Free Artistic Crystals Download: King of Diamonds
Get this gorgeous embroidery and rhinestone design for free.
Bernadette Griffith of Bertina Studios has created this ornate embroidery and crystal design for Artistic Software in the .DRAW file format.
Every detail of the "king without a sword" is there, including the jewels on his royal robes. You can also get the detailed design for the back of the card.
Bertina Studios is well-known for their embellishment techniques and fun, informative workbooks. They also have Quilting Patterns, Sewing Patterns, Long Arm Quilting Patterns, and Video Workbooks.
How Artistic Crystals Work
It's the most creative way to combine embroidery and bling.
The software makes it easy to create a template so the crystals will go where you want them. It works with a hot press to activate the glue. And then you can place all your crystals at once--much easier than applying them one at a time.
Watch the how-to video: Create A Crystal Design.
New Serger Video: Making Pintucks
You can use your serger to do this decorative technique.
Pintucks are little decorative ridges (or tucks), usually sewn in narrow rows. You've seen them on decorator pillows, fancy jackets, and quilts.
With a sewing machine, you create a pintuck by placing cording under your fabric, using a cord guide, and stitching on either side of it with a twin needle.
But on a serger, using the Blind Stitch Foot, you can make a pintuck without the cording. You just fold your fabric, and with the knife disengaged, stitch along the fold.
How To Make Pintucks With The Blind Stitch Foot
- Begin by setting up the machine for a rolled hem, according to the manual instructions, with the thread in the right needle.
- Use decorative floss or wooly nylon in the upper looper.
- Attach the Blind Stitch Foot to the machine.
- Disengage the knife.
- Fold your fabric along the line where you want your pintuck.
- Place the folded edge of the fabric against the guide on the foot. If needed, adjust the guide so that the left needle will just catch the edge of the fold.
- Serge along the fold.
And you've created a pintuck.
To see this demonstrated watch the video Blind Stitch Foot: Making Pintucks.
Kaye Wood Quilting Half-Circle Borders Technique
A great way to use your View & Do Circle shape tool.
This is why we love Kaye Wood. She's so great at taking a complex quilting challenge and breaking it down into doable steps. It's also helpful that she's developed some great measuring and marking tools.
Here's the problem: When you're making a quilt with a scalloped border, how do you make sure all of your half circles are the same size and they they end right at the corners of the quilt?
Kaye's tutorial How to Make Evenly Spaced Half-Circle Borders shows you the solution.
Her trick is using a paper template and the View & Do Circle shape templates. Made of hard plastic suitable for rotary cutting, you can make 2, 4, 6, or 8 inch circle shapes (semi-circle shapes in this case.) These are great for sewing, quilting, scrapbooking or any craft.
Red, White & Proud Patriotic Embroidery Project
Show your pride at your next outdoor event.
One of the unwritten rules of summer: just as soon as you get your outdoor tablecloth on the table, a breeze is going to come up.
Here's a patriotic way to keep everything from blowing away. Red, White & Proud tablecloth weights. This is an intermediate level project you can make in about 30 minutes (plus embroidery stitching time). It requires Digitizer MBX embroidery software, a Memory Craft embroidery machine, and we used bright Janome embroidery thread.
The round shape is like a badge of pride, while the teardrop shape is in honor of the ones we have lost. For a real 4th of July feel, you could also make one in the shape of a star.
You can sew weights into the lining or leave the back open and put in a rock or two at your picnic area.
Get complete instructions online for Red, White & Proud.
Software Update: Digitizer MBX Version 4.0Q
Makes your software compatible with the Memory Craft 9900.
If you are an owner of Digitizer MBX software, there's an important free update for you to download.
Digitizer MBX Version 4.0Q will allow you to create designs specifically for the new MC9900 embroidery machine.
Who can use this update? You must own Digitizer MBX V4.0 F/K/M R2. Ask your Janome dealer if you have any questions.
The Digitizer MBX 4.0Q can be dowloaded by going to its Software Updates page and following the link.
Unlimited Creativity In Stitches
Janome's Digitizer software was developed in a collaborative effort with Wilcom International, the industry's top embroidery software developer. It combines easy-to-use functionality with a powerful software engine to give you the freedom to express yourself.
From editing individual stitches to layouts of large, multi-hoop designs and full stitch-out simulations, Digitizer can handle it all with ease.
Whether you are new to digitizing or a seasoned professional, enter the future of embroidery with the Digitizer series of software from Janome. Find out more about it at your Janome dealer.
