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Friday, 13 May 2011 05:00

Embroidered Wrist Purse Uses Digitizer Jr..

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Digitizer Jr software makes this adorable purse quick and easy to make!

Sometimes you just need a little tote for the basic essentials. Our Wrist Purse is the perfect size to grab and go. This quick project also contains a basic tutorial for using Janome's Digitizer Jr Software for design layout, color editing, and combination. Digitizer Jr software makes embroidery design so easy, the Wrist Purse can be designed and stitched in an afternoon - so you'll have it for that party tonight!

The best part? Digitizer Jr is part of our Spring Promotion at your local participating Janome Dealer! Now, when you buy the Memory Craft 9700, you can get Digitizer Jr for $200!

Make the Purse!

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Thursday, 12 May 2011 05:00

Introducing the 4120QDC Computerized Sewing Machine

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170-machine-4120qdcThe power, precision and convenience you need to realize your creative potential.

Normally, we can sum up the merits of mid-range sewing machine in a couple of paragraphs. But Janome has included so many features and stitches in this new machine, we're going to have to do quite a bit of summarizing. (And then send you to your Janome Dealer for the whole story.)

The 4120 Quilter's Decor Computer sewing machine (4120QDC for short) was designed for the quilter or home decor sewist who wants computerized performance, and lots of stitches and time-saving features--in a modestly-priced machine. The 4120QDC delivers all this while still being very easy to use.

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Wednesday, 11 May 2011 05:00

Sewn With Love: Spring Yo-Yo Pillow By Jessica Kovach

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171-swl-yo-yo-pillow-jessica-kovachA bright, cheery project just in time for Spring.

Jessica Kovach of West Olive, Michigan tells us that a while back she'd made a bunch of fabric yo-yos. She was just waiting for the right project and the right occasion to use them.

The project was a colorful throw pillow. And the occasion was the blooming daffodils in the yard outside her window. 

To see Jessica's project and read her story, click the "Read More" button below.

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Tuesday, 10 May 2011 05:00

Video: Attaching A Flower With The Button Sewing Foot

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169-attach-flower-button-sewing-foot-videoThis versatile foot can attach a number of decorative accents.

We've mentioned here before how the easiest way to sew on a button (and make sure it's sturdy) is with the Button Sewing Foot.

This foot has two bars that attach to the foot shank to provide extra stability and also has a textured, rubber sleeve to hold the button securely in place while sewing.

Whether it's a two-hole or four-hole button, you simply align the button under the foot so that the swing of the needle puts it in the middle of the holes.

The Button Sewing Foot can also be used to attach a number of different decorative accents, like flowers. With the foot attached to your machine, you choose the button sewing stitch (or a regular zig zag but be sure to put the feed dogs down). Adjust the stitch so it's narrow. Position the flower right up against the front of the foot and sew.

To see how easy it is watch Button Sewing Foot Video: Sewing On A Flower. You'll learn how to sew on a flower in less than a minute.

The video demonstrates the Button Sewing Foot on the Memory Craft 11000 Special Edition sewing and embroidery machine. There's also a version of the foot for front loading machines called Button Sewing Foot (front loading machines).

See your Janome Dealer to find out which foot is right for your machine.

Watch Video On Attaching A Flower

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Monday, 09 May 2011 05:00

Janome Poll Results: What Did You Make For Mom This Year?

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166-making-for-mothers-day-poll-resultsThanks to everyone who voted in our poll.

Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day. Last Thursday we asked you to vote in our poll about what you were sewing for your mother this year.

Home decor items were the most popular, followed by clothing, and "I think Mom should be making something for me."

Surprisingly, Table Linens didn't get a single vote. Could this be a new trend? Probably just our unscientific polling methods.

Click the box below to the see the poll results. You can scroll down the page to see results from past polls as well.

See Mother's Day Poll Results

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Friday, 06 May 2011 05:00

Last Minute Mother's Day Apron: Make It Cute With Cross Stitch

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168-mothers-day-apron-projectA Ready-Made Apron + Some Creative Embroidery = A Fast & Fun Gift For Mom.

We used Digitizer MB and its Cross Stitch program to create this beautiful trio of hearts then added our "Home Is Where The Heart Is" wording in a fun Flair script. Save the design, transfer it to your Janome embroidery machine (we used the Memory Craft 11000 Special Edition) and you have a winning Mother's Day gift in the blink of an eye.

Our instructions include screen captures so you can see exactly what to do every step of the way. Once you experience how quick and simple it is to create Cross Stitch embroidery designs from graphics, you'll want to do it again and again.

