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Re: Couple of issues

sewing2171
 

Thanks Maggie,

Will try this next time as I already have Wilcom True Sizer. I also thought that perhaps if I used the Horizon Link function that could also work.

I know Generations is an older program but I do like working with it. Will persevere a little longer and hope that their 'coming soon' update will happen this year and see what that brings. Am not holding my breath for the update though as blue is not my favourite colour lol.

Cheers,
Nita


acufil kit review

gbmko
 

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 create, 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 pattern 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 ok...so 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


Re: Buying new machine

berninahusq
 

--- In janome12000@..., "Barbara" wrote:

My designer one is on its last legs sadly and I have been looking for a new machine .

After much research and reading on yahoo groupsand sewingpatternreview I have come down to a choice of two . The Janome 12000 and the Pfaff creative performance.
Thankyou Barbara
Hi Barbara,

I have a Viking Designer 1 too, as well as the Janome MC12000, the BERNINA 830LE and three other BERNINA embroidery/sewing systems and the Pfaff Creative Vision 5.5 which in terms of features and capabilities is between the Pfaff Sensation and the Pfaff Creative Performance. I am fortunate to be able to hop from one machine to another to use its best features not offered on another brand. For me, the Janome MC12000 was the easiest to learn.

Each of my machines does roughly 80% of the other. It's the other 20% of these TOL machines that differentiate them from the other brands. Like another member said, service and the dealer is very important. If they are sold by the same dealer, then you may not need to worry about that. Another important consideration is what you are looking to do with it. You didn't say whether or not you wanted to get the optional embroidery unit for the Pfaff Creative Performance. If so, Pfaff has a greater assortment of hoops than the Janome, but the Pfaff is slower at embroidering. If you get the optional Pfaff larger embroidery unit, you will be able to use the 360 x 350mm Grand Dream Hoop which is much larger than the Janome MC12000's largest hoop.

For me, Pfaff has the nicest decorative stitches of all my machines, but you may differ. I bought the Pfaff CV primarily for its decorative stitches. I bought the Janome MC12000 to have its narrow Acufeed. The MC12000 feeds bulky garments and home dec projects than the Pfaff (and the Viking Designer 1). Pfaff's IDT is different from Janome's Acufeed, but they generally have the same purpose. It's "how they feel". I recommend you bring some sample fabrics/projects you normally work on and try them out on both machines to see what works for you and see what features of the Pfaff over the Janone are more important to you. It may be a personal preference. As you have the Designer 1, the Pfaff may seem more familiar to you. When I first sat down at a Pfaff CV, it was no problem on threading it, as it is basically the same as with the Designer 1. Also, you'll be able to use your Designer 1 bobbins in the Pfaff Creative Performance as they are the same. But that is all you'll be able to use interchangeably unless you adapt a Viking ankle to use on the Pfaff (or the Janome--I can do that).

You can see my level of sewing/embroidery experience here http://weallsew.com/2012/05/17/the-christina-christening-gown/.

You can contact me privately, if you have more questions.

Hope this helps!

Ed "Kanga" Roux


Re: Couple of issues

vicki chrobak
 

You are welcome Nita. Maybe at the very least we could get a stitch count feature in the future on the machine itself. Would be nice anyway. Glad you worked things out.
Vicki Jo

On 1/22/2013 2:39 PM, sewing2171 wrote:
Hi Vicki Jo,

Thanks for the tip, will try changing the hoop next time - don't know why I didn't think of that, duh! lol.

Also, using the colour to advance would have made it quicker, thank you, will use that next time if I have to.

Cheers,
Nita


Re: Buying new machine

linynp
 

Barbara its like driving a car. To each own likes and feel. I favored the Janome (hence my purchase lol!). When I sat and test drove both the sensation and performance - I wasn't feeling it.
I know not committal but really that's what it boils down too. How do you feel with each machine when sewing. Good luck!!!

Sent from my iPhone
Nancy W


Re: Couple of issues

maggie cooper
 

Nita, Generations doesnt support the 12000 hoops, in fact its a tad archaic, so when you created your designs and exported to Jef, dependant on which export you used, the program simply decided it knew better than you.
 
If you want to use  Generations to digitise for your 12000 you have to export to DST, take a colour chart print out before exporting, then download Wilcoms True sizer or any free design viewer, and convert the DST to Jef. It's a pain, but generations isnt keeping up with current TOL machines.
Use Export 11, for DST or 111 for Tajima DST, then use your colour chart print out to change the threads on the machine AFTER you convert the design in Wilcoms True sizer.  Its the only way to get around Generations breaking your design into 3 parts.
Maggie Cooper in UK.


