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Friday, 07 December 2012 00:00

New Thread Kit: Iris Ultra Cotton Quilting Thread

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587-new-thread-kit-iris-ultra-cotton-quilting-threadThis assortment of 100% cotton thread is designed for quilting on your Janome.

A quilt is an heirloom that can be handed down from generation to generation. Your choice of fabric is important--but so is your choice of machine quilting thread.

Iris Ultra Cotton Quilting Thread is made from highly mercerized, long staple Egyptian cotton. That means it has the longer fibers and special processing to give it a smoother surface and improved luster. And now this Ultra quilting thread is available in a new kit.

The Iris Ultra Cotton Quilting Thread Kit comprises 24 spools of Size 50 Long Staple Egyptian cotton--18 solids and 6 variegated. Each mini king spool contains 1100 yds. of thread. The colors include Black, White, Green, Ecru, Natural, Pink, Celery, Lt. Blue, Grey, Dark blue, Red, Lt. Brown, Flesh Pink, Royal, Sterling, Cypress, Lemon, Sienna, Red combo, Blue combo, Brown combo, Jewel combo, Pastel combo, and Primaries combo.

When you put in extra hours to make your quilt project its very best, it makes good sense to use an excellent quality thread like Iris. Using top quality raw materials, Iris is the only company manufacturing this type of thread in North America. Their threads are known for strength, tenacity, brilliant sheen, and the ability to run smoothly in all major sewing and embroidery machines.

See the Iris Ultra Cotton Quilting Thread Kit at your local, participating Janome Dealer.

Find Out More About The New Quilting Thread Kit

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Thursday, 06 December 2012 00:00

The Sewing Center 30th Anniversary - Congratulations

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586-the-sewing-center-30th-anniversary-congratulationsThis Rapid City dealership opened its doors back in 1982.

When David and Darlene Wojtalewicz opened their new sewing store in Rapid City, South Dakota 30 years ago, the sewing world was a different place. For starters, this was before the embroidery revolution, and quilting's big comeback. Many sewists were making their own garments and Stretch & Sew was very popular.

In 1986 The Sewing Center began carrying Janome sewing machines. It wasn't long after that the Wojtalewicz's son Chad began working full time at the store. One of the biggest turning points for their business, he remembers, was the release of the Memory Craft 8000 in 1990. For the first time, sewists could do professional-style embroidery at home. Chad says, "It changed the industry."

Over the years the family store continued to be successful by not only offering customers the latest in sewing technology, but by offering classes, seminars, and a wide range of accessories and notions.

They've now nearly quadrupled their original space with 3,500 square feet of sewing machines, cabinets, lighting, and other accessories--and adding another 3,500 square feet of fabric. But most important, the family and staff offer customers the kind of attention, knowledge, and ongoing support they can only get from a local dealer. 

Congratulations on 30 years in business from all of us at Janome.  

Find Out More About The Sewing Center

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Wednesday, 05 December 2012 00:00

Powered By Janome: Ali Winston at ASquaredW

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585-powered-by-janome-ali-winston-at-asquaredwHow much fun would Math class be, if your teacher was a quilter?

Ali Winston is an 8th grade math teacher, photographer, and quilter extraordinaire. She sells her creations on Etsy, her patterns through Craftsy, and has tons of great tutorials on her blog ASquaredW. Her quilts are not only beautiful, but she makes the instructions easy enough for a beginner to follow. And we're proud to say she does her quilting on a Janome Memory Craft 6600 Professional.

Ali I learned to sew when she was little, but gave it up in high school. After she graduated from college she was dabbling in interior design and needed to make pillows for a client. So she went to Target I bought a miniature sewing machine for $30.

Ali says she still did not consider herself a sewist. "I swore that I wasn’t into sewing and that I DID NOT need a real sewing machine." But for Christmas that year her husband gave her a "real" sewing machine anyway.