Free Webinar: Show Your Creative Side With Artistic Software
Embroidery, crystals, and fun come together in this purse project.
Next Tuesday (06/25/2013) you can attend a free online webinar that will show you just how easy it is to explore your creative side with Artistic software.
Artistic Educator Bunny Gates will show you how to use the software to make an adorable little wallet. The wallet can hold your license, credit cards, money and more. It’s quick and easy to make and can be as cute as you want it to be.
Simply sign up for one of the two available times and then attend from your computer or select mobile device. There's no cost but you must register ahead of time:
Noon to 1PM Eastern on 6/25
7 to 8 PM Eastern time on 6/25
Jenny Haskins' RNK Events Coming Soon
Learn the tricks and tips used by the Magician Herself, Jenny Haskins!
Jenny Haskins is known the world over for her beautiful embroidery and extraordinary quilts. She and RNK Distributing are putting on an educational tour to help you get the same amazing results.
Jenny won't be appearing in person on this education tour. But you'll get the next best thing: an educator personally trained by Jenny herself. And you will come away with the ability to use the same tips and tricks Jenny uses to get such fantastic results with her embroidery and quilting.
The Jenny Haskins Touch Of Magic Tour 2013 is coming to locations across the US this summer, beginning mid July in Rhode Island. Check for dates and locations in your area.
These are special two-day events where you won't just learn but you'll experience the Jenny Haskins MAGIC first hand. You'll be guided and inspired to new heights of embroidery and quilting!
Each Attendee will take their turn stitching one or more of the six amazing projects using a brand new state of the art embroidery machine provided for them.
Go to the official RNK Productions Touch Of Magic Tour page.
New Serger Video: Making Blind Hems
This stitch is one of the best reasons to own a serger.
The whole purpose of a blind hem stitch is to make it nearly invisible from the right side of your fabric. It's most often used on garments, like skirts and home décor items, like curtains, giving everything a more professional finish.
The stitch hides itself two ways. First, it's very short on the right side. And second, you use matching thread so it's even harder to see against your fabric.
How To Create A Blind Hem With The Blind Stitch Foot
The foot can be adjusted to fit the depth of your blind hem fold. Simply turn the screw to adjust the bite into the fabric.
- Thread the machine for a 3 thread wide overedge stitch, according to the manual instructions.
- Set the stitch length to 5.
- Attach the foot to the machine.
- Fold your fabric the depth of your hem, then back on itself, leaving an edge available.
- Adjust the fold along the guide so that the left needle barely pierces the fold.
- Now begin stitching your hem, aligning the fold with the guide on the foot. As you go, the needle will just catch the edge of the fold.
And you've created a blind hem.
To see this demonstrated watch the video Blind Stitch Foot: Making blind hems.
Horizon Memory Craft 12000 Inspiration Workbook
Tips, tricks, and step-by-step instructions for getting the most out of your machine.
If you own a Horizon Memory Craft 12000, you now have a new resource for getting the most out of your sewing, quilting and embroidery machine.
This 64 page Workbook was developed by our instructors to give you better knowledge of your MC12000 so that you will be able to use all of the functions of this machine.
Inside you'll find easy-to-follow instructions for everything from basic set up and adjusting your preferences to using the included HorizonLink software.
You'll get practical exercises to try out what you've just learned as well as some fun techniques to enhance your sewing experience.
No matter what level sewist you are, this workbook will be a reference guide you can turn to at any time to learn something new or refresh your memory.
The Horizon Memory Craft 12000 Workbook is available at your local, authorized Janome dealer.
Great Bank Vacuum Model: The Original Bank
The vacuum that started it all.
We've told you the story of vacuum store owner, Greg Bank, who saw his customers choosing a combination of wood, tile and area rugs for their homes.
But the major vacuum makers were still designing machines for homes with wall-to-wall carpeting.
So Mr. Bank set out to design a vacuum that could thoroughly clean a combination of flooring surfaces at a reasonable price.
His flagship model: The Bank Vacuum.
Light weight and easy to use, The Bank Vacuum gives you better performance than any other vacuum in its class. It features the most powerful suction, the highest possible airflow, and S-Class filtration (superior to HEPA).
Watch the YouTube video about The Bank Vacuum.
Check our Janome dealer locator to see who in your area carries Bank Vacuums. Look for this icon:
Then pay them a visit and try out a Bank Vacuum for yourself.
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