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Friday, 10 August 2012 05:00

Top Trend for Fall 2012: Embellishment

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499-top-trend-for-fall-2012-embellishmentFashion designers are rediscovering the beauty of traditional embroidery and decorative stitching.

It's on wedding dresses. It's on men's shirts. It's on the fashion runways of New York, Paris, and Milan. And in London designer Mary Katrantzou is selling her custom embroidered dresses for more than $45,000 each. Embroidery and other embellishments are back in a big way this year.

In their NEW YORK RUNWAY REPORT Harper's Bazaar says, "Your grandmother’s closet will be at the top of your shopping list next fall." (That might be a little tongue-in-cheek.)

New York Magazine's article on the biggest trends this coming fall says, "The use of elaborate beading, brocade, and embroidered details had everyone raving about old-world techniques applied to thoroughly modern pieces."

Even Kim Kardashian is wearing it

In the world of bridal fashion, several sources are reporting how the couture houses are using gorgeous embroidery on their wedding gown designs.

But embroidery isn't just big in clothing. Interior designers are redisovering the luxury of embellished decor accessories and fine linens.

Of course, if you're the owner of a Memory Craft embroidery machine, your response to all this is, "What took them so long?" You already knew that embellishment--whether traditional or modern--looks terrific. It allows you take something plain and make it a creative masterpiece.

Janome's flagship embroidery machine is the Horizon Memory Craft 12000. With the larger hoops, better stitch quality, 11" bed space, and direct Horizon Link™ connection, it's the ultimate creative tool. But Janome has Memory Craft embroidery machines for every budget, from the MC11000 Special Edition down to the 350E embroidery only model.

Find them all at your local Janome dealer. And then let us know when your creation makes the runway.

Memory Craft Embroidery Machines

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Thursday, 09 August 2012 05:00

Powered by Janome: Pat Sloan

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498-powered-by-janome-pat-sloanShe's a former software engineer who became one of America's favorite quilters.

If you like to quilt, you may have heard of Pat Sloan. She designs beautiful fabric for Moda. She's published nearly two dozen books through Leisure Arts. She's created a number of thread kits for Aurifil. Her blog is one of the best quilting resources on the net. Oh yeah, and she's "The Voice of Quilting" as the host of American Patchwork & Quilting Radio.

We're proud that such a knowledgable and passionate quilter loves to create on her Horizon Memory Craft 12000.

Pat first learned to sew in her high school Home Ec class. She says, "I was in 9th grade and totally loved it! We also did cooking, and baking was my second favorite thing I learned that year!"

She was introduced to quilting as an adult. She says, "My friend and co-worker Gywn Powers decided that I needed to learn to quilt. She quilted and was sure I'd enjoy it.  So we went to the quilt shop and I signed up for the 12 weeks 'All by Hand' learn to quilt class. I was hooked after the first class, but quickly switched to my sewing machine."

You can read about Pat's 'first first quilt', which she made as a bed spread, in a two-part post on her blog. That was 15 years ago.

After she became proficient, Pat began teaching quilting classes. And then she decided to put her ideas into patterns. She now runs her own design business called Pat Sloan & Company located in Fairfax County, Virginia. She says, "I have found that I really enjoy designing patterns and seeing what other quilters do with my patterns."

Pat first discovered Janome when she was teaching on a cruise ship.  She says, "The Janome machines have beautiful stitching, great features, and are so solid!"

She does quilting and embroidery on her Memory Craft 12000 and takes her little Jem along when she's traveling.
Visit Pat Sloan's blog. See her selection of books. Look at her thread collection and latest fabrics. And tune in to her radio show.

Are you Powered by Janome? Tell us how you started out, what you make, how others can order your product, and most importantly, why you trust Janome to help get the job done! We'll be sharing many of these stories on Facebook, Twitter, our eNewsletter, and here on Janome.com.

To get complete details on how to send us your story go to our Powered By Janome submission page. We'd love to hear from you.

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Wednesday, 08 August 2012 00:00

Free Webinar: Introduction to Digitizer MBX

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497-free-webinar-introduction-to-digitizer-mbxLooking for tips on using your Digitizer MBX software? Tune in to our Free Webinar!

Digitizer MBX embroidery software 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, Digitizer MBX lets you can handle it all with ease.

Tune in Tuesday, August 28, 2012 from 8-9 PM EDT for "Introduction To Digitizer MBX," a live webinar exploring the features of this amazing software. Register for this webinar here.

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!

Register For Introductory Webinar

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Tuesday, 07 August 2012 05:00

Inspiration: Sew4Home Creates Seven Weekend Wonders

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496-inspiration-sew4home-creates-seven-weekend-wondersPretty projects you can whip out in a weekend.

There are the Seven Wonders of the World, and then... there are the Seven Weekend Wonders of Sew4Home. Our creative friends at Sew4Home, where Janome is the exclusive sewing machine sponsor, chose a casual summer theme for their unique projects. You can use any Janome machine to make a big beach bag, a laminated cotton and sateen picnic blanket (use your Janome Ultraglide foot!) or a set of zippered pouches... and much, more more. All quick and easy and cute.

Plus, make sure you comment to enter to win a Weekend Wonderful prize package from Sew4Home and Fabric.com. From a Deluxe SideWinder bobbin winder to a dozen cutie-pie buttons, it's a bundle of terrific goodies for your sewing space. Total prize retail value: over $295!

