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Wednesday, 12 October 2011 05:00

Congratulations To Our New Machine "Wish List" Winner


287-congratulations-new-machine-wish-list-winnerJust before we unveiled the new machine, we asked you to post your "wish list."

Two weeks before we unveiled the Horizon Memory Craft 12000, we asked you to tell us which features you'd like to see on the new machine. Then we put everyone who left a comment into a drawing to win a Janome hat and water bottle.

We'd like to congratulate Barbara Jean O'Nale of Kapolei, Hawaii for winning the drawing. She also sends a shout-out to her local Janome Dealer, Ed Benz of New home Sewing Center in Honolulu. HI. "He's the best, and I'd really like to give credit to him for getting me so interested in Janome!"

Barbara's wish was:

"I'd also like at least a 9mm stitch width. the decorative stitches are much prettier and there are more decorative options when you can go wider."

And we're happy to say she got her wish. 

But we'd like to congratulate everyone else who showed amazing insight into a large number of new features that are actually on the machine. If you remember, we hadn't even told anyone what the name of the new machine would be. But when we saw suggestions for larger hoops, 1,000 spm speed, improved lighting, larger screen capability, and fast needle plate switching--just to name a few--we wondered if some of you had secretly been using the Horizon Memory Craft 12000.

Hopefully, this also means that the new machine matches up with your fondest wishes for sewing, quilting and embroidery features. If you haven't yet, see all the features on the MC12000 website and then try them out for yourself at your nearest certified Janome Dealer.

See Complete MC12000 Features

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Tuesday, 11 October 2011 05:00

Video: Attaching Lace While Gathering With The Ultimate Ruffler


275-attaching-lace-while-gathering-with-ultimate-ruffler-videoYour fabric is ruffled but the lace is attached flat.

We've highlighted the Ultimate Ruffler here before. It's an attachment that looks complex as it's doing its work, but it's actually easy to use. To learn how to use it make ruffles and pleats watch the video.

You can also use the Ultimate Ruffler to attach lace while ruffling. The fabric gets a gather and the lace is attached flat--all with one stitch.

Attaching Lace While Using The Ultimate Ruffler

  1. The ruffler foot snaps onto your machine with the black plastic arm going over the needle screw.
  2. Choose a straight stitch.
  3. You'll first want to select the distance between your gathers. The selection lever on the ruffler foot lets you control how many stitches between each ruffle. The first slot is every stitch. The next is every 6 stitches. The 12 slot is every 12 stitches. Be sure to sew a test strip to make sure this will work for your project.
  4. Then you want to adjust the depth of your gathers. You do this by turning the adjustment screw. Again, test your settings on a scrap.
  5. Now, to attach lace while gathering: feed the fabric you want gathered under the metal bar.
  6. Feed your lace over the top of the bar.
  7. Begin sewing. Your fabric is gathered but your attached lace is not.

To see this demonstrated, watch The Ultimate Ruffler Video: Attaching Lace While Gathering.

The Ultimate Ruffler fits all Janome sewing machines, except the MC6600P and 7700QCP, which use the AcuFeed Ruffler. If you have any questions ask your Janome Dealer.

Watch How To Attach Lace While Ruffling

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Monday, 10 October 2011 05:00

Happy Columbus Day


288-happy-columbus-day-s4h-italiano-kitchenCelebrate this great Italian with Sew4Home's five fun Italiano Kitchen projects (and one delicious recipe)!

Janome America is proud to be a sponsor of the great sewing blog, Sew4Home. Their Italiano Kitchen series was a recent favorite of ours and one we thought would be perfect to call to your attention today.

There's a mother and daughter apron set, plus napkins, placemats and a bistro tablecloth. Everything you need for your Columbus day feast... including a recipe for Nana Amato's Sicilian style breadMangiare e gustare!

All these great projects can be done on any Janome machine

Start With The Mama Apron

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Friday, 07 October 2011 05:00

Video: Behind The Scenes at Janome Tokyo


286-behind-the-scenes-janome-tokyo-videoHow DO they come up with those amazing sewing machines?

Janome was the world's first sewing machine company to have a Research & Development Center. And it's led to developments like the first programmable home sewing machine (Memory 7), the first professional-style embroidery machine for home use (MC8000), and the just-released Horizon Memory Craft 12000 with too many new features to list here.

Each of these machines was designed and manufactured at Janome's state-of-the-art Tokyo facility. Here, engineers work with computer modeling to come up with improved designs, while highly skilled technicians assemble and test each machine.

To get a behind-the-scenes look at this facility watch Video: Inside Janome's Tokyo Facility on the About Janome page.

Watch The Inside Janome Tokyo Video

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Thursday, 06 October 2011 05:00

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Check Out Our Pink Ribbon Models


188-pink-ribbon-series-no2Buy one of these machines and help support the cure for breast cancer.

Have you been seeing the pink ribbons everywhere? Nearly all of us have been touched by breast cancer in one way or another. That's why Janome wants to support efforts to increase awareness of breast cancer through education, providing breast care services for those in need, and providing nurturing support services.

When you purchase one of our Pink Ribbon Series models, the MS5027PR and the DC4030PR, we contribute to this worthy cause.

To us, sewing is about sharing - and creating a legacy. Our Pink Ribbon models help to ensure more women survive breast cancer - so they can pass along their legacies for years to come.

The MS5027PR has 27 built-in stitches as well as 1 one-step buttonhole. You'll find a built-in needle threader, free arm, and a horizontal full rotary hook bobbin. Special stitch guides provide automatic recommendations for the best stitch width and length to ensure stunning, precise results.