Re: Upper thread breaking

sewing2171
 

Hi Barbara,

I had this happen to me recently, I changed my needle, had the embroidery throat plate on, yellow dot bobbin holder etc and then I remembered that I read something somewhere about how the thread is wound onto the spool can make a difference, so I turned the thread around so that it fed from the other end of the spool and hey presto no more thread breaking. There may be other reasons but this one worked for me at that time.

Hope this helps you,
Cheers,
Nita

--- In janome12000@..., "Barbara J." wrote:

I have had my 12000 for over a year and am still learning. This weekend I decided to make a flannel receiving blanket (2 layers) for my daughter's new baby.From past expierience, I decided to use a stretch stitch (#6) to quilt the layers together. Just a simple cross hatch
pattern nothing fancy). But the upper thread keeps breaking! I tried sewing a regular stitch on a pactice sandwich and it stitched fine). So I put a needle in with a larger eye. I use Schmetz needles and am using cotton machine quilting thread. Still breaks. And it doesn't seem to matter whether I sew fast or slow. (But if I go slower, I can hear when the thread is getting ready to snap.)

Any suggestions?


Re: Couple of issues

sewing2171
 

Hi Virginia,

Thanks for the feedback. It wasn't the stitch count, only had 57,000 but could possibly have been the colour changes, didn't check that so will look at that if it happens again.

The designs all look great though am very pleased with the stitching quality. Love my machine!

Cheers,
Nita

--- In janome12000@..., Fmjfrazier@... wrote:

I am not familiar with the Generations software, however it is possible
that the design had more than 100,000 stitches or more color changes than the
machine can recognize so the software may have recognized that and allowed
for that. As far as your machine pausing, I am not sure other than, had
you shut the machine off and then turned it back on the machine remembers
where you stopped so it would have asked you if you want to repeat the same
design and would have brought you back to the point it stopped at. Perhaps
someone else has a better explanation.

Virginia


Re: Couple of issues

sewing2171
 

Hi Vicki Jo,

Thanks for the tip, will try changing the hoop next time - don't know why I didn't think of that, duh! lol.

Also, using the colour to advance would have made it quicker, thank you, will use that next time if I have to.

Cheers,
Nita

--- In janome12000@..., vicki chrobak wrote:

Nita, I'm not familiar with the Generations program either. However,
did you try to switch to the GR hoop on your machine after loading the
design? It might work?.
I like your description "accidental boob graze" --gave me a good
giggle. Having the Resume function checked may have saved you but I
suspect that since you moved hoop with the graze that you did the only
thing possible. One thing that will save time in that situation would
be to advance to the color you were on then advance stitches.
Vicki Jo



Re: Couple of issues

vicki chrobak
 

Nita,� I'm not familiar with the Generations program either.� However, did you try to switch to the GR hoop on your machine after loading the design?� It might work?.
I like your description "accidental boob graze" --gave me a good giggle.� Having the Resume function checked may have saved you but I suspect that since you moved hoop with the graze that you did the only thing possible.� One thing that will save time in that situation would be to advance to the color you were on then advance stitches.
Vicki Jo


I have been sewing designs I digitized using Generations using my 12000 and have noticed a couple of issues and was wondering if anyone else has had the same issues and what did they do?

1. For the new hoops I created new hoops in Generations. Digitized three designs to use the large GR hoop. Each time I have save the design, then exported it to a USB. When opening the designs at the machine I have noticed that the machine has split the design into three separate designs using the SQ hoop. Does anyone know what has caused the change in hoops and splitting the design?

2. Whilst stitching away with one of my designs the machine gave me the message that I had insufficient bobbin thread. No drama, I took the hoop off the machine, replaced with a loaded bobbin and went to replace the hoop onto the machine. I am quite short and had to stand up to place the hoop back into the embroidery arm doing this I had an áccidental boob graze' touching the screen. The hoop moved forward and the screen had 'paused' as a message at the top left hand side. I read through the whole manual and couldn't find anything about pausing during embroidery nor how to únpause' the machine to resume stitching at the same point. I did try to just press start but it began sewing right where the hoop was and that was not correct. After some frustration I re-started the design, moved the stitching forward back to where I was previously and finished the design no problem. Am wondering though if there was an easier way?

