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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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Monday, 13 February 2012 00:00

Powered By Janome: Sue's Snoods For Champion Field Spaniels

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369-powered-by-janome-sues-snoods-for-champion-field-spanielsIf you're a show dog, you wear a snood to keep your ears from dangling in food, water, or dirt.

Sue Meachem has a small business sewing accessories for show dogs. It's called Sue's Snoods but she makes a variety of dog show necessities.

    A few of these were new to us:
  • Snoods: A headband for the dog that keeps floppy ears clean.
  • Belly Bands: Keeps dogs from from "leaving their mark," on purpose or through incontinence.
  • Lycra and Terry Robes: Keeps the dog's coat flat and ready to show.
  • Bibs: Keeps the front ruff dry on slobbery dogs.
  • Bait bags: Where you store the little reward treats.

     

Read more about them on Sue's website. Our thanks to Jeff Woodward of Woodward Photography in Guilford, Vermont for use of the snood image above.

Sue says, "I breed and show Champion Field Spaniels so I am very involved in the sport of showing dogs and sewing for them was a logical extension of this passion."

She began sewing her dog accessories with an older electronic sewing machine that did the job, but not quite as well as she wanted. Then she discovered the MC6600P at A Notion To Quilt in Shelburne MA (where she found co-owner Lenny to be extremely helpful). Sue was so impressed with the machine, she bought it the next day.

She now uses it to sew all kinds of fabrics--cottons, vinyl, terry cloth, and Lycra just to name a few. The AcuFeed system has been a big help when sewing slippery layers of fabric and she's been very impressed with the stitch quality.

Sue says, "I have been able to expand my product line because I know my machine can do it all. I am only limited by time and what I want to sew. I have barely scratched the surface of what this machine can do. I love it love it love it."

Are you powered 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.

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Friday, 10 February 2012 05:00

New Project: Featuring Artistic Crystals & Artistic Suite V6 Software

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371-new-project-crystals-artistic-suite-v6-softwareSee how Easy it is to Design your Own Custom Rhinestone Templates

Yesterday, we talked about an exciting new product available at Janome dealers: Artistic Software. Today, we have a link to step-by-step instructions for creating your own rhinestone template out of one of the built-in designs in Artistic Suite V6. It's simple, and super fun, to make your own rhinestone designs. Once you've finished placing the crystals on-screen, simply send the design to a digital cutter to create a template, and after arranging rhinestones in the template, transfer it to your project. You can design and finish a crystal-embellished t-shirt in under an hour!

Be sure to visit your Janome dealer for a full demo - You'll be amazed at what Artistic software products allow you to create!

Download the Project

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Thursday, 09 February 2012 05:00

The Latest in Embellishment Techniques: Rhinestones Go Digital!

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370-embellishment-techniques-rhinestones-go-digitalDo you love rhinestones as much as we do? Then you are going to LOVE this new product!

It seems everywhere we turn, there is another awesome rhinestone-encrusted t-shirt, a sparkling quilt top or a fabulous pair of designer jeans we simply must have! But like anyone who sews, we figure, why buy something when you can make it! And now, we’ve discovered the perfect product for doing just that.

The answer is Artistic Crystals and Artistic Suite V6 software. These amazing products have an incredible, built-in rhinestone design system. The programs contain an easy graphic design function that allows you to create rhinestone designs from imported graphics and logos, create or alter graphics from included designs and clip art, or create your own word-based designs using any font! The program includes pre-sets for rhinestones of a variety of sizes and colors, so you can customize to your favorite rhinestone brand, color or size.

Once you are finished with the layout, the design is exported to a digital cutter. The machine cuts small holes in a template material, each representing one rhinestone. Once the template is complete, brush the rhinestones into it. Then, using a sticky transfer tape, place the design on your garment or project. This incredibly easy process means anyone can create customized rhinestone designs!

Find out more about this product at your local Janome Dealer today. And tune in tomorrow for a special project that will feature this amazing process. With Artistic software, it's easy to add a little sparkle to anything!

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Wednesday, 08 February 2012 05:00

Video: Using The Free Motion Quilting Closed-Toe Foot QC On The MC12000

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368-mc12k-video-free-motion-quilting-closed-toe-foot-qcFMQ is one the most enjoyable things you can do on the new machine. Here's the accessory to make it easy.

