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Tuesday, 12 November 2013 00:00

No-Shave November Project: Manscaping Apron & Oven Mitts

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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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Monday, 11 November 2013 00:00

Today Is Veterans Day

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832-today-is-veterans-dayHere are two projects to honor those who have served in our armed forces.

Veterans Day Thank You - We appreciate our heroes every day, but this card project allows you to send an extra special note to someone. Thank the Veterans in your life for their service to our country with this personalized "Thank you" note.

Veterans Day Poppy Embroidery Design - The red poppy is worn on Veterans Day and Memorial Day in honor of our nation's war heroes. This tradition was inspired by the wartime poem In Flanders Fields.

Origins Of Veterans Day

The fighting of World War I stopped in 1918 in the 11th month on the 11th day at the 11th hour (Nov. 11). A year later the day was officially recognized as Armistice Day. It became not just a day to celebrate peace but to honor those who made peace possible--the veterans. In 1954 the day was officially renamed Veterans Day. Read more about the history Veterans Day from the official VA website.

Go To The Veterans Day Thank You Card Project

Go To The Veterans Day Poppy Embroidery Design

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Friday, 08 November 2013 00:00

New Serger Video: Using Beading Foot & Beading Attachment To Attach Cording

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Use the speed of your Janome serger for fast embellishment.

831-new-serger-video-beading-foot-attach-cordingLast week we demonstrated how the Beading Foot and Beading Attachment make it easy to quickly attach strings of beads.

Today we're featuring the same dynamic duo with a technique for attaching cord. The process is very similar to attaching the beads.

How To Use The Beading Foot & Beading Attachment To Apply Cord

  1. Set up the machine for a 3 thread flatlock stitch with the needle in the right position.
  2. Attach the Beading Foot to the machine.
  3. Next, attach the Beading Attachment to the machine. To do this open the front cover and loosen the screw on the front. Slide the attachment behind the screw, and tighten in place.
  4. Lower the knife.
  5. Insert your cording and then hand crank a couple of stitches to get it started.
  6. Place your fabric, wrong sides together, with the fold against the cord.
  7. As you begin to stitch, use the guide on the foot to keep the fabric and the cording next to each other.


And now you've attached your cord.

To see this demonstrated, watch the video Beading Foot & Beading Attachment: Attaching thicker cord to fabric.

Get the Beading Foot, Beading Attachment, and all the other optional serger accessories at your local Janome dealer.

Watch Video: How To Attach Cord With Serger Beading Foot

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Thursday, 07 November 2013 00:00

Powered By Janome: Quilter Amy Friend

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This mother of three gets all her creative work done "During Quiet Time."

830-powered-by-janome-quilter-amy-friendAmy Friend brings a unique background to her blog During Quiet Time. She's studied art history, worked as a museum collections curator, and now as a stay-at-home-mom (SAHM) she enjoys expressing her creative side through sewing and pattern design.

Her modern quilting has been featured in numerous publications, including the September issue of American Quilter Magazine. And we're proud to say Amy does her quilting on a Janome.

Amy's mom taught her to sew when she was very little. She started sewing by hand through the large holes in burlap and made many felt projects.  The first completed project she can recall was a felt Pooh bear with a little red vest. She says, "I was five so of course I thought it turned out perfectly!"

Before staying at home with her children, Amy curated a fine arts collection at Wheaton College. She says, "I loved every minute of it!  I was able to spend the day surrounded by objects of beauty. I researched, cataloged and stored the objects in the collection which included a wide range of art from drawings, prints and paintings to glass, sculpture and pottery."

Some quilters remember the exact moment they got hooked. Amy says her inspiration was a little more gradual, probably growing from her love for the Little House on the Prairie book series where she and read about Mary sewing patchwork squares with her mother. 

She says, "I sewed a couple of patchwork quilts with old dress scraps in college and then made an off white and white wedding quilt prior to my marriage.  Those quilts were all made with zero knowledge of quilt making practices." Amy then I started Googling and learning the important technical skills such as the 1/4" seam, as well as how to use essential equipment like a cutting mat and rotary cutter.

"After that I just kept going!" she says. "I love the precision that can be involved in quilting, the color play, secondary patterns, the endless room for creativity, and the fact that I can pick it up and put it down as my job as a mother sometimes requires.  My particular passion has become paper piecing, especially designing my own paper pieced patterns."

Amy started her blog During Quiet Time while she was expecting their third child. She was a little worried about the pregnancy. The blog was a great distraction, and her daughter was born perfectly healthy.

She discovered Janome when her old sewing machine broke down. She says, "I explored my options and narrowed myself down to the Janome for their relative affordability and because my local quilt shop sells Janome machines exclusively. I like they are right there in case I need something."

Amy chose the the Memory Craft 6600 Professional because of its large harp space for quilting, the built in walking foot/Acufeed system, and the automatic thread cutter. She recently used it to finish a quilt that will appear in American Quilter Magazine in March 2014.

Visit Amy Friend's blog, and shop for her patterns on Craftsy and Etsy (especially this one).

Try out her quilting machine at your local Janome dealer.

Go To "During Quiet Time"

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Wednesday, 06 November 2013 00:00

New Product: Larger Foot Control

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Just as smooth and responsive. But in a bigger size.

829-new-product-larger-foot-controlThose precious few hours of quilting or sewing are all the more enjoyable when you have an ergonomic work area.

That should include a good quality chair, a well-designed sewing table--and how about a more comfortable foot control?

The Extra Large Foot Controller is a larger version of the standard foot control. The larger pedal area makes it easier for your foot to find it under your sewing table. And it can also help you find a more comfortable position for your foot.

The new Extra Large Foot Controller fits all Janome computerized sewing machines.

