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Monday, 02 December 2013 00:00

Artistic Webinar Tomorrow: Scrapbooking for the Holidays

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This free webinar is tomorrow night. But you still have time to register.

848-artistic-webinar-tomorrow-scrapbooking-for-the-holidays The holidays are the best time to let your creativity run wild. And Artistic Software gives you the tools to make beautiful projects using scrapbooking techniques.

You can use the software to make your own custom event invitations, holiday cards, and thank you notes. And when the holidays are over, you can create one-of-kind scrapbooking pages to hold all your memories.

To learn how, register for our free webinar: Scrapbooking for the Holidays with Artistic Software. It's Tuesday, December 3rd, running 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EST. There's no charge for attending, but you must register in advance.

During the one hour online class, Artistic Educator, Bunny Gates will demonstrate all kinds of creative holiday ideas for using paper crafts with Artistic Software. It's going to be fun and informative. And you can attend the webinar on your PC, Mac or mobile device. (View the system requirements on the registration page.)

For more information on Artistic software and other Artistic creative products, see your local Artistic dealer.

Register Now For The Scrapbooking For The Holidays Webinar

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Friday, 29 November 2013 00:00

New Project: Quilted Pi Play Mat By Thomas Knauer

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How often do you find a project that both babies and geometry buffs will love?

847-new-project-quilted-pi-play-mat-by-thomas-knauerFabric designer and modern quilter Thomas Knauer wanted to make a quilted play mat for his son Babbit. So, he thought, why not make it fun and educational?

He decided to use the first sixteen digits of Pi, the constant at the heart of geometry. (You math buffs know that Pi is an "irrational number," meaning it's a non-repeating, non-ending string of digits starting with 3.14 . . .) 

As a dad, Thomas says he's always looking for more ways for play and learning to go hand in hand, so of course this had to carry over to his quilting.

Fortunately, you don't need to be a math whiz to make the Pi Play Mat Quilt Project. You can complete it with intermediate quilting skills and any Janome sewing machine. Thomas used a Memory Craft 12000, which he used to stitch out the number shaped embroidery motif.

Get complete projects instructions online, which include the Number Templates and Quilting Motif file.

To find out more about the latest Janome quilting machines, see your local Janome dealer. To find out easy ways to calculate Pi, see this article from Math Is Fun.

Go To Quilted Pi Play Mat Project

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Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00

Happy Thanksgiving from Janome America

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We wish you and your family the happiest Thanksgiving Day. Looking back over the year, we all have much to be thankful for.

846-happy-thanksgiving-from-janome-americaWe hope you're able to enjoy time with family and friends today.

While we're taking stock of our own blessings, it's also good to look back at the history of this day set aside for being thankful.

History Of The Original Thanksgiving

The Pilgrims landed at Plymouth late in 1620 full of hope for a new life. But over the next year, they saw more than half their number die from disease. With the help of Squanto, a Native American of the Patuxet tribe, they successfully planted crops, and in the fall of 1621 had their first successful harvest. The colonists celebrated the first Thanksgiving with 90 members of the Wampanoag tribe, with whom Squanto had been living. Because wild turkey was plentiful, it's likely they ate this during the three day feast, giving rise to our modern tradition.

There were many days of thanksgiving observed throughout the next 150 years, including George Washington's 1777 official proclamation after the victory at the Battle of Saratoga.

Our observance of the official holiday was instituted by President Abraham Lincoln during the darkest days of the Civil War. In 1863 Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be celebrated on the final Thursday in November. Despite the ravages of war and a country which was being torn in two, he found much to be thankful for. The proclamation is only about a page long and well worth reading today.

Read Abraham Lincoln's Thanksgiving Day Proclamation on the National Park Service website.

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Wednesday, 27 November 2013 00:00

Black Friday Promotion Starts Today: Special Financing With GE Capital

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You've got just one week to take advantage of these offers.

845-black-friday-promotion-starts-todaySure, it's only Wednesday. But with these special financing offers you can shop like it's already Black Friday.

Kick off your holiday season with two special financing offers on Janome sewing, quilting, and embroidery machines, plus sergers and other accessories.

Get An iPad With Purchase & 48 Month Financing On Your MC15000

The Horizon Memory Craft 15000 is the first home machine to connect wirelessly with an iPad. You can sit in your favorite chair and create embroidery layouts and then monitor them as they stitch out. Now, for a limited time, receive an iPad when you buy an MC15000.

