24 August, 2013
The Janome Sewing Machine Company has released a new top-of-the-line machine designed to enable sewists, quilters, and embroidery enthusiasts to create at a new level. It does this through a combination of new technology and old-fashioned precision. The Horizon Memory Craft 15000 is the first home sewing machine to connect wirelessly to the Apple iPad®; it has the largest touch screen on a home machine; and it has an internal processor that's twice as fast as its predecessor. From art quilts to ornate wedding dresses, it's a powerful creative tool that will take creative sewing enthsiasts anywhere they want to go.
In 1990, the Janome Sewing Machine Company changed sewing forever by introducing the first machine that allowed sewists to do professional-style embroidery at home. The Memory Craft 8000 sewing and embroidery machine opened up a new world to quilters, home décor enthusiasts, garment makers, and fabric artists.
Twenty-three years later, Janome has introduced another machine that will enable its users to attain a new level of creative expression: the Horizon Memory Craft 15000.
Even though the machine boasts the largest screen on a home machine, it's the first sewing machine to work wirelessly with a screen many sewists already own--their Apple iPad®. Using two different iPad® apps and the wireless capability of the MC15000, users can create complex embroidery layouts incorporating any of the machine's 480 built-in designs. And then, as the embroidery is being stitched out, users can monitor the progress from across the room or at the other end of the house, using their home's wi-fi network. This method can also be used to connect the MC15000 wirelessly to a laptop or desktop PC.
Because it takes away the usual limitations, embroidery enthusiasts will find the Horizon Memory Craft15000 to be a playground for their untapped creativity. Beginning with the large high-definition touch screen, which makes all the design editing and fine tuning easier, and continuing all the way through to the final stitch-out, this machine is designed for great results no matter what the design. The user can be confident that the quality of the embroidery magnifying glass precise.
The key to this quality is the MC15000's unique embroidery unit. Created using technology developed for high precision industrial robots, its movement is accurate to within hundredths of an inch. Yet it is so stable and reliable, it comes with a 25 year warranty against mechanical failure.
Like all Janome machines, the MC15000 is easy to use right out of the box. For the beginning user, it can be as simple as choosing a hoop size (from 9.1" x 11.8" down to 3.9" x 1.6"), opening a built-in design, and starting the embroidery. But the machine has many options the advanced embroiderer will want to take advantage of.
The MC15000 comes with 480 built-in embroidery designs, optimized for the machine, which can be edited on-screen and combined in layouts of up to 200,000 stitches. Janome commissioned five well-known designers to create exclusive collections of embroidery just for the MC15000. Leah Day, Linni Rossi, Tira Schulteis, and Noriko Nozawa have each contributed five beautiful and unique designs.
Importing designs into the machine via USB flash drive has also been simplified. You no longer need a PC connected to the machine. For example, a user can download a design from the Internet in the .jef or .jef+ format to their PC, then save it to a USB flash drive. That flash drive can then be plugged directly into the MC15000, which will be able to open the file and use it immediately as a single embroidery design or as part of a layout file.
For embroidery editing and monitoring away from the machine, Janome has created two apps for the iPad®: AcuEdit™ and AcuMonitor™. Using AcuEdit™ is like opening up the MC15000's touch screen on an iPad®. This native app utilizes the complete MC15000 embroidery editing suite. Functions include: Move, Rotate, Enlarge/Reduce, Mirror image, Vertical flip, Centering, Cornering, Copy and Paste, monogramming tools, and more. Users can import designs from the machine to the app and then send back the finished layout when it's ready to be stitched out.
The AcuMonitor™ app lets a user monitor the machine via the iPad® during the entire embroidery process. For example, a user might start her MC15000 embroidering in her sewing room then take her iPad® to the kitchen, keeping tabs on the stitch out as she prepares dinner. AcuMonitor™ uses a home's wi-fi network to track the status of the MC15000. It can check embroidery progress, machine status, and view a list of all thread colors for the design being embroidered.
Both apps are free to download through the Apple App Store and require an iPad® running iOS 6.0 or later.
