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Monday, 19 September 2011 05:00

Horizon Memory Craft 12000: What Are People Saying?

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266-mc12000-people-are-talkingA few comments from people who've worked on the new machine.

Janome Dealers flew in from around the world to learn about the Horizon Memory Craft 12000. After nearly a week of intense training, they went back to their stores and shared on their blogs what they thought about the new machine.

"I was very excited to see the new machine LIVE. I think you are going to love it . . . You are able to leave the embroidery arm on when sewing and this makes an even deeper sewing area. The sharpness of the color screen is awesome, so bright and bold in color. Love it!!!!"

"(T)he new Janome “top of the line” Horizon Memory Craft 12000 has kept me enthusiastic about sewing. The new machine has features I never thought possible in a sewing/embroidery machine. To try to impart all of the information I learned about the Janome 12000 in this brief blog post would be impossible. Instead, I will compose a number of blog posts over the next few weeks, featuring one or two amazing benefits in each post."

"It seems really fantastically designed, and has a few features to make insomniac sewists/embroiderers happy--a 'stealth' mode that allows you to turn off the noises it makes, all those LED lights, the magnifier in just the perfect place..."

For more first-hand impressions of the new machine, visit SewingGood.com where they have a new blog post by Jami, one of the "Janome Gals" from the introduction video. She gives some insight into the foster family's situation and also talks about doing embroidery on the MC12000.

Find Out More About The MC12000

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Friday, 16 September 2011 05:00

Janome Heritage: The Memory Craft 3000

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265-janome-heritage-mc3000This solid performer made computerized stitching affordable.

Back in 1997 it was possible to get a computerized sewing machine, one that would allow you to program custom stitch combinations. But you'd expect to pay a premium price.

So when Janome introduced the Memory Craft 3000--a computerized machine at an affordable price--it soon became a favorite.

The MC3000 allowed you to combine its 30 built-in stitches in combinations of up to 50 stitches. All just by pushing a few buttons. It also featured nifty features like an easy-to-read LCD display, a needle threader, Auto Lock key, and an Up/Down needle position.

But even more important than advanced electronics, the MC3000 was a sturdy machine with the power to sew through the thickest fabrics. And it could speed along at 820 stitches per minute with excellent stitch quality. If you own this machine you can still get the manual as a PDF in our Retired Machine section. Go to the MC3000 page and look under Specifications.

Today, you can get a computerized Janome that's even more affordable. The DC1050 computerized sewing machine features 50 built-in stitches and 820 spm. The 3160QDC sewing machine is also computerized, featuring 60 stitches, 6 one-step buttonholes, and Janome's Exclusive Superior Plus Feed System. And the DC5100 computerized sewing machine comes with 167 built-in stitches, including an alphabet and 5 one-step buttonholes, and a touchpad for easy navigation.

See them all at your Janome Dealer.

Find out more about the DC5100

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Thursday, 15 September 2011 05:00

A Precise Way to Guide Pinstitching Next to Lace

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264-a-precise-way-to-guide-pinstitching-next-to-laceUse the Seven-Groove Pintuck foot to pinstitch with speed and accuracy

We already know a Pintuck foot can create rows of beautifully formed and perfectly spaced pintucks, but there are a wide range of other applications as well. For this, snap on the Seven-Groove Pintuck foot, part of the Pintuck Foot Set, to create Precise Pinstitching next to Lace.

  1. Choose a Blanket Stitch.
  2. Adjust the stitch width to 2.0 and the length to 2.5.
  3. Insert a size #16 Wing needle (for lightweight fabrics such as batiste) or a size #19 wing needle (for medium weight fabrics like linen).
  4. Thread the machine with 80-weight cotton thread.
  5. Place the right side of the center opening of the Pintuck foot next to the heading of the lace. Allow the Pintuck foot to ride next to the heading of the lace as you sew. the left swing of the stitch will penetrate the lace and the right Straight Stitch will sew in the fabric.

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Wednesday, 14 September 2011 05:00

What Will Be This Fall's Big Color Trends?

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263-fall-2011-big-color-trendsAnd how do they come up with the fabric pallette forecast?

Fall is when the latest fashions make their debut. But it's also when the people who monitor style come up with their predictions for the trendiest color combinations for the following year. We'll see them in clothing, on furniture, and at the fabric store.

