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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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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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