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Tuesday, 20 March 2012 05:00

Janome Heritage: The 1600 Professional Series

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396-janome-heritage-the-1600-professional-seriesIt was the fastest home straight stitch machine on the market.

Back in 2004 a home sewing machine that could do a straight stitch at 800 stitches per minute (spm) was considered pretty fast.

In December of that year, Janome introduced a line of high-speed home machines that were twice that fast. The 1600 Professional, 1600P-DBX, and 1600P-DB were able to run at 1,600 spm. Up until then, if you wanted a truly high-speed machine, you had to purchase an industrial model with a large (and noisy) motor. But the 1600 series machines were both fast and quiet.

The 1600P and its sister models became popular with quilters, designers, decorators and seamstresses who were able to enjoy professional grade results with Janome precision and quality. These machines were even tough and reliable enough for the heavy use of dry cleaning and tailoring/alteration shops.

Besides their speed, the 1600P Series machines offered a variety of time-saving features like an independent bobbin winding motor (so you could sew while you're winding bobbins); an automatic thread cutter; a side-loading, industrial rotary hook; threading diagrams printed on the machine itself; and an automatic needle threader. They also came with an extra firm presser foot that could hold your fabric with 11 lbs. of pressure. And because of their extremely high speeds, they came with a thread pre-tension regulator, which kept the thread feeding smoothly at full throttle.

While those machines are now retired, their 1,600 spm legacy lives on in the 1600P-QC, which has become popular with quilters who use in on their quilt frames. The machine has a large 9" x 6" work area to the right of the needle, and a side-loading bobbin you can access while it's on the quilt frame. It also has an auto thread cutter that cuts the top and bobbin thread at the push of a button. And for quilting off the frame, the ergonomic knee lift offers a full range of adjustments.

See the 1600P-QC sewing and quilting machine at your local Janome dealer.

Find Out More About The 1600P-QC

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Monday, 19 March 2012 05:00

MC12000 Standard & Optional Presser Feet: See Them All Online

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395-mc12000-standard-and-optional-presser-feet-onlineMeet the feet available for the Memory Craft 12000.

The Horizon Memory Craft 12000 is a true 9mm model, which means not only can you adjust the width of a stitch to 9mm, the machine's feed dogs are set up to work perfectly with this width as well.

The machine comes standard with twenty presser feet in a 9mm size, but you can also choose from a full compliment of the most popular Optional feet, which have been re-tooled to the 9mm specifications. We've added feature pages to our Horizon Memory Craft 12000 site detailing both the standard and optional feet.

The feet for which How-to Videos have been produced are highlighted. Simply click the "Watch Video" icon to open up the video a viewing window. Only members of the Standard Feet group have videos as of this posting – but more are to come.

Standard Feet

Optional Feet

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Friday, 16 March 2012 05:00

Having Fun At Our Anna Maria Horner Events

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394-having-fun-at-our-anna-maria-horner-eventsSee the photos from our first two Anna Maria events

One of the most delightful things about our Janome America partnership with Anna Maria Horner is working to put together workshops at our dealers' stores. She is just as delightful in person as she appears on her blog and website, and her enthusiam for the sewing arts is completely infectious! Our first two workshops were wonderful successes, and we have the photos to prove it.

We've created a special Event Gallery on our Janome + Anna Maria website where we will be posting all the fun photos of the laughter and learning at these events. The first two are up now: February 2nd - 4th at Meissner Sewing & Vaccum Center in Sacramento, California and, just this past weekend, March 9th - 11th at The Top Stitch in Spokane, Washington. 

Both events kicked off with a prime time meet and greet with Anna, followed by full-day classes on how to make Anna's new Patchwork Prism quilt. This is a project she developed for the Janome Horizon 7700QCP, and we will be posting the instructions soon on the Janome + Anna Maria website, along with a helpful video.

These events are ongoing, and visitors here on janome.com will be the first to find out here when and where events are planned. Or, contact your local Janome America dealer to find out if an Anna Maria event is coming to your neck of the woods.  

See The Photos

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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.

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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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