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Tuesday, 21 August 2012 05:00

Get A FREE Fabric Bundle with a MC12K Test Drive

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506-get-a-free-fabric-bundle-with-a-mc12k-test-driveAvailable at participating Janome America Dealers while supplies last.

It's true. You get to try out the ultimate quilter's machine and then get a stack of Freespirit quilt fabric as a gift. As part of our "Fall In Love" promotion for the Horizon Memory Craft 12000, you get four fat quarters of the latest quilting fabric just for sitting down with your dealer and trying out the many features on this machine.

But don't wait too long to schedule your official "test drive," because your Janome dealer can only offer the free fabric bundles while supplies last.

Lose Yourself In Your Quilting

The Horizon Memory Craft 12000 was engineered to be forgotten, because you never need to worry about performance. You can focus all your energy on your projects. That's when the journey starts and creativity blooms.

    A few of the features you're going to love:
  • Incredibly quiet
  • Linear Motion Embroidery unit
  • Real time PC connection w/HorizonLink™
  • HighLight™ + Magnifier
  • Sewing + Embroidery up to 1,000spm
  • Huge standard accessory pack
  • AcuFeed Flex™
  • 9mm stitch width + Variable zigzag


Schedule your official test drive today at your nearest, authorized Janome dealer.

Find Out More About The MC12000

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Monday, 20 August 2012 00:00

Janome Machines Making A Difference At ConKerr Cancer Center

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505-janome-machines-at-conkerr-cancer-centerVolunteers sew personalized pillowcases to encourage seriously ill children.

Where do you spend your time if you’re sick or seriously injured? In bed. So the national non-profit Conkerr Cancer Foundation has collected and given away more than 340,000 handmade pillowcases to children struggling with "life-changing" injuries and illnesses.

Recently, one of their local chapters, ConKerr Cancer Los Angeles, was given several new Janome sewing machines and a serger by an anonymous donor-- three Decor Computer 2012 machines and a Magnolia 7034D.

Regional Coordinator Shirlee Walker says that volunteers have been using the new machines to turn out hundreds of pillowcases. "All four machines have been worked hard almost every weekend by many users and have been awesome machines."

She says that previously they were sewing on an assortment of used machines, each of which had its own problem. So they were especially happy to get the new Janomes.

So far this year ConKerr Cancer Los Angeles has sewn and delivered 2,005 pillowcases. But their big push will come in September when they begin their MILES OF PILLOWCASE SMILES campaign. See photos of sewing volunteers and their creative pillowcases on the ConKerr Cancer LA Facebook page.

The ConKerr Cancer Foundation was started 10 years ago by Cynthia Kerr when her own son, Ryan, was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer at age 12. At first they thought he had beaten it, but it eventually came back and took his life at 17. A lifetime sewer, Cindy would make Ryan new pillowcases to help lift his spirits during many surgeries and long hospital stays. He looked forward to each one and as his mom created cases with his favorite themes (like pizza and sports) they helped him to be optimistic and keep his spirits up.

During Ryan’s illness he helped Cindy start ConKerr Cancer. Using his knowledge of the Web, he built a website for the organization, which was soon attracting offers of help and much needed funds. Read FamilyCircle Magazine's profile of the organization.

If you want to use your sewing skills to enourage sick kids, visit the national ConKerr website and find your local chapter. 

Find Out More About The ConKerr Cancer Foundation

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Friday, 17 August 2012 05:00

Back-2-School with Janome: 7700QCP Package

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503-back-2-school-with-janome-7700qcp-packageGet a $200 bonus package when you bring home the MC7700QCP.

If you love to quilt or do large scale home décor projects, the Memory Craft Horizon 7700QCP is the machine to take you on a whole new creative journey. It has the huge 11" bed space, 1,000 stitches-per-minute speed, hundreds of stitch choices, and beautiful stitch quality. Just sit down for a few minutes of free motion quiling and you'll be hooked.

Another reason quilters and sewists love the 7700 is that it comes with such a complete set of standard accessories: 15 feet, semi-hard cover, custom extension table, etc., etc.

During the Back-2-School promotion you get the most popular optional accessories thrown in too (a $200 value!):

Horizon to Go Trolley - Perfect for toting your new Horizon to class and other sewing events. The Horizon to Go Trolley case is specially designed to fit the MC7700. It features ample pocket space for sewing supplies and notions, and even a special strap for holding the extension table. The bag front folds out completely for easy machine placement.

