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Monday, 12 December 2011 05:00

Friend-to-Friend: Anna Maria Horner


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


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


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


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


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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Monday, 05 December 2011 05:00

New Horizon Memory Craft 12000 Project: Elegant Embroidered Chair Tabards


325-mc12k-project-elegant-embroidered-chair-tabardsA 'tabard' or chair back cover is a great way to add decorative flair in your dining room.

One of the largest decorative spaces in your dining room is the chair backs. Adding a beautiful tabard is a great way to extend your design flair beyond the table linens. Chair covers are quite common for special events, such as weddings, but their construction is actually quite simple – much like a table runner – so why not make them for any important get together?!

Our tabards were created on the new Horizon Memory Craft 12000 and take advantage of the large bed space and increased embroidery field. We show you how to edit an embroidery design in the new Horizon Link software and send it to be quickly stitched out on the MC12000. We also show you how to measure your chair and create the pretty point.

We alternated the fabric colors of our tabards in ivory and celery, but kept our embroidery thread colors the same. This gives your table setting a lovely coordinated feel with just the right touch of contrast to add interest. You can see more projects that use the new Horizon Memory Craft 12000 on the machine's special website

Go To The Tabard Project

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Friday, 02 December 2011 05:00

Our Holiday Project Pack o' the Month is a HIT!


319-our-holiday-project-pack-o-the-month-is-a-hitHave you visited your local, participating Janome America dealer to pick up your pack?!

Maybe it's the element of mystery. Maybe it's the screamin' deals. Maybe it's because it REALLY is the perfect gift that keeps on giving. Whatever the reason, this year's Holiday Project Pack o' the Month offer has already become one of our most successful promotions ever!

It's so simple to jump on the bandwagon:

1) Visit your participating Janome America dealer between now and 12/31/11.

2) Select one of the eight qualifying machines, from the new top-of-the line Horizon Memory Craft 12000 to the entry-level JNH2030DC to the 1110DX serger and more.

3) Download the free gift card if you're giving the Project Pack o' the Month as a gift.

4) Watch your emailbox each month from January through June for an email notifying you that your free gift package has arrived at your dealer's store.

5) Run by the store, pick up your Project Pack, and open the box to find: presser feet or another great accessory, pretty fabric, and a fun project using that month's feature feet/accessory/fabric.

Visit The Project Pack o' the Month site

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Thursday, 01 December 2011 05:00

Janome Dealer's Project Featured in Current Vogue Pattern Magazine


318-janome-dealers-project-featured-in-vogue-pattern-magazineJanet Miller of Able Sewing Machine has a needle felting hit in the popular mag

Turn to page 50 in the current December 2011/January 2012 issue of Vogue Patterns magazine and you'll see a wonderful article from Janet Miller of Able Sewing Machine in Raynham, MA. Her "No Felt Needle Felting" project uses the Janome FM-725 Needle Felting machine. It's just one of the Janome machines that Janet says, "Explodes her creativity!"

The FM-725 is a needle felting or needle punch machine that does not sew, but rather uses barbed needles to mesh fabrics together. The texture and color combinations you can achieve with the specialty machine are amazing. This is a machine you have to try to believe how easy and fun it is to use. But once you do, you'll be hooked. Check it out at your local Janome America dealer

Find Out More About the FM-725

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Wednesday, 30 November 2011 05:00

Sew4Home Apron Features New 9mm Decorative Stitching


317-s4h-apron-features-new-9mm-decorative-stitchingThe extra width makes all your decorative stitching bolder and more distinct.

Our creative friends at Sew4Home, where Janome America is a sponsor, recently got to use one of the debut Horizon Memory Craft 12000 machines. They came up with a number of beautiful projects, which showcase the new 9mm stitch width. Our favorite is the Rustic Scandinavian Apron featured above. The decorative stitching on the bib and skirt totally transforms a basic cotton duck design into something special.

Most the 425 stitches on the Horizon Memory Craft 12000 take full advantage of the 9mm width. Plus, the machine comes standard with twenty newly designed feet to accommodate the 9mm swing.

Check out the other projects S4H created on the new machine: napkins and ties, placemats and an apron all in the brand new Heirloom Collection of fabric by Joel Dewberry.

Decorative Stitch Apron at S4H

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Tuesday, 29 November 2011 05:00

Video: Supporting Larger Embroidery Projects With The Clothsetter Table 11000


282-supporting-larger-emb-projects-clothsetter-table-11000-videoIn addition to giving you perfect placement of your embroidery, you can use this accessory for extra support.

The Clothsetter Extension Table was designed specifically for the Memory Craft 11000 sewing, quilting and embroidery machine. Like previous Clothsetters this one allows you to place your embroidery designs with perfect accuracy. It's so accurate, in fact, that you can use it to place the various parts of multi-hoop designs.

But the Clothsetter Extension Table can also be used to get better results as your design is stitching out. Measuring 13 1/2" x 26 1/2", the Clothsetter Table 11000 can help support your embroidery hoop when you're embroidering on larger projects like a quilt.

To use it with embroidery, slide the Clothsetter Table into place. Then attach your hooped project for embroidery. The Clothsetter Table 11000 will help to support the extra weight.

Watch the video Clothsetter Table 11000 Video: Supporting Larger Embroidery Projects to see this demonstrated.

The legs, which screw into place, can be adjusted so that the table is the right height to provide stability on any surface.

Clothsetter Extension Table 11000 is an exclusive Janome accessory. See your local Janome Dealer to see it demonstrated.

Watch How To Support Your Embroidery Projects

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