Happy Memorial Day From All Of Us At Janome America
Today we remember those who gave the "last full measure of devotion."
Memorial Day was not officially recognized by Congress as a national holiday until 1971. But it was simply a federal recognition of what Americans have been doing since the founding of our country--honoring the sacrifice and legacy of soldiers who died in war.
According to USMemorialDay.org, more than two dozen cities and towns lay claim to being the birthplace of Memorial Day. There is also evidence that organized women's groups in the South were decorating graves before the end of the Civil War.
In Charleston, South Carolina, Union soldiers who were prisoners of war had been held at the Charleston Race Course, and at least 257 died there and were hastily buried in unmarked graves. Former slaves together with teachers and missionaries, held a May Day ceremony in 1865, which was covered by the New York Tribune and other national papers. Years later, it came to be called the "First Decoration Day" in the North.
According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the first Memorial Day (then called "Decoration Day") was observed three years after the Civil War ended, on May 30, 1868. About 5,000 people attended ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.
Memorial Day is now observed on the last Monday of May. Volunteers often place American flags on each grave site at national cemeteries, and many Americans visit and pay their respects at local cemeteries and memorials.
All of us at Janome America send our gratitude to the families and friends left behind. And we encourage you to support and honor our active military and veterans through your sewing and quilting.
MC12000 Standard Presser Feet Videos: All Now Online
Check out this great resource for both owners and those who'd like to be!
We have now posted 17 videos online, demonstrating some of the twenty 9mm presser feet that come standard with the Horizon Memory Craft 12000. This easy-to-access library is not only a great resource for MC12000 owners, it's also a fun way to see the machine in action for those of you thinking about becomming MC12000 owners.
You can learn about everything from installing a concealed zipper to making a rolled hem to quick switching between needle plates. And, as they say, much, much more!
Coming soon will be a new series of videos on the MC12000 9mm optional presser feet as well as six videos on the updated AcuFil Quilting system available soon at your Certified MC12000 Janome America Dealer.
Special Financing Offer This Weekend At Participating Janome America Dealers
No interest for THREE years on any purchase over $3000.
That new Janome model you've been eyeing, just got a whole lot easier to buy!
You can buy now... pay later with our Memorial Day Madness Special Financing Offer. GE Money Financing is available for a limited time at your participating Janome America dealer this weekend only, from May 24th to May 29th, 2012.
No interest for THREE years on any purchase over $3000 made on approved credit with a GE Home Design account. Call or visit your local Janome dealer for all the offer details.
Amazing But True: Consumer's Story Tells Of A Baby Who Floated Ashore In A Sewing Machine Cover
Enjoy this old family story shared by one of our Facebook Friends.
It started when Miche O'fly sent us a photo of a very old New Home sewing machine that had been passed down through her family. She asked if we could tell her anything about it. When we replied that we didn't have anything specific for that model, she replied that she'd like to share a great family story about another very old sewing machine.
Here's how it goes:
Back around 1890 a group of Irish immigrants were traveling by boat along the coast of Newfoundland. Among the people on board was a baby girl and among the cargo was a sewing machine. Something went wrong and the boat began to fill with water. Thinking quickly, someone grabbed the baby and the wooden lid to the sewing machine. They set the baby in the lid and gave her a push toward the nearby shore. The little girl made it to safety and was adopted. The baby grew up to become the second wife of Miche's great-great uncle.
Miche says she doesn't have any other specifics on the story. But she remembers her great-great aunt telling it to her as a child and her family has always known it to be true.
That has to be the most amazing sewing machine story we've ever heard. The covers on today's machines have a slit for the handle, and so wouldn't work well as a floatation device. But when it comes to sewing and quilting, they're light years ahead of what was available in 1890.
Kitchen Confections: Projects Good Enough To Eat At Sew4Home
Six Stunning Projects in Vintage Modern by Bonnie & Camille
If you're a quilter, you know Bonnie & Camille! Their latest collection, Vintage Modern for Moda Fabrics is arriving now to in-store and online retailers. But, our friends at Sew4Home, where Janome is a sponsor, got pre-release fabric and created a wonderful series of six stunning projects.
