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Friday, 09 November 2012 03:00

New Video: Buttonhole Foot B for the MC12000

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567-mc12k-new-video-buttonhole-foot-bUse it for buttons that are larger than one inch.

When you want to make a regular size buttonhole on your Horizon Memory Craft 12000, you use the Automatic Buttonhole Foot R. It measures your button automatically and sews out the correct size hole.

But what if your button is too big for Buttonhole Foot R--one inch across or bigger? You use the optional Buttonhole Foot B (9mm). It utilizes the MC12000's built-in buttonhole memory so once you've sewn one hole, you can repeat it multiple times.

The foot is easy to use and has grooves on the back to allow it to move smoothly over the buttonhole stitching.

How To Use Buttonhole Foot B To Make A Large Buttonhole

  1. Using a water-soluble marker, mark the size of your desired buttonhole on your fabric.
  2. Attach the foot to your machine.
  3. On the touch screen go into Buttonholes. Select Buttonhole #2, which will memorize the buttonhole length.
  4. Place the bottom of your marked buttonhole at the needle position. Start sewing.
  5. When you reach the top mark, touch the Reverse button. The machine will stitch the top bar tack and return to the bottom.
  6. Once it reaches the bottom, touch the Reverse button again and it will sew the other side of the buttonhole.
  7. At the top of the buttonhole, touch the Reverse button one last time, so it will complete the stitch and knot-off.


The size of the buttonhole has now been memorized and the machine will sew additional buttonholes at this same size.

To see this demonstrated watch the video Buttonhole Foot B: Creating an extra large buttonhole.

Try out Buttonhole Foot B (9mm) and all the other MC12000 optional accessories at your authorized Janome Dealer.

Watch The Extra Large Buttonhole Video

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Thursday, 08 November 2012 03:00

Oh Baby! New Projects at Sew4Home Make Great Gifts

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566-s4h-oh-baby-new-projectsFrom bibs to bottle carriers to a beautiful diaper bag, Sew4Home has a baby bonanza!

Janome has been the exclusive sewing machine sponsor of the inspirational Sew4Home website since its very beginning, and we've never been disappointed with the great projects they dream up with for sewing enthusiats. You can do their projects on any Janome model, although, the Sew4Home team often feature specific Janome presser feet and accessories that make the job faster, easier and give you a more professional finish. 

Sew4Home recently posted a ten-part series of baby projects, including two great how-to tutorials: one on sewing with knits and another on working with iron-on vinyl

Check out the free projects (maybe with free downloadable patterns) for: snap-on bibs, a travel diaper case with laminated changing pad, knit receiving blankets with cute matching hats, thermal baby bottle carrier, protective splat mat, adorable binky leashes with their own little case, and a diaper bag that's so pretty - you'll want it for your own everyday tote. 

Find Out More

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Wednesday, 07 November 2012 00:00

Angela Yosten Project: Too Tight Onesie Made Into Just Right Baby T-shirt

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565-angela-yosten-quick-fix-onesie-projectIt's a quick fix with a cover hem stitch.

Babies grow so fast. It seems like you get only a few weeks out of a onsie before it's straining at the bottom snaps.

Moda Bake Shop designer Angela Yosten has come up with a quick and easy fix, using the Janome 1000CPX CoverPro. You simply cut off the snaps and finish off the bottom of the onsie with a professional looking cover hem stitch.

Voila, it's now a t-shirt your baby can still wear.

Get complete instructions for the Too Tight Onesie Made Just Right T-shirt project. It requires Beginner skills and will take less than an hour.

Angela Yosten is the author of Stop. Go. Quilt. Sew! 12 Fun Projects For Boys to Enjoy, and a contributor to quilting books Modern Blocks, and Fresh Fabric Treats.

The CoverPro 1000CPX is the marriage of an industrial-style cover hem machine  and a convenient home machine. The result is a high-speed, long arm, heavy-duty cover hem machine that looks and operates like a sewing machine.

Try out the 1000CPX at your local Janome Dealer.

Go To Too-Tight Onsie To T-Shirt Project

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Tuesday, 06 November 2012 00:00

Coming To A Dealer Near You: Kym Goldup-Graham's Sewing Revolution

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564-coming-to-a-dealer-near-you-kym-goldup-grahamThis educator from Down Under will show you amazing ideas for Janome sewing, appliqué, quilting, and machine embroidery.

Kym Goldup Graham is one of the most creative and entertaining sewing authors you'll ever see. For us in America, it's usually impossible to drive to one of her presentations--since she lives in Australia.

But here's the good news. She's currently on a U.S. Tour and possibly coming to a dealer near you. (Scroll down for the dates and locations.)

Kym Goldup-Graham is an international teacher, author and inventor of sewing related products. Along with Ann Duncan, she founded The Sewing Revolution®. Most of their products relate to accessories produced by Janome. They are both passionate and enthusiastic about their craft and love to share the secrets to sewing they have learned with others. Ann and Kym currently write a column for a machine embroidery magazine, and their latest book Infinity Quilt is sold worldwide.