You might suspect otherwise, but there's no single authority that hands down a verdict on what colors many of the big retailers will be carrying in their fall lines. And, like a weather report, the predictions are updated as collections are rolled out.

Fashionising.com has been monitoring two different color forecasts, one for clothing and one for textiles. (See the actual colors on their blog.) But where they get their info is also interesting.

For the garment industry, they get their fall/winter 2011 colour trends from Design Options, a trend forecasting company from Southern California.

For textiles, they get their predictions from Spin Expo, an international trade fair for yarns, fibres, knitwear and knitted fabrics that is held in both New York and Shanghai. 

See The Predictions For Fall Colors

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Tuesday, 13 September 2011 05:00

Video: Sewing High Loft Batting With The Even Feed Foot (Walking Foot)

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259-sewing-high-loft-batting-even-feed-foot-videoThis foot will help you to quilt through thick layers with ease.

Thick batting makes for a wonderfully full quilt. But when you try to stitch multiple layers--especially if they're thick--they tend to shift, with the layers nearest the feed dogs getting out ahead.

To solve this problem you use a foot that feeds the fabric from the top at exactly the same pace as the bottom. You want to use the Even Feed Foot (also called the Walking Foot). Using upper feed dogs, it walks both layers through at the same speed so you end up with perfectly matching ends.

Using The Even Feed Foot To Quilt High Loft Batting

  1. To install the foot, you must first remove the foot and ankle of the All-Purpose foot.
  2. In order for the Even Feed foot to work, the bar must be placed above the needle screw.
  3. Then tighten the foot screw to ensure it is properly seated on the machine.
  4. Choose a straight stitch. We're sewing on high loft batting so we've adjusted the stitch length to 2.8.
  5. As you sew, the feed dogs on the foot pull the fabric through at the same rate as the feed dogs underneath.


 When you're done, you have nice even stitches.

To see this demonstrated watch Even Feed Foot (Walking Foot) Video: Sewing High Loft Batting.

The Even Feed Foot shown in the video is for embroidery machines. There is also an Even Feed Foot for low shank, top loading models and another for front loading machines.

See your Janome Dealer to find out which one will work with your machine.

Watch How To Use The Even Feed Foot On High Loft Batting

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Monday, 12 September 2011 05:00

The Horizon MC12000: Check It Out Online Now; See It In Person At Your Dealer 10/1

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262-mc12000-see-it-online-snipeTry out the new machine at your Janome dealer in just 3 weeks.

If you haven't yet seen the new Horizon Memory Craft 12000, go to the website and watch the introduction video. You can get information on many of the machine's new features.

But to get the full details on how the MC12000 will change the way you sew, quilt, and embroider, you need to see it in person. And talk to someone who's been trained on it. 

On Saturday, October 1st, the Horizon Memory Craft 12000 will arrive at certified Janome Dealers. They've just completed comprehensive training on the machine and will be able to answer your questions and guide you through a sewing demo.

It's been a lot of fun reading the blog posts of dealers who just returned from Orlando, FL where they saw and tried out the new machine for the first time. They're excited to get the MC12000 in their stores.

So make sure you get to see it on 10/1. Check with your local dealer to make sure they're certified to sell the MC12000 and find out what they'll be doing for "opening day." 

And if you haven't yet, go see the video or look through the details on the special website.

Visit The Horizon MC12K Website

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Friday, 09 September 2011 05:00

Sew4Home's Lil' Boy's Storybook Bedroom Is A Classic

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258-s4h-lil-boys-storybook-bedroomVintage, Retro, Old School... or simply, "Hey, I remember that!"

Designs with a nostalgic flavor go by many names, but are universally appealing. Over at Sew4Home they've started a darling new series of projects called called Storybook Bedroom. All eight of the projects use wonderfully nostalgic Lil' Rascals fabric by Chloe's Closet (courtesy of Moda Fabrics).

From a chubby-cheeked cowboy to a bespectacled pug dog to a mischievous monkey... the characters of Lil' Rascals are all up to something. The eight tutorials are designed to outfit a toddler's bedroom--they envisioned a boy's room--but this collection's soft color palette and playful designs would work for any lil' rascal in your life.

Lil' Rascals Projects Available So Far


There will be three more projects in this theme so check back at Sew4Home.com.