Start at the premier project: Patchwork Placemats, then work your way through their coordinating napkins, a table runner, apron, oven mitts and a toaster cozy. There's also a set of matching recipe cards and gift tags to download and an upcoming Great Giveaway to enter. All the articles will be live on the Sew4Home site by this Friday the 25th. Set aside some sewing time this Memorial Day Weekend!
Several of the projects feature patchwork and straight line quilting, and so are excellent candidates for the precision of any Janome model. If you haven't experienced the new AcuFeed Flex System on the Horizon Memory Craft 12000, check it out at your dealer today. The system comes standard with two detachable feet: standard width and narrow width. We also have videos online of all the standard MC12000 feet, including AcuFeed Flex.
Powered By Janome: Bethany Nixon of RewareVintage and HandmadeDetroit
She has a wonderful knack for combining vintage finds, modern fashion, and a great eye for style.
Bethany Nixon is a mom, a successful blogger, and one of the founders of Handmade Detroit (which just had a huge craft fair last week). She sells her unique finds and creations through RewareVintage.com--and we're proud to say she does her sewing on a Janome.
Bethany has always loved all things vintage. Back in 1999, when she was in college, she discovered that she could make a consistent income selling vintage items on a new website called eBay.
Years later, she was working at a job she hated and still dreaming of owning her own brick and mortar vintage shop. Dan, now her husband, was a web designer and programmer and encouraged her to start an online vintage store. With his help she launched RewareVintage.com in 2005.
She describes the site this way, "Besides selling vintage, we decided to include my other passions--crafting, sewing and music in our Reware section of the site. It’s part vintage, part crafty, and lets me show you my creativity."
Bethany learned to hand sew in the Girl Scouts when she was in elementary school, but didn't get a sewing machine until her last semester of college. She took a sewing 101 course and instantly fell in love with it. She now sews a lot for Reware Vintage, both mending and altering vintage clothing, and also sewing new creations from vintage fabrics that she finds along her journeys.
She says, "Sewing began as a creative outlet for me, later turned into a key part of my own business, and ended up introducing me to some of my best friends--the ladies and my partners in Handmade Detroit, and so many other talented sewers and crafters in Michigan! Sewing is more than a hobby for me, it literally introduced me to a whole new world that I love being a part of in so many ways."
Bethany uses a Janome Decor Excel 5018, which was a graduation gift from her family. "One of the best gifts I have ever gotten!" she says. "It has a lot of great stitches and gets through every project I have with gusto!"
Sewing for her business has given her a great deal of satisfaction. "I love projects that teach me a new technique," Bethany says. "I have the most fun when I am learning! I try new patterns whenever I can, and whether it is a purse for a customer or a new jacket for my son, Roy, it is always more fun when I can discover a new technique. I also love to experiment by adding my own touches to a vintage pattern."
The Decor Excel 5018 machine is no longer available. But your local Janome dealer has several decor machines with the same power and reliability but even more stitches and features--like the 3160 Quilter's Decor Computer.
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.
Merry Month of May Poll Results
There are lots of reasons to love your Janome. We asked you to name your #1.
Last Tuesday we ran a poll that asked "What makes you the happiest about your Janome machine?"
We realized that answering could be a little bit frustrating, because you could only choose one very brief answer. Sewing and quilting are complex. And when your machine is one of the reasons you can spend hours in creative satisfaction, it's tough to describe why in two or three words.
However, we went ahead and compiled the highly unscientific results. As you might have guessed, the number one answer by a wide margin was "All of the Above." So we take that as confirmation of our plan to keep making reliable sewing machines with lots of features.
You can see the final poll tally here. If you scroll down the page, you can see the results from our past polls.
Janome Heritage: The 6260 Quilter's Companion
This sturdy, versatile workhorse was part of an award-winning line of quilting machines.
