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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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Friday, 05 August 2011 05:00

Janome America Announces A New Relationship With Anna Maria Horner

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238-anna-maria-horner-janomeAn Inspiring Friendship

For years, we've admired Anna Maria Horner's fantastic style. Whether in her fabric designs, or her unique and modern sewing patterns, Anna has inspired us and reminded us of the beautiful and fulfilling work that can come from Janome sewing machines.

From her start as a boutique designer to her emergence as a nationally recognized fabric designer and pattern company, Janome has been her go-to machine. We are so happy to announce that we are taking this partnership to a new level! Anna will be creating projects exclusively for Janome so that you can bring her fabulous style to your own home and wardrobe. We're creating videos that will inspire and give helpful tips and advice. And you'll even be able to join Anna for workshops at your local Janome dealer.

Learn More about Anna Maria

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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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