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Monday, 29 August 2011 05:00

Sewing Heavy Fall Fabrics? The HD Series Is Here To Help!

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251-hd-seriesGet sturdy stitching on a lightweight machine.

With autumn just around the corner we're all thinking of projects with heavier fabrics--window coverings to keep in the heat, garments to keep out the chill, and of course nice thick quilts.

Thick fabrics, especially where they fold into layers, can be a challenge for any sewing machine. Not only is your motor working harder to make the needle penetrate the fabric, the whole stability of your machine is tested as it moves the heavy material through.

 Janome created the HD3000 and HD1000 sewing machines just for this purpose. The HD stands for "Heavy Duty," starting with the metal exterior and going all the way down to the metal components inside. The HD series machines are built to take on your heavy fabrics without being heavy themselves.

At less than 19lbs. the HD3000 features 19 stitches (including a one-step buttonhole), 6.5 mm stitch width, built-in needle threader, free arm, and Janome's 7 piece feed dog system. Even more affordable, but still heavy duty, the HD1000 has 14 stitches and a 5 mm stitch width.

Visit your local Janome dealer as ask to try out one of the HD machines on some sturdy fall fabric.

Find Out More About The HD3000

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Friday, 26 August 2011 05:00

The New Machine Reveal Is Only One Week Away!

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250-tol-one-weekThe hurricane missed Florida, but there's something else BIG headed to Orlando next week!

On the evening of Saturday, September 3rd, in a ballroom filled with over 1,200 dealers and VIPs from around the globe, Janome will proudly unveil a machine that has been in the works for years. A new machine that has set a new standard for precision, advanced features and easy-of-use. Immediately after the event, the machine will be unveiled to you!

If... you've registered. 

Register For The Unveil

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Thursday, 25 August 2011 05:00

Sewn With Love: Stacy Foster's Colorful Tote

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248-swl-stacy-foster-colorful-toteYou'll never guess what she carries around in this colorful bag.

The great thing about sewing is you can make any project fit exactly what you need. So when Stacy Foster couldn't find ad suitable bag to take her pistol and other equipment to the shooting range, she made this great looking bag with a perfectly size pocket for each item.

Not only is it functional, but we bet nobody would ever guess what's she's carrying in it. 

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Wednesday, 24 August 2011 05:00

Janome Heritage: The Jem

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249-the-jem-639-janome-heritageProof that a sewing machine could be petite AND reliable.

Near the end of 1998 Janome came out with a small sewing machine that turned out to be a big hit. It was called the Jem 639.

It didn't have a a lot of bells and whistles: 9 stitches, a four-step buttonhole, and a thread cutter. But it had two things going for it that soon made it popular with quilters. It only weighed about 12 lbs., so you could easily take it to quilting class. And it had excellent stitch quality, so you didn't feel bad about leaving your big machine at home.

While many "mini" size machines were made with plastic gearing and a flimsy body, the Jem had metal gears and the rigidity necessary to create accurate stitches. It was all the quality of Janome in a smaller package.

In the years since the original Jem was released, Janome has created other Jem models that share the same small size and big quality: Jem Gold, Jem Gold 2, and Jem Platinum series.

Today, you can get great sew-on-the-go reliability with the Jem Gold 3 (includes a free quilting kit), the Jem Platinum 760 (60 stitches and 5 one-step buttonholes), and the Jem Gold Plus (with a built-in Light Serging System). See your local Janome dealer to try a Jem today. 

More About The Jem Gold Plus

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Tuesday, 23 August 2011 05:00

Video: Creating A Blind Hem With The Rotary Even Foot

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231-creating-a-blind-hem-rotary-even-foot-videoCreating this stitch on "difficult" fabrics is a lot less difficult with this foot.

The blind hem is one of the most-used stitches in sewing, whether you're doing garments, home décor, or other projects. As you might have guessed from the name, it's a stitch you use to make a hem along the bottom of your skirt or curtain when you don't want the stitching to be seen.

There are a number of Janome feet you can use to make blind hems (like Blind Hem Foot G). But if you want to sew this stitch on stretchy fabrics, jersey and knitted fabrics, or hard to feed materials, like leather or vinyl – you want to use the Rotary Even Foot™.

This foot has two little tractor treads that feed your fabric smoothy under the needle. 

Making A Blind Hem With The Rotary Even Foot™

  1. First, install the Blind Hem guide on the foot: Loosen and remove the screw on on the Rotary Foot, slide the attachment into place and tighten the screw. (Be sure the guide is just to the left of the two red lines.)
  2. Snap the foot onto your machine and choose a Blind Hem stitch.
  3. Fold and press the raw edge of your fabric. Fold it to the width of your hem and press it again. Then fold it back to within about ¼" of your original fold.
  4. Position your fabric against the guide on the foot and begin sewing.

Note: You'll want to use matching thread so your Blind Hem Stitch won't show.

To see this demonstrated, watch Rotary Even Foot Video: Creating A Blind Hem.

The The Rotary Even Foot™ works with most Janome sewing machines. To see if it's compatible with your machine, see your local Janome Dealer.

Watch How To Make A Blind Hem With Rotary Even Foot

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Monday, 22 August 2011 05:00

The Horizon 7700QCP Continues To Win Rave Reviews

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247-horizon-7700qcp-continues-to-win-rave-reviews-awardQuilters and sewists love this machine and they're happy to share about it.

With its extra large sewing bed and wonderful stitch quality, the Horizon Memory Craft 7700QCP was designed to give you the best possible sewing and quilting experience.

It's great to know it's living up to its purpose. On a weekly basis we see Horizon owners posting on the web about how much they love their machine.

Here are just a few of the quotes we've seen from forums and review sites:

"I am a very satisfied Horizon owner! I love the extra harp space, the free arm, and all the other extras. I have had no problems with my machine and I use it almost all day every day! I've had it 4 months now and I am so happy I picked this machine."

"Love it....spent the first day doing samples of all the different stitches it can do. Still haven't finished them all!"

"I've had the 7700 for a year and I do love it! The way it FMQs is outstanding to say the least. The extra harp space is really super when moving the quilt around."

"I do love the Horizon and would buy it again in a heartbeat. . . It's great to have the features on it for if and when I need them."

"The quality of the stitches is the best I've seen in any Janome I have owned. The straight stitch is perfect in my opinion. There is a large quantity of stitches on the machine."

"I love my Horizon  You will love yours too."

But don't just take their word for it. Go and try a Horizon at your local Janome Dealer.

Find Out More About The Horizon 7700

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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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