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Wednesday, 06 June 2012 05:00

Janome Heritage: New Home Model 670

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447-janome-heritage-new-home-model-670This machine marked a big year for Janome and Japan.

1964 was the year the Olympics came to Tokyo. It was the first time the games were held in an Asian country. These games were also the first to be telecast internationally. Syncom 3, the world's first geostationary communication satellite, beamed them to the U.S., and from there to Europe using Relay 1.

The best of Japan was on show to the world. And in honor of this big event, Janome released a special machine, which reflected state-of-the art technology for home sewing: the Model 670. (Released under the New Home name in America.)

The 670 "Dream High" sewing machine body was made from a special, light alloy. For the first time it was cast in-house by Janome. It was a sturdy, lightweight machine with top-of-the-line features. The fully automatic stitch mechanism could do straight and zigzag stitches with easy-to-operate dial controls. The New Home version of the machine featured a pleasing green and cream paint scheme, which makes the Model 670 sought after by collectors today.

This Olympic year, you can still get a light-weight metal-body machine with plenty of features. The HD3000 features a Heavy Duty aluminum body and 18 stitches, including a one-step buttonhole – just the tools you need to handle any kind of sewing project.

Try out the HD3000 at your nearest Janome dealer.

Find Out More About The HD3000

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Tuesday, 05 June 2012 00:00

Powered By Janome: Fabric Artist Gerrie Congdon

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453-powered-by-janome-fabric-artist-gerrie-congdonHer art quilts reflect the serene beauty of nature.

Gerrie Congdon makes beautiful, abstract pieces of quilting art, often incorprating fabrics she has hand-dyed. Gerrie was one of the collaborating authors of the Twelve by Twelve, The International Art Quilt Challenge book. The quilts created for publication are now on tour with the International Quilt Festival. And we're proud to say she creates her quilts on her Horizon 7700 QCP.

Gerrie grew up on a big dairy farm in New York state and she learned to sew as a member of the 4-H Club. She went on to major in home ecomomics at Cornell University and then got a Master's Degree from Penn State in Clothing and Textiles. But she really didn't begin quilting seriously until her retirement in 2000.

She says, "I was always a home sewer, but made garments for myself and the family and also sewed things for our home.  When I retired in 1999, I happened to catch the TV show, Simply Quilts. I was hooked. I watched the show every day and took quilting classes. I jumped right into art quilting. I have only made a few bed quilts, mainly for the babies in our family."

A dozen years later she's earned a national reputation as a fabric artist.

John Hopper of The Textile Blog describes Gerrie's work this way: "There is a definite element of tranquillity that permeates her work, almost bordering on that of a serene stillness. Congdon reveals through a combination of screen-printing, painting, stencilling and discharging, a series of colour tones and textures that are able to transport us to the quiet places of the natural world."

Before she got her Horizon 7700 QCP, Gerrie had been sewing on a Memory Craft 6600P. One of the things she loved about it was the larger harp area that made it easier to quilt large pieces. She also loved the self-threading needle, but unfortunately, she broke it. When she took the machine in to have it fixed, a salesman showed her the Horizon 7700 QCP and made her a great trade-in offer on her 6600P. She took him up on it. 

About her Horizon 7700 Gerrie says, "I love everything about this machine. It has some computerized stitches that I love to use in my work. I think the quilting feet are fantastic. I just recently used the clear view foot for the first time to outline some letters on a quilt. It worked very well. I felt I had more control, which was what I needed."

See Gerrie Congdon's work in her online Art Quilt Gallery. See her machine 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.

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Monday, 04 June 2012 05:00

Exciting New Accessory: Perfect Alignment Laser

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452-exciting-new-accessory-perfect-alignment-laserMakes it so easy to align hoops, quilt squares, and design templates with zero marking.

The Perfect Alignment Laser is one of those "why didn't I think of that?" inventions. It's precise, simple to use, and eliminates the need for marking on your fabric in a number of common embroidery situations.

The device looks like a little reading lamp. When you press the ON button it projects two red laser beams in the shape of a cross wherever you have it pointed. They look like two bright red threads of light. Laser light, for you non-scientists, is specially generated so it can travel great distances without dispersing. Note: Never look directly into a laser beam.

Accurate Hooping For Embroidery

  1. Set the PAL on your sewing table and turn it on.
  2. Using a square ruler or cutting mat, adjust the PAL so that it's perfectly squared.
  3. Set the outer ring of your embroidery hoop on your cutting mat, positioning it so the laser cross perfectly aligns with the four sides of the hoop.
  4. On your fabric place a target sticker where you want the center of the hoop to be.
  5. Place your fabric on the hoop, moving it until it's perfectly aligned.
  6. Insert the inner hoop, using the laser cross to help you make fine adjustments.


And you're ready to embroider.

To see this demonstrated as well as other ways to use the PAL to align embroidery, watch this brief YouTube video.

See your local Janome dealer for a demonstration of the amazing PAL.

Find Out More About PAL

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Friday, 01 June 2012 05:00

The Business of Bling! New Series With Artistic Crystals on Sew4Home

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450-the-business-of-bling-sew4homeWhen you sparkle, the whole world sparkles with you!

