New Project: Christmas Party Placemats
Make these as a gift set or use them in your own decorating.
Have you been getting a head start on those holiday projects? Janome Educator Terry Mingee has created a Christmas Party Placemat project that gives you simple construction and lots of room for embellishment.
In fact Terry says, "I wanted the sewist to have something that would require little time to construct and more time for their creativity to soar."
For his decorative stitches he used Janome Serger Thread (80wt.) and Artistic Gold metallic thread. Besides looking good on the project, Janome Serger thread is finer and leaves less lint, which is better for your sewing machine.
Terry made the project on his Horizon Memory Craft 12000, but you can complete it on any Janome sewing machine. You'll need intermediate sewing skills and it'll take 4-8 hrs. to complete the set (depending on how much decorative work you do).
Janome Poll Results: Best Beginner Machines
Two machines garnered the lion's share of votes.
Earlier this week we asked you to vote in our poll: What is the best Janome machine for a beginner?
All of these machines, whether 3/4 or full size, are light enough to take with you to class, but feature sturdy construction, all the essential features, and precision Janome stitching. And their prices start within the budget of a beginning sewist.
See all nine of our lightweight favorites. Then see how they were ranked in our poll results. And then see that two of them are on sale now as part of Christmas in July--but only for two more days and only at your local Janome dealer. This could be great timing for your favorite beginning sewist.
Sew4Home Unveils A Romantic Bedroom Retreat
Nine tutorials, five techniques and one Great Giveaway.
Our friends at Sew4Home, where Janome is the exclusive sewing machine sponsor, are in the midst of three weeks of beauty and imagination: A Romantic Bedroom Retreat with FreeSpirit and Rowan Fabrics. The series features fabrics from four different fabric collections blended together into a cohesive set of bedroom décor items. We spoke with the S4H Editors, and they told us the goal of this series is to give visitors the tools, inspiration and confidence to mix and match designers, fabrics and substrates (cotton versus voile versus laminate, etc.)?! The resulting blend creates a special kind of beauty within a single project or an entire room.
The projects can be done on any Janome machine, which makes them inspiring for sewing enthusiasts at all levels of experience. Try out the Layered Bed Curtain Valance with Velvet Valance, the bold and beautiful Knotted Bolster Pillow or the Double Flange Pillow Shams. Those are just three of the nine tutorials, five techniques and a Great Giveaway that will stretch across three weeks on Sew4Home.com.
Christmas in July: Fresh Deals & Fresh Air!
Just a few days left--Christmas In July Sale ends Saturday, July 29th.
It's time to clear the air and get some great deals on Janome sewing, embroidery and quilting machines--as well as sergers and accessories.
Get A Top-Of-The-Line Machine With A Free Air Purifier
Now through July 29, 2012, when you buy the Horizon Memory Craft 12000, you get an Airfree Purifier FREE (a $339 value).
Buy the Horizon Memory Craft 7700, get the Air Purifier E900 FREE. Both models attain 99.99% air sterilization within their vicinity. You'll be able to fill your world with beautiful projects and fill your home with clean, purified air.
It's really amazing to see how they work. Watch the Airfree Purfier video on our YouTube channel for a complete explanation.
Find Great Deals On Lightweight Machines
Save On Quilting Machines, Sergers, And Accessories
Save up to $100 on the 1110DX and 634D sergers. Save up to $300 on the machines on every quilter's wish list: the Memory Craft 6600 and the Memory Craft 6300. And, look for discounts on Lunch Box Quilt Designs, Tutto Traveling Bags and Janome scissors.
It all ends this Saturday. So check with your local Janome America dealer for all the Christmas in July details.
Take Our Janome Poll: What Is The Best Machine For A Beginner?
Getting started on the right machine makes all the difference for a new sewist.
All of us who sew remember that moment when we first sat down in front of a machine and had no idea what all the buttons and dials were for. But soon we were completing our first simple project.
Ideally, when someone is learning to sew, he or she has access to two things:
1. A patient teacher.
2. A reliable machine.
Janome has designed a wide selection of lightweight machines, both 3/4 and full size, which have become favorites with sewing students and teachers:
- Magnolia 7330
- Sewist 525
- Jem Platinum
- Janome New Home 720
- Decor Computer 2012
These machines feature easy-to-use controls, essential features--and most important--excellent stitch quality. When you press the foot control for the first time, the machine feeds your fabric through smoothly and your confidence begins to grow.
Do you have experience with any of these machines? Then please vote in our poll and answer the question: What's the best Janome machine for beginners? We'll post the results later this week.