"It sat in the box for over a month," she says. "I HATED that he had bought me a sewing machine. What kind of lame present is that anyways?" But she thought she should at least use the machine so her husband wouldn’t know how much she hated it.

She says, "I made a zippered pouch that I still use to this day. Then I decided that I NEEDED a yellow quilt. So armed with my sewing machine, a sewing book, yellow fabric, and my new fancy rotary tools, I set to work." The rest is history.

Ali's quilts have been featured in magazines like Quilters Home and Stitch. Her projects and tutorials have been featured on numerous quilting blogs. And her own ASquaredW blog is loaded with step-by-step tutorials and projects. With the eye of a talented photographer, the logical thinking of a mathematician, and the patience of a good teacher, it's no wonder Ali is such a popular quilter.

She upgraded to her 6600P quilting machine in 2011. She says, "I adore my machine. It's big enough to fit all my quilts under and has a bunch of fun stitches. I usually use the standard foot and scoot the needle over for my 1/4" seams, however the walking foot comes in handy with trickier fabrics and quilting."

Visit Ali Winston's Etsy quilt shop, Craftsy pattern store, and find lots of quilting resources on her ASquaredW blog. You can try out her quilting machine at your local Janome dealer

Find Out More About the MC6600P

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Tuesday, 04 December 2012 00:00

Video: Hemmer Foot 6 mm For The Horizon Memory Craft 12000

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584-mc12k-video-hemmer-foot-6-mmOne of two feet for making professional looking hems on the Horizon Memory Craft 12000.

A little while ago we featured the Hemmer Foot 4mm D2, which is the presser foot designed to make an 1/8th inch rolled hem on your MC12000.

Today, we're highlighting the Hemmer Foot 6mm D1, another optional foot which makes a 1/4" rolled hem.

The Hemmer Foot 6mm has the same design: a funnel on the front folds your fabric right before it's stitched down. This foot really makes it easy to sew a professional looking hem.

Using The Hemmer Foot 6mm To Create A Rolled Hem

  1. To begin, attach the foot to your machine.
  2. On the touch screen go into Utility Stitches and choose a straight stitch.
  3. Take your fabric and make a slight double-roll the same width as the hemmer foot opening (about a quarter inch).
  4. Then cut the end at an angle.
  5. You'll need thread tails to help guide the fabric into the funnel. To make these, place the fabric, right-side-down, under the foot and lower the needle. Sew two or three stitches. Then remove the fabric, leaving the thread tails.
  6. Now feed the fabric into the little curl on the foot, using the thread tails to help guide it into place.
  7. Begin sewing, holding the fabric so it continues to curl into the foot.


Keep sewing until you've completed your professional-looking hem.

To see this demonstrated, watch the video Hemmer Foot 6mm D1: Creating professional rolled hems.

Then see your local, authorized Janome dealer to try the Hemmer Foot 6mm and all the other optional feet for the MC12000.

Watch Hemmer Foot 6mm Video

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Monday, 03 December 2012 00:00

Reminder: Holiday Wish Book Offers

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583-reminder-holiday-wish-book-offersChoose from Embroidery Project Packs, Quilting Project Packs, and all kinds of discounts on Accessories.

The Janome Holiday Wish Book 2012 has something for everybody. Browse the specials online or download the Wish Book as a PDF. Then print out your shopping list to take to your Janome dealer or to give to Santa. 

Embroidery Project Packs

When you purchase a qualifiying Janome embroidery machine by Dec. 31st, 2012, you’ll also receive 3 monthly Embroidery Project Packs. They each include a fun accessory, pretty fabric, and a corresponding project that will allow you to try out the included accessory right away. The complete package has a retail value of $1,001.25!

Qualifying machines: Horizon Memory Craft 12000, Memory Craft 11000 Special Edition, Memory Craft 9700, and the Memory Craft 350E.

