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15000 question - Altering stitch 6 or 7

pble2000@...
 

I'm still exploring all the various features of the 15000 with the wonderful assistance of Jim & Diane's "My 15000" app -- thank you! As I sew and embroider, I'm puzzled over some things. I can sort of understand why Janome doesn't let you alter length or width in the Applications mode but am flummoxed over why I can't change the length or width of the stretch stitches, #6 & 7 in the regular sewing area. I know they have them set at what a tech person thinks is optimum but I'd like to change and experiment a little. I normally don't like stretch stitches because they put too much thread in a seam and wanted to length #6 to see if I liked it better. Nope, no can do. Is there a reason for this?


Thanks so much!


Patti 


Searching for a reason, Jim says:

The width of those stitches can be increased to 7.0 for stitches 6 & 7, or to 9.0 for the stitches in Seaming 2 in the Applications section. Both sets limit the length to 2.5, although you can shorten it. Because these are reverse-cycle stitches I'm thinking that it has something to do with how far the feed system can back up within a stitch. Of course that's just a guess.




Re: Automatic Needle Threader on 15000

m1955seamstress
 

Hi,
I'm back again with my 15000!  So I still have a question about the threader and the lock function.  The dealer who says he doesn't sew with the machine just fixes them thinks I forgot to lock the machine which damaged the threader.  I went ahead and paid for the parts (it was only about $15-$16 and his labor for everything was only $40).  But I still am confused on the whole thing.  I thought if I forgot and hit that button for the automatic threader that it beeped and prevented me from using it until I hit the lock button on the screen.

Can anyone tell me for sure?  If that is not the case, I am going to plaster a sign somewhere to remind me to lock before hitting the threader button!  I try to remember but some days I might get in a hurry and forget!

Thanks in advance,

Marla, in the state of confusion  


Unlocking his keyboard, Jim says:
Our 15000 will not lower the threader unless the lock button is engaged. You'll get a beep and a warning. It also won't bring it down if the needle is not in its highest position. It sounds like what you paid for is a new hook for the threader. There are a few ways it could be damaged, even when locking:

1. Using a needle that is slightly bent. Of course no one would do this intentionally, but if the needle eye is off center just a little, the hook on the threader will collide with the edge of the eye and could bend or break.

2. Having the needle a tiny bit too low. If the needle is just slightly low in the clamp, the eye will be low and the threader hook could hit above the eye and bend/break. This can potentially happen if the new needle is marginally thicker than the one you removed. Not all brands are identical and I seem to recall that the Janome/Organ needles are just a fraction of a millimeter smaller at the shank than others. To avoid problems always loosen the clamp so the new needle slides in easily and push it up to the stop before tightening.

3. Loosely wound thread. If a thread is somewhat thick and not tightly twisted, the hook may not fully disengage after pushing it through the eye. As the thread is pulled through the needle if there are a few strands still hung up in the threader they might bend it. This isn't very common, and it would have to be really awful thread, like Walmart 10 for $1 special.


Re: Webinar on V2 15000

Anne Parker <annegparker@...>
 

Jim

Many many thanks for your full reply.

I already have a Lenovo Laptop with 8gb ram and a 1TB hd (which I am using at this moment :0)) (cost £350 from Argos in the UK
​ about a year ago - just after I retired from IBM and had to give my Thinkpad back!​
) so I think I am all set.  I bought my husband an Asus tablet - but I guess I wou
​ld not be able to use that anyway :0
​)  I really like ASUS motherboards and nearly all my previous systems have had them!

I generally go with the graphics as standard as I've never needed more - maybe I will look at that for my next upgrade - in as many years as the system I have will prove ok - hopefully another 2 years at least until we need to replace our desktop (with a laptop this time I think!)

Thanks also about the tips about iPads - I do tend to take a long while deciding what I think would be the best option ​
 -  noted about ​IOS7 - I will first check to see where I am when I get the machine - mid November looks the earliest :0( - but will then check out Amazon if I find I need extra info/function.

