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Re: Alexandra Palace Offer on V2

Anne Stoye
 

I was at Ally Pally yesterday too.  It would have been a great pleasure to have met up with other group members.  Another show or another year perhaps. 

I too found the Janome stand quiet, but that was a bonus as I had lots of help from friendly staff.  Apart from some extra machine feet, I only bought knitting and craft stuff,  I enjoyed the day, though it was tiring, but it was more for knitters and other crafters.  I think Sewing for Pleasure at NEC in March is a better show for sewers.

Anne

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Re: Questioning Janome's message

schwarzpam60@...
 

I am excited for this machine to come out. Having seen and tried it I will be getting one.  I have the 15000 so don't need another full size machine. This one will use the same feet as my 15000 because it is a 9mm machine. I look at it as a great sew only companion. 


Questioning Janome's message

cnystul in Mn.
 

What is Skyline S5 that's coming out 10-17-14? Is that a new machine? Janome sent out an announcement to watch for...any ideas? Cathy



Scratching head in confusion, Jim says:

From time to time Janome creates "new" brands from existing machines, changing the appearance and maybe the stitch package. When we were dealers it was the Magnolia line, created for Internet sales. This year it's the Skyline series. These are mostly low and mid line machines. By competing with themselves I guess they get some sort of advantage. Considering that they also sell mostly the same models branded as Elna, on the surface it looks a little odd. For a dealer it's costly, because they are encouraged to carry both the Elna and Janome lines, essentially doubling their inventory. Good for the manufacturer, the dealer not so much.


Re: Alexandra Palace Offer on V2

maggie cooper
 

Ann I take it by today you mean the 10th, I was also there, visited the Janome stand not once but several times and was surprised at how few people were there. The few that were there were mainly interested in the smaller entry level machines.  I was hoping to pick up some fabrics suitable for garment making, but most fabric seemed to be the lighter weights aimed at quilters, and the prices made my eyes water. Instead I came away with 4 metres of faux fur for a winter coat. I think it has to be the first time I've left Ally Pally with money still in my wallet.

Maggie Cooper UK


Re: Buying a 12000

brittisl1018@...
 

Jim, Thanks for you response. 

I'm pretty sure I'm going to use MAC software vs using the VM machine option.  Do you recommend Stitch Buddy or Embrilliance Essentials.  I am fairly savvy with both Intel & Mac design software beginning with MacDraw (a million years ago) and more recently using Photoshop.  I am not anticipating I will have problems understanding the designing side of either software.  Just wondering if there are pros or cons to either software.

Sharron

Being a pro at cons, Jim says:
StitchBuddy is mostly good for viewing designs and getting them on a USB drive for stitching. I would probably start with Embrilliance Essentials. Although more expensive, it offers most of the things you'll want. Should the time come when you want to digitize your own designs you'll probably want to go with a VM approach so you can run Janome's Digitizer MBX software. It is the equivalent of PhotoShop for thread. There really is no Mac equivalent, at least at the Janome price point.


Leveling the 15000

Anne Parker <annegparker@...>
 

Having just put an order in for the machine I am now wondering if there is any level adjustment on it?

The floor of the room where I will be placing it is not level.  Do I need to ensure that the table I put it on is level or is there anyway the machine can be leveled on the table - for example by adjustable feet?

Several of my older machines have adjusting feet so I am hopeing this will be the same for the 15000.

I guess at worst I could create a platform to put it on which is adjustable if I have an issue with leveling the table.

Anne
​ in Stubbington, UK​

www.sewingtales.wordpress.com

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.  "Desiderata" Max Ehrmann


Totally on the level, Jim says:
Yes, there are adjustable "feet" on the bottom of the embroidery carriage so you can make it level with the machine.


Re: 4"x4" hoop for the 15000

ceilsews <no_reply@...>
 

Anne,
Congrats!!!  You'll love it.
Ceil


Re: New at Digitizing

Sandra Huggins <luv2hug2@...>
 

Jim,

I can't use Trevor's instructions on using MBX, no CC!! So I am out of the loop!

Sandra BC Canada 

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On Oct 10, 2014, at 7:02 AM, Tony Coley coleyct@... [janome12000] <janome12000@...> wrote:

 

MBZ 4.5 is available. Check it out



On Thursday, October 9, 2014 10:42 PM, "mrswings2@... [janome12000]" <janome12000@...> wrote:


 
I just bought Janome's Digitizer MBX 4 for my 12000. Is this the best one to have at the moment? Not even sure what Digitizer does. May be in way over my head. I can barely operate the 12000. Have had it for a year. Please advise. Thanks
P.S. Haven't broken the seal, but it's been about 3 weeks since I bought it.


Jim says:
Digitizer MBX is a great piece of software. It's very powerful and can create some wonderful things. You'll need some instruction to get started. Here is a good place to begin.



