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Monday, 26 December 2011 05:00

Friend-to-Friend: Sew4Home.com

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“I love sew4home.com! I have taught myself to sew using this website almost exclusively.” 

If you are a regular visitor to Janome.com, you know we are a proud sponsor of our good (and very creative) friends at Sew4Home. Their motto: Anyone can and should make their own home décor... even if they've never sewn before. Sew4Home delivers on that promise, showing visitors how easy it is to create unique and stylish items for their homes and families. The site features tips and resources that teach the basics of sewing, and fabulous projects that will inspire visitors to put those basics into action... right away.

Sew4Home makes sewing fun and accessible, posting a new, fresh-and easy-project or article every weekday. Some of our recent favorites include, a decorative stitch Scandinavian style apron, a flirty sewing machine cover, an amazing faux leather handbag, a quick, easy and oh-so-cute mug rug, and a Sewing Basics Resource Guide as a free download - a must for anyone just learning. That's just a short list... we could go on and on all day, but it's probably better if you spend a few minutes (or hours!) exploring for yourself. 

As one of our long-time friends, Sew4Home was super excited to hear about our Facebook Friend-to-Friend Challenge to hit 20,000 Likes on the Janome Facebook wall. They sent us two original project samples to include in the Challenge Gift Bag: the Retro Fun: Reversible Breakfast Tablecloth and the Summer Fun: Outdoor Padded Roll-up Cushion. This amazing gift bag, along with TWO Janome sewing machines are what one lucky Janome.com friend and commenter will win in our Challenge prize drawing. As soon as we hit the magic 20,000 number on Facebook, we will draw for all the comments posted from 12/19/11 through the drawing date.

Give Sew4Home a visit and comment below about your favorite project. Your posted comment automatically enters you in our Friend-to-Friend Challenge

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Friday, 23 December 2011 05:00

Friend-to-Friend: BurdaStyle

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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!

Everyone's a friend at BurdaStyle - a worldwide community for people who sew

Today's we are especially excited to celebrate one of our favorite friends in the sewing world, BurdaStyle. Burda has created the greatest online community for sewing; a perfect place to share projects you are proud of, find new projects to make, and to learn from others who love to sew!

The learning section of their site is amazingly comprehensive, including everything from beltmaking tips, to handstitching techniques, to basic instructions for sewing a zig zag stitch. The Discussion Board is a fun place to connect with other people who sew, from around the corner or around the world. And the Gallery is probably our favorite place - where sewists can upload their own projects, pick their favorites from other BurdaStyle members, and just generally get inspired to start sewing.

If you aren't already a member, check out their site, and become one today!

We're also really excited about their newest contribution to the sewing world, The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook! This fantastic book is packed with the information you need to become a better sewist, including tutorials, five adaptable sewing patterns for a skirt, blouse, dress, coat and bag, and fifteen step-by-step sewing projects. And the best part?! It's part of the Prize Bundle in Janome's Friend to Friend Challenge!

As you probably know, we're cruising toward a goal of 20,000 Likes on our Facebook wall, and celebrating some of Janome's favorite friends and brands in the sewing world while we do it. Once we hit our goal, a lucky Janome.com reader and commenter (and friend) will win a fabulous prize bundle! Be sure to leave a comment below to enter into the contest, and encourage others you know to give us a Like to get us closer to our goal!

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Thursday, 22 December 2011 05:00

Only Ten Days Left in Our Project Pack o' the Month Holiday Promotion

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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!

336-only-10days-left-in-our-ppotm-holiday-promotionThere are still a few days left to get the gift that keeps on giving!

A gift for Christmas, for the New Year, or just for YOU because you deserve it! From now through December 31st, 2011, participating Janome America dealers have super pricing on some of our newest and most popular models.

When you buy one of the eight, great featured machines, you qualify for the Project Pack o' the Month program, which brings you SIX MONTHS of follow-up gifts from January through June 2012. It's an added value of up to $1200!

