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Monday, 14 February 2011 05:00

Our Valentine Is The New MC6300 Sewing Machine; We LOVE That It Goes Up to 1000 spm

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115-machine-mc6300p-heart-newThe speed, power, and sewing room of the Professional series. But at a mid-range price.

It's fitting that we feature the new Memory Craft 6300 sewing machine on Valentine's Day. Because this machine has lots to love. If you're a serious quilter, a garment maker, or someone who does large home décor projects, this machine could seriously speed up your sewing time.

First of all, it shares the roomy 9" x 5" bed space of its popular big sisters, the MC6600P and MC6500P. And it has their speed, with the ability to sew a straight stitch at up to 1,000 stitches per minute.

Second, the MC6300 has the same sew-through-thick-layers power. Go ahead and make a mitered corner with heavy denim or wool. This machine can take it. You'll also appreciate the clear bobbin cover, which gives you a better view of your lower thread.

This computerized sewing machine also has a full range of "power-user" features that save you time and effort: a Visible Pressure Gauge, an independent motor for bobbin winding, front-access feed dog up/down, programmable thread cutter, and quick command keys for auto-lock and needle up/down. The MC6300 also has an automatic needle threader and comes standard with a knee lift.

The MC6300 comes with 63 stitches, including 4 one-step buttonholes, utility, heirloom and quilting stitches. They're divided into four sections with a quick-access button for each section. The stitch chart, divided into those four sections, is conveniently located on the inside of the lid. Once you've chosen a stitch you can elongate or widen it and then save it to the memory bank.

The machine comes standard with a walking foot, darning foot, and eight other presser feet. You can compare it with any other Janome sewing machine (Comparison tab) and also download an instruction manual (Specifications tab) on the MC6300 page.

Read More About the MC6300 Sewing Machine

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Friday, 11 February 2011 05:00

2011 Truckload Sale Ends Soon!

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113-truckload-sale-2011-updateIt makes February seem shorter than ever when you remember our Annual Truckload Sale ends on the 28th.

But you can still save hundreds or even thousands on sewing machine and accessory bundles. And take advantage of savings on the notions you use most. Of course, all these Truckload Sale deals are available only at your local, authorized, participating Janome Dealer.

Check out the Ultimate Embroidery and Monogramming Package, the Wide Open Horizon Quilt Package and the Complete home Decor Package. All the details are in our special online, interactive Truckload Sale Booklet.

Promotion offers are based on regular retail price and valid through 2/28/2011 at authorized, participating Janome dealers. Look for the Truckload Sale icon in our Dealer Locator for dealers in your area.

Go To The Truckload Online Brochure

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Thursday, 10 February 2011 05:00

Free Bonus Design from the Authors of Thread & Bobbin: Hanging Wall Blocks

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112-hanging-wall-blocksThese soft baby alphabet blocks are perfect for a nursery... oh heck, we want them everywhere!

It's a little hard to tell from our tiny pictures, but these adorable blocks are dimensional. When you click through to the project LINK, you'll see they are pretty little cubes with hanging ribbons so you can string them together to make a darling display in a nursery or playroom.

This project is a special bonus from our friends Alison Newman (from Janome America) and Kaitlin Witte, and is one of the many projects they created when preparing for their book, thread & bobbin: 21 simple sewing projects ($18, All American Crafts). It's a great book for beginners, but equally fun for those more skilled because of the very cute ideas... like this one!

To find out more about the book, check out the review at Sew4Home as well as the article in the New York Daily News.

You can find the book at bookstores. Better still, many Janome Dealers are carrying autographed copies

Go To The Wall Blocks Project

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Wednesday, 09 February 2011 05:00

Baby It's STILL Cold Out There: Make Our Cute Pom Pom Gloves

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101-pom-pom-glovesGive me a J-A-N-O-M-E!

It's hard to be happy when your hands are cold. So we came up with these super fun pom pom gloves to keep you warm . . . and cheery. Ours are embroidered with the "home team," but you could substitute a child's name, a mascot name or a fun saying, like "Hooray!" or "Happy" on one hand and "Know It!" on the other.

We stitched the lettering on our ready-made gloves with the MB-4 embroidery machine. You can use any Memory Craft embroidery machine with a small hoop.

The colorful finger poms are made using Clover's clever Pom Pom maker. Many Janome dealers carry a variety of Clover products; check out what's available at your dealer. Our friends at Sew4Home, where Janome is a Signature Sponsor, did a great pom pom tutorial of how to use this handy tool. 

Go To Our Pom Pom Glove Instructions

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Tuesday, 08 February 2011 05:00

Introducing the DC1050 Computerized Sewing Machine

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98-machine-dc1050-newDon't let the economy price fool you. This computerized sewing and quilting machine delivers, speed, quality and time-saving features.

If you've been looking in the Economy price range for a sewing machine, but want more than just bare-bones features, you're going to want to look at the new Janome DC1050 sewing machine.

It's a full-size, computerized machine with a powerful DC motor, 50 stitches, including three one-step buttonholes, and a maximum speed of 820 stitches per minute.

Your first concern should always be stitch quality. And the DC1050 delivers this with Janome's 7-piece feed dog system below the needle and computerized precision above. Combined with strong needle penetration, it feeds all weights of fabric smoothly, giving you excellent results on home décor, garments and quilting projects.

