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Re: USB DRIVES & EMBROIDERY PROGRAMS & Embroidery unit

ceilsews <no_reply@...>
 

Sue,
I love Vista too! Unfortunately it's been updating itself daily and so I've finally read the writing on the computer screen and I've taken over someone's Windows 10 computer.
I've been a bit overwhelmed recently too and now realize that it's time to do one thing at a time.  Things are looking up with that philosophy.  I have one goal each day and sometimes actually achieve it!
Anyway, here's a video by another Sue and I hope it helps.  WILCOM Hatch Embroidery: Introduction to Wilcom embroidery

 

Ceil


Horizon Link and Windows 10

Vickie
 

I recently got a new laptop.  MacBook Pro OS X 10.11.4 (El Capitan) running VM Ware Fusion (8.1.0) as a virtual machine for my windows programs.  I could only purchase Windows 10 and now my Horizon Link won't work.  It will open, and I can bring a design into it and as soon as I do, I get the following error:  "Horizon Link has stopped working.  A problem caused the program to stop working correctly.  Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available"


Has anyone else come across this problem? 


I'm pretty desperate here.......


Thanks in advance!


[Still waiting for Windows to notify you that a solution is available...]

If you haven't installed this update you should. It may fix the problem as a side effect. If it doesn't then try right-clicking on the HorizonLink icon and choose Compatibility Settings. You may be able to get it to work that way. For what it's worth, we are using HorizonLink on Windows 10 unmodified and it's fine. Oh, and if you did not install the VMware Tools, you should. They add drivers that you need.






Re: USB DRIVES & EMBROIDERY PROGRAMS & Embroidery unit

Cat - N
 

Sue,

First, I am so sorry you are having so may difficulties with getting the butterfly stitched on the pocket, and with the software.  I am sure all the missing pieces will turn up, but I understand how frustrating it can be.  Software works the way it works, unfortunately, and the way it works is not always intuitive to us.  Just the words used on the menus can be 'wrong thinking' to us...until we learn it well enough.  For those with a 'knack' to understand software, or who programmed, or who have used graphics software for almost 40 years and drew on the computer using commands and wrote OUR first graphics program ourselves, those things may be easier.

But, take heart...there is hope and help...and lots of it on the internet is lots of cases...finding it can be a challenge, too, since not every instruction, manual, video, tutorial, etc., is 'worded' such that it comes right back at the top of the list in a search either.  Whew...LOL

Now...

The SHELL program is actually called "Classic Shell" and it 'gives back' the START button and other 'familiar' interface items.  You can download it at:

    http://classicshell.net/

I installed it immediately after getting this new Windows 8.1 laptop.  (Some of us don't want our laptop PC to look and work like a smartphone, especially if THIS laptop is not touchscreen...LOL)

About Lessons...I don't know about Wilcom lesson, so cannot offer any advice.  If you really do want to digitize, you may want to check into lessons for 'any' software you select, especially if you have worked with a 'trial' of the software while keeping the instruction manual handy, and are still having issues or experiencing frustration at accomplishing what you want/need to do.

About telling the hoops apart...the AcuSetter app recommends that you take a permanent marker and 'blacken' the hoop 'registration' marks...those are the tiny marks at the corners of the hoop.  I also blackened with a Sharpie pen the orientation 'arrow' to make it easier for me to see.  If you don't want the black anymore, alcohol should remove the Sharpie ink...dab it quickly and remove it immediately.   If the hoops for the 12000 are white, and the hoops for the 15000 are black, it will be much easier to tell them apart.  I know which of my hoops are for my 11000 and which are for the 15000, but the black reg marks are a dead giveaway at the quickest of glances when they are together...LOL. 

You should always be able to use the standard 'Windows (file) Explorer' to copy any file...embroidery files, too...to another media.  You don't need to 'see' the designs, but you will want to make sure you SEE the "file extension" so that you get all of the .JEF (and .DST or other embroidery format) files, and any associated .JPG and/or .PDF instructios, etc., too.  'File Preview" and the icon/thumbnail views don't show anything UNLESS there is a software application program that 'allows' it to. 

