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Monday, 01 October 2012 00:00

FREE Webinar Tonight: AcuFil™ Quilting On The Memory Craft 12000

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In this one hour live webinar you will see how AcuFil™ and the Memory Craft 12000 make quilting as easy as embroidery! There's NO cost. But to attend, you must register. The link will take you to our Webinars page, where you can click on the webinar in which you're interested to register (it's all free!), and where you will also find download links for the webinar handouts. 

The AcuFil™ program automatically resizes a quilting motif and calculates the number of hoopings to quilt a defined area, using the exclusive Janome AQS22 quilting hoop.

In the webinar, you'll learn how to use the program to create a multiple design layout, edit an existing AcuFil™ design, create an original AcuFil™ designs, edit designs, and more.

There will be live tips for allover stippling, using templates, adding quilting to an embroidery design, even quilting a sash or border.

As you go through the steps of the lesson, you'll see how everything works together to create a pretty motif, which will then be incorporated into a final project.

If you're ready for the next step on your creative quilting journey, you'll want to join us for this fun, free webinar. Sign up right now.

Go To The Webinar Page for Details

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Friday, 28 September 2012 05:00

New Video: Appliqué Foot AP for the MC12000

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537-mc12k-new-video-applique-foot-apTake full advantage of the MC12000's 9mm stitch.

Appliqué is an old technique that never seems to go out of style. You can use it on garments, home decor, and of course, quilting.

The appliqué features on the Horizon Memory Craft 12000 make it easier than ever to get great results when going around curvers or turning corners.

The Pivot Function helps you with the curves and the aptly named Cornering Function helps you with the corners.

The Appliqué Foot AP is the optional MC12000 presser foot designed specifically for this technique. It's shorter than other feet for easier cornering. And the underside is designed to let the stitching and fabric edges easily pass through.

How To Use Appliqué Foot AP

  1. When you install the foot on your machine, the bar attaches to the back of the ankle before it snaps into place.
  2. On the touch screen choose Sewing Applications. Page to Appliqué then choose your desired appliqué stitch.
  3. Go into Adjust and activate the Pivot Function. If your appliqué has corners, also activate the Cornering Feature.
  4. Begin your sewing.
  5. Whenever you stop sewing, the Pivot Function automatically raises the foot part way for easy movement of your fabric.
  6. If you come to a corner, press the Cornering Function on the touch screen. The foot will go into pivot mode, raising part way. The stitch will be reset to the beginning of its design, without the locking stitches.
  7. As you begin sewing again, your stitch pattern will start from the beginning.


To see this demontrated, watch the video Appliqué Foot AP (9MM): Sewing an appliqué stitch.

Find this foot and the Horizon Memory Craft 12000 at your authorized Janome dealer.

Watch The Appliqué Foot Video

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Thursday, 27 September 2012 05:00

Holiday Wish List Poll Results

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536-holiday-wish-list-poll-resultsWe asked you: What's on your holiday wish list?

For sewists, quilters and other creative people, the holidays come early. If you're going to make gifts or home dec items, you have to think way ahead about which projects to make and what fabric to use. And then you have to get a good head start on the sewing.

So a few days ago in our online poll we asked you to tell us what's on your holiday wish list. And we meant "not just what you want from Santa," but also the tools you'd like to help you get your holiday projects done.

The answers were interesting. Tied for second were "A gift certificate to the fabric store" and "A new quilting machine with an extra wide bed and 9mm stitches." Sounds like those two were meant to go together.

The number one answer by a wide margin was "Horizon Memory Craft 12000, please." If Santa is reading this right now, he should take note that they're talking about this machine.

See the results for this poll and previous ones on our Poll Results page.

See The Poll Results

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Wednesday, 26 September 2012 05:00

FREE AcuFil™ Live Webinar: Monday, October 1st

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535-free-acufil-live-webinar-monday-october-1stSee how AcuFil™ and the Memory Craft 12000 make quilting as easy as embroidery!

This coming Monday, October 1st, please join us for a one hour live webinar all about AcuFil™!

The AcuFil™ program automatically resizes a quilting motif and calculates the number of hoopings to quilt a defined area, using the exclusive Janome AQS22 quilting hoop.

