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Re: Got my 15000 back- Doesn't recognize embroidery unit

cas@...
 

Update, I tried sewing with it and that was a no go too.  The foot pedal doesn’t work (it doesn’t even notice I plug it in), and trying to use the start/stop button I kept getting empty bobbin errors even though it was full.  I decided to just use my other machine.
*sigh*
I’m guessing the new motherboard was not installed correctly or is faulty.
 
 
 
 

I guess I’m just destined for bad luck.  It does not recognize the embroidery unit.  I have tried reconnecting it several times.  No go.  I have to wait till Tuesday to take it back to the shop.  In case you are new, I’m the one who had to take it back to the shop to replace the “A” board because it wouldn’t embroider designs correctly, skipping a portion of a design.
 
The embroidery unit was working previously, there is a picture I shared in our gallery showing you my practice Hoopsisters blocks.
 

Cas


Got my 15000 back- Doesn't recognize embroidery unit

cas@...
 

I guess I’m just destined for bad luck.  It does not recognize the embroidery unit.  I have tried reconnecting it several times.  No go.  I have to wait till Tuesday to take it back to the shop.  In case you are new, I’m the one who had to take it back to the shop to replace the “A” board because it wouldn’t embroider designs correctly, skipping a portion of a design.
 
The embroidery unit was working previously, there is a picture I shared in our gallery showing you my practice Hoopsisters blocks.
 

Cas


Re: Thread storage

Meryl Margolies
 

Would enjoy seeing the picture. Where is it?


Re: Thread storage

susies.stitches@...
 

I'm hoping this gets where it should so I can thank all of you for your suggestions about storing thread.  I totally forgot about the obvious no-no of a rack; exposing it to dust and fading.  I don't post or reply very often, so every time I do, I have to figure out how.  If I don't see this at some point on the digest, I'll try to figure out the right way to do it!  For some reason, all the messages don't appear in the digest; maybe because I read them in       G-mail?  When I went directly to  Yahoo, there were messages I hadn't read.  G-mail tend to have a mind of its own.  Some of my e-mails get sent to a Promotions folder, which I didn't even know existed.  I just wanted to let all of you know that I read every reply, and I'm checking out all your suggestions.  Anything that has a wide base I'll probably get rid of.  It's mostly rayon, which I don't use anymore.  I want to let all of you know that I love my 12000, which I was able to buy as a floor model.  For the first time, I'm not going to save the original carton, since I have no intention of replacing it!  By selling a couple of other machines, I was able to purchase it outright, and not have to finance it.  The dealer who sold it to me does a very high volume, and is able to offer great promotions.  Janome is the only machine he sells, and backs it 100%.  I'm very lucky, and very grateful for the support I've gotten from the group.  Thanks for all your suggestions - it was amazing how many solutions there were to my dilemma!


Re: Thread storage

Kay Allen
 

Idon't think I can do anything in moderation, including collecting embroidery thread so I have a lot of it. I found these cabinets at Lowe's. The thread drawers fit in them pie toy. I categorized from top to bottom: yellow, Orange, Pink, Red, Light purple, Dark Purple, light blue, Dark blue, Light green, Dark green, light brown, Dark brown, Gray/black, Whites/creams, Misc. i.e. Verigated, bobbin, etc.

I hope you can see the picture. 


Question for Jim

A. Sandra Clark
 

I started this earlier and hit the wrong key so....

1 - I have a design file which I stitched out successfully on my 10001. I tried to download it to my 12000 and it tells me there are too many stitches (+100000). Is there any way around this?

2 - On the app you have done does it pretty much cover everything the machine can do? I find the owner manual a bit sparse on info....of course, I tend to look for info when I am trying to do something. Not good at reading the whole thing.

Thanks

Sandra


Trying to hit the right keys, Jim says:

1 - The 100,000 stitch limit also exists on the 10001. In fact if memory serves (and it often doesn't) that machine topped out at 64,000. Did you maybe pick a larger size of the same design? Yes, there is software that will split a large design into two files, which you stitch without removing the hoop. Buzz Edit is one, and I'm sure that others, like Embird, will also do it.


2 - We tried to make the app as comprehensive as possible. Currently it covers everything in the manual, as well as free motion quilting techniques and using the iPad for the 12000.


Re: Thread storage

A. Sandra Clark
 

I use an old wooden machinists tool box for my threads but only the 'regular' size Janome spools.


