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Thursday, 25 October 2012 03:00

New Video: Binder Foot W for the MC12000

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555-mc12k-new-video-binder-foot-wIt's easy to apply bias tape in one step.

The right tool for the job makes every sewing task easier. And it certainly is the case when you're applying bias binding tape with your Horizon Memory Craft 12000 sewing, quilting, and embroidery machine.

Binder Foot W is equipped with a small funnel that folds and guides your binding over the fabric edge before it goes under the needle. This optional foot can be used with either a zigzag or decorative stitch, as well as with a straight stitch.

How To Use Binder Foot W

  1. Start by cutting the end of your binding at a forty-five degree angle.
  2. Attach thread tails to the point. (These will help you to feed the binding through the foot.)
  3. With the foot off the machine, insert the point end of the tape into the largest slot at the end of the funnel.
  4. Using the thread tails, pull the binding through the funnel until about two inches of it are behind the foot.
  5. Snap the foot onto the machine.
  6. On the touch screen choose a straight stitch. Adjust the needle position as desired.
  7. As you start sewing, gentle hold the fabric to keep it in the funnel and guide the binding tape through the slot.


This works for pre-folded bias binding tape, or bias tape you've cut yourself.

To see this demonstrated, watch the video: Binder Foot W (9mm) Attaching binding

Try out the Binder Foot and all the other MC12000 accessories at your authorized Janome dealer.

Watch The Binder Foot Video

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Wednesday, 24 October 2012 03:00

Browse Our Online Holiday Wishbook

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556-browse-our-online-holiday-wish-bookStart wishing now.

Remember looking through the holiday catalogs as a kid and daydreaming about how you'd play with all those toys? 

That's the whole idea behind the Janome Holiday Wishbook. It has the machines and accessories you’re dreaming of at discounts that can make those dreams a reality. From special gift packages with purchase of a machine to discounts on your favorite accessories, it's all in this 25 page book. 

Remember, the easier your tools, the more creative you become. With Janome, you know you’ll be confident and creative right out of the box.

3 Ways To Start Wishing

Browse the Wish Book online - Page through the offers, techniques and projects on the web. Embedded links within the book allow you to click through to find even more information and inspiration.

Read the Wishbook offline - Download and print a .PDF file of the complete Janome America Holiday Wish Book to peruse at your leisure. (Scroll down the Wishbook page for the download link.)

Visit your participating Janome America Dealer - See everything in person at your dealer. Look for the Janome Holiday Wishbook icon in our Dealer Locator indicating participating dealers near you.

Save Paper: Print Out Just The Coupons

Save paper and time: select the COUPON & WISH LIST icon at the bottom of the Wishbook page to print a .PDF file of all the Wish Book coupons in an easy-to-manage size to take to your dealer’s store. There’s also a handy shopping list included: check off all your wishes and pass it along to your favorite Santa.

Wishbook offers are valid October 15 - December 31, 2012 at participating authorized Janome dealers in the USA.

Go To The Wishbook Page

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Tuesday, 23 October 2012 03:00

New Artistic® Project: Pumpkin Tea Towel

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554-new-artistic-project-pumpkin-tea-towelCombine embroidery, appliqué and crystals to create this jack-o-lantern design.

Decorate for Halloween with this Tea Towel that uses embroidery, appliqué and crystals in a whimsical design. You can do it all with ease using Artistic Suite V6 software.

LuAnn Hartley takes you step-by-step from downloading the files through stitching out the designs and adding crystals. She's also included options for personalizing the project. Get complete Halloween Tea Towel instructions as a PDF.

Artistic Suite V6 software contains a wide variety of amazing features and functionality, including cutwork, TrueType font conversion, appliqué, fabric cutting, decorative stitches, and heat transfer.

It also includes a revolutionary rhinestone application, which allows you to add them to sewing and crafting projects like never before. Any shape, including logos, clip art, or imported graphics, can be easily designed for rhinestones. The software then sends the design to a digital cutter for template creation.

You'll also find a powerful monogram feature - insert 3 characters for monogramming, freely edit monogram shapes with a Node Editor, and create a monogram from any TrueType font.

You can use any of the thousands of designs in the software or make your own shapes to create fun and interesting designs with crystals. Write out words or make hearts or butterflies--it all just takes a few minutes.

Get Artistic Suite V6 Software at your local Janome dealer.

Go To Halloween Pumpkin Tea Towel Project

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Monday, 22 October 2012 05:00

Letters Digitized in Braille Create A Very Special Pillowcase

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552-letters-digitized-in-braille-pillowcaseUsing Janome Digitizer MBX software to make a gift of love.

