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Creating Cutter Shapes with Artistic Digitizer 1.0

The Artistic Digitizer software has more to it then just digitizing. I love how I can use one program for all my embroidery, digitizing and cutting needs. I have put together a tutorial on cutting basic quilting triangles using this software.

Open Artistic Digitizer 1.0 software. Double click on the Company-Machine icon to the right of the screen.
Click on the Company drop-down menu and select Cutters.
Click on the Machine drop-down menu and select the mat to support your machine. For this tutorial we are using the Edge 12.
Select Create New.
Change the Auto-sequence to Manual.
Click on the Techniques icon.
Select the Cut Technique and click Ok.
Click on the From File icon.
Open the Embroidery Design folder located in the Public Documents folder on your C drive.
Open the Vector design-SVG folder located in the Artistic Digitizer 1.0 sample folder.
Select and Open the SquareTriangle file.
I like to change the Fill colour to match the outline. This is so I can see the design better.
Open the Cutter Presets and select Fabric with Terial Magic from the drop-down menu.
Change the pressure to 70 and the Speed to 40. These are the settings I like to work with to get the best results.
Select Export from the File menu and choose To Cutters from the drop-down menu.
Check the Artistic Edge is highlighted and click Connect.

Fabric Preparation and a clean High Tack mat are the key to successful fabric cutting.

Spray the fabric with Terial Magic so that it feels saturated. Lay the fabric between two non-stick applique mats and press with the ironing press until dry. The fabric should be dry and feel almost like cardboard. This is the desired result, the stiffer the better.

Press the fabric on to the high tack mat right side up. Using painters tape, tape the edge of the fabric to the mat.
Insert the mat into the cutting machine. Check that you have the correct blade in and on the correct settings. Line up the laser in the correct position and trace the design area. Once you are happy, cut out the fabric pieces.


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Creating Crystal Templates with Artistic Digitizer

The versatility of the Artistic Digitizer is amazing, whether it’s machine embroidery or incorporating it in to digital cutter projects. Here is a fun tutorial on creating a crystal template to jazz up any project.

Open the Artistic Digitizer software and check that you have the Cutter as your designated machine and select Create New.

Open the Tools menu and select Insert Symbol.

From the Wingdings font, select the flower and click Insert.

The flower will now appear on the edit screen. While the design is selected (has a blue box around the shape and is highlighted purple) right click your mouse on the design and select break apart from the down menu

Select the 2 centre aspects of the design and deleted them.

Select the design and choose Crystals from the Fill menu in the Properties menu.

From the Properties check that you have the correct size selected. For the sample we used 2.7-2.8 in Ruby.

Scroll down the properties menu and change the Fill to a Single Line.

From the left menu bar select Shape and Ellipse from the menu. Create a circle in the centre of the flower.

Select Crystals from the properties, change the colour to Sun and select Circular as the Fill

Check that Proportional is selected and change the height to 4”.

Check that you have all the design selected open the Cutter Preset and select the Crystal Template Material.

Click on File and scroll down to Export, open the down menu and click on To Cutter.

Click Connect


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Cornering and Colouring with Horizon Link

Last week I wrote a tutorial about the cornering and colour sorting tools on the Janome mc15000 and it got me thinking about all the extras you get when you purchase the machine. So here is a tutorial on how to used these features in the Horizon Link software, which is the free software that comes with your machine. I have also included how to transfer the design from the horizon link software to your embroidery machine via WiFi. Happy Stitching

To get stated you will need to open the Horizon Link software on your pc.

Once you have open the software program, you will need to select the EmbLink Tool icon.

Once the EmbLink Tool is open select the Editing Embroidery Designs from the list.

When you have selected this icon, the program will open into the edit screen. One of the great features of using the software program is that you can get a better view in the edit screen and often the bigger the screen the bigger the image, therefore no one squinting to see that you are trying to do on the screen.

Now the first them is to make sure you have the correct hoop for this project. You will see on the bottom of the screen the hoop size that is selected, check that you have the SQ23 hoop selected. If you don’t then please go ahead and change the hoop size.

The next step is to select the Design Folder icon.

Now that you have the Design Folder open you will see that you have many options for sourcing your designs. For todays tutoiral we are going to use on the built-ins from our machine. If you didn’t know, when you up load the Horizon Link software to your computer there is a copy of the built-in designs that are uploaded too. So you can play with the built-ins on your computer with out having to take them from your machine first.

Okay, lets get back on track. On the screen you will see that there is an icon of your machine and two USB, that is used for direct link up. A tutorial for another day.

But under that you will see a list under “PC”, Desktop – Documents – Design Folder. Go ahead and click on the Design Folder.

Now on your screen you will have a list of all the design folders that are located on your embroidery machine. From this list you will need to click on the Abstract Designs folder.

Select Abstract _1_21.jef  design.

You should now be back in the edit screen of the program, with the design in the centre of the hoop.

At the top of the screen you will see a list of options, Home – Edit – View.

Go ahead and select the view icon, you will now see that the top options have changed and you can now Zoom in on the design. This is a personal preference, but I find that the bigger the design the easier to see the changes you make. Therefore I like to zoom at least 4 times.

Now that you have the edit screen nice and big, drop the design into the top left of the centre crosshatch on the hoop. As you can see this is why it is important to have the design large on the screen.

From the list of potions at the top of the screen, select the Edit screen again.

