ACUFIL QUILTING KIT FOR JANOME MC12000…..PROJECT #2

ACUFIL QUILTED WALL HANGING: PUMPKIN PATCH.

PUMPKIN PATCH – QUILTED EXCLUSIVELY USING THE NEW ACUFIL QUILTING KIT FOR THE JANOME MC12000

No, I am not being a super good girl by getting a head start on Halloween or Thanksgiving sewing – I actually started this project about 3 or 4 years ago, got it all pieced and then…………..you know how it goes – I got side tracked and the quilt top joined the ranks of my many other PHD’s  (puzzled? I prefer the term PHD = Project half done to UFO= Unfinished Object). Sounds better but is effectively exactly the same thing!

Well, I pulled it out when the NEW Acufil Quilting Kit arrived on my desk to learn & make projects. I figured it was a perfect quilt top to practice the Acufil Quilting technique . I am actually very pleased with the result.

We will be doing Dealer training with our Canadian dealers shortly but in the meanwhile, you can refer to the links in this blog post: there are video’s and quite a bit of information. There is also a rather good Instruction booklet which comes in the Acufil Quilting kit box together with the ASQ22 hoop; 8 magnets & the software CD which is to be installed on your computer after you have updated your JANOME MC12000 to the latest version 1.10.Update is a free download, upgrade to the Acufil Quilting Kit may be purchased from your local Mc12000 certified dealer. The kits are now available and are selling very fast at our Janome MC12000 certified dealers across Canada. I think you should check it out and go get yours as soon as possible or you may have to wait for the next shipment of inventory.  And that would not be a good thing as you’d miss out on the fun and EASY quilting that you could be doing during August!!  Just think about the PHD’s you could be dealing with almost effortlessly? I have completed 3 PHD’s and one new project with the Acufil Quilting kit and it is early August…………..what can I do next? mmmmmmmm.

One thing I’d like to point out is that the Acufil Quilting kit for the MC12000 is a little different to the Acufil kits that were available for the JANOME MC11000.

As you may know, The JANOME MC12000 comes standard with wonderful software called HORIZON LINK. This is loaded onto the computer and provides (amongst other things such as Stitch Composer) a great place to do all your embroidery machine editing: larger screen to work on, easier editing etc.

The Acufil Quilting system for the MC11000 was done atthe machine as opposed to on the computer. The MC12000 Acufil kit has you doing  the prep work on the computer: selection of the quilting designs, editing, etc + printing of templates for hoopings.  I actually find this much easier and quicker. When I am all done with the prep, I simply send the design(s) to the JANOME MC12000  with my Horizon Link cable or save them onto my USB stick.  I think it speeds up the process and makes super light work of quilting-in-the-hoop.  

Notice the Acufil quilting I chose to do over most of the wall hanging. I used a subtle thread so as not to detract from the panel and piecing of the quilt.

I selected 2 of the STIPPLING designs that come with the Acufil kit (total of over 70 designs) to quilt on the checkerboard panels – essentially 3 sets of nine-patches on either side of the Pumpkin panel. I thought the Stippling designs would look great here. I quilted 3, 1x in each of the nine patches. You might be able to make out the stippling around the core quilting design.

I mentioned in the last blog post that I am nothing short of amazed at how much easier it is on my body to quilt this way using the Acufil Quilting kit. Many of you know I entered a quilt into the National Juried Show at Quilt Canada this year (and I was very fortunate to win a ribbon) but I can tell you that I am still struggling with my neck, shoulders & back. Obviously I had issues before with tight shoulders but making that quilt over many months – working at nights & weekends just about “killed” me!  So I am really very pleased to say that I can heartily recommend the Acufil Quilting kit as being a most viable and great alternative to the rigours of free motion quilting.

CHECK OUT THE WEB LINKS ABOVE AND VISIT YOUR LOCAL JANOME MC12000 CERTIFIED DEALER TODAY!!!

 

 

 

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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10 Responses to ACUFIL QUILTING KIT FOR JANOME MC12000…..PROJECT #2

  1. 2 questions:
    1. Can i use the acufil software on my computer and then transfer the designs to my Janome mb4?