Nancy Partridge of Louisville, KY was using her Horizon Memory Craft 12000 to make a surprise gift for her cousin Ashley--a personalized pillowcase. Usually, it's pretty straightforward to embroider someone's name along the end of a pillowcase. But because Ashley is visually impaired, Nancy wanted to stitch out her name in Braille. 

Not knowing where to find the lettering to do this, Nancy called her Janome dealer, Moore’s Sewing & Learning Center in Louisville. Owner Linda Bowles said she'd be happy to help and told Nancy they would show her how to download a True Type Font into her Janome Digitizer MBX embroidery software.

Providentially, one of one of Moore’s Sewing’s sales associates, Pauletta Feldman, has a son who is also visually impaired and she was able to locate the downloadable Tennessee School for the Blind True Type Braille Font.

Nancy came down to the store to see them stitch out of a test sample of the Braille lettering. And just to be sure it was right, Pauletta took it home for her son to read. It was correct, and Nancy completed her surprise project.

As you can imagine, Ashley was thrilled with the gift. She enjoys music and loved the musical score motifs. But knowing her cousin had gone to the trouble to stitch out her name so she could read it made the pillowcase all the more special.

Nancy sent a note to Moore's Sewing saying how much she appreciated everyone's help, and especially the way Pauletta went "above and beyond" to make sure the lettering was right. Nancy also added that she could not have accomplished it without her "wonderful Janome Horizon Memory Craft 12000."

What a wonderful example of how the right creative tools, and little help from friends, allow you to make the most meaningful projects.

Find Out More About Digitizer MBX Software

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Friday, 19 October 2012 03:00

New Machine Launch Party At Your Dealer Tomorrow

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549-new-machine-launch-part-at-your-dealer-tomorrowYour trip to quilting paradise starts at your Janome dealer.

Tomorrow, October 20, 2012, your dealer will be unveiling a new kind of Janome quilting and sewing machine.

It's going to give you the workroom, power and features to "come away" to a new level of quilting enjoyment.

How can we promise something like that? Look at a few features on the new machine:

  • 11" sewing bed - plenty of room to the right of the needle for your biggest quilt.
  • Detachable AcuFeed Flex™ System - feeds all your layers in perfect sync then can be removed when not in use.
  • 9 mm Stitch Width - your decorative stitches are bigger and bolder.
  • 91 Needle Positions - accurate placement every time.


See even more details by watching the Sneak Preview Video.

Be sure to contact your Janome dealer to find out if he/she is participating in this national event, then visit tomorrow (Saturday) and try out the new machine for yourself.

Watch The Sneak Preview Video

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Thursday, 18 October 2012 00:00

Watch How It Works On Janome's Official YouTube Channel

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551-watch-how-it-works-on-janomes-official-youtube-channelMore than 100 videos show you techniques for machines and software.

You can find lots of great Janome videos on YouTube. But have you discovered Janome America's official YouTube channel?

You can see introduction and "how-to" videos for sewing, embroidery, even coverstitch machines.

Watch the reaction of quilters when they're first introduced to the Horizon 7700 QCP. See Anna Maria Horner put together her Patchwork Prism Quilt. Watch a demonstration of how to use a high speed 1600P quilting machine on a quilt frame (part 1 of 2). You can even learn how to use a needle felting machine.

If you have Digitizer software, or just want to learn more about it, be sure to see our extended tutorial series on using Digitizer MBX (more than 70 videos!).

The newest series of videos shows you how to do various techniques on the Silhouette CAMEO digital cutting machine by Artistic®.

On this page you can see the Featured Janome Videos. Or see All Janome Videos listed at once.

Janome America's Official YouTube Channel

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Wednesday, 17 October 2012 00:00

Make Fall Fabulous With Sew4Home

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548-make-fall-fabulous-with-sew4homeIt's time to Make Fall Fabulous with a little creative help from Sew4Home.

Our friends at Sew4Home.com, where Janome America is the exclusive sewing machine sponsor, have three quick and easy projects to add a blast of color and design to your Fall sewing plans. All the projects listed here can be made using any Janome machine

Their Thanksgiving table cloth has clever patchwork corners, plus, it's done as two layers so you can quickly change out the look for the season or a special holiday occasion.

Fall means football, soccer, cheer and more. Kids are hauling gear to practice... and maybe you're heading to the gym or yoga. Wherever the destination, Sew4Home's jumbo-size duffle holds everything you need and looks cool doin' it.

