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Friday, 04 January 2013 03:00

Powered by Janome: Candace of Saltwater Quilts


This Texas blogger is a recent convert to the joys of machine quilting.

606-powered-by-janome-candace-of-saltwater-quiltsCandace Villarreal has been quilting since her teens, and using her Janome to make the quilt tops. But it's been only about a year since she discovered how much fun it could be to complete her whole quilt by machine.

Now a stay-at-home mom, she sells her original quilt designs on Etsy and posts her helpful tutorials on her blog Saltwater Quilts. And we're proud to say she does her work on three Janome machines.

Candace's mother taught her to sew. And her grandmother introduced her to quilting. Candace remembers visiting her grandmother and seeing her working on a beautiful quilt by hand. She immediately fell in love.

Of her grandmother she says, "She only hand pieces and hand quilts and is always working on a new project.  She taught me so much about quilting and started my obsession with quilts." Candace completed her first quilt at age 16. It was a large 96" x 96" quilt, made from the Road to Oklahoma pattern, that she machine pieced and hand quilted. She says that with its age it has become so soft and comfortable, it only makes her want to use it more.

Like many of the entrepreneurs we've feature on Powered By Janome, Candace had a corporate career before she started her quilting business. She worked in banking. "It wasn't my dream job," she says. "Quilting is my dream job."

Last year she started  her Saltwater Quilting blog, which gets its name from her girlhood home on Florida's Emerald Coast. She posts her bright, fresh quilts and related projects, along with lots of great ideas and tutorials.

One of the reasons Candace now loves machines quilting is because of her limited time. "I can accomplish so many more projects with machine quilting and I love the immediate gratification that comes from accomplishing a quilt in a short time," she says.  "Don't get me wrong, I love hand quilting and the special personal qualities that it adds to a quilt.  I always have a quilt sandwich sitting around that I can pick up and hand quilt when I get the chance."

She discovered Janome machines when her boyfriend (now her husband) bought her one for her birthday. What a guy! After researching machines, he chose the Janome Harmony 4052.

Candace says, "I immediately fell in love with how easy it was to use and I have never had any problems with it."  After using it for many years, she decided it was time to purchase a new and bigger machine.  She wanted one with a larger workspace that would make quilting and larger projects easier.  While visiting the Janome booth at the Houston Quilt Show she discovered--and  fell in love with--the Janome Horizon 7700.

She says, "My Horizon is just as easy to use as the Harmony, but it can do so much more and is such a workhorse!  It handles big projects without a hiccup.  I still use my Harmony when I am sewing away from home."

Her third  Janome is a MyLock 634D Serger.  She says that many sewers are intimidated by sergers, but it really is the easiest machine to use.  Threading is simple thanks to the step-by-step diagrams on the machine.  She really likes how the 634D adds such a neat and clean finish to any project.  

Candace is currently planning a new slew of quilts and patterns for her online shop. But not a new brand of sewing machine. She says, "I have always owned Janome machines and plan on keeping it that way." 

See her tutorials on her Saltwater Quilts blog, and browse her current patterns in her Etsy shop.

Try out the Horizon 7700QCP and 634D serger at your local Janome dealer.

Go To Saltwater Quilts

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Thursday, 03 January 2013 03:00

Digitizer MBX Windows 8 Update


You can now run your Digitizer Software on a computer with Windows 8.

607-digitizer-mbx-updateIf you've upgraded your PC to Windows 8 or purchased a new one that's running this operating system, you can now install Digitizer MBX or Jr V4 thanks to the latest software update.

Go to the Digitizer V4 software update for Windows 8 page for instructions and links to the software downloads. This is a two step process, requiring you to first install a driver for the software dongle, so be sure to carefully follow the instructions. 

Unlimited Creativity In Stitches

Janome's Digitizer software was developed in a collaborative effort with Wilcom International, the industry's top embroidery software developer. It combines easy-to-use functionality with a powerful software engine to give you the freedom to express yourself.

From editing individual stitches to layouts of large, multi-hoop designs and full stitch-out simulations, Digitizer can handle it all with ease.

Whether you are new to digitizing or a seasoned professional, enter the future of embroidery with the Digitizer series of software from Janome. Find out more about it at your Janome dealer.