In the interim, there is a program called SewWhat Pro that also has a trial at...there are several...here is one. 

    https://www.akdesignsboutique.com/sewwhat-pro-embroidery-editing-software-swp-sewwhatpro-sew-what-pro/

...and the company that makes it:

    http://sandscomputing.com/

...there are Yahoo, FB groups, etc...click on SUPPORT at the top of the screen, and the manual is at:

    http://sandscomputing.com/Applications/SewWhat-Pro_Manual.pdf

...be sure to save a copy for later, if you decide to check out this software app.

I do not know how easy/difficult it will be for you to learn to do the things you want/need/ to do, but if it works for you, it is not very pricey, you can register it over the internet, and keep on using it.  You can 'merge' designs, resize, and sew lettering from any font installed on your PC.  There is a manual you can download, and it just might get you going for now.  You can "drag and drop" designs right onto designs you want to merge, or onto a "NEW" documents (File, New...) and you can print stitch charts with grid placement.  It is a nice program IMHO...just I want more....moRE...MORE...!!!LOL

I hope from this point on you have a more enjoyable time with your new 15000.

- Cat




-----Original Message-----
From: Sue Raabe susies.stitches@... [janome12000]
To: janome12000
Sent: Fri, Jul 29, 2016 12:58 am
Subject: [janome12000] Re: USB DRIVES & EMBROIDERY PROGRAMS & Embroidery unit

 
Thanks for all the advice and information.  Apparently, I've already downloaded Hatch, although I don't think I ever  used it.  I end up not being to understand how to use the different functions.  That's why I haven't bought anything else.  If Wilcom won't let me take one of the 3 (think) free lessons, I'll buy one.  As I remember it (although though that's not worth much), They're $30.  Somewhere, I have some of the tutorial pages I printed up.  I only want to learn the basics.  The more frustrated I get, the less I want to do anything but embroider designs as is.  I didn't do much more anyway, except occasionally add lettering. Sometimes I resized them, but I get the impression that isn't a good idea.  Supposedly, some programs adjust the density when a design is resized.  At this point, if a design isn't the right size, I'll find something that is!  Me memory and concentration are getting worse, and I keep misplacing things.  I had everything for the 12000 together and put it on a table to take a picture, and couldn't find the hoops.  When I took the ones I though were for the 15000, it turned out they were for the 12000.  The only way I could tell, was that forgot to clean one of the hoops. With the small things I misplaced, I just bought again, but the hoops are way too expensive, and when I eventually find the missing ones, I'll end up with 2 sets, which I don't need.  The commercial machines seem to come with 2 sets.  Someone described it as "one on the machine and one in the hoop", which makes sense because the people who use them probably do multiples.  I know they'll turn up somewhere, and in the meantime, I can use one from the 12000. 

I reread all the embroidery unit instructions and watched the video on the machine, and realized I was pushing the wrong release button. I was pushing the embroidery unit release button, not the carriage arm button.  I got the unit back on the machine with the arm extended.  When I turned the machine, and used the other button, it went back where it belonged.  I haven't used it yet, so I hope it works.  I didn't force anything.  All this because I decided to embroider a butterfly on a purse pocket. If I hadn't told the girl I was making it for, I would have skipped it.  I bought the My 15000 app for my IPad, but I don't know where I put that either :-(   I'm assuming I can't use it on the IPhone unless I purchase another one. It's not urgent, and I can muddle along with what I learned from the 12000.  I found the transition very uneventful.  The new features weren't that dramatic, but they make it easier for me.  I had given up  the automatic threader on my Babylock, in favor of the 12000, which I consider a better machine.  I like the larger screen, the bobbin winder and being able to send designs straight to the machine.  For some reason, the bobbins were always uneven on the 12000; probably user error.  My dealer gives one on one lessons, so I can ask more questions.  In the past. some dealers had group lessons with more than one brand of machine.  For me, it was very confusing.  Everyone learns differently, and it's not one size fits all.   I like things the way they  are now.

