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Tuesday, 03 April 2012 05:00

Moda Bake Shop Sliced! Winner Announced

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407-moda-bake-shop-sliced-winner-announcedA champion has emerged, and she wins a Janome Horizon 7700QCP!

Just last week, Moda Bake Shop announced the winner of their Sliced! Competition. Following the initial auditions, four crafty people were chosen to compete before a panel of judges. Contestants had five days to use their creative talents to develop a project, using a sewing basket of mystery items given to them on the first day of each week. Once they completed their project, the panel of judges critiqued the projects from each challenge and Sliced! one contestant each week.

For the final week, with the two finalists left, the competition required a project that used a zipper, grommets/eyelets and fabric from a layer cake.

The two projects submitted were the Mum's Day Tripper diaper bag with a coordinating changing pad and toy from Beth Studley of Love From Beth, and the Owl Tag Along toddler backpack by Angela Pingel of Cut to Pieces. The backpack won the day, and Angela is the proud recipient of a Janome Horizon 7700QCP.

Angela tells a little about the adorable "owl face" construction on her blog. "The belly pocket is made from two Sherbet Pips layer cake pieces for a sweet front pocket. The wings are made from a layer cake piece from Wee Woodland by Keiki and are only attached at the top of each wing to make them fully "flapable". The face is made from one Bella solid layer cake piece in snow, some left over French General for the eyes and a small piece of Kate Spain's Central Park for the nose. The eyes and nose are made the way I do my doll quilts with a fusible and top stitching. The fabric for the eyes is less than an eighth inch."

Sew4Home.com (also a sponsor of the Sliced! competition) will feature more about Angela and the Moda Bake Shop Sliced! competition on April 13th.

More About Sliced! Winner

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Monday, 02 April 2012 05:00

Last Day To Register For Free Online Class On Artistic Suite V6.0

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406-last-day-to-register-online-class-on-art-v60Register now for this great FREE introductory class.

Trevor Conquergood of Sunset Stitches is one of our favorite digital embroidery instructors! So we know you won't want to miss his introductory class on the amazing Artistic Sewing Suite, a fully equipped digitizing, cutwork and embroidery software program.

If you've been thinking about purchasing the Artistic Sewing Suite (perhaps you've been inspired by the NEW Artistic Creative Products web site), sign up today for tomorrow's class... it's FREE!

The class will be held as a live webinar on April 3rd at 1:00 pm (North America Mountain Time). Everyone who registers will receive a link to download the class after it has been recorded, so even if you are not able to attend the class live online, if you have registered, you can watch it afterwards as your schedule allows.

Register Today

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Friday, 30 March 2012 05:00

Get A Free Laptop With Your MC12000 Purchase: Hurry Promotion Ends Tomorrow!

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404-march-mc12k-promotion-ends-tomorrowBuy the Horizon Memory Craft 12000, get a free laptop! Offer* ends this Saturday.

This sewing, quilting and embroidery machine was designed to work seamlessly with your computer. Now you can be sure to have an up-to-date laptop to go with your new MC12000.

HorizonLink allows your PC to communicate in real time with your Horizon Memory Craft 12000, turning your PC or laptop into an on-screen editing tool!

You can still easily edit on the machine, but with HorizonLink, you also get the luxury of a super-size screen, the convenience of working with a mouse, plus the portability of designing embroidery any place, anytime.

HorizonLink also allows you to use your PC or laptop to design original decorative stitches from scratch with Stitch Composer™. It's similar to doing dot-to-dot. Then you can go back and make fine adjustments, moving any of your points. 

Here are just a few more of the of the MC12000's amazing sewing, quilting and embroidery features:

  • 11" to the right of the needle
  • Detachable AcuFeed Flex™ Layered Fabric Feeding System comes in two sizes
  • Sleek Linear Motion Embroidery System™ slips neatly, discreetly onto the back
  • Amazingly smooth free motion quilting
  • Variable Zigzag during FMQ, using the knee lifter
  • One-step needle plate conversion
  • Retractable HighLight
  • See all the other features here


And now, for a limited time, you can add "FREE laptop" to that list! Contact your local authorized Janome America dealer to try out the Horizon Memory Craft 12000 today.

* Offer based on manufacturer’s suggested retail price and valid March 8-March 31, 2012 at participating authorized Janome retailers in the USA. Free laptop provided in the form of a $500 gift card with proof of purchase. Ask your local dealer for details.