Go To Digitizer Software Update

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Wednesday, 02 January 2013 03:00

New Project: Milinda Stephenson's Easy Make-up Bag


This fully lined bag is easy to make.

605-project-easy-make-up-bagA great way to learn a new technique is to try it in a useful project. Milinda Stephenson has created instructions to show you an easy method for sewing a zipper into a lined bag.

You can make this with Beginner skills in about an hour. And you can use any Janome sewing machine. (You'll also need a Zipper Foot for your machine.)

This project uses a 9" zipper so it is the perfect size for a Make-Up bag, but you can easily modify the design to use a smaller zipper for a change purse, gift bag, or anything else you can think of.

Milinda says, "You can make this bag tiny enough for coins, or large enough for an ipad or laptop case. Just use a larger zipper and cut your fabric into larger rectangles!"

Get complete instructions online.

Go To Easy Makeup Bag Project

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Tuesday, 01 January 2013 03:00

Welcome to 2013 from Janome America


Wishing you and your family a prosperous New Year.

604-happy-new-years-day-from-janomeIt looks like we've made it through another year (and proved all those end-of-the-world predictions wrong).

Thank you for being a part of the Janome community. We hope this new year brings you even more chances to express your creativity.

From all of us at Janome America. 

Happy New Year

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Monday, 31 December 2012 03:00

Artistic® Crystals Party in The Big Easy


603-artistic-crystals-mary-carollos-party-in-new-orleansBringing the bling to New Orleans.

The fleur-de-lis is the symbol of New Orleans. And it really looks great when you make it with rhinestones.

So it was only natural that it was one of the most popular designs at the Artistic Crystals party presented by Janome Educator Mary Carollo in the Big Easy.

After taking the ladies on a tour of the Artistic V6 software, she made sure everybody had a chance to put some bling on an item they'd brought. As you can see from the pictures below, everybody was having a good time.


"Big Easy" is a great description of the process. The software makes it easy to do large designs that look terrific when you apply the rhinestones.

If you want a two minute explanation of how easy to is to do this with Artistic software, watch the video from an Artistic Crystals Party we had out on the West Coast.

To try out Artistic Crystals for yourself, go to the Artistic Dealer Locator to find the dealer nearest you.

Find Out More About Artistic Crystals

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Friday, 28 December 2012 03:00

Final Weekend For Wishing!


602-wish-book-final-weekend-ends-dec-31Just a few more days to take advantage of the Holiday Wish Book specials.

The Old Year isn't the only thing that's going away on Monday.

It's also the final day for you to get the deals in the Janome Holiday Wish Book.

Looking for a new embroidery machine or quilting machine? Until 12/31/2012 you can bring one home and get a special monthly bonus package. 

The Wish Book also has coupons good for everything from software to presser feet to dress forms and sewing furniture. These really are once-a-year specials. So don't wait until it's too late.

You have a number of ways to view the specials. Browse through the Wish Book online, or download the PDF to view 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 them out and take them with you to your participating Janome dealer.

How do you know which dealer is participating? 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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Thursday, 27 December 2012 03:00

New Rhinestone Collections for Artistic® Crystals


601-new-artistic-crystals-memory-cardsExplore 3 new pattern packs and 2 new font packs.

The fun thing about bling is that you can add it to almost anything. Do you know a special cheerleader? Take a plain sweatshirt add rhinestones across the back that say CHEER and suddenly she's the envy of the squad.

Artistic has just released five new collections that give you creative possibilities for all kinds of occasions. It's so easy to add rhinestones when you have Artistic Suite V6.0 software.

Three New Artistic Rhinestone Collections Pattern Packs

These special crystal design packages offer you completed designs that are ready to go:

Rhinestone Pattern Pack 1 - Bridal, Christian, Crowns & Fleur de Lis, Dance & Cheer, and Floral.
Download the design menu for Pattern Pack 1 as a PDF. 

Rhinestone Pattern Pack 2 - Animals, Biker, Mascots, Mom Designs, and Sports.
Download the design menu for Pattern Pack 2 as a PDF. 

Rhinestone Pattern Pack 3 - Beach, Holiday, Symbols, Slogans, and Western.
Download the design menu for Pattern Pack 3 as a PDF. 

