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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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Friday, 23 November 2012 03:00

It's Black Friday (and Beyond) at Janome America Dealers

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577-its-black-friday-and-beyond-at-janome-america-dealersOwn your dream Janome machine TODAY. But NO intertest for FOUR years.

You don't have to get up at 4AM to grab this Black Friday super-deal.

Starting today (11/23/12) and running through next Wednesday (11/28/12) only, you can take advantage of a very special holiday financing offer at your Janome dealer. 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. See the full details.

This means you can still do your holiday sewing, quilting and embroidery on a brand new machine. You can 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 machinessoftware, and furniture to completely outfit your sewing room.

But don't wait. This special offer is only good for a few days. The No Interest For 48 Months offer starts today and runs through this Wednesday (11/23/12 - 11/28/12). And only at your participating Janome dealer. Subject to credit approval.

Go To Black Friday Special Financing Offer

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Thursday, 22 November 2012 00:00

Happy Thanksgiving from Janome America

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576-happy-thanksgiving-from-janome-americaWe have so much to be thankful for--starting with electricity.

We know that many friends and customers in our neck of the woods (northeast U.S.) will be especially thankful for "the basics" this year as they gather with family. Because of Hurricane Sandy there are still many in our state who are without power or even a home.

The original Thanksgiving was also observed on the heels of a disaster.

History Of The Original Thanksgiving

The Pilgrims landed at Plymouth late in 1620 full of hope for a new life. But over the next year, they saw more than half their number die from disease. With the help of Squanto, a Native American of the Patuxet tribe, they successfully planted crops, and in the fall of 1621 had their first successful harvest. The colonists celebrated the first Thanksgiving with 90 members of the Wampanoag tribe, with whom Squanto had been living.

Over the next 150 years, there were many days of thanksgiving observed, including George Washington's 1777 official proclamation after the victory at the Battle of Saratoga.

Our observance of the official holiday was instituted by President Abraham Lincoln during the darkest days of the Civil War. In 1863 Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be celebrated on the final Thursday in November. Despite the ravages of war and a country which was being torn in two, he found much to be thankful for.

We hope you're able to spend this day with family and friends. And we wish you a happy beginning to the holiday season. 

Happy Thanksgiving

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Wednesday, 21 November 2012 03:00

Happy Holidays Projects at S4H, Featuring: Melissa White, Ty Pennington and Verna Mosquera

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575-s4h-happy-holidays-projectsThe latest and greatest fabric collections are at Sew4Home!

It's always fun for us to check in and see what our friends at Sew4Home are up to. As the exclusive sewing machine sponsor of this fabulously inspirational website, we know we'll always find a huge number of must-do projects - perfect for any Janome sewing machine model.

Over the past few weeks, Sew4Home has been designing with some of the newest, most beautiful fabric collections from FreeSpirit, Rowan and Ty Pennington Impressions. You might need to make some extra room in your stash for Amelie's Attic by Melissa White for Rowan Fabrics, Ty Pennington's amazing Fall 2012 collection, and Pirouette by Verna Mosquera for FreeSpirit

There are also helpful new tutorials at Sew4Home for how to use your Janome accessories to create beautiful gathers, as well as how to insert both regular zippers and invisible zippers. Janome presser feet make jobs like these so much easier, and the results are beautifully precise and professional.

Stop back in to Sew4Home at the end of November/beginning of December for the final two-week installment of their Happy Holidays series when they feature Amy Butler's new Alchemy collection for Rowan. They'll be featuring Amys rayon/linen, 100% rayon, velveteen and cotton laminate substrates as well as her regular quilting cottons. 

Visit Sew4Home

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Tuesday, 20 November 2012 03:00

New Video: Clear View Quilt Foot and Guide Set For The MC12000

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574-mc12k-new-video-clear-view-quilt-foot-and-guide-setThis essential quilting accessory is three-feet-in-one.

The Clear View Quilting Foot is designed to easily sew quarter inch or eighth inch seam allowances or to do stitching in the ditch. It's especially useful for small quilt piecing on your Horizon Memory Craft 12000.

The Clear View Quilting Foot comes with two flanges:
-One acts as a guide along the edge of your fabric to help you sew a perfect quarter inch seam allowance. 
-The other helps you align your fabric as you stitch in the ditch.

You can attach either flange by loosing the screw on the foot. Sliding the flange into place and re-tightening.

The markings on the foot allow it to be used without the flanges for techniques like piecing triangles or sewing half square triangles. They indicate 1/8 inch and 1/4 inch from center needle drop position with handy cornering markings for both 1/8 and 1/4 inch seams.

The foot has an oval shaped needle hole, allowing you to adjust the needle position for scant 1/4 inch piecing.

To see this foot demonstrated, watch the video Clear View Quilting Foot And Guide Set OV.

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

Watch The Clear View Quilting Foot Set Video

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Monday, 19 November 2012 03:00

Holiday Wishbook Highlight: Great Accessory Discounts

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573-holiday-wishbook-highlight-great-accessory-discountsSave from 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. Just make sure you see your Janome dealer before December 31st.

Here are a few examples:

Artistic® Super Wish Book Bundle
-Silhouette CAMEO Digital Cutter
-Crystals Starter Kit
-Crystals V6.0 Software
Save 10% on everything you need! The Cameo cutter is an electronic cutting tool for template material, paper, cardstock, vinyl, fabric and more up to 12” wide and 10 feet long. The Artistic Crystals Starter Kit contains all of the materials necessary to create and transfer rhinestone designs to your sewing or crafting project. And the software brings all the bling together.

