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Monday, 04 February 2013 00:00

Announcing The Winner Of Our "What Will You Make With Emerald?" Drawing

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Her entry won a box of Janome embroidery thread.

628-winner-of-what-will-you-make-with-emerald-drawingLast week we featured the "color of the year" as determined by the Pantone company. Each year they choose one color they believe will be significant in fashion, decorating, and design. For 2013 they chose emerald green.

We asked you to leave a comment, telling us what you'd make with this color. Then we selected a comment at random to win a box of Janome embroidery thread.

Congratulations to our winner Valerie Clinansmith of Marlette, MI. She said, "This is a beautiful color for all things Christmas--I would get started on a table cover for the coming season."

That's thinking ahead.

You can reward yourself with your own box of Janome Embroidery Thread, available at your local dealer.

See All Janome Thread Assortments

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Friday, 01 February 2013 03:00

Live! From Anna Maria Horner's Studio

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Here's what one of our favorite creative partners has been up to.

627-live-from-anna-maria-horners-studioWe are super excited to be filming our next two videos with Anna Maria Horner.

Anna is anticipating her new baby. And if you follow the link you'll see if she thinks it's a boy or a girl--she’s never been wrong with all 7 of her kids!

Despite being 5 months pregnant, Anna has been sewing more than ever with her Horizon Memory Craft 12000. She's working on two projects for Janome that will have complete patterns and instructions as well as the videos to go with them:
-Embroidered Short Shorts (yes, it's still winter but you can think ahead)
-Fabulous And Functional New Tote 

About the MC12000 Anna says, ". . . this machine is amazing!! I can't wait to share more about it with you!!!"

We can't wait to see what she comes up with. Her projects are always so creative and beautiful.

Stay tuned for the release, and get ready to be inspired. In the meantime, if you haven't see them yet, look at Anna's previous projects.

Go To Janome+Anna Maria

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Thursday, 31 January 2013 03:00

It's Easy To Access The Many Janome Video Tutorials

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Watch demonstrations for dozens and dozens of accessories and techniques.

626-its-easy-to-access-the-many-janome-video-tutorialsSometimes just having a sewing task explained to you with words and photos isn't enough. Sometimes you just need to see it demonstrated.

That's why we've produced more than 150 instructional video clips on everything from "how to install a lap zipper" to "how to calibrate your Clothsetter."

Where To Find The Instructional Videos 

Horizon Memory Craft 12000 standard and optional presser feet: 37 videos, covering most of the presser feet compatible with the machine.

Horizon Memory Craft AcuFil™ Quilting Kit: 6 videos showing you everthing you need to know to get started with the AcuFil™ Quilting Software.

Horizon Memory Craft 12000 General videos: 8 videos that show you the machine, tell you the Janome story, and even give you a factor tour.

Accessory & Presser Feet Videos: 62 videos that demonstrate dozens of 7 mm sewing feet.

Artistic Crystals: 9 videos demonstrating how to use the software.

Anna Maria Horner: 2 videos showing projects she's created for Janome.

Marie Osmond Demos The Memory Craft 11000 Special Edition: 9 videos where she talks about why she likes the machine.

Janome's Official YouTube channel: find 76 video tutorials for Digitizer MBX software, plus dozens and dozens of others.

If you find these tutorials helpful, check back here often and we'll let you know as we complete new ones.

Find Your Nearest Janome Dealer

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Wednesday, 30 January 2013 03:00

New Video: 9mm Straight Stitch Foot for the MC12000

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See the video for this essential quilting foot.

625-mc12k-video-9mm-straight-stitch-footThe straight stitch is the most basic stitch in machine sewing. But in many ways it's also the most important.

So many quilting and sewing projects rely on your machine's ability to make a precise straight stitch. And if you're sewing on really fine fabric or through a lot of layers, getting an accurate straight stitch is not a given.

The Horizon Memory Craft 12000 has an optional foot designed just for this stitch: the Straight Stitch Foot ST.

It works in conjunction with the MC12000's Straight Stitch Needle Plate, which has a smaller needle hole to better support your fabric as the needle penetrates. You get great results each time.

How To Use The Straight Stitch Foot ST

  1. Begin by installing the Straight Stitch Needle Plate.
  2. Attach the Straight Stitch Foot to your machine.
  3. On your machine's touch screen, go to Utility Stitches. Notice that when the Straight Stitch Needle Plate is installed, only the highlighted stitches are available.
  4. Choose a straight stitch
  5. And begin sewing.