Re: Thread storage

Tony Coley
 

Try Plano.com. One of the largest makers of plastic storage boxes. They have 2 sided boxes that hold 24 per side. Won't hold the large bottom spools but they have a large selection of sizes. BTW, they are the preferred tackle box makers for fisherman..

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On May 18, 2015, at 4:40 PM, susies.stitches@... [janome12000] <janome12000@...> wrote:

 

Being a little slow on the uptake, I finally realized I needed more than my current haphazard method to store my thread.  I have both the 1100 yard embroidery thread spools and regular size spools of quilting thread.  I opened up a big can of worms by looking them up online.  There were so many that now I'm totally confused :-(  I'm leaning toward one of the wooden 120 spool racks, but not sure how sturdy any of them are, and if they will truly hold the embroidery thread with the wide bases. I've been using the clear OESD  boxes but not only are they somewhat fragile, they don't seem to be available anywhere.  I'd appreciate any comments any of you have had with storing thread,  When I'm confronted with too many choices, I just shut down from confusion!  Thanks so much for your help.

 


Re: Thread storage

Sarah A. Smith <sarahannsmith@...>
 

I meant to say in my long post about thread storage alternatives what several others have noted: I don’t want my spools out on a rack—I want them protected from dust and dampness (my studio is in the basement where it feels muggy in summer), hence all the ideas about enclosed storage drawers.


Cheers, Sarah


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Re: Thread storage

Sarah A. Smith <sarahannsmith@...>
 

I sent this yesterday, and Sue got it, but for some reason it d idn’t post to the group, so trying again….


I am really lucky…. when I outgrew the Matchbox cars storage boxes (sold for triple the price as thread storage boxes….ahem), I wondered what to get. Then I realized I had the perfect solution in my living room: years earlier (when we had two professional incomes and could afford it) I bought an antique spool chest. What a concept—use a thread spool chest for (not an end table, but, get this) Thread Storage!


But since I teach quilting, wrote a book about thread, and love storage stuff, I’ve browsed a zillion sites over the years so I have info for my students. Be prepared…LOTS of info here!


Of course, the antique spool chests are now silly expensive. HOWEVER, mechanics, builders and artists have things that work well: flat file storage (for storing sheets of paper—they store maps in libraries this way) or those rolling tool carts you see at Home Depot. They aren’t cheap when they are well made, but not silly expensive like the antique spool chests. Make sure to take your mini-cones with you to be sure that when lying on their sides they fit inside the drawers. Something like this but not as big…just got to homedepot.com and stick “tool chest” into the search box…lots of ideas

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Husky-36-in-11-Drawer-Steel-Tool-Chest-and-Cabinet-Set-Black-HTC306BDLX12-HMT305BDLX16/203023574


I lined my drawers with some fleece leftover from a project (or buy cheap from Joann’s) so the spools don’t roll all over the place. I prefer them on their sides so I can see the colors. I sort by fiber and color. I have mostly trilobal polyester, so all the shiny poly is stored together. I have a small selection of silk, so it goes in one of the small drawers. And the cottons are in a separate small storage chest I bought at a quilt show eons ago. That filled the cabinet so Variegateds and the Bottom Line (bobbin thread—on 5000 yard cones that don’t fit in the antique chest anyway) go in boxes from Target in a chest/box below the spool chest.


Then I sort by color: all the pinks/reds and yellows/oranges in one drawer; earth colors: browns, greens, black, white, gray in another drawer. Blues/purples/plums in yet another. Fancies (metallics, neons, clear) in a fourth drawer.


If you don’t want a metal “guy” cabinet, IKEA has some options as do art supply stores. Look for something called a taboret—artists use them (duh) for storing (duh) small flat stuff like brushes, pens/pencils etc.


If you go here:
http://onlinecatalog.ikea-usa.com/US/en/IKEA_Catalog/
to the online 2015 IKEA catalog go to page 84 and look for the Alex drawer unit. The one pictured is black (under the desk, comes in other colors). I saw these once when I actually was near an Ikea and if I needed drawers, I’d probably get these. They apparently come in several sizes, including ones that are wider than in this photo.


