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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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Friday, 29 June 2012 05:00

Serger Smarts Poll Results

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470-serger-smarts-poll-resultsSerger users win in a landslide!

In a stunning show of power, sewists who say they use their serger all the time and believe "It's a real timesaver" dominated our recent online poll. 

OK, maybe it wasn't a scientific sampling and people who use sergers also like to vote in polls. But we're inclinded to agree with the results. Janome sergers really do save sewing time and they can be used in all kinds of projects to give a professional finish.

Even though a serger looks different from a sewing machine, and has 4 times as many needles, it's no reason to be intimidated. Once you get a basic tour of the parts, and understand how it forms different stitches, you can quickly get used to the speed and convenience.

If you're a non-serger sewist, but would like to learn more about it, a good place to start is our page on Serger Basics.

After you've familiarized yourself with the serger's parts and basic functions, pay a visit to your local Janome dealer. He or she will be happy to show you how a serger works and let you try it out for yourself. Janome has a complete line of sergers from low-cost models to top-of-the-line professional machines.

And if you're curious about the Serger Smarts Poll results. See them here along with results from our past polls. 

See Serger Poll Results

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Thursday, 28 June 2012 05:00

Powered by Janome: Persimon Dreams

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469-powered-by-janome-persimon-dreamsThrough her innovative quilting and jewelry, this entrepreneur has found her creative niche.

Kim Lapacek is a professional quilt maker and fabric artist who inspires many quilters through her Persimon Dreams blog, and sells her creations through her successful etsy shop. And then somehow fits it all in with being a mother of three and helping to run the family apple orchard. Kim quilts with a Janome Memory Craft 6600 Professional and uses a high speed 1600P on her quilt frame.

Like many of the creative women we've featured lately, Kim's quilting business is a second career she pursued in order to find more time to be a mom. She was working as a civil engineer with one small child and a second one on the way, when she and her husband decided it was time for her to stay home.

Kim says, "Even when I was supposed to be working 32 hour week I was working around 40...it was just too much.  I really wanted to see my kids grow.  So, I decided to retire.  Five days after I had my second child, I opened my etsy shop.  I've enjoyed creating and selling my goods ever since then."

And for the first time, Kim had chance to fully pursue her love of quilting. She recalls making her first quilt at age five for her brother. She pieced it together using fabric from her mother's rag bin--including a fuzzy toilet seat cover.

She says, "I continued to play on my mom's sewing machine throughout high school. In college, I met my now husband and learned that his mom was a very talented quilter. We would go to her house on Tuesday nights and I'd get a quilting lesson and we'd get a free, delicious meal! It was definitely a win win!"

It was Kim's mother-in-law who inspired her to get her first Janome. At the time Kim's older machine needed replacing so she borrowed her mother-in-law's 6600P to take on a quilting retreat. It was love at first stitch. Before leaving the retreat she called her local dealer to order one for herslelf. "There was just no going back," she says.

She discovered the 1600P at a Quilting Expo in Chicago. She says that she'd been contemplating a long arm for awhile. "I tried out all the different long arms there and I just really liked the Janome 1600P. It really just 'fit' for me - not too pricey, not a lot of bells and whistles. I just wanted to do free motion on my art quilts so this seemed like the perfect solution."

But she didn't bring one home until the next year when one of her quilts made it into the Madison Quilt Expo. She says, "My family owns and operates an apple orchard so we never have time to go to the Expo. Well - since my quilt was on display my family gave me a few hours off."  She went for the final hour of the expo so she could bring her quilt home. After seeing her quilt on display she went and purchased her 1600P and a quilt frame.

Kim then wondered if she was going to have room for it all. She called her husband to run it by him. He asked, "Do I need to build an addition?" She responded, "Nope, we just need to rearrange a bit ..."

See Kim Lapacek's quilting tutorials on her Persimon Dreams blog. See her creations for sale in her etsy shop. And find out more about the family orchard.

See her 1,600-stitch-per-minute 1600P and versatile Memory Craft 6600P 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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Wednesday, 27 June 2012 05:00

Take Our Serger Smarts Poll

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468-take-our-serger-smarts-pollWe'd like to know how often you use this essential sewing tool.

Because a serger can cut your fabric and create a professional-looking finished seam all in one pass, it's become a go-to machine for many sewists. Their Janome serger sits near their sewing machine and they couldn't imagine their sewing room without one.

But maybe you're one of those sewists who doesn't have a serger. Or you have one but hardly use it for various reasons. If sergers are somewhat of a mystery to you, take a look at our Ask Jan section with serger answers.

Also, in our Learning Center we have an entire section of Serger Techniques.

But before you go learn everything you need to know about serging, please take a few seconds to vote in our latest poll: Serger Smarts -- How Much Do You Rely On Your Serger?

Check back this week to see how people voted.

Vote In Our Poll

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Tuesday, 26 June 2012 05:00

Get Set For Summer Travel With Our Lightweight Faves

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467-get-set-for-summer-travel-with-out-lightweight-favesOur most popular models for sewists "on-the-move."

They're the perfect companion machines to take with you to class, clubs or on vacation. Who takes their sewing machine on vacation? If you have to ask, then you just don't understand how dedicated to the love of sewing and quilting some of us are! Many of us also love to have a compact "stitching workhorse" in our sewing space to allow us to continue working on a project while another machine is embroidering. 

From the 60-stitch 3160QDC with its Superior Feed System to the three-quarter size Janome New Home 720, each of these Lightweight Favorites has the popular stitches you want, the Janome precision you demand, and the durability you need to tote it from here to there.

Grab one to go today at your Janome America dealer.

Find Out More About Our Lightweight Faves

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Monday, 25 June 2012 05:00

New Project: Double-Sided Napkins

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466-new-project-double-sided-napkinsNot your ordinary napkin! These contemporary beauties feature unique decorative stitching.

Jane Spolar of Quilt Poetry created these lovely double-sided napkins from the “Bollywood Bliss” fabric collection she recently designed for Northcott. Easy elegance! 

Jane shows you how to apply the appliqué with a decorative stitch, including great notes about how to pivot the stitching around the appliqué shape. And, she explains how to go around the outer edge with a blanket stitch. 

Both of the decorative stitches are done using variegated thread, which is an absolutely beautiful combination with Jane's vibrant Bollywood Bliss fabrics.

Go to the Napkin Project

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