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Monday, 10 January 2011 05:00

Serger Smarts: Accessory Must Haves

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85-serger-smarts-accessory-must-havesWith specialized feet and attachments for your serger, you can make your sewing even quicker and easier!

Using a Janome serger makes finishing your projects super quick and easy, but there are a wide range of accessories created for specific tasks to make your sewing time even more productive. Below are a few of our favorites.

Elastic Gathering Foot and Attachment

When inserting elastic, it is essential to attach it as smoothly and evenly as possible, which is sometimes a difficult task. The Elastic Gathering attachment makes this job quick and easy. There are three size options: 7.5mm, 10mm, and 13mm (1/4”, 3/8”, and 1/2”) to accommodate various widths of elastic. Simply snap on one of the attachments, feed the elastic through, and you can attach the elastic directly onto your fabric using either a three or four thread overlock stitch. Read more about the Elastic Gathering Foot and Attachment.

Beading Foot

Beaded trims add a special touch to any project – from evening to casual wear. They're easy to attach using the Janome Beading Foot. A deep groove on the underside of the beading foot guides strands of beads or pearls perfectly into place. They are then secured to the fabric using a flatlock stitch. Read more about the Beading Foot for Janome sergers.

Blind Stitch Foot

The Blind Stitch Foot trims, overlocks and invisibly hems in one easy step. The adjustable guide ensures any weight fabric can be accommodated. But wait there's more... simply change the stitch, and this versatile foot becomes a wonderful guide for pintucks, lacy fagoting or flatlocking as seen in popular ready-to-wear items. Read more about the Blind Stitch Foot for Janome sergers.

Gathering Foot

With the Gathering Foot it's easy to create evenly distributed gathers on light or medium weight fabrics. The Gathering Foot allows you to gather a ruffle, sew it to a flat fabric, and overlock the raw edges all in one easy operation. Read more about the Gathering Foot for Janome sergers.

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Friday, 07 January 2011 05:00

Serger Smarts: Why Do I Need A Serger? Specialty Stitches: Part 2 of 2

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40-serger-smarts-knitsIt's the machine to use for fast construction and a professional finish - But did you know how much more a serger can do?!

A new Janome serger is on the wish list of almost all aspiring sewists. Many see this machine as the next step in their sewing education and expertise. Most people know the serger is used to trim and finish seams in one step, but the creative and well informed will find many more exciting and useful applications!

Sergers have come a long way since their introduction to the home market in the late 1960’s. Many of today’s machines, including the Janome 1100D, contain a wide range of options for stitch customization, giving sergers far more functionality than just creating a clean finish on the raw edges of seams. Sergers are great for working with nearly any texture or loft of fabric. Constructing quilts, garments, home décor items and more is easy, and you can choose from a wide variety of fabrics, including wool, fleece, velvet, chiffon, silk, cotton or fur.

Read About More Exciting Serger Applications

Find the Janome Serger for you!

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Thursday, 06 January 2011 05:00

Janome Annual Truckload Sale: Sewing Machines, Software & More

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79-truckload-sale-2011Take advantage of once-a-year package deals for sewing, quilting and embroidery.

This much anticipated annual promotion started this week and runs through then end of February. You can save hundreds or even thousands on sewing machine and accessory bundles. Plus, you'll save on the notions you use most. Of course, all these deals are available only at your local, authorized, participating Janome Dealer.

For complete details, see our special online, interactive Truckload Sale Booklet.

Sale Highlights: Great Prices On Package Deals

The Ultimate Embroidery And Monogramming Package: Bring home the Memory Craft 11000 Special Edition sewing and embroidery machine and get the Monogram Wizard Janome Edition software for one special price.

The Wide Open Horizon Quilting Package: Buy a Horizon 7700 QCP quilting and sewing machine and also get a custom Horizon Industrial Table for free.

The Complete Home Decor Package: Purchase a 2160 DC computerized sewing machine and get an extension table, storage case, and five essential presser feet free.

The Complete Embroidery And Digitizing Software Package: Get a great deal when you purchase Artistic Sewing Suite Software and Janome Digitizer Jr. embroidery design software together. 

