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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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Decorative Cushion Cover using the Janome Memory Craft 15000

One thing I have found while teaching embroidery classes is how often customers don’t know the little treasures they have hidden away in their machines. This is a quick little project that gets you using your machine to its full potential.


First we need to prepare the fabrics for the project, we will start with the white homespun. Cut out two 17″x 17″ block and a 16″ x 8″ rectangle, set one of the blocks and the rectangle aside for the moment. With the other block, use the Sewing Revolutions The Block marker and mark out the center point of the block of fabric. Mark the center point with an erasable quilting marker.

Choose a contrasting coloured quilting cotton and cut a 17″ x 17 ” block. Mark out the center of this block just as you did with the white one.

Rotate the block so that you now have a diamond in front of you. Using a quilting ruler and a rotary cutter, cut the diamond into four triangles.  Repeat this process with the white blocked that you have marked out. Once you have done that you can set two of the coloured triangles and two of the white triangles aside. We will only need two of each for the cushion. You can always use the remaining triangles to make a matching pair.

Arrange the triangle so that the front of your cushion looks like the picture above. Grab one triangle of white and one triangle of your contrasting fabric and pin the seams together.

Select the Patchwork function from the Applications menu of your sewing machine.

Attached the O Foot (the quarter inch) to your sewing machine.

Check that you have the correct bobbin holder, the one with no markings on it in your machine . Thread your sewing machine with your white sewing thread and place the matching bobbin into place.

Go ahead and stitch the two contrasting triangles together so that you now have a larger one.  Open out the triangles and press with your iron. Repeat this with the other two triangles. Remembering that when you pin and stitch them together you will need to make sure that when they open the colours create a checker effect.

Once you have completed this task for both sets of triangles, you will now need to stitch the two larger triangles together. Make sure that the four corners match up neatly in the center. Pin together and use the quarter inch seam allowance to stitch together.

Once you have stitched the fabric pieces back into a square you can open it out and press with the iron. The next step is to cut a piece of medium weight tear away stabilizer to fit the SQ23 hoop. Place the SQ23 on the clothsetter, using the center point cross line up and hoop up your fabric and stabilizer. Don’t forget to attach the magnets to the hoop and tighten the screw.

Check that you have the embroidery carriage attached to your machine before you turn it on. Check that you have the bobbin holder in with the yellow dot and the bobbin is filled with Janome Bobbinfil. Attach the embroidery foot (P foot) to your machine and put the machine into embroidery mode.

Once the machine is in embroidery mode, go into the built in designs on the machine. Open up the World of Embroidery Folder on your machine and scroll through to page 6. Select design #32

Thread your embroidery machine with WonderFil #4141. Attach the hoop to the machine and check that the needle lines up with the center of the fabrics. If the needle doesn’t line up, us the arrows on the screen to adjust the needle point until it is sitting in the center of the fabrics.

Stitch out the first colour change. When it is completed change the colour to RA#2517 and stitch out the following two colour changes.  Once you have finished stitch out the embroidery design, remove the hoop from the machine and remove all the tear away from the back of the design. Press with the iron.

Using the Sewing Revolutions – The Block Marker, trim the embroidered block down to a 15″ x 15″ block. The reason we are trimming back after we have completed the stitch out and not before is to allow for any shrinkage in the fabric and you will always get shrinkage when embroidering.

You can now set that piece aside for the moment.

Now with the 16′ x 8″ rectangle, mark out a 1/2″ line from the edge of the 16″ side. Fold this over and pin and press, than remove pins, fold, press and pin again. So that you have the raw edge of the fabric inside the fold.

Return your machine back into sewing mode and replace the bobbin holder. Retread your machine with the white sewing thread and restore the bobbin. Using the top stitch application, stitch down both sides of the fold.

Once you have completed this task for the rectangle, you will need to do this to the white 17″ x 17″ block as well.

Lay the embroidered block down with the embroidery facing up, now lay the short rectangle piece down over the tip with the right side facing down and the seamed end facing towards the center of the block. Now lay the white block down over the top with the seamed end facing the center and right side facing down towards the embroidery piece.