In the webinar, you'll learn how to use the program to create a multiple design layout, edit an existing AcuFil™ design, create an original AcuFil™ designs. edit designs, and more.

There will be live tips for allover stippling, using templates, adding quilting to an embroidery design, even quilting a sash or border.

As you go through the steps of the lesson, you'll see how everything works together to create a pretty motif, which will then be incorporated into a final project.

If you're ready for the next step on your creative quilting journey, you'll want to join us for this fun, free webinar. Sign up today.

Monday, October 1st: 

8:00 - 9:00pm Eastern Time

7:00 - 8:00pm Central Time

6:00-7:00pm Mountain Time

5:00-6:00pm Pacific Time

4:00-5:00pm Alaska Time

2:00-3:00pm Hawaii Time

Sign Up For Free

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Tuesday, 25 September 2012 00:00

Introducing A New Janome Partner: Martelli Notions

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534-introducing-a-new-janome-partner-martelli-notionsThis family-owned company has a terrific line of quilting notions.

We're very pleased to welcome Martelli Enterprises to the Janome family. For over 20 years, they have provided quilters and other sewing and craft enthusiasts with the tools and accessories to pursue their art and express themselves.

Based in Pensacola, Florida, they continue to be run by the Martelli family, who are committed to continually improving their products and developing new ones. They say, "We believe that it really means something to offer a product that will be appreciated and recommended to others."

Today, we're highlighting just one of those innovative products: the Curve Master. This presser foot allows you to easily sew the curves necessary for Drunkard’s Path, Double Wedding Ring, Grandmother’s Fan, and other daunting quilts.

The Curve Master provides automatic easing of curves, eliminating the need for making center points of curved pieces. Turns a three-step process into a one-step process. This accessory fits any Janome sewing machine and requires only beginning sewing skills to use.

To see how it works, watch Martelli's video demonstration of the Curve Master foot on YouTube. (The first half of the video demonstrates some of their cutting templates.)

Find Martelli products at your local Janome dealer

Watch The Curve Master Video

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Monday, 24 September 2012 00:00

Janome Poll - What's On Your Holiday Wish List?

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533-janome-poll-whats-on-your-holiday-wish-listTime to think about the tools for those upcoming projects.

If you're a sewist, you have two kinds of holiday wishes. The first is your hope that you get some nice presents from the people you love. Unwrapping your new, dream sewing machine would not be a bad way to spend Christmas morning.

Your second kind of holiday wish is for the machine, accessories, and materials to be able to get your holiday gifts completed. This wish has to occur much earlier in the year, if you hope to get your projects done.

In today's poll we'd like to find out the big thing you'd wish for--either for yourself or to enable you make things for others. So, what's on your holiday wish list? Vote in the poll. Check back later this week for the results.

Keep watching this website as we bring you the special offers and promotions to help you make those holiday wishes come true. 

Vote In The Poll

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Friday, 21 September 2012 05:00

New Project: Kaye Wood's ABC Quilt

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532-new-project-kaye-woods-abc-quiltThe perfect decoration for any child's room or a play area.

Quilter extraordinaire Kaye Wood has done it again. Using her patented View & Do™ pattern tools, you can make this amazing quilt with basic quilting skills.

The tumbling blocks are made from three diamonds—a Top, a Left and a Right. Each of these embroidered designs is fussy-cut following the directional lines on Kaye's View & Do™ Diamond Shape tool.

ABC Quilt Details

Finished size: 48" x 75"

Skill level: ability to sew a 1⁄4" seam.

Estimated time: 12 hours after embroidery is done.

Go to the ABC Quilt project page to download and print out Kaye's complete instructions.

You can get her View & Do™ 60° Diamond Shape tool and a DVD showing her making the quilt on her Kaye's Quilting Friends website.

Get ABC Quilt Instructions

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Thursday, 20 September 2012 05:00

10 Janome Sergers Help Cancer Victims

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529-10-janome-sergers-help-cancer-victimsSeptember is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and you can help by sewing pillowcases.

ConKerr Cancer’s mission is to brighten the lives of children with cancer and other life-changing illnesses through the simple gift of a bright cheery pillowcase. We recently posted about the Janome machines donated to their Los Angeles chapter.