Each month, an email will land in your inbox, alerting you (or your gift recipient) that a package has arrived at your dealer's store. You run by the store, pick up your Project Pack, and open the box to find:

  1. Presser feet or other great accessories
  2. Pretty fabric
  3. A fun project, using that month's featured feet/accessories

What new and different gift will be next?! Every package will be an exciting surprise. 

Maybe you'll decide to share your Project Packs each month with a friend, so you both learn a new technique. This kind of sharing is what our current Friend-to-Friend Challenge is all about. We're growing our Janome circle of friends, including a goal to hit 20,000 Likes! on our Facebook wall. When we hit that magic number, we're giving a wonderful prize package with two Janome machines and a huge bundle of gifts from all our participating friends we've been introducing right here over the past days. To enter, leave us a comment below. Let us know how you like to spread the sewing love. 

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Wednesday, 21 December 2011 05:00

Friend-to-Friend: Westminster Fibers' Free Spirit Fabrics

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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!

335-friend-to-friend-westminster-fibers-free-spirit-fabricsGreat Sewing Starts with Great Fabric

We are very excited to continue to celebrate Janome friends during our Friend-to-Friend challenge. As we continue toward our goal of 20,000 Likes on our Facebook wall, we will celebrate some of Janome's favorite people and brands in the sewing world. Once we hit our goal, a lucky Janome reader (and friend) will win a fabulous prize bundle! Be sure to leave a comment below to enter into the contest, and encourage someone you know to give us a Like to get us closer to our goal!

One of the best ways to really get inspired to sew is through great fabric. Color, texture, design - these are the elements of fabric that matter most - and there is no better place to find these necessary elements than our friends at Westminster and FreeSpirit fabrics.

FreeSpirit offers color options galore - from bright and youthful to classic country to contemporary tonals. Their fabric designs offer a wide range of interesting and inspiring patterns. You'll find great kid-friendly fabrics, elegant florals, as well as innovative, and unclassifiable awesome designs! This is due in large part to their star-studded list of fabric designers (including our fave, Anna Maria Horner!). Finally, we love the wide range of fabric types they offer. Their cottons are the best in quilting, but they also create velveteens, voiles, fleece, flannels, laminates, corduroys, sateens, as well as home décor weight cottons. Free Spirit helped to open the world of quilting fabrics to other applications, such as garments and home décor. We love the way their designs and fabrics challenge and inspire our sewing choices and projects.

Be sure to check out their blog as well as their free pattern gallery for some great new ideas today! And don't forget to Like us and leave a your comment below to enter our Challenge - and win some fab fabric!

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Tuesday, 20 December 2011 05:00

Friend-to-Friend: Where Women Create

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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!

334-friend-to-friend-where-women-createGreat profiles of creative women you need to know about, giveaways and more.

Janome America is proud to have been a sponsor for both of the first two years of one of the country's coolest events for creative women: The Creative Connection. We love knowing our machines have been a part of such a great event. One of the amazing women behind this event is Jo Packham, who is also at the helm of today's Friend-to-Friend feature: Where Women Create magazine. Each issue of this unique quarterly publication invites you into the inspirational spaces of some of the most extraordinary women of our time. It is filled with gorgeous photography and beautiful stories about what motivates these women to create such incredible art, craft, stories, music, dance, and more.

Each issue profiles up to a dozen extraordinary women, sometimes the names are instantly recognizable: Mary Engelbreit, MaryJane Butters, Marie Osmond and Amy Butler. Other times it's an exciting new discovery: Jennifer George, Kaari Meng, Patience Brewster and Stephanie Blank. Either way, you can always count on Where Women Create to be interesting and inspiring. Plus, not to be exclusive... the current issue features their brand new column: "The Men Who Make It," with Drew Emborsky, the Crochet Dude!

You can subscribe online - or find Where Women Create at your local newsstand. Also look for their sister publication, Where Women Cook.