Pin the two seamed ends to the embroidered block towards the center of the block. Turn the block over so that the embroidered block is on the top. Pin around the edge of the block. Using a 1/4″seam allowance stitch around the edge of the block. Trim the extra fabric away and trim the corners back. Turn in the correct way.

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Decorative Cushion Cover

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Gothic Style Lacy Doily

I love to test all the built-in designs on my Memory Craft 15000, and if you are anything like me you never read the “destruction’s” before you start. So one day I decided I was stitching out the lace on my machine and as you do when you go like a bull at a gate, I assumed the lace was free standing lace. Well did I assume wrong and was left with a big mess of sticky threads at the end of that project.  So, I have decide to put together a little project using the build-in lace design. Enjoy!


Firstly, you will need 1/2m of black organza fabric, black embroidery thread and a empty bobbin. This project will take four bobbins to complete it, so it is up to you whether your refill the single bobbin after each block or whether you just wind four and be done with it. You will also need about 1m  wash away stabilizer, your SQ14 size hoop and both the P (embroidery Foot) and the F foot. For the project we also used Janome Red Tip needles. We always use Janome needles because the built in needle thread is set to the correct height of the Janome needles. Don’t forget your general sewing and embroidery supplies like scissors.

Firstly we are going to start at the computer. So go ahead and open the Horizon Link Suite software, and select the EMBlink Tool icon.

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Next you will need to select the Editing Embroidery Design icon.

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This will now take you into the edit screen. Now select the icon that says Designs, it looks like a folder with a heart inside.

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You will now be able to locate your designs that are saved on your computer, whether they are built-in from your machine or downloads, you can access them all from here.

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Because we are using a built-in design for this project, you will need to select the Design Folder from the list under the PC heading.

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It will now take you into the list of folders that are on your machine, the designs are grouped into these folders. Go a head and open the 14_Lace Design folder.

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From the list of design in this folder select the Lace_1_03.jef .

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Now that we are back to the edit screen, select embroidery edit from the toolbar at the top of the page and select the SQ14 hoop.

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Using the Connection Setting located in the file icon in the top left corner, check that your embroidery machine is connected to your WiFi. Once you have established a connection it will come up on the list and click OK.

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Now you are ready to send the design across to your embroidery machine. To do this click on t the Send icon at the top of the screen.


Now you should have the design appear on the edit screen of your machine.


Using the stylus, scroll down the arrow keys on the right hand side of the edit screen, until you come to the Single Colour Sewing Key icon and select it.


A warning will now ask you if you would like to sew all layers without stopping to change colours. Select OK.


You will now go back to the sew screen, but you will now notice that the design is all grayed out. This indicates that you will now be sewing all colours as one without stopping.


Your machine is now set up. The next task is to go ahead and wind the black embroidery thread onto the empty bobbin/s. For the purpose of this project we used Robinson-Anton Embroidery thread.


Using the SQ14hoop, hoop up two layers of wash away stabilizer with one layer of black organza fabric.


Using the red bobbin case, place the bobbin in your machine and thread the machine with the matching black embroidery thread. I always recommend using Janome needles in your Janome sewing and embroidery machines.  Especially if you have an automatic needle threads as they are set to the high of your Janome needles and all needles are not the same.  For lace projects I recommend using the Janome red tip needles. You are all ready to go now. Stitch out your design.


Once you have completed the stitch out, you can remove any extra fabric and stabilizer from the edge of the design.


Repeat this process until you have all four embroidery blocks completed. Now that you have completed the embroidery aspect of the project, you can now put your machine into sewing mode. We will leave the same bobbin and bobbin case in place, but you will need to change your embroidery (P) foot to the Satin Stitch (F) foot.


Select stitch #25 from the Satin list and change the stitch width to 5mm.


Tack the blocks together at the point that they meet. Make sure you use the Auto-Lock Button to secure the stitches, so they do not unravel when you wash them. Once you have all four blocks joined together, fill an ice-cream container with hot water and dissolve the stabilizer according to the manufactures instructions. Once you have finished washing your lace, lay it flat to dry. Finally once it is dry give it a press with the iron and you are ready to displace your latest creation.


Gothic Style Lace Doily Project Notes