Spool Stand - This optional spool stand can be permanently mounted on the back of the Horizon MC7700QCP. It contains space for two thread spools, and features a telescoping, retractable thread delivery stand.

Rag Quilt Snippers - These are spring loaded so you can cut without fatigue. Made from industrial grade steel, they're ideal for rag quilts, cutting through multiple layers of fabric, and cutting through bulky braiding and binding.

It's a great deal on a great machine. But you've only got until the end of August to get this special package at your local Janome dealer.

Check out all of the great Back-2-School deals available this month!

Offers based on manufacturer's suggested retail price and valid through August 31, 2012 at participating authorized Janome retailers in the USA. Void where prohibited. Not valid in combination with any other offers.

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Thursday, 16 August 2012 05:00

Inspiring Moment: Janome Machines Help Young Girls in Thailand

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502-inspiring-moment-janome-machine-help-young-girls-in-thailandA Janome dealer teaches sewing to keep children out of the sex trade.

The statistics on the global sex trade are depressing: millions of girls (and boys too) living as slaves, with a high risk of contracting AIDS, and no way out. But there is hope. In Thailand, where poor mountain tribe girls are often sold by their families, a ministry called Remember Nhu is making a difference.

Portland, Oregon Janome dealer Brett Moore learned first-hand when he visited the ministry's home for girls in the Thai city of Chang Mai. The owner of Montavilla Sewing Centers brought along his wife, children, and sister and brother-in-law, who helped teach an intensive 4 day sewing school (3 sessions a day, mostly without an interpreter) for the house mothers and 12th grade girls.

The trip came about when Brett qualified for a special Janome dealer trip to Bangkok where he and other dealers would tour the local Janome factories. But several weeks before leaving he met a missionary who told him about the terrible problem of the sex trade and the work that Remember Nhu (named for a girl who was rescued) was doing. Brett contacted Janome America to see if he could make a special purchase of sewing machines for the trip. Instead, Toshi Takayasu, President and CEO of Janome America, Inc., donated ten model 2222 sewing machines, which were delivered to the home along with user manuals specially translated into Thai.

Brett says the experience was intense but very rewarding. "If these girls can learn a skill like sewing, they'll have a way to make a living besides prostitution. Fabric is inexpensive there. But the sewing machines they might purchase locally are not very good. Being able to give them reliable Janome machines that will continue to sew for years was a huge plus."

You can find out more about what Remember Nhu is doing and how you can help.

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Wednesday, 15 August 2012 05:00

Artistic Crystals: Party Time!

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504-artistic-crystals-party-timeCrystals, creativity and fun at the Atlantis in Reno.

Janome dealer Rays Sewing Center of San Jose, held their annual sewing retreat this year at the beautiful Atlantis hotel in Reno, Nevada. More than 60 attended the event doing all kinds of sewing, quilting and embroidery. Classes were offered on all things Janome, including software, machine techniques, design, and construction.

This year the event featured our line of Artistic products, including the software program called Artistic Suite V6. It does cutwork, appliqué, monograming, embroidery, cross stitch, photo stitch, and crystal application.

Janome Educator Maddie Bushman, who was at the event says, "You may not have heard about the nifty new part of the sewing suite: crystal application. The Artistic software allows the artist to bling an embroidery design to life!" 

How Artistic Crystals Work

The software makes it easy to create a template so the crystals will go where you want them. It then works with a hot press to activate the glue. And then you can place all your crystals at once--much easier than applying them one at a time.

Watch the how-to video: Create A Crystal Design.

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.

Janome dealers around the country have been offering crystal parties. If you haven't been to one, contact your local dealer to see when they'll be holding theirs.

Thanks again to Rays Sewing Center and the ladies who shared their sparkling creations.

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Tuesday, 14 August 2012 05:00

Back-2-School with Janome: MC12K Package

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501-back-2-school-with-janome-mc12k-packageBuy the Horizon Memory Craft 12000, get the Back-2-School Package FREE -- a $670 Value!

Just because you graduated from school a few years ago doesn't mean you should stop learning. This fall is a great time to explore a whole new level of sewing, embroidery, and quilting with the most capable Janome machine ever made.