I can see I will enjoy digitizing even at this early stage and the info I currently have (background in programming - application and system)

I can see me asking lots more questions on this forum, and of you!  So glad I found it and thankyou for making it available!


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 14 October 2014 18:38, annegparker@... [janome12000] <janome12000@...> wrote:
 

Just watched the 20min webinar and didn't really learn much that we didn't already know.


I asked the question about the Apps being available on Android and was ignored.  I also asked if Janome were ignoring questions about Android - and again was ignored - then stated that Janome obvisously were ignoring questions from Android users - and yes you guessed it was also ignored.


I love the machine - even though I haven't got it yet! - but do find it frustrating that they won't even answer questions about Android - the majority of people, including me, do not use iPads and I do not like being pushed that way.


I may buy the cheapest mini iPad I can find when the new versions come out soon - if I have too!


Jim I need your advice - I know there are the wonderful Apps you provide - but do you think it is worth getting an iPad for the Apps Janome provide or would I just achieve the same thing with a Windows Laptop/Android Tablet and MBX software?



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

Reeling from a barrage of Android questions, Jim says:
The main appeal of Android is low price. So low that Samsung's profits for the past fiscal year are almost entirely due to the chips and screens they sold to Apple. Earlier today I answered a post about whether Janome would produce software for Android, and I explained why I think that's unlikely. It's also very unlikely that any sewing software will be produced for Android unless a major sewing manufacturer chooses to use it.

You mentioned Digitizer MBX. If you plan on using Digitizer MBX your best option would be to purchase a Windows laptop. I would suggest Asus, Acer or Lenovo. Get lots of RAM and the best graphics you can get. Generally the more graphics RAM it has, the better. DO NOT get a Windows tablet or Microsoft Surface convertible. Either would be horribly unsuitable for digitizing. For that you want a really good mouse or a digitizing tablet like the Wacom Intuos. If you have the option of MBX for free, take it. Otherwise you will only need MBX if you want to create your own original embroidery designs. The Janome apps and included software will handle the other functions.

If you choose to get an iPad there are some secrets I can pass on. In UK the lowest cost iPad is £319 at the Apple store. However if you scroll down to the very bottom of the "Store" page you'll find in tiny type the "Refurbished" items. Now for most stores "refurbished" means open box, scratches, dents and maybe some of the bits are missing. That's not how Apple rolls. Refurbished from Apple means it comes in a plain brown box. Everything that is plastic has been replaced and it looks exactly like a new product. It also comes with the same full year warranty. I've bought refurbished computers from Apple in the past and have never been disappointed. In the case of an iPad you can get the very same lowest cost model for £50 less. But wait, there's more! Looking at Amazon UK and searching for iPad you can get prior models for much less, some less than £200. They also have a plethora of low-cost Android tablets, but don't be misled! You can buy a sewing machine for thousands less than the 15000, but you have chosen to get the best value for your money. The same holds true for tablets.

You might also be able to get an iPad on the used market. I wouldn't recommend eBay, but if there is Craig's List in UK that might be an option. If you do choose to get an iPad either used or from Amazon make sure it is at least iPad 2. The original iPad (also sometimes listed as iPad 1) cannot be used with the Janome apps, or mine either for that matter. The first model is limited and cannot upgrade past iOS 5, while at least 95% of all software now requires iOS 7 or later. iPad 2, 3, 4 or Air are all fine, as are all versions of the iPad Mini.


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Webinar on V2 15000

annegparker@...
 

Just watched the 20min webinar and didn't really learn much that we didn't already know.


I asked the question about the Apps being available on Android and was ignored.  I also asked if Janome were ignoring questions about Android - and again was ignored - then stated that Janome obvisously were ignoring questions from Android users - and yes you guessed it was also ignored.


I love the machine - even though I haven't got it yet! - but do find it frustrating that they won't even answer questions about Android - the majority of people, including me, do not use iPads and I do not like being pushed that way.


