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Re: Feature on 500e Embroidery-only machine

favymtz
 

Re: The Upper Thread Sensor 
It’s designed so that the machine can detect that the upper thread is threaded.
If it’s turned Off and the machine is threaded it will sew a few stitches, then stop and warn that the machine cannot sew.
One purpose of turning it Off is so that we can practice sew without thread to check if a design is properly placed.
Where is it located? I’m not exactly sure, But it’s somewhere near the thread uptake. We used to trick the old 11000 (That didn’t have an Off/On) by sliding an index card into the slot to do a practice test, so I assume it’s still in that area on all newer machines.
My analysis of your thread breakage is that you have a tiny burr somewhere in your upper thread path, maybe it’s even on the thread guide above the needle.
I helped someone figure it out on an 11000, by threading the machine, then we carefully kept pulling on the thread like it would move if sewing, until we could see and feel where it was catching up. When we located the spot we sanded it with crocus cloth. 
-favymtz 


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Favymtz 

Re: Best software for beginner. Not planning on digitalizing

Mary Mills
 

I have Embird and happy to help you, just email me privately, regards, Mary

Re: Best software for beginner. Not planning on digitalizing

Mary Mills
 

If you need help with Embird I am happy to help you, I have used it since 2001 and very happy with it.  Just email me privately, regards, Mary 

Re: Feature on 500e Embroidery-only machine

Cathy LeBlanc
 

Kathy,
I checked and found a Janome forum topic on thread break on the 500e that mentioned cleaning the thread sensor.
I copied the link, hope the link works, but if it does not, I googled Janome 500e thread sensor and it took me to the forum.
 https://www.janome.com/en/support/janome-forum/forum-room/forum-topic/?tid=5718
Hope this helps.
Cathy

Claire Re: FSL with 12000

Flossie Schayah
 

Claire,

Thanks for your reply about contacting the vendor. I have used Sue Box lace on greeting cards but not on fabric.

Flossie

Re: Feature on 500e Embroidery-only machine

Kathy Strabel
 

Thank you to those who replied to my thread breakage/no warning from my machine (500e).  I have checked and re-checked all the usual things, even put ANOTHER new needle in -topstitch style, which is my usual for embroidery. I was able to finish that design from yesterday (the bird made of swirls), but I still had to stop a few more times for broken thread--and no announcement or stopping of the needle from my machine.   SO now I am working on another design--I checked the upper thread sensor setting and the box is checked that it is "ON". I even turned it off, waited a minute, then turned it back on. My new design is stitching along as I am typing this, but it has already had one thread break, and the machine did not stop; I am not leaving the room while stitching!!   Does anyone know "where" the upper thread sensor is located in the machine? Maybe I have a piece of lint or thread blocking that sensor? I did clean and oil the machine about 2 weeks ago, and have used it before the last couple of days for these gifts I am making.  I had no trouble at all. It appears that the thread sensor is malfunctioning---I don't want to take it to the dealer if there is just a piece of errant thread or lint blocking its way, so if anyone can tell me where to look to locate the thread sensor--what it looks like, etc. Then I could just put my mini-vacuum attachment near it and get it cleaned out. If that does not work, then I would take it in. Can't do without the warning about a thread break and the machine stopping. Does the low bobbin warning also work off of the thread sensor? My bobbin has not yet been low enough to trigger that warning.   Oh, and also, there is no tension issue, and no burrs on the needle plate, or anywhere that I can determine along the thread path.   ARGHHHH!!!!
Kathy Strabel    Camas WA

Tracy Re: FSL with 12000

Flossie Schayah
 

Tracy,

Thanks very much for the detailed reply. My t shirts were purchased on $1 sale specifically so they could become really pretty dust clothes if the lace did not work out.

Flossie in Huntsville. Alabama

Re: Thread book

Mary E
 

Thank you!


On Sunday, March 8, 2020, Jim Stutsman via Groups.Io <onlinesewing=icloud.com@groups.io> wrote:
Since the entire app was created around machine embroidery thread, I'm assuming you are asking about hand embroidery. We categorize those as "Floss", which isn't really a fiber type, but it helps us organize. Currently we have 17 types from these companies:
Anchor, Angel Floss, Au Ver a Soie d'Alger, DMC, J & P Coats, Valdani, and Weeks Dye Works. More will be added as we find them.

Re: Thread book

Jim Stutsman
 

Since the entire app was created around machine embroidery thread, I'm assuming you are asking about hand embroidery. We categorize those as "Floss", which isn't really a fiber type, but it helps us organize. Currently we have 17 types from these companies:
Anchor, Angel Floss, Au Ver a Soie d'Alger, DMC, J & P Coats, Valdani, and Weeks Dye Works. More will be added as we find them.

Thread book

Mary E
 

Will you be considering adding embroidery threads to this app? I have many of several different companies and it would help me keep track better
Mary E

Re: Best software for beginner. Not planning on digitalizing

Shirley Allen
 

I love my Buzz Tools software & have Buzz size, Buzz Edit, Buzz tools.  And yes you can get a manual & support on line.  I have never regreted my purchase from them.  Very easy information on using.  Hope that helps

Re: Thread - Off-brand?

Cat - N
 

OMG...thank you!  I will grab the iPad and take a look as soon as I can...now that I just finished quilting the St. Patrick's Day Table Toppers.  That is so very kind of you, and completely unexpected on my part. 