Cross Stitch Apron Project Instructions

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Thursday, 05 May 2011 05:00

Janome Poll: What Are You Making For Mom This Year?

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167-making-for-mothers-day-pollMother's Day is Sunday. Tell us about your project.

Mother's Day is traditionally the busiest day of the year for America's restaurants. Probably because Dad and the kids don't know how to cook anything more complicated than toast.

It's also a busy time for sewing machines as daughters (and some sons) are making something special for Mom.

Are you sewing anything for your mother this year? If so, vote in our Janome Poll.

Then check back on Monday to see the results. 

Click Here To Take The Poll

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Wednesday, 04 May 2011 05:00

Janome Heritage: Early Computerized Workhorse, Memory Craft 6000

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165-mc6000-heritageSturdy, precise and dozens of decorative stitches. No wonder sewists loved it.

In 1986 "Miami Vice" was one of the hottest shows on TV. It was cool for men to wear pastel suits with t-shirts, loafers with no socks, and three day stubble. That didn't last. But something else from 1986 did: the Janome Memory Craft 6000 computerized sewing machine.

The MC6000 offered the best of both worlds. It was a solid, heavy-duty sewing machine with excellent stitch quality. And it featured the latest in computerized stitching.

It stitched easily on heavy materials; like canvas, upholstery fabric, and even leather. But could still sew beautifully on lightweight materials; like chiffon, batiste, and silks.

Sewists also got some of the most advanced features available in the mid-1980s. The MC6000 featured 135 stitches with Program Memory, enlongation and three Memory Buttonholes. It had Block and Script alphabets, running designs like crocodiles and flowers, a 7mm stitch width, as well as overlock and blind hem capabilities.

Today, the Horizon MC7700 QCP carries on the tradition of Janome power, stitch quality, and advanced features. Try one today at your local Janome Dealer. (And ask if they remember the MC6000!)

Read More About The MC7700 QCP

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Tuesday, 03 May 2011 05:00

Video: Piecing Triangles With The Clear View Quilt Foot Set

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160-piecing-triangles-clear-view-quilt-foot-set-videoPrecise piecing is easy when you can see what you're doing.

When piecing triangles with the Clear View Quilt Foot And Guide Set, which attachment should you use?

Actually, that was a trick question. The answer is "none." You simply use the presser foot by itself.

The Clear View Quilt Foot is made of a sturdy, see-through material. This allows it to have handy markings indicating 1/8 inch and 1/4 inch from center needle drop position, and also handy cornering markings for both 1/8 and 1/4 inch seams. 

To piece triangles, just snap the foot onto your machine and choose a straight stitch. Align the edge of your fabric with the red quarter inch guide line. As you sew, keep your eye on the red line for a perfectly straight quarter inch allowance.

To see how easy it is, watch Clear View Quilt Foot Set Video: Piecing Triangles.

The Clear View Quilt Foot And Guide Set consists of the clear foot and two screw-on guides. You get three feet in one: 1/4 Inch Foot, Ditch Quilting and Clear foot. In addition to the helpful markings (mentioned above) the foot has an oval-shaped needle hole that  allows needle adjustment for scant 1/4 inch piecing (computer models only).  

The Clear View Quilt Foot And Guide Set fits virtually all Janome top-loading models. In the video above it was demonstrated on the Memory Craft 11000 Special Edition sewing and embroidery machine.  See your authorized Janome dealer for more information.

Watch Piecing Triangles Video

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Monday, 02 May 2011 05:00

What You Need To Know About Needles: Blue Tip

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159-jano-needles-blue-tipThe best "all around" needle for your Janome machine.

If you ask your friendly Janome service technician, "What's one thing I can do to prolong the life of my sewing machine?", he or she will tell you to use fresh needles. The rule of thumb is to replace your needle each time you start a new project.

So you walk over to your dealer's Janome needle display. You see needles for denim, leather, heavy fabrics, knits and topstitching. But you're doing regular sewing and quilting. Which needle should you be using? For typical sewing and embroidery projects, the answer is the Janome Blue Tip needle.

The Blue Tip needle has the shaft size and type of point that gives your machine great performance on all kinds of medium weight fabrics--whether it's embroidery, quilting, or making garments.

At size 11, the Blue Tip needle is a little thinner than our Red Tip Needle, but without giving up strength and durability. It features a special flat back shank for easier installation, a sturdy shaft with front groove, and a larger eye to help prevent thread breakage.

Like all Janome needles, the Blue Tip has been designed to help your machine to stitch its best. And it will work on all Janome sewing, quilting and embroidery machines.

More About Janome Blue Tip Needles

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