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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

Find Out About All The Artistic Products

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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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Thursday, 14 June 2012 05:00

Janome Heritage: Memory Craft 4800


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.

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Wednesday, 13 June 2012 05:00

New Project: Santa Wallhanging


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


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!

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Monday, 11 June 2012 05:00

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


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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