I looked at the link you sent, and also looked at some of the Brothread charts that were on the Amazon pages, and then I counted the number of spools of Thread Nanny thread that I have (I made a list of them in Excel, so counting was easy...LOL), and it turns out there are 100 in my list, but I also noted that some of the colors were so close to each other that I cross-referenced them and made notes.  Some of the names and numbers in the Brothread list definitely match what I have in my Thread Nanny list.  I do have to say that the 260 spool collection advertised as being "Thread Nanny" thread is 'impressive'...so many shades of thread!  But it is even nicer to be able to look the thread up online and get information of the thread you are using, which was what 'confused' me when I first started looking at the spools I have...as a novice machine embroiderer...and I was wondering why there were such huge 'gaps' in the color numbering sequences, so it makes more sense now.

Of course, the Metro thread line I bought is discontinued now, too...

Thank you for the work you have done on this, Jim!  Very impressive...well above 'the call of duty' IMHO!!!

- Cat (FL)




Re: Best software for beginner. Not planning on digitalizing

bhd02@...
 

How does a person join? I have Embird but don't use it much.  Would like to follow someone who does. Thanks. BD

Re: Thread - Off-brand?

Jim Stutsman
 

I have added Thread Nanny to ThreadBook, but only the 63 Brother colors I could find a chart for. This page on Amazon seems to suggest that it may be closely affiliated with SMB Always, which is also sold under the Embroidex label with the same numbers.

Re: Best software for beginner. Not planning on digitalizing

Lyn Quine
 

You don’t say what you want to do with the software, do you want to digitise, or just view a downloaded design?  Few software packages come with a written manual, most have online manuals, easy to search with the keywords, but knowing which keyword is the thing.  If you have a help menu in Embird, you could search it, then print the section you’re using, file it and gradually build your manual, if you tried to print the whole thing, time and paper would be the issue, but you could gradually build it as you became more familiar.  Personally, I search the online help, and watch YouTube videos, there’s plenty, and I find the combination works for me.  I don’t print it off, I don’t have enough space to store it, I’d rather use that space for thread and fabric, but I can copy and paste and save it on my computer or iPad.  


if you just want to view a design Wilcom Trusizer is a good one, it can open most formats, resize, change format, and you can either download a copy or use their online one.  


a lot depends on what you want to do with the software as to which to use, but as I said few will come with a hard copy of a manual, at best it will be ‘get you started’ book if you get it on a CD or USB stick but a lot will be an internet download.

Re: Thread - Off-brand?

Cat - N
 

Thank you for sharing your experience with the Thread Nanny thread, Cynthia.  It seemed okay to me, and I have quite a bit of it so it's nice to know that others have used it and liked it since I am far from 'expert' in embroidery thread quality.

- Cat (FL)

Re: Best software for beginner. Not planning on digitalizing

Jim Stutsman
 

Diane & I have never used Embird, so we can’t be much help with that. I assume that you’re looking for software to convert formats. There are many available.

Re: Best software for beginner. Not planning on digitalizing

mah_jongg@ymail.com
 

You can join Embird 101 (beginners) or Absolutely Embird on this group io. Moderators name is Peggy. It is the best place to learn about Embird. Any questions, problems, difficulties in using the program will get answered there. This former yahoo group has saved me a lot headaches and educated me over the years.

Good Luck

Re: ThreadBook 1.4

Jim Stutsman
 

It’s in the store, and should update, but Apple does not do that instantly. I doubt if they check more than once a day. You can force it by opening the App Store and searching for ThreadBook. Instead of a price you’ll see a cloud with an arrow coming out of it. Tap that and it will update.

Re: Feature on 500e Embroidery-only machine

Pixey
 

Kathy,
I have only had it happen once or twice  (and due to user error) but I am pretty sure the machine will stop and alert you if there is a thread break.  

Given what you are describing, I could suggest a couple of possibilities...

You mention being good quality thread but also Floriani brand.  For some reason, some Janome embroidery machines can be really persnickety about threads and do not like Floriani brand.  Others have no trouble. So I would try a different brand.

Then you mentioned the style of the design and frequency of the shredding.  Given how much the circles and spirals result in pulling the thread in different directions as it goes through the needle and completes the stitch, I would wonder about the possibility of a tiny burr in the eye of the needle.  I would suggest changing the needle and maybe even using a Top Stitch needle with a larger eye.

Pixey


On Mar 7, 2020, at 1:12 PM, Kathy Strabel <ksbappa@...> wrote:

Greetings----Just a reality check for me here......I do not see any reference to this in the Owner's Manual......does this machine have a feature that alerts you when a thread break happens? I have been doing a new design and getting frequent thread breaks--I have checked/.adjusted the usual things--new needle, tension checks, etc. But those things seem OK. I just get some thread shredding about every 600-700 stitches. I am running my machine as I usually do, at 400SPM.    Am I imagining this, or is the machine supposed to stop stitching and beep when there is a thread break? I am in the same room, and I will hear that dreaded noise that happens when there is a thread break, and there is, indeed a thread break, but the machine just keeps banging that needle up and down. If I was in the next room, it might stitch out the entire color section with no thread!!   I have never experienced so many thread breaks in a design before.  When I do have a thread break, I believe the 500e machine would stop and tell me. But I could be mixing this up with my older embroidery machine of another brand???/  Am I missing something today???  I have not used that older machine for a couple of years for embroidery. It is a great sewing machine, but no more for embroidery. The design is a type which I have never tried before----a bird that is comprised of many concentric circles and spirals. Could it be something about the design itself? I am stitching on a T-shirt, properly hooped and using the plastic type of topping.  I am using threads of good quality--Floriani, Sulky, etc, which I have never had a problem with before.   Any ideas?   I have stopped stitching for now and am going to go to the gym to work off my sewing frustration!!   Thanks, I appreciate any input!
Kathy Strabel   Camas WA