The non-profit was founded by Cindy Kerr who helped her teenage son through his cancer treatment by making him cheery pillowcases. Now tens of thousands of volunteers across North America share their time, talent, and material to create “miles of pillowcase smiles” as well as raise awareness and funds. To date, ConKerr Cancer has delivered over 500,000 pillowcases/smiles!

During National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month their goal is to create 20 miles of pillowcases--that would be 44,000 of them laid end to end--each one representing a child currently in treatment. The Los Angeles chapter alone has committed to donating one mile of those (2112 pillowcases).

A ConKerr organizer told us that a generous donor gave them 10 Janome sergers to help reach their goal. We're so happy to hear about our machines being used for such a worthy cause.

ConKerr Cancer Foundation can use all they help they can get to reach their goal by the end of this month. Go to their national website to find out how you can sew, donate, or even host an event.

Find Out More About ConKerr

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Wednesday, 19 September 2012 05:00

New Video: AcuFeed Straight Stitch Foot for the MC12000

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528-mc12k-new-video-acufeed-straight-stitch-footGet better results on very fine or very heavy fabrics. And it's ideal for quilting.

When your Horizon Memory Craft 12000 is sewing at full speed--1,000 stitches per minute--it's actually forming more than 16 stitches per second. And they look beautiful. But what happens when you're sewing on fabric that doesn't want to feed evenly with the regular feed dogs? For example: very fine or very heavy fabrics, or the thick layers of a quilting.

That's why Janome developed the AcuFeed Flex™ fabric feeding system. It has a set of upper feed dogs to pull the fabric through in sync with the lower ones, for perfect feeding every time. And you can remove the whole system when you're not using it.

Your MC12000 can use a number of AcuFeed Flex™ presser feet. One of the most useful is the Straight Stitch Foot STD. It has a smaller needle hole to better support your fabric as the needle penetrates. And it's easy to set up and use.

Using The AcuFeed Straight Stitch Foot

  1. Be sure you have the Straight Stitch Needle Plate installed.
  2. Install the foot on the foot holder before you attach it to the machine. Place the pins of the foot in the grooves on the ankle and then push them together. 
  3. Attach the AcuFeed Flex system to the machine and tighten the screw.
  4. Push in the bar on the back until it's flush.
  5. On your machine's touch screen activate the AcuFeed Flex system. The screen will show you have the Straight Stitch Needle Plate installed.
  6. Choose a Straight Stitch.
  7. As you sew, the AcuFeed Flex system will feed all layers of your fabric smoothly. 


To see this demonstrated, watch the video AcuFeed Straight Stitch Foot STD: Doing a straight stitch with the AcuFeed Flex System.

Try out this foot for yourself at your authorized Janome dealer.

Watch The AcuFeed Straight Stitch Video

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Tuesday, 18 September 2012 05:00

New Projects at Sew4Home Feature Simply Color by Vanessa Christenson

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526-new-projects-at-sew4homeSew4Home brings you a simply wonderful collection of new projects in Simply Color.

Our friends at Sew4Home.com, where Janome is the exclusive sewing machine sponsor, just finished up a wonderfully colorful series, featuring the debut collection of Vanessa Christenson for Moda Fabrics. As the doting mama to four little darlings, Vanessa somehow also finds time to be a designer, author, quilter, sewer... oh for goodness sakes, let's just say: doer of many things.

One of Vanessa's passions is organizing. She admits she doesn't always win the clutter war, but she loves to do battle. So, Sew4Home decided their Simply Color series would have an organizational theme. Check out all the projects, which can be done on any Janome Machine: Garment Covers, Foldover Tote, Coin Purse, Kid's Laundry Duffle, Pinboard and Foldaway Shopping Duffles in their own Carrying Case

There are also two great techique articles, one on pre-shrinking and one on fussy cutting. Common topics, but we can all use a little "knowledge update" now and then!

SPECIAL BONUS: For the Kid's Laundry Duffle, Janome America sponsored a free embroidery design download for those of you with Janome embroidery machines who would like to do the dufle's Wash Me appliqué as an in-the-hoop embroidered appliqué. Go to the S4H project page to download the instructional notes as well as the design file.

Review all the great projects and techniques, and then make sure you enter their Great Giveaway for a chance to some of the beautiful Simply Color fabric for yourself.   

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