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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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Friday, 21 December 2012 03:00

New How-to Tutorials at Sew4Home Feature Janome Presser Feet


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

Visit Sew4Home

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Thursday, 20 December 2012 03:00

New Video: Wide Pintucking Foot for the MC12000


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


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!


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.

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