I may buy the cheapest mini iPad I can find when the new versions come out soon - if I have too!


Jim I need your advice - I know there are the wonderful Apps you provide - but do you think it is worth getting an iPad for the Apps Janome provide or would I just achieve the same thing with a Windows Laptop/Android Tablet and MBX software?



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

Reeling from a barrage of Android questions, Jim says:
The main appeal of Android is low price. So low that Samsung's profits for the past fiscal year are almost entirely due to the chips and screens they sold to Apple. Earlier today I answered a post about whether Janome would produce software for Android, and I explained why I think that's unlikely. It's also very unlikely that any sewing software will be produced for Android unless a major sewing manufacturer chooses to use it.

You mentioned Digitizer MBX. If you plan on using Digitizer MBX your best option would be to purchase a Windows laptop. I would suggest Asus, Acer or Lenovo. Get lots of RAM and the best graphics you can get. Generally the more graphics RAM it has, the better. DO NOT get a Windows tablet or Microsoft Surface convertible. Either would be horribly unsuitable for digitizing. For that you want a really good mouse or a digitizing tablet like the Wacom Intuos. If you have the option of MBX for free, take it. Otherwise you will only need MBX if you want to create your own original embroidery designs. The Janome apps and included software will handle the other functions.

If you choose to get an iPad there are some secrets I can pass on. In UK the lowest cost iPad is £319 at the Apple store. However if you scroll down to the very bottom of the "Store" page you'll find in tiny type the "Refurbished" items. Now for most stores "refurbished" means open box, scratches, dents and maybe some of the bits are missing. That's not how Apple rolls. Refurbished from Apple means it comes in a plain brown box. Everything that is plastic has been replaced and it looks exactly like a new product. It also comes with the same full year warranty. I've bought refurbished computers from Apple in the past and have never been disappointed. In the case of an iPad you can get the very same lowest cost model for £50 less. But wait, there's more! Looking at Amazon UK and searching for iPad you can get prior models for much less, some less than £200. They also have a plethora of low-cost Android tablets, but don't be misled! You can buy a sewing machine for thousands less than the 15000, but you have chosen to get the best value for your money. The same holds true for tablets.

You might also be able to get an iPad on the used market. I wouldn't recommend eBay, but if there is Craig's List in UK that might be an option. If you do choose to get an iPad either used or from Amazon make sure it is at least iPad 2. The original iPad (also sometimes listed as iPad 1) cannot be used with the Janome apps, or mine either for that matter. The first model is limited and cannot upgrade past iOS 5, while at least 95% of all software now requires iOS 7 or later. iPad 2, 3, 4 or Air are all fine, as are all versions of the iPad Mini.



Re: Screen saver app for the 15000

Odette <obrode@...>
 

Well!  I must have been very tired last night!:-)

Went back in the app this morning and found that when you touch a selected picture you do get an edit option where you can resize and move the picture around in the frame!  Even better than the horizon link tool!

Resolving to not try things at night anymore or at least to wait the next morning to check things out with a fresh mind, I apologize for wasting your time.

Have a good day!
Odette


Wearing his "Save the Screens!" T-shirt, Jim says:

The ScreenSaver Tool in HorizonLink Suite uses the standard JPG format. However the ratio of width to height of the 15000 screen is 480 x 800, or 3 x 5. Most pictures that fit a 3 x 5 frame assume that the width is 5 and the height is 3, so you have to do some creative cropping to make it work. Since you have 5 different photos to work with you could take a full quilt picture and split it into 5 separate frames, so that as the screen saver rotates through you would move across the quilt.


Don't be misled by the term "Screen Saver" either. It should be called a screen burner. Back in the day when screens were green, leaving the same image on for a long time would cause the phosphors to burn, leaving a permanent ghost image on the screen. That doesn't happen with modern LED screens, but constantly running the screen saver keeps the screen backlight on. Like any light, the longer you have it on, the sooner it burns out. You probably have many years of useful life on the backlight, but you should be aware that you aren't saving anything with the screen saver app.