The 50 built-in stitches include utility and basic construction stitches like straight, zig zag, blind hem, and overcasting, as well as appliqué, blanket and heirloom stitches. There's also a locking stitch you can activate with a button.

Navigation between stitches and adjusting stitch settings is easily accomplished with the backlit LCD display. For quick reference, all 50 stitches are listed on the front of the machine.

The DC1050 includes lots of features you wouldn't expect on a budget-conscious machine: a one-hand needle threader, a memorized needle up/down function, and a Start/Stop button, which allows you to sew long seams without using the foot control.

See our web site for more information on the DC1050 sewing machine, including complete specifications and an instruction manual.

Also, take a read through the thorough review over at www.sewing-machines-for-beginners.com.

More About The DC1050 Sewing Machine

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Monday, 07 February 2011 05:00

Taking A Winter Vacation? Make Our Fun Beach Blanket Tote!

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111-beach-blanket-tote

Open it up to lounge. Then fold it up to tote. 

If you're suffering through this winter's ice and snow, we bet nothing sounds better than taking off to where the sun is shining!

If you are lucky enough to escape, make this great Beach Blanket Tote before you go. It's similar in construction to a 'quillow' or pocket pillow--a lap quilt that folds up into a throw pillow. Our design makes use of fun decorative stitches to quilt the layers and has a great alternating stripe design. Aloha!

You can make the Beach Blanket Tote with any Janome sewing machine and intermediate skills.

Go To The Beach Blanket Tote Project

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Friday, 04 February 2011 05:00

Free Embroidery Download: Colorful Fish from Bertina Studio

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104-download-colorful-fishStitch this vibrant embroidery design into your next project!

Our newest free embroidery design download comes to us courtesy of Bernadette Griffith of Bertina Studio.

Her elegant circling fish design is perfect for a pillow front or the center of a tablecloth. We love the featured color palette with its traditional color values, but you could swap out these tones for neutrals or pastels or metallics and create an entirely new effect.

The free design in the .JEF format was created using Janome's Digitizer Jr. software. It's sized for the 200x200 SQ hoop, which comes standard with the Memory Craft 11000 Special Edition embroidery and sewing machine.

Get the Stitch Files

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Thursday, 03 February 2011 05:00

Techniques You Need: Free Motion Satin Stitch

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105-free-motion-satin-stitchTry this technique with any fabric for an impressive - yet easy - effect.

"Shop-hops" (those great days of fabric hunting and gathering) can be a lot of fun, especially when done with a group of good friends. But once the day has ended and the treasures have all been unpacked there is occassionally a purchase that prompts you to ask, “What was I thinking"?

What seemed at the time like a real find now appears to be one of those bundles of fabric that will become a permanent resident on the fabric shelf.

Janome Educator, Maddie Bushman felt just this way about a repeat pattern of butterfuly blocks. So she looked to her Janome Horizon 7700QCP sewing and quilting machine and the Clear View attachment for the Convertible Free Motion Quilting Foot for some help!

Try her sure-fire cure for even the most troubling fabrics.

Read More About Free Motion Satin Stitching

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Wednesday, 02 February 2011 05:00

Why We LOVE The Horizon Sewing Machine: Favorite Stitch Adjustment

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103-hor-fav-stitch-settingsFollow these easy instructions to save a stitch adjustment for “Favorite Stitch”

The Horizon MC7700 QCP sewing and quilting machine offers the ability to save your personalized settings for any stitch. To do this, you simply turn on the Favorite Stitch option. When this option is activated, alterations you make to any stitch length or width will be saved for future use.

For easy step-by-step instructions, click the "Read More" button below. 

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Tuesday, 01 February 2011 05:00

Introducing the HD1000 and HD3000

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97-machine-hd-series-newThe "HD" in this series stands for Heavy Duty.

Remember the old all-metal sewing machines? Maybe your mother or grandmother had one. Those machines couldn't be beat when it came to sturdiness and durability. But you had to be an Olympic weight lifter to pick one up.

Well, that kind of sturdiness is back – without all of the weight. Introducing the Janome HD1000 and HD3000 sewing machines. 

Like your grandmother's machine, they have an all-metal body. But unlike your grandmother's, it's made of special, lightweight aluminum. So while these new machines live up to the Heavy Duty in their name, they're only about two pounds heavier than a comparable model with a plastic body.

Stability, Speed & Precision

The HD3000 sewing machine is perfect for a beginning sewist or someone who enjoys quiet, vibration-free sewing. Because of its rigid aluminum body, the machine gives wonderful stability to the sewing mechanism. Even when it's sewing along at its top speed of 860 stitches per minute, the 7-piece feed dog is perfectly synchronized with the needle and you enjoy the soothing feeling of your fabric feeding smoothly. 

The HD3000 has 19 stitches, including a one-step buttonhole, and can stitch a zig zag up to 6.5mm in width. It has a free arm, built-in needle threader, and a reverse stitch lever. The machine comes standard with a hard cover.

The HD1000 is slightly smaller and lighter. It has a 3-piece feed dog, comes with 14 stitches, including a four-step buttonhole and has a maximum zig zag width of 5mm.

For a side-by-side comparison of the HD models, go to the HD3000 page and click the Comparison tab.

Read More About The HD3000

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