Re: acufil kit review

Donna Morton

I use MBX and the Acufil program hand in hand as well, just as Virginia explains.  One template, with the quilting design in the centre of the hoop and measurements for marking down the length of a border all evenly spaced. 
The two programs together make things much easier. 
Donna M
Donna M

Sent: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 4:11 PM
Subject: Re: [janome12000] Re: acufil kit review

I do own MBX and the reason I love the Acufil is because of the calculating part of the program as well as being able to know the number of hoopings and being able to put in my measurements to determine the borders.
I find that both MBX and the Acufil program can work hand in hand for me.   If  I choose to do stipple, I can adjust my loop spacing in the MBX and then save as a JEF and import into the quilt program.  That way I am not limited to the stipple designs that default in the quilt program.
Last but most least I love the 8,7 X 8.7 sewing area in the quilting hoop.  I also use it for a lot of my embroidering and do not waste as much stabilizer as I do using the larger hoops in the 12,000 when I do not need to.
I love quilting, but I am an in the hoop quilter and most of my quilts I do with the Hoopsisters designs.  I finish the quilts with my own borders and in the hoop.  Not being or feeling comfortable with free motion I guess I depend on the program more than others do.
In a message dated 1/23/2013 5:34:40 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, gbmko@... writes:

Dear Virginia,
Thank you for the suggestion, but I did read the help files completely, and if need be, could design a wonderful quilt pattern with the program to "highlight" its features, but it is way too limiting. I do not design my quilts based on the limitations of a software program, but decide on the designs and expect to be able to recreate it in my software , in the size, etc, I desire.

do you by chance own MBX, and if so , could you explaind why you would use the acufil over MBX? I still see no reason to ever use the acufil software.

But I do like the hoop! Wish it was an option to have bought without paying for the software.

--- In, Fmjfrazier@... wrote:
> The help files in the program do give you a few more options. I think if
> you copy them off and work with each section of the program individually you
> may change your mind. I do love the program although I will admit it
> takes some getting used to, remembering that the designs do have to keep
> within the 8.7 sewing area from there may help.
> Virginia
> In a message dated 1/23/2013 12:11:56 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,
> gbmko@... writes:
> I finally made time to check out the software that came with the acufil
> kit. I bought it mostly because I wanted the hoop, which I really like, but
> wasn't convinced I'd need/like the software, as I have MBX. Unless I am
> totally missing something (quite possible!), I was right. I decided to use the
> stippling designs (the ones with quilted designs in the middle, and
> stippling around them) in my blank squares, and some version of stippling in the
> patterned squares for a wall hanging that has 7 1/2 inch blocks.So I put in
> the dimensions, and as I kept hearing how the software automatically
> adjusted a design to the space, I thought it would fill up the 7 1/2 square.
> Wrong! The design is only 4 1/2 inches, and can only be sized up or down 10%, so
> it was a stippled design surrounded by empty space within the embroidable
> area, which would look goofy if I tried to fill it with motifs. Even if you
> stamped motifs, what kind of nightmare of jump stitches would it cr eate,
> with out the option of digitizing connecting run lines for a more realistic
> quilting look? At first I thought there was something wrong with my
> printer, but no, it was true to size. The minimum "border" width you can plug in
> is 4 inches, but that doesn't mean the design fills that whole border! When
> I printed the template for what I chose, it was 2 inches wide. Also, there
> is no way to preview what the designs look like across the whole project,
> with the borders, etc. If there is, I couldn't find it, and Nancy didn't
> demo it in the webinar. (Which you can view by going to the US Janome
> website, project center, projects, webinars). I am VERY disappointed in the
> software. Unless you want to stipple the whole quilt,I don't find it useful at
> all, unless you design a quilt around the size and option of what the
> software gives you. (Even then, the designs are not created to "connect" to give
> you that never ending, never crossing patte rn of traditional stippling.
> they are all closed designs.) I even tried bringing the designs into MBX to
> resize, but as they are not JAN files, the result was awful, with up to 6 mm
> stitch lengths, which I couldn't change because of how the software
> interpreted the stitch file. I must admit I didn't try easy edit, but it would be
> easier and quicker, I'm sure to re-digitze than edit all those stitches. On
> the demo, even with the calculations, sometimes the software would say how
> much of an area would not be covered, and is that not very useful.
> Easily adjusted to an exact size in MBX, if working with a JAN file. Why
> couldn't the files be JAN instead of JPX? And I must admit I was hoping that
> the software was a true quilting program. If I'm missing something, please
> educate me. I'm willing to give it another shot, and another review. Right
> now, I like the hoop, but not the software. Barbara Jen

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