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Friday, 21 December 2012 03:00

New How-to Tutorials at Sew4Home Feature Janome Presser Feet

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597-s4h-new-how-to-tutorials-feature-janome-presser-feetSewing with Rayon, Linen, Velvet & Velveteen plus Machine Sewn Finish Tips.

Our creative friends at Sew4Home, where Janome America is the exclusive sewing machine sponsor, are also our helpful friends. We are always happy to see their great how-to tutorials. Even when you've been sewing many years, you can always use a little refresher. And, often, you can find a new spin on an old technique.

Plus, all the Sew4Home technique tutorials feature Janome presser feet, so you can see exactly what's best for sewing with special substrates, such as velvet and linen, as well as which feet are best for finishing seams

Here are a few recent articles we recommend:

Sewing with Velvet & Velveteen

Working with Rayon & Linen

Successful Sewing with Laminated Cottons

Most Popular Machine Sewn Finishes

French Seams

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Thursday, 20 December 2012 03:00

New Video: Wide Pintucking Foot for the MC12000

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596-mc12k-new-video-wide-pintucking-footCreate wide pintucks on your Horizon Memory Craft 12000.

A little over a week ago, we featured the Narrow Pintucking Foot for the Horizon Memory Craft 12000. Go here to read it. (The article also has a link to the instructional video.)

Today, we're talking about the Wide Pintucking Foot for the MC12000. It's another optional foot that uses a twin needle to sew evenly spaced pintucks, about 3mm apart.

What are pintucks? They're little decorative ridges (or tucks), usually sewn in narrow rows. The ridge is created when a narrow piece of cording is placed under your fabric and you stitch on either side of it with a twin needle. To sew them you need a pintucking foot working in conjunction with a pintucking cord guide.

The Wide Pintucking Foot uses the Wide Pintucking Cord Guide, which can feed cord from 1.5 to 2.5mm in diameter.

Creating Wide Pintucks On Your MC12000

  1. Begin by removing the clear bobbin case cover and installing the Wide Pintucking Cord Guide.
  2. Install a twin needle with the same width as the distance between the grooves in the Wide Pintucking Foot.
  3. Thread your machine with a second spool of thread.
  4. Attach the Wide Pintucking Foot to your machine.
  5. Raise the foot and pull your cord through the cord guide.
  6. On the touch screen of your machine go to Utility Stitches. Select a straight stitch. And choose Twin Needle.
  7. Position your fabric over the cord so that the twin needles come down on either side.
  8. Begin sewing your first row.


You've created a wide, corded pintuck. 

To create multiple rows, position the previous pintuck in the groove on the bottom of the foot and stitch down your next row beside it.

To see this demonstrated, watch the video Pintucking Foot Wide N1: Making Wide Pintucks.

Try this optional MC12000 accessory at your nearest, authorized Janome dealer.

Watch The Wide Pintucking Foot Video

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Wednesday, 19 December 2012 03:00

Dear Santa: I Have Been Very, Very, VERY Good

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595-dear-santa-i-have-been-very-very-very-goodFill out your list with great machine and accessories from our Holiday Wish Book.

Maybe you can't go sit on Santa's knee--and probably shouldn't try--but you can still fill out your holiday wish list. That way you can slip it to a certain "somebody" who is racking their brains for gift ideas for you.

The list we're talking about is available on the Janome Holiday Wish Book page. First of all, you'll want to browse through the Wish Book to find everthing from your dream sewing machine with a special bonus package to software to presser feet. You can do that online, or view the PDF on your computer, or print it out on good old paper.

Then at the bottom of the Wish Book page you'll find the link to download the wish list with coupons as a PDF file. (Direct link here.) Print it out, check off all your wishes, then pass it along to your favorite Santa.

These really are once-a-year specials. So don't wait to start wishing.

Look for the Janome Holiday Wishbook icon in our Dealer Locator indicating participating dealers near you. Offers good through December 31, 2012 at participating Janome dealers in the USA.

Go To Holiday Wish Book Online

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Tuesday, 18 December 2012 03:00

The Horizon Memory Craft 12000 Clothsetter Has Arrived!

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594-mc12k-clothsetter-has-arrivedThis Janome exclusive is now available for your top-of-the-line embroidery machine.

Let's say you've created an amazing large-scale embroidery design on your computer. And you have a very precise embroidery machine to stitch it out. Now all you need is an extremely precise way to position the various parts of the design on your fabric.

