SEE DEMO’S OF JANOME PRODUCTS AT SHOWS
The sewing world is all a buzz over the new Janome Quiltmaker Pro 18 long arm quilting machine. If you have been following our blog posts during November and December 2017, you will have seen many in-depth reports on the new long arm machine by our Canadian Educator, Michael Smith. He is very informative about the features and use of this new machine.
I had the opportunity to travel to Puyallup, Washington for the recent NW Washington Quilt/Sew/Craft show. While there, I was working in a booth supporting the local Janome dealer City Vac and Sew from Shoreline, Washington, my task was to demo the QuiltMakerPro 18 long arm machine–both the manual and the robotics/computerized quilting features this machine offers. The frame was set up with 2 machine heads for easier demo’s of both these quilting options.
There were many different manufacturers of long arm machines at this show. We easily drew a crowd of people around our set up with two machine heads running at one time. I moved back and forth between the machine head set up for manual free motion quilting, ruler work, pantograph tracing, and the robotics machine head which had been set up with the optional software/ robotics package: the Quilt Maker Pro Stitcher Premium software. I was able to show how to do custom quilt block designs and whole cloth quilting designs. I could demo the layout of quilt patterns in repetitive rows, off-set rows, and nested rows ………all in the software program.
People were most impressed with the ability to set up the rail system in any length of their choice: 4 foot, 8 foot, or the full 12 foot rail system. 10 foot is also possible with the additional purchase of a 2 foot section to add to the 8 foot option.
The ease of use and the smooth flow of the machine across the rails had many show participants wanting to give it a try. Everyone exclaimed how easy it was to be creative with the manual settings. Even young children were giving it a try and creating very clever stitched designs.