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Re: Embf folder and other dislikes

vicki chrobak
 

Barbara, I have the 12000 & Designer Ruby. I guess I don't see what the need is to put any more designs on the USB stick than I plan on working with in the near future. For both machines. I use a 4gb stick with no time problem. In the meantime I store my designs on a separate stick as well as external hard drive. I do agree that the Embf folder is a wasted step. The quietness, the power especially , the location of the arm & the variable zigzag are the features that sold me on the 12000. And the learning curve was very simple. (not to say I've learned everything!) While I personally have no problem getting the fabric taut, I usually use the baste in the hoop method with excellent results. One thing I do miss on the 12000 is the stitch count & following the progress on the machine's screen. But what the hey, they are both fun toys!!!

On 1/23/2013 9:19 PM, bbathe46 wrote:
Hi,
I have the Janome 12000 plus the Designer Diamond Deluxe and a Brother 10 needle machine. What I don't like about the Janome is that you have to put all the designs in the Embf folder to stich them out and you can't make individual folders to organize them. Maybe I'm missing something but I recent put lots if designs on a stick and each time I went back to pick another design to stitch out, it took forever for the machine to read the USB stick. On my Viking and Brother, I can create folders and put the designs in each folder and the machines will read them. Also I find that when I bring the designs up in the touch screen of the Janome they are hard to see clearly. My designer shows them much clearer in a 3D view. I find the screen in general to be far inferior to the screens of my other TOL machines.
I do like the embroidery arm and the way that it folds up out of the way but don't care for the hoops. I find it practically impossible to hoop the fabric tightly no matter what I do. Like many of you, I wish that there was a mid-sized hoop.
Any suggestions on how to organize the designs on the stick so that it works more efficiently? At this point I am really thinking of selling the machine. Thanks for letting my vent.
Barbara


Parallels

vestacheatham <vestacheatham@...>
 

I updated my Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac today....and then my Windows 7 popped up saying it wasn't a legit program. I tried to re-install Windows...but it won't....I suspect 'cause it comes up as already installed. I called Microsoft, and after 30 min. Waiting and being sent to 3 different people...I was told Apple would have to fix the problem. I argued but to no avail. Lo and behold Apple said just what I expected - we don't have any way to fix a problem with Windows.

I see others are using Mac with Parallels....any suggestions?


Re: Embf folder and other dislikes

Jim_Stutsman <jim@...>
 

You can create folders (up to 100) on the USB stick for your 12000. Just make sure that each folder is inside the EMB folder, and you don't make folders within folders. Also, USB sticks that are larger than 2GB will operate slower.

--- In janome12000@..., "bbathe46" wrote:

Hi,
I have the Janome 12000 plus the Designer Diamond Deluxe and a Brother 10 needle machine. What I don't like about the Janome is that you have to put all the designs in the Embf folder to stich them out and you can't make individual folders to organize them. Maybe I'm missing something but I recent put lots if designs on a stick and each time I went back to pick another design to stitch out, it took forever for the machine to read the USB stick. On my Viking and Brother, I can create folders and put the designs in each folder and the machines will read them. Also I find that when I bring the designs up in the touch screen of the Janome they are hard to see clearly. My designer shows them much clearer in a 3D view. I find the screen in general to be far inferior to the screens of my other TOL machines.
I do like the embroidery arm and the way that it folds up out of the way but don't care for the hoops. I find it practically impossible to hoop the fabric tightly no matter what I do. Like many of you, I wish that there was a mid-sized hoop.
Any suggestions on how to organize the designs on the stick so that it works more efficiently? At this point I am really thinking of selling the machine. Thanks for letting my vent.
Barbara


Embf folder and other dislikes

bbathe46 <bbathe@...>
 

Hi,
I have the Janome 12000 plus the Designer Diamond Deluxe and a Brother 10 needle machine. What I don't like about the Janome is that you have to put all the designs in the Embf folder to stich them out and you can't make individual folders to organize them. Maybe I'm missing something but I recent put lots if designs on a stick and each time I went back to pick another design to stitch out, it took forever for the machine to read the USB stick. On my Viking and Brother, I can create folders and put the designs in each folder and the machines will read them. Also I find that when I bring the designs up in the touch screen of the Janome they are hard to see clearly. My designer shows them much clearer in a 3D view. I find the screen in general to be far inferior to the screens of my other TOL machines.
I do like the embroidery arm and the way that it folds up out of the way but don't care for the hoops. I find it practically impossible to hoop the fabric tightly no matter what I do. Like many of you, I wish that there was a mid-sized hoop.
Any suggestions on how to organize the designs on the stick so that it works more efficiently? At this point I am really thinking of selling the machine. Thanks for letting my vent.
Barbara


Velcro and embroidering

darlaineep <darlaine@...>
 

Has anyone embroidered a name on velcro? My husband has a computer bag and a velcro strip that comes off and he wants his name on it. Thanks

Darlaine


Re: acufil kit review

Virginia
 

I do own MBX and the reason I love the Acufil is because of the calculating part of the program as well as being able to know the number of hoopings and being able to put in my measurements to determine the borders.
 
