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Wednesday, 16 February 2011 05:00

Introducing The DC2011 Sewing Machine


99-machine-dc2011-heart-newThis limited edition machine has lots of great features, plus fun pink accents.

For the past few years Janome has released a specially-priced sewing machine in limited numbers. This year it's the DC2011 sewing machine. This computerized machine gives you ease-of-use from threading to sewing to finishing with a lock stitch. And you get legendary Janome quality at a great price.

At the heart of the machine's quality is the Superior Feed System. This Janome exclusive uses a 7-piece feed dog to guide your fabric in perfect sync with the needle. It utilizes a box feed system, which moves the feed dogs in sync with better overall traction. You get beautiful stitches on any weight of fabric.

Speaking of stitches, the DC2011 has 50. These include 24 heirloom stitches, 6 satin stitches, a bi-directional blanket stitch, 3 one-step Sensor buttonholes, and all the utility and construction stitches you'll need. All the stitches and their numbers are listed on the front of the machine. The backlit LED screen shows you which stitch you've selected, and makes it easy to set width and length.

Quick conveniences at your fingertips include a memorized needle up/down, locking stitch, and speed control slider. Threading is a breeze with numbered lay-in paths. And the machine threads its own needle.

Try the DC2011 at your local Janome Dealer then compare its features and stitch quality with machines costing much more. You'll see why this limited edition machine is such a great value for garment, home decor, and quilting projects.

Find complete specifications for the DC2011, including an instruction manual (PDF).

Read More About New The DC2011 Sewing Machine

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Tuesday, 15 February 2011 05:00

Video: Attaching Bias Binding With The Rotary Even Foot


114-attach-bias-binding-w_rotary-even-foot-videoUse this tractor feed foot to attach bias tape to any thickness of fabric.

If you do any home décor or garment sewing, you've probably had to attach bias tape to the edge of your project. Sometimes called "bias binding tape," it gives a professional finish to clothing, blankets and quilts, accessories, and a host of home dec items.


You can buy pre-folded bias tape at the fabric store, or easily cut and make your own, then attach it with one of Janome's specially designed presser feet.


One of those is the the Rotary Even Foot™. It features a tractor feed, allowing you to sew stretchy fabrics, like jersey and knits, as well as other hard-to-feed materials, like leather or vinyl without slipping or puckering. It comes with five attachments, one of which is designed for applying bias binding.


With this attachment on the Rotary Even Foot™ you simply fold your bias tape and feed it through the see-through funnel. The foot guides the binding over the fabric edge, moving all layers in perfect sync with the tractor feed. You can choose any running stitch on your sewing machine, including decorative stitches, to attach the bias tape.


The bias binding attachment on the the Rotary Even Foot™ is adjustable and can accommodate binding up to 20 mm wide.


Once you've seen it in action, you'll realize how easy it is to use. Watch the video Rotary Even Foot: Attaching Bias Binding.



It fits all Janome sewing machines.

Watch The Attaching Bias Binding Video

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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


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!


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


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


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


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!



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


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


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.

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