Re: New at Digitizing

Judy Jackson <judy.j282@...>
 

4.5 is the latest version...Judy

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On 10 Oct 2014, at 15:02, Tony Coley coleyct@... [janome12000] <janome12000@...> wrote:

 

MBZ 4.5 is available. Check it out



On Thursday, October 9, 2014 10:42 PM, "mrswings2@... [janome12000]" <janome12000@...> wrote:


 
I just bought Janome's Digitizer MBX 4 for my 12000. Is this the best one to have at the moment? Not even sure what Digitizer does. May be in way over my head. I can barely operate the 12000. Have had it for a year. Please advise. Thanks
P.S. Haven't broken the seal, but it's been about 3 weeks since I bought it.


Jim says:
Digitizer MBX is a great piece of software. It's very powerful and can create some wonderful things. You'll need some instruction to get started. Here is a good place to begin.



Re: Automatic Needle Threader on 15000

m1955seamstress
 

Tony,
I appreciate your comments.  Thankfully, according to the dealers' daughter her dad was able to retrieve the nut for the bobbin winding tension pieces.  Since he was going to open the machine to find the nut he was going to do a free cleaning and service for me since I've only had my 15000 for six months.  

I fully expect some labor costs for his time spent putting the tiny little parts back together for me.  I won't be using a screwdriver except to possibly tighten or loosen needles.  Learned my lesson!  

I do, however, question any charges for the needle threader unless it was something I did wrong like maybe a bent needle or something. But from what I understood, I believe the machine prompts me to lock the machine before using the automatic threader.  If I press on the button it beeps at me.  I was under the understanding that I couldn't use the threader without locking.  The daughter seemed to indicate it might have been that I did not lock the machine which created a problem with the automatic threader.  So I am confused on all that!  It would seem to me that a safety function is built in to prevent using the threader without locking.

So will wait and see what happens!  They had to order a part for the threader.  I'm hoping that is covered under the warranty.  If not, I hope it is not very expensive.

I do appreciate the work dealers go to repair these expensive machines and they should be compensated.  My comment was only meant to be that I'm afraid this could cost me a lot!  Unscrewing that screw was totally my fault so I will have to pay the labor on that!

Marla


Re: 4"x4" hoop for the 15000

Anne Parker <annegparker@...>
 

Ceil

Good to know that it's possible.

My Elna Diva has what I call a true basting stitch - it can be set to 7, 13 or 20mm and is achieved by uncoupling the needlebar (automatically on stitch selection) and makes a stitch every 4th fabric feed.  I would probably use this to baste the stablizer provided that it attached strongly enough to the permanent fabric for the hoop.

Ordered my 15000 V2 today, but have to wait around 6 weeks for it so can't try it yet!


Anne
​ in Stubbington, UK​

www.sewingtales.wordpress.com

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.  "Desiderata" Max Ehrmann

On 9 October 2014 22:07, ceilsews <no_reply@...> wrote:
 


Anne,
I made a fabric insert for the SQ23 hoop,and it worked just fine.  I basted the stabilizer to it with no problem.  I haven't used it since buying the RE18 but maybe I'll make one to fit the RE 18 or the SQ14 to make a 4 by 4 space.  Basting and removing the thread was easy as I used my Juki which has a 6mm stitch length.  (I don't understand why the Janome machine can't do that!)  But isn't it both somewhat sad and funny that we always want more, more, more?  That's what keeps our economy going, I guess.
Ceil


Re: 4"x4" hoop for the 15000

jerles5
 

I have thought about buying a small, freearm hoop for the preemie onsies I do alot of. It's there a video or pictures some where on how this is done? I don't have the 1200 or 1500 but a Janome machine. 
Thanks, 
Brenda <><


The Lord is my strength and my song! 

Brenda <><


Alexandra Palace Offer on V2

Anne Parker <annegparker@...>
 

Hi All

I have at last ordered my 15000 V2 - unfortunately they are not in the UK yet and it looks likely that they won't be until Mid November.

The offer at Alexandra Palace is pretty good I think.  There is £1000 off - so the price is £5495 with a case of threads (mainly quilting) and a free 5 year guarantee.

There is no iPad being offered in UK at the moment - but I'm fine with that.  I prefer the reduction in price and then I can buy one if I find I want to.  I don't think the AcuDesign embroidery app is included either - but as I don't have/want an iPad I'm also fine with that.

Anne
www.sewingtales.wordpress.com

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.  "Desiderata" Max Ehrmann


Re: Janome feet

pble2000@...
 

Jim, 
Thanks for your always helpful replies! I should have said that it was foot S, the ditch foot. I'll try the method you mention and see what happens.

To offset my questions, I will say that I find embroidery on the 15000 is quite simple and not daunting to set up. Hooray! And once I finish converting my brain from Swiss to Japanese, all will be well.

Patti


4"x4" hoop for the 15000

JoAnn Novak
 

 I agree with you Kay.
 I told my dealer.  He talked with the company.  So hopefully if we all continue
 to complain about this we will get one.

 JoAnn
Life's biggest decision is what you do with Jesus.

 

I cut a square out of the center and use a glue stick to attach additional layers of stabilizer for embroidery. It is quite labor intensive and time consuming. I'm retired and now  I make items for craft shows as a ‘part time’ job and would really appreciate a more efficient way of doing things. The 4” x 4” hoop is not a new concept for Janome. I just wish they would make it for the 15000.

