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Monday, 09 December 2013 00:00

New Artistic Project: "Let it Snow" Artistic Snowflake Wreath

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Capture the shimmer of holiday lights in intricately cut snowflakes.

853-new-artistic-project-let-it-snow-artistic-snowflake-wreathThis dazzling wreath looks like it could have taken weeks to cut out. But with Artistic Software and a Zing cutter it's actually quite easy.

The Snowflake Wreath project includes complete instructions and a snowflake template file for you to download.

You can turn it into a fun family project and have the kids help you pick out the card stock colors for the snowflakes. Then just cut, weed, and glue!

Use this idea for a paper wreath for any season--hearts, bunnies, pumpkins, leaves, flag--just let your imagination be your guide.

How To Create And Cut Out Paper Shapes For A Wreath 

  1. Trace any simple shape then scan it as a .jpg file.
  2. Open the file as a Backdrop, and then use the drawing tools to trace the lines to be cut.
  3. Save as a *.draw and cut out the paper shapes with the Zing!


It's that easy.

Find Artistic software and Zing cutters at your nearest Artistic Dealer.

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Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00

New Project: Holiday Tree Table Runner by Sam Hunter

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Paper-pieced trees grace the ends of this quick holiday table runner!

852-new-project-holiday-tree-table-runner-by-sam-hunterSam Hunter has created a beautiful, quilted table runner project, featuring a double Christmas tree motif.

The Holiday Tree Table Runner project has directions for making a 60" x 18" runner, but you can customize it to fit your table size.

Sam says, "I chose to make mine in bold modern solids, but you can use any style from rich traditional fabrics to cheery bright prints."

This project can be made with intermediate sewing skills in 3 - 6 hours. You can use any Janome sewing machine with a Walking Foot. Sam used her Horizon Memory Craft 12000 with the Dual Feed Foot.

She adds, "Don't let paper-piecing (or foundation piecing) intimidate you! It is a wonderful technique for making things with small pieces or precision points. A quick search of the internet will lead you to many paper-piecing tutorials and videos, so look up one or two for some pointers. If you still don't want to paper-piece, print out the attached pattern and make templates for each piece (don't forget to add a 1/4'' seam allowance to each one)."

Sam Hunter describes herself as "the Head Thaumaturgist and Gal behind the green curtain" at Hunter’s Design Studio. She says that she likes I like to design things that our newbies and up-and-comers can make confidently, yet look more sophisticated than the usual big block simplicity that most beginner quilts offer.

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Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00

New Serger Video: Using the Cloth Guide to Accurately Measure and Cut Seam Allowances

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With this optional serger accessory, you can measure, cut and finish all in one step.

851-new-serger-video-cloth-guideYour Janome serger is already the fastest way to finish a seam. You can cut off your excess fabric and give the seam a finished edge all in one pass.

Now you can add one more time-saving function. With the optional Cloth Guide you can do all of the above while automatically measuring your seam allowance.

It's easy to set up and easy to use.

How To Use The Serger Cloth Guide To Accurately Measure A Seam

  1. Begin by attaching the Cloth Guide to the machine: Open the front cover and loosen the screw on the front. Slide the attachment behind the screw, and tighten in place.
  2. Attach the Standard foot to the serger.
  3. Set up the serger for a 4 thread overlock stitch, with both needles in place. (But the guide can be used for any serger stitch.)
  4. Use the marks on the machine front cover to align the guide. Then set the guide to your desired seam depth.
  5. Position your fabric against the guide.
  6. As you begin stitching, the machine will cut off the precise seam allowance.



To see this demonstrated, watch the video Cloth Guide: Accurately measure and cut seam allowances.

Find the Cloth Guide and all the other optional accessories for your serger at your local Janome dealer.

Watch The Serger Cloth Guide Video

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Wednesday, 04 December 2013 00:00

New Artistic Project: Owl Embroidered Holiday Cards by Stitchique

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These cute little owls are perfect for any season.

850-new-artistic-project-owl-holiday-cards-by-stitchiqueStitching designs onto card stock gives your machine embroidery a whole new outlet--personalized cards.

A great way to learn this technique is with the Owl Embroidered Holiday Cards Project. To make it you need an embroidery machine with a minimum embroidery field of 6.51" x  4.50" and the Owl Greetings embroidery collection.

Your finished greeting card will fit in any purchased A7 envelope. Complete instructions are online.

This is a great project for the holidays and beyond. Stitchique embroidery has partnered with Artistic Creative Products to bring you the Owl Greetings embroidery collection. These lovable owls bring you good tidings for Chistmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween and much more. Why purchase expensive cards, when can use these designs to make your own greeting cards for every occasion?

For this project you use card stock on your embroidery hoop, by allowing it to "float" on your sheet of stabilizer. Additionally, your finished cards can be personalized with crystals and other embellishments.

Get Artistic Software and Accessories at your participating Artistic dealer.

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Tuesday, 03 December 2013 00:00

Final Day: Black Friday Financing Offer

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The special financing offer on everything Janome ends TODAY.

849-final-day-black-friday-financing-offerIt may be Tuesday, but if you're looking to outfit your sewing room it's still Black Friday.

That's because today is your last chance to take advantage of two Black Friday 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, then monitor them as they stitch out. Now, for a limited time, find out how you can receive an iPad® with your purchase of 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. But don't wait, because both offers end today (12/03/2013).

Go To Black Friday Offer Details

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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.

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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.

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