Are You Powered By Janome?!
Does your Janome machine help fuel your entrepreneurial dreams?
Time spent sewing is so fulfilling, many sewists find the urge to turn their passionate hobby into a full or part time profession. If you have 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, we want to hear from you!
Tell us how you started out, what you make, how others can order your product, and most importantly, why you trust your Janome to help get the job done!
We'll be sharing many of these stories with our friends on Facebook and Twitter as well as in some of eNewsletters. It’s a great way to spread the word about your business, and to show your Janome love!
New Project: Super Sweet Travel Dollies
Easy to Make and Easy to Love
Little Dollies are always a crowd pleaser with toddlers! These old-fashioned dolls were inspired by an Oprah Winfrey special featuring “Dr. Maya Angelou”.
These adorable dollies fit right in your purse, and a handkerchief makes the perfect blanket to keep them warm. You can whip one up in about an hour, or spend an afternoon making a few! You'll find instructions and a pattern at the link below.
Exciting New Product: Lunch Box Quilts, Appliqué Designs for Embroidery Machines
With your Janome Embroidery Machine, Applique has Never Been so Easy!
There are few things that make your sewing projects look more impressive than appliqué. It sets you free to create a wide variety of shapes and effects in your sewing projects. But, advanced designs can be tedious, and can seem nearly impossible to do with traditional stitching.
What if appliqué were as easy as stitching a digitized embroidery design? Now it is!
Lunch Box Quilts provides a wide variety of appliqué quilt patterns designed specifically for embroidery machines. Detailed appliqué and stitching is as easy as pressing "Go" on your Janome embroidery machine!
The line of Lunch Box Quilt Designs are now available from your local Janome dealer! Give your local dealer a call, and find out if they have the designs in stock, then stop by and check them out! The designs feature something for everyone, and a truly unique and amazing quilt can be completed in no time!
Sewn With Love: Marybeth Di Liberto
A story of college-sweethearts and Janome love.
Marybeth Di Liberto is a quilter who LOVES her Horizon 7700. She was able to use her machine to create a beautiful wallhanging to commemorate the engagement of her son and future daughter-in-law.
Using techniques she'd learned in a landscape quilting class, Marybeth re-created familiar scenes from where the couple had gone to college together.
Poll Results: Fave Quilting Accessories
These are the quilting accessories you told us are "must-have."
We all love the accessories that make our projects go more quickly, more easily, and give us a more professional looking result. In last week's poll, we asked you to choose from our most popular quilting accessories, and now the results are in:
The BIG winner with 50% of the votes: ¼ inch Seam Foot O - A popular foot with patchworkers for that essential ¼ inch seam. The guide on the foot enables you to sew a perfect ¼ inch seam every time.
In second place: Free Motion Quilt Foot Set, Convertible - Includes three different feet that attach to the holder: Closed Toe Foot for general use with lace and catchable fabrics. Open Toe Foot for general use and extra visibility. And the Clear View Foot for uneven surfaces and evenly spaced quilting.
And, coming in third: Even Feed Foot - This "walking foot" accessory uses a set of feed dogs to feed your fabric without shifting. It eliminates the problem of the under layer of fabric coming up short.
Many of you also liked our other choices, they stacked up in this order:
2012 Fashion Trend: Nuts For Knits!
Knits are In - Get Inspired to put that Janome Serger to Work!
The winter temperatures and precipitation may not be particularly inspiring, but it's time to starting thinking spring - or at least planning your wardrobe for it. Here at Janome, we've been tapping into upcoming trends to figure out some fun new sewing techniques we can try out. One thing we have found for sure - knits are it for spring and summer! And knits, of course, mean Fun with Sergers!!!
There are many, many other great ideas for working with knits this year! We love the ribbons, ruffles, and other embellishments added to knits in the Shima Seiki knit stylebook. Adding spectacular effects to knits is easy with many of the attachments available for Janome Sergers. Check out the Gathering Attachment or the Beading Attachment for adding fun effects.
Get inspired with more great 2012 fashions with our Nuts for Knits links below:
And for those of you who have always been just a little confused by knits, we found a fantastic little primer from our friends at Threads Magazine. Check it out for some great tips
New Horizon Memory Craft 12000 Accessory Videos Online
These are demos of some of the 21 feet that come standard.
One of the great things about buying the Horizon Memory Craft 12000 is the complete set of presser feet that are included with the machine.
Many of them take full advantage of the new 9mm stitch width. And all of them help you do useful techniques in sewing, quilting, and embroidery.
