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Wednesday, 04 January 2012 05:00

Three New Software Updates Now Available As Free Downloads

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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-software-updatesBe Sure to Keep your Janome Products Current with these FREE Updates

Janome engineers are constantly working to make Janome products better. Fortunately, today's technology allows us to release software and firmware updates to existing models to help them to run at their highest capability... even after you take them home! THREE new updates have been added to the Janome website.

Horizon Memory Craft 12000 owners, a new update is now available for Horizon Link. This update will add the following functions to your Horizon Link software:

  • Direct save of embroidery designs and combination stitches onto USB flash drive
  • Open Horizon Link by double clicking the icon of a design / combination stitch file
  • Importing embroidery designs from any drive location on the PC
  • Resolution of minor issues from the previous version

Users of Digitizer Jr.: you can now save embroidery designs onto ATA PC Cards up to 2GB in size. Click here to download this update.

And finally, an update for Janome Digitizer MBX is now available. This will add the following capabilities to your software:

  • Full multi-language capability – English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, Thai, Chinese-T, Russian, Portuguese
  • Thai, Chinese-T: Online Manual and graphical user interface only
  • Russian and Portuguese: Graphical user interface only
  • Direct save onto USB flash drive is now available through “Write to Card” icon for MC12000
  • Cropped photos are now able to be edited
  • Resolution of minor issues from the previous version
  • Information and modifications regarding the above have been included in the Online Manual and Help

These are all FREE updates, so be sure to download today!

(Be sure to leave a comment to be entered into our Friend-to-Friend Facebook Challenge machine drawing.)

See all of the Available Updates

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Tuesday, 03 January 2012 05:00

Video: Free Motion Channel Quilting With The Clear View 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!

322-video-free-motion-channel-quilting-with-the-clear-view-footIt's important to see your needle when you're tracing around a shape with free motion quilting. (Be sure to leave a comment to be entered into our Friend-to-Friend Facebook Challenge machine drawing.)

When we reach 20,000 Likes, we'll give away our double machine prize bundle. Complete details here.

The fun of free motion quilting is the freedom to draw any shape you like with thread. One of the accessories that helps you explore that creativity is the Free Motion Quilt Foot Set, Convertible (High Shank), also called the Convertible Free Motion Quilt Foot Set (High Shank).

The set has three different feet attachments:

  • Closed Toe Foot for general use with lace and catchable fabrics. 
  • Open Toe Foot for general use and extra visibility. 
  • Clear View Foot for uneven surfaces and evenly spaced quilting. This is the one that gives you the best visibility as you do echo quilting--tracing around a shape with free motion quilting.

     

How To Use The Clear View Foot For Free Motion Channel Quilting

  1. Before putting the foot on your machine, first install the Clear View attachment. Loosen the screw on the side of the foot. Slide off the current attachment. And slide on the Clear View attachment. Then re-tighten the screw.
  2. To install the foot on your machine, loosen the presser foot screw and remove the existing foot and ankle on your machine. Then attach the Free Motion Quilt foot to the machine and tighten the screw.
  3. Lower the presser foot and adjust the screw on the right so that the bottom of the foot just skims your fabric.
  4. Choose a straight stitch.
  5. Drop the feed dog. You may also choose to use the optional straight stitch needle plate.


Now you're ready to trace around an object with FMQ.

To see this demonstrated watch Free Motion Quilt Foot Set Video: Free Motion Channel Quilting With The Clear View Foot.

The Free Motion Quilt Foot Set, Convertible (High Shank) is made, of course, for high shank sewing machines. If you have a low shank machine, use the Free Motion Quilt Foot Set, Convertible (Low Shank). Ask your Janome Dealer to help you get the right one for your machine.

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Monday, 02 January 2012 05:00

Janome Heritage: Compulock Computerized Serger

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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!

342-janome-heritage-compulock-computerized-sergerIt was the first serger easy enough to be a Memory Craft. (Don't forget to leave a comment to be entered into our Friend-to-Friend Facebook Challenge machine drawing.)

When we reach 20,000 Likes, we'll give away our double machine prize bundle. Complete details here.

In the spring of 1998 Janome introduced a new concept in sergers. It didn't look like a traditional serger. It had features that weren't available on a traditional serger. And thanks to computerization, it was much easier to use than a traditional serger. It was called the Memory Craft Compulock.

Like a true Memory Craft, the Compulock featured an interactive Visual Touch Screen. There were fifteen primary stitches plus six variations--a total of 21 built-in stitches--more than any other serger at that time. And that included a beautiful 6mm cover stitch. 

Once you chose a stitch, every tension was set automatically and the Compulock was ready to serge immediately. At the same time, the Touch Screen recommended the best stitch length and differential feed ratio. With a touch of the “Information” key, the Touch Screen indicated the appropriate needle settings, presser foot, needle plate, extension plate and stitch finger position. 

The Complulock also had five sensors to monitor machine settings to remind you of any oversights which might ordinarily lead to problems. If there was a problem, a warning beep was followed by a message on the Touch Screen and the Compulock wouldn’t run until the user had taken the indicated action.

At that time, one of the biggest drawbacks with owning a serger was the threading. The Compulock’s answer? Illuminated thread paths and color-coded thread guides, making easy enough for a beginner to thread.

Today, Janome's top-of-the-line model is the computerized 1200D Professional Serger. Try it for yourself at your local Janome Dealer.

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Friday, 30 December 2011 05:00

Friend-to-Friend: Sarah Ann Smith

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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!

