Cutwork the JANOME Way!

Cutwork purse (1)

cutwork embroidery: Embroidery process used on table linens and holiday ornaments. The craftsperson places the design on the cloth using a mixture of bluing and kerosene (which washes out easily). The craftsperson inserts the cloth into an embroidery hoop and removes the foot of a treadle sewing machine to expose the needle, then eases the embroidery hoop under the needle and begins to sew. Eye, hand and foot coordination are essential to move and turn the embroidery hoop back and forth to stitch the design. The craftsperson uses a sharp curved scissors to cut away the cloth from open parts of the design, then does the intricate webbing. When the design is complete, the craftsperson removes the cloth from the embroidery hoop and trims it carefully along the outer edge. It takes up to a year to learn to do cutwork designs well.

Yes that’s how cutwork was done in the past! With the introduction of our Janome Cutwork Kit,  its as easy as digitizing your embroidery design and creating the areas to be cut out. Once the design is in your embroidery machine, instead of thread, cutting needles cut out the fabric so you don’t have to fiddle with scissors, cutting the teeny tiny fabric bits out yourself!

The Cutwork software is an add-on program to your JANOME DIGITIZER MBX version 4 or 4.5  The program comes with an installation CD as well as an instructional CD with sample embroidery designs to get you going. The kit also contains the 4 cutting needles and a little needle holder for inserting & removing the cutting needles from the embroidery machine.

Another incredibly fabulous use for these cutting needles, is cutting out applique shapes instead of laboriously cutting all your little shapes for an intricate applique design. Digitize the shapes for cutting, prepare the fabric, hoop up stabilizer and cut multiple fabric shapes in ONE hooping. NOW we are talking my language! I adore doing applique but really don’t like cutting out the fiddly little bits.


Grab a cup of tea and watch Nancy Fiedler from Janome America, take you step by step through the features as she demonstrates how to make a very elegant pillow. Click this link to see it in action!

This is truly amazing software…….please see your local Embroidery software authorized JANOME dealer for more information.

Happy embroidering and ‘cutting’,

Linda and Liz






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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5 Responses to Cutwork the JANOME Way!

  1. Debbie says:

    Hi lizafrica
    Do you need to digitizer your own cutwork designs or can you use bought designs to use the new feature on the horizon



    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Debbie,
      Yes, you can embroider bought cutwork designs on the Janome MC15000 (provided they are .jef format of course). These designs will more than likely need to be edited in our Digitizer MBX Cutwork software in order to make them compatible for cutting needles.
      Our cutwork designs as well as ones you create in Janome Cutwork will be able to be used with our cutwork needles.
      You can, of course, embroider cutwork the way we used to do it, stopping to manually cut away fabric during the embroidery. The Cutwork software with needles just make the job much easier and faster!



      • Debbie says:

        Thanks Liz I don’t have the cutwork software for mbx and don’t do enough cutwork to spend the money on it and was hoping that I could get away with out it. Thank you for your quick response.


  2. Tonya says:

    Hi Lizafrica i just purchased the cutwork kit for ver4 and did the ugrade but still get mrssage that a file is missing ?


    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Tonya,
      We have a Software Helpline that specializes in all software queries. Please could you contact them for assistance. Phone 1-800-631-0183 Ext 775. Leave a message and a Tel # where you can be contacted easily (they operate on EST) OR you may send them an email using the Contact us in the Software section of either or



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