I find that both MBX and the Acufil program can work hand in hand for me.   If  I choose to do stipple, I can adjust my loop spacing in the MBX and then save as a JEF and import into the quilt program.  That way I am not limited to the stipple designs that default in the quilt program.
 
Last but most least I love the 8,7 X 8.7 sewing area in the quilting hoop.  I also use it for a lot of my embroidering and do not waste as much stabilizer as I do using the larger hoops in the 12,000 when I do not need to.
 
I love quilting, but I am an in the hoop quilter and most of my quilts I do with the Hoopsisters designs.  I finish the quilts with my own borders and in the hoop.  Not being or feeling comfortable with free motion I guess I depend on the program more than others do.
 
Virginia
 
In a message dated 1/23/2013 5:34:40 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, gbmko@... writes:

 

Dear Virginia,
Thank you for the suggestion, but I did read the help files completely, and if need be, could design a wonderful quilt pattern with the program to "highlight" its features, but it is way too limiting. I do not design my quilts based on the limitations of a software program, but decide on the designs and expect to be able to recreate it in my software , in the size, etc, I desire.

do you by chance own MBX, and if so , could you explaind why you would use the acufil over MBX? I still see no reason to ever use the acufil software.

But I do like the hoop! Wish it was an option to have bought without paying for the software.

--- In janome12000@..., Fmjfrazier@... wrote:
>
> The help files in the program do give you a few more options. I think if
> you copy them off and work with each section of the program individually you
> may change your mind. I do love the program although I will admit it
> takes some getting used to, remembering that the designs do have to keep
> within the 8.7 sewing area from there may help.
>
> Virginia
>
>
> In a message dated 1/23/2013 12:11:56 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,
> gbmko@... writes:
>
>
>
>
> 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 cr eate,
> 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 patte rn 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: acufil kit review

shejmartin1
 

I have said the same thing before on this group a couple of times. Can't figure out when I would use the program very much especially for large quilts; but I do like the hoop itself.

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

Dear Virginia,
Thank you for the suggestion, but I did read the help files completely, and if need be, could design a wonderful quilt pattern with the program to "highlight" its features, but it is way too limiting. I do not design my quilts based on the limitations of a software program, but decide on the designs and expect to be able to recreate it in my software , in the size, etc, I desire.

do you by chance own MBX, and if so , could you explaind why you would use the acufil over MBX? I still see no reason to ever use the acufil software.

But I do like the hoop! Wish it was an option to have bought without paying for the software.

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

The help files in the program do give you a few more options. I think if
you copy them off and work with each section of the program individually you
may change your mind. I do love the program although I will admit it
takes some getting used to, remembering that the designs do have to keep
within the 8.7 sewing area from there may help.

Virginia


In a message dated 1/23/2013 12:11:56 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,
gbmko@ writes:




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 cr eate,
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 patte rn 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: embroidering on leather

Jim_Stutsman <jim@...>
 

I understand the moose was quite upset because the embroidered design was a target symbol.

--- In janome12000@..., "busybee1115" wrote:

Yes I embroidered on tanned moose hide. Worked nicely.



--- In janome12000@..., "turcotte37" wrote:

Has anyone tried embroidering on leather. Was it succesful?


Re: embroidering on leather

busybee1115 <jeannette.rick.freese@...>
 

Yes I embroidered on tanned moose hide. Worked nicely.

--- In janome12000@..., "turcotte37" wrote:

Has anyone tried embroidering on leather. Was it succesful?


Re: acufil kit review

gbmko
 

Dear Virginia,
Thank you for the suggestion, but I did read the help files completely, and if need be, could design a wonderful quilt pattern with the program to "highlight" its features, but it is way too limiting. I do not design my quilts based on the limitations of a software program, but decide on the designs and expect to be able to recreate it in my software , in the size, etc, I desire.

do you by chance own MBX, and if so , could you explaind why you would use the acufil over MBX? I still see no reason to ever use the acufil software.

But I do like the hoop! Wish it was an option to have bought without paying for the software.

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

The help files in the program do give you a few more options. I think if
you copy them off and work with each section of the program individually you
may change your mind. I do love the program although I will admit it
takes some getting used to, remembering that the designs do have to keep
within the 8.7 sewing area from there may help.