With its powerful, quiet stitching and extra large work area, the Horizon Memory Craft 12000 is the ideal machine for doing free motion quilting. It comes standard with a number of presser feet to help you get the best results with FMQ.

If you're quilting through fluffy layers, like high loft batting, you want to use the Free Motion Quilting Closed Toe Foot QC.

How To Use The Free Motion Quilting Closed-Toe Foot QC

  1. On the touchscreen of your Horizon Memory Craft 12000 choose "Sewing Applications."
  2. Page Forward to "Free Motion Quilting".
  3. Choose Straight Stitch 2.
  4. Choose the QC foot.
  5. If you have the blue Free Motion Quilting Bobbin Case, insert this optional accessory.
  6. Attach the Free Motion Quilting Foot QC to the machine. Be sure you install it onto the machine with the back bar behind the ankle and the front bar as usual. This provides extra stability for the foot, and will keep the foot flat so that it doesn’t add any downward pressure.
  7. No need to lower your feed dogs. The machine will do it automatically when you select this sewing application.
  8. Your machine has an automatic foot pressure sensor. When you start stitching, the sensor will detect the loft of your project and adjust the presser foot pressure accordingly. The default setting is 1mm. But you can also adjust the setting in the Set Program.
  9. Begin free motion quilting.
  10. When you're finished stitching, press the thread snips button to cut your thread. Or, if desired, you can leave thread tails to bury into the back of your quilt.



And now you've done beautiful free motion quilting through all the layers of your quilt.

To see this demonstrated watch the video Free Motion Quilting Closed-Toe Foot QC. See other demonstration videos on the MC12000 Accessory Videos page.

Try out free motion quilting on the Horizon Memory Craft 12000 at your nearest, authorized Janome dealer.

Watch The FMQ Closed Toe Foot QC Video

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Tuesday, 07 February 2012 05:00

Keeping Up With Anna Maria Horner: Workshops, Sewing Rooms & More

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366-keeping-up-with-anna-maria-hornerSewing, Sharing, Learning, and Laughing with Janome and Anna Maria

It all starts with a wonderful sewing dealer. Add in some great sewing buddies, a fabulous and funny teacher, as well as inspiring projects and sewing machines to get the creative juices really flowing – mix it all up and you get the perfect sewing and learning weekend! Janome and Anna Maria Horner presented just that at Meissner Sewing and Learning Center in Sacramento, CA on February 2nd, 3rd and 4th. Fans and sewing enthusiasts travelled from far and wide to meet Anna and to attend her motivating classes, all hosted by Meissner's (whose store, if you have not been, is a paradise for sewing lovers!).

The event kicked off with a prime time meet and greet with Anna on Thursday evening. A large and enthusiastic crowd filled Meissner’s store to view a slide show, listen as Anna described her design process and insight into color, and get a first-hand look at many of her gorgeous samples. At Friday’s class, Anna debuted her new Patchwork Prism quilt, which was created for the Janome Horizon 7700QCP. (This quilt project will soon be available as a download and video presentation on the Anna Maria section of Janome.com, so check back right here for details!) Class attendees were thrilled to work with Anna to create their own color combinations for this dazzling quilt. Day Two’s class featured Anna’s Multi-tasker Tote, which showcases some really great design tricks that help sewists as they assemble this heavy-duty carry-all.

238-anna-maria-horner-janomeAnna’s classes are a must for anyone who reads and enjoys Anna’s blog. She is just as gracious, witty and insightful in person as she is on the page (or computer screen!) Inquire with your local Janome dealer, and find out when she might be visiting a store near you!

Also, be sure to visit our Anna Maria pages on Janome.com. We recently added some great photos of Anna's own sewing space. Beautiful!

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Monday, 06 February 2012 05:00

Powered By Janome: bobaloo! Cool Stuff For Cool Kids

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365-powered-by-janome-bobaloo-cool-stuff-for-cool-kidsHow a sewing hobby turned into a successful business with the help of a fast stitching 1600P.

In 2007, Samantha Howard was laid off from her job in marketing. Since she was pregnant with her first child, she and her husband decided it would be a good time for her to become a stay-at-home parent. After having her second child, she was ready to work again. She just wasn't sure doing what.

