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Wednesday, 16 January 2013 00:00

Powered By Janome: Gen X Quilters


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.

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Tuesday, 15 January 2013 00:00

Using The Quilt Binder Set For The MC12000


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.

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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


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!

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Friday, 11 January 2013 00:00

Why You'll Love The Extra Large Foot Control


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.

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Thursday, 10 January 2013 00:00

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


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.

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Wednesday, 09 January 2013 00:00

Serger Project: Beaded Table Runner


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.

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Tuesday, 08 January 2013 00:00

Introducing The New Decor Computer 2013


This new Janome brings the features you need to complete any project.

609-introducing-the-new-decor-computer-2013If you're in the market for a solid, computerized machine for garment sewing, quilting, home dec, or scrapbooking in 2013 -- take a look at the DC2013.

It continues the Janome tradition of offering a nice set of computerized features and exceptional stitch quality at a great price.

The DC2013 comes with fifty stitches, including three buttonholes. The backlit LED screen indicates which stitch you've selected, and easy navigation buttons help you quickly set width and length.

You'll also find a variety of easy convenience features, including an auto-lock button, easy reverse, a speed control slider, and a one-hand needle threader. And the front storage container slides off to give you a free arm.

The DC 2013 was designed to deliver the stability and dependability you'd expect from a high end machine, allowing you to sew with precision and confidence. Optional accessories include dozens of Janome presser feet.

See the new Decor Computer 2013 at your local Janome dealer

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Monday, 07 January 2013 00:00

New Accessory: Remote Thread Cutter Pedal


Cut your thread with a tap of your foot.

608-new-accessory-remote-thread-cutter-pedalStopping at the end of each seam to manually snip your threads can slow down the sewing process. So recently, sewing machines have come with improved "snipping" solutions.

First there was the thread cutter button. Then the programmable thread cutter. Now you can take your sewing efficiency to the next level by cutting your thread with a foot pedal.

The new Remote Thread Cutter Switch Unit is a secondary pedal that sits next to your foot controller. When you finish a seam, lift your foot off the sewing pedal and press it down on the cutting pedal to snip your thread. (It's as easy as driving an automatic.) Now cutting your threads couldn't be any easier. You don't even have to take your hands off your project--let alone hunt around for those thread snips.

It becomes a real time saver when you're doing a lot of smaller seams, like in quilting.

The Remote Thread Cutter Unit works with Janome machines that have a remote thread cutter port. Currently, the Horizon Memory Craft 8900 QCP and the high speed 1600P-QC.

Try out the new Remote Thread Cutter Switch Unit at your authorized Janome dealer.

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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.

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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.

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