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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!!

Learn More by Visiting our Challenge Page

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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.

Go To The Embroidered Ottomans Project

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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. 

Watch How To Stitch In The Ditch

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Monday, 12 December 2011 05:00

Friend-to-Friend: Anna Maria Horner

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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!

329-friend-to-friend-anna-maria-hornerMeet some of our special friends; let us know what you think with a comment, enter to win our friend-to-friend prize bundle!

Welcome to Day 1 of the Janome America Friend-to-Friend Challenge! 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.

It's easy to enter. Starting today, each day we'll post about one of our Janome friends. Simply read the article, leave a comment, and you are automatically entered to win. You can leave a new comment each day, increasing your odds of winning. 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’re starting off with one of Janome’s most special friends, Anna Maria Horner.

 There are so many reasons we love Anna’s work, it's difficult to know where to start. Her fabrics are simply gorgeous, and make us dream of all the beautiful things they can become. Her patterns and books inspire us in the same way. And her hand-sewing products remind us to slow down and take the time to really enjoy sewing and the experience of creating beautiful things.

In a very short time, we will be unveiling our first project and video tutorial with Anna, so be sure to stay tuned for updates.

 Anna has contributed some fabulous patterns to our Friend to Friend Challenge prize bundle, so be sure to leave your comment below, then keep our eye on Janome’s Facebook page as we climb towards our 20,000 goal.

More About the Friend-to-Friend Challenge

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Friday, 09 December 2011 05:00

Janome Heritage: Memory Craft 10000

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328-janome-heritage-memory-craft-10000This machine offered a big leap forward in nearly every aspect of sewing, quilting and embroidery.

Remember the worry over Y2K? Fortunately, civilization did not cease to exist at the turn of the calendar to January 1, 2000. In fact, for the sewing community things were really looking up a few months later when Janome introduced the Memory Craft 10000.

Replacing the capable MC9000, the MC10000 marked a milestone in the processing power and stitch capabilities of a home embroidery machine. It had a color, active matrix Touch Screen. It had a computer processor that made it twice as fast as the 9000.  It connected directly to your computer via a USB or serial port, and for the first time you could put standard ATA-PC cards right into a slot on the machine.

It was also the first Janome machine that could be upgraded via software.

Sewing and embroidery enthusiasts loved the larger selection of built-in decorative stitches and embroidery designs, and the expanded library of designs available for import.

The color touchscreen made onboard embroidery editing much easier. However, if you wanted to work with sophisticated digitizer or embroidery layout software, you could quickly import your designs to the MC10000.

For stitching out large designs, you had unheard of room in the new 9.1" x 7.9" Giga Hoop. But if you needed to embroider in a tight spot there was the new 2" x 2" Free Arm Hoop.

One reviewer summed it up nicely: "I have never used a sewing machine that is so easy to use, yet so powerful. This top-of-the-line computerized sewing machine from Janome, the Memory Craft 10000, wowed me with its extensive sewing and embroidery features. It impressed me with its flexibility. But it really sold me with its ease of use."

Today, Janome's top-of-the machine has improved on the MC10000 in every way. The Horizon Memory Craft 12000 gives you more stitches, more sewing room, and more creative possiblities.

Read More About The Memory Craft 12000

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Thursday, 08 December 2011 05:00

2012 Sewing Events & Shows Updated; Mark Your Calendar

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327-2012-sewing-events-shows-updated-mark-your-calendarIf you love quilting and like to travel, there are enough major events to keep you happy all year.

It'll be 2012 before we know it. And with the new year will come quilt shows and exhibitions from one end of the country to the other.

You can start in March with the Sewing and Stitchery Expo in Puyallup, Washington and go all the way through November to the International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas.

Here are some of the big shows scheduled for next year:

March 1 - Sewing and Stitchery Expo in Puyallup, WA
March 14 - American Quilter's Society Quilt Show in Lancaster, PA
April 13 - International Quilt Festival in Cincinnati, OH
June 14 - National Quilting Association Quilt Show in Columbus, OH
July 27 - International Quilt Festival in Long Beach, CA
August 22 - AQS Quilt Show & Contest in Grand Rapids, MI
September 6 - Quilt Expo in Madison, WI
September 14 - Round Bobbin Expo in St. Charles, MO
October 3 - AQS Quilt Show in Des Moines, IA
November 1 - Fall Quilt Festival in Houston, TX

See details on all these quilt shows plus information on professional-only shows on our Janome Events Page.

Go To Our Events Page

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Wednesday, 07 December 2011 05:00

Horizon Memory Craft 12000 Software Update Available Online

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326-mc12k-software-update-available-onlineThe update is free and quick to download.

If you are the excited owner of one of the new Horizon Memory Craft 12000 machines, take note! Our parent company, Janome Sewing Machine Co. Ltd of Tokyo, Japan, and their amazing team of engineers, are always striving to continue improving Janome products, sometimes even after they’ve been released. Most recently, they’ve provided a minor update for the Horizon MC12000.

You can find Version 1.01 in the Software Updates section of our website; it’s FREE!

Get The MC12000 Update

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Tuesday, 06 December 2011 05:00

Video: Using The Open Toe Attachment On The Convertible Free Motion Quilt Foot Set

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320-open-toe-attachment-free-motion-quilt-foot-set-videoGet extra visibility while you do free motion quilting.

The Convertible Free Motion Quilt Foot Set uses a spring-loaded "hopping" motion as it stitches. But it makes for smooth movement when you're free motion quilting on your Janome sewing machine.

Also called the Free Motion Quilt Foot Set, Convertible, it consists of a holder that uses three different free motion feet to give you the best results on various kinds of fabric:

  • 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.


Today we're highlighting the Open Toe Foot, which gives you an unobstructed view of the needle. This is useful when you're free motion quilting following the pattern on your fabric.

Using The Open Toe Attachment On The Convertible Free Motion Quilt Foot Set

  1. To install the Open Toe attachment on the foot, loosen the screw on the back of the foot, slide off one attachment and slide on another. 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.
  3. Attach the Free Motion Quilt foot to the machine and tighten the screw.
  4. Lower the feed dog. Choose a straight stitch and begin sewing, moving the fabric to create your design.


To see this demonstrated watch Free Motion Quilt Foot Set Video: Using The Open Toe Attachment.

The High Shank version of the foot was used for the video demonstration. If you have a low shank machine, you can use  the Convertible Free Motion Quilt Foot Set (Low Shank). Your Janome Dealer will make sure you have the right one for your machine.

Watch How To Use The Open Toe Attachment For FMQ

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