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Wednesday, 01 August 2012 05:00

New Project: Improv Sewing's "Swishy Sundress"

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492-new-project-improv-sewings-swishy-sundressAuthors Nicole Blum and Debra Immergut share a quick, summer project from their book Improv Sewing.

Do you have intermediate sewing skills, a Janome sewing machine, and 3 hours? Then you've got what it takes to make this cute summer dress. (And that time even includes making your own pattern.) Get complete instructions online for the Swishy Sundress.

Nicole Blum and Debra Immergut describe the project this way: "A swishy lightweight jersey makes up into a cool summer gown. The stitched lines at the empire waist are both graphic and functional, adding interesting detail and shape at the same time. The amount of yardage required depends on the desired length of your finished frock; consider a maxi length for a stylish variation."

And if you like how it turns out, you might want to get 100 more fast and easy project from Nicole and Debra. The full title of their book is Improv Sewing: A Freeform Approach to Creative Techniques; 101 Fast, Fun, and Fearless Projects: Dresses, Tunics, Scarves, Skirts, Accessories, Pillows, Curtains, and More. (Can be ordered at Amazon.com)

Find out more about Nicole and Debra and find links to lots of great tips and resources on their blog Improv Diary.

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Tuesday, 31 July 2012 05:00

Sew4Home Reviews 19 Janome Specialty Feet for Attaching Trims

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491-s4h-reviews-19-janome-specialty-feet-4-trimsS4H put our specialty feet through their paces.

As a major sponsor, we are proud to supply the creative folks at Sew4Home.com with Janome machines and accessories for their studio use. Janome is the exclusive sewing machine sponsor of this wonderfully creative site. For their recent series, A Romantic Bedroom Retreat with Rowan & FreeSpirit Fabrics, S4H reviewed 19 standard and specialty feet to show how they can be used to make attaching trims faster and easier.

The trim aisle at your favorite store always looks so beautiful: rows and rows of amazing options. But many people shy away from using these gorgeous embellishments because they're unsure how to sew them in place. Sew4Home breaks the options into four simple categories:

  1. Feet designed to sew specific types of trim or to create custom trims
  2. Feet originally designed for another purpose, but which work great on a variety of trims (and for making trims too!)
  3. Feet designed for specific fabric types
  4. Feet that come in handy, depending on the type of trim you’ve selected

Open up that drawer where you keep all those specialty feet the came with your Janome machine. There's all kind of fun in there!

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Monday, 30 July 2012 05:00

New Project: Christmas Party Placemats

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490-new-project-christmas-party-placematsMake these as a gift set or use them in your own decorating.

Have you been getting a head start on those holiday projects? Janome Educator Terry Mingee has created a Christmas Party Placemat project that gives you simple construction and lots of room for embellishment.

In fact Terry says, "I wanted the sewist to have something that would require little time to construct and more time for their creativity to soar."

For his decorative stitches he used Janome Serger Thread (80wt.) and Artistic Gold metallic thread. Besides looking good on the project, Janome Serger thread is finer and leaves less lint, which is better for your sewing machine.

Terry made the project on his Horizon Memory Craft 12000, but you can complete it on any Janome sewing machine. You'll need intermediate sewing skills and it'll take 4-8 hrs. to complete the set (depending on how much decorative work you do).

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Friday, 27 July 2012 05:00

Janome Poll Results: Best Beginner Machines

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489-janome-poll-results-best-beginner-machinesTwo machines garnered the lion's share of votes.

Earlier this week we asked you to vote in our poll: What is the best Janome machine for a beginner?

Your choices were our most popular lightweight machines. (Sure, it would be fantastic to learn on a new top-of-the-line Horizon Memory Craft 12000--but we thought we'd be realistic.)

All of these machines, whether 3/4 or full size, are light enough to take with you to class, but feature sturdy construction, all the essential features, and precision Janome stitching. And their prices start within the budget of a beginning sewist.

See all nine of our lightweight favorites. Then see how they were ranked in our poll results. And then see that two of them are on sale now as part of Christmas in July--but only for two more days and only at your local Janome dealer. This could be great timing for your favorite beginning sewist. 

See The Poll Results

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Thursday, 26 July 2012 05:00

Sew4Home Unveils A Romantic Bedroom Retreat

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488-sew4home-unveils-a-romantic-bedroom-retreatNine tutorials, five techniques and one Great Giveaway.

Our friends at Sew4Home, where Janome is the exclusive sewing machine sponsor, are in the midst of three weeks of beauty and imagination: A Romantic Bedroom Retreat with FreeSpirit and Rowan Fabrics. The series features fabrics from four different fabric collections blended together into a cohesive set of bedroom décor items. We spoke with the S4H Editors, and they told us the goal of this series is to give visitors the tools, inspiration and confidence to mix and match designers, fabrics and substrates (cotton versus voile versus laminate, etc.)?! The resulting blend creates a special kind of beauty within a single project or an entire room.

The projects can be done on any Janome machine, which makes them inspiring for sewing enthusiasts at all levels of experience. Try out the Layered Bed Curtain Valance with Velvet Valance, the bold and beautiful Knotted Bolster Pillow or the Double Flange Pillow Shams. Those are just three of the nine tutorials, five techniques and a Great Giveaway that will stretch across three weeks on Sew4Home.com. 

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Wednesday, 25 July 2012 05:00

Christmas in July: Fresh Deals & Fresh Air!

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487-christmas-in-july-fresh-deals-a-fresh-airJust a few days left--Christmas In July Sale ends Saturday, July 29th.

