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Janome Digest No. 23, Enchanted Springtime

6 April, 2004

Mahwah , NJ ñ It's a sure sign the gray days of winter are coming to an end. New colors begin to pop up. Flowers are everywhere. And, the brightly colored spring issue of Janome Digest magazine has appeared. While the real spring season takes its time in arriving, Digest readers can get a head start with projects that provide ideas and inspiration for sewing, serging and embroidery. Because the publication draws from Janome subsidiaries around the world, there’s variety, flair and an emphasis on Janome technology that users won’t find anywhere else. Issue No. 23 has projects as varied as sewn scrapbook pages, a doll's formal dress set, and wearable serger art.

“Our contributors come from Europe, Asia, and Australia, as well as the U.S., so we see an amazing range of creativity,” says Digest Editor and Janome America Marketing Manager, Jodi Bushman. “American dolls have been hot in Japan since the 60s. And our special eleven inch doll glamour gown set was created by Ryoko Sakuyama of Tokyo.”

The Spring 2004 issue also features a fabulous fleece jacket on its cover. Inside are complete instructions, as well as tips on how to embroider on fleece without losing the thread in the nap.

Wearable art is all the rage, and Janome Digest has its own version of “Janome Jewelry” created with a serger and an embroidery machine. Australian author and sewing instructor, Anne van der Kley gives step-by-step instructions for making this eye-catching accessory.

Scrapbooking takes a new twist with sewn photo pages. Utilizing embroidery, sewing, and even quilting techniques, you can preserve your memories with more creativity than ever. The "Scrapbooking Memories" project has complete instructions for making six different kinds of pages.

Shimmering dragonflies dart around the blouse from our national magazine ads. Find out how to make your own blouse with buzz using the Memory Craft 6500 Professional. No need to hoop your fabric, the programmable satin stitch on the MC6500P allows you to make the dragonfly bodies and satiny wings with decorative stitching alone. And construction of your blouse goes faster than ever with this machine's top speed of 1,000 stitches per minute.

Rounding out the 32-pages of Janome Digest No. 23 are a pile of custom decorator pillows, a gorgeous, embroidered white denim jacket, and an inspiring quilt made by a 5-year-old for her baby sister. As always, there are beautiful projects from Janome users in the International Sewist Showcase.

Janome Digest covers projects and techniques from all over the world for owners of Janome sewing machines, embroidery machines and sergers. Plus, subscribers find out early about new Janome products and accessories and the creative ways to use them. Quarterly issues of Janome Digest are available at participating Janome dealers or by subscribing online at

Janome America, Inc. (formerly The New Home Sewing Machine Company) is an industry leader in innovation, having produced the first programmable computerized sewing machine, the first computerized sewing machine to offer Professional-Style Embroidery, and the groundbreaking new generation of Memory Craft embroidery machines with their accompanying software programs. Janome sewing machines are recognized throughout the industry for their ease-of-use and unsurpassed stitch quality.