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Friday, 13 July 2012 00:00

Powered By Janome: Sally Keller of Sally's Angelworks

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479-powered-by-janome-sally-keller-of-sallys-angelworksHer dream is to inspire hope through her handmade items.

Browsing through Sally Keller's Etsy shop gives you a warm, nostalgic feeling. And that's just what she's hoping to inspire. Sally says she still has a heart for the mom and pop quilt store. Her full-size and mini art quilts have a wonderful vintage feel. And even though Sally's iPad covers and camera strap covers are made for today's technology, they feel like they're products of a bygone era. And we're proud to say she creates these wonderful items on her Janome Memory Craft 6600 Professional.

Sally first learned to sew as a young girl, making little projects with her Mom. But she didn't really get serious about it until she had her first child, a girl. She says, "I learned how to read patterns and make cute little dresses for her. We always had mother/daughter dresses for Easter (much to her chagrin as she grew older!!) When I was pregnant with my fourth child, I found my love for quilting."

In 2010 she turned her passion for fabric art into a business, opening Sally's Angelworks as an online Etsy shop. The mission of her store is to inspire hope through these handmade items. She says that sometimes hope can be inspired through the practical. And hope can definitely be inspired through art/quotes. She says, "This is where my mini quilt art comes into play. To create inspiring fabric art is a long-time passion of mine, and what a privilege it is to fulfill this dream!"

She discovered Janome through a close friend who was an avid quilter. Sally says, "We (my four homeschooled kids and I) would go to her house every Friday for quilting lessons. She had a Memory Craft 2500, and I fell in love with it. She upgraded to a Janome embroidery machine, and I bought her Memory Craft. When I was researching machines to upgrade, I found the Memory Craft 6600P with the extra arm/bed space for quilting and knew I had to have it. I saved my pennies and bought it and have been happily sewing ever since!"

Her favorite features on the machine are the AcuFeed system, the extra work space which allows her to quilt large quilts, the large number of built-in stitches, and the thread-cutting button. She's found the machine very user friendly and appreciates the fact that the instruction manual makes sense. She recently bought her 12-year-old a Janome Sewist 500, which they both use. Sally says it's perfect for toting to a class or sew-in.

In August Sally will be releasing two new lines of mini-art quilts in her Etsy store, and will be adding more full size quilts and other items by autumn. She says, "My future is so full of blessings, and I'm very excited that sewing is a big part of it!"

Find out more about Sally on her blog. Visit her Etsy store. Learn more about her sewing machine and then try it for yourself at your local Janome dealer

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.

Send Us Your "Powered By Janome" Story

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Thursday, 12 July 2012 05:00

New Project: Poppy Appliqué Pillow

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478-new-project-poppy-applique-pillowThis 14" accent pillow is easy to make. And the cheery flower will bloom all year long.

The Poppy Appliqué Pillow project was created by the very creative and popular blogger, Maureen Cracknell, who is a member of our Janome Horizon Memory Craft 12000 Independent Design Team. The project uses four of the built-in stitches on the Horizon Memory Craft 12000. It's a great example of how you can use decorative stitches to give different textures on an appliqué.

The project requires intermediate sewing skills and can be completed in about 90 minutes. Get complete instructions online.

The MC12000 has 425 built-in stitches, which can go up to 9 mm wide. With the included Stitch Composer software you can make your own decorative stitches--so you really have an unlimited number to choose from.

You can really feel the smooth power and precision of the Horizon Memory Craft 12000 when stitching appliqué. The stitches form beautifully and you always feel like you're in control. Try it for yourself at your authorized, local Janome dealer

Go To Poppy Appliqué Pillow

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Wednesday, 11 July 2012 05:00

Sew4Home Celebrates Christmas in July

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477-sew4home-celebrates-christmas-in-julyUncover the truth behind Summertime Santaland with Sew4Home & Moda

We love it when our friends at Sew4Home (where Jannome is a proud sponsor) dive into a topic. They recently jumped into Christmas in July; researching the history, looking at all the great new holiday fabrics from Moda coming out right now, using three of those brand new collections to create some super cute table linens, stockings and gift bags (perfect items to make ahead), and reviewing the cool Sewline marking tools that can make all your projects go faster... whatever the time of year.

