Friday, 16 September 2011

Richard from S Nutt Sewing Machines in Birmingham runs charity marathon!

Make a Wish is a charity that helps to create magical wishes to children and young people with life threatening illnesses.
Richard from S Nutt Sewing Machines, also runs and teaches at Sutton Schools of Tae Kwon-do. They are running a marathon on Saturday 24th September 2pm - 6pm at Bishop Walsh School, in support of Make a Wish Charity.
So why not pop over to the website and offer them support.

Good luck from Janome to all the runners!


Richard and all the team raised a fantastic £7067.47!!!! Below you can see Jane handing over the cheque!
This is now paying to send a little three year old boy to Florida.
Congratulations to everyone who supported such a good cause!
For more information, check out and

Dionne Swift @ Festival of Quilts 2011

During the Festival of Quilts back in August Dionne Swift was running Mark Marking Workshops using the Janome embellisher FM725. Dionne has sent me a few photographs to share with you and a few words...
"The lovely ladies of the Making you Mark workshop created experimental surfaces using Janome 725 embellishers at the Festival of Quilts Workshop Academy. They admitted to being slightly out of their comfort zones at first, but soon got into their stride and the machines were buzzing away around the room!For many this was their first try using an embellisher & others had had a machine at home put didn’t realise its full potential.It was a great afternoon, rounded off my a flurry of applause...blush blush!

...I was in your embellisher class and truly loved it - many thanks Carol"

Dionne Swift runs regular workshops from her studio just outside of Huddersfield, and can be seen exhibiting and running short workshops at many of the sewing shows around the UK. For more information, check out her website, or why not follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Janome launch Horizon Memory Craft 12000 in Orlando!

On Saturday 3rd September, the new Janome Horizon Memory Craft 12000 was launched at the Janome Institute at The World Marriot Resort in Orlando, Florida. Hundreds of Janome dealers from around the globe had been invited to see the unveiling of this fantastic new machine, and none of them were disappointed with what they saw! From the UK we took a selection of our best stockists, including Couling Sewing Machines, Cresswell Sewing Machines, Exeter Sewing Centre, Hobkirks, Sew Creative, Sew Devine, Sewing Machines Direct / SM Sewing Machines and Woking Sewing Centre. The Janome Institute 2011 took over the conference centre at the World Marriot Resort, and hosted numerous workshops for dealers to learn more about Janome products, from technical training, machine training, embroidery design software, accessories and overlockers, to lectures on Sales and Marketing and working with social media.....

.... and of course, the new Horizon Memory Craft 12000! Our new top of line machine is stunning...huge 11" sewing arm, 9mm wide stitches and big embroidery hoops! The machine is launched to the public on the 1st October, and to see the Horizon Memory Craft first in the UK, come and visited our stand at the Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace 6th -9th October.... and prepare to be impressed!!! To see more about the new features, check out it's very own website

Anne White, our Janome UK Educator, taught some creative classes during the Institute, including Circular Sewing Kit, using the Circular Attachment and the Bias Binding Foot, and also Janome Banner using some Janome Applique techniques.

Sham from SM Sewing Machines / Sewing Machines Direct, and Ian from Sew Devine, really enjoyed their time in Florida, and can be seen here enjoying one of many Janome lectures.
Jim, from Woking Sewing Centre and Graham from Cresswell Sewing Machines, had a wonderful few days in Orlando, and can be seen here having a look around the Janome Exhibition.... .....before heading off to another Service Course, this time overlockers!It's not all work during the Janome Institute for our stockists, Janome UK hosted a fabulous evening just for the UK dealers to get together and discuss the new machine... as well as enjoy a few glasses of wine! Above, we can see (from left to right) Ruth Cox, Janome Regional Sales Manager, Pam and Lisa from Sew Creative, Anne White, Janome UK Educator, David and Janet from Exeter Sewing Centre, and Carol and Stephanie from Couling Sewing Machines.

And lastly, a photograph of Anne and I during the lauch evening of the new Horizon Memory Craft 12000. We are all smailes at the thought of our new machines waiting for us when we get back to the UK! And with that note, I need to sign off and get back to my 12000.... lots of gorgous samples to make for the UK launch at Alexandra Palce in a few weeks time!

For more information, check out the following links,
on the new Horizon Memory Craft 12000
Janome Sewing Machines and to find a local stockist.
Couling Sewing Machines in Lincoln
Cresswell Sewing Machines, Mansfield Rd, Nottingham. NG5 6BH
Exeter Sewing Centre in Exeter
Hobkirks in Blackburn and Bury
Sew Creative in Cambridge
Sew Devine in Reading
Sewing Machines Direct / SM Sewing Machines in Wrexham and London
Woking Sewing Centre in Surry