Thanks for the computer advice.  Both of my laptops need to be looked at.  The older one has all my embroidery designs on it, but I couldn't open any embroider programs, or much of anything  else for that matter. I managed to transfer all of them to a portable hard drive without opening them, but at least I have them.  I may purchase another one to back up everything else, in case Windows needs to be reinstalled.  I have the recovery disk just in case.  It's certainly not something I would attempt on my own, and maybe that's not what's wrong with it.  It's running on Vista, which I like.  7 is similar, but I like Vista better.  I'd like to use it as long as the computer is viable, or it can't be supported any more.  Someone told me to install SHELL on the one that has Windows 8, which is  like a foreign language. Can someone tell me what it is? Most of my friends don't know much about the programs and  finding out what's wrong.  They seem to have someone in the family do it.  I'm not complaining, but I have to do as much as I can from tutorials and forums, and then if that doesn't work, it's time to take it to the experts!  I know this is long, but I wanted to thank all of you for your support.  It's reassuring that someone usually has some advice or solution.  Sue 


Re: USB DRIVES & EMBROIDERY PROGRAMS

char b
 

Actually, Momodini has many lovely floral and other themes in addition to animals.  All of their designs are lovely and stitch out really well.


Re: USB DRIVES & EMBROIDERY PROGRAMS

Vikki Youngmeyer
 

I’ve had really good luck with the Momodini designs. They are very “ephemeral” Japanese designs. They are not  thread hogs. Their designs are limited to animals, but they are really good animals. You can use them “stand alone” or combine them. I’ve used their designs on knit tee-shirts and they are still holding up 4 years later. Don’t get anything from them. Just enjoy sewing them and seeing them come to life!

 

Vikki

Houston, TX

 

From: janome12000@... [mailto:janome12000@...]
Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2016 12:37 PM
To: janome12000@...
Subject: Re: [janome12000] Re: USB DRIVES & EMBROIDERY PROGRAMS

 

 

I agree with others...don't put yourself down about using purchased designs.  Even though I have several different levels of embroidery editing and digitizing software, time constraints often lead me to start with purchased designs.  But I will use the software to combine them, add wording, change colors, or digitize my own complimentary embellishments to the layout.  This is particularly the case for more complex designs, where the individuals who created them are experts with a proficiency I will never achieve with it as a hobby.  That said, I do enjoy picking up tips and storing away knowledge for when I may have time to do more in digitizing my own designs.

 

As far as the confusion with embroidery programs...look for information on the program's website and depending on what you need/want to do, you might try a free or trial version.   I've used Amazing Designs Edit Express Lite and Letter It and am a recent convert to Buzz Tools (which seems to have a higher level of education tutorials (video & written in their website).  Both of which offer free trials so you can play with it before buying.  

 

I know Maggie made you a video, but I will say that I found Wilcom Truesizer a bit less intuitive to use than the others I mentioned.  Like many things in life, there is no perfect embroidery software.  Everyone uses computers differently and what is important is finding one you are comfortable with.  The main thing is to not get so frustrated that it takes the enjoyment out of it.

 

