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Thursday, 04 August 2011 05:00

The Journey Continues: Ten Sneak Peeks - Are You Registered For The Big Reveal?

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237-tol-sneak-peakIn just one short month, there will be big, big news.

There are now ten images to review on our The Journey Continues web site. Each one reveals a tiny bit of our new machine, which debuts next month. Make sure you're registered on the site so you're part of the select group who will be the first to know when information is released and to SEE the new machine in action.  

Register At The Site

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Wednesday, 03 August 2011 05:00

Sewn With Love: Ann Tift's Humorous Embroidered Tote Bags

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236-swl-anne-tift-humorous-emb-tote-bagsThe emboidery on these bags is sure to make you smile.

Ann Tift of Sebring, FL thought of a clever Mother's Day gift for her three daughters. She made each of them a tote bag with a unique embroidery design and humorous caption.

Ann thought that each of them matched the personality of her daughters. But what did they think?

Click the link below to see all three designs.

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Tuesday, 02 August 2011 05:00

Video: Creating Tucks With The Quarter Inch Seam Foot O

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200-creating-tucks-quarter-inch-seam-foot-o-videoYour favorite quilt piecing foot is more versatile than you think.

The 1/4" Seam Foot O is a popular foot with patchworkers, because it makes it easy to maintain that essential 1/4 inch seam. The flange on the side of the foot lets you guide your fabric to sew a perfect 1/4 inch seam every time.

This guide also makes it possible to sew rows of perfectly even tucks.

Using The Quarter Inch Seam Foot O To Create Tucks

  1. Begin by snapping the foot on the machine and choosing a straight stitch.
  2. Fold your fabric several inches in from the edge. 
  3. Sew your first row of stitching along the folded edge.
  4. Unfold your fabric and fold it again a little way from the first seam.
  5. Set your new fold against the guide and sew a 1/4" seam.


When you're finished with your rows, press all your tucks down in one direction.

To see this demonstrated watch 1/4" Seam Foot O Video: Creating Tucks.

The 1/4" Seam Foot O can also be used wherever a 1/4 inch seam is called for but the markings on the needle plate cannot be used, such as when completing a flat-felled seam. It's compatible with all Janome sewing machines. (The foot requires part #823504004 to work correctly on a MyStyle100.) See your local Janome Dealer with questions.

Watch Video On How To Make Tucks

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Monday, 01 August 2011 05:00

Take Our "Dog Days of Summer" Pet Projects Poll

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235-pet-projects-pollWhat are your favorite projects for pets?

Here we are in the "Dog Days of Summer." (For some of you those also include a cat, parakeet, bunny, or hamster.)

Sewing for pets is not only fun, but also practical. There are lots of great projects out there to choose from. So we want to know which project is your favorite for your pets.

Go to our Poll Page. Choose your top pick. Then check back next week for the results. Based on the survey answers, we'll put the "fave responses" into our "suggestion box" as future project ideas.

In the mean time, over at Sew4Home.com (where Janome is a sponsor) they're featuring some great pet projects, such as their: Pet bed and Dog collar and leash.

Click Here To Take The Poll

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Friday, 29 July 2011 05:00

Janome Heritage: The Memory Craft 9000

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234-janome-heritage-mc9000This sewing, quilting and embroidery machine earned a reputation for sturdy performance.

The Memory Craft 9000 debuted in the early 1990s. Replacing the MC8000 as Janome's flagship model, the MC9000 had expanded embroidery capabilities, and more time-saving features. It enabled sewists to quickly transition from sewing to embroidery, making it a true 3-in-1 machine.

Designed by Janome to withstand years of sewing, there are many MC9000s going strong after nearly 20 years in service. And some of the stories that have gotten back to us are simply amazing.

One owner in the mid-west told how a tornado destroyed her house, burying her MC9000 in the debris. As they combed through the wreckage they found the machine without external damage but completely soaking wet. They dumped the water out of the case, let the machine dry and plugged it in. It ran but with a little extra vibration. So she took it in to her dealer, who gave it a thorough cleaning. After that it ran like new, including the embroidery functions.

MC9000 owners can still find information on their machine, including the owner's manual as a PDF, in the Retired machine section.

The success of the Memory Craft 9000 design inspired a line of sewing and embroidery machines that are still available today: MC9500 and MC9700

Read More About Janome Embroidery Machines

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Thursday, 28 July 2011 05:00

Last Days To Save During Christmas in July

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233-xmas-in-july-last-days-hurryHurry in to your Dealer, great offers end this Sunday!

The hottest deals of the summer will melt away at the end of the month. Hurry in to your participating Janome America dealer to take advantage of gift-with-purchase offers on everything from beginner models to sergers to the the top-of-the-line sewing and embroidery powerhouse, the Memory Craft 11000 Special Edition

Christmas in July Sale Details

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Wednesday, 27 July 2011 05:00

Sewn With Love: Jerry Roberts' Heirloom Dress

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227-swl-jerry-roberts-heirloom-dressShe thought her granddaughter would let her make her one last "exquisite" dress.

Jerry Roberts loves heirloom sewing and loves to make dresses for her six year old granddaughter. For this creation she had to hunt down a twenty year old magazine cover and then order her lace from Europe. The result was this beautiful dress. Click the link below to see more images and read her "Sewn With Love" story.

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Tuesday, 26 July 2011 05:00

Video: Embroidery Placement With A Printed Template On The Clothsetter Table 11000

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204-emb-placement-printed-template-clothsetter-table-11k-videoUse a printed template with the Clothsetter Table 11000 to place multiple designs with perfect accuracy.

Your Memory Craft 11000 Special Edition has extremely precise embroidery stitching. Using a printed template with your Clothsetter Table 11000 helps you place that embroidery with the highest accuracy.

Also, using a printed template helps you better visualize how your design will fit on your project. And it allows you to easily create layouts using more than one hooping.

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Monday, 25 July 2011 05:00

Janome Partners With SewingGood Blog On Our Big Announcement

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226-sewing-good-introWe're working together on a charitable project as part of our September unveiling.

SewingGood.com is a blog dedicated to stories of quilters and sewists using their skills for the benefit of others.

They feature inspiring news and tell about organizations large and small that could currently use sewing help. Their hope is to inspire all of us to use our sewing for the good of others.

Janome is working with SewingGood on a charitable sewing project of our own. It has to do with our big announcement coming in September. And while we'd like to spill the beans right here, all we can say is that it's going to feature four women who use Janome machines (we call them the "Janome Gals") who will be sewing together on a project for a special family.

Each woman in the group has had a different sewing background. But all of them have experienced great enjoyment in sewing for others.

Right now SewingGood has an introductory post about the group and then a guest post from each of the four Janome Gals. They'll be posting more information as it becomes available.

Visit SewingGood.com

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Friday, 22 July 2011 05:00

Terrific Technique: Decorative Hems with the Twin Needle

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225-decorative-effects-cording-foot-h-tipA scallop stitch and twin needle create the perfect hem on sheers.

Specialty fabrics like sheers come with their own unique challenges. Hems are often difficult, because when they are made in the traditional style, they will show through. The easiest solution to this common problem is a rolled hem. But given the wide variety of tools and stitches available, leave it to the Janome team of sewists to come up with a special technique to add some creative decorative effects!

This special technique shows you how to use a Scallop Stitch, (like Stitch #79 on the Janome Horizon 7700QCP) and a 2mm twin needle to create a fantastic decorative hem. It's simple to achieve - and will give your sheer sewing projects a creative and professional finish. 

Try this Technique!

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