Check out my post here for tips and tricks when setting up your machine.
Make sure you have a good surge protector, and lots of test fabric sandwiches so you can start playing with your Artistic immediately.
Here are some of the links I have found most useful in my Artistic journey. Please note, that many of these links are to the Tin Lizzie webpage. As far as I can tell, the only difference between the Tin Lizzie Sit Down and the Janome Artistic Sit Down is the decal sticker on the top of the machine. The manual linked below is the same as what came with my machine.
Trouble Shooting Videos and checklists:
(this is a really long video, but has good visuals of how to oil the machine, and a tip about oiling a spot NOT referenced in the manual. I’ve oiled in that spot several times now, and noticed a difference in how my machine works)
Having the right threads and bobbins makes a huge difference on this machine. The following blog posts have reviews of products and tutorials for helping you get the best stitches possible. Be sure to read the comments as well, since readers have chimed in with excellent advice on what helps them too.
Some of my favorite tips from readers include:
Using Mega Bobbin Genies with the Artistic. They work!
Buying multiple bobbin cases. I could never get the tension screw to stay in my original bobbin case. I ordered extras off of Amazon for less than $20 apiece, and so far, they’re working wonderfully.
Once you’re up and running with your Janome Artistic, you’ll be amazed at the quilting you accomplish. I love how much I have grown as a quilter since upgrading from quilting on a domestic machine. Quilts that I make every year for our school’s service project used to take several DAYS of quilting on my Janome 6600. Now I can quilt them in under two hours, and I’m not sore from wrestling the quilt afterwards!
Coming soon- a Facebook group where Janome Artistic Owners can share tips, tricks, and lovely finishes! E-mail me, firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to be a part of it!