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Tuesday, 31 May 2011 05:00

The Pink Ribbon Series: Two Machines To Commemorate The Fight To End Breast Cancer

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188-pink-ribbon-series-no2Tell us Your Story!

Remembering those who inspire us with their courage makes our own challenges look like something we can, and will, overcome. Yesterday we honored those who fought for our country - today we're honoring those who have fought against breast cancer.

Our Pink Ribbon Series models, the MS5027PR and the DC4030PR, were created to help spread awareness of breast cancer.

To us, sewing is about sharing - and creating a legacy. Our Pink Ribbon models help to ensure more women survive breast cancer - so they can pass along their legacies for years to come.

Do you have a story of sewing with someone touch by breast cancer? We want to hear it! Share your comment with us below.

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Monday, 30 May 2011 05:00

Memorial Day Wishes & Gratitude from Janome America

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187-memorial-day-2011A day to remember those who have given "the last full measure of devotion."

Today is Memorial Day, a national holiday set aside to remember the men and women who have died while in the military service.

At Gettysburg Abraham Lincoln spoke of those who gave their lives so that this nation might live. We gratefully remember them today.

A Minute Of Silence Observed Today

The National Moment of Remembrance encourages all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation. As Moment of Remembrance founder Carmella LaSpada states: “It’s a way we can all help put the memorial back in Memorial Day.”

Origins Of Memorial Day

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the first Memorial Day (then called "Decoration Day") was observed three years after the Civil War ended, on May 30, 1868. About 5,000 people attended ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.

Memorial Day is now observed on the last Monday of May. Volunteers often place American flags on each grave site at national cemeteries, and many Americans visit and pay their respects at local cemeteries and memorials. 

All of us at Janome America send our best wishes and gratitude to the families and friends left behind. 

Read More About Memorial Day

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Friday, 27 May 2011 05:00

Digitzer Jr. Created The Beautiful Layered Embroidery On This Purse

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185-layered-embroidery-purse-digitizerjrMake this cute purse, and learn to use Digitizer Jr. It's a win-win! 

The best way to learn something is to do it, especially when it comes to sewing and embroidery. The Bird Bag purse is a perfect introduction to some of the great features of Digitizer Jr. Our tutorial takes you through enlarging and reducing the size of an embroidery design and changing colors. And the best part is, once you're finished, you can can put it on the front of this adorable purse!

If you don't have it already, visit your local Janome dealer to check out Digitizer Jr for yourself. For a short time, you can get it for just $200 with the purchase of a Memory Craft 9700. Click here to read more about this, and our other fabulous Spring Specials, but hurry... they end soon.

Make the Purse

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Thursday, 26 May 2011 05:00

Using The Tape Binder On The Janome CoverPro

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182-using-tape-binder-on-coverpro-tipThe Tape Binder is designed to finish the raw edge of stretch fabrics.

The CoverPro 1000CP is the perfect marriage of an industrial-style cover hem machine and a convenient home machine. The resulting union has produced a high-speed, long arm, heavy-duty cover hem machine that looks and operates like a sewing machine.

One of the most popular attachments for the 1000CP is the Tape Binder. In one step it folds and stitches the fabric you wish to use as tape around the raw edge. This allows you to easily make beautifully finished necks and arm holes, or just quickly bind any raw edge.

You can also use this foot to cover fabric on piping. Makes finished binding of 8mm (1/4") using a 32mm piece of bias binding tape.

Learn how to use the CoverPro Tape Binder by following our easy Technique: Loading Bias Tape on the Tape Binder.

The Technique shows the Tape Binder for the 1000CP. You can also get Tape Binder (1200D)Tape Binder (900CP)Tape Binder 5/16Tape Binder, 15mm-50mm (1000CP & 900CP), and Tape Binder, 7/16.

See your local Janome Dealer for the Tape Binder that's right for your machine.

See The Tape Binder Technique

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Wednesday, 25 May 2011 05:00

Sewn With Love: Marge Passalacqua's Air Force Quilt

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181-swl-marge-passalacqua-air-force-quiltThis beautiful quilt commemorates an Air Force career.

When her son retired after 23 years with the U.S. Air Force, Marge Passalacqua wanted to sew something special for him.

So she created this beautiful 20 square quilt, commemorating his career. It shows the Air Force bases he was stationed at around the world, the military operations he was a part of, as well as soaring eagle motifs.

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Tuesday, 24 May 2011 05:00

Video: Joining Fabric With The Rotary Even Foot

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179-joining-fabric-rotary-even-foot-videoThe dual tractor feed can handle material of varying thickness.

Sometimes you need to join two pieces of thick material, like quilt batting. If you lay one layer of batting on top of the other to sew like a regular seam, you'll get a ridge of double-thick batting. This will show up in your finished quilt.

Instead, you want to butt the two edges of the batting together. Then when you stitch, the seam will be just as flat as the rest of the batting.

The trick, of course, is getting the two sides of fluffy batting to feed under the needle at exactly the same time. You can accomplish this by using the exclusive Janome Rotary Even Foot™. It has two little tractor treads that hold onto the thickest fabric and feed it through in perfect sync with the feed dogs.

To join two pieces of batting with the Rotary Even Foot™ you first install the Blind Hem guide and put the foot on your machine. Then you align your two fabric pieces under the foot so the guide runs between them. Choose a decorative serpentine stitch and set its width to maximum. Now begin stitching. The needle catches both sides and joins them together.