Save On Needles & Thread, And More.

Promotion offers are based on regular retail price and valid 1/03/2011 - 2/28/2011 at authorized, participating Janome dealers in the USA and Canada. Limited to supplies on hand. 

Go To Our Interactive Truckload Sale
"Wish Book"

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Wednesday, 05 January 2011 05:00

Tin Lizzie Long Arm Quilting Machines

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80-tin-lizzieWe've partnered with TinLizzie to distribute affordable, high quality long arm quilting machines.

If you've ever had the chance to try a long arm quilting machine, you know it's the ultimate way to finish your quilts. Whether you do your stitching free-hand or have the on-board computer control the movement, you are able to work on large areas of your quilt at once.

To provide you this option through your local Janome Dealer, we have partnered with TinLizzie. They are quilters themselves who make excellent quality long arm machines.

Features Of The TinLizzie18DLS

The TinLizzie18DLS has 18" from the back of the machine to the needle. All this extra room allows you to quilt large patterns without having to roll your quilt material as often. It comes with a stitch regulator, laser light, gooseneck lamp, and adjustable frame.

Ergonomic handles allow you to steer your machine for long periods without fatigue. They adjust up and down so you can get a comfortable grip for hours of quilting.

The automatic stitch regulator makes sure that every stitch is the same length even when you change speed or direction.

The laser light makes it easy to follow the lines of a paper pattern design. It mounts on the back of the machine.

You can set the auto needle positioner so your needle stops in either the Up or Down position.

The hopping foot holds down the fabric during each stitch then releases pressure for easy movement. The foot height can be adjusted for the thickness of your quilt layers.

The TinLizzie18 long arm quilting machine is supported by a frame that's specifically designed for home use. Made of laminated birch wood, it's easy to assemble and can be set up to quilt quilts that range in size from baby quilts to king quilts.

For more information on all of TinLizzie18 long arm models, visit their website at www.TinLizzie18.com.

To try one out for yourself, see your local Janome sewing machine dealer.

Read The TinLizzie Story

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Tuesday, 04 January 2011 05:00

Five Fave Quilts: Janome Classic Quilt Projects

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41-five-faves-quiltsWhich quilting projects have been getting the most attention?

As you might have guessed, quilts and quilted wall hangings are among the most popular projects at Janome.com. We thought you might enjoy looking at top picks.

The Top 5 Most-Viewed Quilting Projects:

  • Gypsy Breeze Quilt - Marie Osmond created this quilt using her Gypsy Breeze fabrics from Quilting Treasures. You fussy cut the medallions from Marie’s prints to make the square centers, and accent with a complementary embroidery thread. It can be made with any Janome sewing or quilting machine.
  • Birds of a Feather Wall Quilt - These pieced and embellished whimsical birds are a stand-out on a one-piece, black quilted background. This project features rainbow sashing, using programmed decorative stitching, and color coordinated stitch binding. Janome Educator Cynthia Scott made this on the Memory Craft 6600 Professional sewing machine but you can sew it on any Janome sewing machine.
  • Keep the Heart Truth Growing Wallhanging - Jane Spolar, of Quilt Poetry™ patterns, created this beautiful wallhanging in recognition of Janome’s support of Heart Truth, the national awareness campaign for women about heart disease. Jane made this on the Memory Craft 6600P but it can be completed on any Janome machine.
  • Paper Roses Quilt - Another Marie Osmond quilt. This is featured in her latest book published by Martingale & Company. The book has a section on "gifts worth giving," which were designed and made by Marie. Along with the "Paper Roses" quilt, the book also features bags, aprons, gifts for babies and pets, and more of her quilts. You can make her Paper Roses quilt on any Janome sewing machine.
  • Moonlight Serenade - Jane Spolar also created this quilt. She says "Moonlight Serenade" shows what the Memory Craft 11000 Special Edition can do with its fabulous embroidery and automatic quilting features. Jane gives some great tips on appliquéing and using embroidery. Looking at the finished quilt, it's no wonder it's been so popular.

