We’re in the home stretch of the final few installments of our spotlight on Horizon Link Suite; Janome’s amazing computer software included with the Janome MC 15000 Quiltmaker, and it’s previous versions. The software allows you to create, design, edit and customize your machine from the comfort of your easy chair. For a review of my previous posts on Horizon Link Suite, click on the link HERE. You can use the SEARCH box on the main page of Janome Life to look up all the related posts to HLS, and all things Janome!
Today we’ll look at Screen Saver Tool, which allows you to customize the gallery of images which cycle through the LCD screen of the sewing machine when it’s idle. You can also switch this function off in the settings of the machine, but it’s a fun little feature, and a great way get comfortable navigating through software, saving files onto a USB stick, and learning the functions of your machine. Janome gives us all this amazing technology, so why not use it?
What’s even more fun is that Screen Saver Tool also comes available with a few other machines, as well! With the Janome Skyline S9, its on the “AcuTools S” CD included with the machine, and with the fabulous new Janome Continental M7P!, it’s included on the “PC Application Pack” CD, along with Stitch Composer and Quilt Block Advisor.You’re really missing out on maximizing the benefits of your machine if you haven’t installed and aren’t taking advantage of the software which comes with your machine.
AND! If that weren’t enough, Screen Saver Tool is also available as a FREE App for your iPhone and iPad to use with our Certified WiFi machines, the Janome MC15000 Quiltmaker and Skyline S9. How cool is that?!
The first thing I always suggest when opening most Janome software programs is to look in the top right corner of your computer screen to find the little blue question mark. Click that to find a built-in, printable instruction manual which walks you through the whole process of building your screen saver gallery, saving it to a USB stick and transferring to the machine. The steps are the same for each of the above mentioned machines.
Janome is all about choices and giving you control to customize, so you can select how long each of the 5 images will display on the LCD screen of the machine; from 2 to 30 seconds.
Upload your favourite photos and images from your PC and edit if you’d like to fit the screen. I had to stretch the photo of me meeting my idle, Eleanor Burns from Quilt In A Day, to eliminate the blank spots above and below the photo, but I didn’t mind. By doing so, don’t I look slimmer? If only I could do that in real life! lol!
Click “Write Bin” when you’re ready to save your gallery onto a USB stick, then, remember to safely remove it from your computer, and insert into the USB port of the machine. The Janome MC15000 Quiltmaker has two, but it won’t matter which one you use.
Go into the Settings of your machine, make sure the Screen Saver icon is turned ON, and select the Sewing Machine icon to import the images into the machine. This is the settings screen of my MC15000 Quiltmaker, but the screens of the other machines listed above will be very similar, so the steps are the same.
Whenever I teach classes on the Apps, I always start with Screen Saver Tool because it’s a quick, easy process to navigate and gets students comfortable and familiar with some of the steps which are the same, or similar within the other Janome Apps available. I’ll be teaching classes on the Apps at the Janome Sewing and Learning Centre in Oakville, ON, so write me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to be placed on the list!
It’s those times when I sit at my sewing machine with seam ripper in hand, which is all too often, I’m afraid, or when taking the time to pin something in place, it’s fun having some of my favourite photos scrolling by on the screen of my machine. It reminds me of better, less tedious times, but also as a reminder that such times spent with the seam ripper, and pins are often necessary to get to the finished product, which are the inspirational photos I have saved as my screen saver – those, and Eleanor Burns, of course! lol!