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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!

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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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Tuesday, 01 July 2014 00:00

Video: Stitching In The Ditch With The Ditch Quilting Foot

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The flange on this foot makes this technique easy--even for beginners. (Be sure to leave a comment to be entered into our Friend-to-Friend Facebook Challenge machine drawing.).

Where does the term "stitch in the ditch" come from and why do quilter's use it? On your quilt top, when you press both seam allowances to one side of a patch, you end up with more layers of fabric under that side of the seam, causing it to sit a little higher than the other.

Many years ago quilters discovered that it's easier to do your quilting on the lower side of the seam because it has fewer layers of fabric. This in turn causes the higher side of the seam to stand up even more for a desired dimensional effect. Because you're stitching along in the little low area next to the seam, you're stitching "in the ditch."

To do this technique successfully, you need to keep your stitch a consistent distance from the seam. The flange on the Ditch Quilting Foot makes this easy.

How To Stitch In The Ditch With The Ditch Quilting Foot

  1. Snap the Ditch Quilting Foot onto your sewing machine. Select a straight stitch. And set the machine for a medium speed.
  2. Align your fabric so that the flange rests in the seam. You can move the needle to adjust how close it stitches to the flange.
  3. As you sew, keep your eye on the flange, making sure it stays in the seam.


And you've made a beautiful stitch-in-the ditch.

To see this demonstrated watch Ditch Quilting Foot Video: Stitching In The Ditch.

The Ditch Quilting Foot fits most Janome sewing machines. The 1600P has its own Ditch Quilting Foot and there's also one designed for the AcuFeed System. To make sure you have the right one see your Janome Dealer.

Watch The Ditch Quilting Foot Video

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Monday, 09 January 2012 05:00

Friend-to-Friend: The Quilter Magazine

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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!

346-friend-to-friend-the-quilter-magazineFind fabulous quilt patterns and info in The Quilter and Quilt Trends!

We are heading into the home stretch with Janome's Friend to Friend Challenge!

Today we are highlighting two of our favorite quilting magazines, The Quilter and Quilt Trends.

The Quilter is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful quilting magazines we know of! It is fantastic to look at, and the projects feature easy instructions with helpful diagrams. It is published seven times a year, with a not-to-be-missed holiday issue. Projects range from classic to contemporary, and each issue includes informative articles about the quilting world, fascinating profiles on both established and up and coming quilters, as well as a variety of techniques like hand and machine piecing, applique, and machine quilting. Find them online at www.thequiltermag.com, on Facebook, and on Twitter!

Quilt Trends is a new quarterly magazine that showcases current fabrics in modern and traditional quilts, with additional emphasis on using coordinating fabric to create a variety of accessories. We love their articles about popular fabric and quilt designers and what inspires their work. Each issue also includes clever decorating ideas, previews of the latest quilt books and notions, and a gallery of upcoming fabric collections. Find Quilt Trends online at www.quilttrendsmag.com, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

Enter to win back issues of these great magazines, as well as the multitude of other prizes in our Friend to Friend Prize Bundle! Leave a comment below, and be sure to like us on Facebook, and encourage your sewing friends to do the same!

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Friday, 06 January 2012 05:00

The Horizon Memory Craft 12000: Best Uses for the Narrow AcuFeed Flex Foot

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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!

345-mc12k-best-uses-for-the-narrow-acufeed-flex-footThe new AcuFeed Flex™ Feeding System has two narrow feet. Here are some of the things our Janome Educators recommend using them for.

Leave a comment to be automatically entered into our Friend-to-Friend Facebook Challenge drawing for two Janome machines.

The Horizon Memory Craft 12000 sewing, quilting, and embroidery machine has a removable feeding system called AcuFeed Flex™. It utilizes two widths of sewing feet: The Dual Feed Twin type, which take full advantage of the new 9mm stitch width. And the Dual Feed Single Type feet, ED and VD, which make it easy to get in close.

How Janome Educators Are Using The Narrow AcuFeed Flex™ Feet

"I like to use the narrow AcuFeed Flex feet to attach the ribbon of hanging beads. More efficient than the E foot." 
--Maddie Bushman

"Great for doll clothes, especially 11 1/2" tall dolls (like Barbie). I wish I'd had these feet when my granddaughters where still in the doll stage. They would have saved me from being so frustrated when stitching those tiny narrow seams."
--Sue Thornton-Gray

"I love to use the narrower feet when stitching down ribbons. Other feet have caused me to pull my ribbon while stitching down to a base fabric, which can end up puckering the material. Or I can’t seem to sew the ribbon straight because the satin has a tendency to slip while I am stitching. These new feet solve ALL my problems." 
--Valora Hammond

"I love the new AccuFeed Flex Zipper Foot! It makes replacing zippers in hoodies a breeze!"
--Nancy Fiedler

"Delicate fabrics and those beautiful light weight knits are so much easier to handle when you're using one of the narrow AccuFeed Flex feet. Your seams are not stretched or warped."
--Amy Meek

Try out the new AcuFeed Flex™ System and all the other wonderful features on the Horizon Memory Craft 12000 at your local Janome Dealer.

(Be sure to leave a comment to be entered into our Friend-to-Friend Facebook Challenge machine drawing. Then head over to our Facebook page and give us a like!)

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Thursday, 05 January 2012 05:00

Friend-to-Friend: Thread & Bobbin Book - Special New Year's Coupon At Janome Dealers

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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!

344-friend-to-friend-thread-bobbin-book-specialMake a Resolution and Learn to Sew this Year with Thread and Bobbin

So you caught the sewing bug, and you really want to make some fun projects this year. Look no further than Thread and Bobbin: 21 Simple Sewing Projects. This great little book contains a variety of projects at various skill levels. Home decor, garments, handbags, shower gifts, and adorable stuff for baby - there is something for everyone, as well as great sewing tips and inspiration to keep you sewing all year long!

And now, your participating Janome dealer has this fabulous book on sale! Hurry in before January 22, 2012, for 15% off! Click below to download your coupon!

Even better - enter to win a copy! Leave a comment below, and head over to our Facebook page and give us a like! to be entered for our Friend to Friend Challenge Prize Bundle!

Get Your Thread and Bobbin Coupon Here!

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