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Thursday, 15 March 2012 05:00

Modern Quilting on Sew4Home

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393-modern-quilting-on-sew4homeStraight Line Quilting and a Wonky Log Cabin Block.

Sew4Home recently featured two Guest Tutorials from Modern Quilter, Heather Jones. S4H rarely has guest posts, so we thought these articles might be something special... and we were right! Heather Jones has been making quite a name for herself in the world of Modern Quilting: winning numerous contests, getting ready to debut her own line of Modern Quilting patterns, becoming a member of the Riley Blake Design Team, and just last week, doing another guest appearance on Quilting Arts TV. Wow!

Heather created a wonderful Guest Tutorial on one of her specialties: Straight Line Quilting. Then, she followed that post with a how-to for a Wonky Log Cabin Block. For years, "wonky" was the worst thing your quilt could be. But for modern quilters, the scrappy and irregular cuts are what give a modern quilt its free-form creativity.

Check them both out at Sew4Home, where Janome America is a proud sponsor.

Straight Line Quilting at S4H

Wonky Log Cabin Block at S4H

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Wednesday, 14 March 2012 05:00

Free Online Class: Artistic Suite V6.0

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392-free-online-class-artistic-suite-v6Trevor Conquergood of Sunset Stitches is offering a free live class on April 3, 2012.

Trevor is one of Janome America's good friends and a wonderful instructor of all kinds of embroidery techniques. He has put together an introductory class on the amazing Artistic Sewing Suite, a fully equipped digitizing, cutwork and embroidery software program. This is the perfect class for anyone interested in learning about the Artistic Sewing Suite... and 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.

If you like this class, starting in May, Trevor will also offer a series of workshops for users of Artistic Suite and Creative Drawings software. Membership for this series is only $36.50 for six classes, one new class per month. As with the free introductory class, you can attend the workshop classes live or download a link for viewing at another time. You'll also receive a DVD via regular mail at the conclusion of the six classes. Registration is open now

Register for the Free Class

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Tuesday, 13 March 2012 05:00

New! Hardside Rolling Case For The MC12000!

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391-new-hardside-rolling-case-for-the-mc12000Your Horizon Memory Craft 12000 will travel in style in this brand new case.

For many of you, the ability to travel with your top-of-the-line machine is very important. You may have classes or clubs you attend, a quilting cruise on the calendar, a vacation home where you love to embroider, quilt and sew, or even a business for which you need to have your machine at your side. Whatever the reason, if your machine needs to be portable, it also needs to be protected.

The new hardside rolling case for the MC12000 provides superior protection for your machine in fashionable and flexible style. There's a telescoping handle as well as a retractable top carry handle. Smooth rolling trolley wheels glide with fingertip control. And, it opens from both the front and the middle for easy packing.

See your local Janome America dealer for a full demonstration, then get one to go! 

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Monday, 12 March 2012 05:00

Horizon Memory Craft 12000 March Promotion

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390-march-mc12k-promotionA great offer on an amazing Sewing, Quilting, and Embroidery Machine

Spring is the time for new beginnings. And what better time to embark on greater creativity and joy in your sewing time!

The Horizon Memory Craft 12000 is the ultimate in sewing, quilting and embroidery. 11" to the right of the needle gives you wide open spaces for any project, and the massive GR Hoop, at 9.1" x 11.8" can tackle your biggest embroidery challenge. 338 built-in designs, 425 decorative and utility stitches, and 3 monogram fonts offer endless variety.

You'll love the awesome capability of HorizonLink, which turns your PC into an on-screen editing tool. You can still easily edit on the machine, but if you want the convenience of working with a mouse, or the portability of designing any place, anytime, you want the Horizon Memory Craft 12000!

And now, for a limited time, you'll receive a free laptop* with your purchase! Contact your local authorized Janome dealer for all of the details, and embark on new beginnings and endless creative options today.

* Offers 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 Your Local Dealer

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Friday, 09 March 2012 05:00

Memory Craft 11000 Series Update

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00-generic-software-updatesThis software update is for version 2.10 and 3.10.

Janome Tokyo is always working to ensure that the software on our latest computer model machines are updated and current.

This new update is for the popular Memory Craft 11000 series. It supports Janome polyester embroidery thread and improves the stitching performance with polyester embroidery thread.

As a member of our Janome community, look here and on our Janome Facebook Page for information on free updates, and be the first to know when they are online and available for download.

Go the Update Page

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Thursday, 08 March 2012 05:00

March is National Craft Month: What Is Your Crafting Passion?

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388-march-is-national-craft-monthLeave us a comment, telling how crafting makes your world a happier place. You could win the amazing Artistic Crystals Software Package!

The Craft and Hobby Association (CHA) reports 56% of American households do at least one craft project a year. We know our Janome community surpasses that by a mile! To celebrate all this creativity, we're going with CHA to honor the 18th annual National Craft Month. Running the entire month of March, National Craft Month was started in 1994 as a way to help people discover the joy of crafting and all its many benefits. It's grown from a handful of retailers and manufacturers into an international celebration of creativity.

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Here at Janome America, we want to know how crafting makes your life a happier place. Leave a comment below and tell us what crafting and sewing means to you. We will draw one comment at random on March 31, 2012 and the winner will receive a FREE copy of the Artistic Crystals software, which allows you to design beautiful motifs or fun sayings in sparkling crystals. The Artistic software is the key component of the complete Artistic Crystals system for design, cutting and applying these unique designs.