Sew4Home recommends several different Janome sewing machines for these projects, including the HD3000, Jem Gold 3, and Memory Craft 6300. For embroidery they recommend the Memory Craft 11000 Special Edition. And for a serger the Magnolia 7034D.  

Go To The Sleepytime Pillowcases

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Thursday, 08 September 2011 05:00

Sewn With Love: Tina Dana's Dino Quilt

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257-swl-tina-dana-dino-quiltHow'd you like to nap with the dinosaurs?

There are so many great embroidery designs out on the Internet. And when you have the Memory Craft 11000 Special Edition, you can just download them to a thumb drive and load them into your machine for embroidery.

That's what Tina Dana of Lakeland, FL when she made this adorable baby quilt for one of her former students.

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Wednesday, 07 September 2011 00:00

Video: Installing A Lap Zipper With The Narrow Base Zipper Foot

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228-installing-a-lap-zipper-narrow-base-zipper-foot-videoNo need to fear zippers. Just use this foot and follow these simple steps.

The flexibility of the Narrow Base Zipper Foot makes close sewing easy. By loosening the screw on the back, you can move the foot to either side of the needle, adjusting how close you'd like it to be.

Because it lets you get in close, this foot is handy for a number of technqiues, such as installing pre-strung beads or piping. And, of course, zippers.

How To Install A Lap Zipper

  1. First, sew the seam where you'd like the zipper to be located.
  2. Attach the Zipper Foot to your machine. Loosen the screw and move the foot to the right of the needle then re-tighten.
  3. Choose a straight stitch.
  4. To first attach your zipper, position it teeth-down with the edge of the tape lined up with the seam allowance. Align your project so the needle is in the middle of the zipper tape. Sew all the way down the zipper.
  5. Move the foot to the left side of the needle.
  6. Turn the zipper over and fold the edge of the fabric back to the edge of the teeth. Sew a seam close to the edge of the fold.
  7. Open up your fabric and lay it flat. Move the Zipper Foot to the right side of the needle. And sew a seam close to the zipper teeth.
  8. When you've sewn the length of the zipper, remove the stitching on your original seam and you now have a lap zipper installed.

 

To see this demonstrated, watch Zipper Foot - Narrow Base (High Shank) Video: Installing A Lap Zipper.

This demonstration is with the high shank version of this foot. If you have a low shank model, you can use Zipper Foot-Narrow Base (low shank machines). Ask your Janome Dealer about which version works with your machine. 

Watch How To Install A Lap Zipper

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Tuesday, 06 September 2011 05:00

The Creative Journey Starts Here!

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256-mc12000-creative-journey-starts-hereThe Horizon Memory Craft 12000 will expand your sewing, quilting and embroidery to new horizons.

With a 15" embossed stainless steel plate in the bed and 11" to the right of the needle, it has the most workspace of any Janome. It has the largest, most stable embroidery system we’ve ever developed. And an amazing list of new features.

The Horizon Memory Craft 12000 will change the way you create, and make the creative journey more enjoyable than ever before.

Real-Time PC Connection With Horizon Link™
Create and edit designs on the touchscreen in real time on your computer. Use your mouse to drag, drop and edit. This means your editing screen can be as large as your computer monitor. Or take your laptop with you to edit on the go.

AcuFeed Flex™ Layered Fabric Feeding System
Our AcuFeed™ system has been a favorite among quilters for its amazing precision and power. Now it’s even better. AcuFeed Flex™ is easy to remove and comes in two widths with multiple feet to address different tasks.

Create Your Own Stitches
Design your own original decorative stitches from scratch. Using the Stitch Composer,™ it’s easy. And your Memory Craft 12000 can use your new creation just like one of its own built-in stitches, altering length and width and adding it to combinations.

The Linear Motion Embroidery System™
It slips neatly onto the back of your machine to give you a bigger embroidery area than ever before, with even greater accuracy. So discreet and sleek, you can leave it attached for regular sewing. And it’s the only home-use sewing machine to allow Free Arm embroidery.

Then there's the 9mm Stitch Width, Auto Presser Foot Lift, One Step Needle Plate Conversion, Variable Width Zigzag during FMQ, and so much more.

Go to HorizonMemoryCraft12000.com, where you can learn more about the features, watch the complete "Sewing Good" video, and find out when you can see the machine at your Janome Dealer. 

Visit the MC12K Website

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