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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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Monday, 18 November 2013 00:00

New Artistic Webinar Coming Up On 12/3: Scrapbooking For The Holidays

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Get ready for all your holiday creative work with this free webinar.

838-new-artistic-webinar-scrapbooking-for-the-holidaysThis year, create your own custom event invitations, holiday cards, and thank you notes with Artistic Software. And when the holidays are over, you can create one-of-kind scrapbooking pages to hold all of your memories.

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 ideas for using paper crafts around the holidays 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, 15 November 2013 00:00

New Project: Kaye Wood's Twirling Stars Quilt

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Put a new twist on this classic quilt design.

836-new-project-kaye-woods-twirling-stars-quiltThe star has been a quilting staple since the craft began. With her new quilt project, Kaye Wood will show you how to put a twist on this traditional design--literally!

The stars on the Twirling Stars Quilt twirl clockwise or counter-clockwise for a dazzling effect. Either way, with Kaye Wood's step-by-step instructions, it's easy and fun to make.

This pattern features strip sets that are easily cut. The secret is using Kaye's Starmaker 6® tool. It's designed to make perfect 6-pointed stars (that's what the 6 means). But it's also a master template for many quilt patterns, triangles and wedges, Log Cabin diamonds, 12 piece circles, Dresden Plates, and stars.

The Twirling Stars quilt pattern makes a 50" x 67" finished quilt. It requires intermediate quilting skills and can be completed in about 12 hours. You can use any Janome sewing machine. (Kaye Wood uses the Horizon Memory Craft 12000.)

You can watch Kaye demonstrate this technique in her Twirling Stars Quilt video on YouTube.

Go To The Twirling Stars Quilt Project

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Thursday, 14 November 2013 00:00

Horizon Memory Craft 15000: The Reviews Are Coming In

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What do people say after they've actually tried the machine?


835-horizon-memory-craft-15000-the-reviews-are-coming-inOf course, we know the Horizon Memory Craft 15000 is the most advanced, best-performing Janome ever made.

But what about quilters, embroidery enthusiasts, and sewists who are sitting down to try it out for the first time?

Find out what some of them think by visiting our MC15000 Reviews page.

For our First Impressions Video we traveled to two Janome dealerships who were having MC15000 introduction parties We talked with their customers, who'd just seen and tried out the machine. In some cases, they gave us their reactions as the machine was running!

You can read the extended review from the web's leading home décor site, Sew4Home.com. And if you're a quilter, you'll be interested in Leah Day's blog post about how the MC15000 changed her mind about quilting in the hoop. (She's not giving up free motion quilting, but will be adding embroidery-for-quilting to her repertoire.) You'll find several other web and magazine reviews as well.

We hope that after you read these, you'll be inspired to visit your local Certified Janome Dealer to try out the MC15000 for yourself.

And then maybe you can write your own review.

Go To The MC15000 Reviews Page

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Wednesday, 13 November 2013 00:00

New Product: Pink and White Pincushions

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Here's a clever accessory to make your sewing easier.

834-new-product-pink-and-white-pincushionsWhen you're sewing or quilting, you always need your pins nearby.

But within minutes of setting your classic tomato pincushion on your sewing table, you can bet it'll be covered by fabric, knocked on the floor, or scoot just out of reach.

Janome has come up with a creative solution for this: a pincushion that mounts on the top of your machine. You can always find it, always reach it, and you'll never knock it on the floor.

The new Janome Easy Find Pincushion fits into the additional spool pin 
slot on the top of your sewing machine. 

These new pin cushions fit all Janome sewing machines. They come in Pink 
(with white polka dots) and White (with pink polka dots).

Find them at your participating Janome dealer.

Find Out More About The Easy Find Pin Cushions

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Tuesday, 12 November 2013 00:00

No-Shave November Project: Manscaping Apron & Oven Mitts

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833-no-shave-november-project-manscaping-apron-oven-mitts

For your favorite bearded baker or chef.

What is No-Shave November? Just another excuse for men to look scruffy? Actually, it's an ingenious campaign for cancer awareness sponsored by the American Cancer Society.

People with cancer often lose their hair, so men are helping raise money by growing more. In honor of No-Shave November, we have the perfect project for the hirsute he-man in your life: Manscaping Apron & Oven Mitts.

For our example we used Michael Miller's "Manscaping" fabric, and Burda Style pattern 8125 Kitchen Accessories. You can make the project with intermediate sewing skills and any Janome sewing machine with a blanket stitch. Get instructions plus a moustache pattern.

How No-Shave November Works From the official website: "The goal of No-Shave November is to grow awareness by embracing our hair, which many cancer patients lose, and letting it grow wild and free.  Donate the money you usually spend on shaving and grooming for a month to educate about cancer prevention, save lives, and aid those fighting the battle."

Make this project to encourage somebody not to shave and help support this worthy cause.

Go To The Manscaping Apron & Oven Mitts Project

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