Bring home the Horizon Memory Craft 12000--with its huge bed space and amazing features--and get a special Back-2-School package for free: MC12000 Rolling Hard Case, Hat Hoop, and MC12000 Ruffler. It's a $670 value. But don't wait, because this offer ends August 31, 2012.

Rolling Case for Horizon Memory Craft 12000

This hardside rolling case is the perfect tote for your Horizon Memory Craft 12000, and provides superior protection for your machine.

  • Hardside Rolling Case provides durable and lasting machine protection
  • Telescoping handle
  • Multidirectional trolley wheels for easy maneuverability
  • Retractable top carry handle
  • Opens from front and middle for easy packing
  • Includes inner cushioning for added support of machine
  • Inner bag unit for storage of hoops and accessories, and much more

 

Ruffler Foot For MC12000

The new MC12K Ruffler lets you create ruffles and pleats with ease. With a few simple adjustments you can choose the number of tucks or pleats per inch and the desired depth of each. This ruffler foot is designed specifically to work on the MC12000.

Embroidery Hat Hoop

Designed specifically for the new MC12000 embroidery mechanism, the Hat Hoop (MC12000) allows you to do beautiful embroidery on the front of caps and hats. This new accessory works with the 5.5" x 5.5" SQ14 Hoop that comes standard with the machine. 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 of the inner hoop.

See your authorized Janome dealer for all Back-2-School specials. Check out our Specials Page to see all of the great deals available this month!

Offers based on manufacturer's suggested retail price and valid through August 31, 2012 at participating authorized Janome retailers in the USA. Void where prohibited. Not valid in combination with any other offers.

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Monday, 13 August 2012 05:00

A Fresh Find Online: SheCanSew.com

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500-a-fresh-find-online-shecansewcomGet deals every day and new tutorials from the online sewing community.

The relatively new sewing site SewCanShe.com taps the creativity of their avid fan base to bring you a fantastic new sewing tutorial every day!

Caroline (sewing fanatic and author) started Sew Can She because she thought it would be fun to surprise her friends (and sisters) with a daily sewing tutorial. Of course, she couldn't write all these herself so she searched out sewing tutorials from the best sewing blogs on the web and got their permission to feature them.

Now Caroline says her favorite part of running this website has been meeting and interacting with such fabulous people. She says, "The fans and the sponsors all love fabric and sewing as much as I do and I have found many 'invisible friends.'"

See The Latest Projects From Other Fans

The site has their flickr photo album linked with the front page, so when fans add their project photos to the photo album, everyone can see them. It's very easy to do. 

If you have a sewing tutorial that you'd like to see featured, Caroline is always taking submissions. Instructions are at the top of the home page. And you can see all past featured tutorials on the 'All Tutorials and Patterns' page. 

Get Free Stuff!

Sew Can She has lots of ongoing fabric, pattern, and book giveaways--right now, they're doing a $50 giveaway from The Fabric Fairy. So it's worth checking in each day.

And the best way to make sure you don't miss each day's tutorial (plus see a sneak peak of the next day's too) is to sign up for the Sew Can She Newsletter.

So be sure you stop by to see today's featured tutorial, enter the Fabric Fairy $50 giveaway and sign up for the newsletter. (You can also find Sew Can She on Facebook and Twitter.)

Visit SewCanShe.com

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Friday, 10 August 2012 05:00

Top Trend for Fall 2012: Embellishment

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499-top-trend-for-fall-2012-embellishmentFashion designers are rediscovering the beauty of traditional embroidery and decorative stitching.

It's on wedding dresses. It's on men's shirts. It's on the fashion runways of New York, Paris, and Milan. And in London designer Mary Katrantzou is selling her custom embroidered dresses for more than $45,000 each. Embroidery and other embellishments are back in a big way this year.

In their NEW YORK RUNWAY REPORT Harper's Bazaar says, "Your grandmother’s closet will be at the top of your shopping list next fall." (That might be a little tongue-in-cheek.)

New York Magazine's article on the biggest trends this coming fall says, "The use of elaborate beading, brocade, and embroidered details had everyone raving about old-world techniques applied to thoroughly modern pieces."

Even Kim Kardashian is wearing it

In the world of bridal fashion, several sources are reporting how the couture houses are using gorgeous embroidery on their wedding gown designs.

