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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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Monday, 31 October 2011 05:00

Modern Quilt Guild Announces Winner of Horizon 7700QCP

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300-project-modern-quilt-guild-logoProject Modern wraps up a year of amazing quilts and an exciting Janome America Sweepstakes

Just over a year ago, we signed on as a sponsor of the Modern Quilt Guild's Project Modern, a year long series of exciting quilting challenges. Each of the four challenges had a unique theme, but they all focused on the entrants coming up with their own designs or a unique modern spin on a traditional design. The Modern Quilt Guild's goal is to offer inspiration to its members to reinterpret conventional quilting designs with a minimalist sensibility.

From September 2010 to September 2011, while MQG members amazed us with their incredibly unique quilt creations, Janome America put up a Horizon 7700QCP as the prize of a concurrent Sweepstakes on the MQG blog.

The winners of the fourth and final challenge were just announced. And, then the lucky winner of the Janome America Horizon Sweepstakes was drawn. Heather Freeman of Columbus Ohio takes home the Memory Craft Horizon 7700QCP. Congratulations, Heather! Enjoy your modern quilting on this incredible machine.

The Modern Quilt Guild movement has local chapters around the country and world. Find out more about the organizations near you... or how you can start one of your own.

More About The Modern Quilt Guild

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Friday, 28 October 2011 05:00

Free Motion Quilting: A 3-part Series by Sarah Ann Smith: Part 3

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298-sarah-ann-smith-free-motion-quilting-part3Troubleshooting Tips for Free Motion Quilting

Over the past two weeks, we have shared a series of Free Motion Quilting articles by Thread and Quilting expert Sarah Ann Smith. Today, in our final installment, Sarah gives her tips for troubleshooting when something goes awry while quilting.

Being an expert on free motion quilting means spending a fair amount of time diagnosing machine, thread, and other problems. Sarah has boiled troubleshooting down to a simple, five-step process. Click below to read more. If you missed them, be sure to check out Sarah's previous articles: Design and Technical Considerations for Free Motion Quliting and Free Motion Quilting Technique.

Get Troubleshooting Tips

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Thursday, 27 October 2011 05:00

Bold Fall Lines: A New Pieced Pillow Project from Alissa Haight Carlton

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297-pieced-pillow-project-alissa-haight-carltonBold Design and Simple Piecing join in one Fabulous Home Decor Project

One exciting new addition to the quilting world in recent years has been the emergence of the Modern Quilting Movement. This new aesthetic has its roots in traditional quilting techniques, but seeks to reinterpret conventional quilting designs with a minimalist sensibility. The movement has organizations around the country and world through local chapters of the Modern Quilt Guild.

We are excited to bring this fantastic Modern Quilted Pillow project to you, compliments of Alissa Haight Carlton, a co-founder and president of the Modern Quilt Guild. Alissa created this pillow in colors to celebrate fall, but any contrasting solids will work with the design. If you love this style, be sure to check out Alissa's previous project for the Janome website, the Quilted Spring Pillow.

Find more Modern Quilting inspiration at Alissa's website, and be sure to look for her New Book, Modern Minimal coming soon from Stash books!

Make the Pillow

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Wednesday, 26 October 2011 05:00

Computerized Cuteness - Introducing Hello Kitty 18750

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296-hello-kitty-18750-newDon't let the cute graphics fool you. This is a fully capable machine.

Under the adorable graphics is a full-featured machine with computerized power and stitch precision.

Sewing has a whimsical and playful side. And when you first see this machine, you have to smile. But when you sit down to sew on it, you'll smile even more.

The Hello Kitty 18750 computerized sewing and quilting machine features 50 stitches, including 3 one-step buttonholes, which you can quickly select using the backlit LCD display. The machine has sewing speeds up to 820 stitches per minute, with excellent precision thanks in part to a 7-piece feed dog and the jam-proof horizontal full-rotary bobbin.

Relax your pedal foot and use the Start/Stop button. Use the Locking Stitch button at the end of your stitch or the Easy Reverse button. 

Other time-saving features include: a one-hand needle threader, a thread cutter, memorized needle up/down, and a convenient drop feed.

The Hello Kitty 18750 is the big sister to the compact Hello Kitty 15822. Play with them both at your local Janome dealer.

Find Out More About The Hello Kitty 18750

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Tuesday, 25 October 2011 05:00

Video: Creating A Blind Hem With The Adjustable Blind Hem Foot G

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277-creating-blind-hem-adjustable-blind-hem-foot-g-videoThe adjustable flange lets you accurately set the "bite" of your stitch.

The blind hem stitch is one of the most popular hidden stitches. When you use it to hem the bottom of your drapes or a pair of pants, it gives your project a professional finish because it's virtually invisible.

A blind hem is sewn by folding and pressing the hem and then folding it back close to where you want to sew the seam. Then you sew along the wrong side of your fabric, using the flange on the foot to guide you along the fold.

The Adjustable Blind Hem Foot G makes it easy to create beautiful blind hems. And it has an adjustable flange so you can determine how close to the edge you want to make your stitch.

How To Create A Blind Hem

  1. First, using the standard foot on your machine, finish the raw edge of your hem by folding it over and sewing with a straight stitch.
  2. Snap on the Blind Hem Foot G.
  3. Choose the appropriate blind hem stitch for the type of fabric your project requires.
  4. Once you've measured your hem, fold your fabric again so that your initial fold is just showing.
  5. Place the edge of your fold against the flange and sew. You can adjust the stitch width to minimize the bite.
  6. Sew your blind hem seam.


When you're finished you have a true blind hem.

To see a demonstration of this technique, watch Adjustable Blind Hem Foot Video: Creating A Blind Hem.

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.

Watch How To Sew A Blind Hem

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