Hang in there,

Pixey


Re: USB DRIVES & EMBROIDERY PROGRAMS & Embroidery unit

Sue Raabe <susies.stitches@...>
 

Thanks for all the advice and information.  Apparently, I've already downloaded Hatch, although I don't think I ever  used it.  I end up not being to understand how to use the different functions.  That's why I haven't bought anything else.  If Wilcom won't let me take one of the 3 (think) free lessons, I'll buy one.  As I remember it (although though that's not worth much), They're $30.  Somewhere, I have some of the tutorial pages I printed up.  I only want to learn the basics.  The more frustrated I get, the less I want to do anything but embroider designs as is.  I didn't do much more anyway, except occasionally add lettering. Sometimes I resized them, but I get the impression that isn't a good idea.  Supposedly, some programs adjust the density when a design is resized.  At this point, if a design isn't the right size, I'll find something that is!  Me memory and concentration are getting worse, and I keep misplacing things.  I had everything for the 12000 together and put it on a table to take a picture, and couldn't find the hoops.  When I took the ones I though were for the 15000, it turned out they were for the 12000.  The only way I could tell, was that forgot to clean one of the hoops. With the small things I misplaced, I just bought again, but the hoops are way too expensive, and when I eventually find the missing ones, I'll end up with 2 sets, which I don't need.  The commercial machines seem to come with 2 sets.  Someone described it as "one on the machine and one in the hoop", which makes sense because the people who use them probably do multiples.  I know they'll turn up somewhere, and in the meantime, I can use one from the 12000. 

I reread all the embroidery unit instructions and watched the video on the machine, and realized I was pushing the wrong release button. I was pushing the embroidery unit release button, not the carriage arm button.  I got the unit back on the machine with the arm extended.  When I turned the machine, and used the other button, it went back where it belonged.  I haven't used it yet, so I hope it works.  I didn't force anything.  All this because I decided to embroider a butterfly on a purse pocket. If I hadn't told the girl I was making it for, I would have skipped it.  I bought the My 15000 app for my IPad, but I don't know where I put that either :-(   I'm assuming I can't use it on the IPhone unless I purchase another one. It's not urgent, and I can muddle along with what I learned from the 12000.  I found the transition very uneventful.  The new features weren't that dramatic, but they make it easier for me.  I had given up  the automatic threader on my Babylock, in favor of the 12000, which I consider a better machine.  I like the larger screen, the bobbin winder and being able to send designs straight to the machine.  For some reason, the bobbins were always uneven on the 12000; probably user error.  My dealer gives one on one lessons, so I can ask more questions.  In the past. some dealers had group lessons with more than one brand of machine.  For me, it was very confusing.  Everyone learns differently, and it's not one size fits all.   I like things the way they  are now.

Thanks for the computer advice.  Both of my laptops need to be looked at.  The older one has all my embroidery designs on it, but I couldn't open any embroider programs, or much of anything  else for that matter. I managed to transfer all of them to a portable hard drive without opening them, but at least I have them.  I may purchase another one to back up everything else, in case Windows needs to be reinstalled.  I have the recovery disk just in case.  It's certainly not something I would attempt on my own, and maybe that's not what's wrong with it.  It's running on Vista, which I like.  7 is similar, but I like Vista better.  I'd like to use it as long as the computer is viable, or it can't be supported any more.  Someone told me to install SHELL on the one that has Windows 8, which is  like a foreign language. Can someone tell me what it is? Most of my friends don't know much about the programs and  finding out what's wrong.  They seem to have someone in the family do it.  I'm not complaining, but I have to do as much as I can from tutorials and forums, and then if that doesn't work, it's time to take it to the experts!  I know this is long, but I wanted to thank all of you for your support.  It's reassuring that someone usually has some advice or solution.  Sue 


Re: USB DRIVES & EMBROIDERY PROGRAMS

Pixey
 

I agree with others...don't put yourself down about using purchased designs.  Even though I have several different levels of embroidery editing and digitizing software, time constraints often lead me to start with purchased designs.  But I will use the software to combine them, add wording, change colors, or digitize my own complimentary embellishments to the layout.  This is particularly the case for more complex designs, where the individuals who created them are experts with a proficiency I will never achieve with it as a hobby.  That said, I do enjoy picking up tips and storing away knowledge for when I may have time to do more in digitizing my own designs.

As far as the confusion with embroidery programs...look for information on the program's website and depending on what you need/want to do, you might try a free or trial version.   I've used Amazing Designs Edit Express Lite and Letter It and am a recent convert to Buzz Tools (which seems to have a higher level of education tutorials (video & written in their website).  Both of which offer free trials so you can play with it before buying.  