Quilting Project Packs

When you purchase a qualifiying Janome quilting machine by Dec. 31st, 2012, you’ll also receive 3 monthly Quilt Project Packs. They each include a fun accessory, pretty fabric, and a corresponding project that will allow you to try out the included accessory right away. The complete package has a retail value of $721.92!

Qualifying machines: 7700QCP, MC6600P or MC6500P.

Save 10 - 20% On Everything From Software To Stabilizer

The 2012 Holiday Wishbook has 15 pages of valuable coupons for discounts on thread kits, dress forms, lots of presser feet, and much more.

Flip through the Wish Book online or download to browse as a PDF. Either way, be sure to print the coupon page to take to 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 Holiday Wish Book Online

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Friday, 30 November 2012 03:00

Video: Artistic Crystals Party at Paramount Sewing in Oregon

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582-video-artistic-crystals-party-at-paramount-sewing-in-oregonLearn how to go from Blank to Bling in 5 Easy Steps.

Applying rhinestones to fabric isn't new. It's just that Artistic software and cutting machines have made it faster, easier, and possible to be much more creative.

In the old days you'd use stock design templates and place your crystals one-by-one (like a jeweler). Now you can create any design you can imagine in just a few minutes on your computer--including trying out different sizes and colors of crystals. Then you send it to your cutting machine, which makes a custom template of your design. And finally, you "brush" all your crystals into place in just a few seconds. 

 No wonder everyone seems to be going "Crystal Crazy."

Janome Educator Valora Hammond has been doing Artistic Crystals parties on the West Coast. We caught up with her at Paramount Sewing and Vacuum where she explained how easy it is to add the BLING with Artistic Suite V6.

Watch the Artistic Crystals Party video.

Find out more about Artistic Crystals software. Find the nearest dealer who carries Artistic products.

Go To The Artistic Bling Video

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Thursday, 29 November 2012 03:00

Horizon Memory Craft 8900 QCP & 8200 QC: First Reactions, New Projects & More

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581-mc8900qcp-mc8200qc-first-reactionsWe just knew you'd love our new quilting machines.

Have you ever thought twice about starting a large-scale quilt project because your old machine just wasn't up to the task? It could be lack of bed space, insufficient power, an inadequate feeding system, or other limitations.

A full size quilt can measure 8' x 10' or larger, making it difficult to stitch on a standard size sewing bed--it becomes a wrestling match to stuff all that fabric through the space to the right of the needle. So the new Horizon Memory Craft 8900 QCP was given the same wide-open sewing space as the top-of-the-line Horizon Memory Craft 12000. It has a full 11" of bed space to the right of the needle. For techniques like free motion quilting, quilters can forget about whether or not their quilt is going to fit and just enjoy the machine's smooth, powerful stitching.

The new Horizon Memory Craft 8200 Quilter's Companion gives you the same big bed space at a value price.

Both machines also have 9mm stitch width, the new AcuFeed Flex™ fabric feeding system, easy-switch needle plates, lots of decorative stitches, and so much more.

See The New Projects And The Houston Quilt Show Video

You can explore a whole website devoted to the 8900 QCP and 8200 QC machines. See all the features and specifications, and get complete projects made with the new machines.

We've just added Decorator Pillow Trio, Ruffled Purse, and Tucked And Tailored Sheet Set. See all the available projects on the Projects page.

Also, if you haven't seen it yet, be sure to watch the video we made at the Houston Quilt Show. We invited quilters to try out the new machines and then tell us what they thought. Watch the video.

After you've read about all the features, and seen what other quilters have to say, you're going to want to try out the 8900QCP and 8200QCP for yourself. You can do that at your local Janome dealer.

Go To The 8900QCP & 8200QC Site

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Wednesday, 28 November 2012 03:00

Black Friday & Beyond: Amazing Financing Offer Ends Today!

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580-black-friday-a-beyond-amazing-financing-offer-ends-todayYou pick the machines and accessories--and buy with NO interest for FOUR years.