And to make that purchase possible, you can take advantage of 0% financing over 48 months. That means 4 years of quilting, sewing, and embroidery interest-free! You must qualify for a GE Capital Home Design Account and meet the minimum payment requirements. More details.

Buy Other Janome Machines & Accessories Interest-Free

Get 0% interest and 36 month financing when you make a Janome purchase over $2500. This means you can bring home your dream quilting machine, embroidery machine, or serger. Plus the Janome furniture and accessories to completely outfit your sewing room.

This offer is available to qualified buyers who finance their purchase through a GE Capital Home Design account and meet the minimum payment requirements. More details.

See your participating Janome dealer for complete offer details.

Go To Black Friday Offer Details

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Tuesday, 26 November 2013 00:00

No-Shave November Project #3: Manscaping Formal Accessories

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This tie, bow tie, and vest set is easy to make and easy to wear.

844-no-shave-november-project-3-manscaping-formal-accessoriesIf your favorite guy is looking a little scruffy during No-Shave November, here's a simple way to dress him up. Or... steal the set and wear it yourself!

The Manscaping Formal Accessories project uses Vogue Pattern 8048 to make a standard tie, a bow tie, and a vest. Not only are they easy to make, but the bow tie and regular tie attach with a clasp so they always look perfectly tied.

Created by Janome Educators Sam Fung and Regena Carlevaro, the project takes only 3 hours to finish and can be made with beginning sewing skills. (Though you can use more advanced techniques if you like.) You can use any fabric and the tie and bow tie don’t have to be cut on the bias like traditional tie construction methods. And you can make this set on any Janome sewing machine.

If you haven't seen them yet, check out our other two No-Shave November projects:  Manscaping Apron & Oven Mitts and Manscaping Robe & Shorts.

No-Shave November is a clever campaign for cancer awareness sponsored by the American Cancer Society. While cancer patients are losing their hair, healthy men can show support by growing theirs. Read more about No-Shave November.

Go To The Manscaping Formal Accessories Project

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Monday, 25 November 2013 00:00

Make Your Own Shopping Bags And "Go Green" For Black Friday

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Save needless shopping bags from going to the landfill with this fun and practical project.

843-make-your-own-shopping-bags-and-go-green-for-black-fridayYou have two good reasons for making this wheeled shopping bag in time for Black Friday.

It's reusable and it will make it so much easier to tote around all those great holiday bargains.

The Eco-Friendly Rolling Shopping Bag was created by Janome Educators Regena Carlevaro and Terry Aruta. You purchase a simple, folding luggage cart and then sew a custom bag to make it the ultimate personal shopping cart. Plus, with the zippered pocket and drawstring closure, you can keep your purchases secure.

Regena and Terry were inspired by their own experience using baby strollers to cart around their shopping finds. Why not make something even more compact than a foldable stroller that can still roll with many pounds of gifts?

You can make the Eco-Friendly Rolling Shopping bag with beginning sewing skills, but you can also incorporate advanced techniques to give it a unique look.

You can do the construction with any Janome sewing machine and serger. For the embroidery you'll need a Memory Craft machine. If you have a MC15000 or MC12000, you can download and use the design created for the GR hoop. Get complete instructions and files.

Get the embroidery design download.

Make your custom rolling bag and then get out shopping!

Go To The Eco-Friendly Rolling Shopping Bag Project

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Friday, 22 November 2013 00:00

Thanksgiving Freebies from Artistic Crystals

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Add a little bling to your Thanksgiving decorating.

842-thanksgiving-freebies-from-artistic-crystalsThere's still time to have a little fun with your Thanksgiving decor, especially when it's as easy to make as Artistic crytals projects.

Thanksgiving Freebies 2013 includes a Turkey and "Gobble Gobble" lettering ready to be transformed into crystals. The Gobble Gobble Design uses size 6 cyrstals, and the Turkey uses a combination of size 6 and size 16. Project files include a template for the turkey, one for the lettering, and a list of required crystal colors and sizes.

These Thanksgiving inspired freebies will be great for decorating your Thanksgiving table decor, a hostess apron, even invitations or place cards. Download everything you need here.

Give thanks for everything in your life by adding some bling to your decorating!

What Makes Artistic Crystals So Easy To Use

You use the Artistic software to create a template so the crystals will go where you want them--all at once instead of one at a time. Once they're in place, you use a hot press to activate the glue. 

