LET’S REVISIT THE INCREDIBLE JANOME CLOTHSETTER TO SEE JUST WHY SANTA SHOULD BE BRINGING ONE DOWN YOUR CHIMNEY NEXT WEEK!!!!
Click on the link above on the words JANOME CLOTHSETTER to see a video of how this amazing piece of equipment is used. It really is quite baffling to me that so many folk still tell me they either don’t know about the JANOME CLOTHSETTER …………….. OR have one but don’t know how to use it?????!!!!!!!! I shake my head …..seriously….. as this is one very clever and INVALUABLE tool that is unique to JANOME. EVERY SINGLE JANOME EMBROIDERY MACHINE OWNER SHOULD HAVE A CLOTHSETTER!!!
GOOD NEWS FOR JANOME MC12000 OWNERS: THE CLOTHSETTER FOR THE MC12000 WILL BE ARRIVING SOON. Will be available from January 2013 AT YOUR LOCAL JANOME DEALER IN CANADA. Please be sure to ask them to order you part#859439008.
If the pic below does not show up properly (sorry, but I am having hassles with wordpress’s new upgrade…..mmmm it is misbehaving), please refer to the link above for Clothsetter 12000 to see a pic or double click on the partial image below to see my pic…..hopefully it will show up for you.
To even attempt to try to line all these designs up perfectly in the above sample would be unthinkable without a JANOME CLOTHSETTER. Each of those blocks in the pic above had at least 5-7 different hoopings. If I had not had the JANOME CLOTHSETTER to help me, it would have been a disaster of misaligned designs and I would have been ashamed to say it was my work!
There are several different JANOME CLOTHSETTERS: it pretty much depends on what JANOME EMBROIDERY MACHINE you have that determines which JANOME CLOTHSETTER Santa needs to bring down your chimney this year. Your local JANOME DEALER will be able to advise you which one you need. Even though they may look a little different, all JANOME CLOTHSETTERS work in the same way:
- You will need to have embroidery software in order to print a template (see your local Janome dealer for more information about the various embroidery software options available for you). If you have the JANOME HORIZON MC12000, you will be able to print a template from the HORIZON LINK SOFTWARE which comes with the machine.
- Once the template is printed, punch 5 holes through the clothsetter marking on the template using an eyelet punch. Mark a dot through the holes with an appropriate fabric marker. Line these dots up & draw 2 lines to form the crosshair. Do also mark the arrow which points to the TOP of the hoop as this is very important for many multiple hoopings. It is all too easy to get mixed up & ruin your embroidery by having a design the wrong way up!
- Now attach the outer hoop that you will be using to the “key” slot on the JANOME CLOTHSETTER. Raise the Clothsetter arm.
- Position the fabric with markings for the embroidery design with the arrow pointing to the top of the hoop.
- Lower the Clothsetter arm and line up the fabric marking with the red crosshair on the clothsetter arm.
- Insert the inner hoop and shift the fabric slightly if necessary so that both markings are still lined up after the hoop is inserted and screw has been tightened.
- Now simply remove the hoop from the clothsetter and attach it to the embroidery machine.
- If the needle is not perfectly lined up with the center of the crosshair you marked for the design, use the jog key on the embroidery machine to move the hoop until the needle is exactly centered. This should not be necessary on most ocassions and especially if the Clothsetter has been calibrated to your specific embroidery machine.
- Once you are satisfied with the hooping & needle position, start the embroidery.
You will, I guarantee, be completely amazed at how very simple and easy continuous embroidery (such as long borders) or projects that require multiple hoopings become; when you use the JANOME CLOTHSETTER. Be no longer afraid of these types of projects!!!
TIP OF THE DAY: Hoop ONLY stabilizer in the hoop (no fabric). I like to use sticky stabilizer or regular tearaway stabilizer which I spray with fabric adhesive glue. Then when I position the fabric onto the hooped stabilizer, it is so much easier to reposition until my markings are perfectly aligned with the red clothsetter arm markings. Just peel back the fabric & reposition if necessary. Once they are lined up, all I need do is gently press down on the fabric to adhere it firmly to the sticky stabilizer/glue on stabilizer. As soon as I have transferred the hoop to the machine, I use the BASTING function to further hold the fabric firmly on top of my hooped stabilizer. The JANOME MACHINES which currently offer a basting function are the JANOME MC 11000 (all models) and the JANOME MC12000.
Another advantage of this method of hooping is that my fabric does not get distorted or crushed by the hoop – especially applicable with many delicate fabrics and knits; towels, velvet etc.