how to do this, we've created a design transfer tutorial (as a PDF) for the MC12000, MC11000, MC9900, MB-4, MC10001, MC9700/MC9500, MC350e, MC300e, and MC200e.

You can also get transferring instructions just for the Horizon Memory Craft 12000 or Memory Craft 9900.

To get more help with this or any other procedure on your Memory Craft, see your authorized Janome dealer.

Download The Transferring Tutorial PDF

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Monday, 25 March 2013 03:00

March is National Craft Month: A Great Time To Try Machine Felting


It's easy to learn with the Janome FM-725 felting machine.

663-march-is-national-craft-month-fm-725-felting-machineIt looks just like a sewing machine--at first glance. Then you begin to notice it doesn't have upper or lower thread, a bobbin, feed dogs, or even a stitch selector.

But the Janome FM-725 felting machine doesn't need them. It takes you in a whole new creative direction where instead of sewing two pieces of fabric together you actually blend them into a single layer.

And what better time than National Craft Month to discover the fun of felting?

How To Felt With The FM-725 

  1. You place the fabric you want to embellish under the needles.
  2. On top of that place your decorative material--it could be other fabric or just your choice of fibers like pieces of yarn.
  3. When you press the foot pedal, the special set of five barbed needles move up and down in unison through your two layers. They gently fray the decorative material you've placed on top and pull the loosened fibers through the bottom material, embedding the two layers together.

The result is a unique, altogether new material.

You can use your FM-725 to embellish works you've already sewn, such as art quilts or jackets. Or you can use it to create something to stand on its own. The FM-725 is also wonderful for adding your own flair to ready-made garments and home décor. The amazing versatility of this machine makes it an exciting addition to your sewing room. Because there are no rules, you experience total freedom of expression.

Create 3-D appliqués, customized fabric colorations, watercolor-inspired prints, your own fabric, and much more. The key to success is experimentation. Search local fabric and fiber shops for inspiration to add new texture and color to your creations. The only problem is, once you get started, it’s hard to stop.

Try the FM-725 felting machine for yourself at your local Janome dealer.

Find Out More About The FM-725

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Friday, 22 March 2013 03:00

Join the Anita Goodesign Diamond Club for FREE


Receive ALL new designs every month for a whole year--FREE with purchase of MC12000!

664-join-the-anita-goodesign-diamond-club-for-freeThe Diamond Club from AnitaGoodesign is so much fun, we just had to bundle it with our top-of-the-line embroidery machine.

Here's how it works. Every month for a whole year you receive 1 full embroidery collection and 1 mini embroidery collection. In addition, every three months you also receive a bonus collection. And if that wasn't enough, you also get a valuable starter kit and other bonuses. The collections feature a variety of topics including vintage, home décor, tile scenes, clothing designs and much more.

If you purchased all this at normal retail prices, you'd pay more than $3,000. But when you purchase the most advanced embroidery machine we've ever made, you get it all for FREE.

That's right. A year's membership in the Diamond Club is yours at no cost with the purchase of a Horizon Memory Craft 12000.

For more details about the Diamond Club, download the club brochure at AnitaGoodesign.com.

To take advantage of this special offer, contact your local Janome Dealer for all the details. Then get ready for a whole year of embroidery fun.

This offer is based on manufacturer's suggested retails price and valid at participating authorized Janome retailers in the USA. Void where prohibited. Not valid in combination with any other offers.

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Thursday, 21 March 2013 03:00

Sew4Home Creates A Rustic Wedding


Have a wedding coming up? Check out these terrific and trendy projects!

662-s4h-creates-a-rustic-weddingThe talented team at Sew4Home recently whipped up a little wedding wonderfulness with their Rustic Wedding Series. This is one of the hottest trends right now in the DIY wedding category for both wedding gowns as well as the ceremony and reception decorations. It's all about creating a wonderful mash-up of subtle tones and textures - just like you'd find in nature itself. A hallmark of the trend is mixing traditional wedding fabrics; like taffeta, silk, tulle and organza with unique fabrics not normally thought of as wedding choices; such as burlap, ticking, crushed velvet and muslin. They've done a great article on Working with Specialty Fabrics, which highlights which Janome presser feet are perfect for making various tasks faster and easier. 

