PROJECT OF THE MONTH: AcuStitch Pillow

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Did you know there is a NEW software available that turns your decorative stitches into embroidery files? It’s called AcuStitch and turns 117 different machine decorative stitches into machine embroidery files in your choice of 17 different shapes. It is fun and very easy to use. Please see the Janome bulletin on this link or at the bottom of this post for further information such as which Janome embroidery machines are compatible with this software…..there is quite a long list of Janome models – which is good news.

I created a project for you so that you can explore the software and make a throw pillow. You’ll need to gather the following materials:

16 – 5″ squares (8 patterned, 8 solid)

.5m coordinating fabric

20″ pillow form (mine is from Ikea)

Embroidery thread and stabilizer, fabric glue, velcro

I followed a really great tutorial on making Drunkard’s Path blocks from 5″ squares. You can find it here. (No sense in reinventing the wheel, right?)

After I embroidered my blocks, I added a 2.25″ strip of fabric to all the sides and did a envelope style back with a velcro closure. To make the envelope back, you need two pieces of fabric for your backing that are 16″x20″, and 8″x20″. Fold up and hem 1″ on the long sides, and then attach the hook side of the velcro to the smaller side of the backing. I used fabric glue to hold it in place before I stitched it down. Once that was done, I pinned it to the front of the pillow and put the loop velcro on top of the hook side and applied fabric glue. Then I placed the larger side of the envelope closure on top, lining up the bottom corners and then pressing down where the velcro was to get the right placement.

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IMG_9476Once I had my blocks ready, I opened up my software to play with AcuStitch. I love that it has the same screen layout as other Janome software programs as  that made it simple to master the basics. Screenshot (453)

When you first open the software, you select which machine you have. Since I have a Skyline 9, it shows me the three available hoops that fit my machine. Across the very top is the ‘new’, ‘open’, ‘save’ and ‘print’ functions, as well as a drop down menu on the AcuStitch icon. This gives you access to the same functions as the short cuts, as well as access to the Stitch Reference Chart (which I highly recommend printing out).Screenshot (457)

The next set of menus is called the Quick Access Toolbar. This has several tabs where you can place, modify and view your design.

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The ‘Home” tab shows your hoop, the layouts, design, and monogram options. This is also where you would write your design when ready. Once you click on the shape you are wanting, you can open the stitching files and choose the stitch you want to use.

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‘Edit’ lets you fine tune the details, remove unwanted designs, change the colors, add text and arrange the layout and sewing order of the embroidery.

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‘View’ shows you the different options for looking at your design and setting up your working area.

And Stitch Composer is also included in the installation of the software CD so you can create your own new stitches and then arrange them in all these lovely shapes.

Of course, it’s much easier to see how to use the software, so we have a video that shows how to use the software to create 4 different designs, and then see them stitched out. Click here to watch it. (This video is longer than my previous videos, so settle in with a nice, hot beverage!)

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I hope you have lots of fun playing with your new AcuStitch software, available for purchase from your local authorized Janome dealer.

PLEASE NOTE: This software had not yet arrived in Canada at the time of publishing this janomelife post.  It is on order and due to arrive at the end of February 2019 Part# 202-419-008. You are most welcome to place an order with your local Janome dealer and ask them to call you when it arrives. 

AND if you come to one of the upcoming sewing shows in Canada where we will be on the Janome booth, you are more than welcome to ask us to show it to you on our laptop(s)…..We are so excited about it we are “itching” to share it with you! 

If you are resident outside of Canada, please check with your local Janome dealer for availability of this software in your country. 

Here is more info on this brand new software:

Until next time,

JanomeGirl

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15 Responses to PROJECT OF THE MONTH: AcuStitch Pillow

  1. sylstew.stewart@gmail.com says:

    Hi there. I want to do an appliqué of “SOCCER BABY” with the artistic edge cutter. In my program when I have it open I don’t seem to have the “T” icon in my left hand tool bar to do any lettering. How do I get that back or where would it be?

    Regards Sylvia Stewart

    Sent from my iPad

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    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Sylvia,

      Did you get training from your dealer where you bought this cutter? Hope so.
      If you are missing an icon such as the T for teXt, please click the VIEW tab at the top and check you have all applicable tool bars selected. Could be it is switched off?