Find All Quilting Projects

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Monday, 03 January 2011 05:00

Start Your Embroidery Business With The MB-4

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59-emb-business-mb4If you want to start a small embroidery business, this machine was designed for you.

You love embroidery and you're good at it. In fact, people are starting to ask you to embroider items for them. You also want to work from home, spend more time with your family, and set your own hours – all while fulfilling your creative potential.

Janome has an embroidery machine that's perfect for your home-based business. It's called the MB-4 and it's "The 'World's First' Home-Use Four-Needle Embroidery Machine."

Truly Professional Results

The MB-4 embroidery-only machine was created to give you professional-quality speed and quality for a fraction of the cost of an industrial model. A regular home embroidery machine has a single needle, so when you're stitching out a design with more than one thread color, you have to stop and rethread for each one. But the MB-4 has four needles so you can stitch out multi-color designs without stopping for each color, allowing you to finish designs much more quickly.

It has powerful on-board software for editing your designs but also works DigitizerMB and other Janome embroidery software for truly professional results. And the embroidery stitch quality is outstanding from giant size designs to micro-embroidery.

The MB-4 also has many different size hoops for fast and accurate embroidery on ready-made items that would be challenging for a regular embroidery machine -- like baseball caps.

Take Your Embroidery Business Out Where People Are Buying

Anywhere you can set up a table and plug into power, you can create made-to-order embroidery. The MB-4 is the lightest, most compact multi-needle embroidery machine available. This means you can take your embroidery business with you.

Promote yourself at local sporting events by making personalized t-shirts and sweatshirts and hats; let your local businesses know you can put their company logo on shirts, bags, jackets and more; visit local trade shows or craft fairs; you could even do an event for a local clothing store: "Buy a Pair of Jeans, Get Free Pocket Embroidery." The store owner gets a great promotion and you get visibility. The list goes on and on; the MB-4 makes it all possible.

Read Tips For Starting Your Own Embroidery Business With The MB-4.

You need more than just a good machine to start embroidering on hats and sweatshirts. You need all kinds of supplies and notions. So Janome has created Business in a Box. This Box contains everything you need to start your own business using the MB-4. The kit includes two racks full of embroidery thread, stabilizer, bobbins & bobbin thread, needles, 5 different hoops, embroidery design CDs, and more.

Find out more about Business In A Box.

Download the MB-4 brochure as a PDF (1 MB).

Learn More About The MB-4 Embroidery Machine

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Friday, 31 December 2010 05:00

Video: Putting On An Extra Large Button With The Transparent Buttonhole Foot

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42-xl-button-trans-foot-videoHow do you put on buttons that are too big for your automatic button foot?

Big buttons are a perennial fashion accent for clothing, accessories, and home decor. (If oversize buttons aren't in style while you're reading this, just wait about 15 minutes.)

But to actually function as a closure, Extra Large buttons need Extra Large button holes.

If you've looked at your sewing machine's automatic buttonhole foot, you can see there's a limit to the size of button it can make a hole for. So for Extra Large buttons there's the Transparent Buttonhole Foot (or Buttonhole Foot Transparent). It works in conjunction with the automatic buttonhole function available on several Janome machines.

To learn how easy it is to use this foot, watch the Buttonhole Foot Transparent Video: Putting On An Extra Large Button.

In this short video you'll see how you how to use the Transparent Buttonhole Foot on a Memory Craft 11000 Special Edition. Instead of putting your button into a sliding sensor, you measure it and enter the dimensions into your sewing machine. After sewing the buttonhole as demonstrated in the video, you would then carefully open it with sharp scissors.

Once you have your Extra Large Buttonhole sewn, you'll want to sew on your Extra Large button using the Button Sewing Foot.

Watch Video: Putting On Extra Large Buttons

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Thursday, 30 December 2010 05:00

Horizon Holiday Promotion Ends Tomorrow

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78-holiday-promo-2010-endDid Santa forget to bring you a Horizon sewing and quilting machine? You've got one more day for our Holiday Promotion.

Tomorrow, New Year's Eve, is your last day to get the special sew-on-the-go accessory package when you purchase your new Horizon MC7700 QCP sewing machine.

