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Monday, 14 May 2012 05:00

Powered By Janome: Jean Kake of Quilted Cupcake

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435-powered-by-janome-jean-kake-of-quilted-cupcakeShe combines something old with something new, and makes it all fun.

Jean Kake likes to mix modern fabrics with vintage finds and then share what she's learned through social media. Many of her projects incorporate fabrics she finds at thrift stores. Her Etsy shop is full of traditional items like baby quilts and pillow cases, as well as modern accessories like custom cases for iPads and Kindles.

Through her blog and podcasts, Jean shares techniques and an infectious enthusiasm to try new things with your sewing machine. We're proud to say all her handmade items are sewn on a Memory Craft 6300.

Jean's mom and grandma were both quilters, so she learned to create simple sewing projects at an early age. She recalls they would set up a huge quilt frame in their living room and quilt all weekend. "The kids were always encouraged to add their own stitches," she says, "which they kept in, no matter how big and uneven those stitches were."

Jean took a machine quilting class with her mom to learn a few of the finer points. And now she finds herself picking up a lot of new techniques online, through podcasts, blogs and YouTube.

She chose the the MC6300 because she wanted a machine that would stand up to the amount of sewing she does, especially for her Etsy shop. "I needed a durable machine that's fast and produces a quality stitch," she says.  After much searching and test driving various brands, Jean decided on the MC6300. "I love the features of the 6300 - it does everything I want without a bunch of added functions that I'll never use."

Her favorite features:

  • Adjustable speed control - "Something my other machines never had. Although I normally keep it on the fastest setting, I can force myself to slow down when precision is needed."
  • Needle down button.
  • Thread cutter button - "Which I now can't live without." 


Jean says, "I've used my Janome on a whole variety of projects, from quilts and wallhangings to softies and laptop cases for my shop.  It's never let me down. Bottom line, the Memory Craft 6300 was the absolute best investment I've made in my Quilted Cupcake studio."

See Jean's creations in her Etsy Shop at www.QuiltedCupcake.com. Read her blog at www.QuiltedCupcake.net. And listen to her free podcasts on iTunes. And if you want to find out more about her machine, you can try it for yourself 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, 11 May 2012 05:00

Floral Accent Pillow Project

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434-floral-accent-pillow-projectWhy we love embroidery on the Horizon Memory Craft 12000!

The extra large hoops that come standard with the Horizon Memory Craft 12000 make the beautiful embroidery panels on these accent pillows possible. The finished design is nearly 21" x 21", and though done in sections, it looks like a perfectly continuous pattern. We used the GR Hoop for this project with its 9.1" x 11.8" embroidery area.

The Horizon Memory Craft 12000 has the largest, most stable embroidery system we’ve ever developed, but beautiful embroidery is just one of the incredible features that make this the machine to choose for your next creative journey. With a 15" embossed stainless steel plate in the bed and 11" to the right of the needle, it has the most workspace of any Janome. It comes with HorizonLink™ software to allow you to design on your PC laptop; you can even create your own 9mm decorative stitches with Stitch Composer™. And, smart sewing features like the retractable HighLight to spotlight the needle area and a detachable AcuView Magnifier make projects more enjoyable than ever before.

Visit your local Janome America dealer for a full "test drive" or browse our Dealer Locator and look for the MC12000 Certified Dealer banner to find an authorized Horizon Memory Craft 12000 dealer in your area.

Go to the Pillow Project

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Wednesday, 09 May 2012 05:00

'Shirr Madness' Hits Sew4Home

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433-shirr-madness-hits-sew4homeLearn it, use it... soon you'll succumb to 'shirr madness' as well!

Our friends at Sew4Home.com, where Janome is a proud sponsor, have gone bonkers for shirring... and just in time to use it on all kinds of great summer tops and dresses in lightweight cottons and voiles. Shirring is surprisingly easy (especially with a quality Janome machine) and a great way to add both fit and texture to a garment.

First, if you are brand new to the technique, Sew4Home shows you the easy step-by-step way to master it. Then, try out your newfound skills on a darling little girl's sundress (which also has an adorable eyelet underskirt) or a flirty summer top for yourself.

