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Friday, 15 June 2012 05:00

Washington State Artistic Crystals Training Tour

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460-washington-state-artistic-crystals-training-tourThe expert is coming to YOU!

If you live in or around Washington State, you won't want to miss a great opportunity to get hands-on training in the Artistic Crystals system from Janome District Sales Manager, Norman McKeague-Foster. Norman will be teaching Artistic Crystals classes at the various Quality Sewing locations listed below.

He'll show you how easy it is to use rhinestones to turn a simple item into a beautiful and unique gift or garment.

Call your nearest Quality Sewing location for all the details.

June 18 - Bellingham: 3-5pm
June 19 - Northgate: 10am-Noon
June 19 - Everett: 3-5pm
June 20 - Federal Way: 10am-Noon
June 20 - Kirkland: 3-5pm
June 21 - Ballard: 10am-Noon
June 21 - AAA Burien: 3-5pm
June 22 - Issaquah: 10am-Noon
June 22 - Bellevue: 3-5pm
June 23 - Puyallup: 10am-Noon
June 24 - Tacoma: 10am-Noon

Find Out More About Artistic Crystals

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Thursday, 14 June 2012 05:00

Janome Heritage: Memory Craft 4800

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458-janome-heritage-4800This hard working machine became a favorite among quilters.

In 1999 the most popular names for babies were Jacob and Emily. But during that year another name was growing in popularity, especially among home dec sewists and quilters. It was "Memory Craft 4800." 

This new Janome machine had a combination of speed, power and a huge variety of built-in stitches that made it perfect for serious sewing. The MC4800 caught the notice of Craft Trends Magazine, earning the Product Excellence Award, and Consumer Reports, which also gave it high marks.

The MC4800 came with 233 built-in stitches, including new block and script alphabets. But with the ability to combine and edit the stitches, you could end up with thousands of choices. It had exclusive stitch editing capabilities, allowing you to alter width, length, needle position and elongation of memorized stitch combinations either globally or individually by pattern. And sixteen of the most popular stitches on the MC4800 could be elongated up to five-times their original size.

The stitch information was displayed on a high-resolution, iconographic backlit LCD display. This allowed you to use the machine right out of the box, without having to read through reams of instructions. Another MC4800 exclusive was the Resumption Mode feature, which allowed the machine to remember the last stitch used before it was turned off. Other favorite features were the auto-lock buttonhole, instructions in 10 different languages, and three memory bank modes that could store up to 50 custom stitches each.

Many MC4800s are still running today. But if you want to see how far Janome has come in making the ultimate quilting machine, go to your Janome dealer and try out the Horizon 7700 QCP.

Find Out More About The 7700 QCP

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Wednesday, 13 June 2012 05:00

New Project: Santa Wallhanging

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457-santa-wallhangingBecause You KNOW Christmas Will Be Here In The Blink Of An Eye!

This whimsical quilting project is the perfect way to kick off your seasonal sewing.

The project uses several different feet: Quarter Inch foot O, Satin Stitch foot F, Zipper foot E, the good ol' Standard foot A, and the optional Convertible Free Motion Quilting Foot Set. Fun with feet... and fun with the features on your Janome machine.

Don't let the holidays sneak up on you this year, get started today with our cute quilted Santa.

Go To The Santa Wallhanging Project

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Tuesday, 12 June 2012 05:00

NEW! "In Store Webinars" On Digitizer MBX

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455-new-in-store-webinars-on-digitizer-mbxTune in at your Local Janome Dealer for a Webinar Series featuring Digitizer MBX!

Are you looking for a great way to learn more about Janome Digitizer MBX? Have you been searching for some tips and techniques to help you get more out of this amazing and powerful product? Starting this July at your local Janome dealer, you can attend a live webinar with a Janome Educator to learn everything you've wanted to know about Digitizer MBX. We've put together twelve fantastic months of content. Our webinars will showcase techniques you can use through all your digitizing projects, but each will also contain instructions for making a specific project using the technique. Webinar themes include:

  • Introduction to Digitizer MBX
  • Embroidery on Towels and other Specialty Fabrics
  • Tips for Enlarging Designs
  • Tips for using Easy Design and Corel Draw
  • Appliqué, Fills, and Ambiance Quilting
  • Create Quilt Blocks with Fills
  • Free Standing Lace
  • Much more!

 

Call your local Janome dealer today for details!. You won't want to miss this unique webinar series!