Kym Goldup-Graham U.S. Tour Dates

Quilter’s Alley, Paducah, KY - Nov. 7
Moore’s Sewing, Louisville, KY - Nov. 9
Sew-Ezy Studio, Cincinnati, OH - Nov. 10
Westerville Sew n Save, Westerville, OH - Nov. 12
Edwards Sewing Center, Ft. Wayne, IN - Nov. 13, 14
Super Stitch, North East, PA - Nov. 16, 17
Huntsville Sew and Vac, Huntsville, AL - Nov. 27
Stuart Sew n Vac-Stuart, FL - Nov. 30, Dec. 1
South Sound Sew n Vac-Olympia, WA - Dec. 4, 5
Longview Sewing Center, Longview, WA - Dec. 7, 8

Use the Dealer Locator to find the site nearest you. Find out more about Kym, her book, and quilting products.

Learn More About The Sewing Revolution

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Monday, 05 November 2012 00:00

Holiday Wishbook Highlight: Embroidery Project Packs

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556-browse-our-online-holiday-wish-bookOver $1000 in Embroidery Gifts: 3 Great Project Packs Over 3 Months.

Wouldn't it be fun to keep receiving Christmas gifts in the mail all the way into spring?

That's what you get with our special Holiday Wishbook promotion on Memory Craft Embroidery machines. 

When you purchase a qualifiying Janome embroidery machine by Dec. 31st, 2012, you’ll also receive 3 monthly Embroidery 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 $1,001.25!

The qualifying machines are the Horizon Memory Craft 12000, Memory Craft 11000 Special Edition, Memory Craft 9700, and the Memory Craft 350E.

Spoiler Alert: Read On To Find Out What's In The Monthly Packages

    Embroidery Project Pack #1
  • Janome Polyester Thread Set No. 1
  • Lunchbox Quilt Designs Cocktail Recipe Towels Project CD,includes 12 embroidery designs
  • THREE Towels From All About Blanks
  • Project instructions
  • AquaMesh Wash-Away, 10” x 10 yards
  • EZ Snips

    Embroidery Project Pack #2
  • Janome Polyester Thread Set No. 2
  • Artistic Monogram Software
  • 2 Pashminas
  • Project instructions
  • AquaMesh Plus, 10” x 5 yards

    Embroidery Project Pack #3
  • Janome Polyester Thread Set No. 3
  • Anita GoodDesignTM Embroidery CD Collection, “Baby Designs”
  • TWO Baby Onesies
  • Project instructions
  • PolyMesh Cut-Away, 10” x 10 yards, white 1.5 oz
  • Jenny Haskins’ book A Place in the Sun - a Quilt In The Hoop


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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Friday, 02 November 2012 00:00

Powered By Janome: Fine Art Quilter Laurie Brainerd

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561-powered-by-janome-fine-art-quilter-laurie-brainerdShe's an artist who uses machine quilting techniques on dye-painted fabric .

Laurie Brainerd is a contemporary quilter whose work is displayed and sold in fine art galleries. Several of of her pieces have toured at the Quilt Festivals.  She's had a large installation in the lobby of Baptist Mission Trail Hospital in San Antonio. Her work has been featured in publications, including 500 Art Quilts, Journey of Hope, and Lone Stars III. And we're very proud to say she does her quilting on a Janome Memory Craft 6600 Professional.

Laurie's mom taught her to sew when she was around 8 years old. As she got older she sewed on and off, making things like Halloween costumes. In high school she deliberately avoided Home Ec, because even though she knew how to sew, she hated cooking. So she took Shop instead.

Laurie says, "Over the years, I used sewing for home decorating projects. I started making art quilts when I was 40 years old--when I had enough space--physical, temporal, and emotional--all at the same time!"

Laurie always felt like an artist but just didn't know which medium she could really work in. Then she discovered fabric art. She says, "I have always been drawn to the texture of textiles.  I first learned about fine art quilting when a friend gave me a catalog of an early Quilt National where she had volunteered.  I had never heard of the medium until then, but was instantly smitten."

She discovered Janome when she was researching getting a new machine with a sturdier walking foot. Laurie says she asked the art quilter, Lisa Call, how she had solved that problem.  Lisa uses the built-in technology on another brand.  Laurie says, "I discovered that Janome also had this feature.  And when I test drove both machines, the Janome 6600P was superior."

Laurie adds that another big plus is that her MC6600P fits the flatbed space on her Sew Perfect table.

She's looking forward to moving to the West Coast where she'd like to create a micro studio--less space but more functional. She's going to continue working on her unique surface design techniques, while fully exploiting what quilts can do that paintings can’t.

See more of Laurie Brainerd's work on her website gallery and blog.  

You can see her quilting machine at your local Janome dealer.

Find Out More About The MC6600P

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Thursday, 01 November 2012 00:00

Janome America Working To Re-Open in the Aftermath of Sandy

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372-we-heart-youHurricane Sandy cut a wide path of destruction through New Jersey, where Janome America is headquartered.