Thanks to Janome's excellent feeding systems, sewing with elastic thread in the bobbin is smooth and easy. You can use the technique on any of our models.  

Shirring How To

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Tuesday, 08 May 2012 00:00

High Waisted Pants & Skirts Are Back For Spring

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429-high-waisted-pants-and-skirts-are-back-for-springThis flattering style has an updated look.

Fashion bloggers and designers are declaring that the hourglass silhouette is back. (Was it ever really gone?) The high waisted skirts and pants of the 1950s are the new trend for spring--at least for women. For men, the high waisted look is still considered a little "Ed Grimley." 

Not only elegant and classic, this style is much more flattering for the average feminine figure. As one blogger gushed, "You will look like you had a legit nip and tuck over the weekend!"

The new/old look in skirts can be pencil-slim, A-line or full. Think Marilyn Monroe. The latest pants are high waisted with a flare. Think Katherine Hepburn. In both cases they zip up the side.

In both cases sewing these garments for yourself will likely require you to install a concealed or lapped zipper. But don't let that scare you. If you can sew a straight seam you can put in a zipper. You just need to make sure you have the right zipper foot for our machine and easy-to-follow instructions. And it just so happens we have both for you.

MC12000 Concealed Zipper Foot Z - The Concealed Zipper Foot Z comes standard with the Horizon Memory Craft 12000 and allows you to get in close enough to easily install a concealed zipper. The machine makes it easy with a Concealed Zipper application.

Installing A Lap Zipper With The Narrow Base Zipper Foot - The flexibility of the Narrow Base Zipper Foot makes close sewing easy. By loosening the screw on the back, you can move the foot to either side of the needle, adjusting how close you'd like it to be.

Installing A Zipper With The Concealed Zipper Foot - The key is to get the needle as close to the teeth as possible. The Concealed Zipper Foot accomplishes this by slightly unrolling the zipper just before the needle. The foot also has special grooves on the bottom which guide each side of the zipper teeth as you sew down the tape.

Install A Zipper With The Zipper Foot E - The Zipper Foot E can be snapped onto your machine so it sews on either side of the needle. That way the needle can get close enough to stitch but the zipper teeth don't go under the foot.

See your local Janome dealer to get the right zipper foot for your machine.

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Monday, 07 May 2012 05:00

Powered By Janome: Tyler Larsen of Baby Lux Design

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430-powered-by-janome-tyler-larsen-of-baby-lux-designHer online boutique features one-of-a-kind clothing and accessories.

The inspiration for Tyler Larsen's line of baby clothing and accessories began before she had any children of her own. She was running a successful interior design business, but she seemed to be making baby items on a regular basis.

She says, "I had always hand crafted my own baby shower gifts for friends and family over the years and by doing that I always seemed to have a running order from a friend of a friend."

After the birth of her son, she left the design world in order to stay at home. But she couldn't stop thinking about all those orders for baby items she used to get.

"I just knew I had to do something creative or I’d go stir crazy! So, I bugged the 'hub' to whip me up a website. A place where I could share ALL my fun creations with the rest of the world." Her old design business was called Lux Interior Design. By changing one word she came up with Baby Lux Design and was soon selling items online and in a local bricks-and-mortar store.

Tyler says that her mother made a significant contribution to her business when she gave her a Memory Craft 6600 Professional sewing machine.

"I am so thankful for my Janome," she says. "It's been an important part in my creative growth. I always say . . . 'If I can draw it, I can sew it on my Janome!' Its precision never ceases to amaze me."

See Tyler's creations on BabyLuxDesig.com. And if you want to find out more about her machine, you can try it for yourself 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, 04 May 2012 05:00

Artistic Suite Software Update: Free!

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432-artistic-suite-software-update-freeDo you have the Artistic Suite V6.0 Software? If so, this update is for you!

We love Artistic software for all of its amazing capabilities, like rhinestone template creation, cutwork, embroidery design, and more. Now, it's even better!

The new Artistic V6.01 Update features a wide variety of enhanced capabilities for the software, from cutting out shapes and shapes within shapes to enhanced calculation speed to presets for materials and cutters.