Be sure to sit down and try it out at your local Janome dealer.

Find Out More About The Extra Large Foot Controller

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Tuesday, 05 November 2013 00:00

New Artistic Product: Perfect Press Sheet

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If you can't stand the heat, get one of these press sheets.

828-new-artistic-product-perfect-press-sheetThe Artistic Press ironing station speeds up your pressing time by providing high heat and pressure. But that can also leave embellishments like crystals, studs, and zippers extremely hot to the touch.

So to save your fingers, Artistic has introduced the Perfect Press Sheet. Designed specifically for the Artistic Press, it's placed over your projects and garments to keep them from getting too hot.

The convenient built-in handles let you move your garment or project without burning your hands. It has an easy-to-clean, non-stick surface. And it cools quickly after you take it out of the press.

And because the Perfect Press Sheet evenly distributes the heat on your project, it speeds up the setting time for hot-fix items like crystals and studs. It also makes ironing clothes, finishing heat transfer projects, and working with heat sensitive fabrics easier.

Find the Perfect Press Sheet, Artistic Press, and all the creative accessories you need to add bling to your projects at your local Artistic dealer.

Find Out More About The Perfect Press Sheet

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Monday, 04 November 2013 00:00

New Project: Oak Leaf Toss Around by Jane Spolar

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Create these gorgeous decorating accents in your embroidery hoop.

827-new-project-oak-leaf-toss-around-by-jane-spolarIf you love the deep colors of autumn leaves, you're going to enjoy this easy project that captures the vivid hues and strong outlines.

Jane Spolar of Quilt Poetry has created the Oak Leaf Toss Around. Each leaf is appliquéd onto felt, cut out, and can be used to display around a centerpiece. Or just place them wherever you may need a little fall spice.

This project requires beginning sewing skills and a Memory Craft 15000, Memory Craft 12000, or Memory Craft 9900 sewing and embroidery machine.

For complete instructions, a printable template, and links to download the free embroidery files, go to the Oak Leaf Toss Around project page.

Jane made her leaves with Stonehenge fabrics, a tonal collection courtesy of Northcott. To view Jane’s full line of patterns and fabric collections visit www.QuiltPoetry.com.

Go To The Oak Leaf Toss Around Project

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Friday, 01 November 2013 00:00

New Project: Hooded Baby Towels By Quilt Escapes

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Make this adorable baby project on any Janome sewing machine.

826-new-project-hooded-baby-towels-by-quilt-escapesWhen babies come out of the bath, they want to be swaddled in a nice warm towel.

A hooded towel not only helps to keep their head and the whole body warm and cozy as they dry off, but it looks so cute!

Louisa Smith of Quilt Escapes has created a project for a personalized Hooded Baby Towel.

You can make this on any Janome sewing machine. You need only beginner sewing skills, and a few yards of terry cloth and flannel. This project is easy enough, you'll want to make several at once.

For the lettering Louisa used her Memory Craft 12000 to personalize the front of the hood with embroidery. But if you don't have an embroidery machine, you can use appliqué or other lettering.

A baby towel that's handmade is a wonderful gift. But when you can personalize it, it makes it that much more special.

Go To The Hooded Baby Towel Project

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Thursday, 31 October 2013 00:00

New Serger Video: Using The Beading Foot & Attachment To Apply Beading

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Use this speedy serger technique to attach beading.

825-new-serger-video-using-the-beading-foot-attachmentIn the past we've shown you how to attach beads with your Janome sewing machine. Your fabric lays flat and the beading is attached by zigzagging over the top.

Today we're featuring an easy way to attach a string of beads with your Janome serger. You fold your fabric and use the Beading Foot and the Beading Attachment to attach the beads along the edge. This is a great technique for home decor or to embellish garments.

How To Attach Beading With Your Serger

  1. Set up serger for a 3 thread flatlock stitch with the needle in the right position. 
  2. Attach the Beading Foot to the machine.
  3. Next, attach the Beading Attachment to the machine. To do this open the front cover and loosen the screw on the front. Slide the attachment behind the screw, and tighten in place.
  4. Lower the knife.
  5. Insert your string of beads and then hand crank a couple of stitches to get them started.
  6. Place your fabric, wrong sides together, with the fold against the beads.
  7. As you begin to stitch, use the guide on the foot to keep the fabric and the beads next to each other.

 

You now have attached a string of beads to your project.

To see this demonstrated watch the video Beading Foot & Beading Attachment: Applying beading to a folded edge.

Find the Beading Foot and Beading Attachment, along with all the other optional accessories for your Janome serger, at your local Janome dealer.

Watch How To Attach Beading With Your Serger

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Wednesday, 30 October 2013 00:00

New Product: Artistic Super Bright LED Light

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Illumination where your eyes need it most. Works on any sewing machine. 

824-new-product-artistic-super-bright-ledThe older we get, the more we need a little extra light on our work. This is especially true for sewing and quilting projects.

If you've been frustrated with getting a desk lamp manuevered at just the right angle to illuminate your sewing bed, you're going to like this new product from Artistic.

The Super Bright LED is a small light that affixes to the underside of your sewing machine’s arm and casts a bright light onto your entire sewing project. Velcro tabs make it easy to position it at just the right angle. And because the illumination source is a Light Emitting Diode (LED), you get a pure, white light without a hot bulb.

The Super Bright LED can be powered by your machine's USB port or if your machine doesn't have one, you can plug it into a traditional outlet. Either way you won't need the endless supply of batteries required by other stick on lights.

The Super Bright LED is the perfect lighting accessory for your sewing machine, embroidery machine, or serger. Find it at your nearest Artistic dealer.

Find Out More About The Super Bright LED

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