New MC12K Accessory: The Hat Hoop
Now you can embroider on hats and caps with your MC12000.
Do you ever wonder what to get for the guy that has everything? How about making him a one-of-a-kind, custom-embroidered cap on your Horizon Memory Craft 12000?
With the new Hat Hoop (MC12000) you can do beautiful embroidery on the front of caps and hats. This new hat hoop works with the 5.5" x 5.5" SQ14 Hoop. To use it you position the front clamp so it holds down the bill of the cap down, allowing you to stitch directly on the front. The Hat Hoop then fits into the SQ-14, replacing the inner hoop.
Start noticing what's on the front of commercially produced caps and come up with your own designs.
New MC12K Accessory: Edgestitch Foot
Perfectly place your stitches along edges and seams.
If you need to sew a stitch with your Horizon Memory Craft 12000 an exact distance from the edge of your fabric or from a previously sewn seam, you now have a new foot to help you.
The Edgestitch Foot (MC12000) has an adjustable flange that you simply set to the desired width and then use as your guide as you sew. The opening on the foot is designed for the MC12000's 9mm wide decorative stitches. Just use the adjustment screw to move the flange and line it up with the markings on the foot.
There will often be situations where you need to get out your rulers and fabric markers. But when a foot makes edge stitching this accurate, you can save yourself the time. It's also great for tucks, hems and fine edge work like when you're doing stitching on lace or ribbon or a decorative edge.
Fun New Series on Sew4Home: Weekend Wonders
Perfect projects you can whip out this weekend!
Looking for great ideas that are fast, easy and cute! Our creative friends at Sew4Home.com, where Janome is the exclusive sewing machine sponsor, have come up with a great new series: Weekend Wonders, featuring fabrics from online retailer, Fabric.com. Best of all, you can make them on any Janome machine.
The projects all have a casual summer theme – perfect for a sunny weekend. Gussy-up your own outdoor living space or create some great gifts for birthdays, anniversaries or barbecue get-togethers. There's a trio of thirsty, 100% cotton towels, pretty piped pillows in easy-care outdoor fabrics, darling, durable outdoor placemats with built-in pockets to hold flatware and napkins, plus a reversible apron. There's a second week of wonders scheduled for the week of July 30th, so you'll have plenty ideas to fill up your weekends!
New Book: More Creative Sewing Techniques by Machine
Edited by Janome Educator, Nancy Fiedler, this is the sequel to Creative Sewing Techniques by Machine.
If you'd like to learn how to use your sewing machine accessories, but don't want to wade through dull, dry descriptions of attachments, this is the book for you.
More Creative Sewing Techniques by Machine will show you how to use your essential sewing machine accessories while you create beautiful quilts and home dec projects. This collaboration by a team of educators will teach you 15 sewing machine techniques, show you how create 10 quilt and home dec projects, and take you step-by-step as you use multiple techniques per project.
And to help you find the specific steps you need for each sewing task in the future, the techniques covered in the book are cross-referenced to projects in a convenient index. Of course you're going to want to sew with your Janome sewing machine, but the project supply lists include machine accessories for any brand of machine.
More Creative Sewing Techniques by Machine is a follow-up to the popular book Creative Sewing Techniques by Machine. Both both are books you'll want to read while you're sitting at your machine. Both are available at your Janome dealer.
Janome Heritage: Scan 'n' Sew PC
For the first time your PC could help you do Janome embroidery.
For many of us 1998 doesn't seem that long ago. But in terms of computers it was many generations in the past. Windows 95 was the standard operating system for PCs. Extremely basic by today's standards, Windows 95 let you use a mouse and visual icons to organize your data files.
Janome took advantage of this ease-of-use by releasing the Scan 'n Sew PC. It consisted of a handheld scanner attached to a Scan Card drive, which could be connected to your computer. The Scan 'n Sew PC allowed you to scan any image and turn it into an embroidery design to be stitched out on your Memory Craft 9000 or Memory Craft 5000.
The first versions of the Scan 'n Sew device simply sent the scanned design to the Scan Card, which you'd then put in your embroidery machine. But the Scan 'n Sew PC could send it to your computer where you could open it up in special software to edit the design, assign stitch patterns, thread colors, and see what your finished design would look like in color. It was a big step forward in embroidery creativity.
Today, you can create your own designs using your own flatbed scanner and our DigitizerJR software. Or for professional level embroidery design, use Digitizing MBX. To see which one is right for you see our handy comparison chart.
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