I know Maggie made you a video, but I will say that I found Wilcom Truesizer a bit less intuitive to use than the others I mentioned.  Like many things in life, there is no perfect embroidery software.  Everyone uses computers differently and what is important is finding one you are comfortable with.  The main thing is to not get so frustrated that it takes the enjoyment out of it.

Hang in there,
Pixey


Re: USB DRIVES & EMBROIDERY PROGRAMS

maggie cooper
 

I have just popped a video in my dropbox for you showing how to enlarge or reduce a design in Wilcom's True Sizer, here's the link.


Maggie Cooper UK.


Re: USB DRIVES & EMBROIDERY PROGRAMS

Linda <lindamrobertson7@...>
 

I completely understand where you are coming from.   I seem to have little patience these days and just wish I could figure everything out about my machine and get on with my projects.  


Sent from my iPhone

On Jul 27, 2016, at 8:40 AM, Lou Ann Bush louannbush@... [janome12000] <janome12000@...> wrote:

 

Frustration??  My dear hubby made a comment once about paying so much money to get so frustrated.  I had a different machine then that was a constant pain, but do admit to continuing frustration when it comes to hooping. But, I am getting better.  I discovered I needed to rein in the tightwad tendencies and use bigger pieces of stabilizer when hooping which eliminates at least one irritation in getting the fabric/stabilizer lined up squarely in the hoop.
The most thoroughly wasted of all days is that on which one has not laughed.  Nicolas Chamfort


embroidery Unit

Sue Raabe <susies.stitches@...>
 

I attached the embroidery unit and released the arm before I realized I had to change the stitch plate.  When I pushed the release lever, it released the embroidery unit, but the carriage arm is still extended.  I don't want to break anything, so it's just sitting there while I try to figure out what to do. I haven't done any embroidery in a few years, and I'm pretty rusty.  I followed the manual instructions, but it doesn't really explain how to fix what I did. When I had the 12000, I managed to use the embroidery unit OK, and I imagine the 15000 isn't any different.  Is it OK to attach the embroidery unit with arm extended?  Thanks.

[Extending arms in a helpful way]
Before attaching the embroidery unit you should fold the arm back to the "park" position. Since it is detached from the machine there is no power to move it. If you push the attaching bracket gently, but firmly, toward the embroidery carriage you should be able to get it back to where the release will work and allow the arm to be parked. Then you can reattach it to the machine. For what it's worth, you don't need to remove the embroidery unit to change the needle plate.


9400

Paula McLaughlin <paularmcl@...>
 

Do you have a video for the features n the 9400qcp? Sent from my iPhone

[No. We do not have a 9400 QCP, so making a video is currently not on our to-do list.]
However you may find one of interest on YouTube.


Re: USB DRIVES & EMBROIDERY PROGRAMS

maggie cooper
 

'' Do the flash drives ever go bad? I was trying to look at the designs on one of them, and the computer didn't even recognize it. It happened with several others as well. I tried a brand new one, and it worked fine. They did seem to work on a different laptop, so I don't know where the problem is. ''

If you can open a flash drive on another PC and see the contents, here's a tip a computer tech gave me, copy the contents into a folder and e mail the folder to yourself after zipping it. If the folder is too big for your e mail account, download 7zip, and then visit this link,
Follow the directions on creating an archive and then e mail all the bits to your new computer, 7zip will stitch the bits back together for you but don't try opening any of the bits apart from the first one.  When you have copied and mailed each usb stick contents, reformat the flash drives. Then insert them one at a time in to your other computer and see will it now recognise them.

I have the Wilcom Truesizer 3, and as soon as I have eaten and cleaned up, late meal today as I was treated to a day out, I'll do a video for you. You might also like to look at Wilcom's own domestic software called Hatch, https://www.wilcom.com/hatch you can download a 30 day demo of the program, fully functional, modular, but take a look and have a read about it.
Embird editor is great but does have a learning curve, don't they all. Right I have to crack on and finish dishing up dinner.
Maggie Cooper UK



1/4 " Quilting Stitch

cas <cas@...>
 

Thanks to whoever told us about the quilting stitch  1/4” option instead of using the app.  The reason was  that “same size” pop up does not show there.  It always annoyed me even though I just ignored it.
 