Find Out More About The MC12000

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Thursday, 29 March 2012 05:00

New Video: Quarter Inch Seam Foot for the MC12000

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402-new-video-quarter-inch-seam-foot-for-the-mc12000Get a perfect 1/4" seam. Or easily adjust for a scant seam.

The Horizon Memory Craft 12000 was designed to be a quilter's dream machine. So you know the foot for that all-important quarter inch seam is going to be accurate and easy to use.

The 1/4" Seam Foot O comes standard with the machine and features a wider needle opening for scant seams and a flange to easily guide your fabric.

How To Use The 1/4" Seam Foot O On The MC12000

  1. On the touchscreen choose Decorative Stitches.
  2. Go into Quilting then choose Stitch 2. This sets the machine up to do a 1/4" seam with the O foot.
  3. If you want to adjust the stitch, select the Adjust button. This allows you to change the needle placement to create a customized seam allowance.
  4. To use the O Foot, choose Sewing Applications.
  5. Page forward. Now choose Patchwork.
  6. Select either the Straight Stitch or the Lock-a-Matic.
  7. Attach the foot to your machine.


And now you're ready to sew perfect 1/4" seams.

To see this demonstrated watch the video 1/4" Seam Foot O: Creating The Perfect 1/4" Seam.

Your local, authorized Janome dealer will be happy to let you try this for yourself.

Watch How To Make A Perfect 1/4" Seam

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Wednesday, 28 March 2012 05:00

New Project from Anna Maria Horner: Patchwork Prism

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406-new-project-and-video-from-amh-patchwork-prismIt's Here! The unique Patchwork Prism Quilt from Anna Maria Horner

She designed it for Janome America, on her Memory Craft Horizon 7700QCP. She's "field-tested" it at a couple workshops at local Janome Dealers' stores to RAVE reviews. And, now, YOU can download your very own instructions for Anna Maria's beautiful Patchwork Prism Quilt as well as a Variation for a coordinating Pillow Sham.

As Anna describes it, "This quilt uses all of my favorite tricks: a full spectrum, simple piecing and an awesome machine. I made this quilt using my Janome Horizon 7700 QCP, which was especially great because I chose to machine quilt this beauty."

For even more fun, we've created an inspiring video! Anna takes you through some of her favorite parts of creating the quilt, offers some advice on color and sewing, and just generally sends some of her charm via video feed!

When you finish your own unique Patchwork Prism Quilt and/or Pillow Sham, make sure you upload photos to the Janome + AM group on Flickr.

Get the Patchwork Prism Instructions

Check out the Video!

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Tuesday, 27 March 2012 05:00

New Artistic Creative Products Website Debuts!

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401-new-artistic-creative-products-website-debutsEverything "Artistic" all in one brand-new, beautiful site!

Artistic has been expanding its selection of innovative products over the past year, and have now launched a new web site that brings together all their quilting, crafting and software offerings under one roof. 

Many Janome America dealers carry the Artistic line of long arm quilting machines and frames, as well as the various Artistic software programs that give you the functionality and features to create amazing cutwork, monogramming, rhinestone application and more!

The new site offers a number of free patterns and helpful 'how-to's' already, and the Artistic team tells us they will be adding more inspiration and information all the time.

The site is very easy to browse. We invite you to take a look, and then visit a dealer for a full demonstration of one... or ALL of the Artistic products.

PLUS, don't forget our March is Craft Month contest right here at Janome America. Leave us a comment about your favorite crafting experience and you'll be entered for a chance to win a copy of the Artistic Crystals V6.0 software package. Click here to go to the article and post your comment. The entry deadline is 3/31/12. 

Visit The Artistic Products Website

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Monday, 26 March 2012 05:00

New Product: Baltimore Album

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400-new-product-baltimore-albumMake a stunning Baltimore Album Quilt - with your Embroidery Machine!

The Baltimore Album Quilt is one of the most beautiful and intricate of quilting styles. This tradition started in the prosperous seaport of Baltimore in the 1840's, and the style quickly spread throughout the US for its beauty and prestige. These quilts feature a number of blocks - all different - and appliqued with intricate motifs, such as florals, patriotic images such as eagles, or landmarks.