Embroidery with more than one thread color requires thread changes. Along with the app to indicate when the next thread color is needed, the MC15000 debuts a new automatic needle threader, which significantly speeds up the process.
Like all Memory Craft machines, the 15000 switches back and forth from sewing to embroidery in seconds, because the embroidery unit can be left on the machine during sewing. In fact, it adds fabric support along the back of the bed.
Because embroidery is so straightforward on this machine, it makes it easy to embellish non-traditional projects. Sewists who do home décor, garments, and other kinds of sewing will appreciate how easy it is to add stunning embroidery accents with very little extra time.
With its expansive workroom, quiet power, and advanced features, the MC15000 is also the ideal quilting machine. The sewing bed measures 17½" across, with 11" of space to the right of the needle, giving it the most quilting room of any Janome. But with a total width of just 24", the machine has a modest footprint, especially when compared to other brands of embroidery machines that require embroidery units of a foot or longer to attach to the side of an already large machine.
Quilters will enjoy the 1,000 stitches per minute (spm) sewing speed, 9 mm stitch width, and 500 built-in stitches. A powerful motor working in combination with Janome's Superior Plus Feeding System ensures beautiful stitching and quiet operation. The patented needle plates (which can be switched in seconds with no screwdriver) have special quilting guide lines for every kind of piecing. When it's time to quilt through all the layers, the machine accomplishes it easily with the AcuFeed Flex™ fabric feeding system. Using a dual upper feed dog, the system moves the quilt sandwich past the needle in perfect sync, and it can be easily removed when not in use.
Free motion quilting is an exciting creative form many quilters love. The MC15000 is ideal for this technique, giving the quilter a feeling of easy control. The user can choose a sewing speed from 60 to 1000 spm, press the Start button, and "go with the flow." The stitch mechanism on the MC15000 is so precise and smooth, there's no need for an additional "regulator." And with the exclusive Variable Zigzag function, a quilter can begin with a straight stitch and gradually widen to a zigzag (and back again), all while the machine is sewing. The width of the zigzag is controlled by the knee lifter.
Embroidery for quilting has its own requirements, and the MC15000 was designed with these in mind. Three of its five embroidery hoops are square to accommodate quilt designs. It also comes with the AcuFil™ software suite, which allows a quilter to create precisely-matched stippling across an entire quilt top, one hooping at a time. The result is so perfectly aligned, it looks like the technique was done by an expert using a huge quilt frame.
All of this adds up to a machine that enables a quilter to complete larger and more ambitious quilt projects.
The Horizon Memory Craft 15000 has inherited many favorite features from its predecessor, the Memory Craft 12000. In many cases, these have been upgraded with improvements. Two of these are the High Light™ and the AcuView™ magnifier. The High Light™, which is practically invisible when not in use, is a small bright lamp that extends from the front of the machine and can be aimed to illuminate the area around the needle. The AcuView™ magnifier now comes with three different lenses from which to choose. They each pivot on a special mount located above the presser foot to give a close-up view to the sewing area.
Other time-saving features include an independent bobbin winding motor, the Clothsetter™ for accurate embroidery placement, the Cloth Guide™ for automatic hem measurement and seam width precision, the improved Buttonhole Foot with Stabilizer Plate, 19 other presser feet, and a unique accessory carrying case to store them all in. The MC15000 also features an improved Automatic Presser Foot Pressure function that detects the thickness of the fabric under the needle and adjusts the pressure accordingly. It can apply up to 4.5 lbs of pressure, if needed, for smoother sewing.
The Janome Horizon Memory Craft 15000 was designed for embroidery, quilting and sewing enthusiasts who are looking to expand their capabilities in any direction their creativity takes them. It's available only at participating Janome dealerships. Complete information on the machine can be found at www.Janome.com.
Janome America is one of the largest sales subsidiaries of the Janome Sewing Machine Company of Japan. Janome is a category leader in innovation and Janome sewing machines are recognized throughout the industry for their ease-of-use and unsurpassed stitch quality.