I remembered to change my width to 9.00 but forgot to look at the length.  I don’t know anyone who uses a 1.80 stitch to do piecework.  I spend too much time with my ripper to deal with that. lol!  the quilting stitches have 1.80 set as the default.  I think the seam doesn’t lay nice and flat either with those short stitches.  They are nice for going around curves.
 
So this email is just a tip to check where the length is set too.  I had been using the saved settings in the patchwork app for so long I totally forgot, and fortunately I noticed before I got into too much trouble.
 
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Re: USB DRIVES & EMBROIDERY PROGRAMS

Lou Ann
 

Frustration??  My dear hubby made a comment once about paying so much money to get so frustrated.  I had a different machine then that was a constant pain, but do admit to continuing frustration when it comes to hooping. But, I am getting better.  I discovered I needed to rein in the tightwad tendencies and use bigger pieces of stabilizer when hooping which eliminates at least one irritation in getting the fabric/stabilizer lined up squarely in the hoop.
The most thoroughly wasted of all days is that on which one has not laughed.  Nicolas Chamfort


Re: Missing clasp deco stitch

Anne Parker
 

Cheryl

The stitch I am talking about is what I call a fly stitch - similar to the Janome ones but it is much more compact, square shaped and regular to me.

I'm not sure when I will get chance to get to my sewing studio but I'm hopeing to on Saturday so will see what I can do re an example - but can't promise.  It's stitch number 14 on my 1972 Elna Diva (the last model that was Swiss Made as far as I am aware)  There are some stitches on the Janome that are definately original Elna - like the super lock stitch Elna invented, though it's called something else on the 15000 I think.

Anne
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Re: USB DRIVES & EMBROIDERY PROGRAMS

Lucy Akers
 

There is nothing wrong with using designs that don't need editing. Many of us do just that. Unless you have special needs, go with what works best for you. Your embroidery time should be fun, not frustrating!


Re: USB DRIVES & EMBROIDERY PROGRAMS

ceilsews <no_reply@...>
 

While, yes, flash drives can and do go bad, sometimes when the computer doesn't recognize them it's because some other glitch is happening.  I am in the process of moving files from one computer to another and have had several instances where one of the computers fails to acknowledge that the drive is connected and turned on.  Turning it off and on, taking it out, rebooting, swearing, etc. and the computer will finally recognize the drive.  At one point the computer wanted to update something and perhaps that prevented it from recognizing the drive (I don't think so but am not sure what was going on.)   My problem might be more my computer than the drive as it's only a problem with one computer but eventually the computer finds the drive.  So I would not give up too soon.  That said, they can die (although I've yet to have it happen).  I rarely give up on these things and always start over from scratch (sometimes even unplugging and holding the "on" button on for 10 seconds-- someone once said this helps something) and most problems somehow resolve themselves. Wish this worked with all problems!


Re: Missing clasp deco stitch

Carolyn Gazerro <cmgazerro@...>
 

The clasp stitch is comprised of four straight stitches intersected in the middle. Similar to a snowflake without the decorative ends.


Carolyn 🌹
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Re: USB DRIVES

Mary E
 

I had a similar problem while trying to learn the Floriani software. My two sons ended up,helping me learn it, since they are very computer savvy and one of them had a vinyl lettering program which worked in a similar way. You might ask your friends if they have a 20-something child who is good at using programs. I have come to understand that most of the programs are very similar in how they break down tasks.
Mary E


Re: Missing clasp deco stitch

Cheryl Paul
 

Anne , Please share once you create that new stitch. What does it look like as I have an Elna 760 embroidery/sewing machine. It just might have that stitch as Elna machine do have a few different than Janome. Janome was smart to do that when they acquired the Elna brand. Cheryl - Saskatoon Sent from my iPhone

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