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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. 

Go To The Pillow Project

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Friday, 27 April 2012 05:00

Video: MC12000's HorizonLink Stitch Composer: Creating A Design

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424-video-mc12ks-horizon-link-stitch-composerMaking up your own decorative stitches is easy and fun.

One of the amazing things you can do with the Horizon Memory Craft 12000 is create your own stitches from scratch. Anything you can trace out with your computer mouse can be turned into a running stitch up to 9mm wide.

You can do this with the HorizonLink Stitch Composer software for your PC that comes with your sewing machine. The software is easy to use and your stitches can be quickly transferred to your MC12000. On your machine you can select them and sew with them just like the built-in stitches.

When you create a stitch, you need to have a locking stitch at the beginning and a locking stitch at the end. Between these you'll need a Start point, a Loop point, and an End point. 

How To Create A Custom Stitch With HorizonLink Stitch Composer

  1. Be sure you have the software installed, and your PC connected to your Memory Craft 12000.
  2. Start the HorizonLink Stitch Composer software.
  3. On the screen at point 0,0 click three times to add three stitch points.
  4. Create a starting point by clicking the Start point icon. You'll create your stitch from left to right so it can sew out continually.
  5. Click a series of points to trace out the shape of your stitch, just like doing a dot-to-dot. If you make a mistake, you can just use the Backspace key.
  6. At the end of your stitch, you'll need to make a Loop point to tell the software to go back to the Start point and make this design over and over.
  7. When you're finished with your shape, insert an End Point. Then make three little stitches and insert a tie off.
  8. Go into View and under Window Layout click "Left & Right."
  9. Click the Play icon. This will play will play an animation of the stitch being stitched out.
  10. To save your stitch go to the top-most tab and click the Save-As icon. Then save your stitch to your chosen folder on your PC.
  11. Click Send to send your completed stitch to the machine.
  12. On your Memory Craft 12000 go into Decorative Stitches. Then go to Created Stitches, and there's the stitch you've created!


And you're ready to sew it out.

To see this demonstrated with a more detailed explanation, watch the video: HorizonLink Stitch Composer: Creating A Stitch.

Creating your own stitches is addictive. If you want to try it out for yourself, see your local, authorized Janome dealer and ask for a demonstration on the Horizon Memory Craft 12000.

Watch The Stitch Composer Video

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Thursday, 26 April 2012 05:00

Live From AQS in Paducah, KY

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423-live-from-aqs-in-paducah-kyQuilt City USA - and Janome - welcomes quilters from across the country!

The American Quilter's Society held its first quilt show and contest in Paducah, KY in 1985. In its first year, it welcomed 5,000 visitors. Since then, the show has grown and multiplied to other US cities, but its true home is in Paducah, aka: Quilt City, USA, where the yearly event is considered the premiere quilting show in the country.

Janome is here with quilters from around the country to celebrate great quilts, learn tips and techniques from world-class quilt instructors for making our own quilts better, and to see all of the amazing products available for, well, quilting!

The show includes a huge selection of vendors showcasing a wide variety of products for quilting and sewing. Classes are first-rate, with topics from hand-work, to free-form quilting, to traditional techniques. And the quilt gallery on the show floor features breathtaking quilts for inspiration. Attendees are delighted to sew on classrooms full of Memory Craft 11000's, Horizon 7700QCP, and 3160QDC sewing machines.

If you love quilting, Paducah is worth the trip! Find out more about this, and all of the AQS quilt shows at their website. Find one near you, and make a plan to attend. In the meantime, be sure to become a member of this worthy organization.

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Wednesday, 25 April 2012 05:00

New Project: Freida's Planter Wrap

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422-new-project-freidas-planter-wrapTurn a spare roll of TP into an innovative vase for a silk flower bouquet.

No one will ever guess what's inside such a pretty display! This project is fast, fun and a very clever way to put that spare roll of toilet paper to work. With just two squares of fabric from your stash basket and a pretty ribbon, you can make an instant 'vase' for a bright bunch of silk flowers. Super lightweight, festive and so easy to customize, it would make a great centerpiece for Spring and Summer events, like graduations, wedding showers and family gatherings.     

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Tuesday, 24 April 2012 05:00

Hurry! April Sew & Save Combo Specials End Soon!

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421-hurry-april-sew-a-save-combo-specials-end-soonWhen April ends, so will these three great combo deals.

Are you thinking of a new quilting machine? Do you also like to do embroidery? Could you use the speed and professional finish of a new serger? 

You have until next Monday, April 30th, to get a great combo deal on some of our most popular machines.

April Savings Bring May Sewing: 3 Great Combo Deals

1. Buy the roomy Horizon Memory Craft 7700QCP sewing and quilting machine, together with the Memory Craft 350E embroidery-only machine, get a 990D serger FREE!

