ALL the thread painting and decorative embellishment in this pic was done using our exclusive NEW Variable zig-zag feature. Thank you, Debbie, for this great sample.

OK this is a special one – a JANOME MC12000 EXCLUSIVE FEATURE. We do not think any other machine offers the ability to do zig-zag in the FREE MOTION mode using the knee lifter to vary the width of the zig-zag. We think this is simply the coolest feature to hit the sewing scene. THINK NEEDLE PAINTING…..THINK THREAD SKETCHING…….THINK INCREDIBLE NEW POSSIBILITIES FOR EMBELLISHMENT.

In the above pic, notice the pear: this was done using the variable zig-zag feature which is a free motion function. Use the knee lifter to vary the width of the zig-zag and create wonderful thread painting or thread sketching as in our pic. If you needle paint with a straight stitch it is the equivalent of trying to colour in with a pencil. BUT use a nice paint brush and see how much more quickly an area gets covered by paint & colour. THIS is the value of having a variable zig-zag as your free motion “painting” gets done so much quicker and much more artfully.

Want straight stitch – just leave the knee lifter in “off” position.

Want nice wide sweeping zig-zag stitches? Just move your knee to control the width of your stitches.

Want wide open zig-zag stitches – just move your fabric quickly & smoothly.

Want dense satin stitches? Just slow down and more the fabric slowly.

Could NOT be simpler.

Doesn't this open up EXCITING new possibilities for you in your sewing journey?????

That was FAV feature #10 and I am SO not done! I have so much more to say about this great machine…………………..so stay tuned. I will be back with more exciting features.

About lizafrica

I am the National Education Manager for Janome & Elna Canada (including Artistic Creative products) and I LOVE to sew! I have been employed full time in the sewing and quilting industry for almost 30 years so I bring a wealth of sewing knowledge & expertise to this blog. I enjoy all forms of sewing from quilting to sewing garments to machine embroidery and software. Pretty much everything in my life is seen through the eyes of a passionate sewer! I am constantly on the look out for fun, innovative and inspiring ideas to share with you all on this blog. I also love to read, knit , travel and spend time with my family and friends.
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  1. Are there other Janome machines that do this now Liz? 8900?? just curiousl. SO very cool.
    ~Monika Kinner-Whalen : )


    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Monika,
      At this time only the Janome Mc12000 will do variable zig-zag using the knee lifter.
      The Mc8900 has a knee-lifter and you can do thread painting in free motion but it does not have that dual action with the knee lifter.
      It IS a very cool feature.
      Janome Canada.
      PS Hope you are well & keeping warm while you sew on those Janome machines of yours!


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