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Quilting Guild Goes For Gold, Silver, And Jems

23 October, 2003

Mahwah , NJ ñ The ladies of the Village Quilt Guild in Mt. Sterling, Ohio have seen their annual quilt show grow from a small affair in a corner of the Town Hall to a two day event at the American Legion building attended by several hundred people. Although growing by leaps and bounds, this group of 16 busy quilters has found one area where it makes sense to downsize. Half of them quilt on the tiny Janome Jem Gold sewing machine. With quilting get-togethers every Monday night, in addition to official Guild meetings each month, the ladies were looking for a way to leave their heavy machines at home.

Weighing just 12 lbs., the Jem Gold offers sewers and quilters excellent stitch quality in a compact machine that's easy to put in the car and go. While many ultra-compact sewing machines have plastic gearing, Janome builds the Jem Gold with all-metal gears and the precision mechanism normally found on much more expensive machines. The result is a stitch that doesn't look like it came from a tiny machine. With a growing number of women joining quilting groups, this high quality, take-along machine has been a hit. The Jem Gold is available at participating Janome dealers’ stores.

Janome (formerly The New Home Sewing Machine Company) is an industry leader in innovation, having produced the first programmable computerized sewing machine and the first computerized sewing machine to offer Professional-Style Embroidery. Janome sewing machines are recognized throughout the industry for their ease-of-use and unsurpassed stitch quality.

Founding Village Quilt Guild member Leona Powers has been sewing since she was five years old, making everything from home dec items to suits for her husband, and of course quilts. She even spent several years sewing professionally in a glove factory. Powers was impressed with the stitch quality of the little Jem Gold. She's proud to say she was the first to bring one to a Guild sewing session.

"Everyone wanted to know about my little machine," she says. "Now half the women in our group have them." Another two women in the group are looking to buy the Janome Jem Silver, a limited edition Jem with a matching carrying case that was created this year to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the American Sewing Guild.

As proof of the machine's abilities, Powers recently completed a 75" x 75" flannel and fleece quilt with free motion quilting all on her Jem Gold.

"I'm very pleased with my Jem," says Powers. "It's light. It does a fantastic job. What else could you ask for?"

The Jem Gold is available at participating Janome dealers’ stores.

Janome (formerly The New Home Sewing Machine Company) is an industry leader in innovation, having produced the first programmable computerized sewing machine and the first computerized sewing machine to offer Professional-Style Embroidery. Janome sewing machines are recognized throughout the industry for their ease-of-use and unsurpassed stitch quality.



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