This is the where the Clothsetter comes in. It's an embroidery positioning device you calibrate to your specific Memory Craft machine that allows you place your designs with perfect precision.

And now you can get the Clothsetter for the MC12000.

How The Clothsetter Works

Using your embroidery software, you print a color template of your design on semi-transparent paper. You then set the template on your fabric, moving it around until you have it in exactly the right position. With a fabric pen, you mark the position of the template on your fabric. Then you put your embroidery hoop in the Clothsetter, and using the crosshairs as your guide, position your fabric so your Memory Craft will stitch the design in exactly the right spot.

 It really does take the guesswork out of embroidery placement.

Ask your local, authorized Janome dealer to show you how to use the Clothsetter for your MC12000.

Find Out More About MC12000 Clothsetter

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Monday, 17 December 2012 03:00

Today's The Final Day of the Amazing Holiday Facebook Contest

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593-final-day-of-the-amazing-holiday-facebook-contestFive HUGE stocking stuffers. Total prizes valued at more than $2,000. And it ends TODAY.

You know the old saying, "You can't win if you don't enter." Today (12/17/2012) is the final day of the Stuff Your Crafty Stocking Giveaway. For the past week we've teamed up with some fantastic bloggers and companies to help you have the craftiest Christmas ever.

You have lots of chances to win: 5 different "stockings" are being given away. And the fifth stocking, full of online sewing lessons, will have 10 winners! If you love sewing, there are lots of prizes worth going for--from a Janome sewing machine to fabulous fabric packs, and more. For complete prize details, see the entry page.

Entering the Stuff Your Crafty Stocking Giveaway is easy. Go to the entry page, read about all the prizes, then scroll to the bottom to enter.

Enter The Giveaway

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Friday, 14 December 2012 03:00

Jewish Fabric Designs by Fay Nicoll

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592-jewish-fabric-designs-by-fay-nicollJanome Dealer creates unique Judaica designs in Embroidery, Fabric, and More!

A passion for quilting, a great eye for color and design, and a calling to preserve and honor the past: these are qualities found in many creative sewists. But one Janome dealer took these talents one step further. Fay Nicoll of Sunshine Sewing Company, Inc. in Margate, Florida, created a line of fabric and patterns dedicated to her family's rich religious history, Fay Nicoll Judaica Designs.

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Thursday, 13 December 2012 00:00

Holiday Projects & Design Downloads From Artistic

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591-holiday-projects-and-design-downloads-from-artisticCreated for you by Artistic Educator, LuAnn Hartley.

Think of it as your little holiday gift from Artistic. Each project starts with embroidery and ends with a little bling.

Noel Wallhanging
Express your love of the season with this beautiful Noel Wallhanging quilt project. With applique, embroidery, and crystal accents, this piece will put any room in the holiday spirit! Project includes appliqué letters for N O E L, and the candy canes embroidery file as a .jef. About 13" x 36" when complete.
Go to the Noel Wallhanging project

Curly Christmas Tree Gift Bag
Put you own creative touch on holiday projects using built in features of the Artistic software. You’ll be amazed at how one design can be turned into a boutique item by simple re-sizing, duplicating and creative placement. This project includes instructions for creating Christmas tree embroidery and crystals design. And then separate instructions for sewing the gift bag.
Go to the Curly Christmas Tree Gift Bag project

Fancy-Fill Christmas Tree
This fancy Christmas tree will decorate any holiday piece perfectly! You get the best of both beautiful embroidery and shiny bling on this design. It can be used to embellish most any item you'd like, but you'll see directions here for how to make a decorative tea-towel.
Go to the Fancy-Fill Christmas Tree project.

Your Christmas Bonus: 8 Great Holiday Design Templates
Artistic wants to thank all of our customers this holiday season the best way we know how --- with free Bling! Feel free to use these great crystal designs created by Artistic's very own LuAnn Hartley on anything you'll be creating for the holidays and all year long.
Go to 8 Great Holiday Design Templates

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Artistic software makes it easy to create a designs with both crystals and embroidery. Find them at your nearest Artistic dealer.

Find Out More About Artistic Crystals

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Wednesday, 12 December 2012 00:00

Seasonal Specials On Thread And Quilting Accessories In The Holiday Wish Book

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590-wishbook-specials-on-thread-and-quilting-accessoriesSave up to 20% on the items you'll use all year.

