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Wednesday, 25 December 2013 00:00



We wish you and your family all the best.

865-merry-christmas-from-janome-americaWe hope Santa filled your stocking with lots of good things.

And that you get time today to play with some of your new sewing and quilting "toys."

From all of us at Janome America.

Merry Christmas

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Tuesday, 24 December 2013 00:00

Software Update: Digitizer MBX v4.0 Compatibility for Windows 8.1


Download the Free Update to Make Your Digitizer MBX v4.0 Compatible with Windows 8.1

867-software-update-digitizer-mbx-v40-compatibility-for-windows-81Janome has posted a new update for owners of Digitizer MBX version 4.0. Download and install this update to make your dongle compatible with Windows 8.1. Download now by going to the update page and following the directions.

All current and former updates can be found on the Janome Software Update Page.

This update is already included in the new Digitizer MBX version 4.5. Learn more about this exciting new version on our website, then contact your dealer about upgrade or purchase options!

Get the Digitizer Update

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Monday, 23 December 2013 00:00

Free Online Flipbook: Inspired Embroidery Volume 1 From Artistic


Featuring projects created with designs from Artistic Embroidery Collections.

864-free-ebook-inspired-embroidery-volume-1The first ebook in our series shows you just how easy it is to be a fabric artist with Artistic Designs.

Viewable online with your computer or tablet, this 39 page ebook features 7 complete projects including pillows, a wine bottle cover, a mantel cover, greeting cards, and even a quilt. The back of the book includes more information on featured Artistic Embroidery Collections.

The projects in Inspired Embroidery Volume 1 are for a variety of sewing skill levels. And each one requires an embroidery machine.

The online book format makes it fun to browse with page turning animation and even the sound of rustling paper.

Go here to start reading Inspired Embroidery Volume 1.

Artistic Embroidery Collections include the work of some of today’s best-known designers, including Michael Miller Fabrics, Lonni Rossi, Jenny Hart of Sublime Stitching, Leah Day of Day Style Designs and the Free Motion Quilting Project, and Stitchique.

The collections include a wide variety of applications, from embellishing ready-to-wear to paper crafting to incredible, stand-alone embroidery designs. They're easy enough for new embroidery users, but with the quality to please the most experienced embroiderer.

Artistic Creative Products include software, design collections, and the accessories you need to create with embroidery, crystals, and cutting blades. See the entire line at your nearest Artistic dealer.

Read Inspired Embroidery Volume 1

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Friday, 20 December 2013 00:00

New Project: Cat Block Pillow by Elizabeth Hartman


Use your favorite scraps to create an array of charming patchwork cats.

861-new-project-cat-block-pillow-by-elizabeth-hartmanThere's just something about quilting and cats.

Lots of us enjoy creating with fabric and thread under the watchful eye of a feline.

Elizabeth Hartman of Oh, Frannson! has created a clever, geometric cat design that you can use on a quilt block or for an entire pillow.

The Cat Block Pillow project is a perfect way to use your favorite scraps to create an array of charming patchwork cats. The instructions show you how to make an assortment of 6” x 6” cat blocks, or combine 10 cats to make a large block perfect for a 20” x 20” pillow cover.

Elizabeth says, "Don’t hesitate to mix and match fabrics for a scrappy look!"

The project requires intermediate quilting skills and can be completed on any Janome Sewing Machine. Elizabeth uses a 1600P-QC, which sews at up to 1,600 spm and features a 9" bed. Try it out for yourself at your local Janome Dealer.

Go To The Cat Block Pillow Project

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Thursday, 19 December 2013 00:00

New Serger Video: Introduction To The 1100D Professional Serger


This has to be the easiest stitch set up you've ever seen.

860-new-serger-video-introduction-to-the-1100d-pro-sergerThe Janome 1100D Professional serger has the speed and precision to give you perfect results every time.

And it's also quick and easy to set up.

The 1100D features a unique Stitch Information Display Panel, which shows you the required settings for each stitch. You can set it up in seconds and get dependable results.

