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Thursday, 27 September 2012 05:00

Holiday Wish List Poll Results


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


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

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Tuesday, 25 September 2012 00:00

Introducing A New Janome Partner: Martelli Notions


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?


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


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


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


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


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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Monday, 17 September 2012 05:00

Artistic Crystals: Party Time Take #2


525-artistic-crystals-party-time-take-2It's "all about the bling" at this recent event sponsored by Auburn Sewing Center.

Are you ready to have a little fun? Go to an Artistic Crystals party put on by your Janome dealer.

We've recently introduced a whole 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. It makes placing crystals so easy and exact, you can let your creativity run wild.

We just heard from Janome Educational Coordinator Maddie Bushman about a recent Crystals Party put on by Auburn Sewing Center. They had so many people attend that they hosted it at an off-site location.

In keeping with the theme, everybody was given party hats and party horns. Maddie says, "Every time the attendees heard about a feature of the software that excited them they blew their horns. There was so much horn blowing that it seemed like it was New Year’s Eve."

The partiers each brought garments, which they embellished with Artistic Crystals. Maddie reports that some of them put two or three crystal designs on the same shirt. Everybody was enjoying the refreshments and really had a good time.

She says, "One thing for sure. Chris (the dealer) knows how to throw an Artistic Crystal Party."

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.

Find Out More About Artistic Crystals

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Friday, 14 September 2012 05:00

Anna Maria Horner Video Now Online: Making The Paper Fan Dress


524-amh-video-now-online-making-the-paper-fan-dressWatch Anna Maria as she makes this adorable dress in her workroom.

A few weeks ago, we told you about Anna Maria Horner's Paper Fan Dress project. This beautiful design was inspired by one her favorite John Singer Sargent paintings.

If you're not familiar with Anna Maria--she's one of our favorite fashion, quilting and fabric designers who sews on a Janome 4120 Quilter's Decor Companion.

She has recently completed a video on the Fan Dress, shot in her workroom, where she talks about the inspiration for the project and then goes step-by-step through the construction on her Janome machine.

Anna Maria says, ". . . this painting inspired me mostly by how it at once illustrates the simplicity of childhood pleasures and the splendor of a summer evening. So more than anything, I wanted to design a frock that would be lightweight, fuss-free and very versatile to help little girls enjoy all that summer offers."

We think this project captures that feeling perfectly.

Watch the video Paper Fan Dress in our special Janome+Anna Maria Horner section. Then make the project yourself with the complete instructions and pattern.

To try out Anna Maria's sewing machine, visit your local Janome dealer

Watch Anna Maria's Fan Dress Video

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