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Monday, 27 February 2012 05:00

Welcome to Angela Walters, Free Motion Quilter, Our Newest Janome Friend

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380-angela-walters-our-newest-janome-friend"If it can be done, it can be learned." Words to live by from FMQ expert, and new Janome gal, Angela Walters.

We are extremely proud to introduce you to our newest Janome America friend, Angela Walters. We met Angela through our sponsorship of Sew4Home.com, and we were immediately captivated by her amazing free motion quilting work.

Angela normally uses a long arm machine, but is excited to be able to translate her skills into the world of Janome's sewing, quilting and/or embroidery machines, such as the Horizon 7700QCP, the Memory Craft 11000 Special Edition, the Memory Craft 6600P, and the brand new Horizon Memory Craft 12000. In fact, Angela claims there are many things that you can do on a traditional sewing machine that you simply can't do on a long arm.

Stay tuned over the next few months as we turn to Angela for tips on how to decide the best quilting shapes to fit your piecing, how to balance density with open space, and how to "go with the flow" and make the most of the freedom of free motion quilting.

Angela has a brand new book coming out as well: Free-Motion Quilting with Angela Walters, which is available for pre-order on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

You can follow Angela on her blog, Quilting is My Therapy.

Angela's Blog

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Friday, 24 February 2012 05:00

Janome Heritage: Deluxe Model NLC

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378-janome-heritage-deluxe-model-nlc"NEW-HOME brings you Nevr-Clog and the miracle of tangle-free sewing!"

OK, so that was big sewing news from 60-odd years ago. But it was an important feature for sewists reading Life Magazine back in 1951.

This great vintage ad for the New Home Deluxe Model NLC says, "Now you can sew on and off your material, over pins and seams, foward and reverse, with any stitch at any speed--all without tangled bobbin threads and skipped stitches."

Actually that sounds pretty good for any sewing machine. The NLC had a very strong body and sturdy gear system, making it possible to sew on any kind of material. It did have only one stitch--straight--but you could use it to do many different techniques with a number of different attachments. Clothing was much more expensive back in the 50s and a good sewing machine could quickly pay for itself.

Promotional copy from another NLC ad says: "New features make your sewing smoothest, easiest ever. You get full rotary sewing, gear drive, thread-tension and stitch-length controls, wide range of speeds, sewing light and many more."

Today, if you want a sturdy Janome sewing machine with a metal body and basic stitches, try the HD1000. Or if you want the same sturdy construction with more stitches, try the HD3000. See both of them at your local Janome Dealer

Find Out More About The "Heavy Duty" Series

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Thursday, 23 February 2012 05:00

February is National Embroidery Month; Celebrate With This Stylish Pillow Project

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379-feb-is-national-embroidery-month-pillow-projectCelebrate Embroidery with a great project and Digitizer MBX.

One of our favorite things about embroidery is the way it can set free your creativity. With Digitizer MBX software, you can design nearly anything and then stitch it on your Janome Embroidery machine.

The Tile Motif Pillow is a perfect example of the easy power of digitizer. We based this design on a designer pillow we found online. Learn how to re-create the design with the Offset Border Tool found in Digitizer MBX. This pillow was designed for the Horizon Memory Craft 12000, but you can design it for and stitch it on any Janome Embroidery machine.

If you're new to Digitizing, be sure to stop in at your local Janome Dealer for a demonstration! You're sure to come away amazed and inspired!  

Design the Pillow

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Wednesday, 22 February 2012 05:00

Video: Using The AcuView Magnifier On The MC12000

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377-video-using-the-acuview-magnifier-on-the-mc12000This unique accessory lets you see up close around the needle area.

One of the most popular features on the Horizon Memory Craft 12000 isn't computerized or even electronic. But it does make all kinds of sewing tasks easier.

It's the AcuView Magnifier, a specially designed lens that clips onto the machine and allows you to view items in the needle area with 1.5x magnification. It's especially effective when used with the adjustable HighLight. The AcuView Magnifier snaps onto the machine when you want to use it and can be tilted or swung out of the way. Attaching it is very simple.

How To Attach The AcuView Magnifier

  1. Place the AcuView Magnifier in position under the holder on the front of the machine.
  2. Align the upper prong with the reception location for the magnifier.
  3. Push up to click the magnifier in place.


Now it's ready to use.

To see this demonstrated watch the video How To Attach The AcuView Magnifier.

The magnifier is one of many innovative features that are putting the Horizon Memory Craft 12000 sewing, quilting and embroidery machine at the top of everyone's wishlist. To try it for yourself, visit your authorized Janome dealer.

Watch The Video: How To Attach The AcuView Magnifier

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Tuesday, 21 February 2012 05:00

Poll Results: Tangerine Tango Project Ideas

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376-poll-results-tangerine-tango-project-ideasWe asked if you'd like to make anything with Pantone's "color of the year."

Pantone, Inc. is the company that makes standardized color guides used by designers for everything from home décor, to printing, to fashion. Looking at industry trends, they recently announced Tangerine Tango as their Color Of The Year For 2012.

We wondered what you thought. So last Friday we posted a poll, asking if you'd like to make anything using this bold color from the orange family.

The question was: What will you be inspired to make with Tangerine Tango, Pantone's 2012 Color of the Year?

