Hello again my Janome friends! Today I am going to introduce you to the Memory Craft 500E which is a machine completely new to me and maybe to you too? I am mainly a quilter and while I have done a lot of embroidery, it was by hand. I had only seen embroidery machines stitching out at quilt shows as though by magic. They seemed slightly intimidating and I was not sure that it would be something for me.
Then I had the chance to try one out on my own. This is the first of what I hope will be more blog posts showing you what a machine like the Memory Craft 500E can do. Hope you come along and enjoy what we learn together!
So first… the box. Honestly it is pretty huge and intimidating. But let’s move past that and get her out and see what she is all about.
Quite the machine I think you will agree! I am sensing huge potential here, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. She comes with 4 embroidery hoops: 7.9″ x 11″, 7.9″ x 7.9″, 5.5″ x 7.9″ and 5.5″ x 5.5″… so basically two rectangular and two square at very generous sizes.
Let’s choose a thread colour, one to start… say this Janome red, and thread her up.
Next let’s look at how we get her to stitch out designs and try a quick simple pattern that is already programmed into the machine… let’s try playing with a font…
Pick a hoop size, I am going to start with the 7.9 x 7.9″. Take the hoop, open it up, add a simple quilt sandwich of fabric, batting, fabric. As a quilter this is my comfort zone, but of course there are many other fabrics that you can embroider on. It can be a little tricky to get the hoop closed but once you get the hang of it, you will be on your way! ALternatively, you could try out the optional 500E Acufil Quilting kit which has a hoop and magnets specifically designed to clamp the quilt rather than squeeze it into a regular hoop.
I decided on stitching out my Instagram handle. This hoop is larger than I need but I am still learning so extra space is appreciated. Place the hoop on the hoop carriage and press start. Here goes…
Wow! Pretty good for my first try… I need to get some snips to tidy things up.
OK that was not so bad at all! Now to peruse Pinterest for all the potential stitching designs available… I will say this in advance, there are a lot! If you are planning on purchasing a pattern for download, below is a link to what you need to know about Janome embroidery formats. I will discuss this more in a future post, but until then, explore some simple designs built into the machine and dream of all the things that you and your Memory Craft 500E can make together!