Today, Baltimore Album quilts are still extremely popular. There are many quilters who aspire to create such a magnificent piece, but are limited by the time required to applique so many different blocks. The Baltimore Revisited Mix and Match Quilting collection by Anita Goodesign is the perfect solution to this dilemma! This collection includes 42 different Baltimore Album-inspired embroidery designs which can be stitched on your Janome Embroidery Machine.There are a variety of sizes and styles available for every sized machine and quilt.

Contact your local Janome dealer for more information, and get started on a stunning Baltimore Album embroidery quilt today!

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Friday, 23 March 2012 05:00

New Project: Woven Ribbon Box Bank

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399-new-project-pretty-woven-ribbon-box-bankA coin slot is hidden in the flower on top - what a pretty way to save!

This fast and fun project is a great way to collect all that spare change that tends to pile up on your bureau, nightstand and bathroom counters. Drop it in to this cute box bank, and before you know it, you'll have enough saved up for something special.

The top of the box is fashioned from fabric scraps cut into narrow ribbons and woven into a mat. Fusible interfacing on the back holds them all in place. What a great way to use up some of your favorite little cuts. Our sample is made in bright Spring colors and patterns, but it would also be fun to experiment with luxury fabrics, such a silks, satins and batiks.

Make the Bank!

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Thursday, 22 March 2012 05:00

Tell Us Your Janome Story

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398-tell-us-your-janome-storyAre you "Powered By Janome" and/or do you have something "Sewn With Love" on a Janome?

Then we want to hear from you! It's been awhile since we've talked with you about two of our favorite projects: Powered by Janome and Sewn With Love. These programs are two ways we reach out to you for your stories so we can share the good news with the rest of the Janome Community. 

Powered By Janome is for those of you with a cottage business, Etsy shop, or successful blog that is powered in part by work done on your Janome sewing machine, embroidery machine or serger. 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 FacebookTwitter, our eNewsletter, and right here on Janome.com. For complete details on how to send us your story, go to our Powered By Janome submission page

Sewn With Love is a long-running series that features unique projects and the stories behind them as sent to us by YOU, Janome sewists. It could be a project that included an interesting technique, used a sewing feature in a creative way, or just ended up looking really pretty. If you sewed it with love and are proud of it, show it off! Send us a couple photos and a little bit of the background so we can share it with thousands of other Janome friends and fans. To submit your project, go to our Sewn With Love Project details page.  

Find Out More About Powered By Janome

Find Out More About Sewn With Love

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Wednesday, 21 March 2012 05:00

New Video: Needle Plates For The MC12000

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397-new-video-needle-plates-for-the-mc12000Switch between needle plates in seconds--with no screwdriver required.

The Horizon Memory Craft 12000 sewing, quilting, and embroidery machine comes standard with two needle plates: the Standard (or Zigzag) Needle Plate and the Straight Stitch Needle Plate.

The Standard Plate has a wide hole so you can do regular sewing and decorative stitches up to 9mm wide.

The Straight Stitch Plate has a smaller needle hole to support the fabric during needle penetration. This is ideal for piecing quilts, sewing light fabric or doing embroidery. It also has a left needle position, which you can use for embroidery.

So you can be sure to use the best needle plate for each type of sewing, Janome has made it extremely easy to switch between them.

How To Switch From The Standard To The Straight Stitch Needle Plate On The MC12000

  1. Press the Lock Key on the touchscreen.
  2. Press the presser foot lifter button. When you raise the foot in the locked mode, it lifts the presser foot extra high, giving you more room for removing the plate.
  3. Remove the accessory tray.
  4. Release the needle plate by pressing the release button.
  5. Remove the needle plate.
  6. Slide the second plate into position, with the left side of the plate going in first. Then press down on the bullseye to snap it in place.
  7. On the touchscreen press OK to the prompt.
  8. Press the Lock Key once more to unlock the machine. And you're ready to sew your straight stitch.


Your machine automatically senses which plate you've installed. With the Straight Stitch Plate in you'll see that a number of stitches are greyed out on the touchscreen. These are all stitches that require the needle to penetrate outside the area of the narrow hole on the plate. So they're made temporarily unavailable for your protection as long as the Straight Stitch Plate is installed. But you can safely sew with any of the available stitches.

To see this demonstrated watch the video How To Switch Between Needle Plates

To try it for yourself see the Horizon Memory Craft 12000 at your authorized Janome dealer.

Watch Video On How To Switch Needle Plates

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