The leading responses were quilting and fashion accessories, followed by home décor and garments. But what do you think got by far the most votes? Take a look at the poll results

See Poll Results For "Color Of The Year"

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Monday, 20 February 2012 05:00

Powered by Janome: Hopeful Threads

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375-powered-by-janome-hopeful-threadsDemonstrating that the love of sewing and the love of helping others go hand-in-hand.

Kristy Smith created her charity sewing blog, Hopeful Threads, to help friends and other sewists focus on how to use their gifts, talents and love of sewing to help others.

Even though the blog was started just over a year ago, projects through Hopeful Threads have already helped to spread love around the world. Some of their projects include pillowcases for foster children through their local Child Services office, dresses for Dress A Girl Around the World, cloth diaper covers for an outreach in Cambodia, and activity tote bags for a local Children's Hospital.

It's Kristy's hope to continue reaching and meeting needs all around the globe. They are already off to a great start in 2012! Visit Hopeful Threads to see what they've been up to and how you can help.

Kristy says that she's been sewing for years as a personal hobby and for a small home business. But when she leaped into sewing for Hopeful Threads, her husband decided she needed a more reliable machine.

"He bought me a Janome Heart Truth HT2008LE and I absolutely love this machine!!" says Kristy. "Seriously! I have referred to it as my 6th child in several instances! ;) This machine is such a work horse and such a pleasure to sew with at the same time. I tell anyone who asks about buying a machine to check out Janome!"

"Thank you for providing such a high-quality product in a price range that the average home sewist can afford!" 

She adds that her hope is to be able to purchase a Janome serger by the end of the year so she really can be completely "Powered By Janome."

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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Friday, 17 February 2012 05:00

Take Our Poll: The Color of the Year is Tangerine Tango; What Will You Make?

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374-poll-tangerine-tango-what-will-you-makeOrange is such a bright and happy color. What will you make to celebrate its Color of the Year status?

Tangerine is in the orange family, and orange is a powerful color because it is associated with the warmth of the sun. It is said to stimulate enthusiasm, creativity and a curiosity to explore new things. However, this dynamism is not orange's only focus. It is also one of the healing colors - without the explosive nature of its cousin, red. People who like orange are usually thoughtful and sincere. Read more here about how Pantone selected Tangerine Tango as its Color of the Year

Put some orange in your life when you want to:

  • Spice things up when you feel time is dragging
  • Become more involved in something
  • Increase creativity
  • Bring relief from things becoming too serious

Take our poll and let us know your what Tangerine Tango inspires in you.

Then, turn on your Janome sewing machine, embroidery machine or serger, and squeeze a little orange into your next creation. You can use it to catch attention and highlight the most important elements of your design.

Take Our Poll

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Thursday, 16 February 2012 05:00

New Project: Fast & Easy Stool Cover

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373-new-project-fast-a-easy-stool-coverThese great stool covers are perfect for a quick décor pick-me-up!

Cabin fever tends to spark those creative impulses, and by mid-winter, many sewing enthusiasts are looking to make some changes in their home décor! These quick-and-easy stool covers can give your kitchen or rec room stools a great flash of color and flair. Of course they're washable, changeable, and lend themselves to endless creativity. Bigger ties, bows or flowers could take these covers to the next level. Check out our instructions, and adapt one (or two or three or four) to fit your personal style!

Make it!

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Wednesday, 15 February 2012 05:00

Video: Using the Satin Stitch Foot F on the MC12000

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367-mc12k-video-using-the-satin-stitch-foot-fJust the thing you need for sewing out all those decorative stitches on the MC12000.

The Satin Stitch Foot F is a closed toe foot designed to be used for both decorative and straight stitches. It takes full advantage of the Horizon Memory Craft 12000's 9mm stitch width and comes standard with the machine.

For straight stitching, the foot has a marker on the front to indicate where the stitch will land.

For better results with decorative stitching, the foot is slightly hollowed on the underside. This allows it to glide easily over any thread build-up created by decorative stitching. It gives you great results with both the built-in decorative stitches as well as the ones you create yourself with the MC12000's Stitch Composer software. See this Bolster Pillow project as an example.

The Satin Stitch Foot F is extremely simple to use.

Sewing Decorative Stitches With The Satin Stitch Foot F

  1. Snap the foot onto your machine.
  2. Choose any decorative stitch.
  3. Sew.


To see this demonstrated watch the video Satin Stitch Foot F: Sewing Decorative Stitches. And then visit your local, authorized Janome Dealer to try it out for yourself. 

Watch The Satin Stitch Foot F Video

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Tuesday, 14 February 2012 05:00

We HEART You!

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372-we-heart-youHappy Valentine's Day. Thank you for checking in with us each day.

Dear Reader,

We can't send you flowers and candy but we do want you to know how much we appreciate you as part of the Janome community.

The web and social media have given us so many ways to discuss our favorite subjects--sewing, quilting and embroidery! And it's made it possible for everyone from beginners to experts to help each other, encourage each other, and share their experiences of "the sewing life."

Earlier this year, we were amazed at the response from our sewing community when we ran our Friend-To-Friend Facebook Challenge. In just a few weeks, our friends reached out to bring in 5,000 new Janome enthusiasts. Right now, if we all wanted to meet in one venue, we'd have to rent Madison Square Garden!

Thank you again for sharing our passion for sewing.

Sincerely,

All of us at Janome America

P.S. Since it's Valentine's Day, here are some our favorite classic Valentine's Day Projects

Classic Valentine's Day Projects

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