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Re: Stitch creator question

ceilsews <no_reply@...>
 

Thank you, Jim.  I'll give Stitch Composer a go then.  Too many other things going on to try my hand at MBX or any digitizing!


Stitch creator question

ceilsews <no_reply@...>
 

As our machines can do a 9mm width stitch, would it be possible to create a stitch that is an oval, 9mm wide at the widest point and 21mm in length?  I want to make oval eyes for animals that are about 5/16 wide and 7/8 long.  If it's possible, then I'll try as I imagine this will take some time; but if not possible then I'll look for another alternative.
Thanks.
Ceil


Looking through round glasses with oval eyes, Jim says:

You could create a stitch like that in Stitch Composer, with time and patience. You could also digitize it with one of the many flavors of Digitizer MBX.


Re: Flat felling foot

Andrea LaVergne
 

Alphas has 4mm and 6mm felling feet. I use the snap-on with the “11K shank” and it works on my 15K. Parts numbers are 4mm P60963 and 6mm P60973. They are both metal feet, at one time they came as plastic (which is what I thought the “P” stood for). Any sewing dealer should be able to order them individually from Brewers Sewing Supplies.
Andrea of Lafayette, CA


Re: Nesting on new 15000 Update.

Nancy Reynolds
 

On rare occasions nesting is caused by too much pressure on presser foot, if this is only happening in certain areas, you might try lessening the pressure using icon for tension setting.


Ruler Foot??

Contessa@...
 

Whilst my 15000 is away for repair, i am going to sort my craft room out - well, that's the idea anyway. Has anyone tried using the Ruler Foot and rulers on their 15000 yet? I would love to have a go and understand I need to buy Foot Set 202146001 and 767434005. Any idea where I buy the actual rulers from? I live in the UK.


15000 Machine for Sale

VLS
 

I am helping a friend sell her Janome MC15000 embroidery machine, complete with the Ipad that came with it
please email me at hshocraf@tds if you are interested. 
 
Vicki


Re: Flat felling foot

Denise
 

Thanks for the info.   I will take a look.
Denise


I got my new 15000

Sandy Lightfoot
 

I wrote a couple of weeks ago about getting a new Janome 15000 and I finally got it for my 7th Birthday.  So for the last few days I’ve been working my way through the manual trying out various things.  I love this machine and my husband is planning on building a new table for it, once he’s drawn up the plans and bought the materials.

I bought the iPad with it but haven’t set it up yet.  I’ve spent the last few days digitizing designs for the iPad bag and trying out my designs on the machine.  I received the voucher for the free Acu design but apparently the number I was given was invalid or in use, so am waiting to hear what’s going to happen with that. My dealer is taking care of it and appears to be very knowledgeable and on top of things.   I’ll keep you posted and will take photo’s of the iPad bag when complete.

Has anyone had the problem of the occasional odd thread loopy happening on top …  I’m using the 5 thread multiple thread stand, which I thought would eliminate problems like that, but may have to add a net over the top of the thread to prevent it whipping off too quickly.    If anyone can suggest what else it could be, please let me know.  I have tried threading the upper thread  through 2 of the thread guides on the 5 thread stand to stabilize the flow of the thread from the spool - and although it improves it a bit, the problem still persists, although intermittently.

Thanks!

Sandy Lightfoot

Completely amazed at what you've achieved by your 7th Birthday, Jim says:
Usually those once-in-while loops are due to a skipped stitch. Polyester embroidery thread, which is the most popular, can be a bit wiry, as it "remembers" how it was wound on the spool and it wants to return to that form. Some designs magnify this effect, and it happens on just about all machines. You try using one of the Janome purple tip (cobra head) needles, which were designed for just such a problem. Diane uses them for all her embroidery.


Re: Welcome to my network, new MC15000 !

Cat - N
 

Thank you, Cas.  It is a lovely machine!

- Cat


Re: Flat felling foot

ceilsews <no_reply@...>
 

I have a (narrower) flat fell seam foot for my MC6000 but after using it for quite a while decided to make the flat felled seam without this special foot. I think it turns out just as well if not better when you just press rather than have the foot turn the fabric under.  And I LOVE to have feet!  Here's one tutorial but I recently saw one somewhere that didn't have you cut the seam at all but then you're going to have a rather fat seam. Tutorial: How to sew a flat felled seam without a specialty foot  |  Colette Blog

 


Re: Nesting on new 15000 Update.

Judy Jackson <judy.j282@...>
 

Oh yes please move to the UK...........

