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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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Wednesday, 23 May 2012 05:00

Amazing But True: Consumer's Story Tells Of A Baby Who Floated Ashore In A Sewing Machine Cover

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442-amazing-but-true-story-baby-in-sewing-machine-coverEnjoy this old family story shared by one of our Facebook Friends.

It started when Miche O'fly sent us a photo of a very old New Home sewing machine that had been passed down through her family. She asked if we could tell her anything about it. When we replied that we didn't have anything specific for that model, she replied that she'd like to share a great family story about another very old sewing machine.

Here's how it goes:

Back around 1890 a group of Irish immigrants were traveling by boat along the coast of Newfoundland. Among the people on board was a baby girl and among the cargo was a sewing machine. Something went wrong and the boat began to fill with water. Thinking quickly, someone grabbed the baby and the wooden lid to the sewing machine. They set the baby in the lid and gave her a push toward the nearby shore. The little girl made it to safety and was adopted. The baby grew up to become the second wife of Miche's great-great uncle.

Miche says she doesn't have any other specifics on the story. But she remembers her great-great aunt telling it to her as a child and her family has always known it to be true.

That has to be the most amazing sewing machine story we've ever heard. The covers on today's machines have a slit for the handle, and so wouldn't work well as a floatation device. But when it comes to sewing and quilting, they're light years ahead of what was available in 1890.    

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Tuesday, 22 May 2012 05:00

Kitchen Confections: Projects Good Enough To Eat At Sew4Home

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441-kitchen-confections-projects-good-enough-to-eat-at-s4hSix Stunning Projects in Vintage Modern by Bonnie & Camille

If you're a quilter, you know Bonnie & Camille! Their latest collection, Vintage Modern for Moda Fabrics is arriving now to in-store and online retailers. But, our friends at Sew4Home, where Janome is a sponsor, got pre-release fabric and created a wonderful series of six stunning projects.

Start at the premier project: Patchwork Placemats, then work your way through their coordinating napkins, a table runner, apron, oven mitts and a toaster cozy. There's also a set of matching recipe cards and gift tags to download and an upcoming Great Giveaway to enter. All the articles will be live on the Sew4Home site by this Friday the 25th. Set aside some sewing time this Memorial Day Weekend!

Several of the projects feature patchwork and straight line quilting, and so are excellent candidates for the precision of any Janome model. If you haven't experienced the new AcuFeed Flex System on the Horizon Memory Craft 12000, check it out at your dealer today. The system comes standard with two detachable feet: standard width and narrow width. We also have videos online of all the standard MC12000 feet, including AcuFeed Flex.  

Kitchen Confection Patchwork Placemats

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Monday, 21 May 2012 05:00

Powered By Janome: Bethany Nixon of RewareVintage and HandmadeDetroit

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440-powered-by-janome-rewarevintage-and-handmadedetroitShe has a wonderful knack for combining vintage finds, modern fashion, and a great eye for style.

Bethany Nixon is a mom, a successful blogger, and one of the founders of Handmade Detroit (which just had a huge craft fair last week). She sells her unique finds and creations through RewareVintage.com--and we're proud to say she does her sewing on a Janome.

Bethany has always loved all things vintage. Back in 1999, when she was in college, she discovered that she could make a consistent income selling vintage items on a new website called eBay.

Years later, she was working at a job she hated and still dreaming of owning her own brick and mortar vintage shop. Dan, now her husband, was a web designer and programmer and encouraged her to start an online vintage store. With his help she launched RewareVintage.com in 2005.

She describes the site this way, "Besides selling vintage, we decided to include my other passions--crafting, sewing and music in our Reware section of the site. It’s part vintage, part crafty, and lets me show you my creativity."

Bethany learned to hand sew in the Girl Scouts when she was in elementary school, but didn't get a sewing machine until her last semester of college. She took a sewing 101 course and instantly fell in love with it. She now sews a lot for Reware Vintage, both mending and altering vintage clothing, and also sewing new creations from vintage fabrics that she finds along her journeys.

She says, "Sewing began as a creative outlet for me, later turned into a key part of my own business, and ended up introducing me to some of my best friends--the ladies and my partners in Handmade Detroit, and so many other talented sewers and crafters in Michigan! Sewing is more than a hobby for me, it literally introduced me to a whole new world that I love being a part of in so many ways."

Bethany uses a Janome Decor Excel 5018, which was a graduation gift from her family. "One of the best gifts I have ever gotten!" she says. "It has a lot of great stitches and gets through every project I have with gusto!"

Sewing for her business has given her a great deal of satisfaction. "I love projects that teach me a new technique," Bethany says. "I have the most fun when I am learning! I try new patterns whenever I can, and whether it is a purse for a customer or a new jacket for my son, Roy, it is always more fun when I can discover a new technique. I also love to experiment by adding my own touches to a vintage pattern."

See Bethany's creations at her RewareVintage store, read her RewareVintage blog, and find out about the local crafting community at the Handmade Detroit website.  

The Decor Excel 5018 machine is no longer available. But your local Janome dealer has several decor machines with the same power and reliability but even more stitches and features--like the 3160 Quilter's Decor Computer.

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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