The DC4030PR has 30 actual stitches, 6 one-step buttonholes, a built-in One-Hand Needle Threader and Stitch Width and Length adjustments. Choosing and configuring stitches is easy with the large stitch selection buttons. This limited-edition computerized machine gives you Janome results at a great price.

See both models at your local Janome Dealer.

See A Pink Ribbon Model

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Wednesday, 05 October 2011 05:00

Sewn With Love: Claire Webster's Personalized Pillowcases


283-swl-claire-webster-personalized-pillowcaseThis project was a wonderful combination of her love for sewing and her love for your neice.

Claire Webster lives and sews across the pond in Chesterfield, England. She says that she recently got the sewing machine of her dreams, the Memory Craft 11000 Special Edition. And it gave her the chance to make a very special project for her eight year old niece Natalie. 

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Tuesday, 04 October 2011 05:00

Video: Placing Embroidery With No Template On The Clothsetter Table 11000


271-placing-embroidery-no-template-clothsetter-table-11000You don't need a printed template to place your embroidery designs with precision.

Your Memory Craft 11000 sewing, quilting and embroidery machine has extremely precise embroidery stitching. The Clothsetter Table 11000 lets you PLACE your embroidery designs with that same level of precision.

For some design layouts, you'll want to use printed templates to help you with positioning. But for more simple layouts you don't have to. And you can still enjoy the accurate placement of the Clothsetter Table 11000. 

Before you do any embroidery with your Clothsetter Table, be sure it's calibrated. See the calibration video for easy instructions.

Using The Clothsetter Table 11000 Without A Template

  1. On your Memory Craft 11000 choose the embroidery design you'd like to stitch out. Choose the appropriate size hoop. We recommend choosing the smallest that will fit your project.
  2. Decide where on your project you would like your embroidery design placed. Using a fabric marker and a ruler, draw a cross at the center of your design, making an arrow mark at the top.
  3. Next, attach the embroidery hoop to the Clothsetter Table. Be sure to loosen the screw on the outer hoop and remove the inner hoop.
  4. Set a sheet of stabilizer on the hoop followed by your project.
  5. Lower the arm and move your project so the mark on your fabric aligns with the cross-hairs. The arrow on your mark should be pointing in the same direction as the arrow on the cross-hairs.
  6. Lift the arm and set the inner hoop in place. As you push it down be sure the markings don't move.
  7. Tighten the screw to hold your project in place.
  8. Now remove the whole hoop from the Clothsetter Table and attach it to your Memory Craft 11000.
  9. To ensure that it's exactly in place, you can use the handwheel to lower the needle.
  10. Press Start to begin embroidery stitching, following the machine's directions for changing thread color.

Once embroidery is complete you can remove the markings and excess stabilizer according to directions.

To see this technique demonstrated, watch Clothsetter Table 11000 Video: Embroidery Placement With No Template.

Watch Embroidery Placement With No Template

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Monday, 03 October 2011 05:00

The Horizon MC12000 Has Arrived In Dealers' Stores!


284-first-reactions-to-the-new-machine-videoSee The Video: First Reactions To The New Machine

Last Saturday thousands of you got a first look at and "test drive" on the Horizon Memory Craft 12000.

There were arrival parties at Janome Dealers all across the country and we've already been hearing some great stories.

One of those parties was out west in Eugene, Oregon at Paramount Sewing & Vacuum. Owner Karen Burdick had customers drive significant distances just to try the MC12000 for themselves.

Watch the video to see see their first reactions. (Hint: nobody was disappointed.)

Then find your nearest Horizon Memory Craft 12000 certified Janome Dealer and do your own test run.

Watch The MC12000 Day Video

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Friday, 30 September 2011 05:00

Check It Out: Halloween Hostess Apron at Sew4Home


274-s4h-halloween-hostess-apronGhoulishly gauzy... creepy yet cute!

Our friends at Sew4Home have posted an adorable retro hostess half-apron just in time for Halloween parties. A blend of crisp cotton and frothy organza, this project is a great one to practice your narrow hems and sheer fabric stitching. It features The Ghastlies, a spectacularly spooky print from Alexander Henry Fabrics. 

Remember, switching to a straight stitch needle plate or using the Automatic Plate Convertor features on models like the Horizon 7700QCP or the Memory Craft 5200 helps keep tricky, lightweight fabrics, like organza, stay flat and smooth. 

Go To The S4H Halloween Apron

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Thursday, 29 September 2011 05:00

Horizon Memory Craft 12000: Have You Checked With Your Certified Janome Dealer?


273-mc12000-machines-arrive-oct1See the new machine in person this Saturday. At certified dealers only.

This Saturday, October 1st, you are finally going to get the chance to see the new Horizon Memory Craft 12000 in person--and give it a try.

Just make sure your dealer will have the machine in his or her store.

Only Janone Dealers who have been certified on the new MC12000 will have them on Saturday. If you've received a postcard or email from your dealer telling you they will have the machine, you'll be fine. The majority of dealers have gone throught the necessary training to be able to demonstrate all the features on the machine and answer your questions.

But if you haven't heard from your dealer, find them on our Dealer Locator and see if they have the Horizon Memory Craft 12000 certification banner next to their store name.

Then you might want to call or email them to find out what time they'll be revealing the new machine.

If you don't have a favorite Janome Dealer who's certified on the MC12000, you can find the closest one on our Dealer Locator

Go To The Janome Dealer Locator

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