Spotlight on Janome’s Horizon Link Suite Part 6 : Screen Saver Tool

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?

Screen Saver HLS

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.

Screen Saver Blue Question Mark

Screen Saver Help Files

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.

Screen Saver Time Lapse

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!

Screen Saver Me and EleanorScreen Saver Me and Eleanor adjusted

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.

Screen Saver Write a Bin

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.

Screen Saver ON in set mode of 15000

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 classes@janome-canada.com 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!

Happy Sewing!

 

 

 

About janomeman

As Janome Canada's National Consumer Education Manager, I'm SEW excited to share my love of sewing, quilting and all things creative with everyone at our fabulous new Janome Sewing and Learning Centre in Oakville, ON. Have an idea for a class, or to be put onto our mailing list, E-mail me at classes@janome-canada.com
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11 Responses to Spotlight on Janome’s Horizon Link Suite Part 6 : Screen Saver Tool

  1. Louis and June Perreault says:

    Thank you soooo much for the lessons. MUCH appreciated. I am missing Part 5 and when I search Janome Life I cannot find it.

    Can you please help me – I do not want to miss anything.

    Thank you

    June

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  2. nunkuri says:

    Hello,

    I love, love, love these posts. I have always had trouble with HL, because it’s not really intuitive. Same with Dropbox and AcuDesign talking to each other. Jill has been trying so hard to teach me via Messenger, but it’s difficult when she’s in England and I’m in Australia. Just the time difference is hard for a start. And now…I mentioned yesterday that I have a little ScanDisk USB stick with a USB/Lightning plug thingy, and she told me after I’d spent a whole day trying to work it out through Dropbox, that the little scan disc doo-dad will work so easily. Gahhhh!

    So, all this tech stuff is really hard for me to grasp, but you are going quite a ways to helping me work things out. I’m a visual learner rather than reading stuff, so anything videoed is better for me. But, I’ll read what you write and I read it in your voice!!

    Keep on with the brilliant educator stuff you’re doing! Mary x

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  3. Sheila Iseman says:

    I’m not just too sure what you are doing. I have an older but upgraded 15000. The Horizon Link is on a very old computer with windows 7. I don’t use it except for Horizon Link. I can’t always download new things onto it so if you are changing Horizon Link I may not be able to do that. My regular use is an Apple ipad. What do you suggest? Sheila Iseman (happy owner of several Janome machines)

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    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Sheila,
      I remember you attended our Consumer Seminar on the Mc15000 last Fall in Oakville. Sheila, we are not changing anything about Horizon Link Suite. The current version is v1.3 and we’ve had that for almost 3 years. You are wise to keep your Windows 7 Computer as it will serve you just fine for HLS. Keep it. And continue using your iPad for the apps. You are doing great.

      Liz
      JANOME CANADA.

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  4. Christine Figueiredo says:

    Hi

    My disappointing thought is that despite the cost of the machine, I can not use the horizon link software because it does not work on a Mac. I struggle to understand how to use it, because I don’t have access to the software. Very disappointing.

    Christine

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    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Christine,

      I hear you. I am also reminded of the fact that “ you can please some of the people some of the time but not all the people all of the time”. We tried to give something for Windows users – HLS and the Apps for iPad. We continue to pass on your requests for more Mac compatible products. Our Artistic Digitizer embroidery Software (Compatible both with Windows and Mac) and The AcuSpark App ( for Apple and Android smart phones and tablets/iPads) are meeting some of those requests.

      Liz
      JANOME CANADA.

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  5. Connie Fountain says:

    I purchased the 15000 in 2017. It was upgraded to the Quilt Maker when I purchased it. I never received the upgrade for Horizon Link Suite. I only have 1.2 version. I have contacted my dealer twice by email asking for the HLS upgrade to 1.3 and have not received the upgrade. Can you email it to me? Thanks

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    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Connie,
      Do you live in Canada? Who is your Dealer? I am not sure I can easily find that link to that HLS update. Our dealers were all provided with this at the time of the upgrades to v3/Quiltmaker which is now almost 3 years ago. Your dealer was required to verify that you had purchased the upgrade to V3, exchange the P foot and foot holder free of charge AND provide you with the update link by email. I will have to investigate what can possibly be done about this but I really DO need to know who your Dealer is if this is in Canada. If elsewhere, you would have to approach the Janome Head Office in that country.

      Liz
      JANOME CANADA

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      • Connie Fountain says:

        Thank you for the reply.

        I purchased my 15000v2 updated to v3 S#434350236 on 10/31/2017 from Waddington Sewing Center, Waddington, NY, USA. I tried to reach out to them about this issue and didn’t get a reply. When I researched others I always get Janome Canada as we are only 30 minutes from the border.
        I realize it was 3 years ago, but I originally brought machine for embroidery but recently got into quilting, therefore trying to use AcuFil Tool, which led me to realize I didn’t have the latest update.
        I realize you are in Canada- is there a USA site that I can email/contact with problem other than the local dealer. Please don’t take this as a slam against local dealer as they are great with machine just not computer end.
        Thanking you in advance for your assistance.

        PS – so glad I found your site- it very informative. This machine is a more than just sewing machine and love the computer end but this old lady needs help!
        Thanks
        Connie Fountain

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      • lizafrica says:

        Hi Connie,

        Ok, got it. We are http://www.janome.ca The Janome America website is http://www.janome.com. Go to Support at the top of the home screen. You may need tech Support or else Customer Relations.

        Liz
        JANOME CANADA

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