Now you've made a beautiful straight stitch.

To see this demonstrated, watch the video Straight Stitch Foot ST: Sewing a precise straight stitch.

Try out this foot and all the other optional MC12000 presser feet at your authorized Janome dealer.

Watch The Straight Stitch Foot Video

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Tuesday, 29 January 2013 03:00

New Project: Amy Meek's Suitcase Sleeve

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Find your luggage quickly and easily on the carousel and in overhead bins.

624-new-project-amy-meeks-suitcase-sleeveHave you ever stood at the luggage claim area, trying to spot your little black suitcase among the sea of other little black suitcases?

Here's an easy solution: put a colorful, neoprene suitcase sleeve on it. Your luggage will be instantly recognizable, and protected from nicks and scuffing as it's loaded and unloaded. The sleeve easily slips on and off your suitcase, so it's TSA-friendly for carry-on pieces.

The Suitcase Sleeve project requires Beginner to Intermediate skills, and can be made on any Janome sewing machine. The time required is about one hour.  

Neoprene is a soft, resilient material often used to make wetsuits and knee braces. It can be sewn just like regular fabric. But don't try to iron it--it'll melt. (See Amy's instructions for flattening the seams.)

Get complete instructions for sewing your own Suitcase Sleeve.

Go To The Suitcase Sleeve Project

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Monday, 28 January 2013 03:00

Powered by Janome: Angela Pingel

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This former high school math teacher and interior designer runs the Cut to Pieces blog.

623-powered-by-janome-angela-pingleAngela Pingel first caught our attention when she won the 2012 Moda Bake Shop Sliced! competition. Her entry project was an adorable Owl Tag Along toddler backpack.

Her first place finish also made her a Janome sewist--the Grand Prize being a Horizon 7700 machine.

We wanted to highlight Angela's blog as a great place to find sewing tutorials, quilt alongs, free patterns, and lots of inspiration. She also sells her original designs through PatternShop and Etsy.

Angela's creations have been featured in 101 Patchwork Projects and Modern Patchwork by Interweave Press, 99 Modern Blocks by C&T Publishing, and she was actually featured on Moda Bake Shop prior to deciding to enter the Sliced! competition.

She's never taken any sewing classes but has taught herself to sew from patterns and books and eventually some online tutorials.  Angela says, "My mother used to make a few dresses for me when I was little and knew some basics that she passed on, but I quickly moved past her."

She discovered quilting when she was working in a fabric store in high school.  She had already been sewing garments for years.  She says, "I fell in love with quilting and haven't looked back!"

Angela decided to start her blog after becoming a stay-at-home mom. She had been a math teacher and an interior designer, but was looking for something that would be more flexible. Orignally, Cut to Pieces was a way to share all the projects she was making in online bees and swaps. Now it's that and so much more.

Angela got acquainted with Janome when she won her 7700. What she likes best about her machine is how well it quilts through many layers, and the built in AcuFeed system.  She says, "Both of these have made quilting much easier for me!"

Like all sewists and quilters, Angela feels like there are always so many projects and so little time.  She says, "I have lots on the horizon (pun intended) but one of the things I'm looking forward to is a new sew along on my blog making Princess Dresses from a single, simple pattern."

Visit Angel Pingel's blog, her Etsy shop, and PatternStop shop.

Janome's latest quilting dream machine is Horizon Memory Craft 8900 QCP. Try it at your local Janome dealer.

Go To Cut to Pieces

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Friday, 25 January 2013 00:00

Pantone's Color Of The Year For 2013

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This lively, radiant, lush green, is the Color of the Year for 2013.

622-pantones-color-of-the-year-for-2013The Pantone company of Carlstadt, NJ is the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries.

Each year they choose one color they believe will be significant in everything from t-shirts to tea kettles. For 2013 they chose emerald green.

According to Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®, "Green is the most abundant hue in nature – the human eye sees more green than any other color in the spectrum."

Leatrice says that like the gem stone, multifaceted Emerald continues to sparkle and fascinate. "Symbolically, Emerald brings a sense of clarity, renewal and rejuvenation, which is so important in today’s complex world. This powerful and universally appealing tone translates easily to both fashion and home interiors."

Since ancient times, Emerald has been the color of beauty and new life in many cultures and religions. It’s also the color of growth, renewal and prosperity. No other color conveys regeneration more than green.

We want to know what you think. So leave a comment below, answering the question: What would you like to make in this wonderful color?