Once you have the design when you need it in the hoop, you will need to select the Corner Tool from the list of options at the top of the screen.

You will now have all four designs in the hoop and if you look to the right of the screen you will see that they appear as four separate designs in the Design list.

From the list of icons now select the Color Grouping. When you do this you will see that in the design list the designs have now changed and are sorted by colours now.

From the above list select the Home icon, when you do this you will see that it have taken you back to the original screen from when you open the program.

Select the icon in the top left of your screen. When you open this menu, scroll down and select the Connection Settings.

The next screen that will appear will give you the option of how you wish to connect your embroidery machine.  For this tutorial you will be using the WiFi so check that the WiFi option is selected, if you machine appears in the list of machines that you can select it and ok to the next step. But if the Box is empty you will need to search for your machine.

Once you have searched for your machine and it is connected to the WiFi at the machine end, you will see it appear in the box of options. Select your machine from the list and click OK.

When your machine and program are linked then the screen will disappear and you will be back at the home screen. You can now press Send from the list of icons and send your new design to your embroidery machine, ready to be stitch out.


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How to use the colour sort and cornering tools on the Janome MC15000.

One thing that I do love about Janome  is the wonderful user friendly features they install on their  embroidery machines. One of may all time favourites is the cornering and colour sorting tools. They really make creating projects so much more easier, who doesn’t love the idea of reducing your colour changes.

Firstly, you will need to turn on your Janome Mc15000 and put it into embroidery mode. Next you will need to select the embroidery design icon on the screen.

Once you have the design page open you will see that you are automatically opened into the World of Embroidery Folder, but this is not where we need to be so you will need to select the flower icon from the top left corner on the page, this will take you back a step so you can then view all the built-in folders available in the machine.

From the list of folders you will need to scroll through to the second page and select the Abstract Designs folder.

Once you have located the folder and opened it, you will need to scroll through the list of designs until you reach the second page. On the second page you will need to select embroidery design #23. This will be the design that we are using to show you how to use the features on your Janome MC15000 and the reason it simply that I like this design. In other words yes you can use these tools for other designs both built-in on you machine or designs you have downloaded.

When you have selected the design the machine will automatically take to back to the ready to sew screen. Now that we have chosen the design you will need to select the home icon at the bottom left of the screen.

When the home screen appears you will need to select the edit icon.

When you are in the edit screen, the first thing you are going to do is change the hoop size. The current hoop size for this design is set at SQ4 but because we are going to copy this design another three times so that we will create our own unique design, we will need to change the hoop size to the SQ23. To completed this task select the hoop icon from the list on the right side of the screen and select the SQ23 from the list of hoops. Once you have changed the hoop size you will need to drag the design to the top left corner of the hoop.

Now that we have the design where is needs to be in the hoop, you will see that the design is too big to fit neatly four times inside the hoop space. So you will need to go ahead and decrease the design. To complete this task select the increase/decrease icon from the list.

When you have selected the increase/decrease icon a new screen will open up and you will be able to decrease the design to 90%.  Press OK to that screen will close and you will go back to the edit screen. Once you have decreased the design you will now be able to see that it fits neatly into the top left corner of the hoop.

Now is when the fun part starts. On the right hand list of icons, scroll down until you see the cornering icon. It is the icon that looks like four hearts in side a hoop. Click on the icon and let the magic happen.

You will now see that the design has been copied evenly into all four corners of the hoop. That is how easy this feature is. The next set is to colour sort the four designs so that you will have only 6 colour changes and not 24 colour changes. From that same list of icons, scroll down until you see the icon that looks like four colour blocks with two cotton reels underneath. Select the icon and let the magic begin.

You will know when it works because a second screen will open up with just the four design blocks, go ahead and press Ok.

You will know when the machine has completed this task because you will be taken back to the ready to sew screen. You have now colour sorted your design and are ready to start stitching.




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Creating Pretty Ladies

If you like to incorporate different textures in your embroidery designs that you will enjoy this tutorial.

Download notes and Artwork

Pretty Lady Workshop (2)


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Creating Unique Quilt Blocks

Time and time again I have customers telling me how they just can’t find the prefect designs for their quilt projects and time and time again I ask them, why have the same designs as everyone else, when you can create your own unique style?

You will need to download and save the artwork for this project

Quilt Block June 2017


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Zen Quilting Embroidery Pattern

There are some really great artwork that comes installed with the Janome Digitizer V5 software. Zen quilting is really popular right now and you can create your very own embroidery patterns.

So firstly, you need to open up the Janome Digitizer V5 software. When I created this tutorial I used the Janome Horizon MC15000 to test my pattern. It is very important as a designer to test all your creations, because you will soon find out very quickly that what you see on your computer screen is not always what you will receive as a stitch out.


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Creating Beautiful Applique Embroidery

I have found that the Artistic Edge and the Simple cut 7.1 software to be a very versatile systems, which is great because not everyone is just into paper crafts. This project using one of the many artworks provided with the software to create a beautiful applique design.

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Reverse Applique Embroidery Design


One thing that I do love about the Artistic Edge and the Simple Cut software is how versatile it is. I often here from people that the cutter is only for paper crafts. But this is not the case. Everyone who knows me knows how much I love my embroidery so when I had the chance to create Reverse Applique designs to incorporate the cutter and embroidery machine I jumped at the chance and here is what I can up with.

Reverse Applique Artwork

Download the above image for this tutorial

Reverse Applique Flower