Or go here:
http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/categories/business/#
scroll down a little and where it says Explore Spaces for Personal Growth, look at the small photo in the center of a store…check out those white drawer units.
Basically, browse Ikea’s storage / organizing stuff. Oooh (can you tell I love thread, storage and studio stuff?) here….TONS of storage
http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/categories/departments/workspaces/10711/


Last but not least, I’m also really well acquainted with the Dick Blick Art Supply catalog.


http://www.dickblick.com/categories/taborets/


And not as nice but works, sometimes Joann’s has plastic taborets—tall, rainbow colored plastic open-top drawers…..Oh! here you go (I love the rainbow) they have them at Blick…
http://www.dickblick.com/products/alvin-blue-hills-studio-mobile-storage-carts/



I am not responsible for any Visa Accidents LOL!


Cheers, Sarah


Check out my DVD: Art Quilt Design: From Photo to Threadwork
Author of bestseller ThreadWork Unraveled
website and blog: http://www.sarahannsmith.com/weblog
e-mail: sarah@...


MBX 4.5 install

Caroline Wright
 

I have reset my laptop and want to put MBX 4.5 on it.  MBX 4.0 was on it when it was reset.  My question, can I install with just the 4.5 DVD and the dongle?  Also, will I need to download any drivers so it will work with Windows 8.1?  I have 4.5 running on a virtual drive on my Mac and want to have it on both machines.   Thanks for your help.

Caroline


Sticking with Windows 7, Jim says:

Yes, you can install just the 4.5 DVD. There is no need to install 4.0. After installing download and install the latest update and you should be good to go.


Bobbin Case

Sara Penninger
 

I had been having issues with embroidery.  The designs were perfect on top but the back was a mess.  I dropped it off at my dealer last week and they called me today. What they told me was the bobbin case had multiple holes and scars.  I asked how that happens and they said broken needles.  I have only had one broken needle.  I haven't used the machine that much.  Any other ideas as to why the bobbin case would be like this?

Thanks in advance.


Carrying a few scars himself, Jim says:

A needle can penetrate the bobbin case without breaking. The usual cause for this type of damage is the thread being out of the take-up lever so that a "birds nest" forms under the fabric. If the bobbin case has been hit more than once it's almost a certainty that the hook race is also damaged. Replacing the case will not fix that and you will continue to have problems. Whenever a bobbin case is damaged the technician should ALWAYS check for burrs, scratches or gouges on the hook race.


Re: Thread storage

Mary E
 

believe it or not, I have an old Coats and Clark spool cabinet that works pretty well. I collect small thread spools when I find them and they fit in the top drawers just fine.The bottom ones are wide enough to hold about 30 larger spools each. It's easy to pull the drawers out and see what you have.
Mary E


Re: Wilcom True Sizer

ceilsews <no_reply@...>
 

SewBad,
No, I'm not saying that.  True Sizer worked well for me until there was one design that it deemed to be too large.  Then I used the web version and had no trouble.  I really haven't spent time playing with True Sizer other than converting a few files that someone sent me in .pes form so I can't speak to other differences.  But I was glad to find the web version with the downloaded version wouldn't do the job.  Hope this helps.
Ceil


---In janome12000@..., <no_reply@...> wrote :

Hi ,


Thanks for the information.

Are you saying True Sizer desktop won't convert, but True Sizer Web will?.


I have already downloaded the free True Sizer desktop version, but have not used it yet. I was not sure what the web version was for.


Re: Thread storage

ceilsews <no_reply@...>
 

Marge,
Thank you!  That is a great idea and the instructions are very clear!  Most of my embroidery thread came in drawers and I have cotton thread in those two-sided plastic cases that can also be used for Hot Wheels cars.  But I do have some of the wall racks for threads purchased from JoAnn's (shop your conscience!) and some are on the loose in plastic drawers such as yours.  Those are the very large spools and some shorter ones too.  I'm going to follow your instructions so those threads are easier to manage.  I really don't like the wall racks due to dust and fading but they sure look pretty.
Thanks again for sharing your idea!


Re: Thread storage

cas@...
 

I use trim boards painted white and mounted on the wall with enough space between them for the height of the thread.  I may get a shade to pull down over them but the thread gets little direct light and the windows are rarely open (allergies) so I think it will work great.  It’s fun being able to see them all at a glance.  It’s actually 8 boards about five feet long spaced about four inches apart, a lot of thread fits on them!
Cas


Re: 12000 - weird noise.

cas@...
 

