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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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Monday, 21 January 2013 00:00

Cute As Can Be: Two Hello Kitty Machines That Really Sew

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You can combine adorable and functional.

618-cute-as-can-be-two-hello-kitty-machinesThese two Hello Kitty sewing machines are proof that great things can come in small packages.

Decorated with Hello Kitty graphics, they both come in a compact 3/4 size. But unlike "toy" machines, they both have real Janome stitch mechanisms, making them great for beginners or as take-along machines.

Hello Kitty 15822

With a weight of only 14 pounds and a width of just 14½", the Hello Kitty 15822 sewing machine has a size and weight that makes it easy to take with you. It comes with 22 built-in stretch and utility stitches, including a one-step buttonhole. And it sews them out at up to 650 stitches per minute.

Hello Kitty 18750

The Hello Kitty 18750 computerized sewing and quilting machine features 50 stitches, including 3 one-step buttonholes, which you can quickly select using the backlit LCD display. The machine has sewing speeds up to 820 stitches per minute, with excellent precision thanks in part to a 7-piece feed dog and the jam-proof horizontal full-rotary bobbin.

Relax your pedal foot and use the Start/Stop button. And when you finish a stitch just touch the Locking Stitch button, or use the Easy Reverse button.

Other Lightweight Janome Favorites

In addition to the two Hello Kitty models, Janome has an entire line of light weight machines. Some are full size and some 3/4. But they all have the popular stitches you want, the Janome precision you demand, and the durability you need to tote it from here to there. Find out more on our Lightweight Janome Favorites page.

See the entire line of Janome sewing machines at your local dealer.

More About The Hello Kitty 18750

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Friday, 18 January 2013 00:00

Quilting On The New MC8900QCP & 8200QC

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Add this to your quilting list for the weekend.

617-quilting-on-the-new-mc8900qcp-8200qcWe can tell you all about how much fun it is to quilt on the new Horizon Memory Craft 8900QCP and 8200QC. But you really have to try them out for yourself.

So we're officially inviting you to duck into your local dealer and give them a test drive.

We're hearing some great feedback from quilters who have brought home the machines and have had a chance to work on them.

Of course, they love the easily measurable features like the 11 inches of bed space and the 9 mm wide stitches. But they also keep talking about the impressions they get while quilting--like how smooth the free motion quilting feels and how quiet the machine is.

If you're going to be spending a lot of time with your quilting machine (and we hope that's your case), smooth and precise operation becomes a big deal.

How To Tell The Two Machines Apart

The MC8900QCP has a gray front panel, comes standard with the AcuFeed Flex™ fabric feeding system, has 270 stitches, and can sew at 1,000 stitches per minute.

The MC8200QC is all white, has 120 stitches, sews at 820 spm, and offers the AcuFeed Flex™ fabric system as well.

See a complete comparison chart.

These new machines were designed to open up new possibilities for quilters at every skill level. They will enable you to take on those ambitious projects your old machine just couldn't handle because of lack of bed space, insufficient power, an inadequate feeding system, or other limitations.

For complete details on both machines go to our MC8900QCP/MC8200QC website. Then try them out for yourself at your local authorized Janome dealer.

Go To The MC8900/8200 Website

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Thursday, 17 January 2013 00:00

Video: MC12000 Piping Foot I

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Watch how easy it is to create your own custom piping.

616-video-mc12000-piping-footCustom piping really gives your home decor and garment projects a professional finish.

The Piping Foot I (9mm) is an optional accessory that makes it easy to sew your own piping on your Horizon Memory Craft 12000.

The foot has a groove on the bottom which feeds your bias tape wrapped around the cording. You can use purchased bias tape, or you can cut your own bias strip out of the fabric you choose.

Making Your Own Piping On The MC12000

  1. Begin by folding the fabric over the cord, right sides out.
  2. Attach the Piping Foot to your machine.
  3. On the touch screen, go to Utility Stitches. Select a straight stitch. If you want to sew closer to the cord, adjust the needle position.
  4. Align the folded fabric under the foot so the cord is in the groove on the bottom of the foot. Make sure the needle will penetrate as close to the cording as possible. 
  5. Begin sewing.


And now you've created your own custom piping.

