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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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Cross Stitch Book Mark using Horizon Link

When I get a new sewing machine I guess I am like a kid in a candy story, I need to try everything out. So one late saturday night about 10:30pm I came across this interesting design on the last page of the cross stitch embroidery folder and knew right away what I was going to create.

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With this project I decided to focus on creating the design in the Horizon Link software that comes with the Janome Memory Craft 15000 and sending it to the machine through the WIFI.

Firstly, you will need to make sure you that the Horizon Link software loaded onto your computer. Once you have the program installed you can go ahead and open it.

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Select the EmbLink Tool icon, this will take you into the next step.

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From the next list, select the Editing Embroidery Designs icon. Click on the icon so it opens into the edit page.

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Now that you are in the editing  (home) page, click on the icon that says design and looks like a little folder with a heart in it. This will  take you in to your computer to find the design we wish to use.

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So you should now have this image   of you. We will be using a built -in designs  that comes with the Janome Memory Craft 15000, but we do not have our machine tethered to our computer, so we will not be using the icons that are listed under the machine list. We will be select the design folder from the list under the PC.

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So  now we have all the design grouped into the little folders that correspond with the folder that are built-in on the machine. Select the 12#Cross Stitch Design folder from the list.

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So on the very bottom of the list you will see design Cross Stitch Design_4_05.jef , this is the design we are going to use for our project. So go ahead and select the design.

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Once you have select the design, the program will take you back into the edit screen and you will have the design center in the middle of the hoop. Our next step is to select the drop down arrow from the Embroidery Edit icon in the toolbar. From the list of hoops, select the SQ14.

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Now you should have your design in the center of the SQ14 hoop. From the list of icons on the top of the toolbar, select the View icon. This will take you in to the page that we can now zoom in on our design. Go ahead and click on the Zoom in icon and click on the design until you can zoom no more.

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Now from the list of icons on the top of the page, select the EDIT icon on the middle. Once you have open the edit page, locate the ROTATE icon from the list and rotate the design 90.

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You should now have your design sitting vertically on the page.

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Select the design and holding down the left click on the mouse, drag the design up the page so that it is sitting use on the horizontal crosshairs of the hoop.

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Select the copy and paste function for the list, when you copy and paste the second design will come in to the page and sit directly over the top of the original design, but in the Design list on the right and side of the screen you will see that two designs will appear.

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Check that you have the second design selected, you can tell because it will be highlighted blue in the design list  toolbar. Now move the design down the page so the  top row of stitches just covers the bottom row of the first design.

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Now you can select the Colour Grouping icon from the list. This process will go through and group the two single designs into one design and then group the colours, so you will be going from an eight colour change design down to a four colour change design.

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You can see in the Design List tool bar on the right hand side of the computer this process.

Now click on the Home icon from the list at the top of the page and click on the icon that is at the top left corner, it looks like a circle. From this list select the Connection Setting.

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Check to see if your machine is listed, if it is not listed like mine, make sure that you have the machine turned on and it in embroidery mode. Also check that all the warning messages are off the machine so all you can see in your machine is the home screen.

Check that the Wireless LAN is selected and press search, once the computer has finished searching for your machine it will appear in the list. Click on your machine so that it is highlighted and press OK. The box will then disappear when you machine and computer are connected.

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Once you are back to the previous screen you can select the SEND icon and this will send it two your embroidery machine.

Now that we have the design aspect of this project ready, we can now focus on

our fabric, hoop preparation and colour choices.


Go ahead and hoop up the SQ14 hoop with a single layer of wash away stabilizer. For a project like this we alway use the woven type of wash away.

Cut the 14 count ada cloth to a 6inch x 8 inch rectangle, we will be floating the fabric for this project. You can now take the hoop to your machine and thread the machine with a white WonderFil Konfetti thread for the project. We use this type of Egyptian cotton for the project, because it gives a better coverage and a more traditional cross stitch finish also make sure you have genuine Janome bobbinfil in your bobbin.


Using the basting stitch on your machine, baste the ada cloth down to the hoop. When you have competed the basting you can stitch out the first colour change.


Once you have finished the first colour change, remove the white from the machine. Rethread the machine with the next colour, for this project we used the Wonder Konfetti #Col.KT614 and stitch out the next colour change.


Once you come to the third colour change you can choose a different colour and rethread or you can do as we have and repeat the same colour.


You should now be up to the final colour change. Go ahead and unthread your machine and retread it with the WonderFil Konfetti #Col.Kt605 and stitch out the last colour change.


When you have completed the design you can remove it from the machine, go a head and remove the hoop from the machine.Cut back the wash away stabilizer from the reverse side of the design.


Put your embroidery carriage back into the home place and change to the sewing mode. Wind a bobbin with the WonderFil Konfetti #Col.Kt605 thread and set it in the machine. Put the clear F2 foot on to your sewing machine and select the triple straight stitch. Measure out two grid squares from the corners and mark with an erasable marker pen. Using the chosen stitch, stitch out a board around the outside of the embroidery design.


Then from the border measure out another 6 grids and cut any excess fabric back to this mark. Remove the extra threads back to this stitch line. Wash out the wash away stabilizer and when dry press with an iron.

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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