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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.

Send Us Your "Powered By Janome" Story

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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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Wednesday, 18 April 2012 05:00

Sew & Save: Buy The MC12000-Get HUNDREDS Of Unique Embroidery Designs

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417-sew-a-save-buy-mc12000-get-embroidery-designsSpring Sew & Save Promotion Focus: the Anita Goodesign Diamond Club; a Year's Membership is yours FREE with the purchase of a MC12000!

For a limited time (now through April 30, 2012), when you buy the amazing top-of-the-line Horizon Memory Craft 12000 sewing, quilting and embroidery machine, you get a FREE one-year membership in the Anita Goodesign Diamond Club!

If you are an embroidery enthusiast, you've likely heard about the Anita Goodesign Diamond Club. This offer is similar, but with an extra special addition. Membership gives you over 1,500 unique embroidery designs to start with, plus over 100 exclusive Janome-Exclusive designs, available only as part of this offer. Then, each month for the next 12 months, you get to swing by your Janome America dealer to pick up that month's Diamond Club kit. Your monthly kit will contain one full-size collection and one mini collection. Both collections will be brand new releases, and every quarter, there's an exclusive Diamond Club bonus collection. 

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.

Contact your local Janome Dealer for all the details, then get ready to Sew & Save!

This offer is based on manufacturer's suggested retails price 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.  

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Tuesday, 17 April 2012 05:00

Patchwork Prism Quilt-A-Long

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416-patchwork-prism-quilt-a-longSweet Diesel Designs features our Anna Maria Horner Patchwork Prism in a QAL; you could win a Janome DC2012!

We introduced the lovely Patchwork Prism quilt Anna Maria Horner designed for us late last month, using her very own Memory Craft Horizon 7700QCP. This beautiful quilt has been "field-tested" in workshops at local Janome Dealers' stores to RAVE reviews. Now, it is the featured design in a Quilt-A-Long (QAL) with Bianca Miller of Sweet Diesel Designs

The QAL kicks off on April 24th with a post about choosing your fabric, and continues through the end of June with lots more great advice and super prizes along the way, like pre-cuts, thread and more. Submissions are due by June 26th in order to be qualified to enter to win one of the top prizes, which include generous gift certificates from Fat Quarter Shop and... a grand prize of the Decor Computer 2012.  

You can download instructions for the Patchwork Prism Quilt, as well as for a coordinating Pillow Sham, absolutely free right here on our Janome + Anna Maria special website. You can also watch Anna's inspiring video, in which she takes you through some of her favorite parts of creating the quilt, offers advice on color and sewing, and just generally makes you smile with her special Anna Maria charm.

Find Out More About The Sweet Diesel QAL

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