Digitizer Junior: Where The Magic Happens

12650996_1672980302976953_8194313700030895085_nDigitizer Junior is a simple user-friendly software to design embroidery. It is the ideal place to begin your embroidery adventure!

The program automatically converts images of objects to embroidery patterns. It has also built-in fonts to create the texts and monograms. The software can also serve as a converter of embroidery patterns from different formats to .jef suited for USHA Janome Machines.

 Few of Important functions which you can do with Usha Janome Digitizer to enhance your embroidery:
– Converting embroidery formats stored in emd, pes, pec, hus, vip, VP3, PCs, xxx, dst, jmt into embroidery patterns supported by JANOME machines
– 16 built-in fonts to create the texts and monograms to unleash your creativity (full edition of size, angle of depression, letters’ width, etc.) 
– 3D preview which helps in visualising the actual appearance of embroidery displayed on the selected hoop
– Simulation of embroidery on the computer screen 
– Choice of 12 different possible embroidery stitches(satin stitch with the regulation of its density and width, 5 weaving stitches with the regulation of theirs density, stitches length and angle of depression, 5 decorative stitches – also with full adjustment)
– Freedom of choosing the order of embroidery (which color will be embroidered as first, which as second)
– Rotation, resize, mirror reflections and editing of the built-in embroidery patterns
– Program saves the embroidery patterns in format .jef (suited for embroidery on JANOME machines) 
– UNDO/REDO functions
– Fabric choice on which the embroidery pattern will be embroidered (automatic compensation – program adds stitches to the fabric that are stretchy – so that the embroidery pattern is not deformed after embroidery) 
– Possibility of extending program Junior to the full version Digitizer MBX 

USHA International bags National Energy Conservation Award 2015

Usha1Government confers USHA with first prize for manufacturing energy efficient ceiling fans for the second year

USHA International, once again bagged the first prize for its energy efficient fan range at the National Energy Conservation Awards 2015 held in New Delhi on December 14, 2015. With its range of 5 star labeled energy efficient fans, the company was conferred with this prestigious award for its maximum contribution in BEE Star labelled fan category. Mr. Rohit Mathur, President- Fans, USHA International, received the award on behalf of USHA from the Honourable Minister of State (I/C) for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy, Shri Piyush Goyal at an award event held at Vigyan Bhawan. The National Energy Conservation Award is an annual award ceremony organized to celebrate National Energy Conservation Day and recognize the contribution of companies from various industries towards energy saving.
It is a moment of pride as our contribution towards National energy saving mission is once again recognized by the Government of India. USHA Fans contribution towards energy saving over the past two years is calculated to be 21.5 million KWH units. The contribution is calculated by the standard formula introduced by Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), statutory body under the Ministry of Power.

USHA energy efficient fans perform best with low energy input. This range of energy saving ceiling fan was introduced seven (7) years back. USHA fans, like Technix which is one of the lowest power consumption model with 43 watts in the industry, comes with 5 Star BEE rating. Others with 5 Star BEE rating include Vetra Plus, Exxo, Ergo to name a few. USHA fans are tested for air delivery, input power, service value, safety and mechanical strength and other performance metrics.

The National Energy Conservation Awards are instituted by the Government of India, Ministry of Power. The awards recognize innovations and achievements for efficient utilization and conservation of energy in various sectors including industries, buildings, aviation, and municipalities amongst others.

USHA was also identified among the top 100 Most Trusted brands in India in a recent survey conducted by AC Nielsen. The survey highlighted USHA among the top four (4) most trusted consumer durables brands in the country.

Usha Charms Jamia Bazaar

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Jamia Bazaar – Recreating a tradition of Craft, Creating an Opportunity for Artists

Usha International participated in Jamia Bazaar 2015 which was organized by Cequin – Centre of Equity and Inclusion on 25th and 26th November 2015 at Agha Khan Hall, New Delhi.

The Usha Stall at Jamia Bazaar

The Usha Stall at Jamia Bazaar

Usha created a sewing machine experiential zone for display and demonstration of Usha Janome range of machines – Memory craft, Computerized and Automatic Zig zag including the new kids sewing machine – My Fab Barbie.

Consumers were engaged on Dream Maker 120 and Memory Craft 9900 through exciting do-it-yourself projects like – bookmarks, mug warmers and embroidery swatches.

Many well-known designers & people associated with art & craft visited the Usha stall.

Many well-known designers & people associated with art & craft visited the Usha stall.