      Liz
      JANOME CANADA

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    • lizafrica says:

      Hi,

      We have another blogpost coming up soon – 18th March to be exact – in which we tackle this very query. In a nutshell for now: AcuStitch in Horizon Link Suite is only for those who own a Mc15000 version 3/Quilt Maker. Acustitch software will be open to many more Janome embroidery machine owners as per this post just published. It is a purchasable stand alone software and does considerably more than AcuStitch tool in HLS.

      Liz
      JANOME CANADA

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  2. joeandgrace@sympatico.ca says:

    Hello……love the new AcuStitch….Is there a cost for this software once it’s available in Canada? Thank you for your anticipated response from Grace Natale email: joeandgrace@sympatico.ca Feb. 21, 2019

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    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Grace,

      Yes, there is a cost – very reasonable in price. We don’t quote pricing on this forum but you can check that with your local Janome dealer. It is available to order right now but will only be shipped to your dealer once it has arrived. Part # is as per blog. Please quote that when speaking to your dealer.

      Liz
      JANOME CANADA

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  3. Katherine quinn says:

    I have the 9400 so it can’t do this but I have a different question if it is ok.
    I am wondering if Janome has a chart with a kit is all the feet that are available for my machine in particular and what each foot does. The Bernina I have has this as an extra pamphlet and I find it very helpful. Also a chart with the different needles and their uses. I would love to purchase these if they are available

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    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Katherine,

      We have done posts on our most popular Janome needles many times on janomelife. All you need do is type needles into the search box on the righthand side of our home page and it will take you to all the applicable posts.
      As regards feet and accessories we have several options for you:
      (1)our free accessory video app (google it and download to your phone or tablet/iPad.
      (2) Our Presser foot workbooks which we have also featured several times in recent months on this janomelife site. While these are not produced as separate items for every model, they certainly make it very clear which feet are for which models and you can purchase the binder + addendums as you require. Our local Janome Dealers can assist you with this order/purchase.
      (3) We also have an accessory guide right there on our website: here is the link: http://janome.ca/siteassets/learn/accessory-guide-bilingual.pdf You can download this and print it for reference. It is free. This will assist you a great deal to see all the feet & accessories available to you as well as which ones are applicbale to your machine model

      That should help you find what you are looking for.

      Liz
      JANOME CANADA

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  4. Carol Kennedy says:

    Very interesting, I am thinking a circular foot attachment would do the same thing, in some of the designs. Sorry if I sound negative. Just suggesting maybe if some people all ready have a similar foot.

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    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Carol,

      AcuStitch is not a foot – it is an inexpensive stand alone embroidery software to stitch in much more than just circles – there are 17 different shapes to choose from. A circular attachment can only do circles or semi circles/scallops and is not something done in the hoop of an embroidery machine so it really is quite different. Sure, AcuStitch may not be for everyone but it may well be an exciting add-on for people wanting to explore decorative stitching options in the hoop of their embroidery machines.

      And did you find the machine compatibility list? I’m sure you just overlooked it the first time you read the post.

      Liz
      JANOME CANADA

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      • monica johnson says:

        how inexpensive and will it work with the 500e?

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      • lizafrica says:

        Hi Monica,

        YES, it will work with 500E – see first paragraph of the post which refers you to the bulletin with link or at bottom of post: list of compatible machines is in top left corner of the bulletin.
        Sorry, we don’t quote pricing on this forum. You need to contact your local Janome dealer for pricing. But we think it is very inexpensive for what you can add to your embroidery playtime and projects!

        Liz
        JANOME CANADA

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  5. Good Morning

    Acustitch looks like an incredibly fun easy to use project. I have several Janome machines. Janome is the only brand I have bought since I started my sewing and quilting adventure (I am a great grandmother now). I looked at the brochure to see the list of compatible machines but the list isn’t there. There is also a typo on the brochure at the end of the third line of type. It should read “make beautiful shapes such as “

    Please let us know which machines are compatible. I’m hoping my newest machine might be!

    Regards, Carol Andrews

    Sent from my iPad

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