How To Set Up A Stitch On The 1100D

  1. On the stitch display, find the kind of the stitch you want to use and note its corresponding number.
  2. Turn the display knob on the right of the machine until that number appears in the first column of the Stitch Information Display Panel. You'll now see all the required settings for best results with that stitch. (There's no need to adjust the tension. The 1100D does this automatically for each stitch selected.)
  3. The second column shows you the differential feed setting, which you set with a knob.
  4. The third is stitch length, which is adjusted by a knob.
  5. Fourth is the needle position, which can be left, right, or both.
  6. Fifth is the cutting width, which you adjust at the side of the bed.
  7. Sixth is the upper knife position, which should be up or down.
  8. Second to the right is the two thread converter. Again, it should be up or down.
  9. Finally, there's the needle plate setting knob, which should also be up or down.

Now you're ready to serge with your chosen stitch.

The presser foot lifter is located to the side on the 1100D. And it doubles as a handy thread cutter.

And for help with threading, you'll find the easy-to-follow guides inside the front cover of the serger.

To see the stitch settings demonstrated watch the video Introduction To The 1100D Professional Serger.

The 1100D is available at your local Janome dealer.

Watch the Introduction To The 1100D Video

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Wednesday, 18 December 2013 00:00

Digitizer MBX V4.5 Is Here: A New Level Of Digitizing Power!


Freehand drawing and kingsize layouts are among the new features.

859-digitizer-mbx-v45-is-here-a-new-level-of-digitizing-powerDigitizer MBX software has always combined easy-to-use functionality and digitizing power.

Now the release of Digitizer MBX V4.5 gives you even more ways to express your creativity. Look at some of the major new features.

Freehand Drawing
You are going to love this new option. Using a pen and tablet (such as the popular WACOM® tablets), the new drawing tools let you to digitize shapes and lines as easily as drawing with pencil and paper with amazing results.

Kingsize Layouts & New Editing Tools
In addition to the larger layout size, you get a greater selection of monogram patterns. Integrated Corel Draw Essentials provides vector art to click-and-convert to embroidery. Cross Stitch is now standard.

NEW Cutwork Add-Ons
Set includes Software, Needles, and Needle Holder. EasyDesign allows you to digitize cutwork in much the same way as you digitize appliqué objects. Select the type of embroidery you wish to use and the type of cutwork you want, and the software takes care of the rest. Available for both V4.0 and V4.5.

Digitizer Jr. V4.5 is also available as are various upgrade kits. For more information contact your Janome Dealer.

Find Out More About Digitizer MBX V4.5

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Tuesday, 17 December 2013 00:00

Artistic Webinar TONIGHT: How Quilters can Maximize Their Artistic Software


It's live at 7 PM EST tonight. But there's still time to register.

858-artistic-webinar-todayYou might think Artistic Software is for people who like to do embroidery, paper craft embelishments, and everything bling.

And you'd be right.

But Artistic Software is also a powerful tool for serious quilters.

Artistic Educator Bunny Gates will show you why in a one hour free webinar: Not Just Embellishments! How Quilters can Maximize their Artistic Software.

The webinar is today, Tuesday, December 17, running from 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EST. And you can still register for free.

You'll see how a quilter can use Artistic Software to create easy ambiance quilting, beautiful quilt patterns, and more. You'll learn how you can enhance your quilts, wallhangings, and pillows with the quilting feature of Artistic Suite V6.0.

You can attend the webinar on your PC, Mac, or even mobile device. See the System Requirements on the webinar registration page to complete information.

For more information on Artistic software and other Artistic creative products, see your local Artistic dealer.

Register For Artistic Quilting Webinar

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Monday, 16 December 2013 00:00

Janome Heritage: Beautiful 1902 New Home Machine


This wonderful machine sits in an equally beautiful cabinet.

837-janome-heritage-beautiful-1902-new-home-machineWe came across this beautiful 1902 New Home treadle machine on the Heirlooms by Ashton House blog and thought you'd enjoy it.

It's owned by Kimber Mitchell, a magazine writer, quilt book editor, and avid quilter. Visit her blog to see the whole story on how she got it.

She and her husband live in a beautiful 1885 Victorian home and the machine fits right in with their vintage and antique collections. Kimber named the machine "Tabitha" and gave us permission to share her photo of it.

