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Wednesday, 05 September 2012 05:00

Sew4Home/Fairfield Processing Pillow Personality Contest - Enter to Win


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

Find Out More

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Tuesday, 04 September 2012 00:00

Bringing Hope To Haiti With Sewing Machines


516-bringing-hope-to-haiti-with-sewing-machinesMinistry team brings medical care and leaves sewing skills.

We were tipped off to another great story where Janome sewing machines are making a huge difference in people's lives.

A couple of weeks ago we told you about a Janome dealer going to Thailand. This week we have the story of a couple who bought 10 Janome sewing machines and brought them along on a mission to Haiti.

They were participating in a week-long effort by Missionaries of the Heart of Jesus (MHJ) to bring medical help and teach sewing to the very poor. The non-profit operates a clinic and several orphanages, but also does special aid trips to remote villages.

The machines were the Janome MyStyle 100 model, purchased from John at Pocono Sew & Vac in Stroudsburg, PA. They're sturdy, reliable machines--great for beginners.

You can read more about MHJ's Mission in Haiti on their website. And then see more pictures from their work in Haiti on their Facebook page.

Find Out More About MyStyle100

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Monday, 03 September 2012 00:00

Happy Labor Day From All Of Us At Janome America


515-happy-labor-day-from-all-of-us-at-janome-america118 years ago this day was established nationally to honor America's workers.

The holiday got its start as a local event on Tuesday, September 5th, 1882 when the Central Labor Union in New York held a demonstration and a picnic as part of a "Labor Day."

Who actually gets credit for coming up with the idea is a little more difficult to establish. Historians have narrowed it down to two men with very similar last names.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor:

Some records show that Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, was first in suggesting a day to honor those "who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold."

But Peter McGuire's place in Labor Day history has not gone unchallenged. Many believe that Matthew Maguire, a machinist, not Peter McGuire, founded the holiday. Recent research seems to support the contention that Matthew Maguire, later the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, N.J., proposed the holiday in 1882 while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union.

In 1884, the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday and the Central Labor Union urged organizations in other cities to follow the example of New York and celebrate a "workingmen's holiday" on that date. The idea spread with the growth of labor organizations, and in 1885 Labor Day was celebrated in many industrial centers of the country.

Over the next decade the holiday was officially adopted by state governments. And in 1894, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.

We hope you're able to enjoy this day with friends and family, and remember with gratitude the benefits we've all received from America's hard workers.

Find Out More About Labor Day From DOL.gov

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Friday, 31 August 2012 05:00

Powered by Janome: Laura Wasilowski


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!


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


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


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


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


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


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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