Much of Northern New Jersey is still without power, including the area Janome America calls home. If you are trying to reach us to check in, we thank you for your thoughts and prayers.

For business concerns, authorized Janome America dealers should call their District Sales Managers. 

We ask our valued consumers to call us on Monday, November 5th, when we expect to reopen. In the meantime, you can also call our regular phone lines, on which we'll post status updates.

Thank you again for your support as we, along with everyone in the affected area, pulls together to re-open and rebuild. 

Official American Red Cross Hurricane Sandy Donation Page

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Thursday, 01 November 2012 00:00

Introducing The Memory Craft 8900 QCP & 8200 QC Quilting Machines

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560-intro-mc8900qcp-8200qc-quilting-machinesYou have a whole new world of quilting and sewing to explore.

When you’re doing something you truly love, you reach a point where you’re "in the zone." It happens when a machine makes your sewing experience so smooth and easy, so worry-free, it quite simply takes you away.

Our two newest Horizon® Memory Craft machines let you escape into that world of pure creativity. Now you can take on those ambitious projects your old machine just couldn't handle because of lack of bed space, insufficient power, an inadequate feeding system, or other limitations. 

Horizon® Memory Craft 8900 Quilter's Companion™ Professional

  • 11" bed space
  • 9 mm stitch width
  • 1,000 stitches per minute
  • AcuFeed Flex™
  • 270 stitches
  • Patented needle placement
  • Remote thread cutter for use on a quilt frame 

 

Horizon® Memory Craft 8200 Quilter's Companion™

  • 11" bed space
  • 9 mm stitch width
  • 860 stitches per minute
  • AcuFeed Flex™ (optional)
  • 120 stitches


For complete information visit our still-growing MC8900/MC8200 website. You can see all the machines' features and download the 8-page brochure as a PDF. You can also read the official press release for the MC8900.

If you're even thinking about a new quilting machine, get down to your your local Janome dealer right awat to try out the new Horizon® Memory Craft 8900 QCP and 8900 QC for yourself.

Go To The MC8900/MC8200 Website

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Wednesday, 31 October 2012 03:00

Sticky Situation Winner: Kat Ayers Mannix

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559-sticky-situation-winner-kat-ayers-mannixTo enter the contest, you had to tell about a "sticky" sewing situation.

A few weeks ago, we had some tips on working with cotton laminates--such as how you can prevent them from sticking to your presser foot by using the Ultraglide Foot.

We also had a giveaway where we asked you to leave a comment about a time your Janome machine helped you out of a "sticky sewing situation." From all the comments that day, we'd have a random prize drawing for a Janome Ultraglide Foot plus two generous cuts of beautiful cotton laminate from Tula Pink's popular fabric collection for FreeSprit Fabrics: The Birds & The Bees.

Our Sticky Situation winner, chosen at random, was Kat Mannix of Raleigh, NC. She told us about the time she ripped her hem one night, right before she was about to go out. She sat down at her trusty Memory Craft 6600P and in a few minutes managed to fix it.

Kat says, "I just  wanted to mention that I absolutely LOVE my Janome 6600! I am also part of the Janome 6600/6500 Yahoo group, and all their feedback and recommendations are the reason I decided to go with the 6600. The Accufeed is brilliant and the thread cutter and auto threader are just icing on the cake."

Kat assures us she will make good use of the Tula Pink fabric and Ultraglide Foot.

You can read more about Kat's machine or try it for yourself at your Janome dealer

Find Out More About The Ultraglide Foot

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Tuesday, 30 October 2012 05:00

New Video: Border Guide Foot FB for the MC12000

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553-mc12k-new-video-border-guide-foot-fbHow to get your border designs to line up perfectly on your MC12000.

If you sometimes struggle with getting your rows of decorative stitching to line up exactly, you've got two choices. You can get out your rulers and fabric pencils and draw a guide line for every row.

Or, if you have a Horizon Memory Craft 12000, you can use the foot that already has your guidelines: the optional Border Guide Foot FB.

This see-through foot has two sets of lines. The vertical red lines are calibrated for perfect spacing of rows. The horizontal red line matches the needle drop so you can line up the start of each row. And the small red mark denotes the center of the design for lining up with the marking for the first row.

You can use this foot with any of the MC12000's 9 mm wide decorative stitches.

How To Use The Border Guide Foot FB

  1. Attach the foot to your machine.
  2. On the touch screen go to Decorative Stitches. Select your desired category, and choose a decorative stitch.
  3. Line up the edge of your fabric with one of the lines on the foot. You can also use a line drawn on your fabric to start your first row.
  4. Begin sewing, watching the guidelines, not the needle, to keep your fabric going straight.
  5. When you've finished your first row, move the fabric so your next starting point is under the red horizontal line and your previous row of stitching is between the two vertical red lines.


Just repeat this process to stitch as many even rows as you need.

To see this foot demonstrated, watch the video Border Guide Foot FB: Sewing parallel rows of stitching.

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

Watch The Border Guide Foot Video

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