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Tuesday, 24 January 2012 05:00

Sewn With Love: Marybeth Di Liberto

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356-sewn-with-love-marybeth-di-libertoA 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.

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Monday, 23 January 2012 05:00

Poll Results: Fave Quilting Accessories

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355-poll-results-fave-quilting-accessoriesThese 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:

Open Toe Quilt Set

Ditch Quilting Foot

Rotary Even Foot

Binder Foot 

Border Guide Foot

View Poll Results

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Friday, 20 January 2012 05:00

2012 Fashion Trend: Nuts For Knits!

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354-2012-fashion-trend-nuts-for-knitsKnits 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!!!

One quick and easy technique that adds romance to an average knit shirt is a lettuce edge. Check out our tutorial on this technique, written by Liesl Gibson of Oliver + S.

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

Find the Perfect Janome Serger

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Thursday, 19 January 2012 05:00

New Horizon Memory Craft 12000 Accessory Videos Online

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353-mc12k-accessory-videos-onlineThese 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

 

See them all right now on our Accessory Video page. Or Try them out in-person at your local authorized Janome Dealer

Watch The New Feet Demo Videos

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Wednesday, 18 January 2012 05:00

Take Our Poll: What Is Your Quilting Accessory Must-Have?

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352-take-our-poll-what-is-your-quilting-accessory-must-haveIf 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.

Vote In Today's Poll

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Tuesday, 17 January 2012 05:00

The Janome Sew Mini: Petite Power

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351-the-janome-sewmini-petite-powerWeighing 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.

The Janome Sew Mini is available at participating Janome America dealers as well as in Hancock Fabric Stores

Find Out More About The Sew Mini

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Monday, 16 January 2012 05:00

We Hit Our Goal Thanks to YOU!

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350-we-hit-our-goal-thanks-to-youWe 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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Friday, 13 January 2012 05:00

Friend-to-Friend Challenge: We Are Almost There!

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We've reached our goal as of 1/13/12 and the promotion has now closed! Thanks for entering; we will be doing our drawing ASAP and will post about the winner next week. Thanks again for spreading the Janome Love!

00-generic-friend-to-friendJust a few more Likes! and we'll be ready to draw for the big Friend-to-Friend Giveaway - Make Sure You Leave  A Comment Below to Enter.

Five weeks ago, we launched our friendly Facebook Challenge with a goal to grow our Janome community. Over these weeks, you've gotten to meet a number of our friends and see how Janome machines are a part of their creative lives. There was Anna Maria Horner, Liesl Gibson, Westminster Fibers/Free Spirit Fabrics, Sew4Home, and DIYDish to name just a few. We plan to continue bringing you news of what they and others are doing in the world of sewing and craft. It's always so inspiring!

As soon as we hit our goal of 20,000 Likes! on our Facebook wall, and we expect that to happen this weekend, we will draw from all the comments posted since we began the Challenge on 12/12/11. The lucky winner will receive an amazing Friend-to-Friend Prize Bundle: TWO great Janome Pink Ribbon machines plus a giant mystery bag full of patterns, books, fabric, notions and more from our featured Janome friends. Lots of great stuff for you and a friend to share.

Entering is easy: simply leave a comment below, then head over to Facebook and, if you haven't already, consider liking us. And, encourage your friends to do the same.

Thank you for being a part of the Janome community and helping us grow!

Find Out More About The F2F Challenge

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Thursday, 12 January 2012 05:00

Re-imagine & Renovate for the New Year with Sew4Home.com

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We've reached our goal as of 1/13/12 and the promotion has now closed! Thanks for entering; we will be doing our drawing ASAP and will post about the winner next week. Thanks again for spreading the Janome Love!

348-re-imagine-a-renovate-for-the-new-year-s4hKick off your New Year with a shopping trip for some fresh fabric, then use it to put a new spin on a favorite pattern.

After the whirlwind of the holidays, our friends at Sew4Home, where Janome America is a sponsor, thought it was time for a little R&R. Not the traditional "Rest & Relaxation" but even better: "Re-imagine & Renovate." They reached back into their archives and found eight popular projects, then re-did each of them with brand new fabrics, trims and notions. All the projects are very colorful, very easy and very inspiring. It's a great way to see you how you can pull out your Janome, dig into your fabric stash for a few faves, and put a new spin on a classic design. All the projects features, can be done on any Janome machine

Check out one or all: High Art Handbag, Box Pleat Pillows, Boho Nesting Baskets, Happy Hen Potholder, Vintage Apron, Baby Blanket, Book Bag, and a Batik Maxi Skirt. Also, be sure to enter to win the fabric giveaways for each set of R&R projects.

Sew4Home is one of our Friends in our Friend-to-Friend Challenge, and provided some great original samples to include in the prize package. Leave a comment below to enter the Challenge, and tell your friends! As soon as we get to 20,000 likes on our Facebook wall, we will do a drawing from everyone who has posted a comment on our Friend-to-Friend articles.

Find Out More About the Friend-to-Friend Challenge

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Wednesday, 11 January 2012 05:00

"Why I Love My New Horizon Memory Craft 12000"

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We've reached our goal as of 1/13/12 and the promotion has now closed! Thanks for entering; we will be doing our drawing ASAP and will post about the winner next week. Thanks again for spreading the Janome Love!

347-why-i-love-my-new-horizon-memory-craft-12000Many lucky quilters, embroiderers, and home dec sewists brought home our top-of-the-line machine for the holidays. We're starting to hear about their first projects.

Leave a comment to enter our Friend-to-Friend Facebook Challenge. When we reach 20,000 Likes, we'll give away our double machine prize bundle. Complete details here.

When we introduced the Horizon Memory Craft 12000, we used words like "larger work area," "faster embroidery speeds," "more creative options." Those are all true. But now that customers like you are bringing them home and getting to know their new machine, we're hearing another word: "love."

In comments to dealers and on our Janome Forum new owners talk about how much they love spending time in their sewing room--whether it's for quilting, sewing or embroidery.

Here are a few favorites:

  • The ability to position embroidery with amazing accuracy. The jog keys move the needle less than a millimeter in any direction.
  • The new 9mm feet, like the new transparent satin stitch foot that makes it easy to see the lines on your fabric.
  • The linear embroidery unit which doesn't take up any room to the side and allows the MC12000 to embroider up to 1,000 spm.
  • The quality of the embroidery. It looks almost as good from the back as it does from the front.
  • And one we've heard over and over again--quiet. The machine just purrs along.


Find out more about the Horizon Memory Craft 12000 here. Or even better, find your closest MC12000 authorized dealer and go try it for yourself.

Find Out More About The MC12000

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