Two New Artistic Rhinestone Collections Font Packs

Rhinestone Font Collection 1 - Block Regular and College Large.
Download the font menu for Font Collection 1 as a PDF.

Rhinestone Font Collection 2 - Arial Large, Arial Medium.
Download the font menu for Font Collection 2 as a PDF. 

These New Collections Are Easy To Use

Simply open in your Artistic software to create your design, then send to your digital cutter. Perfect for crystal embellished clothing, home decor, and sewing projects.

Find out more about Artistic software. Find your nearest Artistic dealer

See The New Rhinestone Collections

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Wednesday, 26 December 2012 03:00

New Video: Long Quilting Guide Bar Set for the MC12000


600-mc12k-new-video-long-quilting-guide-bar-setDon't waste time drawing straight lines on your quilt top!

The Long Quilting Guide Bar Set is an optional accessory that allows you to do even rows of decorative stitching with your Horizon Memory Craft 12000 or other Janome machine. You use it for techniques like window paning and channel stitching.

The set comes with two guide bars. One is for the left side of the presser foot and the other is for the right. And they fit any Janome sewing machine.

On The MC12000 you can use the guide bars with the AcuFeed Straight Stitch Foot, or with the regular ankle. In both cases you also insert the bar into the hole on the side of the ankle.

How To Use The Long Quilting Guide Bar Set On Your MC12000

  1. Before you attach the presser foot holder (or ankle) to your machine, insert the Quilting Guide Bar into the hole on the side.
  2. Attach the ankle to your machine and your presser foot.
  3. Adjust the desired distance between your rows of stitches by sliding the bar in or out.
  4. Choose a stitch and sew your first row.
  5. On your next row, align your fabric so the guide is directly over your first line of stitching.
  6. Continue to use the bar to guide your subsequent rows of stitching.

To see this demonstrated, watch the video Long Quilting Guide Bar Set: Creating rows of channel stitching.

Try this and all the other optional accessories for the MC12000 at your authorized Janome dealer.

Watch The Long Arm Quilting Guide Bar Video

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Tuesday, 25 December 2012 03:00

Merry Christmas from All of Us at Janome America!


599-merry-christmas-from-janomeWishing you and your family all the best.

We hope Santa filled your stocking with lots of good things. And that you get time today to play with some of your new sewing and quilting "toys."

From all of us at Janome America.

Merry Christmas

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Monday, 24 December 2012 03:00

MC12000 AcuFil™ Quilting Kit Designs: See Them All


598-new-acufil-upgrade-kit-designsThe upgrade gives you 70 stunning designs for stippling in the hoop.

The AcuFil™ Quilting Kit is an optional accessory that adds a whole new way to finish quilt tops on your Horizon Memory Craft 12000.

You create your stippling layout on your computer, print a template, and send the design to your MC12000 for stitching. The stippling across your whole quilt is so accurately placed, it looks like it was done on a longarm machine.

The kit comes with a collection of 70 designs, including Stippling Designs, Feathers, Free Motion Style Motifs, Stipple Fills and selected MC12000 Quilting Designs. Choose from both free standing designs and combinable design elements. All ready to be stitched out with unmatched Janome quality.

See the complete AcuFil™ Quilting Kit design collection as a PDF file.

Along with the Design Collection, the kit includes two other major components:
-AcuFil™ Quilting Tool software, which makes it easy to create stippling layouts to cover your entire quilt as well as other embroidery layouts for quilt sqares.
-AcuFil™ Square Quilting Hoop (8.7" x 8.7"), which uses our exclusive magnetic clamps.

It's everything you need for beautiful stippling in the hoop.

See How Easy It Is: Watch Our Video Series On How To Use The AcuFil™ Quilting Kit

These six videos take you from opening the program on your PC for the first time all the way through to creating your own custom quilt blocks:
1. Using The AcuFil™ Quilting Tool 
2. Sending Your Design To Your Machine 
3. How To Print Your Template 
4. How To Hoop Your Quilt 
5. How To Use A Template To Position Your Stippling 
6. Creating A Custom Design On A Quilt Block

See all these videos on our AcuFil™ Quilting Kit Video page.

The AcuFil™ Quilting Kit, and all other optional accessories for your MC12000, are available at your authorized Janome dealer.

Learn More About The AcuFil™ Quilting Kit

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