Re: Updating machine

Nicole Schmidt-Nutt
 

Are these updates for the 15000 only?
 
Nicole
Michigan


Stepping off the update bus, Jim says:
So far the only updates have been for the 15000. However a 12000 update is coming, and I'm sure the HorizonLink software will also be updated at that time. This update is due by year-end, and will at minimum allow for use of the RE-18 5 x 7 hoop.


Re: 12000 Hoop Sizes

Janice Mawhiney
 

All this talk about the small hoop reminds me of something I need help with.
Is there a resource I can look at to help me hoop a garment and only hoop the front side, so I don't embroider the front and back together?
Thanks
Janice

Opening the resource bag, Jim discovers:
There are thousands of videos that cover this. Just go to You Tube and search for "How to hoop" followed by what it is you are going to embroider. For example, "How to hoop a onesie for embroidery" brings up 4,100 potential videos.


What about android Users?

Mary
 

Hi, it seems that Janome have embraced the ipad and iphone but Jim to you think that the apps will ever be available for android?


Mary 

on holiday in Portugal with my travelling DXL 603


Jim's less than educated guess:

It's impossible to say what Janome will do, but I don't think the probability of Janome offering Android apps is high. With Apple's iOS operating system a single app can be written to run on any Apple device. While Android was released as a Google product, it is open source. That means that anybody can make their own version, which is exactly what's happened. There is no single version of Android. Each phone manufacturer has their own custom version. To develop and test an app that works on all the devices you may need as many as 200 separate devices to create half a dozen or more different versions of the same app.


As an app developer I'm often asked if I can do an Android version of an app I've created. I don't do Android for a number of reasons. First, I can't afford to buy all the different products I would need to test on. Secondly I would have to take a substantial amount of time out from developing in order to learn to use the Android tools, which are far less powerful than iOS tools. Apple comes out with a new version of iOS each year, always with new features and capabilities. It takes a LOT of time just keeping up with the new developments. Finally there is the financial aspect. Although we don't make very much with our apps, the situation on Android is not very attractive. Due to the open nature of Android, apps are easily pirated. Malware, such as virus programs, is far more common. So for me there is no motivation at all to do Android. Maybe Janome will think differently.


Re: Screen saver app for the 15000

Odette <obrode@...>
 

Thank you Jim. I wasn't aware of the screen burner thing! Will now turn the machine off whenever I move away for a while. Since I will have to use the computer to modify the pictures, I might as well use the screen saver tool in Horizon link suite instead of the app on the ipad.... a cropping tool in the screen saver app would be a neat addition, that way we would get to choose how pictures are shown on the screen. Off to see if there is a suggestion box somewhere !

Stepping up to the suggestion box, Jim says:
The Screensaver app works a little differently from the HorizonLink Suite version. If you tap a photo you can edit it. The editor is basically a forced crop, by showing you what part of the image will be used. You can move it around, pinch to zoom or shrink, rotate and center. Unlike the HL version, this one won't let you distort the image to make it fit. Since the app allows you to take photos from the Photos app, you can edit them there (including crop), then import them into the screensaver app.

I didn't mean to imply that you shouldn't use the screensaver on the machine. For times when the machine is idle, such as when you are cutting or pressing, having your favorite photos scroll by is a nice thing. What you shouldn't do is leave the machine on for several hours at a time just running the screensaver. Even though the electricity usage is very small, you are slowly draining life from the backlight that allows you to see the screen.


Re: unexpected purchase!

Barb Engvall
 

Thanks, Cheryl...yes, I sprung for the videos...have only watched one of them so far...work gets in the way...but as of June I'll be free from that!

Sent from my iPad

On Oct 13, 2014, at 7:00 AM, capaul@... [janome12000] <janome12000@...> wrote:

 

Congratulations on your new 15000!  You are going to have a new best friend.  I always leave my embroidery unit on when I'm sewing - can't lose it that way.  However, things can fall in behind so I'm vigilant and check when I open the embroidery unit to do embroidery; usually if something falls back there - I'll need it and so the search begins.  