The 2012 Holiday Wishbook has dozens of valuable coupons for discounts on all kinds of things you need for sewing, quilting and embroidery. But don't wait too long to visit your local participating Janome dealer, because the offers end on December 31st.

Use Your Coupons For Thread And Pre-Wound Bobbin Sets

Using your Wish Book coupon you can save 15% on the IRIS Ultra Cotton Quilting Thread Kit. And you can save 20% on Polyester Embroidery Thread Assortments.

Pre-wound bobbins are time-savers you always want on hand. Use the coupon to save 20% on Janome Pre-Wound Bobbins. And get $5.00 off your purchase of Blue Bobbins in Special Bobbin Box.

Save On A Wide Range Of Quilting Accessories

If you love to quilt, you have lots to wish for in the Wish Book. Start with discounts on quilting feet for your sewing machine. Save 20% on Ditch Quilting Feet, Clear View Quilting Foot & Guide Set, Quarter Inch Seam Foot O, and 10% on the Even Feed Foot (Walking Foot) with Quilt Guide Sets. You can also save 20% on the Quilt Binder Set.

If you want to do stippling in the hoop, get the AcuFil™ Quilting Kit for the Horizon Memory Craft 12000 at a 10% discount.

The wrist-saving, ergonomic TrueCut Package by Grace Company is 10% off. And the Baltimore Revisited Quilt Collection by Anita Goodesign is 20% off.

Get complete details on these and other accessory offers, and the special packages on quilting and sewing machines in our Holiday Wishbook. You can flip through it online or download to browse as a PDF. (With 25 pages of offers and coupons, it's well-worth a look.) 

Then go see everything in person at your dealer. Look for the Janome Holiday Wishbook icon in our Dealer Locator indicating participating dealers near you. Offers good through December 31, 2012 at participating Janome dealers in the USA.

Go To Our Online Holiday Wishbook 2012

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Tuesday, 11 December 2012 00:00

Holiday Facebook Contest: Win One Of Five Prize Packages

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589-holiday-facebook-contest-win-one-of-five-prize-packagesFive HUGE stocking stuffers. The total of all prizes is valued at more than $2,000!

Now through December 17th we're excited to team up with some fantastic bloggers and companies to help you have the craftiest Christmas ever.

Enter the Stuff Your Crafty Stocking Giveaway for your chance to win one of five HUGE stocking stuffers. The total of all prizes is valued at more than $2,000!

You have a chance to win everything from a Janome sewing machine to fabulous fabric packs to online sewing classes. See the entry page for complete prize details.

Contest ends 12/17/2012.

Enter The Giveaway

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Monday, 10 December 2012 00:00

New MC12000 Video: How To Make Narrow Pintucks

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588-mc12k-video-how-to-make-narrow-pintucksHere's how to create this elegant effect with your Horizon Memory Craft 12000.

Pintucks are little decorative ridges (or tucks), usually sewn in narrow rows. You've seen them on fancy pillows and garments, and on elegant quilts. The ridge is created when a narrow piece of cording is placed under your fabric and you stitch on either side of it with a twin needle. On a machine you create pintucks with a pintucking foot working in conjunction with a pintucking cord guide. 

Your MC12000 has two optional feet for creating pintucks. Today we'll be featuring the Pintucking Foot Narrow D2. It works in conjunction with the Narrow Pintucking Cord Guide (which can use cord up to 1.5 mm in diameter). Together they help you create rows of pintucks that are evenly spaced about 2mm apart.

Creating Narrow Pintucks On Your MC12000

  1. Remove the clear bobbin case cover from your machine and install the Narrow Pintucking Cord Guide.
  2. Install a twin needle with the same width as the distance between the grooves in the Narrow Pintuck Foot.
  3. Thread your machine with a second spool of thread.
  4. Attach the foot to your machine.
  5. Raise the foot and pull your cord (up to 1.5 mm wide) through the cord guide. 
  6. On the touch screen of your machine go to Utility Stitches. Select a straight stitch. And choose Twin Needle.
  7. Position your fabric over the cord so that the twin needles come down on either side.
  8. Begin sewing.


And you've created a narrow corded pintuck.

To create multiple rows, position the previous pintuck in the groove on the bottom of the foot and stitch down your next row beside it.

See this demonstrated by watching the video Pintucking Foot Narrow D2: Making Narrow Pintucks.

Try out this foot for yourself and see all the MC12000 optional feet at your local, authorized Janome dealer.

Watch Narrow Pintucking Foot Video

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