Christmas in July Starts Today: It's Time To Sew & Save
Visit your participating Janome America dealer to take advantage of 11 hot deals for sewing, serging and embroidering.
From today through July 31, 2011, you can find more reasons than ever to jump start your sewing for the holidays and beyond!
We've come up with eleven gift with purchase packages that have something for everyone: free specialty hoop with the MB-4, a free quilting package with the Memory Craft 11000 Special Edition, four free embroidery cards with the MC9700 sewing and embroidery model, sergers with free thread bundles, entry-level machines with a free sewing projects book.
Check them all out today, before they melt away with the summer sun.
Happy 4th Of July From Janome America
We hope you're out celebrating our independence.
It was actually on July 2nd, 1776 that the Continental Congress voted independence from Great Britain. And it took them only two days of deliberation to come up with the final draft of the Declaration of Independence and sign it.
Every year since, the 4th of July has been celebrated by Americans with picnics, family gatherings, speeches, baseball games, and big fireworks displays.
Founding Father, John Adams hoped the holiday would be “the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance. … It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”
Here's a description of U.S. Independence Day from our official State Department website.
And here's a free "United We Stand" American Flag embroidery design.
Have a great 4th. And be sure to remember the men and women stationed overseas who are fighting to keep our country free.
Janome Poll: What Technique Would You Most Like To Learn?
We'd love to know what you've set as your next learning goal.
The great thing about sewing and quilting is that you can always learn something new. Or learn how to do something using a better method.
Whatever your sewing level, we'd like to know what you hope to learn next. Not only will the results be interesting to other members of the Janome sewing community, but it'll help us know how to better serve our web visitors.
Follow the link below to vote in the poll. It'll take just a few seconds.
Then check back next week to see the results.
Key Catcher Project Features Your Favorite Snapshot
Make this darling little fabric bowl to collect keys, earrings, coins and more.
Any Janome sewing machine and just a few scraps of fabric are all you need for this fast and fun project. You use a empty tuna can as the base and encase your favorite photo between layers of cardboard, felt and vinyl. This is a wonderful project for kids since it's super easy to make and they get to pick out their own photo... or even draw a special picture. What a delightful present for grandparents, teachers and others.
Janome Heritage: Round Bobbin Rotary Sewing Machine Model NLB
This might have been your grandma's "dream machine" back in the 1930s.
The Round Bobbin Rotary Sewing Machine Model NLB was a flat bed machine designed to fit into a small cabinet. It featured a straight stitch with reverse, a rotary hook and a round bobbin. Other features included a bobbin winder, thread cutter, a sewing light and a foot or knee control.
The heart of the machine was a Westinghouse electric motor, which could run on AC or DC power.
You could purchase a number of accessories for the NLB, including various hemming and binding feet, a quilting foot with guide, a cloth guide and a braider foot and plate set. It's amazing to see how many different kinds of projects you could sew with just one stitch.
The NLB was manufactured in Rockford, Illinois just after our company moved from Massachusetts and New York. Even though it was made from "light weight metal," it didn't feature a carrying handle. Moving it meant getting a couple of gentlemen to help. Back then you weren't expected to take your sewing machine with you to class.
More than 70 years later, you can still find NLB machines that are sewing! All-metal gearing really makes a difference.
Today, we still make sturdy, metal body machines with solid performance. The new HD3000 is one example; it features a sturdy metal body, 19 stitches, lots of convenience features, and at less than 19 lbs., you can pick it up yourself.
Video: Decorative Stitches On Ribbon With The Ribbon Sewing Guide
Once you start embellishing ribbons, you'll be hooked.
Decorative stitching and lettering really look great on ribbons. And when you have the right accessory, it's easy to do.
The Ribbon Sewing Guide allows you to sew beautiful decorative stitches onto ribbon without having to attach it to fabric.