To see this demonstrated watch the video Piping Foot I (9mm): Making your own piping.

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

Watch How To Make Your Own Piping

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Wednesday, 16 January 2013 00:00

Powered By Janome: Gen X Quilters

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She used to design emergency braking systems for semi-trucks. Now she designs beautiful quilts.

615-powered-by-janome-gen-x-quiltersAnneMarie Chany started her blog Gen X Quilters after going to her first NQA Quilt Show in Columbus, Ohio in 2010. She wanted to help younger quilters--so called Generation X and Generation Y--to connect. Her blogroll is now a directory of more than 230 other blogs run by the next generation of quilters.

In addition to being a place for quilters to connect, her blog is also full of tutorials and inspiration, and the place to purchase AnneMarie's original quilt block designs. And we're proud to say she does her quilting on a Janome Memory Craft.

AnneMarie's first career was as an Industrial Engineer in the automotive industry--an unusual place for a woman. She helped design pneumatic ABS modulator valves for semi-trucks, straight trucks, and school buses. The end result was better, safer stopping, which resulted in many lives saved. She went on to do analysis of vehicle crash data, which helped her state set safer policies.

Her career as a quilter began after she stayed home to raise her three sons. She had tried other kinds of sewing but never quilting. She loved it.

"My engineering background significantly influences my approach to quilting," she says. "As an engineer, you are trained to think a certain way.  Writing or following methodical procedures, attention to detail, measurement, precision and problem solving are fundamental."  She says that quilting and designing her own quilts allows her to "flex her engineering brain," using all of those fundamentals in a creative and artful way.

AnneMarie first discovered Janome when her sister-in-law, a professional costume designer/seamstress, bought her a basic 3125. AnneMarie says she didn't know a thing about sewing.  Not even how to thread a machine.  Fortunately, the 3125 turned out to be a good machine for her to learn on.

When she decided she wanted a sewing machine designed for quilter's needs, AnneMarie bought a Memory Craft 4900 QC.  She says, "It's a powerful little workhorse, yet still small enough that I am able to travel with it to sew-ins.  When switching from a basic machine, I liked that the 4900 has several hundred decorative stitches and monogram alphabets, automatic thread tensioning, a top loading bobbin, and snap on presser feet.  I use it a lot.  A LOT."

In the coming year AnneMarie is looking forward to the Sisters' Ten Modern Block of the Month program she's hosting on her blog.  It's a free BOM quilt she designed using traditional blocks, all based around the favorite women in quilters' lives, but set in a very modern and unique way.  She's also working on publishing more patterns from her original designs.

Visit AnneMarie Chany's blog Gen X Quilters. And to see the latest Horizon Memory Craft quilting machines, visit your local Janome dealer.

Go To Gen X Quilters

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Tuesday, 15 January 2013 00:00

Using The Quilt Binder Set For The MC12000

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Designed for quilts, this accessory can help you bind other projects too.

614-using-the-quilt-binder-set-for-the-mc12000This classic attachment is now available for the Horizon Memory Craft 12000.

The Quilt Binder Set is the perfect accessory for quick and trouble-free binding. With a design based on industrial binding attachments, it can finish the edges of your thickest quilts. And you can use it in conjunction with your AcuFeed Flex™ feeding system.

Your strip of binding fabric is fed into the funnel, where it is folded over your quilt layers and then stitched down for a 1/2" finished binding.

Two upper screws on the attachment allow you to adjust the fold of the fabric. You can set them at the same length for a straight stitch, or set the bottom a bit further than the top for a blanket stitch.

See our page of Tips For Sewing With The Quilt Binder Set. Learn how to get your needle as close to edge as possible, how to adjust for an extra thick quilt, and more.

The Quilt Binder Set For The MC12000 is available at your authorized Janome Dealer.

Find Out More About The Quilt Binder Set

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Monday, 14 January 2013 00:00

Valentine's Day A Month Away: Projects At Sew4Home In The New Kissing Booth Fabric

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Sew something sweet for your sweetie pie.

613-s4h-projects-in-the-new-kissing-booth-fabricCan you believe it?! Valentine's Day is just a month away. There's still time to make something wonderful, and our friends at Sew4Home.com, where Janome America is the exclusive sewing machine sponsor, have four wonderful ideas done up in the brand new Kissing Booth collection by BasicGrey for Moda Fabrics.

