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Re: Halloween

Pixey
 

So I have an orange T-shirt with a large embroidered witch on it that I pair with a purple sequined witch’s hat to give out candy.

This year I am pondering making a costume for our shih tzu (who will be barking every time the door rings and wanting the visitors to pet her).  But I haven’t decided if I just want to make her a coat out of Halloween themed fabric or get more elaborate with an actual costume of some type.

Pixey


On Oct 12, 2018, at 5:04 PM, onlinesewing via Groups.Io <onlinesewing@...> wrote:

Our middle son has requested Nana (Diane) to make custom costumes for he and his son every year for about the last 8 or 9 years. The first year the under-2 son was a golf ball and the son wore golf gear. Over the years they have been Curious George and the Man with the Yellow Hat, Mike and Sully from Monsters, Inc., and various other challenges to put together. Of course the final decision on what they will be always comes mid-October or later, so it's a scramble.

How about you? What costume will you be creating this year?


Re: Missing New Messages

Pixey
 

There have been some unexpected issues going on the past several weeks in another group that a number of us are also members in. While dealing with those things, we have been a little neglectful of the onlinesewing-Janome friends.  Sorry!

On the plus side, no postings can also mean that no one’s machine started making really cranky, expensive fix-me noises over the last few days.

Pixey


On Oct 12, 2018, at 5:47 AM, Cynthia Dickerson <cindydickerson@...> wrote:

I come down each morning and the first thing I do is get on my computer and look for my lastest onlinesewing-janome group message.  It has been a sad week with no new messages.  It just really makes my day!!  This morning really put the smile back on my face when I finally saw a new message.  Thank you ladies and Jim for starting out my day great!! 


Re: AcuDesign question

favymtz
 

That is a very good explanation about what is likely the problem. Thank you.
I was never very attracted to AcuDesign having mostly used my MBX v5 and Horizon Link for most of my needs. But I do like to learn the apps and all things that help us get the best out of our machines and softwares.
Another question: Why did they make the app in such a way that we can't delete the designs out of it once they've been downloaded?
That's weird to me, and don't want to clog up my Ipad with unused designs...I thik it's another unthought through problem.
Thanks again.

[Another editorial, but shorter!]
I think they have grossly overestimated the value of the designs that they have embedded in the app. They are also thinking in terms of large PC programs that sell for a lot of money. Mobile apps are generally priced far lower, and I suspect the authors of AcuDesign and DRAWing Snap feel like the designs they are pushing will make them more money. What they have failed to grasp is that there are a LOT of designs that are much higher quality, and they will never make much on what they are selling. They wisely do not download designs unless you want them stored in your iPad, but they foolishly don’t give you the ability to remove the images of the ones you have no interest in.


Halloween

Jim Stutsman
 

Our middle son has requested Nana (Diane) to make custom costumes for he and his son every year for about the last 8 or 9 years. The first year the under-2 son was a golf ball and the son wore golf gear. Over the years they have been Curious George and the Man with the Yellow Hat, Mike and Sully from Monsters, Inc., and various other challenges to put together. Of course the final decision on what they will be always comes mid-October or later, so it's a scramble.

How about you? What costume will you be creating this year?


AcuDesign question

favymtz
 
Edited

I have been watching the segments in the 15000 app to learn about AcuDesign. I seem to have a problem but maybe it's just me trying to follow the directions and I'm missing something.
I have watched the video numerous times, going back and forth between it and my app and following the steps.
Explanation:
I'm following Video AcuDesign Version 2 Tutorial
The point of changing the names of the files and tagging them as "class" is to enable them to be placed first in it's own package
with the final outcome with them being in a new package containing the 3 designs being used. Correct?
I've created my New Package named "Class"
At this point in the Tutorial is where I get a problem; Time is 7:24 in the video.
My 3 designs show up and "start to shake" as described, I check mark them.
But, when I select the Property button "to assign a new category" the Properties window doesn't open as yours does in the video. 
So that's where my process ends because I was never able to move the 3 designs into the "Class" package.
However, I was able to go ahead and continue to make the "Lady" design just by opening the designs and working with them on the app.
The questions I'd like to have you answer if you can, are:
What am I missing with the properties function? 
Why can't I get the designs into the Class package?
The 3 Packages that the renamed & tagged files created; can they still be deleted as you describe later in the video?