I found that I wanted all those extra feet and purchased most of them in the 9 mm width - there is NO danger of forgetting the stitch width then when using them.  The first one I got was the DITCH foot as I use that one so often.  Then I got them a few at a time when I took classes as the dealer always gives a discount on class days of 15-20% and that makes for a good saving.  There are only a few left that I really want - and of course one of them is the binder foot (I already have the dreadfully expensive binder attachment), so that I can make the little foot page that Diane has in the APP.

I forgot to mention - get the APP that Diane and Jim have made for the iPad - called My 15000.  It is worth its weight in gold and more.  There is more than you can imagine in that APP that will help you know that machine inside out.  It is a visual manual and the descriptions are done so well.

Now just have some fun with your new toy!

Cheryl - Saskatoon - where we are enjoying another week of lovely weather.


Re: Updating machine

Barb Engvall
 

Yeah...got it updated. Now to get the computer and machine to talk...iPad is working ok I think...at least it can see it,

Sent from my iPad

On Oct 13, 2014, at 7:22 AM, Barb Engvall catsnquilts@... [janome12000] <janome12000@...> wrote:

 

Never mind - I did another search in the list archives and found the directions…will try it tonight…



On Oct 13, 2014, at 6:45 AM, Barb Engvall catsnquilts@... [janome12000] <janome12000@...> wrote:


Cool…now, how do I get it to update? I put the flash drive in the machine and turn it on, but it doesn’t go into update mode…??? Do I have to press some keys magically or something? I have searched the web to no avail…

Thanks…



With echoes of his wife's admonition to read the instructions ringing in his ears, Jim says:
The program you used to create the update USB contains instructions for performing the update. Just run the program on your computer again and click on the "Instructions" button. You can also print them out if needed. It's very important to read those first, as there are some steps that need to be taken before you update.



Screen saver app for the 15000

obrode@...
 

Hello 


I joined your group at the invitation of Jim a few weeks ago and must say that I am very happy I did.  I've already learned things both on this group and in the wonderful apps !


My question is regarding the screen saver app:  does anyone know what format our pictures should be?  The app cuts the picture instead of making it fit on the screen!...  And I must say that a quilt without half of it's border is not worth putting on a screen !;-)


If no one knows, I will try and figure it out tomorrow and will post my findings here.


TIA

Odette


Wearing his "Save the Screens!" T-shirt, Jim says:

The ScreenSaver Tool in HorizonLink Suite uses the standard JPG format. However the ratio of width to height of the 15000 screen is 480 x 800, or 3 x 5. Most pictures that fit a 3 x 5 frame assume that the width is 5 and the height is 3, so you have to do some creative cropping to make it work. Since you have 5 different photos to work with you could take a full quilt picture and split it into 5 separate frames, so that as the screen saver rotates through you would move across the quilt.


Don't be misled by the term "Screen Saver" either. It should be called a screen burner. Back in the day when screens were green, leaving the same image on for a long time would cause the phosphors to burn, leaving a permanent ghost image on the screen. That doesn't happen with modern LED screens, but constantly running the screen saver keeps the screen backlight on. Like any light, the longer you have it on, the sooner it burns out. You probably have many years of useful life on the backlight, but you should be aware that you aren't saving anything with the screen saver app.



Re: 12000 Hoop Sizes

Pat Bryant
 

Very cool!  Thank you! 
 
Pat
SewAmused@...
 
In a message dated 10/13/2014 4:18:58 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, janome12000@... writes:

The FA10 Hoop has an elongated shape just 3.9" x 1.6" (100 x 40mm).  So my question is:  Is that 3.9" by 1.6" the HOOP size or the max embroidery size?  I'm so confused today...  LOL 
 


Trying to remember his shoe size, Jim says:
It's the size of the stitch area within the hoop, which is the maximum embroidery design size.