But embroidery isn't just big in clothing. Interior designers are redisovering the luxury of embellished decor accessories and fine linens.

Of course, if you're the owner of a Memory Craft embroidery machine, your response to all this is, "What took them so long?" You already knew that embellishment--whether traditional or modern--looks terrific. It allows you take something plain and make it a creative masterpiece.

Janome's flagship embroidery machine is the Horizon Memory Craft 12000. With the larger hoops, better stitch quality, 11" bed space, and direct Horizon Link™ connection, it's the ultimate creative tool. But Janome has Memory Craft embroidery machines for every budget, from the MC11000 Special Edition down to the 350E embroidery only model.

Find them all at your local Janome dealer. And then let us know when your creation makes the runway.

Memory Craft Embroidery Machines

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Thursday, 09 August 2012 05:00

Powered by Janome: Pat Sloan

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498-powered-by-janome-pat-sloanShe's a former software engineer who became one of America's favorite quilters.

If you like to quilt, you may have heard of Pat Sloan. She designs beautiful fabric for Moda. She's published nearly two dozen books through Leisure Arts. She's created a number of thread kits for Aurifil. Her blog is one of the best quilting resources on the net. Oh yeah, and she's "The Voice of Quilting" as the host of American Patchwork & Quilting Radio.

We're proud that such a knowledgable and passionate quilter loves to create on her Horizon Memory Craft 12000.

Pat first learned to sew in her high school Home Ec class. She says, "I was in 9th grade and totally loved it! We also did cooking, and baking was my second favorite thing I learned that year!"

She was introduced to quilting as an adult. She says, "My friend and co-worker Gywn Powers decided that I needed to learn to quilt. She quilted and was sure I'd enjoy it.  So we went to the quilt shop and I signed up for the 12 weeks 'All by Hand' learn to quilt class. I was hooked after the first class, but quickly switched to my sewing machine."

You can read about Pat's 'first first quilt', which she made as a bed spread, in a two-part post on her blog. That was 15 years ago.

After she became proficient, Pat began teaching quilting classes. And then she decided to put her ideas into patterns. She now runs her own design business called Pat Sloan & Company located in Fairfax County, Virginia. She says, "I have found that I really enjoy designing patterns and seeing what other quilters do with my patterns."

Pat first discovered Janome when she was teaching on a cruise ship.  She says, "The Janome machines have beautiful stitching, great features, and are so solid!"

She does quilting and embroidery on her Memory Craft 12000 and takes her little Jem along when she's traveling.
Visit Pat Sloan's blog. See her selection of books. Look at her thread collection and latest fabrics. And tune in to her radio show.

Are you Powered by Janome? Tell us how you started out, what you make, how others can order your product, and most importantly, why you trust Janome to help get the job done! We'll be sharing many of these stories on Facebook, Twitter, our eNewsletter, and here on Janome.com.

To get complete details on how to send us your story go to our Powered By Janome submission page. We'd love to hear from you.

Send Us Your "Powered By Janome" Story

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Wednesday, 08 August 2012 00:00

Free Webinar: Introduction to Digitizer MBX

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497-free-webinar-introduction-to-digitizer-mbxLooking for tips on using your Digitizer MBX software? Tune in to our Free Webinar!

Digitizer MBX embroidery software gives you the freedom to express yourself in stitches. From editing individual stitches to layouts of large, multi-hoop designs and full stitch-out simulations, Digitizer MBX lets you can handle it all with ease.

Tune in Tuesday, August 28, 2012 from 8-9 PM EDT for "Introduction To Digitizer MBX," a live webinar exploring the features of this amazing software. Register for this webinar here.

Don’t forget: Janome dealers are offering a special project-based webinar series throughout the coming year! Each month you can attend another webinar that will showcase techniques you'll use through all your digitizing projects. And each one will also contain instructions for making a specific project using the technique.

Webinar themes include:

  • Introduction to Digitizer MBX
  • Embroidery on Towels and other Specialty Fabrics
  • Tips for Enlarging Designs
  • Tips for using Easy Design and Corel Draw
  • Appliqué, Fills, and Ambiance Quilting
  • Create Quilt Blocks with Fills
  • Free Standing Lace
  • Much more!

Register For Introductory Webinar

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