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Monday, 30 December 2013 00:00

Janome Poll: What Is Your New Year Sewing Resolution?

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We'd like to know what your big plans are for sewing in 2014.

868-janome-poll-what-is-your-new-year-sewing-resolutionBeing human, we accomplish much more when we've set down specific goals.

This really applies to sewing and quilting where projects we thought would take us a few hours can sometimes stretch into weeks and months. Thus the frequent sightings of UFOs (UnFinished Objects) in our sewing rooms.

We hope you have some goals to make 2014 a more enjoyable and productive year with your Janome machine. And it would great if you would share what you have planned.

Please vote in our Poll What Is Your Top New Year Sewing Resolution? Then check back on Friday to see the results.

Vote In Our 2014 Sewing Resolution Poll

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Friday, 27 December 2013 00:00

You're Invited to the Jenny Haskins Touch of Magic Tour 2014!

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Jenny's Touch of Magic Tour is coming to a city near you!

863-jenny-haskins-touch-of-magic-tour-2014Some lucky embroidery enthusiasts were able to Experience the Magic of Jenny Haskins products and Janome embroidery machines during the Touch of Magic Tour in 2013. We learned so much, and had so much fun with our friends at RNK Productions that we have collaborated for a full schedule of events nationwide in 2014.You won't want to miss these special two-day events, where you'll learn about and experience the Jenny Haskins MAGIC first hand.

Our first event of the new year will take place January 24th and 25th in Austin, TX, with special hosts Northwest Sewing Center.

Join Jenny Haskins Embroidery Expert Paula Bramwell, as well as Janome Education Team Members Louis Carney and Susan Clark for a fabulous weekend of creativity and fun.

These exciting events will be happening throughout 2014, and will visit cities nationwide. Be sure to check back often for a location near you.

To experience the Magic in Austin in January, register at the official RNK Touch of Magic Tour page.

Register Today!

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Thursday, 26 December 2013 00:00

Special Offer: Pink And Blue Bobbins

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These limited edition bobbins are now 30% off.

866-special-offer-pink-and-blue-bobbinsAdd a little color to your sewing setup with these bright bobbins, designed especially for your machine.

Save 30% now at participating Janome America dealers on these stylish bobbin sets. They come 25 to a case in either a limited edition Cherry Blossom Pink or Blue motif.

These are real Janome J bobbins, made of a special rubber and plastic combination, which allows them to better hold thread, absorb machine vibration and reduce noise. (Janome J bobbins fit all Janome machines except the MB4 and 1600 series.)

All that and pretty too! Hurry while supplies last at your local Janome Dealer.

Find Out More About Blue Bobbins

Find Out More About Cherry Blossom Pink Bobbins

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Wednesday, 25 December 2013 00:00

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM JANOME AMERICA

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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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

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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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