To see this demonstrated watch Rotary Even Foot Video: Joining Fabric. The demonstration is on a Memory Craft 11000 Special Edition sewing and embroidery machine. But the Rotary Even Foot™ works on all Janome sewing machines. See your local Janome dealer to purchase yours. 

The Rotary Even Foot™ does lots more than join fabric. It comes with five attachments--Blind Hem, Bias Tape, and  three different Rolled Hem attachments. It's designed to prevent stretchy fabrics, jersey and knitted fabrics and hard to feed materials, like leather or vinyl from slipping or puckering. 

The foot also allows left-right tilt and its caterpillars independently grip the fabric for perfect feeding along areas where there is a height difference between the left and right sides of the needle. This is especially useful when hemming thicker fabrics.

Watch The Batting Joining Video

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Monday, 23 May 2011 05:00

How To Share Articles On This Page With Your Friends

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178-share-articles-dykJust use the button at the bottom of this post.

Every week day you can find something new here on our home page. (Based on the feedback we're getting, it's a favorite stop for thousands of visitors.)

What if you find something your friends should really know about? Since Janome.com changes every day, if they come back next week, they might not find the article you're talking about.

We've made it easy to share articles from our home page with the SHARE button (down at the bottom right corner of this post).

Hover your mouse pointer over the SHARE button and a box will pop up with all your choices. You can send a link to the article via Email, Facebook, Twitter or about 350 other social media. Just click on your choice. If you're not already logged into your chosen media account, you'll be asked to do so.

Your friends will be sent the permanent link to your chosen article so they can come back and read it any time.

You can even go back in the home page archives and SHARE older articles. Give it a try today.

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Friday, 20 May 2011 05:00

Need A Janome Manual? Many Available For Download Here!

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177-need-a-manual-pdficonPDF manuals are free to download and easy to search.

Are you missing your sewing machine or serger manual? Or would you like it in an electronic format for fast searches?

You can find downloadable manuals in the PDF format (.pdf) in the Machine Section of our website. 

How To Find And Download Your Manual 

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  1. Go to the Machine Section find your sewing machine or serger. Go to its web page. If your machine is an older model, look for it under "Retired."
  2. Find the "Specifications" button at the bottom of the frame and click on it.
  3. Click on the "Download Manual" link in the upper right corner of the frame. The manual will open in a new window in your browser. Downloading may take a minute or two, depending on your internet connection speed. (Reading the manual in your browser requires Adobe Reader, which comes pre-installed on most computers.)
  4. Once the manual has completely downloaded in your browser window you can scroll through it and search for information.
  5. To use the manual offline, you'll need to save a copy to your computer. At the top left of the manual window, find the "diskette" icon. Click this to "Save A Copy" of the PDF file to whichever folder you choose.

 

Now when you double-click your manual PDF file, it'll open in Acrobat Reader.

And you can easily print out all or just part of it.

Go To Sewing Machine Section

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Thursday, 19 May 2011 05:00

MC6600P Quilt Wins Best In Show

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176-mc6600p-quilt-wins-best-in-show-awardJanet Stone wins Best in Show at MQX 2011. She takes home a Horizon as her prize.

The Machine Quilters Exposition (MQX) is an annual show that celebrates the art of machine quilting, and features a wide range of instructors, vendors, and classes to help attendees hone their skills.

The show focuses largely on long arm quilting machines, so it was especially remarkable this year when Janet Stone won Best in Show for her Red Letter Daze quilt, which she made on her Janome Memory Craft 6600P sewing machine.

Janet has been quilting off and on for about twelve years. She got serious about quilting after purchasing her 6600P in 2006. She she soon won third place in a baby quilt contest through Fons and Porter’s Love of Quilting magazine.

Her next quilt was a wall quilt, which won first place at the 2008 Minnesota Quilters Show in Rochester, MN, in the ‘first entry in a quilt show’ category, as well as Judges’ Choice, and Faculty Choice!

And now, just five years after "getting serious" Janet wins Best in Show at a major event. How did she do it? Read her whole story here.

Janet's machine, the MC6600P, has been a favorite among professional sewists, home dec aficionados, garment specialists and especially quilters. It has the arm and bed space of a professional model, the speed and precision of a professional model—but the quiet, easy operation of a Memory Craft.

Janet's new machine, the Memory Craft Horizon 7700QCP, has even more bed space, stitches, and quilting features. Find out more about the Horizon 7700 sewing and quilting machine.

Read More About Janet Stone's Win

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Wednesday, 18 May 2011 05:00

Fanciful Spring Shawl Uses Digitzer Jr.

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175-fanciful-spring-shawl-digitzerjrDigitizer Jr Makes a Simple Spring Shawl Fabulous!

Spring is the time for baring your shoulders with a cute summer dress... but the weather is often unpredictable! Our fanciful shawl is the perfect accessory. As useful as it is pretty, tote this to your next garden party to be sure you're prepared for the weather. The stunning embroidery on the back is easy to create using Janome's Digitizer Jr software - on special through the end of this month with the purchase of a Memory Craft 9700 sewing and embroidery machine. Check out this and other great deals on fabulous Janome products!

Make the Shawl

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