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 01/02/2011 08:12 PM
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pinkpatti

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Could anyone direct me where I would find this information ?
Also a good embroidery software program for my PC

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 01/02/2011 08:43 PM
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GOQUILT

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The Janome 350e reads .jef format files. I like both SewWhat-Pro (http://www.sandscomputing.com/id11.html) and Embird (http://www.embird.com/) software.
 01/02/2011 09:00 PM
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CherylAnn

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I use Janome's Digitizer MB. It is the software that is totally compatible with your embroidery machine. I cannot speak to the use of other programs because I don't know them but I love my DigiMB. Digimad can give you more information on others. There are definitely good programs that are less expensive if you need something more economical. Your dealer can get you the program if this is the way you want to go.

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 01/02/2011 10:05 PM
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karen65ae

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From a lot of information I have read embird seems the most popular for an economical software program.
 01/03/2011 05:10 AM
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Bobc2311

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Hi Patricia, all the others have mentioned good software programs. The first thing you really need to consider is what do you wish to do with your embroidery software? Janome Digitizer MB or Pro and Embird with all its modules are the priciest but are both excellent digitizing programs. SewWhat Pro is a Design Management Program which lets you do editing of designs and also includes a monogramming facility. It is excellent value and inexpensive. On the other hand if you want only to manage designs and customize their layout with some editing ability then you might want to consider Janome Digitizer Junior to meet your needs. There are other programs that do varying tasks and maybe other members, especially Digimad if she is available can fill you in on these. Good luck and ask plenty of questions before you buy. BobC in Oz.
 01/03/2011 04:59 PM
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Depends as Bob C has mentioned, just what it is you want to do. If all you want is simple editing, some lettering, a few colour changes, the Sew What pro is a great inexpensive program every bit as good as Buzz edit, it also offers resizing, but be warned it odes do blanket density changes. Design splitting, but you have to learn the hows and whys, then again you have to do that with any software. There isnt a single magical program out there that does it all with just a click.

If you want to digitise your own designs then you need a full digitising program, more sophisticated than editing software, it is more expensive.
I have used Embird and Janome software besides others for 7 years now, and seen how both programs have evolved. Many fans of Embird truly believe its the best thing since sliced bread, It is a good program, but cannot live up to the foolish claims it can do everything a top end program can do that its fans proclaim. It can't, top end programs are so specialised they cost both arms and almost both legs. For example I want a fantastic lace creator, but its entry level is way above any general digitising software available to the domestic user. Plus its designed to create designs for multi head machines with embroidery spans to match. Sigh I cant afford the software or the hardware. The Embird software program was concieved for a commercial market, but commercial digitising houses looked and stayed with the top end providers. So the domestic market benefited from that. It is a good all round modular program, but showing its age.

Janomes digitising suite is non modular, its more expensive than Embird, but its user interface suits me perfectly, no having to switch from digitising module to lettering module to create designs with lettering. No having to take my designs into an editor to assign thread catalogue colours, I can do it as I digitise. No having to import designs into an editor to create large layout designs I can do it all in the one screen . Believe me to an idle soul like me that is bliss. I can create stunning effects without having to sacrifice design integrity, create my own motifs that stitch exactly as I want them to, a real bonus when I create free standing crochet designs. Its the only one of my several digitising programs that allows me to do that. Janome is the lower end of the mid priced digitising software.
I have others and I use them plus teach how to use them, but for for me the user interface is the most important consideration. Are you a keyboard user or a mouse user, an icon clicker or a menu user. There's nothing worse than paying out 500 to 3000 dollars only to discover you just cant get on with the user interface.

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Edited: 01/03/2011 at 05:03 PM by digimad
 02/25/2011 08:38 PM
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glenda509

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Please, someone, HELP! I am so embarrassed that it's taking a lot of courage to admit my mistake. I bought a new-to-me Janome 350e wanting it mostly for monogramming, thinking I would buy Monogramming Wizard Plus or even the Floriani Monogram Master III module. When I purchase software, I usually buy top-of-the-line because I don't like to run up against limitations. I use Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, etc., so am quite familiar with graphic-type software. Anyway, I started thinking maybe I should get digitizing software, and at a trip to a sewing machine store I overheard some people talking about Bernina Embroidery Software V6, and that it was built on the Corel Draw suite. They were talking about how it saved to every format imaginable. I had seen this software advertized at a great price on a forum and decided to take the plunge. Got it installed and it works perfectly.....but it does NOT save to Janome's JEF format (something about the software developer created software for both Bernina and Janome and there is a non-compete clause). I am SICK! Before I try to recover some of my money, I wondered if there was anyone who could advise if there was a conversion program that would convert from a format saved by Bernina V6 to JEF format without screwing up digitizing. Sorry for the long explanation, but I feel it helps me to save face in some measure! I just can't believe I did this.
 03/04/2011 12:51 PM
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1stitch2stitchgo

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Wow Glenda... that stinks. I'm glad you shared though. I know there are online conversion utilities, I can't say how good they are or if they mess up the digitizing.

http://www.data7consultancy.com/embdesignconvert.asp

https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/convertdesignfileshome.aspx

might be worth doing a couple conversions and stitching them out. Good luck.

