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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Friday, 07 September 2012 05:00

Introduction to Digitizer MBX Webinar: Archive Now Online

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520-introduction-to-digitizer-mbx-webinar-archive-now-onlineDid you miss the live webinar? View the archive today.

On Tuesday, August 28, 2012, we held a live "Introduction To Digitizer MBX" webinar, exploring the features of this amazing software that 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. If you were unable to attend the live webinar, the archive version of it is now available online... still free!

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!

 

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Thursday, 06 September 2012 05:00

New Video: Optional 3-Way Cording Foot For The MC12000

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519-new-video-mc12k-optional-3-way-cording-footUse this foot to easily attach 1, 2, or 3 strands of cord.

The 3-Way Cording Foot (MC12000) is an optional presser foot designed specficially for the 9 mm wide stitch of the Horizon Memory Craft 12000.

The foot has three grooves on the bottom. You thread the cords through these grooves before attaching the foot to your machine. This makes it easier to precisely place the cording as you sew it down.

You can use a variety of utility or decorative stitches to sew down the cords, giving you many creative options for the final effect.

How To Use The 3-Way Cording Foot On MC12000

  1. On the touchscreen of your Horizon Memory Craft 12000 go to Decorative Stitches. Go to the Satin Stitch category and choose Stitch #2.
  2. Before attaching your foot to the machine, feed each piece of cording through the loop in the front of the foot, pulling it through to the back.
  3. Attach the foot to your machine, pulling the tails of your cording out the back.
  4. Begin sewing.


And now you've attached your strands of cording.

To see this demonstrated watch the video 3-Way Cording Foot H Attaching 1, 2, or 3 strands of cord.

Find the 3-Way Cording Foot and the Horizon Memory Craft 12000 at your authorized Janome dealer.

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Wednesday, 05 September 2012 05:00

Sew4Home/Fairfield Processing Pillow Personality Contest - Enter to Win

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517-sew4home-fairfield-pillow-personality-contest-enter-to-winThere's a plain pillow just waiting for your creativity!

Our good friends at Sew4Home.com, where Janome America is a sponsor, have a fun contest underway with Fairfield Processing, the folks who make Poly-fil and lots of other great soft stuff. Use a Fairfield insert or filler to make a pillow with pizzazz and you could win lots of great Fairfield inserts and fillers to make lots more pillows. Plus, the winning pillows will be featured on Sew4Home! The entry deadline is this Friday, but we know how quick and easy pillows are to make, and you can use any Janome machine... so you still have time!

Take a digital picture of your creation, and write up a short description (50 words or less) about your pillow's personality and whether the pillow was made to be passed along or kept. You must be older than 18 and a legal citizen of the USA to enter.

Email the digital picture and its description to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Each day, Fairfield will post a random number of pillow pictures on their Facebook wall, as well as onto a special board on their Pinterest page. The twenty photos that generate the most activity at these social media outlets will be the semi-finalists.

From these top twenty semi-finalists, an industry panel of judges will select the five major winners to receive:

Grand Prize: Home Elegance Pillow Assortment - Retail Value $178

First Prize: Home Elegance/Soft Touch Assortment - Retail Value $106

Second Prize: Soft Touch 6-Piece Pillow Bundle - Retail Value $76

Third Prize: Soft Touch 4-Piece Pillow Bundle - Retail Value $54

Runner Up Prize: Soft Touch 2-Piece Pillow Bundle - Retail Value $22

Remaining 15 semi-finalists with each receive a 12oz bag of Poly-Fil Supreme® Fiberfil

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