The phrases life-saver, worth it’s weight in gold, a value at twice the price are what first come to mind: The Janome 15000 app is simply amazing. I have delayed blogging and reviewing it because I wanted to view ALL the videos first. I came to realize there is simply so much content packed into this App that it would take eons for me to go through all of the videos, and I should simply go ahead and say: if you are lucky enough to have the Janome 15000, unless you are an expert like Jim and Diane Stutsman, BUY THIS App!!!!!
To buy it, you’ll want to use your iOS device (iPad usually but also works on iPhone, just smaller for seeing) to open the App store. Type Janome 15000 into the search box to reach the App which sells for $59.95. If you don’t have a Janome, you can still learn from Jim and Diane via the FootBook, their App (reviewed FootBook Review) about how to use Janome presser feet. Don’t let that dissuade you: this modestly priced ($6.99) app shows how to use various feet that are common to all machines. Even though the foot name might be different from one brand to the next, how they work carries over.
The Janome 15000 App is a “manual” for the Janome 15000 with videos, photos, and incredible and extensive detail that covers
- Home Screen Functions
- Embroidery Functions
- Home Screen Applications
- Optional Feet
- Quick Start Videos
- Set Screen Functions (how to customize the machine)
- HorizonLink Suite (an optional embroidery software from Janome)
- iPad Apps (including the included with the 15000 Acu Monitor and AcuEdit)
- Accessories (Using the optional Clothsetter)
- Free Motion Quilting
Here’s what you see when you open the App:
There are multiple videos and tutorials for each of the above major sections. As with their impressive FootBook App (which is about how to use Janome feet, but frankly works for most feet/brands, blogpost here), there is a ton of information In the Home Screen Applications section alone there are tutorials on (photo just below).
- Blind Hem and Shell Tuck
- Rolled Hem
- Button Sewing
This app is essentially a whose SERIES of sewing lessons that are useful even if you aren’t on the 15000 (though they are geared to using the screens and pre-sets on this machine). And, because it is an App, not a disc, Jim and Diane can update the software easily. Once there is an update, you can download the update as part of your original purchase price, which means you get the benefit of improvements down the line.
As I said when I reviewed the FootBook, I have been hand-sewing since I was about 7, and Mother let me start to machine sew when I was about 9. I am pretty close to expert having made garments, worked for an interior designer making high-end home dec items, and been both a traditional and art quilter (published, exhibited, yada yada). Well, I learned stuff from this App, which means that it is crazy comprehensive.
For me, with my experience, the embroidery instructions are the most useful, and I am so grateful to have these on my iPad so I can watch them while I am working at my machine. I don’t have the Horizon Link Suite (because I’m not wild for embroidery), but I can tell you if I did I would use these videos as my step-by-step learning process. Another thing that is amazing, Jim has a Yahoo group for owners of the Janome 12000 and 15000. I joined before Janome lent me one just to start learning. Jim’s help there has also been phenomenal. If you are interested, you can go Janome 15000 yahoo group to ask to join the group.
The Stutsmans have a website, OnLineSewing.com. Here’s a link to the page with info on the Janome 15000 app, and another link for the FootBook. There is helpful information on what you need in terms of tablets for viewing (with generation etc).
Bottom Line and Last Word: If you have the Janome 15000, unless you are the most expert Janome 15000 person on the planet, you will learn something from this App and be able to use and learn from it.