I hope that this makes sense and you can shed some expert light on it!
Thank you,
Favy

[Jim's Response - long!]
I'm ashamed to say that I haven't checked the accuracy of the video against the most recent update to AcuDesign. I believe that was the one intended to fix the Dropbox crash bug. All of the buttons still match the video, but when you tap the button to assign a category it does not do what it's supposed to, it removes the button from the screen and terminates the edit mode. There's no way to put a good spin on this - it's a serious bug that removes functionality. As often happens when fixing bugs, new bugs get introduced. Unfortunately that's not the only bug - there are lots more. To remove the unwanted packages you use the "Settings" button (gear icon). Under User Information choose My packagesFrom there you have two choices. You can tap the Edit button, which will light up a red circle next to all but the first package. Tap the circle, then the red Delete button. That will delete the package. If it has nothing in it, the app will probably crash. When you open it again the package will be gone. An alternate way to delete a package is to swipe LEFT on it, which will expose the delete button. You will discover that you cannot delete the last package. Also if you delete a package using the trash can icon on the main screen the large view will disappear, but the package will still show on the row of packages at the bottom of the screen. You can't do anything with it and it will show 0 designs. If it is the sole remaining user package, then it becomes a zombie package that you can't get rid of. If you create a new package you can then delete it, but you'll have a different zombie. To get designs into a package it appears that you need to do it during the import phase. However if you create a new package while importing you may encounter yet more bugs. 

I also own the DRAWings Snap app, which was written by the same company that did AcuDesign for Janome. It has exactly the same bugs and was last updated 11 months ago for the same reason of restoring Dropbox functionality. It's a shame that both of these apps, while having a lot of nice features, are so crippled by bugs. If the authors had spent as much effort in testing as they did in hawking designs of dubious quality that you cannot delete, they would have a lot more positive reviews. DRAWings Snap, in particular, is now offering their editing package, formerly $50, for $30 while asking the user to give it a 5-star rating in the App Store.

Here's what I would suggest. If you already have AcuDesign, whether it was free or you paid $50 for it, report any and all problems to Janome Tech Support. The only way those bugs can be fixed is if they get reported. If you have not purchased AcuDesign, don't. It pains me to put a "Do not buy" advisory on a Janome product, but the quality of the current version does not begin to meet the Janome quality standard. If you want design software that is easier to use and works better, spend $10 for StitchBuddy HD. It doesn't do everything that AcuDesign does, but it will meet the needs of most people. It's also fully supported and deserves the 5-star rating it has in the App Store. I'm adding it to the not-so-short list of things we need to make a video for.


 


Quiet sincerity

Jim Stutsman
 

It's been a quiet week in Lake Wobegone, and also on this list. Perhaps everyone is preparing, as we are, for the arrival of the Great Pumpkin in a short while. As you can see, our pumpkin patch is nothing but sincerity as far as the eye can see.


Missing New Messages

Cynthia Dickerson
 

I come down each morning and the first thing I do is get on my computer and look for my lastest onlinesewing-janome group message.  It has been a sad week with no new messages.  It just really makes my day!!  This morning really put the smile back on my face when I finally saw a new message.  Thank you ladies and Jim for starting out my day great!! 


Re: Is this group active?

VICKIE
 

I havent either 
I was just ask to update pw?????


Re: Cleaning out bobbin

Jim Stutsman
 

Vacuuming is fine, but it may not be enough. Metallic thread tends to catch more than other threads and you may have bits of it that can't be pulled out by a vacuum alone. This is especially a problem if you use the thread cutter with metallic thread, as it will get caught between the blades of the cutter and stop the cutter from working. Take off the needle plate and bobbin case and use a strong light to look for the glint of metallic bits. Tweezers can be helpful in teasing it out of crevices and crannies.


Is this group active?

Meryl Margolies
 

I haven't received a digest in more than a week.
What's going on?
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Thank you,
Meryl


Cleaning out bobbin

Meryl Margolies
 

What can I use to deep clean the bobbin area. It seems that an aborted attempt with metallic thread has created little pieces of thread that come to the top and mess up my bobbin. Can I vacuum?
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Thank you,
Meryl


locked Re: Upcoming MC15000 videos

Shirley Allen
 

Thank you  I will try your methods & see how it works.


Re: Screen issue

Kim Cotcher
 

I have added a photo. Thank you!

[The reported problem was circle showing up on the screen. Unfortunately your photo is a screen capture of a video on your phone, so there are two circles. I am assuming that the white circle with the arrow in it is the “Play” button for the video and the square with the colored dots is the circle in question. That’s simply the machine’s equivalent of the Windows hourglass or the rotating dots in an iPhone or iPad when it’s waiting for something to get done. Depending on the size of a design and the number of designs in your machine or USB drive, it may take a few seconds for a design to fully open on the “Ready to Sew” screen. During that time you will see the colored dot display. It does not indicate a problem.]


