Combining Quilt Designs on the Janome MC15000 embroidery machine.

One of the features I really like is the editing feature built into my Janome MC15000 machine.  I use my embroidery hoop to create a lot of my quilting designs.  There are so many lovely already digitized quilt designs built into the machine.  All I need to do is edit them to the size hoop I want to use.

When I open the screen for my embroidery designs, I call up the designs I want to use from the built in quilting patterns and then go into the edit mode.  I usually use the GR hoop as it is the largest one for my machine and then I can place multiple elements into that hoop.


On the edit screen I can resize and reposition the elements I want to use to best fill the entire area of the hoop.  I can easily visualize how the design will look as I resize, recolor, and rotate the individual elements into the defined hoop area.


Once I have my design created, I make sure I save it to the USB stick or directly into a folder on the machine.  Once it is saved, I can call it up in the Acufil Tool Horizon Link software program and determine how many hoopings I will need to fill the selected size of quilt I want to create.


Using the plastic template that comes with the hoop (Or better still, use the Acufil hoop with its hard plastic template and 8 magnetic clamps to hoop up the quilt).  Following wash away lines I have drawn on my quilt top, I can then make multiple hoopings across the quilt to fill the area.  Small spaces can then be filled in with free motion quilting (stipple, echo, meander, etc.)  I use a neutral thread that blends with my fabric for this free motion step so that it does not take away from the embroidered designs I have created.

Using this method of quilting with the embroidery hoop always ensures picture perfect quilting designs on my project.

An alternative to doing this editing on the screen of the Janome MC15000:  I can also do the same editing in Embroidery Link Tool in Horizon Link software on my PC or in AcuEdit App on my iPad. 3 options to do essentially the same editing depending on my preferences and needs…….Janome sure gives lots of options to our customers!



About ymenear

I have been sewing my entire life. I love sewing of all types but recently I have focused on quilting and machine embroidery. I am an educator for quilting and embroidery design software and I own and operate a machine embroidery club that teaches students how to use their machine effectively while creating their own unique projects. I love travel and getting to know people from different regions and seeing how they create projects with their machines.
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3 Responses to Combining Quilt Designs on the Janome MC15000 embroidery machine.

  1. MJ Quilter says:

    Does this also work with the Janome 12000? If so, is there or or would you do an article to explain the similar steps as well as any different steps to use. Thank you Mona



    • lizafrica says:


      Yes, absolutely you can combine quilting or other designs on the edit screen of your MC12000 or in the Embroidery Link tool of Horizon Link. If you are unsure of how to use these 2 fabulous features (which came standard with your MC12000), may I suggest that you consult your instruction manual; the little blue ? in upper right corner of Horizon Link/Embroidery Link tool page once this software is installed; and/or visit your dealer where you purchased your machine to obtain owner’s lessons on these topics. Unfortunately we cannot cover such a large body of information in a blog comment forum.

      The steps Yvonne explains here are similar for the MC12000. One difference may be the WIFI aspect: the Janome MC12000 does not have WIFI compatibility so you are unable to use any of the Free APPS except for AcuDesign. But you can still use a USB stick or your USB cable to transfer designs you have edited to the machine to stitch out.
      Another difference may be the ACUFIL TOOL. This is an optional accessory with the MC12000. Some of the quilting designs Yvonne shows are contained in that upgrade kit. If you do not have this, you may be unable to use the same designs. Your local Janome Dealer can tell you more about this Acufil Quilting kit for MC12000 and janomelife blog also has many posts on this topic using the MC12000 acufil kit. There are also webinars and video’s available on the subject. Google or search an janomelife.



  2. Chris says:

    Thanks! Your instructions are SO clear – I’m not yet a quilter, but you inspire me to explore more avenues on my MC15000.

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