12000 Hoop Sizes

Pat Bryant
 

The FA10 Hoop has an elongated shape just 3.9" x 1.6" (100 x 40mm).  So my question is:  Is that 3.9" by 1.6" the HOOP size or the max embroidery size?  I'm so confused today...  LOL 
 


Trying to remember his shoe size, Jim says:
It's the size of the stitch area within the hoop, which is the maximum embroidery design size.


Re: 5x7 hoop for 12000

Carol Jones
 

Me too!  At least they have acknowledged that it is coming. 


Re: Updating machine

Barb Engvall
 

Never mind - I did another search in the list archives and found the directions…will try it tonight…

On Oct 13, 2014, at 6:45 AM, Barb Engvall catsnquilts@... [janome12000] <janome12000@...> wrote:


Cool…now, how do I get it to update? I put the flash drive in the machine and turn it on, but it doesn’t go into update mode…??? Do I have to press some keys magically or something? I have searched the web to no avail…

Thanks…



With echoes of his wife's admonition to read the instructions ringing in his ears, Jim says:
The program you used to create the update USB contains instructions for performing the update. Just run the program on your computer again and click on the "Instructions" button. You can also print them out if needed. It's very important to read those first, as there are some steps that need to be taken before you update.



Re: unexpected purchase!

Cheryl Paul
 

Congratulations on your new 15000!  You are going to have a new best friend.  I always leave my embroidery unit on when I'm sewing - can't lose it that way.  However, things can fall in behind so I'm vigilant and check when I open the embroidery unit to do embroidery; usually if something falls back there - I'll need it and so the search begins.  

I found that I wanted all those extra feet and purchased most of them in the 9 mm width - there is NO danger of forgetting the stitch width then when using them.  The first one I got was the DITCH foot as I use that one so often.  Then I got them a few at a time when I took classes as the dealer always gives a discount on class days of 15-20% and that makes for a good saving.  There are only a few left that I really want - and of course one of them is the binder foot (I already have the dreadfully expensive binder attachment), so that I can make the little foot page that Diane has in the APP.

I forgot to mention - get the APP that Diane and Jim have made for the iPad - called My 15000.  It is worth its weight in gold and more.  There is more than you can imagine in that APP that will help you know that machine inside out.  It is a visual manual and the descriptions are done so well.

Now just have some fun with your new toy!

Cheryl - Saskatoon - where we are enjoying another week of lovely weather.


Re: unexpected purchase!

Tony Coley
 

Tough way to learn a lesson, but well done that you will remeember.
Happy sewing.
Tony in hot Alabama


On Sunday, October 12, 2014 2:45 PM, "lindabeaulieu863@... [janome12000]" wrote:


 
I always kept my embroidery unit on for regular sewing until I had problems. A weird noise cane out  from the arm as I embroidered. I brought it to the shop and they found 2 long flathead quilting pins in the unit! I now always take it off for regular sewing. I



Re: Updating machine

Barb Engvall
 

Cool…now, how do I get it to update? I put the flash drive in the machine and turn it on, but it doesn’t go into update mode…??? Do I have to press some keys magically or something? I have searched the web to no avail…

Thanks…



With echoes of his wife's admonition to read the instructions ringing in his ears, Jim says:
The program you used to create the update USB contains instructions for performing the update. Just run the program on your computer again and click on the "Instructions" button. You can also print them out if needed. It's very important to read those first, as there are some steps that need to be taken before you update.


Updating machine

Barb Engvall
 

My new machine was never updated to 1.04 and I'm having difficulty getting it to load on the flash drive. I come up with the error "verup.inf is not found". I have been able to successfully load ver 2 on the same flash drive but don't know if I can skip 1.04 and move directly from 1.01 to ver 2. Advice please! Barb Engvall Sent from my iPad


Pleased to advise, Jim says:
Machine updates involve completely replacing all the software in the machine. For that reason you can install any version, higher or lower, without doing any intervening updates. Since version 2 is now available there is no need to do anything with 1.04, just install version 2.

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