2. Buy the Memory Craft 9700 sewing and embroidery machine, get a 7034D serger at 1/2 price.

3. Buy the top-of-the-line Horizon Memory Craft 12000 sewing, quilting and embroidery machine, get a FREE one-year membership in the Anita Goodesign Diamond Club, giving you hundreds of unique embroidery designs to start plus more to add each month for a year. This one-year membership carries a full retail value of $2,785.70! It's yours free with the purchase of the Horizon Memory Craft 12000, the machine to expand your sewing, quilting and embroidery to new horizons. See more details on this offer.

These offers are based on manufacturer's suggested retail prices and valid April 15-30, 2012 at participating authorized Janome retailers in the USA. Void where prohibited. Not valid in combination with any other offers. Contact your local Janome Dealer for all the details, then get ready to Sew & Save!  

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Monday, 23 April 2012 05:00

Powered by Janome: The Crafty Gemini

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420-powered-by-janome-the-crafty-geminiVanessa's how-to videos for sewing and quilting are a YouTube hit.

She's a wife and mother of two, living in Gainesville, FL, who finds time for sewing and crafting projects. Two years ago, she began making sewing instructional videos and posting them on YouTube. Now her channel, TheCraftyGemini has a hundred videos (70 sewing related), which have been viewed more than 2.75 million times.

Vanessa learned to sew five years ago when she was in law school. She says, "I needed a creative outlet and asked my mother (a professional seamstress) to teach me how to sew. She showed up the next weekend with a vintage machine she'd picked up at a yard sale for $10. I never looked back."

Vanessa then began collecting sewing machines, at one point having 11 in her house. 

"At the request of my loving husband – who thinks I'm crazy for collecting sewing machines, I have sold most of them and gifted a few," she says. But she kept the one she's done most of her sewing on: her Janome 11542.

On this basic model, she's sewn clothes and cloth diapers for her kids, altered garments, made home décor items, kitchen craft projects, and pieced all her quilts. But there's a whole world of young sewists who want to learn the basics, and her Janome has been her workhorse for designing, creating and filming her online video tutorials.

She says, "I like to use a basic machine because most of my videos are designed for the beginner in mind; I like to show my viewers everything I can do with a simple, budget-friendly sewing machine."

Your Janome dealer has an entire line of budget-friendly machines: Sewist 500, 2212MyStyle100, Schoolmate S3023, and the adorable Hello Kitty 15822.  While their functions are basic, they have the most important feature: reliable Janome stitch quality.

See Vanessa's tutorials on her YouTube channel and her blog at CraftyGemini.com

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, 20 April 2012 05:00

Janome Heritage: The Janome 813

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418-janome-heritage-the-janome-813In the mid 1970s, this machine had a number of sewing innovations.

One of the top TV shows of 1976 was the action-packed "The Six Million Dollar Man." You might remember the theme line "We can rebuild him . . . better, faster, stronger."

In 1976, when Janome introduced the Model 813 (also called the Excel 813), they could have used the same line – at least the part about better, faster, stronger. This sturdy, all-metal machine featured innovations like having the first free arm on a Janome home machine. It also came with a built-in cam for decorative stitches and a buttonhole that only took two steps.  

It had everything a sewist needed to make clothes just like "Charlie's Angels" (another top show in '76).

As a result of the machine's advanced bobbin system, Janome won a prestigious science and technology award in Japan. More than 35 years later, many 813s are still in use and it's become popular with collectors.

Today, the Janome that's at the cutting edge of sewing technology is the Horizon Memory Craft 12000 sewing, quilting, and embroidery machine. For embroidery size, quilting room, and quiet power, it's today's version of "better, faster, stronger." Try one out today at your local, authorized Janome dealer.

Find Out More About The MC12000

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Thursday, 19 April 2012 05:00

"Forgotten Fabrics" Featured at Sew4Home

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419-forgotten-fabrics-featured-at-sew4homeToday's beautiful designer quilting cottons often steal the show; Sew4Home brings back some of the old standards of the fabric world.

Candy colored seersucker, delicate eyelet, rich linen, traditional toile, flirty little floral prints, crisp white cottons... our creative friends at Sew4Home looked through these "forgotten fabrics" then unleashed their imaginations to apply the fabrics' classic old-fashioned goodness in new ways.

They used seersucker to create a beautiful set of bed linens: sheet and pillowcases, pillow shams and ruffled accent pillows. There's also a nostalgic shirred sundress, heirloom placemats, a trendy toile bag, and Mom's favorite long apron. Their technique articles on heirloom stitching by machine and shirring are also very helpful how-to summaries.

Check out these projects as well as all the other creativity served up daily at Sew4Home, where Janome is a major sponsor. All the S4H samples are made on Janome machines.

Go to Sew4Home

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