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Tuesday, 10 April 2012 05:00

Spring Embroidered Table Runners & Tabards

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403-spring-embroidery-table-runners-and-tabardsUse the big hoops on the Horizon Memory Craft 12000 to make a big impact!

It's amazing how a few yards of fabric can dramatically update your dining room for spring.

These two projects were featured in the Horizon Memory Craft 12000 brochure. They take advantage the machine's larger hoop size and flat-out sewing speed on the long seams. Complete instructions are available online and both projects can be completed by someone with intermediate sewing skills.

Embroidered Table Runners - Create a dramatic effect with a 108" runner down the center of your table, crossed by two 70" runners.

Embroidered Chair Tabards - These simple, elegant chair back covers feature a large embroidery design created in HorizonLink. Yardages are for two tabards. Multiply to create as many as you need for your next dinner party!

See all the MC12000 projects here. And if you'd like a Horizon Memory Craft 12000 to sew on, see your local, authorized Janome dealer.

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Monday, 09 April 2012 05:00

Take Our Poll: April Showers Bring May Flowers - What Spring Projects Do YOU Have Blooming?

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411-poll-what-spring-projects-do-you-have-bloomingYou might be sewing something to use right away or maybe you're thinking waaay ahead.

Spring is an inspiring time for sewing. Longer days. A little more light coming in through the sewing room window. And a change in season (unless you're in a part of the country that's still getting snow).

The new fabrics are out and the fashion stores have the new spring styles to inspire your own creations.

We wondered about what projects you're working on right now--or are just about to start. You might be sewing spring fashion or decor items to use right away. Or maybe you're one of those plan-ahead people who are already working on gifts for next Christmas. It's not too crazy--your favorite performers are starting to work on their next Holiday albums about now.

Of course, if you're a quilter, you may not necessarily follow the calendar. You just want to turn your latest UFO into a finished quilt.

So we'd like to know: What Spring Projects Do YOU Have Blooming?

Vote in our online poll and then check back for the results later this week.

And if you're looking for something to make, check out our Project Section.

Vote In The Spring Project Poll

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Friday, 06 April 2012 05:00

Powered By Janome: Brenda Palmiter & A Janome Mission

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410-powered-by-janome-brenda-palmiter-a-janome-missionShe traveled more than 3,500 miles to share her love of quilting.

Brenda Palmiter of Petersburg, MI has taken many opportunities to teach other women how to quilt. Recently, she had the chance to teach quilting classes in Costa Rica as part of a mission trip organized by Mission Oppurtunities Short Term (M.O.S.T.). 

At home Brenda quilts on her Memory Craft 11000 Special Edition. But for this trip she needed smaller, lighter but still reliable machines for the local women to work on. So her group brought along 5 new Janome MyStyle 100 machines.

The quilting classes were held at two new churches--in San Jose and Cartago, Costa Rica. Brenda and her team taught basic quilting and craft sewing. And then they left the five new machines, along with fabrics and notions so the women continue with what they learned.

Brenda says, "They ladies loved it, and loved sewing on these machines."

She's no stranger to quilting while traveling. Once a year Brenda takes a group of women on a quilt retreat where they learn teach a "mystery quilt."

She says, "I purchased my Jem 760 to take to my retreats, classes and camping. Yes camping. I set it on my picnic table outside my trailer and plug it in the outside outlet.  Now I can extend my play even farther with this light weight portable."

But she loves everything she can do on her Memory Craft. Recently, she's been making memory quilts for people from their loved ones' clothes after they have passed away.  She says, "My Janome 11000SE allows me room to not only piece these quilts but also quilt them myself, even queen size."  

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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Thursday, 05 April 2012 05:00

New Video: FMQ - Open Toe QO Foot for the MC12000

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409-new-video-fmq-open-toe-qo-foot-for-the-mc12000Enjoy free motion quilting with a better view.

A few weeks back we featured Using The Free Motion Quilting Closed-Toe Foot QC. (See the article for FMQ situations where you'd want to choose this foot.)

Today, we're featuring the Open Toe version of this foot designed for the Horizon Memory Craft 12000. It's called Free Motion Quilting Open-Toe Foot QO. And its open toe design gives you a better view of your needle right where it's penetrating your quilt fabric.

How To Set Up The FMQ Open-Toe Foot QO On Your MC12000

  1. On the touchscreen of your Horizon Memory Craft 12000 select Sewing Applications.
  2. Page Forward to Free Motion Quilting.
  3. Choose Straight Stitch 2.
  4. Choose the QO foot.
  5. If you have the blue Free Motion Bobbin case, insert this optional accessory. 
  6. Attach the Free Motion Quilting Foot QO to the machine. Be sure you install it with the back bar behind the ankle and the front bar as usual.
    Note: No need to lower your feed dogs. The machine will do it automatically when you select this sewing application.Your machine also has an automatic foot pressure sensor. When you start stitching, the sensor will detect the loft of your project and adjust the presser foot pressure.
  7. Now you can begin free motion quilting.


When you're finished stitching, press the thread snips button to cut your thread. Or, if desired, you can leave thread tails to bury into the back of your quilt.

To see this demonstrated, watch the video Doing Free Motion Quilting With An Open-Toe Foot.

Try out the MC12000's smooth FMQ stitching at your local, authorized Janome dealer.

Watch FMQ Open-Toe Foot QO Video

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Wednesday, 04 April 2012 05:00

New Product! Lunch Box Quilts Collection: Cocktail Recipe Towels

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408-lunch-box-quilts-collection-cocktail-recipe-towelsMake your own set of these embroidered bar towels, then settle in for a Mad Men marathon!

Shaken, not stirred. The embroidery designs in this new collection from Lunch Box Quilts are done in the retro style of 60s vintage advertising art. Just the thing you might find adorning the cocktail cart in the offices of Don Draper and Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce!

From a Bloody Mary to a Cosmopolitan to a Long Island Ice Tea and nine more in between, each of the 12 designs features a stylized drink design along with the actual cocktail recipe. It's all digitized to stitch out. And, instructions are also included on how to add the coordinating fabric band as shown in the Lunch Box samples.

Angie Steveson, the founder of Lunch Box Quilts, creates appliqué quilt patterns designed specifically for embroidery sewing machines. She has received awards for her unique quilt designs both locally and nationally, and her techniques make appliqué as easy as stitching a digitized embroidery design. Just press "Go" on your Janome embroidery machine!

This latest Cocktail Towels Collection along with the complete line of Lunch Box Quilt Designs are now available from your local Janome dealer!

More About This Design Collection

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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.

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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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