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Friday, 31 August 2012 05:00

Powered by Janome: Laura Wasilowski

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514-powered-by-janome-laura-wasilowskThis outstanding artist and teacher was featured on PBS's "The Art of Quilting."

Laura Wasilowski is a contemporary quiltmaker known internationally for her pictorial art quilts. She uses her own hand-dyed fabrics to create one-of-a-kind pieces of art that chronicle her life. And we're proud to say she sews on a Janome.

Laura has been featured in more than a dozen quilting books. Her work has been seen at many national and international quilt shows. She's even been honored as the Dean of Corrections for The Chicago School of Fusing (don't go looking for their campus). And PBS featured her in their series on The Art of Quilting.

But even the most accomplished quilters have to start somewhere. Laura says that she learned to sew in 4-H in the little town of Glenwood Springs, Colorado. She says, "The local 4-H ladies taught me everything I know about clothing construction and my mother taught me how to add hand embroidery to dishtowels and pillowcases. By age 14 I was making my own clothing."

After earning her undergraduate degree in Costume Design, she moved to Elgin, IL, where her neighbor just happened to be a quilter. Laura says, "Janet introduced me to the world of quilt making with trips to quilt shows and programs. I worked very little as a costumer but I did gain the skill of hand-dyeing fabric in college. Soon I was hand-dyeing fabrics to make art quilts and selling my hand-dyed fabrics to other quilt makers through my company, Artfabrik."

Laura discovered Janome through her network of quilting friends. It was fellow fabric artist Melody Johnson who suggested she replace her ancient off-brand sewing machine with a Janome. She explained that if Laura wanted the ideal free-motion stitch for creating her art quilts that the Janome brand was the best. Laura says, "She was right!"

She now uses a New Home Memory Craft 7000 and a Memory Craft 6500 Professional. Laura says, "Both sew like a dream for hours at a time, have excellent free-motion stitches, and require little repair. They are the work horses of my sewing room."

Lately, Laura has been focusing on small, fused art quilts are my focus right now. She says that her 6500P easily stitches through these constructions made up of many layers of fused fabrics, batting, and even thick Timtex. "It never skips a stitch. This leaves me more time for creating new art work and exploring free-motion stitching."

Find out more about Laura Wasilowski's fabric art, publications, and her workshops and lectures on her Artfabrik website, and all about her quilting experiences on her Artfabrik blog.

Visit your local Janome dealer to find the updated version of Laura's machine, the MC6600P.

Find Out More About Laura

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Thursday, 30 August 2012 05:00

Special Financing Starts Today: No Interest For 3 Years!

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513-special-financing-starts-today-no-interest-for-3-yearsStart sewing on the Janome you want today. Take until 2015 to pay it off.

You can't get much better than a 0% interest rate. But for the next two weeks that's the offer we're able to make you through a special arrangement with GE Financing.

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.

Now you can really get going on your quilting by bringing home that Horizon 7700 QCP you've been thinking about. 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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Wednesday, 29 August 2012 05:00

Cross Stitch Upgrades for Digitizer MBX

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512-cross-stitch-upgrades-for-digitizer-mbxPurchase this upgrade to add the cross stitch option.

The Cross-Stitch upgrade for Digitizer MBX works with your exisiting Digitizer program to allow you to create original designs to stitch on your embroidery machine. Create an entire cross stitched piece, or incorporate traditional cross-stitches into your designs as fills or line stitches.

Everyone has a memory of a cross-stitched piece: a sampler hanging by the kitchen door, a special pillow on the couch, some heirloom antique linens. Now, with the Cross Stitch optional software upgrade, you can bring the nostalgia of this traditional form to the digital age.

If you own Digitizer Pro or Digitizer MB Version 3.0, you want Cross Stitch for Pro/MB V3.0 (254-736-005). However, if you just purchase the upgrade kit to MBX Version 4.0, the cross stitch program is included and there is no need to purchase the Cross Stitch Upgrade.

If you own Digitizer MBX Version 4.0, you want Cross Stitch for MBX V4.0 (254-750-005).