The Editors at Sew4Home described the collection for us, "We're big BasicGrey fans here at S4H, and so were anxious to work with their latest collection. The colors are traditional Valentine's favorites: plenty of reds, pinks, creams and browns, but we loved how the tones were richer and warmer than usual, and they sound so delicious: Cherry Cordial, Candy Pink, Crème Brûlée and Chocolate. The motifs have a softly vintage feel, as if you've discovered a treasure box of love letters tucked inside an ancient trunk. Yet there's nothing old-fashioned; the lines are clean and fresh."

There's an elegant half apron, a beautiful gift basket (shown in the photo above), a cuddly patchwork lap blanket with fleece backing so there's no need for batting, and an amazing eReader carrier. Sew4Home projects can be made with any Janome machine, but several specialty feet are called into play to make tasks faster and easier, like the Walking foot, the Satin Stitch foot and the Quarter Inch Seam foot.

Stitch up something sweet today!

Go to Sew4Home

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Friday, 11 January 2013 00:00

Why You'll Love The Extra Large Foot Control

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A little bigger makes it a little more comfortable.

612-why-youll-love-the-extra-large-foot-controlIt's always nice to have a little extra room to work. And the same goes for your foot.

The Extra Large Foot Controller is a larger version of the standard foot control. The larger pedal area makes it easier for your foot to find it under your sewing table. And it can also help you find a more comfortable position for your foot.

The new Extra Large Foot Controller fits all Janome computerized sewing machines.

Try it out at your local Janome dealer.

Find Out More About The Extra Large Foot Controller

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Thursday, 10 January 2013 00:00

When It Comes To Janome Heritage Machines, Facebook Fans Like the MC8000 Best

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This landmark embroidery machine is still a favorite among Janome owners.

611-for-heritage-machines-facebook-fans-like-the-mc8000-bestBack in December we asked our Facebook fans to tell us about their favorite Janome machine that's no longer made (we call these Heritage models).

As you might guess from our headline, the overwhelming favorite was the machine pictured to the right, the Memory Craft 8000. Most of our commenters said they were still using their 8000 and that it was still going strong--not that we're surprised. 

The MC8000 caused quite a stir in the sewing world when Janome released it in 1990. It was the first home sewing machine that would allow you to do professional-style embroidery. For the first time you could just bring up a design on the screen, hoop up your fabric, and stitch it out. This really was amazing.

And it didn't even need a bulky embroidery attachment.

You could do multi-color embroidery designs. You could build a design library of Memory Cards. And with the Scan 'n Sew, you could scan any line art and turn it into a design.

The MC8000 was also the first of the three-in-one machines, where you could do sewing and quilting along with the embroidery. Switching between modes was as easy a choosing your function on the "ultra-modern" touchscreen. Its monogramming function was also very popular.

The Memory Craft 8000 was a best-seller and as Facebook demonstrates, there are many sewists still using theirs today.

Now, 22 years later, the 5th generation Horizon Memory Craft 12000 is Janome's top-of-the-line model. But this amazing sewing and embroidery machine would not have been possible to make without the breakthrough technology of the MC8000.

It truly is a Heritage machine.

See Other Retired Machines Still Going Strong

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Wednesday, 09 January 2013 00:00

Serger Project: Beaded Table Runner

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Create a table runner with decorative rolled hem stitching and beaded trim.

610-serger-project-beaded-table-runnerA quick way to dress up your dining table is with an elegant table runner.

Katie Vardijan shows you how to make one in about an hour--including the fancy beading along the edge. The trick to getting it done so quickly? You do the decorative rolled hem stitching and beaded trim on your Janome serger!

The Beaded Table Runner project can be made with beginner sewing skills. You can use any Janome sewing machine and serger, and will also need the beading attachment. Get complete instructions online.

If you haven't used it before, this is a great project for trying out the rolled hem stitch on your serger. Follow the directions in your manual and you'll learn one of the most-used serger stitches.

Of course, you can always try out the complete line of Janome sewing machines and sergers at your local Janome dealer.

GoTo Table Runner Project

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