This accessory comes with different attachment screws and rubber padding, so it fits a variety of Janome models. Be sure to check the instructions on the back of the package to see which attachment screw and rubber pad will work with your machine. Or even better, just ask your friendly Janome Dealer for help.
Installing And Using The Ribbon Sewing Guide
- Place the rubber pad over the screw hole on your needle plate. Set the Ribbon Sewing Guide in place. Insert the screw through the hole and tighten.
- Loosen the two white screws to open the guide to the width of your ribbon – up to one inch.
- Slide back the Ribbon Holder and place your ribbon under the foot, then slide it back in place. Adjust the two guides so they're just touching the sides of the ribbon and tighten the screws.
- Take a piece of stabilizer and slide it under the ribbon guide and the presser foot.
- Select any decorative stitch and start sewing.
To see a brief video demonstration of this watch Ribbon Sewing Guide Video: Decorative Stitching On Ribbon
All Janome sewing machines that have an attachment hole on or near the needle plate can use the Ribbon Sewing Guide. But it does not fit machines without an attachment hole, such as the Memory Craft 10001 or 10000. Find out more about compatibility.
Great Rainy Day Project To Do With The Kids: Dime Store Dollie
Not every summer day is a sunny day. Make this cute craft project to while away a drizzly day.
Janome's own Maddy Bushman comes up with the cutest craft ideas! Her little Dime Store Dollie is just perfect when you're looking for a fast and fun project to do with the kids. A small can of tomato paste provides the base for the body and everyone can pitch in to help design the look of Dollie's outfit and a unique expression for her happy round face. Or have each person create his/her own customized Dollie then line them all up on a shelf to keep watch over the kitchen... at least until the next time you make spaghetti sauce!
This is a great excuse to dive into your stash basket for pretty bits of fabric and trims. Dollie can be completed on any Janome machine, although we do recommend using your Janome Quarter Inch Seam foot "O" if you have one to make the seaming faster and easier... and straighter.
It's A Towel! No, It's A Bag! Wait... You're Both Right!!
Turn an ordinary towel in a perfect beach tote!
When you're headed to the beach or a pool party, you want to travel light. It doesn't get much lighter than this!
This clever bag is made out of a towel. There's a pocket inside for stowing the necessities, and the tote itself folds out to reveal a towel. You can even use it as a pillow for lying in the grass at a nearby park.
Best of all, you can whip the whole thing together in about an hour! And you can make it using any Janome sewing machine.
It's the perfect recipe for summer: A little bit of accomplishment, to make way for a lot of relaxing. Enjoy!
Introducing The New JNH720
Celebrate Janome Heritage with this great, tote-able sewing machine!
Last year, Janome America celebrated its 150th anniversary. We spent a year commemorating our amazing legacy in the United States. And during that year, we realized how many people are truly proud to be a part of the Janome family.
Many of you may know that Janome America started as the New Home Sewing Machine Company in Orange, MA in 1860, and became a part of the Janome brand in 1960 (read the full story here).
The new Janome New Home 720 celebrates this rich heritage of dedication to manufacturing quality sewing machines. This ¾ size machine is perfect for toting to classes and guild meetings (so you can show off your machine – and your love of Janome!)
You’ll find 20 stitches, including options for decorative, utility, and 2 one-step buttonholes. Easy convenience buttons are located right on the front of the machine for quick access, and provide memorized needle up/down, start/stop, easy reverse, and an autolock function. The machine even includes a hard cover for easy storage and transport.
Stop in at your Local Janome Dealer to take one for a test drive today!
Sewn With Love: Anne Jordan's Family Quilt
The whole family made the squares. Anne quilted it all together with love.
We have to start this story by asking, what do you call your nephew's wife? Your niece-in-law?
Anyway, Anne Jordan wanted to do something for this special person in her life when she became pregnant for the first time. Anne got the extended family involved in creating quilt squares, which she put together into a large quilt.
To go with the quilt Anne also made some embroidered pillows with special significance for the new mom.
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