Wow Nita,
You’re really going through a tough time, that dang machine shouldn’t give you grief with all that other stuff going on.  Hope they fix it today instead of Thursday!
Cas


Re: Thread storage

Lou Ann
 

Necessity is the mother of invention….My sewing room is so small that I had to “climb the walls” with everything that could be mounted to the walls. I bought my thread racks at Hobby Lobby which sells two sizes. One holds the smaller, regular sewing, size of spools and the other size (the ones I bought) hold the larger, embroidery size, spools (even up to 5000m size spools). 32 spools fit on each rack and I have 10 racks plus the bobbin threads which I do keep in a drawer. These racks (in case you have a Hobby Lobby nearby) are actually made to sit on a desk and they have legs that will fold up flat against the backs. I attached mounting tabs so I could hang them. I read (I think on this forum) that sunlight’s UV rays will, over time, damage/weaken thread so I bought some insulated/room darkening curtains and made covers for the racks to protect them from sun damage and it also keeps the dust off. Since each of my racks are arranged by color, I know which cover to remove to find the thread I need for any given project. This has been working pretty good for me-at least until my Lottery comes in and I can have a house-size sewing room:)


Re: 12000 - weird noise.

Linda M <linlefmul@...>
 

Wow, I thought we had problems with freezing temperatures, snow in the month of May (it's almost summer).  I hope everything is better soon...

Linda

On Tue, May 19, 2015 at 1:36 AM, jwragg1@... [janome12000] <janome12000@...> wrote:
 

Hi Jim,  Unfortunately it is not that.  I checked all the upper parts of the threading path straight away as I always understood that issues on the bottom relate to the top part of the thread path.  All threaded correctly and in the take up lever.  


Unbelievable as this may sound, I am unit bound at the moment to top  off my misery.  You may have heard that Sydney experienced a weather event about 4 weeks ago.  I live on the fifth floor of a block of units and you would think we would be ok from too much rain/flooding etc but no...............The rain came in the windows during the night in the hallway (3 windows there) and the hallway carpet was absolutely drenched.  It squelched when you stepped on it.  Took that day off to deal with the carpet, contact the body corporate etc to get a repair person engaged.  Then the next day, it rained even more, and when we got home from work - no lift.  The lift well had flooded and  caused a malfunction and we have not been able to get it fixed as yet.  took a while for an insurance assessor to come out due to the large number of clams at that time, then we had to wait for the insurance company to process the claim, organise the repair company and now am in a queue waiting for them to get to our lift.  There are currently still 150 lifts not working due to similar issues.  As I have had a knee replacement and cannot manage steps (getting up here the first night was absolutely awful enough) I have been stuck at home for 4 weeks.  Unable to work, go out, take a walk and now I can't sew.....................I must have done something really bad to be punished this much.  But there is light at the end of this tunnel.  They are expected to come and fix it tomorrow or Thursday - then it will take 3 days to fix, apparently it is a really big job.  I don't care what time of the day/night it gets working I am going out!!!!!

And then I will take the machine to get fixed!  

Thanks Jim and Linda for your help.  I will give that a go Linda when it has been fixed.  I think I have done something to the timing or something........dreading to think what I may have done.

And now it looks like more rain in Sydney tonight....just what we don't need.

Cheers, Nita




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Linda M.


Re: Thread storage

Linda M <linlefmul@...>
 

I don't put my threads on spool racks, as they can gather dust which is not good for your sewing machine.  All my threads are stored in a small dresser, I use two full drawers since I have the entire line of polyester embroidery threads from Marathon Threads.  :)

On Mon, May 18, 2015 at 4:40 PM, susies.stitches@... [janome12000] <janome12000@...> wrote:
 

Being a little slow on the uptake, I finally realized I needed more than my current haphazard method to store my thread.  I have both the 1100 yard embroidery thread spools and regular size spools of quilting thread.  I opened up a big can of worms by looking them up online.  There were so many that now I'm totally confused :-(  I'm leaning toward one of the wooden 120 spool racks, but not sure how sturdy any of them are, and if they will truly hold the embroidery thread with the wide bases. I've been using the clear OESD  boxes but not only are they somewhat fragile, they don't seem to be available anywhere.  I'd appreciate any comments any of you have had with storing thread,  When I'm confronted with too many choices, I just shut down from confusion!  Thanks so much for your help.

 




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Linda M.

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