Our creative friends at Sew4Home.com, where Janome is a sponsor, have been spending the last few months learning about the Artistic software brand, focusing on the Artistic Crystals system in particular. They've been very diligent students, and have now filled up this entire week on their site, as well as next week, with an amazing group of sparkling wedding wonders that make use of the amazing Artistic integrated system of crystals, software, cutters and presses.

But, it's more that just inspiring projects. They've designed the series with creative entrepreneurs in mind. These are projects you can make for yourself or make and sell as a home-based wedding accessories business. Sew4Home calls it: The Business of Bling!

With Artistic Crystals, you get a system that will allow you to create unique products to sell. Once a custom template is created, it can be used over and over, allowing you to easily and economically produce multiples of any given product.

Check out Sew4Home's inspiration today. There's everything from bejeweled buttons, to personalized Bride & Entourage tees to next week's candle wraps, bridesmaid clutches and more. At the conclusion of the series, project sheets will be posted on the Artistic site with detailed step-by-step crystal application information for all the Sew4Home techniques.

Ready. Set. Sparkle. Sell!

Artistic Website

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Thursday, 31 May 2012 05:00

MC12000 Update Now Available at Janome America Dealers

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449-mc12000-update-now-available-at-janome-america-dealersNew capabilities are now available 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 will be available to all customers free on janome.com in July, but certified Janome dealers already have the upgrade in their stores.

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!

Contact your local Janome dealer today to schedule a time to update your machine, and start taking advantage of these great new capabilities!

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Wednesday, 30 May 2012 05:00

Powered By Janome: Sewplicity

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448-powered-by-janome-sewplicityWhen her sewing business started to take off, Jennifer chose Janome.

Jennifer Evans got started in the sewing business because she couldn't find a replacement cover for her high chair. Now, since launching Sewplicity, Jennifer has manufactured over 4,000 high chair covers and countless other articles for babies and moms. Additionally, Babble.com named her Etsy shop one of The Best Etsy Shops for 2011.

Before having children, Jennifer worked in New York City as the Director of Education for a large company within the hair care industry.  She led a team responsible for developing curricula and teaching small business owners how maximize the potential of their businesses. Looking back, she can see that this background was extremely valuable in helping her establish and run her business successfully.

Her next phase of business didn't take off until she was looking to save money as a stay-at-home mom. Her second child had intherited the family high chair, and it badly needed a new cover.

"After many internet searches and a call to the manufacturer," she says, "I was unable able to acquire a replacement cover. And since buying a new chair was not an option, I chose to make my own." Jennifer's mother had taught her how to sew, and Jennifer had even bought her own machine in high school. But she hadn't really considered starting a sewing business until other moms began admiring her homemade high chair cover.

"I realized many other moms would be in the same situation and would welcome the opportunity for a custom-made cover of their own," she says. Sewplicity was born. As orders began grow for her high chair covers, totes and other items, she realized she needed a more powerful sewing machine.

She researched brands and models and decided to buy a Memory Craft 6500P. "Moving from a simple home machine to a full size, semi-professional machine was amazing.  I honestly had no idea what a difference it would make in the quality of my work. And even better, it makes sewing so much more fun!" she says. "I was hooked immediately."

Jennifer now owns three Janome machines. "I love everything about them," she says. "My business depends on my sewing machines. Aside from an annual service, I’ve never had any reason to bring my machines into the shop."

  • Her Memory Craft 6600P is her everyday machine: "My favorite thing about this machine is the AcuFeed foot.  I don’t think I could live without it."
  • Her 6500P is her back up:  "This is also the machine that my daughter is now learning on."
  • She also added a 1600P Straight Stitch machine, purchased solely for speed: "I call it the 'Beast' because it is super fast and super strong. The stitch quality is beyond amazing. I pull this one out when I have a large amount of work to get done in a short amount of time, or when I need to work on very thick fabrics."  


She adds that she all three machines fit in her Janome sewing table, which allows her to sew in comfort.

Find out more about Jennifer's sewing on her website Sewplicity.com, her blog, and in her Etsy shop.

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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Tuesday, 29 May 2012 05:00

Final Day Of Our Great Financing Offer

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446-final-day-of-our-great-financing-offerDon't miss out on your opportunity for No Interest For 3 Years!

Today is the final day of our limited GE Money Financing offer!

Visit your participating Janome America dealer today to find out how you can take advantage of this very special offer: 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 specifics. That new Janome model you've been eyeing, just got a whole lot easier to buy!

Finance Offer Details

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Monday, 28 May 2012 05:00

Happy Memorial Day From All Of Us At Janome America

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445-happy-memorial-day-from-all-of-us-at-janome-americaToday 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.

Quilts Of Valor

American Hero Quilts

Clara's Calling

Sew Much Comfort

Official Memorial Day Information From The VA

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Friday, 25 May 2012 05:00

MC12000 Standard Presser Feet Videos: All Now Online

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444-mc12000-standard-presser-feet-videos-all-now-onlineCheck 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.

Watch The Videos

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Thursday, 24 May 2012 05:00

Special Financing Offer This Weekend At Participating Janome America Dealers

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443-special-financing-offerNo 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 OfferGE 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.

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