Sent from my iPad

Startled by the horrific photo on his expired passport, Jim recovers enough to say this:
I've been to the UK, back in the 90s, and I do love the country. London was amazing, but probably too pricey (and busy) for a refugee American pensioner. Scotland has amazingly friendly people, though conversation was a bit difficult with Texan accents colliding with Scottish speech. I've watched enough British television, with season 6 of Vera being the latest and greatest, to nearly speak the language. The speech in Northumberland is sommat different though, innit. I think my favorite landing spot would probably be in the Cotswolds, though it appears that high speed Internet is not something the sheep there have a need for. That and an abundance of sun will probably keep me anchored in Texas until I move to the narrow apartment. It's said that I take after my maternal grandfather, whose parents emigrated from the UK. I have a huge book with the history of the Bostwick family and it appears they go back many generations.


Re: Welcome to my network, new MC15000 !

cas <cas@...>
 

Congrats on getting your new machine home!  Your excitement is contagious.  Have fun. 
 


Flat felling foot

Denise
 

Does anyone know if there is a flat felling foot for the 15000..?  Tia Denise


Felling flat on his face, Jim gets up and mumbles this:

Janome does not make a flat felling foot. At one time we purchased an Elna foot that worked, but we're not sure if we even have it any more. Elna does not list it on the website, and I'm sure we bought it before Janome started making Elna. Diane has used the 6mm rolled hem foot to successfully make a flat felled seam. She says it's kind of fiddly to get it started, but once you get it going it works. Of course you are limited to a 6mm width. Once we finish a couple of major projects we'll look at adding it to the rolled hem video in FootBook, but that will be a few months from now.


Re: Nesting on new 15000 Update.

bonnie waluda <waludabonnie@...>
 

I have the same exact problem.  I've tried everything mentioned except the calico down the thread path.  Not sure I understand what you mean here, would you describe that for me.  By the way, I have also changed my needle, re-rethreaded the machine, passed dental floss before re-threading, even changed from the yellow to the red bobbin case.  I am stumped.  If the calico doesn't work, she is off the the dealer.  Thank you for any advise.
Bonnie

Sent from my iPad

On Apr 14, 2016, at 2:16 AM, Contessa@... [janome12000] <janome12000@...> wrote:

 

I asked for help here,  recently on my "nesting" problem on my 4 month old 15000.I had lots of very helpful and informative answers, but I haven't managed to cure it and have now discovered that absolutely no bobbin thread is showing on the back of the embroidery. It is all top thread. I got through two whole reels of embroidery thread yesterday, trying to do a 12000 stitch embroidery. Do I have to give in and send it back for repair???? I'm soooooo sad! I have tried the usual - passing fine crochet cotton through the thread mechanism, folded calico down the thread path - nothing helps. Can anyone help before I take the plunge and return it to my dealer who is 500 miles away. He will collect but I will be without my machine for a couple of weeks. Also, I'd like to know what I did wrong, if anything. Whatever it is, I can't afford to do it again.


Being way more than 500 miles away, Jim types loudly so you can hear this:

The issue is tension. Either there is too much bobbin tension, or not enough needle tension. Bobbin tension is fixed, although you do have two bobbin cases. The red dot case is the standard, while the yellow dot case has extra tension for use with fine bobbin thread, if needed. If your problem is happening with the yellow dot case, change back to the red dot. What happens with regular sewing, such as a zig zag stitch? Do you still have a straight line on the bottom, or does the zig zag look OK? Have you made any changes to the tension in the SET screens? If the top tension has been reduced there it would cause this same problem. Set it back to default, or use the + option to tighten it up a bit. Debris caught in the tension can hold the discs open, reducing or eliminating top tension. That's why you ran the calico through the top tension path, but apparently it did not help. Note that you must do this when the tension is open, which happens when LOCK is engaged. You might try it again in that state.


If all else fails you should have the dealer collect it for service. Being without it for two weeks probably won't be any worse than the weeks of frustration you've already endured!


Re: Nesting on new 15000 Update.

audrey chase <Contessa@...>
 

Jim, you are so kind. What would we do without you? I can’t imagine.

 

I have tried everything you kindly suggested, but nothing helps, so, sadly, it’s back to Janome for my new baby.

As you say, anything is better than a machine that doesn’t work properly.

 

I tried the zigzag stitch and it doesn’t look too bad on the back, but the satin stitches, using the sewing mode, have almost no bobbin thread showing on the back at all.

I have also noticed that when using the anchor stitch around an embroidery design, before you sew it out, that the thread just trails across the top of the frame, with no stitches actually forming at all.

