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Friday, 19 August 2011 05:00

A Modern Nursery Series At Sew4Home

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246-s4h-citron-gray-nursery-projectsEight new projects to inspire you.

Our creative friends at Sew4Home.com, where Janome America is a sponsor, just posted eight great nursery projects: curtains, a baby quilt, tissue box cover, appliqué pillows, storage basket, and all the crib linens: bumpers, pleated skirt and fitted sheet. This fun series was designed using Michael Miller Fabrics new Color Story concept. Sew4Home chose the Citron-Gray Color Story for their modern baby boy nursery. It is a wonderfully happy yet soothing palette, and the sleek geometric shapes of the motifs create a trendy, upscale look that mom and dad will appreciate as much as baby.

Start With The Curtains & Link Through All Eight Projects From There

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Thursday, 18 August 2011 05:00

What's New With "The Janome Gals" At SewingGood.com?

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245-the-janome-gals-updateNothing much. They've just been sewing on the new machine.

Yes, the group of friends we call "the Janome Gals" have finished their nursery project for the foster family. And yes, they used the new, top-secret machine.

You can read their blog posts about it over at SewingGood.com.

Of course, they were sworn to secrecy on the actual details of the machine but you can see photos of some of their completed items and read about what it was like to work together on a "sewing good" project.

If you're not familiar with the Janome Gals, they're a group of friends who were looking for a charity project they could sew together. We worked with them to help complete the project as part of the roll out of our new machine. You'll hear more about them when we unveil the new machine on September 3rd. You can register here to see the new machine video minutes after it's unveiled to the world.

Here's the main page of SewingGood.com. And this is the page that lists all the Janome Gal posts.

Register To See The New Machine

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Wednesday, 17 August 2011 05:00

Let's Talk: Tell Us What YOU Are Hoping To See On The New Janome Machine

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244-hoping-to-see-on-new-janome-machine-lets-talkNew clues keep appearing. Rumors keep flying. But we want to know what you think. You could win a cool prize.

By now you probably know that on September 3rd, we'll be revealing a brand new machine. And you've probably guessed it's a pretty big deal, because you can sign up to see it just minutes after its unveiled to Janome dealers worldwide.

Also on that registration page are visual clues about what the new machine will look like. This has led to a lot of guessing about the new machine's features.

Guessing is fun, but we want to know which features you are hoping are on the new machine. Leave your wish list by using the Comments feature below.

When you leave a comment on this article, you'll be automatically entered in the drawing to win a cool Janome hat and water bottle (a great way to beat the summer heat). The winner will be drawn randomly from all entries.

If you haven't yet registered to see the video of the new machine the day it's released, you can do that here.

See All The Clues Posted So Far

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Tuesday, 16 August 2011 05:00

Video: Using Clothsetter Table 11000 As An Extension Table

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230-clothsetter-table-11000-extension-table-videoYour MC11K Special Edition has a Clothsetter and an extension table in one accessory.

This unique dual-function tool enables perfect design placement every time--and you can quickly convert it to a standard extension table. Measuring 13½" x 26½", the Clothsetter Table 11000 provides extra support for large sewing and quilting projects on your Memory Craft 11000. And, it features standard and metric measurements.

Using The Clothsetter Table 11000 As An Extension Table

  1. Screw the legs into place and adjust the height for your work surface.
  2. Remove your MC11K Special Edition accessory tray.
  3. Slide the extension table against the bed of the machine.


Now you have large, even support for bulkier projects like quilts.

To see the Clothsetter Table 11000 table demonstrated watch Clothsetter Table 11000 Video: Using It As An Extension Table.

Find out more about this exclusive Janome accessory at your local Janome Dealer.

Watch The Clothsetter Extension Table Video

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Monday, 15 August 2011 05:00

Sewn With Love: Debra Mowers' Camo Prom Outfits (What?!)

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243-swl-debra-mowers-camo-promo-outfitsThe fabric that's nearly invisible to deer caught everyone's eye at the prom.