Kay 
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Re: Classes for the 12000

Wilma Al-uqdah
 

Inquire here for 12000 classes:
Sewing & Vacuum Warehouse
18351 State Highway 249
Houston, TX 77070
(281) 469-5377



Wilma
H-town

On Thursday, October 9, 2014 10:55 PM, "mrswings2@... [janome12000]" wrote:


 
Does anyone know if there is a place to take classes for the 12000 in the Houston area? I guess maybe even the Austin area. I live in Brenham, Texas which is right in the middle of these two cities. I was born and raised in Houston, so I would prefer Houston.

Thanks




Re: New at Digitizing

Tony Coley
 

MBZ 4.5 is available. Check it out



On Thursday, October 9, 2014 10:42 PM, "mrswings2@... [janome12000]" wrote:


 
I just bought Janome's Digitizer MBX 4 for my 12000. Is this the best one to have at the moment? Not even sure what Digitizer does. May be in way over my head. I can barely operate the 12000. Have had it for a year. Please advise. Thanks
P.S. Haven't broken the seal, but it's been about 3 weeks since I bought it.


Jim says:
Digitizer MBX is a great piece of software. It's very powerful and can create some wonderful things. You'll need some instruction to get started. Here is a good place to begin.



Re: Automatic Needle Threader on 15000

Tony Coley
 

Ms Marla,
As a Janome Tech you must understand what is involved in replacing the nut that fell "somewhere" in the machine. Covers have to be removed and the tech must search for the missing nut. It MAY have fallen out and is actually hiding in your sewing room. Or it could be lightly jammed somewhere in the sewing head just waiting to fall in the works and do some real damage when the machine is started.
Happy sewing
Tony in still hot South Alabama/.


On Friday, October 10, 2014 6:00 AM, "m1955seamstress@... [janome12000]" wrote:


 
Kaye,
I sure hope so.  I bought my machine in March so it ought to be, I would think!  As I told Cheryl, I could see possibly paying labor costs but hopefully that wouldn't be too much.

I will have to pay for my mistake of unscrewing a plastic piece for the tension on thread for winding the bobbin!  And I think it gave my dealer major fits putting it back together!  

But I don't think I should have to pay for this part unless it was something I clearly did wrong perhaps.

Marla



Janome feet

pble2000@...
 

Me again. Being so new to the Janome world, I'm still getting used to the Japanese v. the Swiss way of doing things. I purchased the Stitch in the Ditch foot and watched the video in the Foot Book and on the Janome site. I was surprised to see that I had to move the needle from center 4.5 to 5.0 to keep from sewing on the fold. I know we can adjust the needle position a zillion ways but expected that a middle position with this foot would put the stitch right behind the blade. Is this unrealistic? Could my new foot be out of kilter? Thanks for your patience with me, folks!


Patti, the befuddled one


Trying to stay fuddled, Jim says:

The blade in the Ditch Quilting Foot is in the center, so 4.5 would be appropriate for stitching in the ditch between two squares. If your needle is not in line with the blade using the default 4.5 center then your machine may need adjusting. Draw a line on a piece of fabric. Using the Ditch foot, with stitch #1 using the default position of 4.5, sew along the line keeping the blade of the ditch foot on the line. Your stitches should fall on the line.


It has also occurred to me that you may have mistaken the blind hem foot G for the Ditch foot S. They look almost the same, but the blade on the G foot is offset for hemming. Check the letter on the foot to make sure you are using the foot you want.


Re: New acudesign app -- designs

pble2000@...
 

The app was included with my recent purchase of the 15000 (probably because it was so close to the release of v.2) and I downloaded it yesterday. Since I don't have other digitizing software at this point, I will probably use it at least somewhat. I think someone mentioned in an earlier thread a comment about the quality of the included designs and that they weren't quite Janome level. Having scanned through the collection, I can understand that comment. The designs in the 15000 are varied and appealing; the ones in AcuDesign seem simple and a bit sophomoric. Is that too harsh? I don't mean to be picky about something I received gratis but I doubt that I will use many/any of these. So my question is where to find more of the type of designs included in the 15000? I have used many of the online sources but really like the style of some of the Janome designs. And, Jim, wow, are you right about the absence of lettering! The included 'lettering' is an odd assortment to say the least!

I'm learning so much from all of you -- thanks!

Patti who IS enjoying her machine but has lots of questions

In an effort to keep the fun going, Jim says:
AcuDesign is a study in frustration. It has so much potential and so many barriers in the way of achieving that potential. There is no way to delete the "free" designs, so you have to set filters to hide them. The lack of lettering could be overcome if it were possible to send a design from AcuDesign to AcuEdit. I've been experimenting with doing this via DropBox, but have encountered bugs that keep that from working. We've wanted to do a video for AcuDesign, but I keep getting sidetracked trying to develop work-arounds for things that aren't working correctly. Very frustrating!

AcuEdit, on the other hand, is really nice after the V2 update. We uploaded the video for the update yesterday and it should be available in everyone's app by tonight.

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