The Memory Craft 9900 Sewing Machine both attracted and amazed a number of patrons, with most of them downloading and creating their own embroidery designs through USB support.

Jyotiraditya Scindia gets curious about sewing

Jyotiraditya Scindia gets curious about sewing

Renowned personalities like Jyotiraditya Scindia, Priya Raje Scindia, Omar Abdullah and Sara Pilot visited our stall and were briefed about Usha Janome range of machines with Wi-Fi connectivity and USB support. Apart from this many well-known designers, HNIs and people associated with art and craft also visited the stall.

Priyadarshini Raje Scindia and her daughter Ananya Raje Scindia worked on MC 9900 while Sara Pilot made bookmarks on Dream Maker 120 for her sons.

Sara Pilot made Bookmarks on the Usha Janome Dream Maker 120

Sara Pilot made Bookmarks on the Usha Janome Dream Maker 120

Usha’s Participation proved to be very successful from Brand awareness and business point of view giving some good potential leads for Usha Janome range of machines.

The Sewing Machines also aroused the interest of Children

The Sewing Machines also aroused the interest of Children

This was the fourth year of Jamia Bazaar organized by Cequin. The initiative aims at promoting and creating awareness about the art and craft skills of the local artisans. Many other NGOs and brands participated in this edition of Jamia Bazaar showcasing the talent and work of local artisans. The stalls showcased products like quilted bed covers, Chanderi Sarees, Pashmina shawls, antique jewellery, handmade accessories, women apparel, home décor items and so on.

Scenes from the Usha Stall at Jamia Bazzar

Scenes from Jamia Bazzar

USHA 4th Most Trusted Consumer Durable Brand

Brand USHA has emerged at 75th rank amongst the 100 most trusted brands in the Economic Times Brand Equity Most Trusted Brands 2015 annual survey published yesterday. From being ranked 116th  last year, Usha has risen to the 75thmost trusted brand in the country this year making it one of the biggest gainers.  Brand USHA has also been ranked as the 4th most trusted consumer durable brand.

 This survey identifies brands that have the consumer’s trust. The attributes that were researched were quality, value for money, worthy of recommendation to friends and family and understanding consumer needs.

Conducted by AC Nielsen, this survey remains among the largest researches of its kind in India, with a design sample of 7200 – distributed across socio economic classifications, age, income and geography.

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USHA JANOME RUFFLER

USHA JANOME RUFFLER

Ruffles have been around for a long time, from adorning dresses on the Shakespearean stage, where people said crazy things like “Blow, blow, thou winter wind! Thou art not so unkind” to Charlie Thereon sporting them recently on the Red Carpet. And it is probably safe to say that they will be around even after hell freezes over.

The only difference between Victorian and today’s Ruffles, is that it is so very easy to make them today by using the Ruffler attachment with your Usha Janome Sewing Machine. Do not get intimidated by its look, in fact its innovative design actually helps you to use the ruffle more easily. You can use this attachment to ruffle fabrics or pleat it to a desired fullness quickly and easily. Besides it also allows you to vary the size of the ruffles.

RufflerEven if you have never seen a Ruffler Foot before, follow these simple steps and you will soon be making be making ruffles fit to adorn Queen Victoria’s neck! Let’s begin by understanding the parts that make up this magical device that conjure up such imaginings.

Your Sewing Machine & the Ruffler
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Now that you have a vague idea about its part, let’s attach it to your Usha Janome Sewing Machine. (Never mind if you cannot remember the name of all the parts, even we don’t!)

Attaching Ruffler to the Machine

  1. Thread the machine with polyester thread in needle and bobbin. Cotton thread has a tendency to break easily.
  2. Remove the current pressure foot by pressing the Foot Holder/Release Button.
  3. Raise the Needle Bar to the highest position.
  4. Position the Fork Arm (black curved piece) over the Needle Clamp Screw. Lower the Presser Foot bar and snap in place.

Needle Placement

  1. Lower the needle slowly to make sure that the needle clears the Needle Hole.
  2. If the needle does not clear the Needle Hole, loosen the Needle Hole Position screw to adjust the needle hole position. There are two Needle Hole Positioning screws. Refer to the diagram to move the position hole to the correct location.
  3. The Ruffler is now adapted to your sewing machine. This process only needs to be done onceruffler_2

If you are getting impatient to use your new Ruffler (who wouldn’t), you can jump to the Ruffling Technique section down below. However, we insist you go through the ‘Know Your Ruffler’ section right below, to have a better experience.