Debra Mowers says that sewing on her Janome Horizon is something enjoys doing all the time. Out of all the projects she's ever done, one of her favorites came about when her granddaughter Chelsea asked Debra to make her prom dress.

But she had a very unusual request for fabric--hunter's camouflage.

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Friday, 12 August 2011 05:00

Flip Flop Coasters

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242-flip-flop-coasters-projectFlip flops aren't just for feet anymore!

The final project in our summer-loving flip flop series is the cutest one yet! These drink coasters are super easy to sew, and add a festive flair to your poolside party. Elastic forms the flip flop, and is what holds the glass in place. It's easy to attach with any Janome machine, but for extra smooth sewing, try sewing it on with the Ultraglide foot.

These adorable coasters are the perfect addition to any picnic or summer barbeque. Use up some scraps and make them in a variety of fabrics. Each guest can have a unique color/pattern to keep track of his/her glass. Don't forget to sew an extra set to bring along as a hostess gift for your next summer get together.

Make the Coasters!

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Thursday, 11 August 2011 05:00

Flip Flop Beach Towel

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241-flip-flop-beach-blanket-projectTurn an average towel into something extraordinary with this quick project.

Today we're featuring another fun and innovative project from Janome Educator, Amy Meeks. This new take on the average beach towel mimics a flip flop. The straps give the towel some unique functions: you can use them to attach your towel to your beach chair, to ensure it doesn't blow away in the ocean breeze; or hook them to your car seat for the drive home, protecting your car seats from a wet bathing suit... and your legs from the hot car vinyl! 

The whole project can be created with just a few seams on any Janome machine. Use new terrycloth fabric or recycled beach towels from your own linen closet. Whip up one... or two today!

Make the Towel

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Wednesday, 10 August 2011 05:00

Poll Results: "Dog Days Of Summer" Pet Projects

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239-pet-projects-poll-resultsYou love your pets. But what do you like to sew for them?

Last week we asked you to vote in our "Dog Days of Summer" Pet Projects Poll. The question was: What are your favorite projects for pets?

What was surprising were the two choices that nobody voted for. One was "Leashes." Maybe there are so many choices at the pet store, you don't need to make your own.

But the other one without votes was "Costumes." We see so many cute pictures of pets dressed up for Halloween or Christmas, we thought this one would be more popular.

See the complete results on our Poll Results Page

Go To The Poll Results Page

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Tuesday, 09 August 2011 05:00

Video: Sewing Vinyl And Velvet With The Roller Foot

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229-sewing-vinyl-velvet-roller-foot-videoThe roller gives this foot better traction on shifty fabrics, and keeps it moving smoothly over sticky fabrics.

The Roller Foot gets its name from the little internal roller that helps feed "difficult" fabrics under your needle. It gives you better traction when sewing slippery materials like chiffon, velvet, and organza. And it keeps potentially sticky materials like leather and vinyl moving along.

You simply snap the foot on your sewing machine and sew like you normally would. To see this foot demonstrated watch Roller Foot Video: Sewing Vinyl And Velvet. This demonstration was done on the Memory Craft 11000 Special Edition sewing, quilting, and embroidery machine

The Roller Foot comes in two sizes, a 7 millimeter width for Horizontal Rotary Hook models and a 5 millimeter width for Oscillating Hook machines.

To find out which one is right for your machine, see your local Janome Dealer.

Watch The Roller Foot Video

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Monday, 08 August 2011 05:00

The Key West Tote: Flip Flop Inspired Beach Bag with Swimsuit Pocket

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240-flip-flop-beach-bag-projectThis cute summer tote is as functional as it is adorable! 

Inspired by everyone's favorite summer shoe, the Key West Tote includes a secret pocket with ingenious functionality: it's lined with laminated fabric - so you can tote your wet suit home without getting your other necessities wet. There's a strap for carrying and a zipper closure. It's quick to sew, which means you can spend more time relaxing by the pool.

Makers beware: Once your friends at the beach or pool see this, they're going to want you to stitch up more for them! 

Make the Flip Flop Tote

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