The clever design team at S4H came up with three lovely projects, all of which can be made on any Janome machine. They used Blitzen from BasicGrey to make a trio of country cottage stockings complete with ruffled cuffs and matching rustic bows. Joy by Kate Spain inspired them to create a patchwork table runner with green pom pom fringe. And, Dear Mr. Claus from Cosmo Cricket had the perfect wrapping paper motif to turn it into a series of adorable drawstring bags.

It's always good to start sewing... before it starts snowing ;-)!

Christmas in July at Sew4Home

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Tuesday, 10 July 2012 05:00

Ruffler Attachment Has Arrived For The MC12000

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476-ruffler-attachment-has-arrived-for-the-mc12000This classic foot is an essential accessory. Get it now at your Janome dealer.

Pleats, tucks, ruffles, gathers . . . they're all created when you make evenly spaced folds in your fabric as you sew. You use this technique on everything from garments to home decor items. And for years the easiest way to make pleats and gathers on your Janome sewing machine has been with the Ultimate Ruffler Foot.

Now you can get the Ruffler for the Horizon Memory Craft 12000.

Like the original Ultimate Ruffler this new MC12000 accessory is absolutely the easiest way to make ruffles and pleats with your sewing machine.

How To Attach And Use Ruffler (MC12000)

  1. You attach the foot with the black plastic arm going over the needle screw (so the motion of the needle can make the foot work).
  2. On the machine's touchscreen choose a straight stitch.
  3. With the presser foot down, feed your fabric into the front slit and begin sewing.


The standard depth of ruffles is two-to-one. So if you're sewing a twelve inch seam, you'll need twenty-four inches of your gathering fabric. But if you want a different look, the Ruffler (MC12000) lets you control how many ruffles you have along your seam as well as how deep each one is. You can have a ruffle formed every stitch, every six stitches, or every twelve stitches. By turning a screw on the foot, you can adjust how much fabric is folded at each gather.

Since the Ruffler (MC12000) works just like the Ultimate Ruffler, you can watch The Ultimate Ruffler Video: Creating Ruffles And Pleats to see how to attach it and use it.

As with any new foot, you'll want to sew some test pieces before starting in on your project.

Learn More About The Ruffler (MC12000)

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Monday, 09 July 2012 00:00

Christmas In July Specials Now In Full Swing

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475-christmas-in-july-specials-now-in-full-swingSave on a dozen models of sewing and embroidery machines, and sergers. Plus get a $339 air purifier for free.

When the weather outside is frightful, it's so nice to find a cool spot indoors and do some sewing. It's even nicer if that indoor air is free from irritating pollutants.

In the sewing world we know that July is a good time to start on holiday projects, especially since the latest holiday fabrics are being released right now. So if you've been thinking about a new sewing, embroidery or quilting machine, or this is the year you'll get that serger, the Christmas in July sale at your participating Janome America dealer is a great place to start.

Specials On Top-Of-The-Line Machines With Air Purifiers

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.

Watch a the Airfree Purfier video on your YouTube channel for a complete explanation of how they work.

Great Deals On Lightweight Machines

Participating dealers also have great deals on lightweight favorites. You can save up to $200 on 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.

Check with your local Janome America dealer for all the Christmas in July details.

Find Out More About Christmas in July

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Friday, 06 July 2012 05:00

New Project: Pretty Purse Organizer

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474-new-project-pretty-purse-organizerWe can think of at least three reasons you're going to want to make this.

You have to love a sewing project that solves one of life's basic problems: digging through your purse to find something. This easy project is an organizer that provides lots of extra pockets for keeping your purse in order. And when you switch purses, you just lift out the organizer full of your stuff and put it in the new purse.

It's a long pouch divided into various compartments, which you can fold around to fit inside most purses. Not only will it make your current purse a little less chaotic, you don't have to dump it all out to switch purses. And it's really cute. Make one for yourself and then make more as gifts. 