See your local participating Janome Dealer for a great price on this year's most exciting sewing and quilting machine. In addition, you'll receive a Janome designer trolley bag filled with thread for FREE. The rolling trolley case and the custom Horizon thread gift box with 12 mini king spools have a retail value of over $250. Find out more about our Holiday promotion.

Horizon: The Janome Everyone Is Talking About

From the widest bed in its class to the most illuminating lighting system, the Horizon sewing and quilting machine gives you so much more to enjoy. It has speed, precision and an innovative navigation system that makes it a breeze to choose your stitch from the 250 available.

You have more room to stretch your creative muscles. Controls are positioned where it makes the most sense for hours of enjoyment. Operation is instinctive, with icons and buttons that are easy to use and understand. And of course, the Horizon is a true Janome sewing machine where it matters most: the quality of your stitches.

Just a few of the Horizon's features:

  • 11" x 4.7" work area with an extra-long free arm
  • Navigate via LCD screen or tactile jog dial 
  • AcuFeed™ System moves layers of fabric in perfect sync
  • Extension table and cloth guide come standard
  • 250 stitches and 20 memory banks
  • AcuQuilt piecing system 
  • Full length measuring markings on the arm plus needle plate angles, cornering and needle drop guides


See the Horizon MC7700 QCP feature map.

Download the Horizon brochure as a PDF (6.5 MB).

Offer based on regular retail price and valid 10/18/2010 - 12/31/2010 at authorized Janome dealers in the USA and Canada. Limited to supplies on hand.

Horizon Holiday Promotion Details

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Wednesday, 29 December 2010 05:00

Video: Couching A Bow In Place With The Button Sewing Foot

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32-couching-bow-wbutton-sewing-foot-videoOnce you see how easy this is, you'll want to attach bows everywhere.

The Button Sewing Foot is designed to easily attach buttons using your sewing machine. You put the button under the foot, adjust the stitch width and it sews a series of stitches between the two holes in the button.

But you can also use it to attach other, more decorative things to your project. One of them is a bow. Simply take a piece of ribbon and tie it into a bow, then, using the Button Foot, tack it into place.

To keep your thread from showing on your bow, you can either use a matching color or stitch it on with clear, monofilament thread. You can also position the loops of the bow and the ends of the ribbon and tack them into place as well.

To demonstrate, we made a short video called Button Sewing Foot: Couching A Bow In Place. It shows you how to attach the foot, set up for couching (feed dogs down), and attach the various parts of a ribbon. Once you see it done, you'll say, "That's easy!"

The Button Sewing Foot works with most Janome sewing machines. Find your machine on the website, then check under its "Accessories" tab to confirm.

More About The Button Sewing Foot

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Tuesday, 28 December 2010 05:00

Did You Know: Register Your Machine Online

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58-dyk-reg-your-machine-onlineRegistering online is easy and benefits you.

When you bought your Janome sewing machine or serger (or perhaps you received one this year as a gift), you might have seen the Warranty Registration card among the other items in the box. If you sent it in right away, thank you.

But maybe you lost the card or you haven't sent it because you're wondering why you have to register your machine anyway.

Registering your sewing machine does not affect your Janome America, Inc. Limited 25 Year Warranty. That automatically went into effect when the machine was purchased from an authorized Janome dealer. Registering your machine gives us a direct record of your purchase and allows us to send you new information about your machine.

If you have a Memory Craft embroidery machine, we'll let you know when new software updates are available for download. Or if we become aware of a problem with your model, we can contact you with information on how to resolve any issues. Knowing who is buying our machines helps us better serve all Janome customers and ensures that future machines are meeting the needs and expectations of sewing, embroidery, quilting enthusiasts. It's why we strongly recommend all our customers register their machines.

Lost Your Card? Register Your Janome Machine Online

If you haven't sent in your card, you can register online in just a few minutes. Go to the Janome Warranty Registration page. Fill in the required fields. And click Register.

Even if you bought your Janome several years ago, it's not too late to register. Just look for your machine model among the nearly 150 listed in the online menu.

Register Your Machine Online

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