341-friend-to-friend-sarah-ann-smithImagining new possibilities with thread: Sarah Ann Smith

The best thing about Janome sewing machines is not the machines themselves, but the amazing work sewists are able to create with them. Sarah Ann Smith is not just a sewist, she is an artist in thread, and the work she creates with her Janome Memory Craft Horizon 7700QCP is amazing. A visit to the Gallery on her website reminds you there are few limits to what can be accomplished with fabric and thread!

Sarah is a true expert on all things thread, and is the author of ThreadWork Unravelled, an instant classic in the American Quilter's Society library of books. She is currently at work on another book, so stay tuned for its release!

Recently, Sarah shared a fantastic Three Part Article on Free Motion Quilting Technique, check out Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 for some great new tips for getting started or perfecting your technique.

Our Friend-to-Friend Challenge continues! As we share our friends with you, we hope you'll share our site with others, and encourage them to join our Facebook Community! When we reach 20,000 Likes on our Facebook wall, we'll draw a winner from all the comments collected right here, to win TWO Janome Sewing machines, as well as a mystery bag full of books (including ThreadWork Unravelled!), notions, patterns and more. You can find more info on our promotion here, and be sure to leave a comment below to enter! We are closing in on 20,000 but still need your help to push us towards the goal... and the prize drawing! 

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Thursday, 29 December 2011 05:00

Friend-to-Friend: DIY Dish

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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!

340-friend-to-friend-diy-dishFind Sewing and Crafting Inspiration on the DIY Dish!

Janome's Friend-to-Friend Challenge continues! Today we are celerating our favorite weekly sewing and craft webshow, the DIY Dish! Hosted by the crafting and sewing world's favorite twin sisters, Kim and Kris, the DIY Dish shares fabulous tips, projects, and interviews for creating a handmade life. Kim and Kris also founded the pattern and embroidery websites, You Can Make This and SWAK Embroidery; both are great places to visit if you're looking for adorable projects and embroidery designs created by a wide variety of designers in sewing and crafting.

Kim and Kris do their sewing on a variety of Janome machines, including the Janome Horizon 7700QCP and the Memory Craft 11000 Special Edition. Their show caters to all types of sewing - from craftier projects with small doses of sewing to full-on embroidery and quilting projects. Projects and tips run from home décor to fabulous fabric choices to stuffed toys. If you love creating, you will love the DIY Dish!  

We're getting closer and closer to our goal of 20,000 likes on Facebook, and when we do, we'll award our fabulous Friend-to-Friend Prize of TWO Janome sewing machines and an assortment of books, patterns, notions, and more from our Janome friends! Be sure to tell YOUR friends to head over to Janome's facebook fan page and give us a Like, and then leave a comment below to be entered into our grand prize drawing!

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Wednesday, 28 December 2011 05:00

Friend-to-Friend: Alissa Haight Carlton and the Modern Quilt Guild

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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!

339-f2f-alissa-haight-carlton-the-modern-quilt-guildThe Modern Quilt Guild and Alissa Haight Carlton - get Inspired with Modern Quilting!

One of the most exciting things we've done over the past year is to sponsor The Modern Quilt Guild's Project Modern, a year-long series of qulit challenges, which ended with the fabulous grand prize of the Janome Horizon. We love the Modern Quilt movement, especially their fearless exploration of new design and their commitment to education and community.

You can view all the amazing winners from the challenge here. And if you're looking for some really great inspiration, check out all of the entries for Project Modern, as well as lots of photos of amazing quilts at The Modern Quilt Guild's flickr group.

There are over a hundred branches of the Modern Quilt Guild around the United States and the world. Check out their website to find one near you. Or, if you don't see one, find out how to start a guild branch in your area!

The co-founder of The Modern Quilt Guild, Alissa Haight Carlton is also a great Janome friend! Alissa has made two fabulous projects for Janome users this year on her Horizon 7700QCP, the Quilted Spring Pillow and the Modern Circle Pillow. She has plenty more great sewing ideas at her blog, Handmade by Alissa.

Alissa is also the author of a terrific new book, Modern Minimal: 20 Bold & Graphic Quilts and is a co-author of Block Party. One of these will be included in our Prize Bundle for our Friend to Friend Challenge! Leave a comment below to win, and be sure to tell your friends to Like us, so that we hit our goal of 20,000 facebook friends very soon!

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Tuesday, 27 December 2011 05:00

Video: Topstitching With The Adjustable Blind Hem Foot G

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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!

323-video-topstitching-adjustable-blind-hem-foot-gHere's an easy technique for making terrific topstitching. Leave a comment to be automatically entered into our Friend-to-Friend Facebook Challenge.

Sure, you can use the Adjustable Blind Hem Foot G to make hidden stitches (see Creating A Blind Hem Stitch). But because of its adjustable guide, this accessory makes it easy to add topstitching along an already finished seam.

Using The Adjustable Blind Hem Foot G To Do Topstitching

  1. Choose a straight stitch.
  2. Adjust the flange to give you the desired "bite" (distance from the edge).
  3. Guiding the edge of your already sewn seam along the flange, sew your stitching.


Now you have a row of topstitching a perfect distance from the seam.

To see this demonstrated watch Adjustable Blind Hem Foot Video: Doing Topstitching.

Adjustable Blind Hem Foot G fits all top loading Janome sewing machines. For front loading machines, use Adjustable Blind Hem Foot G (front loading). For help making sure you have the right presser foot, ask your local Janome dealer.

We're continuing 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. Keep an eye on the total Likes! on our Facebook wall. When we hit 20,000, we draw our winner. Just leave a comment below, and you'll be entered into the drawing.

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Monday, 26 December 2011 05:00

Friend-to-Friend: Sew4Home.com

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338-friend-to-friend-sew4home

“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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