Designed by Quilt Escapes, you need just intermediate sewing skills and you can complete it on any Janome sewing machine. Get complete instructions online.

Go To The Purse Organizer Project

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Thursday, 05 July 2012 05:00

New SIX-PART Video Series on AcuFil Quilting

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473-new-six-part-video-series-on-acufil-quiltingThis new MC12000 accessory makes it easy to do beautiful embroidery across your quilt. These videos show you how.

The new AcuFil™ Quilting Kit has recently arrived at your local, authorized Janome dealer. This easy-to-use tool adds a whole new way to finish quilt tops on your Horizon Memory Craft 12000. You create your stippling layout on your computer, print a template, and send the design to your MC12000 for stitching. The stippling across your whole quilt is so accurately placed, it looks like it was done on a longarm machine.

The kit includes two major components:

  • AcuFil™ Quilting Tool software, which makes it easy to create stippling to cover your entire quilt as well as other embroidery layouts for quilt sqares.
  • AcuFil™ Square Quilting Hoop (8.7" x 8.7") with our exclusive magnetic clamps.



Watch Our Newest Video Series On How To Use The AcuFil™ Quilting Kit

These six videos take you from opening the program on your PC for the first time all the way through to creating your own custom quilt blocks:

1. Using The AcuFil™ Quilting Tool
2. Sending Your Design To Your Machine
3. How To Print Your Template
4. How To Hoop Your Quilt
5. How To Use A Template To Position Your Stippling
6. Creating A Custom Design On A Quilt Block

See all these videos on our AcuFil™ Quilting Kit Video page.

Watch The Videos

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Wednesday, 04 July 2012 05:00

Happy 4th of July from Janome America

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472-happy-4th-of-july-from-janome-americaToday we celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

On the 4th of July, 1776 the Continental Congress signed the document that formally layed out the philosophical reasons for our secession from Great Britain, and the list of grievances against King George III. Written by Thomas Jefferson, this Declaration of Independence is honored as the founding document of America.

But we actually formally broke ties with England two days ealier. And John Adams, a founding father and our second President, was sure that this historic day--July 2nd--would be the day that everyone remembered and celebrated.

Adams wrote to his wife: "I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival."

Oh well. He made a much better President than prophet.

The reason we celebrate our independence on the day the Declaration of Independence was signed is because this docment so eloquently sums up the heart of of American freedom in a single sentence:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Let's remember this as we enjoy our picnics, fireworks, and liberty. 

Read The Declaration Of Independence

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Tuesday, 03 July 2012 05:00

MC12000 Software Update: Now Available Online

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471-mc12000-software-update-now-available-onlineNew capabilities available as a FREE Update for your Horizon Memory Craft 12000!

The greatest products never stop evolving and the Horizon Memory Craft 12000 is no exception! A new update for the MC12k and HorizonLink is now available as a two-part FREE download.

Download the machine update.

Download the software update.

The update contains many great features, including:

  • Reduced length of thread tail with jump thread trimming
  • Adjustment of embroidery foot height
  • Feed dog up/down key in Free Motion Quilting and Variable ZigZag
  • More stitches available with straight stitch needle plate
  • Choose white or black background color
  • Tablet PC capability for HorizonLink
  • Updated abilities in StitchComposer
  • Much More!

Download the free updates today, and start taking advantage of these great new capabilities!

Download the MC12000 Machine Update

Download the MC12000 Software Update

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Monday, 02 July 2012 05:00

Christmas in July Starts Today

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465-christmas-in-july-starts-todayFill Your House With Home Sewn Projects & Clean, Purified Air.

This year's Christmas in July sale at your participating Janome America dealer is a bit different than in years past. In fact, you might call it, "a breath of fresh air."

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, purfied air.

Participating dealers also have great deals on lightweight favorites. You can save up to $200 on models like the adorable 15822 Hello Kitty, the 50-stitch DC2012 or the 3160QDC - a full-featured machine designed with quilters in mind.

Sergers are specially priced as are 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.

Don't wait until December to give the gift of great sewing. Check with your local Janome America dealer for all the Christmas in July details.  

Find Out More About Christmas in July

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