We believe Tabitha is a New Home model A3. The major features for that model were a vibrating shuttle, a top tension control with release lever, a stitch length regulator on bed, narrow shank shuttle carrier, and a bobbin winder.

The label inside the cabinet says the machine shipped from New Home's Chicago facility on August 8, 1902.

It came with this guarantee: "If it fails from imperfection within Ten Years, we will supply the part free of charge. Should this machine fail at any time to give perfect satisfaction and you do not find our agent to attend to it, write us and you will receive prompt attention."

Today's Janome/New Home machines come with a 25 year warranty. But we still can't beat that gorgeous decoration.

Kimber says she's actually sewn on the machine and that after 111 years it still works well with "really nice" stitch quality.

Read More About The 1902 New Home Machine

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Friday, 13 December 2013 00:00

New Anna Maria Horner Heirloom Stocking Project with Video


Includes a custom machine embroidery design for your feature emblem.

857-new-anna-maria-horner-heirloom-stocking-project-with-videoIn her latest project, fabric designer and creative sewist extraordinaire Anna Maria Horner uses a treasured hand-embroidered motif to create a classic Christmas stocking.

Anna's Heirloom Stocking Project features a regal stag embroidery design framed in winter foliage. This was digitized from a hand-embroidered blanket created by her grandmother in Greece.

The project includes complete instructions, a free downloadable embroidery design, and a great video showing Anna's inspiration and how to construct the stocking. The stocking features a fabric cuff, which is perfect for the bright tones and bold patterns of Anna Maria's fabric collection.

About creating the design, Anna says:

"This Heirloom Stocking pattern has been such a special project for me since it is inspired by the beautiful hand-loomed blanket my Yiayia Eleni made some 60 years ago in Greece. It has been my joy to marry a centuries-old craft with the most modern technology available in a home sewing machine to design the embroidery.

The talented team at Janome America helped me translate my Yiayia's deer design into an embroidery motif (similar to my Lineage fabric). We used the Designer MBX software, which I can't wait to play with more! The results really exceeded my expectations, and the thought of being able to make something for everyone this year, using this meaningful artwork vignette, was thrilling. Any doubts I had about the stockings not being hand-embroidered quickly vanished. I realized that by using the machine embroidery, I could actually accomplish all of them this year!"

Anna used her Horizon Memory Craft 15000 to create all 9 stockings for her family. Try it out for yourself at your local certified Janome dealer.

Go To Anna Maria Horner's Heirloom Christmas Stocking Project

Watch Anna's Video About The Stocking Project

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Thursday, 12 December 2013 01:00

Deck the Halls at Sew4Home (Plus Giveaway)


Many of these clever holiday gifts work throughout the year.

856-deck-the-halls-at-sew4home-plus-giveawayWe hadn't checked in with our creative friends at Sew4Home for awhile, and, boy-oh-boy, are we glad we stopped by! They just completed a wonderful holiday series with nine must-make projects from easy to advanced.

There are options specific to the holidays, such as the amazing Nordic Faux Fur & Ribbon Christmas Stockings and the cute Santa Letter Pocket Pillows, as well as ideas that work year 'round, like the gorgeous Gilded Chevron Tote and super cozy Sleepover Bag with Matching Pillowcase.

We love how the Sew4Home projects can be made on any Janome machine, but they are always great about always listing which Janome presser feet will make the job go more quickly as easily. Seeing how swiftly the Zipper foot on the Memory Craft 8900 QCP attached tiny pom pom trim was an eye-opener.

And, Sew4Home always has the best ideas for fabric and notions, like the zipper-by-the-yard they used for the sleepover bag - such an easy solution! And, their step-by-step instructions make even traditionally "scary" techniques a snap. Check out their Bundle of Boxed Style Floor Cushions. The classic piped and tufted cushion never looked easier! The Santa Pillow mentioned above as well as a set a gorgeous appliquéd napkins are made with panel fabric. Such an innovative use for these beautiful (and inexpensive) fabric cuts!

Browse through their entire two week series, which starts here. When you're done, make sure to enter to win one of four $50 gift certificates from series sponsor, Fabric.com. Simply leave a comment describing your 2014 Sewing Resolution.

Go To Sew4Home

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