Janome Universal Sewing Table
This sturdy sewing table was created specifically to hold Memory Craft machines with a custom cut insert. It includes a generous storage compartment (just the right size for your MC12000 embroidery unit) and a supply drawer. The table surface is 45” x 17.5” and comes with a built-in ruler. Made of steel tubing with a scratch resistant formica surface. Includes a custom machine insert to fit: MC12000, MC11000 SE, MC11000, MC8900, MC8200, MC7700, MC6600, MC6500, and MC6300.

Grace Company TrueCut Package
This is everything you need for easy and accurate fabric cutting. The TrueCut package includes a My Comfort ergonomic rotary cutter, a power blade sharpener, 3 clear rulers, and 2 packages of TrueGrips non-slip adhesive rings.

Get complete details on these and other accessory offers, and the special packages on quilting and sewing machines in our Holiday Wishbook. You can flip through it online or download to browse as a PDF. (With 25 pages of offers and coupons, it's well-worth a look.) 

Then go see everything in person at 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 Our Online Holiday Wishbook 2012

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Friday, 16 November 2012 00:00

New Project From Maureen Cracknell: A Seamstress Tea Towel

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572-new-project-from-maureen-cracknell-a-seamstress-tea-towelThis simple project uses classic sewing motifs to express what we've all thought:  "I'd rather be sewing."

Put this one on your list of easy-projects-that-would-make-great-gifts. 

This Seamstress Tea Towel project was created by the talented blogger Maureen Cracknell, who is a member of our Janome Horizon Memory Craft 12000 Independent Design Team. The project uses several of the built-in stitches on the Horizon Memory Craft 12000. It's a great example of how you can use the MC12000's decorative stitches in conjunction with some simple appliqué with a very clever result.

The project requires intermediate sewing skills and can be completed in about 90 minutes. Get complete instructions online.

The MC12000 has 425 built-in stitches, which can go up to 9 mm wide. With the included Stitch Composer software you can make your own decorative stitches--so you really have an unlimited number to choose from.

You can really feel the smooth power and precision of the Horizon Memory Craft 12000 when stitching appliqué. The stitches form beautifully and you always feel like you're in control. Try it for yourself at your authorized, local Janome dealer

Go To The Seamstress Tea Towel Project

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Thursday, 15 November 2012 00:00

New Video: Gathering Foot V For The MC12000

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571-mc12k-new-video-gathering-foot-vThis foot is for creating soft gathers in lightweight fabrics.

The Gathering Foot V has no moving parts, but it works like a mini ruffler to create small gathers on your fabric as you sew on your Horizon Memory Craft 12000. You can use it to gather a single layer of material or to gather a top piece of fabric as you sew it onto a bottom piece.

This optional foot is shaped like a reversed wedge--thicker in front of the needle and thinner behind. The result is that while you stitch, the feed dog gently and evenly gathers the fabric. For tighter or looser gathers, simply adjust the tension on your machine. 

Using Gathering Foot V (9mm) To Create Soft Gathers

  1. Begin by attaching the foot to your MC12000. Be sure to first insert the back bar into the groove. Then snap on the foot.
  2. On the touch screen of your machine go to Utility Stitches. And choose a straight stitch.
  3. Press the Adjust Key. Change your stitch length to between 3 and 5. And change your upper tension to tighten the gathers. (The tighter the setting, the more gathers you will have.)
  4. Place your fabric under the foot and begin sewing. You'll create a beautiful, soft gather.


For larger ruffles use the Ruffler Foot.

To see this foot demonstrated watch the video Gathering Foot V: Creating soft gathers.

Try out Gathering Foot V and all the other MC12000 optional accessories at your local, authorized Janome dealer.

Watch The Gathering Foot Video

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Wednesday, 14 November 2012 00:00

Holiday Wishbook Highlight: Quilting Project Packs

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570-holiday-wishbook-highlight-quilting-project-packsOver $720 in Quilting Gifts: 3 Great Project Packs Over 3 Months.

What could be better than a Janome quilting machine? How about your dream quilting machine plus three months of quilting project packs?

That's the special deal in our Holiday Wishbook promotion on Janome quilting machines.

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.

What You Get In The Monthly Quilting Packages

    Quilting Project Pack #1
  • Fabric Kit for City Park Quilt 
  • City Park Quilt Pattern 
  • Clear View Quilting Foot and Guide Set

 

    Quilting Project Pack #2
  • Ribbon/Sequin Foot
  • Beading Foot
  • Circular Sewing Attachment
  • 2 Fat Quarter Bundles
  • Quilt Project Instructions

 

    Quilting Project Pack #3
  • Iris Thread Kit 
  • Quilt Binder Set 
  • 2 Fat Quarter Bundles 
  • Quilt Project Instructions


Get complete details on this offer and see all the special packages on quilting and sewing machines, and accessories in our Holiday Wishbook. You can flip through it online or download to browse as a PDF. (With 25 pages of offers and coupons, it's well-worth a look.) 

Then go see everything in person at your dealer. Look for the Janome Holiday Wishbook icon in our Dealer Locator indicating participating dealers near you.

Go To Our Online Holiday Wishbook 2012

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