Remember, today is day seven in Janome America’s Friend-to-Friend Challenge! As we introduce you to our friends, we hope you'll decide to be our friend as one of our followers on Facebook. When we reach 20,000 'Likes!' on our Facebook wall, we'll draw a winner, from all the comments collected right here, to win an amazing prize, including TWO Janome machines and a giant mystery bag of books, notions, patterns, fabric and other great stuff, including a subscription to WWC, three of their amazing books, and copy of the latest issue of Where Women Cook magazine! Read all about the promotion here.

Be sure to peek inside the amazing studios of Where Women Create, then leave us a comment below about your dream creative space.

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Monday, 19 December 2011 05:00

Friend-to-Friend: Meredith Publishing

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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!

333-friend-to-friend-meredith-publishingGet Inspired with Books and Magazines from Meredith Publishing

Janome's Friend-to-Friend Challenge continues!

We're getting closer to our goal of 20,000 Likes on our Facebook wall, and have a super amazing prize to share once we hit our goal. Enter by leaving a comment below, and head over to Janome's Facebook page, if you haven't done so, and give us a like. As soon as we hit 20,000, we'll draw a name from all the janome.com Freind-to-Friend comments for an amazing prize bundle.

Today we're excited to celebrate our Friends at Meredith Publishing, and especially American Patchwork and Quilting, and allpeoplequilt.com!

APQ and allpeoplequilt.com are some of our favorite resources for new quilting patterns, helpful tips, and great sewing ideas. If you're looking to start a new project, but not sure what you want to do, be sure to check out the Idea Slide Show on allpeoplequilt.com - it's a fantastic way to get inspired! The site also includes loads of great tips for beginners, (or for not-so-beginners who need to brush up on a specific application).

On the newsstands, we also love Quilts and More for wonderful ideas to take our quilting passions to other types of projects, and Quilt Sampler is fabulous for drooling over great Fabric Shops!

APQ has donated a very generous assortment of magazines, books and more, so be sure to leave a comment below, and encourage your friends to Like us today!!

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Friday, 16 December 2011 05:00

Friend-to-Friend: Jane Spolar

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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!

332-friend-to-friend-jane-spolarApplique Quilts and Wallhangings by Jane Spolar of Quilt Poetry are definitely the best of what's around! 

Another day, another friend to celebrate in Janome's Friend-to-Friend Challenge!

As you may know by now, we're targeting a goal of 20,000 Likes! on our Facebook wall, and have a super amazing prize to share once we hit our goal. Enter by leaving a comment below, and head over to Janome's Facebook page, if you haven't done so, and like us to get us one step closer to our goal. As soon as we hit 20,000, we'll draw a name from all the janome.com Freind-to-Friend comments for an amazing prize bundle

We're so excited to share information about today's Janome friend, Jane Spolar. Jane is a long-time Janome sewist, and her gorgeous applique work has always inspired us! Her pattern company, Quilt Poetry, creates some of the most exquisite quilting and applique patterns available. 

We have been so fortunate to have Jane design quilts (see Moonlight Serenade) and wallhangings (see Graceful Bloom) for us over the years, and share some of her insight into her creative and technical process. Planning a special project for Valentine's Day? This wallhanging might be just what you are looking for! 

We have some fanastic Quilt Poetry patterns, and well as some of Jane's fantastic fabric from her Saturday Afternoon line, in our prize package! Be sure to leave your comment below to enter and help us reach our goal of 20,000 Facebook likes.

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Thursday, 15 December 2011 05:00

New Project Added to Horizon Memory Craft 12000 Site: Amazing Embroidered Ottomans

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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!

331-new-project-mc12k-amazing-embroidered-ottomansPut your feet up and admire the big, continuous embroidery on these custom ottomans.

Although we list this as an "intermediate" project, we think you'll actually be surprised by how easy it is to make these elegant tufted ottomans. In fact, it's a perfect first project if you are brand new to upholstery.

Thanks to the incredible built-in designs and precise placement of the new Horizon Memory Craft 12000, each side of the ottoman is made up of just two embroidery hoopings. When making the sample, the toughest thing for our seamstress was not the beautiful embroidery, it was keeping track of the nap direction on the lush chenille fabric!