Go to the Artistic Creative Products website for a complete list of all the great features and fixes.
The update is FREE and there are easy, step-by-step installation instructions.

 

Get the Update

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Thursday, 03 May 2012 05:00

Special Day - Special Women - Special Pricing

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431-special-day-special-women-special-pricingMake your Mother's Day gift count by purchasing a Limited Edition Pink Ribbon model to honor the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. 

Janome, a proud supporter of the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.®, is equally proud to offer the Pink Ribbon Series, two machines with the power, precision and easy-to-use features you've come to expect. Both commemorate the cause of spreading breast cancer awareness, education and empowerment.

The MS5027LE-PR is an all-around workhorse with 27 stitches, a one-step buttonhole and a built-in needle threader. The regular MSRP is $549, but through May 13th at participating Janome dealers, you can find it for just $399 and you'll get a free case of the pretty Pink Cherry Blossom Janome bobbins

The DC4030PR is a computerized model with 30 stitches; convenience buttons for needle up/down, lock stitch and start/stop; and six one-step™ buttonholes. The regular MSRP is $799, but through May 13th at participating dealers, you can find this model for just $549 plus a free case of the Pink Cherry Blossom bobbins.

Offer based on manufacturer's suggested retail price and valid through May 13, 2012 at participating authorized Janome Retailers in the USA. Void where prohibited. Not valid in combination with any other offers. 

 Find Out More about the MS5027LE-PR

Find Out More about the DC4030PR

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Wednesday, 02 May 2012 05:00

Keeping Up With Anna Maria Horner

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427-keeping-up-with-anna-maria-hornerShe's a nationally recognized fabric designer, a quilter, and (we're so proud to say) a Janome sewist.

Can anybody really "keep up" with Anna Maria Horner? She's one of our most inspiring and busiest creative friends. Over the past few weeks she's been sharing her latest QAL (Quilt Along) project, the Patchwork Prism Quilt.

She says, "This quilt uses my favorite tricks: full spectrum, simple piecing, and an awesome machine."

Go to her Janome+Anna Maria project page to download the quilt pattern, download the pattern for a matching pillow sham, and watch her video on how she created the quilt.

You can also find out more about the machine Anna Maria quilts on, the Horizon 7700QCP. Try one for yourself at your local Janome dealer.

We know she inspires us, but where does she get her inspiration? One place is nature. In a recent blog post, Anna Maria shared photos she took on a trip to George Vanderbilt’s Biltmore Estate. Her photos of the flowers in the conservatory are gorgeous. See the photos here. More details here.

If you're going to be in Florida this month, Anna Maria is planning a trip there. Details coming soon.

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Tuesday, 01 May 2012 05:00

Monthly Janome eNews: Sign Up & Win

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426-monthly-janome-enews-sign-up-a-winWe're drawing from our mail list on May 15th; you could win a great notions bundle!

Each month, we send an eNewsletter that summarizes all the top Janome America news and events. It includes promotions going on at your local dealer, information about brand new products, stories of Janome creativity here in the US and around the globe, project ideas, video links and more. It's a great all-in-one resource for all things Janome!

To reward our loyal subscribers and encourage new people to jump on board, we'll be doing a drawing from everyone in our Janome eNews mail list as of midnight ET on Tuesday, May 15, 2012. Our random winner will receive a wonderful mystery notions bundle of favorite tools and supplies; like thread, scissors, needles, accessories and... well - it's a mystery, but you know it will be the fun stuff you want and need for your Janome sewing.  

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Monday, 30 April 2012 05:00

Artistic Creative Products: New Site - New Project!

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425-artistic-creative-products-new-site-new-projectHave you been to the Artistic site lately? There's new product information being added all the time, plus a hot-off-the-press project.

This very pretty pillow is brand new on the Artistic Creative Products website. The tutorial is an easy .PDF download right from the site. It showcases the incredible built-in embroidery designs that come with Artistic Suite V6, and also takes you through the steps of the software's cutwork feature. It's a great way to see the kind of beautiful mixed media designs you can create with Artistic Suite V6, using embroidery, cutwork and crystals. 

Artistic: Go Ahead. Be an Artist. 

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