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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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Monday, 17 September 2012 05:00

Artistic Crystals: Party Time Take #2

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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

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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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Thursday, 13 September 2012 05:00

Powered by Janome: Denise Wild of LoveSewingNewYork.com

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530-powered-by-janome-denise-wild-of-lovesewingnewyorkcomShe's passing on her passion for sewing in Toronto and New York.

Denise Wild has loved sewing since she was a teenager. She's now sharing the fun with teens, young adults, and beginning sewists of any age at her two Love Sewing schools. And the machine model she's chosen to teach on is a Janome Sewist 500.

Denise was 13 years old when a family friend spent the summer teaching her how to sew. She worked through her first commercial pattern, and, she says, "I've loved sewing ever since!"

"I love sewing dresses, and I dream of a day when I can sew new dresses from morning to night. (And then do it all again the very next day!)"

She ended up working as a magazine editor, but continued to sew for herself. She says, "All of my friends and colleagues knew I sewed." And she would often sew for others.

Eventually, people started asking her to teach them how to sew. Her first class was a group of friends in her Toronto apartment. Realizing that this could be a viable business, Denise opened up The Sewing Studio in 2004. Since then she's added a Manhattan location.

She's been pleasantly surprised with the enthusiasm of her teen students. "They love fashion, they love exploring their creativity through design and construction, and they love finishing something that they started on their own."

Denise received her first Janome when her mother bought her one as a university graduation gift. She still uses that same machine in her personal sewing room.

If you enroll at The Sewing School New York, you'll learn to sew on a Janome Sewist 500. Denise says, "I love the machine for its simplicity and its smooth hand." You can try out the Sewist 500 for yourself at your local Janome dealer.

The Sewing Studio teaches classes in Toronto and New York City, and is the home of online sewing destination LoveSewing.com, which publishes daily articles on sewing and fashion. Keep your eye out for the LoveSewing learn-to-sew DVD, which brings The Sewing Studio's popular eight-week class to everyone everywhere.

Watch Denise Wild's introductiory video.

Find Out More About The Sewing Studio In NYC

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Wednesday, 12 September 2012 00:00

New Video: AcuFeed Ditch Foot for the MC12000

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523-new-video-mc12k-acufeed-ditch-footHow to do stitch-in-the-ditch through quilt layers on your MC12000.

You have two ways of doing easy stitch in the ditch on your Horizon Memory Craft 12000. One is with the the optional Ditch Quilting Foot S. The other way is with the optional AcuFeed Ditch Quilting Foot SD, which works in conjunction with the AcuFeed Flex™ fabric feeding system.

Both feet work on the same principle: a flange on the front of the foot helps you guide your fabric to keep your new line of stitching "in the ditch." The AcuFeed Ditch Quilting Foot helps you do this and keeps your multiple quilt layers feeding in perfect sync.

How To Use The Ditch Quilting Foot SD

  1. Install the AcuFeed Ditch Quilting Foot on the AcuFeed Flex foot holder before you attach it to the machine: Place the pins of the foot in the grooves of the ankle, and then push them together. 
  2. Attach the AcuFeed Flex system to your machine and tighten the screw. 
  3. Push in the bar on the back of the foot until it is flush.
  4. On your machine's touchscreen activate the AcuFeed Flex system. And choose a Straight Stitch.
  5. Align your fabric so that the flange rests in the seam.
    Optional: On your machine you can move the needle to adjust how closely it stitches to the flange.
  6. As you sew, keep your eye on the flange, making sure it stays in the seam.


And you've made a beautiful stitch-in-the ditch.

To see this demonstrated watch the video AcuFeed Ditch Quilting Foot SD: Stitching in the ditch with the AcuFeed Flex System.

You can find this foot and the Horizon Memory Craft 12000 sewing, quilting and embroidery machine at your authorized Janome dealer.

Watch The AcuFeed Ditch Quilting Foot Video

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Tuesday, 11 September 2012 05:00

Introducing the eBosser

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521-introducing-the-ebosserYour Janome dealer now carries this one-step, automatic embossing and die cutting system.

If you're a crafter, you might be familiar with personal die cutting machines. Using a die pattern, you can cut multiple copies of a shape in a single step out of fabric, paper, leather, or other materials. Until now most personal die cutters used a handcrank and could be a little tricky.

But now there's the Janome Artistic eBosser automatic system. It's electric so you don't have to crank it. Simply turn on the machine, insert your folder or cutting die with their platform system, and the machine does the rest.

The eBosser is able to cut through multiple layers of fabric in one pass. If you're a quilter, this means way less time cutting and more time creating! And the eBosser is powerful enough to cut or emboss leather, wood, even metal. But it's also been designed with safety in mind, making it perfect for home, school, or professional use.

Key Features:

  • Fully Automatic
  • Electric For Ease of Use
  • Works With Most Cutting Dies & Embossing Folders
  • Large Format: Cut & Emboss Up To 8.5" x 12"
  • Cuts Multiple Layers of Fabric & More
  • Designed With Safety In Mind
  • SMARTTM chip technology: Automatic Motor & Gear Protection
  • Built-in Handle for Portability

     

Video: See The eBosser In Action

The eBosser is so easy to use, it's kind of fun to watch. See the YouTube video: Cutting Fabric With The eBosser. Then go try one out for yourself at your Janome dealer.

Find Out More About The eBosser

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Monday, 10 September 2012 05:00

0% Interest For 3 Years? Find Out How!

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518-zero-interest-for-3-years-find-out-howYou only have TWO days left to get this special offer.

Start sewing right now on the Janome machine you've always wanted. And you can take until 2015 to pay it off. It's that simple.

But  . . . this offer ends in just a few days: Wednesday, September 12, 2012.

Through a special arrangement with GE Financing, you can get a 0% interest rate and three years to pay it off.

How This Special Offer Works

Qualifying customers, who purchase $2,000 or more in Janome products with their GE Home Design Credit Card, will have 36 months to pay off their balance with no interest accruing. You simply make 36 equal payments over the three year term. See the promotional flyer for complete details.

Have you been thinking about taking the next step up in your quilting? Now you can bring home the Horizon 7700 QCP quilting and sewing machine. Or maybe you've really been dreaming big, and this is your chance to get the ultimate sewing and embroidery machine: the Horizon Memory Craft 12000.

You get to decide because this offer applies to all current Janome sewing machines, embroidery machines, specialty machines and sergers.

Whichever Janome you choose, don't wait too long to decide, because this offer is good only through September 12, 2012 and only at your participating Janome America dealer.

See Complete Financing Offer Details

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