JANOME EMBROIDERY COUCHING: review of this new technique available since December 2015


At the request of Janome customers,  Janome is constantly developing new accessories that will add a touch of creativity to a project. This post today is particularly interesting because you can add dimension  to an embroidery design using yarn couching. Here the ‘Embroidery couching foot set’ for the Horizon Memory Craft 15000 is shown. The kit contains four pieces : PC – 1 foot for thinner yarns;  PC – 2 foot for thicker yarns; the thread guide which fits into the extra spool pin slot and the yarn “funnel”. To understand how the set operates, it is recommended to make a sample before undertaking a project. I tested a pattern on a black cloth with a white yarn in order to visualize the result. The MC15000 must be updated to version 2.11 to use this feature. You will find the free l update on the global website under the Downloads > Machine updates > Memory Craft 15000 tabs.




In addition, there are 10 FREE embroidery couching designsto download.


Here is am image showing the designs (And yes, I am translating this post from a Vie Janome blog post that Celine Ross, our Educator in Montreal wrote a few months ago. Please excuse the few French words here but they are in the pic which  I cannot change easily) 

10 motifs

Once all the designs have been downloaded and saved to a USB stick, you will be able to open them on the screen of the Janome MC15000. See below.  When you choose a pattern, you must then select the correct PC foot depending on the size of the yarn being used. 

écran MC15K

Embroidery time varies between 1 & 8 minutes per pattern. The yarn is couched down with straight stitches. In the EDIT screen of the machine, it is possible to make the following adjustments: enlarge, reduce, reverse, rotate and combine.


Here is a stitch out of all the free embroidery couching designs available for download. 

10 motifs en laine

Since these designs utilize straight stitch embroidery, it is also possible to embroider them as with a bigger yarn or even just an embroidery thread without yarn… be creative!

fil motif

When you download these designs, there are instructions in many different languages to assist you. 

photo attachement

Visit your local Janome Canada dealer for more information about this fun and creative tool. Ask for a demonstration of how you too can be doing embroidery couching with your Janome MC15000!

Thank you to Celine Ross in Montreal for writing this post which I translated….no, I cannot read or speak French but translation software is very useful!

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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6 Responses to JANOME EMBROIDERY COUCHING: review of this new technique available since December 2015

  1. sbhamer47 says:

    Is there a vouching set with designs for the 12000 ? Sure would be nice !!


    • lizafrica says:


      Our information is that the embroidery couching foot set is compatible with Janome MC15000 only due to the machine specifics and software up date for this model.



  2. linmid says:

    Is the couching foot just for the 15000 or can it be used on the 12000?


    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Linmid

      It is compatible with Janome MC15000 due to the machine specifics and software update which is only available for Mc15000.



  3. Linda says:

    Are we only limited to the designs included in the update or can other designs be used?


    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Linda,

      No, you are not limited to these 10 designs in the download but you will need to have appropriately digitized designs for this technique : failry open and straight stitching similar to the free download.



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