SEW4HOME Mini Tips – Janome Artistic Digitizer

Take your machine to the next level!

If you love machine embroidery like we do, you know there’s a part of it that feels like magic in motion. Seeing art come to life with stitches and thread is mesmerizing. A Janome machine’s built-in designs, as well as the myriad of embroidery designs you can find online, are the traditional first step. But what if you’re ready to take the next step: customizing and building your very own designs?! That is where embroidery software comes into play, like the incredible Artistic Digitizer software.

Why take the step? Expanded Options + Increased Opportunities + More FUN! When we first reviewed this software, we turned to our S4H Seamstress Team Member, Michele Mishler, someone who has a high level of digitizing skill. But, she approached the program as if she were more of a beginner, and in doing so, gave Artistic Digitizer’s ease-of-use two thumbs up! “You do not need to be an expert to use this software,” says Michele. “The tools are extremely intuitive and all the community support is super helpful. I really believe anyone could get quality results on their very first try.”

The number of things you can do is nearly impossible to summarize in one article. As with any purchase, we always recommend gathering as much data as needed to make a well-rounded decision. Janome Canada has a great compilation of additional features as well as details on system requirements, comparisons to other Artistic software packages, projects ideas, and more.

As you work with the software, you’ll find there are lots of great ways to get additional information and inspiration. There are a number of step-by-step videos done by the Artistic software developer available, over 60 tutorial videos directly within the software covering everything from basic functions to complex designs, and they add more videos once or twice a year.

Built-in Help Videos every step of the way!

Plus, the developer creates project videos, which are on then posted to the the Janome Artistic Digitizer Facebook page.

You will definitely want to join this Facebook community where users as well as Janome experts are answering questions, promoting special social media presentations, sharing projects, and more. It’s a moderated group, so simply click to request to join.

One of our favorite features is PaintStitch. They always say a picture is worth a thousand words, but in embroidery, this can be a rather elusive feature. With most digitizing software, it is very difficult to get photo-realistic results. Artistic Digitizer’s PaintStitch can convert a picture into embroidery using a patented technique. The detail is incredible.

One of the most frequently used features is sure to be Artistic Digitizer’s Lettering and Monogram functions. There is an amazing amount of flexibility, and because the selection of fonts available is nearly unlimited, so are your options. The program makes use of any True Type Font found on your computer or available for download on the internet. In addition, there are a large number of built-in layout templates for monograms as well as a selection of frames to embellish the letters.

Janome Artistic Digitizer software is BOTH MAC and Windows compatible!

Check with your local Janome Canada dealer for more information as well as any individual promotional details and/or free trials they may have available.

By: Liz Johnson, Senior Editor,

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
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