By leaving a comment you'll be entered in a random drawing for a box of Janome Embroidery Thread. (Comments will be closed at the end of the day and the random winner will be notified by email. Contest open to US residents, 18 years or older.) 

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Thursday, 24 January 2013 00:00

Janome Heritage: The Sturdy RX-18s

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This economy machine had a sturdy inner frame made from a single piece of cast aluminum.

621-janome-heritage-the-sturdy-rx-18sBack in 1999 (and still today) you would see sewing machines in the discount stores for unbelievably low prices. They looked pretty good on the outside, but if you could open them up you'd see they had plastic stitch mechanisms, plastic frames, and sometimes no inner frame at all.

Sadly, many beginners who bought these machines blamed their own lack of skills when they couldn't sew a decent stitch.

That year Janome introduced a brand new basic machine with a cast aluminum internal frame and an all metal stitch mechanism. The RX-18s came with an economy price tag, making it the same price as many plastic models, but it offered sewists a much more solid experience.  

Its unusually sturdy construction made it a favorite for beginners and as a machine to use in sewing classrooms. It didn't come with a lot of fancy stitches, but the RX-18s gave beginners a chance to learn on a frustration-free machine with a solid feel and consistent stitch.

Even though the aluminum frame added all-important rigidity, it didn't add a lot of extra weight. So the RX-18s was also a favorite among sewists and quilters who liked to take it to class. And there are thousands of RX-18s still running strong today.

Janome continues to please new sewists with solid economy models like the Sewist 500, the 3/4 size Jem Gold 660, and the super sturdy HD1000.

Try them out for yourself at your local Janome dealer

Find Out More About The HD1000

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Wednesday, 23 January 2013 00:00

Video: The 9mm Ribbon/Sequin Foot For The MC12000

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This versatile foot can attach a variety of embellishments.

620-mc12k-video-the-9mm-ribbonsequin-footThe Horizon Memory Craft 12000 Ribbon/Sequin Foot RS is designed to take advantage of the machine's 9 mm stitch width.

This optional foot has a slot at the front through which you feed your ribbon, elastic, or--as we're highlighting today--strings of sequins.

You can can choose two different stitches for attaching sequins. With the zigzag the needle will penetrate on either side of the sequins, causing the thread to cross back and forth over the top. The straight stitch option has the needle penetrate the sequins to hold them in place.

Attaching Sequins On Your MC12000 With A Straight Stitch

  1. Attach the foot to your machine.
  2. Feed the sequins through the slot at the front.
  3. On the touch screen choose a straight stitch.
  4. Adjust the stitch length so you penetrate the sequins fewer times.
  5. Begin sewing at a slow speed, guiding the fabric and making sure the sequins are feeding evenly.


And now you've attached your sequins with a straight stitch.

Attaching Sequins On Your MC12000 With A Zigzag Stitch

  1. Set up the foot as before.
  2. On the touchscreen go to Utility Stitches.
  3. Choose a zigzag stitch.
  4. Adjust the width to 7 so the needle penetrates on either side of the sequins.
  5. Adjust the length to 5.
  6. Begin sewing at a slow speed, guiding the fabric and making sure the sequins are feeding evenly.


And now you've attached your sequins with a zigzag stitch.

To see this demonstrated watch the video Ribbon Sequin Foot RS (9mm): Attaching ribbons or sequins. You'll also learn how to use the Ribbon/Sequin Foot (9mm) to attach ribbon.

Find this and all the other MC12000 optional feet at your authorized Janome dealer.

Watch The Ribbon/Sequin Foot 9mm Video

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Tuesday, 22 January 2013 03:00

Polish Your Sewing Skills for the New Year

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Our friends at Sew4Home have collected their top 12 how-to tutorials from 2012.

619-polish-your-sewing-skills-for-the-new-yearYou can always learn something new to make your sewing faster, easier and better. Even if it's not a brand new technique, it may be a different way to look at a task that provides a more professional finish.

Our how-to-do-it pals at Sew4Home.com, where Janome America is the exclusive sewing machine sponsor, collected their twelve top instructional tutorials from 2012 on one handy page. Once, you're done with these, move on over to their Project Index for more great ideas and information. Their projects can be made on any Janome machine

Learn how to do shirring, make a rolled hem, create wave tucks, install an invisible zipper and more. Many of the tutorials use Janome-specific presser feet, some of which you may have overlooked in your everyday sewing. 

The goal is to give you the tools to make sewing easier, which will make it more fun, which will make it something you want to do more often... which will make your Janome machine(s) so happy!

S4H Top 12 Tutorials

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