Janome - Believe in Your Creativity



Thursday, 28 June 2012 05:00

Powered by Janome: Persimon Dreams


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.

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Wednesday, 27 June 2012 05:00

Take Our Serger Smarts Poll


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


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.

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Monday, 25 June 2012 05:00

New Project: Double-Sided Napkins


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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Friday, 22 June 2012 05:00

"Fall in Love" With The MC12000 Today!


464-fall-in-love-with-the-mc12000-todayTake an official test drive; get a free designer fabric bundle.

If you haven't had the chance to Fall in Love with the Janome Horizon Memory Craft 12000, now is the time. Our Janome America educators and dealers have put together the ultimate test drive that will take you through all the features this amazing machine has to offer. Once you get your hands on one, you aren't going to want to let go. And, just for trying it out, participating Janome America dealers will give you a FREE bundle of beautiful designer fabric from Free Spirit Fabrics!

This is a machine so well designed and built, it's like an extension of your own two hands. It was precisely engineered to be forgotten. If that sounds strange, it won't once you try it out. Because you'll never need to worry about performance, you can forget frustration and focus all your energy on your projects. It's where the journey starts and creativity blooms.

Check with your local Janome America dealer for all the details and to schedule your official Horizon Memory Craft 12000 test drive.  

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Thursday, 21 June 2012 05:00

Janome Heritage: 1929's PINE Model 100


463-janome-heritage-1929s-pine-model-100What was our top-of-the-line model more than 80 years ago?

1929 was a year of ominous events, like the Wall Street Crash. But there were also amazing technological advancements like the first public demonstration of color TV at Bell Telephone Laboratories. And the advanced, new PINE Model 100 sewing machine was introduced in Tokyo.

Before our company changed its name to Janome in the 1930s, we were called the PINE Sewing Machine Company. At that time home sewists were looking for the same thing we all want today: reliability, stitch quality, and time-saving features. The Model 100, which was powered by a treadle, delivered on these expectations with a better way of forming a stitch. A new, semi-vertical rotary bobbin thread mechanism dramatically improved the machine's operating efficiency.

At that time an "affordable" sewing machine was a major purchase for an average family. But with clothing also being very expensive, a seamstress could save her family a substantial amount of money over time by making their garments. More than 80 years later there are still Model 100s in service and they're still sought-after by collectors.

The Model 100 was our top-of-the-line machine for 1929. It featured one stitch and you had to pedal to keep it going. Today our top-of-the-line Memory Craft 12000 features a powerful electric motor with a Start/Stop button and a virtually unlimited number of stitches--because you can create your own using the Stitch Composer software. But when adjusted for inflation the MC12000 is much less expensive.

Try out the Horizon Memory Craft 12000 at your local Janome dealer.

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Wednesday, 20 June 2012 05:00

Great New Project: Cheerful Accent Pillow


462-great-new-project-cheerful-accent-pillowMake this 16" pillow using a built-in design and lettering on the Horizon Memory Craft 12000.

Here's a great project for brightening somebody's day, or brightening up your own sitting area. This 16" cheerful accent pillow is an example of how easy it is to create with the new, extra large embroidery hoops available with the MC12000. The project requires intermediate sewing skills and will take about 90 minutes to make.

Created by Milinda Stephenson using a built-in floral design, the embroidery layout is simple and easy. Bring in Favorite Designs 15 (the arc of flowers), duplicate, flip and drag into position to form the circle. Then just add your lettering.

The encouraging saying in our example is about 3,000 years old, taken from Proverbs 17:22. You can add your own. Or if you can't decide on just one, make a set of pillows. 

Complete instructions are online: Cheerful Accent Pillow.

If you haven't tried out the embroidery layout features of the Horizon Memory Craft 12000, visit your local, authorized Janome dealer.

Make The Cheerful Accent Pillow

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Tuesday, 19 June 2012 05:00

Powered by Janome: Fashion Designer Dorothy Williams of Luminaa


461-powered-by-janome-dorothy-williams-of-luminaaElegant and feminine, her timeless designs have just a little bit of an edge.

New York fashion designer Dorothy Williams is the creator of the Luminaa Collection. Inspired by the silhouetted shapes of the 1950s, her skirts and dresses have been described as having "a soft, architectural style with timeless beauty, modernity and a bit of an edge." And she loves to do creative sewing on her Janome Magnolia 7330.

Dorothy mostly taught herself to sew as a child.  Her mother had an old sewing machine and she used it to make little outfits for her dolls.  As an early teen she took tailoring classes during the summer.  Then she went to college to learn fashion design, where she had an inspiring instructor who taught her advanced sewing and couture techniques.

In 1997, while still a college student, she was asked to design and sew a gown for Bill Clinton's Presidential Inaugural Ball. It was worn by one of the President's relatives and earned Dorothy statewide media attention. After graduating from Texas Woman’s University in Fashion Design and studying in Paris at the Paris Fashion Institute, she moved to New York to study Costume & Textiles at the Fashion Institute of Technology. After graduating with her Master’s Degree, Dorothy spent 10 years in the industry working for various companies as a Technical Designer.

She created her Luminaa line of skirts and dresses in 2008. Dorothy's experience in the industry taught her the importance of fit and comfort as well as style.

About Luminaa she says, "Comfort is the foundation of our garments along with the ability for the pieces to work with any existing outfit the customer may already have in her closet."

She says she ended up choosing a Janome machine after her other machine died.  While researching reviews on the internet, she found that Janome machines have a good reputation.

"They are pretty tough, of good quality and last a long time.  That's pretty much my criteria for a sewing machine, especially lasting a long time!" she says.

She likes her computerized Magnolia 7330 because she can change the tension, stitch width, needle placement, etc. with a push of a button instead of moving gears.  "Also I love the fact that I can see the bobbin, so I know when I'm running out of thread and can easily remove it.  It doesn't make a lot of noise and the sewing feels very smooth like butter."

She doesn't sew fashion exclusively. Dorothy says she recently sewed a new setee cover and likes to make pillows, when she has time. She's looking forward to expanding Luminaa into a full clothing line.

Dorothy William's Luminaa Collection is available online at DaWandaUS Trendy, and in New York at Brooklyn Stone Boutique.

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, 18 June 2012 05:00

Artistic Crystals Technique Articles Posting Now From Sew4Home DIY Wedding Sparkle Series


459-artistic-crystals-s4h-diy-wedding-sparkle-seriesGet ready to sparkle!

Our creative friends at Sew4Home.com, where Janome is a sponsor, recently completed an amazing series of sparkling wedding wonders using the Artistic integrated system of crystals, software, cutters and presses.

More that just inspiring projects, the series was put together with creative entrepreneurs in mind: the "Business of Bling!" These are projects you can make for yourself or make and sell as a home-based wedding accessories business.

The detailed step-by-step crystal application project sheets for all the S4H techniques are now posted on the Artistic website, so YOU can get ready to sparkle!

Bridal Party Tees - Lettering

Bridesmaid's Clutch - Crystal Initials

Buttons & Border Techniques

Ring Bearer's Pillow - Embroidery with Crystals

Flower Girl Apron - Custom Crystal Border

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Friday, 15 June 2012 05:00

Washington State Artistic Crystals Training Tour


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

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