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Monday, 14 November 2011 05:00

Sewing With Faux Fur & Faux Leather at Sew4Home

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307-s4h-sewing-with-faux-fur-faux-leatherThe season's most popular fabric trends are easier to sew with than you might think.

You see it simply everywhere this year: faux fur on everything from coats to gloves to boots. And, faux leather has become so realistic, it's hard to tell when products aren't genuine.

Our creative friends at Sew4Home, where Janome America is a major sponsor, have put together two great tutorials on how to work with these specialty fabrics.

It takes just a few marking, cutting and pinning techniques plus a few specialty accessories, like our Ultra Glide foot or our Roller foot to smoothly topstitch on the faux leathers. The power and precision of a Janome sewing machine makes working with even the trickiest fabrics easier and more fun!

Stock up on these popular fabric trends, turn on your Janome, and try one of the beautiful Sew4Home projects today: a fur throw and pillow, fur scarf and matching gloves and a super-cute faux leather handbag

Sewing with Faux Fur at Sew4Home

Sewing with Faux Leather at Sew4Home

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Friday, 11 November 2011 05:00

The Horizon Memory Craft 12000: Comparison Chart Now Online

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304-mc12k-comparison-chart-now-onlineLook at the Horizon Memory Craft 12000 and the Memory Craft 11000 Special Edition Side by Side

Find out how these two great models compare in terms of general, sewing and embroidery functions. Where are they similar? What are the biggest differences? We show you 48 different points of comparison, from the number of stitches, to the type of lighting to the size of the embroidery field... and 45 other items in between. 

Take a look, and then browse through all the other pages of information on the new top-of-the-line Horizon Memory Craft 12000

Comparison Chart

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Thursday, 10 November 2011 05:00

Introducing the 990D Serger

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306-990d-serger-newEasy to use, fast, and so pretty!

Beautifully finished seams, professional results, amazing decorative effects - take the next step in your sewing and add a serger to your sewing room. The 990D is the perfect first serger, with easy to use features and a wonderfully affordable price. Color Coded Thread Guides make threading a breeze and the Quick Change Rolled Hem easily converts between functions. Unlike the industrial design of so many sergers, the Janome cherry blossom design is so pretty!

Find out More

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Wednesday, 09 November 2011 05:00

Angela Yosten's Fast & Fun Ruffled Knit Shirt

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305-angela-yosten-fast-fun-ruffled-knit-shirt-projectMake an Ordinary T-shirt into Something Postively Adorable!

One of our favorite ways of creating unique garments is to adapt a ready-to-wear item with some great fabric and sewing skill. That is precisely what Angela Yosten did with her quick and adorable Ruffled Knit Shirt.

Angela's simple technique teaches you how to create gathers on your serger. Then you just stitch them onto the t-shirt itself. Super easy, no anxiety sewing - and the finished project couldn't be cuter!

Angela created this shirt with the Janome 1100D and CoverPro 1000CPX. These specialized machines will help you achieve a truly professional look. With an overlock stitch and some gathering know-how, you can also adapt this project for sewing on a regular sewing machine as well.

Be sure to check out more of Angela's great sewing ideas at her blog. You'll also want to check out another Janome project by Angela, a baby knit blanket with matching mittens, by clicking here.

Make the Shirt!

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Tuesday, 08 November 2011 05:00

Video: Using The Quilting Bar On The Open-Toe Quilt Set

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279-using-the-quilting-bar-on-the-open-toe-quilt-set-videoThis attachment makes it easy to do parallel rows of stitching.

The Open Toe Quilt Set comes with two feet essential to quilt making: a Walking Foot and an Open-Toe Free Motion Foot. Both feet have an open-toe design to make it easier to see the needle and do things like stitch-in-the-ditch quilting.

The Open-Toe Walking Foot has special feed dogs, which pull your top layers of fabric through at the same speed as the bottom layers. This keeps your quilting layers from shifting. The Walking Foot also comes with a Quilt Bar attachment, which allows you to sew perfectly even rows of parallel stitching without having to measure and mark them.

How To Use The Quilt Bar With The Open-Toe Walking Foot

  1. First remove the presser foot and ankle on your machine by loosening the screw on the left.
  2. Attach the Walking Foot, making sure the bar goes OVER the needle screw. Then tighten the presser foot screw.
  3. Attach the Quilting Bar by sliding it into the groove on the back of the foot.
  4. Slide it in or out to get your spacing. The guide will rest on your previous row of stitching.
  5. As you sew, keep your eyes on the guide, making sure it stays in the seam.


And now you have a perfectly parallel row of stitching. Repeat the process to make as many rows as you like.