More About Weekend Wonders at S4H

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Monday, 06 August 2012 05:00

New! Free Pattern From Anna Maria Horner!

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495-new-free-pattern-from-anna-maria-hornerIt's Here! Anna's adorable little girl's Paper Fan dress - Perfect for summer.

Anna Maria Horner is one of our favorite fashion, quilting and fabric designers (and it's not just because she makes the most beautiful things on her Janome machine).

She recently created an adorable girl's Paper Fan dress. The design was inspired by a John Singer Sargent painting and Anna Maria completed it using a Janome 4120 Quilter's Decor Companion.

Here's the note she sent us:

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Friday, 03 August 2012 05:00

Janome America's Facebook Page is THE Place for The Latest Chatter, Tips & More

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494-janome-america-facebook-page-chatter-tips-moreSee what's going on all day long.

Have you stopped by the offical Facebook page for Janome America lately? No matter what time of day you check in, there's always lots going on.

You can find out first about the latest Janome news, promotions and contests. Plus we post tons of great sewing information we've found from around the web. And with 22,783 "fans" (as of this morning), you can post comments and read responses from Janome enthusiasts around the the country.

We have a few regular features each week that are big favorites:

  1. Favorite Foot Tuesday -- We focus on a foot we've found to be particularly useful.
  2. Exceptional Janome Dealer Of The Week -- We profile one of our dealers who's been nominated for great service by a customer.
  3. What's new on Janome.com -- Find out about the latest projects, software, accessory, and sewing machine releases.
  4. News from our creative partners -- We work with innovative designers in quilting, home decor, fabric and more.
  5. Everything else -- From sewing machine recommendations to the latest instructional resources, we post about it all. Lots of great reasons to check back often.

     

Have You "Liked" Us But Aren't Seeing Us In Your Feed?

Facebook is now requiring business page owners to pay to have their status updates read by every subscriber. If we don't, status updates show up in less than 10% of newsfeeds, even though you have "liked" our page indicating you want to see posts from us. However, there is a way around it. Hover over the button on the page where it says "Like" and then make sure you are check marked to"show in news feed". Its free! And, you won't miss updates from this page. Do it to all of the pages you've "liked." Support the small businesses. And please tell your friends!

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Thursday, 02 August 2012 05:00

Powered by Janome: The Anonymous Seamstress

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493-powered-by-janome-the-anonymous-seamstressIf you've ever been asked to do alterations, you're going to love this blog.

"Mrs. Mole" is a busy professional seamstress who specializes in wedding dress and clothing alterations. But we can't tell you her real name. That's because she has a blog called Fit For A Queen where she chronicles the inside story of some of her projects and the customers who bring them in. And imparts a lot of practical sewing knowledge along the way.

Her posts aren't mean-spirited, but people make some funny choices when it comes to clothes so the names are omitted to protect the innocent. But if you've ever been asked to do any kind of alteration, you'll enjoy her stories.

There is one thing we can reveal up front about Mrs. Mole--she does her work on Janome machines, including her Memory Craft 11000 sewing and embroidery machine, 1600P high speed straight stitch, and CoverPro 1000CP cover hem machine.

She learned to sew as a little girl, making her own doll clothes. When she was about 11 her mother told her it was time to start making clothes for herself. She bought cheap fabric and shift patterns and began making simple dresses. By high school she was making more trendy fashions (hot pants and denim jackets) and as an adult began to sew for others.

She says, "I learned from reading the great directions in pattern envelopes that have all been simplified or left out of current pattern envelopes, sadly."

Being a seamstress was Mrs. Mole's second career. After raising three kids she went back to college and five years later had a degree in Fashion Design. She says that going to school enriched her knowledge with industrial techniques along with pattern making, drafting, grading, workroom sketching and fabric content and fashion history.

She discovered Janome while working in a quilt shop. They started selling the Memory Craft 10000 with software and she bought it and became "hooked on Janome machines." 

She says, "When I describe Janome machines, I say they are feminine. They respond to a gentle touch, give very little trouble and work from sunrise to sundown--and in my case, even during the night--without slowing down. The response of the motor and glide of the 7 point feed dogs just make everything so smooth. There is not the masculine chugging and huffing along or hesitation as with heavier machines and the dials and icon buttons are well placed and large enough for aging eyes to see and use without hitting the wrong settings."

When you read her blog, you can see that Mrs. Mole has tackled many things for clients, but clothing fitting is her favorite. She says, "I love to have a new client who needs a muslin fitted, pattern adjusted and special occasion garment or signature garment constructed from it. If I had more time I would do more embroidered jacket backs and heirloom sewing incorporating old kimonos and ethnic fabrics. Many of my clients travel around the world and bring back beautiful unusual fabrics that they want made into 'signature' garments."

Read Mrs. Mole's stories on her blog.

Are you Powered by Janome? Tell us how you started out, what you make, how others can order your product, and most importantly, why you trust Janome to help get the job done! We'll be sharing many of these stories on Facebook, Twitter, our eNewsletter, and here on Janome.com.

To get complete details on how to send us your story go to our Powered By Janome submission page. We'd love to hear from you.

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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.

Go To Swishy Sundress Project

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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!

Go To The S4H Article

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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).

Go To Christmas Party Placemat Project

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