Know Your Ruffler

Ratchet Gear Feed Plate or Stitch Control

This is the part of the Ruffler with the numbers 1, 6 and 12. These settings will determine how often the Ruffling Blade (saw tooth edge) will gather or tuck. When set at 1, with eruffler_3ach needle penetration the Ruffling Blade will move creating a tiny gather. When set at 6, the Ruffling Blade will move and create a tuck every 6 stitches. When set at 12, the Ruffling Blade will move and create a tuck every 12 stitches. When set at the Star, no tucks will be sewn but a straight stitch is obtained

Ruffling Depth Adjust Screw 

The Ratchet Gear Feed Plate and Ruffler Depth Adjust Screw work hand-in-hand to create exactly the type of gathers or tucks desired. The Ruffler Depth Adjust Screw determines the depth of the tuck. When the screw is set at 1 the Ratchet Gear will take a tiny bite of the fabric. The higher the number the larger the bite. If tiny gathers are desired, set the Ratchet Gear at 1 and the Depth Adjust screw between 1 and 4.
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Stitch Length 

Another important element to achieving beautiful ruffles is how long the stitch length is set on the sewing machine. The shorter the stitch length the tighter the ruffles. A stitch length of 5.0 is suggested when the Ratchet Gear Feed Plate is set at 1 and the Ruffling Depth Adjust Screw is at a higher number.

Sewing 

Place the fabric underneath the Ruffling Blade and above the Cloth Guide Plate. As you sew, the Ruffling Blade will move, creating a tuck, according to the adjustments made to the Gear Plate and Ruffling Depth. For best result, sew slowly

Cloth Guides

There are two diffruffler_6erent Cloth Guides on the Ruffler. One located in the front of the Ruffler and the second located on the right side. When the fabric is place in the Cloth Guide in the front a 1/4″ seam allowance is sewn. When placed in the Cloth Guide on the right, a 1″ seam allowance is sewn.

Ribbon Slot
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The Ribbon Slot is located directly in front of the Needle Hole. This slot can be used to guide the ribbon or piping which can be sewn on while making a ruffle. The ribbon will not gather but the fabric it is sewn to will gather.

Ruffling Techniques 

The length of fabric needed to be cut would be determined by the amount of ruffling desired. It is best to always sew a test strip to determine length of fabric required. 1. Cut a strip of cotton fabric at least 18″. For a test strip cut the width at least 2″.
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  1. For a gathered effect set the Ratchet Gear Plate on 1. Set the Ruffling Depth Screw to 1 or less.
  2. Set the stitch length on 2 – 2.5. Place the fabric under the Ruffling Blade and sew. 18″ of fabric should gather down to approximately 9″.
  3. Cut another strip of cotton fabric at least 18″ x 2″. Set the Ratchet Gear Plate on 6 and the Ruffling Depth Screw on 4. Stitch length 2.2. Place the fabric under the Ruffling Blade and sew. The fabric strip gathered down to approximately 12″.
  4. Test sew several lengths of fabric to see exactly what happened each time the Ratchet Gear Plate, Ruffling Depth Screw and stitch length settings are changed.
  5. Make a notebook, writing down the setting used for your samples for future reference.
  6. Once the ruffle is made, attach to the project with a straight stitch, right sides together.

And now you are ready to go. Next time we will teach you how to Ruffle around a Corner for a Pillow. Watch this Space.

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USHA Big Fat Goan HAT 2015

11049554_10156103683190251_4279534687597190249_nUSHA INTERNATIONAL sponsored ‘USHA Big Fat Goan HAT 2015’

USHA International, sponsored the ‘USHA Big Fat Goan HAT, the first ever Ultimate Frisbee tournament in Goa. Approved by Goa Tourism, it was a three day tournament slated between November 6th -8th 2015. Tournament started with pool games at Manderem Beach on 6th-7th November and finale was played on 8th November at Miramar beach, Goa.

2Usha Big Fat Goan Hat’15 was a 5 on 5 person game that was played in a beach format with two end zones. There were 100 international and national players and about 7 to 8 under-15 kids were competing in the tournament. Being a HAT tournament, players had registered individually and then grouped into teams. The tournament consisted of 24 teams of 4 to 5 players each. All the competing teams first played 7 Round Robins in pool stages. Further, top 4 teams played in the finals for the winner title of Usha Big Fat Goan HAT 2015.

