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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.

Find Out More About The HD3000

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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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Tuesday, 31 January 2012 05:00

Video: Using The Blind Hem Foot G on the MC12000

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361-video-using-the-blind-hem-foot-g-on-the-mc12000This foot is designed specifically for your Horizon Memory Craft 12000.

You'll find many projects where you want the professional finish of a blind hem. The Memory Craft 12000 comes standard with the foot to make it easy--the Blind Hem Foot G.

The foot has a flange down the middle, which helps you keep a consistent hem for the whole seam. There are also grooves on the back of the foot, which direct your fabric toward the needle as it feeds, keeping it from sliding off the edge.

How To Sew A Blind Hem With Blind Hem Foot G

  1. On the touchscreen of your Horizon Memory Craft 12000 choose Sewing Applications.
  2. Choose Blind Hem And Shell Tuck.
  3. Choose Blind Hem.
  4. Select your fabric.
  5. You can now create your blind hem with the default settings, or you can choose to customize the stitch.
  6. Attach the Blind Hem Foot G to your machine.
  7. Fold the edge of your fabric the depth you desire for your blind hem.
  8. Then fold it back on itself, leaving a narrow strip of fabric to catch the stitching.
  9. Align the fold of the fabric with the flange of the foot and begin sewing. The stitch will ‘bite’ into the fabric 



You've created a beautiful blind hem!

To see this demonstrated watch the video Blind Hem Foot G: Using the adjustable blind hem foot to make blind hems on the MC12000 Accessories Videos page.

Find out more about the Horizon Memory Craft 12000 and all its standard accessories. Or visit your closest, authorized Janome Dealer and try this incredible machine for yourself.

Watch Blind Hem Foot G Video

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Monday, 30 January 2012 05:00

Count Down To Valentine's Day with Projects from Sew4Home

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360-count-down-to-valentines-day-with-projects-from-sew4homeEight pretty little project ideas that are easy to make on any Janome machine.

Our creative friends at Sew4Home, where Janome America is a proud sponsor, were working overtime this year to create eight, great projects for all your Valentine sweethearts. All the projects are fast and easy, and can be completed on any Janome sewing machine. Several recommend a Janome serger for finishing as well as some of our most popular accessory feet.

Try one or make them all:

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Friday, 27 January 2012 05:00

Are You Powered By Janome?!

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00-powered-by-janome-logoDoes your Janome machine help fuel your entrepreneurial dreams?

Time spent sewing is so fulfilling, many sewists find the urge to turn their passionate hobby into a full or part time profession. If you have a cottage business, Etsy shop, or successful blog that is powered in part by work done on your Janome sewing machine, embroidery machine or serger, we want to hear from you!

Tell us how you started out, what you make, how others can order your product, and most importantly, why you trust your Janome to help get the job done!

We'll be sharing many of these stories with our friends on Facebook and Twitter as well as in some of eNewsletters. It’s a great way to spread the word about your business, and to show your Janome love!

Send us an email at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Thursday, 26 January 2012 05:00

New Project: Super Sweet Travel Dollies

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358-new-project-super-sweet-travel-dolliesEasy to Make and Easy to Love

Little Dollies are always a crowd pleaser with toddlers! These old-fashioned dolls were inspired by an Oprah Winfrey special featuring “Dr. Maya Angelou”.

These adorable dollies fit right in your purse, and a handkerchief makes the perfect blanket to keep them warm. You can whip one up in about an hour, or spend an afternoon making a few! You'll find instructions and a pattern at the link below. 

Make them Today!

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Wednesday, 25 January 2012 05:00

Exciting New Product: Lunch Box Quilts, Appliqué Designs for Embroidery Machines

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357-applique-design-for-embroidery-machinesWith your Janome Embroidery Machine, Applique has Never Been so Easy!

There are few things that make your sewing projects look more impressive than appliqué. It sets you free to create a wide variety of shapes and effects in your sewing projects. But, advanced designs can be tedious, and can seem nearly impossible to do with traditional stitching.

What if appliqué were as easy as stitching a digitized embroidery design? Now it is!

Lunch Box Quilts provides a wide variety of appliqué quilt patterns designed specifically for embroidery machines. Detailed appliqué and stitching is as easy as pressing "Go" on your Janome embroidery machine!

The line of Lunch Box Quilt Designs are now available from your local Janome dealer! Give your local dealer a call, and find out if they have the designs in stock, then stop by and check them out! The designs feature something for everyone, and a truly unique and amazing quilt can be completed in no time!

Find Out More About Lunch Box Quilts!

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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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