Virginia


In a message dated 1/23/2013 12:11:56 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,
gbmko@... writes:




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 cr eate,
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 patte rn 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


embroidering on leather

turcotte37
 

Has anyone tried embroidering on leather. Was it succesful?


Re: acufil kit review

Connie <cldparrish@...>
 

I agree $400 is alot to pay for a hoop. I just wanted the hoop also. Love the hoop.

From: Norma Carson
To: janome12000@...
Sent: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 11:04 AM
Subject: Re: [janome12000] acufil kit review
 
I totally agree with you Barbara, and I knew going in that the software would not be something I would use because I have Embird and it will do everything that I need it to do including working with the designs that came with the kit. I bought it because I really wanted the hoop and have not been disappointed.  $400. is alot to pay for a hoop though......
Norma
 
 
 
----- Original Message -----
From: gbmko
Sent: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 7:44 PM
Subject: [janome12000] acufil kit review

 
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: acufil kit review

Norma Jeanne
 

I totally agree with you Barbara, and I knew going in that the software would not be something I would use because I have Embird and it will do everything that I need it to do including working with the designs that came with the kit. I bought it because I really wanted the hoop and have not been disappointed.  $400. is alot to pay for a hoop though......
Norma
 
 
 

----- Original Message -----
From: gbmko
Sent: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 7:44 PM
Subject: [janome12000] acufil kit review

 

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

Barbara
 

I LOVE MY 12000 Great choice..

From: "Fmjfrazier@..."
To: janome12000@...
Sent: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 6:37 AM
Subject: Re: [janome12000] Re: Buying new machine
 
Your quality of work is absolutely beautiful, however after reading your posting  I will have to agree with you about the Janome.  It is wonderful you have the ability to have all of those high end machines, but as you posted even though the built in designs are what you purchased them for they only do 80% of what the Janome can do.  I have the 12,000 and have been a Janome owner for well over 10 years and truly love the 12,000 more than any other Janome I have had in the past.  I had the 11,000 for 3 years and thought I would never want or need a another machine, but after having my 12,000 for over a year now I know I was wrong.  The 12,000 is a fantastic machine and I have test drove others.
 
Barbara if you select the 12,000 I know you will be thrilled with it.
 
Virginia
 
In a message dated 1/23/2013 12:11:56 A.M. Eastern Standard Time, berninahusq@... writes:

 
--- In mailto:janome12000%40yahoogroups.com, "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: Buying new machine

vicki chrobak
 

Wow Ed, I am thoroughly in awe of your artistry & craftsmanship. That is one magnificent christening gown!
Vicki Jo


Re: Buying new machine

Virginia
 

Your quality of work is absolutely beautiful, however after reading your posting  I will have to agree with you about the Janome.  It is wonderful you have the ability to have all of those high end machines, but as you posted even though the built in designs are what you purchased them for they only do 80% of what the Janome can do.  I have the 12,000 and have been a Janome owner for well over 10 years and truly love the 12,000 more than any other Janome I have had in the past.  I had the 11,000 for 3 years and thought I would never want or need a another machine, but after having my 12,000 for over a year now I know I was wrong.  The 12,000 is a fantastic machine and I have test drove others.
 
Barbara if you select the 12,000 I know you will be thrilled with it.
 
Virginia
 
In a message dated 1/23/2013 12:11:56 A.M. Eastern Standard Time, berninahusq@... writes:

 

--- 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: acufil kit review

Virginia
 

The help files in the program do give you a few more options.  I think if you copy them off and work with each section of the program individually you may change your mind.  I do love the program although I will admit it takes some getting used to,  remembering that the designs do have to keep within the 8.7 sewing area  from there may help.
 
Virginia
 
In a message dated 1/23/2013 12:11:56 A.M. Eastern Standard Time, gbmko@... writes:

 

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 cr eate, 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 patte rn 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: Testing the group

sew3emb
 

Jim, thank you, thank you, thank you.. how simple it sounds now. Today I tried to go back and replicate the moving of hoop (not that it matters) but can't figure out how I did it, probably one of my more left field moments. Any way that sure will make it better and easier than what I was trying to doing.

You probably have figure out you cannot escape and no evacuation plan will work..;-)
Thank again, Zoe

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

Apparently I was premature in my evacuation plans. I've spent the afternoon in the card shop getting get well cards for all our flu victims. Rest and fluids people, rest and fluids!

The 12000 works differently from the 9000, but then you know that now. I'm not sure which arrow keys you were using, or when, but there's a better way. Instead of stitching, moving and stitching, use the Editing mode (Page 118). You can place all your designs in the on-screen hoop, arranged as you like, and then stitch them all at once.

--- In janome12000@..., "sew3emb" wrote:

Please don't anyone turn out the lights. I'm still here..;0..


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