To see this demonstrated, watch Open-Toe Quilt Set (High Shank) Video: Using The Quilting Bar.

The Open-Toe Quilt Set is compatible with high shank machines only. If you're not sure, ask your Janome dealer about which quilting feet are right for your machine. 

Watch The Quilting Bar Video

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Monday, 07 November 2011 05:00

Project Pack o' The Month: The Gift The REALLY DOES Keep On Giving

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303-project-pack-o-the-month-the-giftJanuary through June – Every Month Brings A Great Project Pack Gift

From beginner to pro, Janome has it covered this year with a Holiday Promotion featuring eight of our most popular models. From the top-of-the-line Horizon Memory Craft 12000 sewing and embroidery model to the 1110DX serger to three top-performing Decor Computer sewing machines and more; there's something for you... and everyone on your list. But... not only do you get one of these great machines at a great price, you also get a special gift every month!

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. You won't know until you break the seal exactly what's inside.

Visit our Holiday Promotion website to find out more, and then find your nearest participating Janome Dealer.

Offer runs through December 31, 2011.

Find Out More

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Friday, 04 November 2011 05:00

Trunk Show: On The Road With The Horizon Memory Craft 12000

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302-trunk-show-on-the-road-with-mc12kThis in-depth demonstration of the MC12000, complete with finished samples, is coming to a dealer near you.

The new Horizon Memory Craft 12000 has so many exciting features, you can spend a couple of hours going through them and still feel like you've just scratched the surface.

Right now our Janome Educators are fanning out across the country, bringing the MC12000 Trunk Show to a certified Janome Dealer near you.

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Thursday, 03 November 2011 05:00

The Project Pack o' The Month is Here! Check Out Our New Holiday Sale Website

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301-project-pack-o-the-monthYou've heard it before: The Gift That Keeps on Giving... But Never Before Has It Meant SO Much!

This year's Holiday Promotion just started, and we are so excited to tell you about it! You not only get great pricing on some of our newest and most popular models, you can also get SIX MONTHS of follow-up gifts from January through June 2012.

That's right – a gift pack arrives each month for six months with presser feet or other other great accessories, pretty fabric, plus a fun project using that month's featured feet/accessories. That's what you get EACH time! It's an added value of up to $1200 and so fun.

We all need a little push sometimes to learn more about our machines. With the Project Pack o' the Month, not only do you get the actual optional feet and/or accessories, you also get a creative way to try them out right away. Great for you... absolutely perfect as a gift!

Check Out The NEW Project Pack o' the Month Website

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Wednesday, 02 November 2011 05:00

Sewn With Love: Carol Maclaskey's Couch Cover

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299-swl-carol-maclaskey-couch-coverMore proof that you should never throw any fabric scrap away.

Carol Maclaskey of Montgomery, TX and her husband bought a vintage travel trailer with the goal of refurbishing it in time to go to the Burning Man Festival in Nevada. They painted, did glazing, installed a new floor--but the biggest challenge was the fold out couch. It had been "updated" with an avocado green cordouroy cover.

But Carol remembered she had a lot of old jeans she just couldn't bear to throw away. So with her trusty Memory Craft 6500P sewing and quilting machine she got busy and made quite a transformation.

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Tuesday, 01 November 2011 05:00

Video: Using The Closed Toe Foot Of The Free Motion Quilt Foot Set

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278-closed-toe-foot-free-motion-quilt-foot-set-videoThis spring-loaded "hopping foot" makes for smooth movement when you're free motion quilting.

There are a number of presser feet that will allow you to do free motion quilting with your Janome sewng machine. One of the most versatile is the Convertible Free Motion Quilt Foot Set.

As the name implies, it's actually 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 Closed Toe Foot, which is good for general free motion stitching as well as lace and catchable fabrics.

Using The Closed Toe Foot With The Free Motion Quilt Foot Set

  1. To install the Closed Toe attachment on your foot, loosen the screw on the side of the foot, slide off one attachment and slide on another. Then re-tighten the screw.
  2. Lower the feed dog. You may also choose to use the optional straight stitch needle plate.
  3. To install the foot on your machine, loosen the presser foot screw and remove the existing foot and ankle on your machine. Attach the Free Motion Quilt foot to the machine and tighten the screw.
  4. 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 Closed Toe Attachment.

The foot demonstrated is the Convertible Free Motion Quilt Foot Set (high shank) for high shank machines. For a low shank machine use Convertible Free Motion Quilt Foot Set (low shank). If you have questions about which is right for your machine, see your Janome dealer

Watch How To Use The Closed Toe Foot To Do FMQ

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