What a great time we had at Quilt Canada 2022 in Vancouver! I got to play on the Janome Quilt Maker Pro 20 the whole time.
I also learned so much and I can’t wait to share everything there is to know about the Janome QMP 20 and longarm quilting because I got to take the demo model home from the show!!!
At the show, I demonstrated how to set up designs to stitch out using the Pro Stitcher robotics, but also did a lot of hand-guided free motion quilting as it’s so quick and easy to switch over from computer-guided to hand-guided with just the touch of a button.
You can use pretty-much any threads on the longarm, but we used the Madeira Aeroquilt threads and I never had any issues with thread breakage. It’s a strong polyester thread, but looks and feels like cotton. The multi-colour threads looked especially striking on the solid black fabric we had on the frame.
What I love the most about the Janome QMP 20 is how light and easy it is to move around the frame. It’s a big machine with a 20″ throat space, but there is no heavy weight adding stress to your shoulders and arms when free motion quilting. I could quilt all day and not suffer any pain by the end of the day. The frame is fully adjustable so you can set it as a height most comfortable for you, which is typically so your elbows are at 90 degrees. One of the features of the Janome QMP20, however, is the fully adjustable handles, so you can further customize your comfort.
Of course, I also did some demos using the Pro Stitcher Premium computer software for Edge to Edge quilting and some custom quilting of blocks and sashing. The fun part about having the Pro Stitcher is that I can stitch out a simple design like a large daisy, then go to town filling it in free motion to add texture and originality to the design. It’s the best of both worlds!
The Janome Quilt Maker Pro 20 comes as a 12 foot frame, but can also be set up as a 4’ or 8’ frame so it will fit just about anywhere. The large 20″ x 10″ throat space is perfect to work on those large quilts, or quilts with thicker or multi-layers of batting. Check out the large LCD screen of the machine to easily adjust the stitch length, raise the needle and switch from stitch regulated mode to manual mode. This screen is replaced by the tablet when you purchase the Pro Stitcher Premium robotics, which can be added at anytime to the machine.
There are so many features to this machine which I love, but it’s the little things too like the light in the bobbin area. This is a bonus – no more flashlights to see your bobbin, especially when it’s time to clean!
I met a great dealer while working in the Janome Booth., Andrew Bentley from Maple Leaf Quilting from Cochrane, Alberta. Andrew is a very knowledgeable dealer and will be a great asset to the Janome Team servicing your Janome QMP 20 or any of the Janome long arm machines.
For the features and details of the Janome Quilt Maker Pro 20 and any of the Janome longarm machines including the Janome Quilt Maker Pro 18 Versa, which can be a stand-up or sit-down machine, contact your local dealer for more details.
Stay tuned for lots of blogs and ideas about the Janome QMP20, longarm quilting and all Janome machines!