Learn More about Digitizer MBX

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Monday, 11 June 2012 05:00

Powered By Janome: Laura Shaw's T-Shirt Quilts

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456-powered-by-janome-laura-shaw-t-shirt-quilts-She's made a business out of turning worn out t-shirts into treasured keepsakes.

In early America most quilters weren't trying to produce fabric art. They were trying to repurpose every scrap of fabric into something practical--a way to stay warm at night. Today's t-shirt quilts are a great way to take items headed for the rag bin or thrift store and turn them into modern heirlooms.

Laura Shaw made her first t-shirt quilts for herself, using her high school and youth group shirts. She made the next two as gifts for friends and family. When she saw how each quilt incorporated so many stories and special memories for the owner, she realized her creations might have potential as a small business. Laura began posting pictures of her quilts on the web and Facebook and orders began to come in.

She now runs her business through her blog T-Shirts By Laura. It takes at least 15 and sometimes more than 20 t-shirts for Laura to make a quilt. Her quilts vary in size but are usually around 60"x90". She makes all of them on her Janome Horizon 7700 QCP.

Laura learned to sew as a young girl through 4-H. Her mom and neighbor helped her make projects like dresses and pillows. Later her aunt taught her how to make a square patch baby blanket as another 4-H project.

She says, "I always joke that sewing is in my blood because lots of women in my family have been passionate sewers (my mom, both grandmas, and an aunt)."

Laura says her favorite quilts are when loved ones secretly get t-shirts to her to make a keepsake for a graduation or Christmas gift. "These quilts are more than a blanket but a useable collection of memories from high school, college, or a favorite past time," she says.

Another type of quilt she enjoys making is for charities and local organizations like St. Louis United Way, her local high school Project Prom, or Parent-Teacher Organization. "These projects let me use my talent to help others and also drum up business."

Laura ended up getting her 7700 QCP after breaking several "old and cheap" sewing machines. She says, "I decided it was time to invest in my sewing. My Aunt is an avid quilter and recommended a Janome. I chose the Janome Horizon because it was made for a quilter! I love the large workspace and the hundreds of stitches." She says the machine makes it easy to work on even the largest quilts. She also recommends getting the Horizon Sewing Cabinet -- "It makes sewing anything so much easier because there is a nice level space to work on."

    Laura's other favorite 77000 QCP features:
  • How easy it is to change between the 1/4" seam foot and the walking foot
  • The speed control slider
  • Fast but accurate sewing speed   


See Laura Shaw's work in her blog T-Shirt Quilts By Laura. 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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Friday, 08 June 2012 05:00

Introducing the Sewist 525 Limited Edition

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451-introducing-the-sewist-525lePerfect for a beginner or as a lightweight companion for travel, classes or guild meetings. 

We're proud to the announce this great addition to our Janome sewing family, and the newest member of our Lightweight Favorites club. There's a lot of power and performance in this go-getter of a model: 25 built-in stitches, a built-in needle threader, one-step buttonhole, free arm, and more! Plus a host of special accessories come standard, including a hard cover, Walking foot and Quarter Inch foot. It would be a great model to take to your quilting club meetings!

As a Limited Edition model, you'll want to get into your Janome America dealer early to check out the 525LE, because when they're gone - they're gone.

Read More About The Sewist 525LE

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Thursday, 07 June 2012 05:00

New Lessons on the Artistic Website

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454-new-lessons-on-the-artistic-websiteJust as in nature, one embroidered flower can bloom so many different ways.

The Artistic Suite V6.0 software has an amazing number of features and a powerful range of functionality. It allows you to do cutwork, true type font conversion, appliqué, fabric cutting, decorative stitches and heat transfer. It also contains a revolutionary rhinestone application. In fact, our friends at Sew4Home, where Janome is a sponsor, are in week two of an amazing series of wedding projects featuring these crystals. They call it: DIY Wedding Sparkle.

Today, we want to call your attention to new lessons being added to the Artistic website. They are designed to walk you through, step-by-step, some of available Artistic Suyite V6.0 software techniques. The Floral Transformation lesson shows you how to transform a basic floral graphic into a variety of embroidery designs. You'll learn hints and techniques for monogramming, outlining, quilting motifs, redwork, and more.

The lesson is posted as a handy .PDF file, which can be viewed on-screen and/or downloaded and printed as reference. The free Adobe Acrobat Reader program is all that's required to view the file. 

Floral Transformation Lesson for Artistic Suite V6.0

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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.

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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.

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