Sorry for the lengthy explanation but wanted to give the complete picture.

Many thanks,
Nita




Re: Carrying Case-What works for you?

Barbara J. <kata1913@...>
 

--- In janome12000@..., "Andrea" wrote:

For those people that have purchased a rolling case for their 12000, what did you get and has it worked for you. The Janome hard case looks sooooo big and with its additional weight I'm looking for alternatives unless its the best.
I also have the 12000. I looked at the silver case that Janome put out for the 12000 but it's just a thin plastic and I really don't like it. It looks great but I don't know how well it will hold up.
I bought a "Tutto Monster" for my machine. I love it! It is a roller
type carrier with a detachable handle and it folds flat when not in use.
It has lots of storage space in the case on the sides for extras. It is about the same price as the Janome case but I like it better. And it comes in many colors and has companion pieces. I have tsken my 12000
on some retreats where I can set it up and just leave it for a few days.


Upper thread breaking

Barbara J. <kata1913@...>
 

I have had my 12000 for over a year and am still learning. This weekend I decided to make a flannel receiving blanket (2 layers) for my daughter's new baby.From past expierience, I decided to use a stretch stitch (#6) to quilt the layers together. Just a simple cross hatch
pattern nothing fancy). But the upper thread keeps breaking! I tried sewing a regular stitch on a pactice sandwich and it stitched fine). So I put a needle in with a larger eye. I use Schmetz needles and am using cotton machine quilting thread. Still breaks. And it doesn't seem to matter whether I sew fast or slow. (But if I go slower, I can hear when the thread is getting ready to snap.)

Any suggestions?


Re: Couple of issues

Virginia
 

I am not familiar with the Generations software, however it is possible that the design had more than 100,000 stitches or more color changes than the machine can recognize so the software may have recognized that and allowed for that.  As far as your machine pausing, I am not sure other than, had you shut the machine off and then turned it back on the machine remembers where you stopped so it would have asked you if you want to repeat the same design and would have brought you back to the point it stopped at.  Perhaps someone else has a better explanation.
 
Virginia
 
In a message dated 1/21/2013 11:30:49 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, jwragg1@... writes:

 

Hi,

I have been sewing designs I digitized using Generations using my 12000 and have noticed a couple of issues and was wondering if anyone else has had the same issues and what did they do?

1. For the new hoops I created new hoops in Generations. Digitized three designs to use the large GR hoop. Each time I have save the design, then exported it to a USB. When opening the designs at the machine I have noticed that the machine has split the design into three separate designs using the SQ hoop. Does anyone know what has caused the change in hoops and splitting the design?

2. Whilst stitching away with one of my designs the machine gave me the message that I had insufficient bobbin thread. No drama, I took the hoop off the machine, replaced with a loaded bobbin and went to replace the hoop onto the machine. I am quite short and had to stand up to place the hoop back into the embroidery arm doing this I had an áccidental boob graze' touching the screen. The hoop moved forward and the screen had 'paused' as a message at the top left hand side. I read through the whole manual and couldn't find anything about pausing during embroidery nor how to únpause' the machine to resume stitching at the same point. I did try to just press start but it began sewing right where the hoop was and that was not correct. After some frustration I re-started the design, moved the stitching forward back to where I was previously and finished the design no problem. Am wondering though if there was an easier way?

Sorry for the lengthy explanation but wanted to give the complete picture.

Many thanks,
Nita


Re: Buying new machine

Virginia
 

First and most important where will you get the best support?  If you have a dealer that can support one machine more than the other than get the brand he supports.  I have the 12,000 and have had it since the first month it came out.  It is a fabulous machine and I am learning new things on it each day.  I have had Janome brand since I first started sewing in 1990 and love the brand.  They are a fabulous machine and my local dealer gives free lessons for a lifetime.  Which is also very important.
 
Virginia
 
In a message dated 1/22/2013 9:35:08 A.M. Eastern Standard Time, mike.north1@... writes:

 

My designer one is on its last legs sadly and I have been looking for a new machine .

After much research and reading on yahoo groupsand sewingpatternreview I have come down to a choice of two . The Janome 12000 and the Pfaff creative performance . I was due to get a demo of the pfaff when the sales manager visited my area , but due to snow he is unable to visit for at least another week.

I can have an exdemo Janome 12000 for £3995 and the Pfaff will cost me £3300 . Has anyone else compared these two please ? I would appreciate your help in deciding .

Thankyou Barbara


Re: Buying new machine

Kathy Poole <beadqueen@...>
 

I would go with the janome.

