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  • The Machine for the Beginner Enthusiast


    A Sew4Home Machine Review and Giveaway

    There is nothing more special than a quality sewing machine when you are learning to perform the basic functions with ease and precision. The Janome MyStyle100 sewing machine will make any beginner's sewing experience more fun, stress-free and successful.

    The Sew4Home team is offering a special giveaway of a MyStyle100 as well as 10 fat quarters of fabric to start your sewing adventure. Enter to win today by reading Sew4Home's informative and helpful review and letting them know what beginner project and techniques you would like to see on their website. 

    Sew4Home will draw one lucky winner on Wednesday, July 15th. Good luck!

    Click here to read the full machine review and enter to win!

  • Top Tens Reviews the 8002D Serger


    A Review by Sharyl Minter

    The 8002D is a 3 and 4 thread convertible serger that cuts, serges and finishes seams in one quick and easy motion. Sharyl Minter from Top Ten Reviews had the opportunity to use this serger and review it. She gives an honest review listing both the pros and cons of the 8002D.

    One of the positive reviews about the 8002D is that it is a durable and high quality machine that is easy to convert for stitches with its rolled hem changeover device. You can customize your stitches by lengthening the stitch, adjusting the tension or using the differential feed setting.

    The only con about this serger is that it lacks convenient accessories. You can learn more about the 8002D serger by reading Sharyl's review. The page also includes specifications, images and a comparison chart for you to reference.

    Click here to read the full review.

  • Prairie Circle Pillow


    Made by Janome Blogger, Sam Hunter

    Sam Hunter of Hunter's Design Studio made this summery throw pillow using her Memory Craft 8900 QCP and simple, three-dimensional prairie points made of folded fabric, inserted into a seam. There are no tricky points to make or match when making the pillow. 

    Perfect for your porch rocking chair or a summer home, this beautiful flying geese pillow will be sure to brighten your day! You too can create this pattern using simple paper-piecing techniques and easy pre-cut instructions.

    Click here to learn how to make them using Sam's helpful and clear instructions. 

    *The fabrics used in this project are the ME+YOU Indah batiks, generously supplied by Hoffman Fabrics

  • The Janome Prom Queens


    Winners of the Janome Prom Photo Contest

    From the 1930's to present day, teenagers nationwide enjoy the annual prom - a formal night of great music, food and fun with their dates and best friends upon high school graduation. One of the most magical parts of prom for a teeange girl is choosing the perfect dress. 

    Just like that magical moment, it was truly a special day for both Lisa C. and Carmel R. on June 1st when they found out they won the Janome Prom Photo Contest. The grand prize was a Skyline S5 sewing machine! Both New Yorkers were extremely excited and picked up their machine at Waddington Sewing Center in Lisbon, NY. Pictured below are images of Lisa and Carmel with Alice P. as they pick up their new Skyline machines last weekend.

    Here is a photo of Lisa C. with Alice. 

    Lisa made this beautiful green knee-length dress with her Janome Memory Craft 6600P machine in 2008. It was made from silk dupioni with crystals scattered throughout the fabric. The under layer has a gathered tulle petticoat in various shades of lime and light green. Lisa's daughter looks beautiful in this dress!

    "I have been sewing for 40 years starting with simple projects on my mother's machine. When I had my daughter, I began making more elaborate children's clothes and household items. At 24, I did my first wedding gown and began seamstress work in my home. Currently, I work for a local bridal store and am remarkably busy from the start of prom season till the end of wedding season.

    I have used many different machines and have blown motors in each and every one of them. 12 years ago, I decided to make a switch and started going to our local Janome dealer at Waddington Sewing Center. Alice and Joe have been wonderful and Janome has an amazing product line! I couldn't be any happier with Janome machines and the service I have received. 

    Since purchasing my first Janome machine, I have added six more to my collection. I currently run my business with two Janome sergers, one CoverPro, a MC6600P and a Horizon MC12000. I recommend Janome products to any one who is looking for a top quality and reliable machine built to take a beating. 

    Quilting is my new found love and I am sure I will be exploring long arms soon. Thanks Janome!" - Lisa C.

    Here is a photo of Carmel R. with Alice.

    Carmel made this beautiful purple gown for her own senior prom in 1991. She looks stunning in this dress!

    "I started sewing at 8 or 9 years old in 4H. My mother was my teacher and my first project using a sewing machine was a simple apron.

    My next project was a blouse and each year after that I sewed at least one item of clothing and took those items of clothing to the 4H clothing review. It was a great learning experience as the judges made comments on what was done well and what needed work. They also offered suggestions on how to improve for future projects. 
    My mother says that she didn't do much to help my sister and me as we learned; she said that she didn't need to. Over the years in 4H, I made items such as blouses, dresses, skirts, sweat shirts and even a horse blanket. My senior year, I made my own prom dress. I loved it then and am even more thrilled with it now as it allowed me to enter the contest! My sister even wore it to one of her college formals.  

    In addition, I made a quilted pillow that went to the State Fair and received a blue ribbon. Since then, I have continued to sew making a number of dresses for my siblings’ weddings and other events. 

    In the past year I have gotten into quilting. I have completed two quilts and have a third that is ready to be quilted, I will use my Janome MB4 to quilt it with cow outlines for my niece who was the County Dairy Princess (she loves cows). 

    I am looking forward to using my new Janome Skyline S5. Thank you Janome!" - Carmel R.

  • Decorative Fabric Placemats


    Made by Carol Cruise

    Janome blogger Carol Cruise of Carol's Zoo made beautiful placemats with her Horizon Memory Craft 12000 sewing and embroidery machine. You too can make these wonderful placemats for your kitchen and dining room table using the helpful instructions that Carol has provided.

    Every year, thousands of yards of discontinued decorative fabric are thrown away. Carol mentions that she belongs to a group called Fabmo where they collect fabric from decorators, sort it and have selection days where people can come in and get fabric to make for projects. This idea is a great way for people to repurpose fabric and keep it out of the landfill.

    Click here to learn how to make these beautiful placemats.

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