Re: Needle position

Carole O'Mara
 

That was it!!  I don’t know when I made that change.    You saved me a trip to my dealer, which I was not looking forward to doing.  Thank you, thank you.  
Carole - Colorado Springs


Needle position

Carole O'Mara
 

I have the 12000.  When I turn my machine on, the needle position defaults to the 1/4" position.  This started a few months ago and when I turned the machine off and then on, it would sometimes default to the center.  Today I cannot get it to go to the center needle position.  When I choose the straight stitch WOVEN MEDIUM it goes to the right; LIGHTgoes to the center; HEAVY goes to left; LOCKAMATIC center.   I had been using the 1/4" foot for piecing with the zig zag needle plate. Now I want to straight stitch but want to adjust the needle position left of center for a wider seam allowance and have the zig zag plate on.  Actually, I have the dual feed VD foot on and engaged dual feed.  The photos I had hope to drag and drop into the email are showing as attachments.  Any suggestions.
Thanks,
Carole - Colorado Springs

[It sounds like you may have the "Favorite Stitch" option turned on. In that mode any changes you make to a stitch are memorized and reinstated whenever you use that stitch. See page 93 in the instruction book.]


locked Re: Upcoming MC15000 videos

SparkleFever
 

Shirley Allen:  . . .  Also why do I get underneath stitcher messes when I start a seam?  Does my machine need a tune up or am I doing something wrong?



If you get a a small thread ball or tangle at the beginning, my guess that you use the automatic thread cutter.  I don't use it for sewing mode.

Also, it's still worth using the tried and tested old-school technique of  - 

Hold the top thread tail whilst putting the needle down into the fabric and only then start sewing.

To avoid a fabric scrunch up at the start of a seam, on any 9mm wide stitch machine, when using the the wide slot needle plate and working with light to medium weight fabrics, take care to ensure that the needle is down in the fabric at least 2mm from the end of the fabric before starting to sew.  It's not the machine, it's physics.
Using the anchor cloth method (like chain piecing) does the same thing.

Even if they say the machine doesn't need it, I still encourage my students to develop the habit of holding the top thread tail when starting to sew, until it becomes automatic and just how they operate any machine.  

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SparkleFever


locked Re: Upcoming MC15000 videos

SparkleFever
 

@ Carole - quickest way to resolve the issues - find a tech to adjust and set up your machine for the fabrics, threads and sewing you expect to do.  There is no point in spending a moment longer putting up with niggles.

Some different things affect stitch formation for sewing and how they all work together plays a part in affecting the stitching performance.  It's a bit like setting up a perfect marriage.
On each set-up there is a range or tolerance within which the machine can be set up at the factory.  As long as the setting for XXX falls within the recommended range it passes the factory test.  On a range of 1-3, an item on one machine may be set at 1.25 and on another at 2.75 but because both are within the permitted range they both pass.  The performance of the machines will be slightly different.

The 12000 and 15000 and similar high end machines domestic machines are like any other highly engineered performance machine - they perform best after being fine tuned for the conditions and the user.  Pianos are often re-tuned at least 3 times on the day of performance, twice before and again during the interval if necessary.  High performance car engines are fine tuned for the weather conditions, load and road conditions.  

I am fortunate to have found a tech who used to set up in industrial machines in a factory and worked mostly in the sampling room .  When the factory closed he skilled up on domestic machines and now works for himself.  I think the combination of his expertise, his attention to detail and the personal touch of being able to talk to the person who works on the machine makes a difference.  He makes a good point about multi-purpose sewing machines which is to


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SparkleFever


Screen issue

Kim Cotcher
 

Hi Jim
  I am noticing on my screen that it has a circle showing up frequently. I am attaching a video. I hope this down not indicate a problem. Can you please advise me on what to do. Also I am glad to find where the group is located now. 
Thank you
Kim Cotcher

[It appears that you attached a movie file to this post. Unfortunately it will not play, most likely because the list is not equipped for that kind of file. I'm guessing that the screen you are referring to is that on your machine. If the circle has a slash through it, just a photo would be good enough to identify it. If it's happening while you are sewing my best guess would be a foot control problem, possibly due to a break in the wire.]


Re: PD-H vs QC/QO feet

Randi Kemper
 

 

Jim, I just got a new I phone 8plus. The version it shows is1.5.1(17)-18 . Is that right?

 

Randi Kemper

Randisbear1@...

 


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Randi Kemper
Magical Machine Embroidery

[Yes, that's the latest version if you have iOS 10 or greater.]


locked Upcoming MC15000 videos

JoAnn Novak
 

I find the usb faster.    JoAnn

Life's biggest decision is what you do with Jesus.

1. My biggest problem is that I haven’t used all of what the machine can do.
2. I don’t use the Janome software, I don’t know how yet.
3. I don’t use the iPad to edit or transfer to the 15000 because I don’t know how. I use the USB .

Marilyn
Sent from my ipad

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