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Janome Challenges Its Dealers To Collect 75,000 Handmade Blankets For Project Linus

2 February, 2004

MAHWAH, NJ--Janome America has challenged its sewing machine dealers across the country to collect up to 75,000 new, handmade blankets on National Make a Blanket Day, Feb. 21. The fifth annual event is a benefit for Project Linus, a non-profit organization that distributes the blankets to children in need throughout the United States. Janome is the world's largest sewing machine manufacturer.

Nearly 250 Janome (pronounced ja NO mee) dealers in 42 states have signed on to participate in this year’s National Make a Blanket Day. On Feb. 21, Janome dealers will conduct in-store events and serve as drop-off points for blankets. With on-site seamwork by sewing clubs, quilt guilds, service organizations, and individuals wanting to take part, it will effectively be one of the largest craft gatherings in the country.

The sheer number and size of the blankets made and collected is impressive. Assuming the Janome dealers reach their targeted goal of 75,000 blankets, and each blanket averages 60” in length, then laid end to end they would stretch 375,000 feet, or 71 miles. That is 258 times the height of the Empire State Building, 160 times the length of the Mississippi River, and 93 times the average depth of the Grand Canyon.

“This marks our second year of teaming up with Project Linus, and we’re honored to be associated with such a worthy organization,” said Randy Thomas, vice president of sales and marketing for Janome America, Inc. “Our reward in participating in Make A Blanket Day is twofold: we get to help out the community and acquaint more people with the enjoyment of sewing and quilting.”

Everyone who turns in a new, handmade blanket to a participating Janome dealer between Feb. 1 and March 21 has a chance to win a Janome 6125QC sewing machine, a model designed specifically to meet the needs of quilters. Each participating Janome dealer is giving away one machine.

Janome produces more than one million sewing machines annually as well as a line of related sewing products and embroidery software. It is a category leader in innovation, and Janome sewing machines are recognized throughout the industry for their ease-of-use and unsurpassed stitch quality. In Dec. 2002, Janome’s 40 millionth home sewing machine came off the line at the company’s Tokyo manufacturing plant.

Project Linus is a 100% volunteer organization whose mission is to provide love, security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade, washable blankets. Since Dec. 1995, Project Linus has distributed more than 735,000 blankets.

For more information, search for Linus on this site, or visit

View photographs from National Make a Blanket Day 2003.