Hopefully, you're reading this on Wednesday morning (11/28/12). Because that means you still have time to take advantage of Janome's Black Friday financing offer at your local dealer.

Here's the deal in a nutshell: purchase a Janome machine (or any combination of products) for $3,000 or more on a GE Capital Home Design account and simply make the 48 monthly payments on time. It's like saving up for your new machine in reverse--you can take it home now and pay for it over the next four years with no interest (as long as you meet the financing requirements). See the full details.

You can finish your holiday sewing, quilting and embroidery on a brand new machine. Choose the top-of-the-line Horizon Memory Craft 12000, the brand new Horizon Memory Craft 8900 Quilter's Companion Pro, or purchase a combination of machines, software, and furniture to completely outfit your sewing room.

You get to decide which Janome products to buy. And $3000 is just the minimum.

But you only have through close-of-business today to get this special offer. Find your nearest, participating Janome dealer right now and get down to their store.

The No Interest For 48 Months offer runs 11/23/2012 - 11/28/2012 at your participating Janome dealer in the US. Subject to credit approval. 

See Black Friday Financing Details

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Tuesday, 27 November 2012 03:00

New Video: Hemmer Foot - 4mm - for the MC12000

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579-mc12k-new-video-hemmer-foot-4mmAn even hem makes everything look better and more professional.

A fancy napkin is just a piece of fabric with a nice hem all the way around. And making a professional looking, double-turned or rolled hem is easy when you have the right presser foot.

Today we're featuring the Hemmer Foot 4mm D2, which is the smaller rolled hem foot for the Horizon Memory Craft 12000. (Lots of other Janome machines have their own versions of this foot.)

This optional accessory is designed for making rolled edges on light to medium weight fabrics. The Hemmer Foot 4mm has a funnel on the front which folds your hem as you stitch. Once you get it started, you can sew a professional looking hem in no time.

How To Use The Hemmer Foot 4mm D2

  1. Attach the foot to your MC12000.
  2. On the touch screen go into Utility Stitches and choose a straight stitch.
  3. Take your fabric and make a slight double-roll the same width as the hemmer foot opening. Then cut the end of the roll at an angle.
  4. You'll need thread tails to help feed the fabric. To make them, place the fabric, right-side-down, under the foot and lower the needle. Sew two or three stitches. Then remove the fabric, leaving several inches of thread tails.
  5. Feed the fabric into the little curl on the foot, using the thread tails to help guide it into place.
  6. Begin sewing, holding the fabric so it continues to curl into the foot.


You end up with a professional-looking hem.

To see this demonstrated, watch the video Hemmer Foot 4mm D2: Creating Professional Rolled Hems.

Try out Hemmer Foot 4mm D2 and all the other optional MC12000 accessories at your authorized Janome dealer.

Watch The Hemmer Foot 4mm Video

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Monday, 26 November 2012 03:00

New Project: Casserole & Confectionery Carrier

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578-new-project-casserole-a-confectionery-carrierUse it to carry cookies, casseroles, candy, fruit, cheese, crackers, and more to holiday gatherings.

One of the joys of the holidays is admiring the beautiful wrapping. When you bring your plate of hors d'oeuvres, dessert, or main dish to your next holiday gathering in a custom sewn carrier, you're sure to get lots of people wondering, "What wonderful treat is in there?"

This Confectionery Carrier sewing project was created by Janome Educator, Maddie Bushman. You can make it on any Janome sewing machine, and requires intermediate to advanced sewing skills. Get complete instructions online.

Maddie says about the carrier, "It can also be part of the gift if desired. This project is so much fun, you'll want to make several during the holiday season. Be sure to have enough pans on hand or purchase disposable pans that can be left behind with this lovely gift."

After you see the Confectionery Carrier project, be sure to take a look at all of our online holiday projects. Go to our Project Center and look under Holiday/Seasonal. You'll find everything from tree skirts and ornaments to great gift ideas.

Go To The Confectionery Carrier Project

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