I have just tried stitching out a built in, satin stitch embroidery file and there is no visible bobbin thread on the back at all. It’s almost entirely top thread.

 

However, although I’m very sad, I wanted to say a huge thank you to you, once again, for trying to help me. I have learned a lot.

I have been in touch with my dealer a few times over the last couple of weeks, when things started going wrong and, although they recommended the calico and thick thread treatment through the tension discs, they didn’t tell me I must have the LOCK engaged at the time.

I’m sure this has helped loads of people. Thank you.

 

My machine is being collected on Monday and I have asked Janome to tell me what the problem was. I hope they do. If so, I will report back to you.

Thanks again for being a star – wish you lived next door to me – but I bet you feel glad that you don’t !

I’m quite generous with the gin and tonic and I’m good at making curries. Perhaps you’d consider moving to the UK?? Just think, an evening meal and a few bevvies for a beautifully working 15000? No? I thought not!! Oh well, I had to try !

 

 

 


Welcome to my network, new MC15000 !

Cat - N
 

Today was the day!

It only took me a couple seconds to power it up at home and log it into my network.  My existing iPad 4 saw it immediately, and I need to update the (Janome branded) iPad Air that came with the MC15000 and install all the apps on it (tomorrow...it's been a long day...LOL) but I do not anticipate any problems with that.  HorizonLink and the USB driver are installed.  I need to update the MC15000 tomorrow for the AcuSetter function, etc., but I got the warranty registered before I ran out of steam.  I haven't sewed on it yet, haven't even attached the embroidery unit...they used their embroidery unit to demonstrate it for us.  But...my new MC15000 is sitting beside my (now working perfectly since THIS dealer looked at it) MC11000 on the cabinet that hubby built.  But, the year+plus wait is over and it is home...and I am looking forward to using the marvelous features of this beautiful machine. 

Correction...hubby has informed me that now that I have the MC15000, my MC11000 belongs to HIM...LOL

More tomorrow...but, what a difference a great dealer makes!

- Cat


Re: Thread cutter issue

cas <cas@...>
 

Ceil,
I agree.  I think oil on the cutting blade would attract more dust.  I think his logic was that it had gunk on it from adhesive and the oil would dissolve it.   He also mentioned that oil fixes a lot of sewing machine issues.  I guess he thought he was working on my Singer 221.  I asked Jim how to clean it.   That tech put a lot of actual grease inside my machine that I know attracts dirt.   He was supposed to be getting the thread off the bobbin winder.   I sent it to a certified Janome service center to be cleaned inside but I still find bits of grease on occasion. Lithium grease, not oil!  btw they found the pink thread was still around the bobbin winder inside the machine.   I found some grease in the needle arm area the other day which makes me wonder if he put lithium grease in there when he put a replacement needle threader mechanism in there.  The white grease was already dirty from collecting dust.  You are fortunate to have a good dealer and local service technician.  I am going to drive over two hours to take it to the dealer where I bought my serger for cleaning and servicing before my warranty is up.  He has a wonderful reputation and has always been honest with me.
 
That reminds me, I have never wrapped the thread below the cutter on the bobbin winder again because I use my left fingers  as a guide at the proper height until it has successfully started.  For a while I was firing up my other sewing machine every time I wanted to wind a bobbin.
Cas
 
 

From: ceilsews
Sent: Wednesday, April 13, 2016 5:31 PM
Subject: Re: [janome12000] Re: Thread cutter issue
 
 

Cas, I have a truly wonderful dealer, probably #2 to Jim and Diane.  Unfortunately he's about 2.5 hours away.  He has a wonderful reputation and I'm sure he'll find out why it works intermittently and will fix it.  There just seems to be too many dealers, from what I've read here, that don't do a good job.  And, what some people who buy other machines don't realize is that many of them have to be sent back to the factory even for cleaning.  That's why I never included Husqvarna in my machine search.  My sister in law bought a top of the line Babylock and her dealer (who does do cleaning) told her that it had to be sent back to the factory when there was a problem with the threader as "there's so much inside there it's too difficult to fix it".  Seemed odd as a threader should be outside the machine... and she was without her machine for almost 3 months.  My dealer will make an appointment for me so that I can drop it off go shopping or whatever and pick it up the same day.  I can also schedule a free private lesson with the woman who teaches there for that time!  Getting back to the cutter- it would seem that oil would cause the thread or dust to stick to the cutter rather than take it away, but I really have no idea.


Nesting on new 15000 Update.