The Quilter's Companion (QC) machines were introduced in 2003 as a series designed specifically for quilting. They had the power and precision to stitch through multiple quilt layers, an extra high presser foot lift to accommodate fabric and thick batting, and lots of quilting stitches.
Maximum Quilting With Computerized Power
The 6260QC was the top-of-the-line model with computerized sewing and 60 stitches, including 6 types of buttonholes, with a maximum zigzag width of 7mm. It featured Janome's Superior Feed System with a unique 7-point feed dog mechanism. And 3 levels of foot pressure adjustment.
The machine looked different from any previous Janome because of the ergonomically designed work table. It sloped gently at the front to make it easier to feed fabric. And the LED display made it easy to quickly select stitches and modify their width and length.
The QC series (and the 6260QC in particular) received great reviews from the quilting community. Crafts Magazine honored the Quilter's Companion machines with an Award of Excellence in the Sewing & Quilting Products Category. They listed a number of reasons for honoring the QC series. Among them were: Quality, Attractiveness & Consumer Appeal, and Originality/Innovation.
The 6260QC is now retired. Our top-of-the-line machine made specifically for quilting is the Horizon 7700QCP. It has everything quilters loved about the QC series--power, speed, sewing room, quilting stitches--only with lots, lots more. Try one out at your local Janome Dealer.
Video: Installing A Lapped Zipper With The MC12000 AcuFeed Feet
Here's how to install a zipper using our exclusive fabric feeding system.
On a lapped zipper one side of the seam allowance "laps" over the zipper, hiding it when not in use. It's commonly used on skirts, pants, and any other application where you want the zipper hidden.
With the AcuFeed Flex fabric feeding system on your Horizon Memory Craft 12000 installing a lapped zipper is a series of simple straight stitches (try saying THAT five times fast). You just follow the onscreen diagrams. And while you sew, the AcuFeed Flex foot keeps all your layers moving in perfect sync.
How To Install A Lapped Zipper Using The Narrow AcuFeed Flex Feet
- Begin by installing the VD foot on the Single AcuFeed Flex foot holder.
- Attach the foot holder to the machine and engage the AcuFeed Flex system.
- On your machine, go to the Sewing Applications screen. Select Zipper, then choose Lapped Zipper with the AcuFeed Flex system symbol.
- Choose the Lock A Matic stitch.
- On your fabric mark where the zipper goes then sew the lower part of the seam.
- Choose Basting and sew the zipper opening closed.
- Choose "Sew Left Side."
- Take off the VD foot and install the ED foot.
- Fold the seam allowance in half. Lay it along the teeth of the zipper. And stitch it in place.
- Fold your garment out of the way and stitch the zipper to the seam allowance.
- Select "Sew Right Side."
- Open up your project and sew the bottom and side seams, stitching through the zipper tape and seam allowances from the outside of the project.
- Snip the basting threads.
And now you've created a lapped zipper.
To see this demonstrated, watch the video AcuFeed Flex System: Using The Narrow AcuFeed Flex Feet To Install A Lapped Zipper.
What Makes You The Happiest About Your Janome Machine? Take Our Merry Month Of May Poll!
There are lots of different reasons to love your Janome. Will you tell us your #1?
Our favorite letters, emails, comments, tweets, (etc., etc.) are from customers who tell us how much joy they get from sewing and quilting. A key part of each of these stories is the sewing machine that makes it easy to create.
But each person seems to have a slightly different #1 reason for loving their Janome. For some it's Ease-Of-Use, others say it's the rock-solid Reliability, and many would choose Stitch Quality. These are all attributes that have been important to Janome throughout our 150 hear history.
Would you be willing to share your top reason? Take a moment to think about your Janome sewing machine or serger and see if you can come up with the number one thing that makes you happiest about it. And then vote in our Merry May Poll. (It's unscientific but still a lot of fun.)
Check back this week for poll results.
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