Because seeing a foot in action is so much easier than reading about it, we're releasing a series of short instructional videos for many of the Horizon Memory Craft 12000 feet on a new video page.
We're starting with these four:
- How to install the AcuFeed Flex™ System
- How to put in an concealed zipper with Concealed Zipper Foot Z
- How to use Open Toe Satin Stitch Foot F2 for decorative stitches
- Making a rolled hem with Rolled Hem Foot D
Take Our Poll: What Is Your Quilting Accessory Must-Have?
If you had to pick just one as the most essential, what would it be?
There are lots of great accessories for your Janome sewing machine designed to help you with your quilting. We'd like to know which one you'd choose above the others.
In today's poll we ask you to choose from our most popular quilting accessories.
Binder Foot - Used to apply pre-folded bias binding tape (or bias tape you have cut yourself) to the edge of fabric in one easy step.
1/4" Seam Foot O - A popular foot with patchworkers for that essential 1/4 inch seam. The guide on the foot enables you to sew a perfect 1/4 inch seam every time.
Open Toe Quilt Set - This set includes an Open-toe Walking foot with Quilt Guide and an Open-toe Darning foot.
Ditch Quilting Foot - The guide on the foot spreads the seams allowing you to stitch perfectly in the ditch.
Even Feed Foot - This "walking foot" accessory uses a set of feed dogs to feed your fabric without shifting. It eliminates the problem of the under layer of fabric coming up short.
Free Motion Quilt Foot Set, Convertible - Includes three different feet that attach to the holder: Closed Toe Foot for general use with lace and catchable fabrics. Open Toe Foot for general use and extra visibility. And the Clear View Foot for uneven surfaces and evenly spaced quilting.
Border Guide Foot - The two sets of vertical red lines are calibrated to allow perfect spacing of rows. The horizontal red line matches the needle drop so you can line up the start of each row.
Rotary Even Foot - Prevents stretchy fabrics like jersey and knitted fabrics--and also hard-to-feed materials, like leather or vinyl--from slipping or puckering. The foot comes with a Hemming attachment, a Bias Tape attachment, and three different Rolled Hem attachments.
Go here to vote for your favorite.
The Janome Sew Mini: Petite Power
Weighing less than 5 lbs., it's amazing what this little Janome can do.
We often talk about our top-of-the-line machine with its huge sewing bed and thousands of possible stitches. But sometimes you just need a mini size machine with two stitches.
The Sew Mini is the smallest Janome you can buy. It comes with just a straight stitch and a zigzag. But despite its super basic features, it's become a popular machine for a variety of sewists.
Some people want a really light machine to take along. You can't get much ligher than the Sew Mini. It weighs less than 5 lbs. and is small enough to fit in an RV cupboard.
It's also become a favorite machine for children just learning to sew. Even those who've never used a sewing machine before find it easy to learn on. And it makes an affordable Christmas or birthday gift.
Finally, the Sew Mini has proved to be the perfect machine for paper crafting. Scrapbookers use it to sew on paper and are doing all kinds of amazingly creative projects. Gina K. at StampTV.com has done a nice series of YouTube videos on using the Sew Mini for crafting. Go here to see the first one on YouTube.
We Hit Our Goal Thanks to YOU!
We made it to 20, 000 Likes! on Facebook late Friday the 13th, which turned out to be a very lucky day for one lucky winner!
We started just five weeks ago with a goal to grow our Janome community. And, late on Friday the 13th, we saw our Likes! on Facebook roll over the 20,000... and they've continued to climb!
Our random winner, drawn from the thousands of comments logged between 12/12/11 and 1/13/12, was Missy Shay from Mansfield, Texas. Missy wins: TWO great Janome Pink Ribbon machines plus a giant mystery bag full of patterns, books, fabric, notions and more from our featured Janome friends. She tells us she'll be sharing the prize with her good friend, Marie.
We hope you enjoyed getting to meet some of our Janome friends; we've certainly enjoyed finding out a bit more about all of you. The comments posted on the articles since 12/12/11 were truly wonderful. We laughed, we cried, we were bowled over by the LOVE for Janome.
We plan to continue bringing you news of what folks are doing in the world of sewing and craft: both the celebrities and the "regular" sewing enthusiasts like YOU. That is the goal of growing the Janome community: to draw inspiration from those around us and use it to jump start our own creativity.
Thank you for being a part of the Janome community and helping us grow!
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