She says, "I knew I didn't want to go back to a regular job and I really loved staying home with my kids, so I started to brainstorm ideas. I've sewn since I was little and have always loved making gifts, especially for babies and kids. I thought I'd try selling a few handmade goods to see if the demand was out there."

So in the fall of 2010 she started bobaloo!, a line of modern handmade gifts for babies and kids. She sewed her items on a basic machine and sold them on Etsy.com and at craft shows. Her sales started to take off and soon stores were carrying her line. To keep up with the demand, she needed to upgrade her sewing machine.  

Samantha says, "Because I stay home with my two preschoolers, my sewing time is extremely limited and speed was one of my top priorities.  After tons of research on both home and industrial machines, I decided on the Janome 1600P."

"It is amazing how much more I can sew with the 1600P. Not only does it sew twice as quickly as my old machine, it never jams so I don't waste time re-threading or pulling out bits of thread. The separate motor for winding the bobbin is also great time saver; I don't have to stop sewing to wind the bobbin. I'm just thrilled with this machine, and know it was one of the best business investments I've made so far. Because I can make more in less time, I'm able to keep stores stocked and bring in more profit."

Now bobaloo! is sold in seven stores, online through Etsy, as well as through her own website bobalookids.com. You can also find Samantha and bobaloo on Facebook and Twitter.

She says, "I love interacting with customers and fellow handmade artists every day. My first full year of business has been such a success that I can't wait to see what's ahead!"

Way to go, Samantha! If you need fast sewing speeds, check out the 1600P-DBX at your local Janome Dealer. It sews at up to 1,600 stitches per minute.

Are you powered 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.

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Friday, 03 February 2012 05:00

Introducing the DC2012!

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363-introducing-the-dc2012Fifty built-in stitches, including three one-step buttonholes.

The brand new Decor Computer 2012 has the variety, stability and computerized power to take you from home décor cushions to a beautiful blouse to a complex quilt. And, no one beats Janome stitch precision – especially with our Superior Feed System. 

We've put your favorite convenience features at your fingertips on the new DC2012: memorized needle up/down, lock stitch, speed control, one-hand needle threader and more. Plus, a backlit LED screen with direct stitch selection makes it easy to speed through those 50 built-in stitches, which incude 24 beautiful heirloom stitches as well as the three fully-automatic sensor buttonholes. 

And, take a look at those beautiful pistachio green accents! Past models have featured pretty blues and pinks, but we think this trendy green looks perfect against the traditional soft white of the main body of the machine. 

Visit your local participating Janome America dealer to try one out today.

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Thursday, 02 February 2012 05:00

Janome Heritage: The Original Pine 500

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364-janome-heritage-the-original-pine-500This was considered a top-of-the-line portable 90 years ago.

You may already know the story of how the Janome Sewing Machine company earned its name. Hint: it had to do with an innovative bobbin design. Read about our history.

Before that, in the early 1920s, we were known as the PINE Sewing Machine Company. We made sturdy, all-metal machines that were affordable for the average Tokyo family. One of our most popular models was a sturdy portable called the Model 500. In 1921 it sold for 30 yen.

If we were selling this machine today, we could say:

  • Eco-friendly, uses no electricity
  • Variable speed, only limited by how fast you can crank
  • Extremely durable, all cast metal body and gears
  • Allows you to make your family's clothes 10 times faster than hand sewing

     

Sewing machine technology has certainly come a long way in 90 years. Today, if you want a sturdy, metal machine you don't have to crank by hand, take a look at the HD3000 sewing machine. It comes with 18 stitches and a one-step buttonhole. The powerful motor can handle any sewing task... though you don't get as much excercise as you would with the Model 500.

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Wednesday, 01 February 2012 05:00

Sewn With Love: Jackie Cohen

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362-sewn-with-love-jackie-cohenThis adorable baby quilt features all our favorite nursery rhyme characters.

After 24 years of moving around with her military husband, Jackie Cohen was happy to finally settle in Elizabethtown, KY. One of the things she's been able to enjoy as part of her new retirement lifestyle is exploring the features on her Memory Craft 11000 Special Edition. So when her niece had her second child, she decided to try some embroidery on a baby quilt.

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