Kathy Poole


Re: Carrying Case-What works for you

Kathy <beadqueen@...>
 

--- In janome12000@..., oranwr@... wrote:

I have the Tutto rolling case (2XL) for my 12000 but since it is soft side
before I strap it in, I have a quilt wrapped all around it to protect it.
However, that said, although light weight, it is large also. Because our
class room has narrow tables the embroidery arm of the 12000 sticks way out
and is subject to being hit as people move around so, I seldom take it to
class. I go to all classes but just audit the class and sew at home.

I wish our class tables were wider so we would not have to worry about the
arm; however, that would mean less spaces and not everyone has the 12000.

The Janome brand case for the 12000 is much more expensive and although it
is called hard side it is not actually like hard side luggage.
Happy Sewing which ever you choose.

Gloria
I also have the tutto 2xl, but like you our tables are too narrow, so my machine stays home, but I'm still glad I have the case in the event I need one.


New Janome machine

MIKE
 

I have read on the web today there is a new Janome sewing embroidery machine being released in March this year to replace the 9700 . Any clues as to what this will be like ?

Is it likely to be based on the Horizon format , and the 12000 ? Should I wait for the launch or buy a 12000 demonstrator offered on sale at the moment . Is it posssible they will also update the 12000 ?

Thoughts please this is a big investment for me.
Barbara


Buying new machine

MIKE
 

My designer one is on its last legs sadly and I have been looking for a new machine .

After much research and reading on yahoo groupsand sewingpatternreview I have come down to a choice of two . The Janome 12000 and the Pfaff creative performance . I was due to get a demo of the pfaff when the sales manager visited my area , but due to snow he is unable to visit for at least another week.

I can have an exdemo Janome 12000 for £3995 and the Pfaff will cost me £3300 . Has anyone else compared these two please ? I would appreciate your help in deciding .

Thankyou Barbara


Re: Carrying Case-What works for you

Joyce Fite
 

I have the Tutto rolling case (2XL) for my 12000 but since it is soft side before I strap it in, I have a quilt wrapped all around it to protect it.
However, that said, although light weight, it is large also. Because our class room has narrow tables the embroidery arm of the 12000 sticks way out and is subject to being hit as people move around so, I seldom take it to class. I go to all classes but just audit the class and sew at home.

I wish our class tables were wider so we would not have to worry about the arm; however, that would mean less spaces and not everyone has the 12000.

The Janome brand case for the 12000 is much more expensive and although it is called hard side it is not actually like hard side luggage.
Happy Sewing which ever you choose.

Gloria


Re: Testing the group

Cheryl Paul
 

Hi,
Decided to leave cold, cold Saskatchewan Canada and head for some warmth - well guess what the warm only arrived yesterday and it is almost time to go back to the deep freeze. We (a good friend and sewing buddy) and I made the jouney to take classes at Mulqueen's Sew and Vac, and hang out with others who like what to do the same as we do. We've been having a blast, but I couldn't embroidery as my 12000 had a broken connection on the machine that needed replacing - it sewed though so all wasn't lost. I did get it fixed here in Mesa, AZ as my repair guy at home is off for surgery. It cost me a few bucks but I think worth doing immediately. My 1200D serger also broke a lower looper here. I'm beginning to think that 12 is not my lucky number. That one I'll fix at home, as I purchased it at another dealer. I believe is spreading some of the business around as there are lots of places that I do sewing business.

We had to buy internet, as the place we are renting is owned by folks from home and they don't have it installed in their mobile. It took us 2 weeks to make that decision, so we had to always go find a "hotspot" or go to a friends home, miles from us to download email. That's where I've been, instead of posting. Of course, we got a Cricket, USB access and it isn't modern enough to run my Apple devices, so I'm on my friend's computer - terrible when things aren't familiar. I'll know better, if I do this travelling away for any length of time again. Hope I can get hubby interested in travelling with me. I'd like to go to Texas, down to Weslaco, where my parents used to winter. It is beautiful and GREEN there, but a day's drive more.

Off to get ready for our 12000 class tomorrow.

Cheryl - Saskatoon, SK Canada, enjoying January in sunny Mesa, AZ

--- In janome12000@..., "Jim_Stutsman" wrote:

Since the last Yahoo "maintenance" there have been no postings at all to the group. This is pretty unusual, so I'm posting this test message just to confirm the group is functioning. There is no need to respond, as I'm just testing.