There are eight projects, each featuring Sew4Home's easy, step-by-step instructions. All can be completed on any Janome machine. From Bride & Groom Chair Covers, to a Flower Girl Basket, to the amazing Wedding Gown Sash shown to the right... what a romantic result!

Another interesting thing they demonstrate is how large swaths of fabric can be a beautiful - and very economical - way to decorate for the wedding and reception. Many of the specialty fabrics featured come in very wide widths, from a standard 44-45" for something like ticking, to 50" plus for taffetas and satins, to 100" plus for organzas and muslins. This means you have a huge width measurement with which to work, so often only need only a few yards to create a dramatic drape of fabric for a back drop, table overlays, and more.

There's still time to enter to win their Great Giveaway assocaited with this Series. The deadline is March 29, 2013. One lucky entrant will get a $200 shopping spree at Fabric.com plus a cool ribbon-work book by Elaine Schmidt.

Find Out More About A Rustic Wedding

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Wednesday, 20 March 2013 03:00

New Video: Using The Appliqué Foot


This basic technique is a favorite for all kinds of sewing projects.

661-new-video-using-applique-footAn appliqué is simply a decorative technique where one piece of material is sewn over another.

The word "appliqué" (pronounced app-li-KAY) is borrowed from the French and basically means: "applied" or "thing that has been applied."

In sewing, quilting and home decor, you see a lot of appliqué where a decorative stitch is used to trace the outline of the top piece of fabric as its applied to the surface below.

You can do appliqué with your machine's standard foot. But for best results you should use a specially designed Appliqué Foot. This foot is shorter than other feet for easy maneuverability. The underside is flat around the needle hole for optimum thread tension, but opens wide behind the needle to let stitching and fabric edges easily pass through. 

How To Use An Appliqué Foot

  1. Snap the foot onto your machine.
  2. Choose an appliqué stitch.
  3. Begin stitching around your appliqué.

Simply continue until you've completed your appliqué.

To see this demonstrated, watch the video Appliqué Foot: Sewing An Appliqué Stitch.

Ask your dealer to help you find one that is compatible with your Janome sewing machine.

Watch The Appliqué Foot Video

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Tuesday, 19 March 2013 03:00

New Janome Partner Vacuum: The Bank Vault Cannister


"Simply the best cannister vacuum in the world."

660-the-bank-vaultYou know the safest place to put your money is in a bank vault.

As it turns out, the safest place to put your money when you want a super-cleaning cannister vacuum is also The Bank Vault.

Made exclusively by Janome's new partner, The Bank Vacuum Company, The Bank Vault is designed to give you the same cleaning performance and allergy filtration as other vacuums costing $1200 or more. It's designed for homes with a mix of flooring, including tile, terrazo, wood, laminate, marble, and all kinds of carpet - both area rugs and wall-to-wall.

This ergonomic vacuum features a sealed hepa filtration system. Having a sealed system is very important for allergy sufferers because it means the dirt and allergens you are picking up are not being put back in the air when you vacuum.

You get features like the state-of-the-art German designed carpet/floor nozzle, a digital power control to reduce power for delicate cleaning, and hospital grade S class filtration. All this power and pick-up moves easily in any direction on four easy-glide casters.

The Bank Vault is truly the most economical way to clean your home and remove harmful allergens and dust particles from the air you breathe.

Watch the video demonstration of The Bank Vault on YouTube.

See the complete features of The Bank Vault vacuum. Then use our dealer locator and look for the Bank Vacuum icon to find the dealer nearest you.

Find Out More About The Bank Vault Vacuum

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Monday, 18 March 2013 03:00

March is National Craft Month: The Perfect Month For A New Serger


The Janome 1100D and 1110DX are serging workhorses.

659-march-is-national-craft-monthA serger is a very handy tool for both sewing and crafting projects. And since March is National Craft Month, it's a great time to highlight why.

Sergers hold a bit of mystique for many sewists, because the machines can use up to 4 threads instead of 2, and they have knives that cut your fabric while you're stitching.

But the truth is, Janome sergers are super easy to use! You can quickly familiarize yourself with their set-up, as well as those extra needles and cutting knives, which are what allow you to trim and finish seams in a single step--with truly professional results.

Janome sergers also contain a wide range of options for stitch customization, giving you far more functionality than just creating a clean finish on the raw edges of seams. These sergers are great for working with nearly any texture or loft of fabric. Constructing quilts, garments, home décor items and more is easy, and you can use them on a wide variety of fabrics, including wool, fleece, velvet, chiffon, silk, cotton or fur.