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 03/04/2011 01:27 PM
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mattes

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Glenda, although I don't know which formats can be written by the Bernina software, you might want to check out one of the following applications: Pulse Ambassador, Wilcom TrueSizer, or Wings MyEditor. All of these are free and can convert embroideries between various formats.

Sorry to hear about your experiences, but I'd never purchase a software without checking VERY carefully its features, and even more important its prerequisites. Unfortunately not all vendors provide demo versions, unacceptable for such costly products in my opinion. Did you ask any salesman for the JEF export, so you might be able to get a refund?

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 03/04/2011 06:18 PM
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digimad

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Oh Glenda, that really is a shame, but as Mathias has said there are work arounds. Pulse Ambassodor will open ART files and convert to Jef. Its not the most satisfactory way of doing things but as you have discovered Bernina and Janome do not create each others formats. In fact there are very few things that create the latest ART format, Bernina has tied their stitch format up.
Its a lovely program, has more functionality than Janomes but the gap between them has narrowed a great deal. Both programs were originally written by the same software company Wilcom, I dont know if they still write it.

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 03/06/2011 10:49 AM
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glenda509

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I do appreciate your commiserating with me! As I said, I surely don't consider myself a novice when it comes to graphic software and was astonished to find out the V6 did not save to JEF format. Digimad, thank you very much for offering a work-around with Pulse Ambassador. Guess all I can do is try it out and report back. I appreciate the comments by 1stitch and mattes as well. I didn't start out expecting to do a lot of digitizing, but the more I learn about it, the more intriguing it becomes! (Uh-oh, this sounds costly.....)
 03/06/2011 11:33 AM
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glenda509

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Digimad, I just went to the Pulse site and they have a product that called Embroidery i2 that is like a plug-in to my beloved Adobe Illustrator! It digitizes from within Illustrator! I wonder how good it is. It appears to be a web-based subscription, which I'm not sure I like (though I hear everything will be subscription-based in the years to come). Wish I knew more about what constitutes good digitizing and how to minimize jumps, etc. Guess it's time for the learning curve, sigh.
 03/07/2011 03:30 PM
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CherylAnn

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Hi Glenda,

Is there any chance that you could return your digitizing software. You could have gotten Digitizer Pro/MB which would have been compatible with your sewing machine. Otherwise you might be able to sell it and get what you really want. It's to bad things work out the way they do sometimes - the results can be costly to us - can't they. I did it with a laptop computer. I purchased a MacBook Pro when the software I use is PC based. I've done a work around by purchasing other software to make a virtual machine to run DigiPro, MyLabel and EQ7. It is a pain to say the least. I love the Mac for all other things but it really wasn't worth the anxiety it caused and still causes me from time to time.

The work around what you have is to find some other program, hopefully for free, that can convert your designs to .jef. Bernina is the only one of the domestic machines that doesn't seem to be compatible with other machines and embroidery.

Cheryl

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Janome 15000, 12000, 4120, 760, 1200D Serger, Huskylock 926, Cover Pro 1000 & a few older sewing machines; my favourite computer games of DigitizerMBX v.4.5 with Cutwork, Floriani Total Control, & EQ7
 03/09/2011 05:28 PM
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glenda509

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How nice of you to write, Cheryl. I can't return the software because I purchased it (legally, of course) from a seller on a sewing sales group and it was my fault for not doing ALL the homework, sigh. Like you, I love Macs -- have used Macs at home since 1989 but PC's at work. I finally broke down last fall and got a new iMac and purchased Windows 7 which I use through Bootcamp. A pre-retirement gift to ME! All of my embroidery software works terrific this way. Still can't believe Bernina v6 saves to practically every format known to humanity except Janome! I may try to sell my v6 and get Digitizer Pro. Thanks for your sympathy!
 03/12/2011 11:26 AM
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glenda509

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Well, I think the Pulse Embroidery I2 is like going into Tiffany's and asking the price of something! No prices -- dealer contact only. Must be for commercial embroidery businesses, sigh.
 03/12/2011 01:32 PM
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As all the forum members already know, I am a bit of a twit when it comes to software., so take the following from whence it comes. I have Windows XP on my PC, embird and I also have a disc with Artista designs. I can convert these and use them. I don't do it because they are old and rather small but I wonder if this indicates that there is a work around for the Bernina designs. Or is the problem with the newer ones?

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 03/12/2011 08:45 PM
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carlene

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I had a computer guy come in and did it for me and before he left he got me to go and try it. Did you check on the internet for different ones or a store that sells embordiary sofeware. Hopes this helps
 03/13/2011 11:19 PM
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glenda509

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Thanks everyone. I downloaded the free "Pulse Ambassador" and was able to convert a JEF file to PES format, and then open the PES with Bernina v6.
 03/18/2011 10:20 AM
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CherylAnn

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Hi Glenda,

If you digitize designs, can you convert them the same way? I'm just curious.

Cheryl

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Janome 15000, 12000, 4120, 760, 1200D Serger, Huskylock 926, Cover Pro 1000 & a few older sewing machines; my favourite computer games of DigitizerMBX v.4.5 with Cutwork, Floriani Total Control, & EQ7
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