Usha strongly believes in the brand ethos ‘Play’ and thereby supports and promotes a wide array of sports initiatives across the country which includes the Mawana Marathon, Ultimate Frisbee, Golf (junior and ladies), IPL, cricket for deaf and football.

1Ultimate, a global sport recognized with the international Olympic association, blends perfectly with the Usha brand ethos ‘Play’. Usha has been associated with ultimate for more than four years now.

The new age appliances from the company, like Infiniti Cook Halogen Oven, slow juicers, on the go blenders, air coolers with ionizers and many other appliances also represent Usha’s commitment to promote a fun, active and healthy lifestyle.

Timeless Beauty meets Timeless Classics

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Having long crossed her silver, golden and diamond Jubilee, Queen Elizabeth II became the longest-reigning monarch in British history on 9 September 2015. Completing 60 years in 2012, the Queen during her Diamond Jubilee celebration stated “In this special year, as I dedicate myself anew to your service, I hope we will all be reminded of the power of togetherness and the convening strength of family, friendship and good neighbourliness “

Friendships, and social causes meant a lot to the Queen, who served as a driver and a mechanic with the Women’s Auxiliary Service during the Second World War. It is in this same spirit that the queen continues to visit various parts of the world. During one such tour, the Queen found herself at the Usha Sewing Machine factory in Sri Lanka. A moment of pride at Usha where we continue to take inspiration from the encouraging words shared by her. Our paths have often merged in the past and will continue to merge in the future. Standing at the crossroads of history, we take a nostalgic look back between the folds of time.

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USHA Rural Business Division Wins RMAI Flame 2014 – Gold Award

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Usha bagged the Gold award at the RMAI Flame Awards held in the capital at Taj Vivanta on Friday, 20th March 2015. The ‘Rural Marketing Association of India’ hosts the Flame awards to commensurate Companies who have been doing exemplary work in the ‘rural’ geographies in India. Usha won the Gold for “Last mile distribution / channel development initiative of the year” category in this year’s Flame awards. This award is in recognition of the company’s rural marketing initiative to extend their footprint into small towns and villages through “Project Sampark” or the ‘Rural Business Division’ as we know it.

For the successful rollout of this distribution network and extraordinary contribution to the rural marketing industry, Usha also received the “Leadership award” presented to the CEO, Dinesh Chhabra. RMAI had instituted the Flame Leadership Award 2014, this year, to recognize and felicitate eight industry professionals for their extraordinary contribution to the Rural Marketing Industry.

RMAI is a national industry body, and a leading association in India which aims to promote, improve, develop and further the cause of rural marketing in India. Since its inception, RMAI has been helping rural marketers through various initiatives to build better understanding & facilitate the knowledge sharing among various stakeholders. The jury consists of Industry stalwarts in rural marketing such as : Mr. S Sivakumar, CEO ITC Ltd (ABD), Mr. Govindraj Ethiraj, Founder of Ping Digital Broadcast and ex-Founder-Editor in Chief of Bloomberg TV India, Mr. Harish Bijoor, CEO, Harish Bijoor Consults Inc., Mr. Punit Chadha, GM- Rural Marketing at Maruti Suzuki India Ltd, Mr. Mithileshwar Jha Prof. Marketing at IIM Bangalore, to name a few. With EY being the official tabulators, the jury had to make their decision from among 5 nominations in this category out of which Usha was awarded the highest honor.

Usha Sewing Machines weave magic on Delhi streets

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Source: St +art, India

Usha Sewing Machines weave magic on the streets of Delhi with 90 kms of fabric! With the help of a very creative crochet artist from Poland and St+art India, Usha Sewing Machines literally painted the town Red in this inspiring project.

60 people, 3 weeks, 40X20X8 feet installation and around 90 kms of fabric! One of our biggest street art projects, in collaboration with the Delhi Urban ShelterImprovement Board, is now complete! Olek, the world famous crochet installation artist from Poland, covered an entire family night shelter with a beautiful crochet installation.

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Spot this incredible beauty here: Before the Sarai Kale Khan Fly over, on the left side, behind this bus stop, after crossing Bara Pulla.

The mammoth project was supported by  Polish Institute New Delhi , Allkraftz & USHA International for supporting this mammoth project. Other fashion designers associated with it were Tarun Tahiliani and Manish Arora .

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Source: Polish Institute New Delhi