See your authorized Janome dealer for all the details.

Find Your Nearest Janome Dealer

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Tuesday, 28 August 2012 05:00

Back-2-School with Janome: AQ18 and AQ26 Packages

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511-back-2-school-with-janome-aq18-and-aq26-packagesStep up to your own long arm quilter and save up to 30%.

If you've even been thinking about moving up to the speed and freedom of long arm quilting, check out the special pricing at your Janome dealer. But don't wait very long, because the Back-2-School promotion ends this Friday.

Here's the deal: choose either the Artistic Quilter 18 or Artistic Quilter 26 long arm machine to go with the Artistic Freedom Frame and save up to 30% off the regular price.

AQ18 18" Longarm Machine

The Artistic Quilter 18 offers quilters of all levels a feature-rich machine at an affordable price. Beginners will love the ease-of-use right out of the box. Experts will appreciate the precision, speed, and power of this 18” longarm.

AQ26 26" Longarm Machine

The Artistic Quilter 26 is a full-size long arm machine for beautiful quilt finishing. The ease-of-use features are wonderful, especially for a machine of its size, including a range of popular features from the home sewing machine. With a 26" arm, it's big enough for professional work. And it has the sturdy construction, power and speed to match.

Artistic Freedom Frame

Stable and easy to use, the Artistic Freedom Frame can expand up to 10 feet wide (12 feet with an optional two foot extension). Built to be comparable to commercial models, it's made with sturdy steel components and an industrial design.

Fits AQ18 and AQ26 as well as other machines up to 26".

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.

See All The Back-2-School Offers

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Monday, 27 August 2012 05:00

Digitizer Update Now Available

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510-digitizer-update-now-availableImprove your Digitizer MBX or Digitizer JR software with this free update.

Janome, Tokyo has just released a new software update for their current Digitizer products. It improves the functionality of the software and adds several new features, including:

  • Direct communication with MC12000 via USB cable
  • Addition of icon for direct communication with Horizon Link
  • Addition of hat hoop insert-HH10 (100 x 90) for MC12000 

 

This new update is called Digitizer MBX V4.0M R2 Service Pack, and it's for those who have an existing Digitizer MBX V4.0F (English Version) or MBX V4.0K (Multi-Language) installation with a working Digitizer MBX dongle.

If you do not have Digitizer MBX V4.0F or V4.0K already installed, you will need an upgrade kit with an upgrade dongle in order to upgrade a previous release of the Janome digitizing software. If you have already installed Digitizer MBX V4.0M R2, you do NOT have to do this upgrade.

Downloading And Installing the Digitizer Update

1. Go to the following link on the Janome site: http://www.janome.co.jp/e/e_downloads/digitizer_mbx_v40m.html

2. Read through the installation instructions before downloading and installing the update.

Unlimited Creativity In Stitches

Janome's Digitizer software was developed in a collaborative effort with Wilcom International, the industry's top embroidery software developer. It combines easy-to-use functionality with a powerful software engine to give you the freedom to express yourself. From editing individual stitches to layouts of large, multi-hoop designs and full stitch-out simulations, Digitizer can handle it all with ease.

Whether you are new to digitizing or a seasoned professional, enter the future of embroidery with the Digitizer series of software from Janome. Find out more about it at your Janome dealer.

Go To Digitizer Update Page

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Friday, 24 August 2012 05:00

New Video: MC12K Horizon Link - Open, Edit, Transfer

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508-new-video-mc12k-horizon-link-open-edit-transferThe software makes design creation easy. The real-time PC link makes it fast.

The Horizon Memory Craft 12000 sewing, quilting and embroidery machine comes with a ton of great accessories.

One of the most exciting is the Horizon Link™ software package. 

The MC12000 comes with some great on-screen embroidery editing tools to create and edit designs on the touchscreen.

But the Horizon Link™ software makes it even easier--because you can do the same thing in real time on your computer. Use your mouse to drag, drop and edit, while your computer monitor becomes your editing screen. You can even take your laptop with you to edit embroidery designs on the go.