When Mother Nature starts to pull out her gloomy gray days, you can bring out vibrant fun fur in a super-lush shag pile. Brights are back for Fall, and Sew4Home shows you an easy way to create a lush pull-through scarf and matching cuffs for a pair of ready-to-wear gloves.

Finally, they have a super fun ribbon accented felt bag that is a perfect beginner project. Sew4Home chose beautiful Jacquard holiday ribbons.

Find These Fabulous Fall Projects & More at S4H

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Tuesday, 16 October 2012 00:00

New Video: Beading Foot Wide

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547-mc12k-new-video-beading-foot-wideThe easy way to sew strings of larger beads on your MC12000.

Because beads come in various sizes, you can choose from two optional beading feet for your Horizon Memory Craft 12000 sewing, quilting and embroidery machine.

A few days ago, we featured the foot for smaller beads: Beading Foot Narrow L1. It's designed for sewing beads or other trims up to 2 mm in diameter.

Today we're featuring the foot for larger beads: Beading Foot Wide L2. It allows you to attach trims and beads between 2.5 and 4 mm in diameter.

Both feet work the same way. You feed the string of beads through a slot on the foot, and then as you sew the needle penetrates on either side to stitch them down. To hide your thread as it crosses the beads, you may want to use monofilament or a color that matches your fabric.  

How To Use The Wide Beading Foot

  1. Snap the foot onto your machine.
  2. Feed the beads or cord through the slot on the front of the foot.
  3. On your MC12000's touchscreen go into the Utility Section. Choose stitch number nine.
  4. Begin sewing, slowly gaining speed.
  5. Continue until you've finished attaching your string of beads.


To see this demonstrated, watch the video Beading Foot Wide L2 (9mm): Attaching larger beads.

You can try out the Wide Beading Foot and all the other accessories on the MC12000 at your authorized Janome dealer.

Watch The Wide Beading Foot Video

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Monday, 15 October 2012 00:00

Janome Heritage: Décor Excel 5018

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546-janome-heritage-decor-excel-5018Designed for home décor, this machine was great for all kinds of sewing.

The Janome Décor Excel 5018 sewing machine was introduced in 1998. It didn't have a huge number of stitches--18, including a one-step buttonhoe--but it was this simplicity that made it popular with sewists. That and great stitch quality. Janome equipped it with the newly-developed 7-piece feed dog, which gave it better feeding than the standard 4-piece systems that had been currently available.

A few years after the machine was introduced we were told about a high school that reinstated its sewing program using the DE5018.

Like many teens, the girls at Lakeville High School in Lakeville, MN, had expected quilting to be a dowdy activity for old ladies. But they soon discovered contemporary patterns which are appealing to teens, and that quilting is an exciting form of self-expression.

According to the high school teacher who began the class, Lynn Krejci, Lakeville had not had a sewing class in more than ten years. She said, "Our sewing machines were at least 25 years old. They were four different models. Some were missing parts. It was not the ideal situation for beginning sewers."

Her friend and quilting advisor took her to their local Janome dealer who walked them through the entire Janome line. They ended up choosing the 5018 and he gave the school a very special deal on eight machines. The simplicity of the machine was perfect. Though many of the girls in the class had never threaded a sewing machine before, they were soon sewing with confidence.

Hopefully, they're all still quilting.

A great choice today for an easy-to-use decor machine would be the Decor Computer 1050. Find it at your Janome dealer.

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Friday, 12 October 2012 00:00

Come To Our Sneak-Preview Machine Demo In Houston

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550-come-to-our-sneak-preview-machine-demo-in-houstonWe've got a great treat for you on Halloween in Houston.

If you're one of the lucky ones who gets to attend this year's International Quilt Festival 2012, we'd like to show you something one day before the show: our new "ultimate quilting machine."

The quilt show runs November 1 - 4, at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas.

But the day before it starts you can walk around the corner from the convention center to try out the next big thing in Janome Quilting.

Date: Wednesday, October 31st
Venue: Embassy Suites at 1515 Dallas Street, Houston, TX 77010
Room: Discovery A Meeting Room
Time: 9:30 AM to 6 PM (drop by any time during those hours)

 We'll have projects for you to sit down and make. Experts will be on hand to answer all your questions. And you'll walk away with some valuable goodies.

In the mean time, check with your local Janome dealer on their Oct. 20 unveiling party. And watch the Come Away With Me video.

See The Preview Video

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