Celebrate Craft Month with us. Leave a comment below and you'll automatically be entered to win. The contest is open only to legal residents of the USA, 18 years and older. 

We'll be posting more information about the Artistic Crystals system right here on janome.com, and a new website will be unvielded very soon. Stay tuned!

Click here for complete contest rules. 

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Wednesday, 07 March 2012 05:00

A Bevy of Binding Tips From Sew4Home

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387-a-bevy-of-binding-tips-from-sew4homeIt's the final step that gives your project professional polish.

From quilts to table linens to the edge of a jacket, binding seems to pop up more often than just about any other sewing technique. Our friends at Sew4Home, where Janome America is a proud sponsor, are featuring a week of "Beautiful Binding." They started off this past Monday with a very thorough step-by-step that details how to cut your binding fabric, which way to press it, how to join it at the ends, and how to actually sew it to your project – both by machine and with a hand-stitched finish. Whether you're a binding pro or a newbie, it's a great summary article.

We think you'd also like their recent tutorial on stitching and clipping corners and points correctly to get the cleanest, sharpest lines. 

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Tuesday, 06 March 2012 05:00

New Video: Overedge Foot M for the MC12000

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386-new-video-overedge-foot-m-for-the-mc12000This accessory gives you a nice, finished edge in one step.

Some people call it "overcasting." We call it "overedging." But the goal is the same: to fold and stitch the rough edge of your fabric so it won't ravel and will look nice.

On the Horizon Memory Craft 12000 the foot that does this is called the Overedge Foot M. It has several special features to give you the best results.

If you look at the foot closely, you'll see that it has three little "wires." These hold your down your thread during stitching so the seam allowance will lay flat. Without them the tension of the thread can make the seam curl in on itself. The Overedge Foot M also has a flange to guide the edge of your fabric, ensuring an even seam width.

The Horizon Memory Craft 12000 has built-in settings to make this foot easy to use.

Using The Overedge Foot M On Your Horizon Memory Craft 12000

  1. On the touchscreen of your MC12000, go to Sewing Applications.
  2. Choose Overedge.
  3. Choose a fabric.
  4. Attach Overedge Foot M to your machine.
  5. Align your fabric with the flange on the foot and guide the fabric under the foot. 
  6. Stitch along the edge of your fabric to create a beautiful, overcast finish.


To see this demonstrated in a short video watch Overcasting With Overedge Foot M

Then be sure to watch the other feet and accessory videos on our Horizon Memory Craft 12000 Accessory Videos page.

And to try this amazing sewing, quilting, and embroidery machine for yourself, see your local, authorized Janome Dealer

Watch Overcasting With Overedge Foot M

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Monday, 05 March 2012 05:00

Keeping Up With Anna Maria Horner: Lectures, Project & Video Coming & More

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385-keeping-up-with-anna-maria-hornerKeeping up with our friend, Anna Maria is a full-time job!

Anna Maria Horner is the definition of "dynamo." She not only has multiple irons in the fire, we think she actually builds the fire too! We are very close to the release of her free pattern for Patchwork Prism, which we are sponsoring. As soon as the accompanying video for it is edited, loaded and ready to go, it will be released as a free download from our Janome + Anna Maria website. That should be any day, so stay tuned.

If you are in the Spokane, Washington area; Anna will be at TopStitch for a workshop and lecture. Unfortunately the workshop is sold out, but seats are still available for the lecture. Visit the TopStitch website for more details.

And, we are very excited to be among the first to let you know that her third book will be coming out this fall! Anna Maria's Needleworks Notebook. It will be filled with the crewel, embroidery, cross stitch, needlepoint, hand quilting and more that Anna does so very, very beautifully. Now, we can learn to follow in her footsteps.

Janome + Anna Maria

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Friday, 02 March 2012 05:00

Powered By Janome: Sewcial Lounge

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384-powered-by-janome-sewcial-loungeYou can purchase your modern fabric and then sit right down at a Janome to make your project.

Sara Myers always dreamed of opening a fabric shop and sewing lounge. But a successful career in the financial services industry left her little time to start another business. Finally, she realized if she was ever going to see her dream come true, she was going to need to quit the corporate world – a risky venture these days.

But she did it. And in the summer of 2011 opened The Sewcial Lounge in Madison, WI. It's a modern fabric shop and sewing lounge that caters to the new, young generation of creative sewists. Unlike traditional fabric stores, which offer the entire spectrum of available fabric, Sara's shop carries a focused collection of hip, colorful fabric. Instead of a sea of notions, the lounge has a sleek, minimalist interior that is well-organized and devoid of clutter.

The back half of the store is the instructional realm where customers can rent a sewing machine or serger by the hour and also take classes. It's a place to hang out with friends and sew on a Janome.

Because she's found them so reliable for all skill levels, Sara has six Janome DC1050 computerized sewing machines, five at the store and one at home for her personal use. 

"The pre-sets for the stitches (length/width) allow beginners to focus on their skills instead of having to constantly adjust those when changing stitches. I also LOVE the 02 stitch that automatically does the backstitching at the beginning for you and then you only have to hit the reverse button once at the end and not hold it down. I am obsessed with that feature."

Sara also loves the one step button hole function. She says some machines claim to have this but then they never properly work. "The one on this machine never causes any problems and makes a perfect buttonhole every time I use it!"

If you're in the Madison area, be sure to stop in and experience the new way to enjoy sewing.

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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