Watch the how-to video: Create A Crystal Design.

You can use any of the thousands of designs in the software or make your own shapes to create fun and interesting designs with crystals. Write out words or make hearts or butterflies--it all just takes a few minutes.

You can get Artistic software, digital cutters, starter kits, and all your other supplies at your nearest Artistic dealer.

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Thursday, 21 November 2013 00:00

Black Friday Promotion: Special Financing With GE Capital

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Limited time only! Starts next Wednesday 11/27.

841-black-friday-promotion-special-financing-with-ge-capitalKick off your holiday season with two special financing offers on Janome sewing, quilting, and embroidery machines (and sergers too).

Double-Offer On The Top-Of-The-Line MC15000

The Horizon Memory Craft 15000 is the first home machine to connect wirelessly with an iPad. You can sit in your favorite chair and create embroidery layouts and then monitor them as they stitch out. Now, for a limited time, receive an iPad when you buy an MC15000.

And to make that purchase possible, you can take advantage of 0% financing over 48 months. That means 4 years of quilting, sewing, and embroidery interest-free! You must qualify for a GE Capital Home Account and meet the minimum payment requirements. More details.

Buy Other Janome Machines & Accessories Interest-Free

Get 0% interest and 36 month financing when you make a Janome purchase over $2500. This means you can bring home your dream quilting machine, embroidery machine, or serger. Plus the Janome furniture and accessories to completely outfit your sewing room.

This offer is available to qualified buyers who finance their purchase through a GE Capital Home Design account and meet the minimum payment requirements. More details.

See your participating Janome dealer for complete offer details.

Find Out More About Black Friday Financing Offers

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Wednesday, 20 November 2013 01:00

No-Shave November Project #2: Manscaping Robe And Shorts

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Give your favorite facial-haired guy something to relax in.

840-no-shave-november-project-2-manscaping-robe-and-shortsIn recognition of No-Shave November we bring you another project for the hirsute he-man in your life.

It's a Manscaping Robe & Shorts project, inspired by Michael Miller's beard and moustache "Manscaping" fabric.

The project was created by Janome Educator Sam Fung, using McCall’s Pattern #6231. You can make it with beginning sewing skills and any Janome sewing machine. (You also have the option of using a serger.) And you can complete it in about 3 hours.

No-Shave November is a clever campaign for cancer awareness sponsored by the American Cancer Society. While cancer patients are losing their hair, healthy men can show support by growing theirs. Read more about No-Shave November.

See our other No-Shave November project Manscaping Apron & Oven Mitts.

Go To The Manscaping Robe & Shorts Project

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Tuesday, 19 November 2013 00:00

New Serger Video: Using The Elastic Gathering Attachment To Apply Elastic

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The fast, easy way to apply elastic 3.5mm to 8mm wide.

839-new-serger-video-elastic-gathering-attachment-apply-elasticApplying elastic with your sewing machine can be a little bit of a juggling act. First you need to finish your raw edge. Then you need to stretch the elastic with both hands as you sew, so it will slightly gather the fabric when unstretched.

There's a much easier way to do this, using your Janome serger and the optional Elastic Gathering Attachment. Not only can you can finish your edge and apply your elastic all in one step, but the attachment automatically does the stretching for you.

It's especially useful for adding elastic to waists and cuffs on garments.

How To Apply Elastic With The Elastic Gathering Attachment

  1. Begin by setting up your serger for a 3 thread overedge stitch with the needle in the left position.
  2. Attach the Elastic Gathering Attachment to the machine. Do this by opening the front cover and loosening the screw on the front. Slide the attachment behind the screw, and re-tighten to hold the attachment in place. Close the front cover.
  3. Pull back the clip to open the attachment, then insert the elastic.
  4. Tighten the set screw on the top of the attachment. The tighter the setscrew, the more tension is applied to the elastic. This stretches the elastic to create more gathers on your fabric.
  5. Place your fabric under the attachment, and under the elastic.
  6. Adjust the elastic so it will feed along the edge of the knife--but not be cut with the knife. The guide will help with this.
  7. Begin serging. The machine will now stitch the elastic in place, while creating gathers in your fabric.


And you've applied elastic to your project.

To see this demonstrated watch the video Elastic Gathering Attachment: How to apply elastic.

To find the Elastic Gathering Attachment, and all the other optional accessories for your Janome serger, see your Janome dealer.

Watch The Elastic Gathering Attachment Video

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