Contessa@...
 

I asked for help here,  recently on my "nesting" problem on my 4 month old 15000.I had lots of very helpful and informative answers, but I haven't managed to cure it and have now discovered that absolutely no bobbin thread is showing on the back of the embroidery. It is all top thread. I got through two whole reels of embroidery thread yesterday, trying to do a 12000 stitch embroidery. Do I have to give in and send it back for repair???? I'm soooooo sad! I have tried the usual - passing fine crochet cotton through the thread mechanism, folded calico down the thread path - nothing helps. Can anyone help before I take the plunge and return it to my dealer who is 500 miles away. He will collect but I will be without my machine for a couple of weeks. Also, I'd like to know what I did wrong, if anything. Whatever it is, I can't afford to do it again.


Being way more than 500 miles away, Jim types loudly so you can hear this:

The issue is tension. Either there is too much bobbin tension, or not enough needle tension. Bobbin tension is fixed, although you do have two bobbin cases. The red dot case is the standard, while the yellow dot case has extra tension for use with fine bobbin thread, if needed. If your problem is happening with the yellow dot case, change back to the red dot. What happens with regular sewing, such as a zig zag stitch? Do you still have a straight line on the bottom, or does the zig zag look OK? Have you made any changes to the tension in the SET screens? If the top tension has been reduced there it would cause this same problem. Set it back to default, or use the + option to tighten it up a bit. Debris caught in the tension can hold the discs open, reducing or eliminating top tension. That's why you ran the calico through the top tension path, but apparently it did not help. Note that you must do this when the tension is open, which happens when LOCK is engaged. You might try it again in that state.


If all else fails you should have the dealer collect it for service. Being without it for two weeks probably won't be any worse than the weeks of frustration you've already endured!


Re: Thread cutter issue

ceilsews <no_reply@...>
 

Cas, I have a truly wonderful dealer, probably #2 to Jim and Diane.  Unfortunately he's about 2.5 hours away.  He has a wonderful reputation and I'm sure he'll find out why it works intermittently and will fix it.  There just seems to be too many dealers, from what I've read here, that don't do a good job.  And, what some people who buy other machines don't realize is that many of them have to be sent back to the factory even for cleaning.  That's why I never included Husqvarna in my machine search.  My sister in law bought a top of the line Babylock and her dealer (who does do cleaning) told her that it had to be sent back to the factory when there was a problem with the threader as "there's so much inside there it's too difficult to fix it".  Seemed odd as a threader should be outside the machine... and she was without her machine for almost 3 months.  My dealer will make an appointment for me so that I can drop it off go shopping or whatever and pick it up the same day.  I can also schedule a free private lesson with the woman who teaches there for that time!  Getting back to the cutter- it would seem that oil would cause the thread or dust to stick to the cutter rather than take it away, but I really have no idea. 


Re: Thread cutter issue

cas <cas@...>
 

Ceil, mine only works some of the time as well.  About every fifth time it fails.  Same cotton 50 wt. thread.  The tech said he sprayed oil on it and that fixed it, but it did not.   I attempted to clean the oil off of it, but can’t reach the inside, as Jim explained.   It’s just sporadic so it cut the thread while I watched the tech show me how wonderfully it works, of course.  I sure wish Janome certified dealers would make sure their techs follow Janome instructions for repair, or at least have to report issues to Janome. 
 

From: ceilsews
Sent: Wednesday, April 13, 2016 1:17 PM
Subject: [janome12000] Re: Thread cutter issue
 
 

Thanks, Jim. 
I saw nothing that looked like thread when checking the cutter area.  The bobbin case seems fine and clicked back in normally.  I stuck the vacuum cleaner hose (with the attachment for small areas) down there as best as I could and hopefully if there was a bit of thread, it's gone.  I'm guessing that going around with the little dust brush I could have put thread or dust into the cutter rather than remove it.  I haven't been using metallic thread and switched to Aurifil 50 wt after the last cleaning.  If anything that should have made it easier for the cutter.  If the problem persists,  I'll have to visit my wonderful dealer.  I think the machine might be overdue for a checkup anyway.
Thank you again.
Ceil
 
Dodging the vacuum cleaner hose, Jim says:
If there is thread caught in the cutter you won't be able to get it out with a vacuum. The cutter is made up of two blades, one sliding over the other. If thread gets caught in there it's well and truly caught. If your machine is due for service that should include inspecting and cleaning the cutter. Be sure to mention it to your dealer. If they don't remove the free arm cover they won't see the cutter or clean it.

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