It's time to clear the air and get some great deals on Janome sewing, embroidery and quilting machines--as well as sergers and accessories.

The Christmas In July event is a great time to get a jump on your holiday projects, like this cute Holiday Card Holder. But you only have a few days left on these deals.

Get A Top-Of-The-Line Machine With A Free Air Purifier

Now through July 29, 2012, when you buy the Horizon Memory Craft 12000, you get an Airfree Purifier FREE (a $339 value).

Buy the Horizon Memory Craft 7700, get the Air Purifier E900 FREE. Both models attain 99.99% air sterilization within their vicinity. You'll be able to fill your world with beautiful projects and fill your home with clean, purified air.

It's really amazing to see how they work. Watch the Airfree Purfier video on our YouTube channel for a complete explanation.

Find Great Deals On Lightweight Machines

You can save up to $200 on take-along models like the adorable 15822 Hello Kitty, the 50-stitch DC2012 or the 3160QDC - a full-featured machine designed with quilters in mind.

Save On Quilting Machines, Sergers, And Accessories

Save up to $100 on the 1110DX and 634D sergers. Save up to $300 on the machines on every quilter's wish list: the Memory Craft 6600 and the Memory Craft 6300. And, look for discounts on Lunch Box Quilt Designs, Tutto Traveling Bags and Janome scissors.

It all ends this Saturday. So check with your local Janome America dealer for all the Christmas in July details.

More About Christmas In July

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Tuesday, 24 July 2012 05:00

Take Our Janome Poll: What Is The Best Machine For A Beginner?

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486-janome-poll-best-machine-for-a-beginnerGetting started on the right machine makes all the difference for a new sewist.

All of us who sew remember that moment when we first sat down in front of a machine and had no idea what all the buttons and dials were for. But soon we were completing our first simple project.

Ideally, when someone is learning to sew, he or she has access to two things:
1. A patient teacher.
2. A reliable machine.

Janome has designed a wide selection of lightweight machines, both 3/4 and full size, which have become favorites with sewing students and teachers:

  • 3160QDC
  • 2030DC
  • Magnolia 7330
  • Sewist 525
  • Jem Platinum
  • Janome New Home 720
  • 3128
  • 2212
  • Decor Computer 2012


These machines feature easy-to-use controls, essential features--and most important--excellent stitch quality. When you press the foot control for the first time, the machine feeds your fabric through smoothly and your confidence begins to grow.

Do you have experience with any of these machines? Then please vote in our poll and answer the question: What's the best Janome machine for beginners? We'll post the results later this week.

You can find all these Lightweight Favorites at your local Janome dealer

Take Our Beginner Machine Janome Poll

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Monday, 23 July 2012 05:00

New MC12K Accessory: The Hat Hoop

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485-new-mc12k-accessory-the-hat-hoopNow you can embroider on hats and caps with your MC12000.

Do you ever wonder what to get for the guy that has everything? How about making him a one-of-a-kind, custom-embroidered cap on your Horizon Memory Craft 12000?

With the new Hat Hoop (MC12000) you can do beautiful embroidery on the front of caps and hats. This new hat hoop works with the 5.5" x 5.5" SQ14 Hoop. To use it you position the front clamp so it holds down the bill of the cap down, allowing you to stitch directly on the front. The Hat Hoop then fits into the SQ-14, replacing the inner hoop.

Start noticing what's on the front of commercially produced caps and come up with your own designs. 

The Hat Hoop (MC12000) is available at your authorized, Janome dealer.

Find Out More About The Hat Hoop

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Friday, 20 July 2012 05:00

New MC12K Accessory: Edgestitch Foot

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484-new-mc12k-accessory-edgestitch-footPerfectly place your stitches along edges and seams.

If you need to sew a stitch with your Horizon Memory Craft 12000 an exact distance from the edge of your fabric or from a previously sewn seam, you now have a new foot to help you.

The Edgestitch Foot (MC12000) has an adjustable flange that you simply set to the desired width and then use as your guide as you sew. The opening on the foot is designed for the MC12000's 9mm wide decorative stitches. Just use the adjustment screw to move the flange and line it up with the markings on the foot.

There will often be situations where you need to get out your rulers and fabric markers. But when a foot makes edge stitching this accurate, you can save yourself the time. It's also great for tucks, hems and fine edge work like when you're doing stitching on lace or ribbon or a decorative edge.

Get the new Edgestitch Foot for the MC12000 at your local Janome dealer

Find Out More About Edgestitch Foot (MC12000)

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Thursday, 19 July 2012 05:00

Fun New Series on Sew4Home: Weekend Wonders

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483-fun-new-series-on-sew4home-weekend-wondersPerfect projects you can whip out this weekend!

Looking for great ideas that are fast, easy and cute! Our creative friends at Sew4Home.com, where Janome is the exclusive sewing machine sponsor, have come up with a great new series: Weekend Wonders, featuring fabrics from online retailer, Fabric.com. Best of all, you can make them on any Janome machine

The projects all have a casual summer theme – perfect for a sunny weekend. Gussy-up your own outdoor living space or create some great gifts for birthdays, anniversaries or barbecue get-togethers. There's a trio of thirsty, 100% cotton towels, pretty piped pillows in easy-care outdoor fabrics, darling, durable outdoor placemats with built-in pockets to hold flatware and napkins, plus a reversible apron. There's a second week of wonders scheduled for the week of July 30th, so you'll have plenty ideas to fill up your weekends!

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