    2. Will the acufil software create a blank margin around the center embroidered design?

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    • lizafrica says:

      Hi

      1. Yes, you can use the Acufil Software (which is included with the Janome MC15000) on your computer. It is to be installed on a PC. Yes, you could conceivably save the designs onto a USB stick & transfer to your MB4 but you do not have the special magnetic clamp hoop required for Acufil quilting for the MB4. This hoop is only available for Mc12000 & MC15000. So I would not advise using Acufil software with an MB4. It was not designed for this embroidery machine.
      2. Yes, it will create a margin. There are a lot of functions & options in the software which is part of Horizon Link Suite software for Mc15000 or in the Acufil Quilting kit which is an add on optional accessory for Mc12000.

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  2. Linda says:

    how much is the acufil kit for janome 12000 in Canada cost?, I Can’t find anything on internet except the demos. thanks
    Linda

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    • lizafrica says:

      Dear Linda,
      The Acufil Quilting kits for the MC12000 have been available in Canada since July last year. Our dealers are responsible for their retail pricing so it would be best if you contacted your local Janome dealer. it would need to be a dealer who is certified to sell the JANOME MC12000 – meaning they have received training on this machine & its accessories and are therefore able to support their customers.
      They will be able to give you more information including price.
      Liz
      Janome Canada.

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      • Linda says:

        thank you for your answer and will check into it
        Linda

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      • lizafrica says:

        Hi Linda,
        On reflection I realized that I did not mention that there is a lot of information and resources on this blog about this Acufil Quilting kit. I wrote quite a few posts last year starting around the time the Acufil Kit upgrade was launched. You might like to so a search on the blog home page for Acufil and check out the posts that are listed: if you scroll down the archives on the right hand side of the home page you will find posts about Acufil on the following dates:
        July10th; Aug 2nd; 3rd; 7th, 10th; Nov 9th & Dec21st. There are references to where you will find video’s & notes in some of these posts.
        Hope you find the information you are looking for.
        Liz

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  3. Bonnie Riggle says:

    I am sooooo disappointed in NOT knowing HOW to use my PC with my 12000. There are no directions in the instruction manual, only how to do the plug -ins. I am expected to know how to transfer my bought patterns from dvd onto stick, then onto machine. I can’t even get them loaded on to the stick.

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    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Bonnie,

      You do not say where you purchased your MC12000? We highly recommend that you see your local Janome dealer for lessons : They are the ones primarily responsible for training you on how to use all aspects of your Sewing machine.
      Actually it is quite easy: you need to format your USB stick in the Mc12000. All our embroidery machines operate in this way. Just put the stick into either of the 2 USB slots on the side of the machine and then select FORMAT in the SET menu on the screen of the machine. Select USB and OK. Follow the prompts on the screen ie do not remove the stick until formatting has taken place. We recommend a new or empty USB stick as this formatting will erase anything already saved on the stick.
      The formatting process makes file folders on the stick: EMBF with another EMB folder inside that. You may also make your own folders (with names you select) – all within the EMBF folder initially created. ALL designs you wish to open at the machine should be placed/saved into the EMB (or other folder named by you) on the stick prior to opening the USB at the machine. Please see pages 131 – 133 in the instrcution manual.

      That is ONE way of transferring designs to the machine. You also have Horizon Link with the cable – all included with the machine. Once the Horizon Link software is loaded onto your computer, you may click the little blue ? mark in the top right corner of the Horizon Link screen. This will take you to much information on how to use Horizon Link – in fact it is the built-in manual. If you work systematically though this built-in manual, you will gain much insight into all aspects of using Horizon Link with your machine including how to transfer desins from your computer to your machine.

      Please note that the Mc12000 reads jef & jef+ formats.

      I hope this assists you a little. However, comprehensive lessons at your local dealer is definitely the way to go. Perhaps you could ask your dealer to show you how to transfer a design from your CD of designs to the machine using both the Horizon Link cable and USB stick – then you will have covered most of your options.

      Liz

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      • Bonnie Riggle says:

        Thank you so much. I will definitely give this all a try! I purchased my machine at Sew Much Fun in Pennsylvania and have been to a few classes there, but she hasn’t offered a Horizon Link class, which is what I really want to know how to use.

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      • lizafrica says:

        Hi Bonnie,
        As an after thought: have you checked out the Janome America website for all the video’s and projects that they offer for the Mc12000? See http://www.janomespecials.com/mc12000/videos-acufil.htm. There are also video’s specifically for the new 9mm feet & accessories as well.
        Your local Janome dealer should also know about the recent Janome Dealer webinars which were offered. They may be able to share those projects & notes with you.
        Liz
        Janome Canada.

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