We have a new Horizon Link™ video that shows step-by-step how to create an embroidery layout on your PC (bringing in designs, duplicating, scaling, rotating, etc.), and then how to quickly transfer it to your MC12000 so it's ready to embroider (either with a direct PC link or using a USB stick).

You can learn how in just over three minutes.

Watch HorizonLink Embroidery Design Layout: How To Open, Edit & Transfer Embroidery Designs. And then visit your Janome dealer to try it out for yourself.

Watch The Horizon Link™ Open-Edit-Transfer Video

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Thursday, 23 August 2012 05:00

Laminates Love The Janome Ultraglide Foot

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509-laminates-love-the-janome-ultraglide-footLeave a comment about a "sticky situation" your Janome has saved your from, and you could win!

Cotton laminates are one of the most popular new substates coming from fabric manufacturers these days. They are much easier to work with than the old-school oil cloths, but they still require some special handling. Number 1) stay away from pins; use clips or temporary adhesives to hold pieces together prior to seaming. Number 2) a regular presser foot will stitck to laminates; use the Janome Ultraglide foot

We're guessing successful-sewing-with-laminates is just one of the "sticky situations" in which your trusty Jaome has saved the day! Leave us a comment below telling us about your favorite Janome-to-the-rescue moment. We'll draw a winner from all the comments collected between now and August 31, 2012. The winner will receive a Janome Ultraglide foot plus two generous cuts of beautiful cotton laminate from Tula Pink's soon to be released collection for FreeSprit Fabrics: The Birds & The Bees.

Our friends at Sew4Home.com, where Janome America is a sponsor, recently finished a series with FreeSpirit and sent us these two lovely fabric cuts to give away. The laminate is 55" wide, and our winner will recieve 1¼ yards of Meteor Shower in Cinnamon and 1½ yards of Tree of Life in Cinnamon.

You can visit Sew4Home for a great tutorial on working with laminates as well as fun ideas for laminate projects, such as as a vanity tabletop cover. But first, leave a comment below about your "sticky situation" for your chance to win. 

 

Ultraglide Foot

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Wednesday, 22 August 2012 05:00

Back-2-School with Janome: MB4 Package

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507-back-2-school-with-janome-mb4-packageBuy the MB-4, get the MicroEmbroidery Package FREE! $420 Value!


Ever wished you could bring the proficiency of a professional embroidery machine home? Now you can. With four needles (four times the capacity of a household embroidery machine) and an eight-color thread stand, you can set up once and move on to other projects while your MB-4 gets it done.

For a limited time, when you bring home the "World's First" Home-Use Four-Needle Embroidery Machine, you get a bonus package worth $420, including the Sock Hoop Kit and the Glenn Harris MicroEmbroidery CD.

MB-4 Four Needle Embroidery Machine

We've taken everything you love about Janome embroidery and quadrupled the capacity! When you have your own four needle machine, you can set up your embroidery and move on to other projects while the MB-4 gets it done. Assign and change each of the four needle positions individually. The MB-4 automatically cuts jump threads (even between letters), saving you time and hassle. 

The MB-4 is built to work with most embroidery formats, including those used by industry professionals. It is compatible with six industry-standard Tajima hoops, as well as the four available Janome hoops to further expand your creative opportunities.

Sock Hoop Kit (MB-4)

Now you can create customized socks with the MB-4. The Sock Hoop Kit is also great for wrist bands, gloves, pouches, and any other difficult to hoop items. The kit includes 2 large hoops, 2 small hoops, 2 sliders (for the S and L hoops) and 1 hoop holder.

Glenn Harris MicroEmbroidery CD

The MB-4 has the precision to stitch these extra-precise "micro embroidery design." The 25 designs on the Glenn Harris MicroEmbroidery CD show the MB4's precision and capability to produce finely detailed embroidery. Stitch out these beautifully digitized, realistically detailed, redwork-style designs. Each design can be sewn with a single color thread. We recommend #60 thread for best results.

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.

See All The Back-2-School Offers

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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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