This is just one a several new projects we've posted on our special Horizon Memory Craft 12000 website. Try out this amazing machine at your authorized and certified Janome America Dealer, then indulge in a new project or two.

Remember, today is day four of our Friend-to-Friend Facebook Challenge, where you can win 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. Find out more. Keep an eye on the total Likes! on our Facebook wall; when we hit 20,000, we draw our winner.

Have you ever tried upholstery projects with your Janome machine? Leave us a comment below.

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Wednesday, 14 December 2011 05:00

Friend-to-Friend: Liesl Gibson

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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!

330-friend-to-friend-liesl-gibsonLiesl's Oliver + S pattern company puts a fresh spin on classic children's designs.

Janome America’s Friend-to-Friend Challenge continues! We want to grow our wonderful Janome community - here on the blog you're reading right now, in our monthly eNewsletter, and especially with our friends and followers on Facebook. To that end, we have a goal to reach 20,000 'Likes!' on our Facebook wall and have put together a fun way to get there with an awesome PRIZE at the end of the rainbow.

Enter by leaving a comment below on today's article, then click to Janome’s Facebook page, give us a 'Like!' if you are so inclined, and encourage your friends to do the same. As soon as we hit 20,000 Likes, we'll draw a random winner from all the janome.com Friend-to-Friend comments for an amazing prize bundle.

We want to share a great sewing friend, Liesl Gibson. Liesl is the founder of Oliver + S, a truly unique children’s clothing pattern designer. Her adorable trademark illustraions and classic fashion sense remind us of the innocence that can be expressed through modern interpretations of classic children’s styles.

Great sewing starts with great patterns, and we’re very happy Liesl provides a fabulous backbone for satisfying and successful sewing projects.

Liesl sews on the Memory Craft 6600P and the 1100D serger. Check out her previous tutorial on adding a lettuce hem to knits by clicking here.

A few of Liesl’s fabulous patterns are available in our Friend to Friend prize bundle, so be sure to leave your comment below, then keep an eye on Janome’s Facebook page as we climb toward our 20,000 goal.

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Tuesday, 13 December 2011 05:00

Video: Stitch In The Ditch With The Convertible Even Feed Foot Set

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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!

321-video-stitch-in-the-ditch-convertible-even-feed-foot-setLeave a comment on today's article and you are entered to win the prize package. You can enter once each day.

We're on day two of our Friend-to-Friend Facebook Challenge, where you can win 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. Find out more.

Janome sewing machines are favorites with quilters because of their solid performance, excellent stitch quality, and the great accessories that make it easy. The Convertible Even Feed Foot Set is a good example. This set includes everything you need for gorgeous quilting: an Even Feed Foot with Closed Toe, Convertible Open Toe Foot for extra visibility, Ditch Quilting Guide, and an Adjustable Quilting Guide.

Because the foot makes sure your fabric layers feed in perfect sync, it's a versatile accessory for every quilting task.

Today we're featuring the Ditch Guide, which allows you to do accurate "stitch in the ditch." This is where you stitch on or very near a previous seam.

How To Stitch In The Ditch With The Convertible Even Feed Foot 

  1. Attach the Convertible Even Feed Foot to your sewing machine. Be sure the bar on the front goes above the needle screw.
  2. Attach the Stitch In The Ditch Guide by snapping it into a groove on the back of the foot.
  3. Be sure your fabric is properly positioned under the needle then adjust the position of the Ditch Guide guide by sliding it until it's in the well of the seam.
  4. Choose a straight stitch and sew your seam, keeping the guide in the well.


You now have a precise Stitch In The Ditch.

To see this demonstrated, watch Convertible Even Feed Foot Set (High Shank) Video: Stitch In The Ditch.

The foot in this demonstration is the high shank version. If you have a low shank sewing machine, use the low shank version of this foot. Ask your Janome Dealer to help you get the right version for your machine.

Have you had experience with this particular foot set or with stitching-in-the-ditch in general? Leave us a comment below. 

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