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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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Sunday, 04 September 2011 05:00

Janome Horizon Memory Craft 12000

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255-mc12000It's finally here. The machine that will change the way you quilt, sew and embroider.

The Horizon Memory Craft 12000 was unveiled before a worldwide audience in Orlando, FL. It features major new capabilities not available on any other machine, as well as many "firsts" for a Janome.

The result of years of work at Janome's Research & Development Center, the Horizon Memory Craft 12000 is the beginning of a whole new journey.

Check back on Tuesday for complete details and the date it will be available at your local Janome dealer.

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Friday, 02 September 2011 05:00

The New Machine Is Unveiled Tomorrow!

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254-tol-tomorrowRegistration to see the video closes today.

Today, Janome dealers and representatives from Janome subsidiaries around the world are flying into Orlando, FL.

Tomorrow night, more than 1,200 of them will gather in the Cypress Ballroom at the Orlando World Center Marriott Resort, where they will be poised on the edge of their seats for the live unveiling of the new Janome flagship sewing machine.

But minutes later, you could be seeing it too--if you register to see the unveiling video online. Simply go to The Journey Continues and register your email address.

Then, shortly after 8 PM Eastern time on Saturday, we will email you a link where you can watch the complete video introduction.

The registration form will be closing today. So don't wait to sign up.

Register To See The New Machine

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Thursday, 01 September 2011 05:00

Stolen Janome Machines: Watch For These Serial Numbers

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253-stolen-propertyMake sure you don't buy one of these MC11000s.

Earlier this summer, a shipment containing Janome Memory Craft 11000 Special Edition sewing machines was stolen from a trucking company yard while awaiting transit to the Janome warehouse in New Jersey. 

Janome has identified the serial numbers of the 215 stolen machines, and is currently cooperating with state and local authorities and their insurance company examiners who are investigating the crime.

It is illegal to purchase stolen property. So please be sure you check the serial number before you buy a new or used Memory Craft 11000. If you come across one that you believe is stolen, please contact Janome, using the the information on this page.

Find Out More And See The Serial #s

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Wednesday, 31 August 2011 05:00

Specialty Sewing Is Easier With Specialty Feet. Learn The Tricks.

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00-generic-learn-the-tricksThese popular feet help you get more out of your machine.

Specialty sewing feet are like the tool kit for your sewing machine. For just about any kind of sewing technqiue, there's a specialty presser foot to make it easier. (In fact, sometimes there are more than one.) And even the most basic machine can use many of these helpful feet.

For example, you could probably attach binding without using the Binder Foot, but why would you want to? Once it's set up, this handy foot folds the binding and feeds it along the edge of your fabric right where it needs to go under the needle. You get much better results--and a lot more binding done.

Here are techniques you can do with five of the most popular specialty feet from our site. Along with each one is a link to the video tutorial on how to use it.

Attaching bias binding with the Binder Foot: Use this foot to apply pre-folded bias binding tape or bias tape you have cut yourself to the edge of fabric in one easy step.
-Watch Binder Foot Video: Attaching 1/2" Binding

Create ruffles and pleats with the Ultimate Ruffler: This design allows fabric to be ruffled or pleated to the desired fullness quickly and easily and also has the capability to vary the sizes of ruffles.
-Watch The Ultimate Ruffler Video: Creating Ruffles And Pleats

Stitch in a perfect circle with the Circular Sewing Attachment: This is not a presser foot. But it does allow you to sew a perfect circle or combination of circles using decorative or straight stitches.
-Watch Circular Sewing Attachment Video: Stitching In Circles  

Do free motion quilting with the Open Toe Free Motion Foot: Part of the Open Toe Quilt Set, this foot allows you to do free motion techniques with an unobstructed view of your needle.
-Watch Open-Toe Quilt Set (High Shank) Video: Using The Free Motion Foot

Make professional looking rolled hems with the Hemmer Foot Set: Creates straight, professional rolled hems on light to medium weight fabrics up to 6mm or 4mm. The channel guide holds the rolled fabric and allows for a straighter hem.
-Watch Hemmer Foot Set Video: Create Professional Rolled Hems  

See All Available Presser Feet

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Tuesday, 30 August 2011 05:00

Video: Miniature Piecing With The Clear View Quilting Foot And Guide Set

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232-miniature-piecing-clear-view-quilting-foot-guide-set-videoSometimes you need to see through your presser foot.

When you're doing miniature quilt piecing, it can be a real challenge to get that 1/8" seam allowance with a regular metal foot.

So Janome created the Clear View Quilting Foot (part of the Clear View Quilting Foot And Guide Set). Made from a material that's see-through, it has red lines that make it easy to line up your 1/4" and 1/8" seam allowances.

The foot set comes with two different guides. But for miniature piecing, you'll just use the foot by itself.

Miniature Piecing With The Clear View Quilting Foot

  1. Attach the quilt foot to your machine and choose a straight stitch.
  2. Align your fabric with the eighth inch red guide line. And begin sewing.
  3. Keep your eye on the red line as you guide your fabric.


You'll get a perfect eighth inch seam every time.

To see this demonstrated watch Clear View Quilting Foot Set Video: Miniature Piecing.

The Clear View Quilting Foot And Guide Set fits virtually all Janome top-loading models.  See your authorized Janome dealer for more information.

Watch Miniature Piecing Video

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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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