Meet Two Very Capable Janome Sergers: 1100D And 1110DX

The 1100D Professional Serger combines automatic tension, an easy threading system, Flip Needle System and adjustable stitches to give you simply the best serging has to offer. Features like Automatic Tension, the Blanket Stitch, Stitch Information Display, and easy conversion to rolled hem make the 1100D Professional the most advanced and easy-to-use 4-thread serger from Janome.

The 1110DX makes serger sewing easy! Incorporating the differential feed system of two feed dogs, puckered edges on woven fabrics and stretched edges on knits are virtually eliminated. The rolled hem conversion feature eliminates the need to change the needle plate, foot, or tension setting for rolled hemming. And the color-coded guides are easy to follow for 2, 3, or 4 thread serging.

Try out both the 1100D Professional and the 1110DX sergers at your local Janome dealer.

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Friday, 15 March 2013 03:00

Exciting New Janome Partner: Bank Vacuums


Designed specifically for homes with a combination of wood, tile and area rugs.

658-exciting-new-janome-partner-bank-vacuumsSeveral years ago, Greg Bank, who owns a chain of successful vacuum stores in Florida, saw that his customers were moving away from wall-to-wall carpeting in their homes.

Increasingly, they were choosing a combination of wood, tile and area rugs. The problem for Greg and his customers was that the major vacuum makers were still designing machines for wall-to-wall carpeting. There were no machines available to clean a combination of surfaces at a reasonable price. 

So Mr. Bank designed and began manufacturing his own vacuum cleaner. And the Bank Vacuum Company was born.

The vacuums have whimsical names like The Bank Robber, The Bank Stickup, and The Bank President. But with features like a sealed hepa filtration system, digital power control, and state-of-the-art German designed floor nozzles--these machines are serious about cleaning.

Janome is excited to announce a special partnership with The Bank Vacuum Company where these powerful, value-added machines will be available at praticipating Janome dealers.

Bank vacuums are truly the most economical way to clean your home and remove harmful allergens and dust particles from the air that you breathe. Choose from cannister, upright, and electric broom models.

Check our Janome dealer locator to see who in your area carries Bank Vacuums. Look for this icon:alt

Then pay them a visit and try out a Bank Vacuum for yourself.

Find Out More At The Bank Vacuum Website

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Thursday, 14 March 2013 03:00

Improv Sewing: Book Review, Free Project Download & Gift With Purchase Opportunity


For a limited time only -- get Improv Sewing with the purchase of a Sewist 500.


Do you have beginner to intermediate sewing skills, a couple of hours, and a desire to create dozens of items to wear or to use to decorate your home?

Then authors Nicole Blum and Debra Immergut have written just the book for you.

The full title is Improv Sewing: A Freeform Approach to Creative Techniques; 101 Fast, Fun, and Fearless Projects: Dresses, Tunics, Scarves, Skirts, Accessories, Pillows, Curtains, and More.

This 320 page book is features 101 creative sewing projects -- all of which can be completed in less than a day - -some in less than an hour! Playful and inventive, they include clothing for all ages, accessories, home décor items, and furnishings. Most feature embellishments and decorative effects, simple touches that personalize a project with charm, and use interesting textural fabrics, such as jersey knits, linen, and felt...even paper and vinyl!

Nicole and Debra walk you through some sewing basics, demystify the lost art of simple pattern-making, provide visual guides to stitches, and give easy instructions for techniques such as appliqué, doodle-stitching, and layering of fabrics.

Free Project From Improv Sewing: Sketched Window Curtains

These airy window panels, with their dainty stitched lines on gossamer-thin fabric, seem to fill a room with soft breezes and sunlight even on a gloomy day. This project requires intermediate sewing skills, and can be completed in less than 2 hours, using any Janome sewing machine. Get complete project instructions online.

Get The Book Free With The Purchase Of A Sewist 500

The Janome Sewist 500 is a versatile machine with 25 stretch and utility stitches, an automatic 1-step buttonhole, and a convertible free arm. It's sturdy, easy-to-use, and gives you great Janome stitch quality.

For a limited time, when you purchase a Sewist 500, you can receive a free copy of the Improv Sewing book. Offer good at participating Janome dealers in the USA.

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