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  1. I agree, I spent 11 hours stitching a design for a friend only to discover I'd mirrored the darn thing and as it was a map of Africa and Madagascar couldn't bluff my way out. It's a mistake I never repeated. If your edge runs fall outside your fills, your hoops aren't exerting enough grip to cope with the fills. I see you have a 6 needle machine, I can't see the actual shape of the hoop but I can see ripples of fabric top left and that concerns me. this has proved to be a really useful tip for my 50 x 35 cm hoop for my 15 needle Tajima machine, I pre tension my hoops as well, I hoop the stabiliser and fabric I intend using, tighten the outer hoop so the inner hoop is held firmly, then pop the inner hoop out. If it doesn't need a crowbar to pop the hoop, the inner hoop will go back in without adjusting the outer hoop's screw. By pre tensioning your hoop, you release the unequal force the outer frame suffers as you tighten the screw, then when rehooping keeping your fabric grain true, there is an equal force applied around the inner hoop. I don't know where you are based, but you might find this link useful, https://www.impressionsmagazine.com/embroidery/process-techniques/and look at this one in particular, there's a photo guide above the article you click through. now design and digitising, https://www.impressionsmagazine.com/embroidery/design-digitizing/ You can subscribe or use the digital version. Some useful articles can be found here Articles and blogs about machine embroidery,Ok I'll leave you in peace in a moment, Now that really worries me, stop thinking like graphics creator, start thinking like Scrooge, map your colour areas, trying to cover a dark thread with a light one wont work, well it will if you intend it to be a bullet proof vest, and its wasting miles of thread. Redline, I'm going away next Tuesday, write to me privately, digimad1@yahoo.co.uk 250k stitches, no no no, you'd need a sheet of steel as a stabiliser,
  2. Kazooie, V5.0F was the version launched and has had several updates addressing problems end users flagged up, I'll admit there hasn't been one since the release of the V5'0P update. But if folks don't inform Janome there's a glitch, it wont get addressed. I report as many as I can after discovering whether its an end user problem or program glitch, in many instances its down to woefully inadequate computer specs. I tell my students take the recommended specs and triple them. Digitising software is CAD ware and ram and display ram hungry. I also urge them to buy a desk top computer, a decent sizes monitor, a laptop lacks screen real estate. I borrowed my son's laptop with a 17.3 inch screen, I had no room to work in so handed him his laptop back. I've attached a screen shot of V5 on my desktop monitor.
  3. One of the more difficult concepts to wrap your noob digitizer's head around is test stitching. I'll ask you a question, how many sample squares of tatami fills with no underlay, different fill angles, different densities have you stitched. Then repeated those squares with various underlays . How many fabric types have you stitched them on, how many stabilisers have you tried. Have you identified the effects of push pull and digitised to minimise their effects. I notice you make patches, consider using scrim felt http://www.smcristall.com/product/scrim-felt/ another supplier, http://www.nationalnonwovens.com/Applications/craft/iden.html and another, https://www.mesasupplies.com/store/c/65-Chenille-Accessories.aspx. Ok back to your question, first as you have discovered simulated stitch view is not wysiwyg, the computer does not understand the physics of a machine stitch, thread size, needle size and type, stabiliser, so test stitching is a must. You've been using V5 for 15 months now so must have a handle on how to overlap objects, stitch lengths etc, instead of doing several whole design test stitchs do partial ones. Create 2 shapes that are adjacent in your artwork using the parameters you intend using for the design, stitch type,length, fill angles, densities, underlay and overlap, colour thread, fabric, stabiliser, outline the 2 shapes, use a plain runline, now stitch it. The one stitch that experiences the least distortion is a runline, compare the test stitch result to the screen view, by doing regular test stitching as the design progresses you can tweak as you go. Stabilisers, cutaway is the best option for medium to high stitch counts, I've found one American supplier, https://www.gunold.com/catalog/sub/totally-stable-cut-away-2-oz I'm in England, and I buy whole rolls from a wholesaler, it works out far cheaper than buying from a retail store. It took me a couple of years to get the marriage of fabric, design, stabilisers, needle and thread weights right, but I still test stitch, so in short, you will as you become more experienced, find you'll be digitising to allow for all the variables including tiredness.
  4. Kazzooie, Terri the Janome America tech support lady enjoys my utmost respect, she is the only tech support operative for the whole of North America and Canada, has a crippling workload which she really does try to keep on top of. Wilcom support is meant only to be used by owners of the commercial software and Hatch owners, there is no agreement between Janome and Wilcom for support, and those who bypass Janome by using the Hatch support, causes problems for V5 users and Wilcom. I live in England, and the tech support operative here also enjoys my utmost respect, he is actually the machine tech support but took on the mantle of software TS as the person they asked declined to take it on. Wilcom will not take on V5, they have their own domestic software, if Janome America drops V5 that will leave a great many loyal Janome end users out in the cold, and that is something I have been battling against for the past 7 years. I'm not brand loyal, but I detest the way some companies ignore their customers reducing them to nothing more than an entry in an accountants ledger. Unfortunately I'm not as young as I was, and 7 years fighting against JAI to prevent them simply cutting off current users of MBX has been hard work and very tiring. I've won many skirmishes but they don't win the battle, one bone of contention JAI used against Wilcom, was one of the Hatch support team assisted an MBX user instead of referring that user to Janome's Tech Support operative.
  5. Wilcom True sizer ES3 supports a huge number of formats including PHC and converts to most formats. What you can't do with a stitch file is successfully re scale it, you would need an Emb, Jan, or Art native format in order to re scale . Also when you open a stitch file it is auto centred for you, move it and the program will tell you error when you try to Save as in the stitch format you want..
  6. Ah yes, the rumours, trouble is rumours are rarely correct and tend to get inflated over time. Just before the launch of Janome/Wilcom MBX version 4, the then CEO of Janome America struck a deal with the owner of a past its sell by date program, without first getting the go ahead from the parent company in Japan, it was marketed as the Janome Artistic Sewing Suite. Tokyo insisted the Janome flash be removed. It's a long complicated story and I don't have all the facts so I wont try to conjecture the reason. Last year during the Janome City Tour dealers saw V5 was on the close out list and I was informed, so being a nosey old bat I decided to do a little digging. I'm a retired school teacher, was a free motion embroiderer, glass engraver, illustrator, all of which I did as a professional, plus I am a classically trained Arts and Crafts specialist, and an extremely good researcher. October last year Janome America agreed it would continue to support both the current and future versions of V5, current and those first time buyers wishing to use V5 could purchase upgrades or new versions via their dealers just as they have always done. Whether Janome America which is only a subsidiary with a classic teenagers dislike of parental control honours that remains to be seen, but the parent company in Tokyo has requested that Wilcom continue developing MBX as that is their flagship software, so that augurs well for the future of MBX V5. At the moment JAI is pushing the Artistic Sewing Suite, now a combination of all its modules and improved GUI as Artistic Digitiser, its a straight rebrand of Creative drawings, significantly reduced in price to match Wilcom's Hatch. Dealers have been told and are continuing to be told, domestic end users don't want all the digitising capabilities that exist in V5. The Wilcom product is too expensive, which is ironic given that JAI not Wilcom set the price, V5 doesn't have cut commands for vinyl cutting machines, equally ironic as it was JAI that prevented the inclusion of cut formats and creation of rhinestone templates, items Wilcom had developed for V4. Your crashing problem, first of all V5 is stable, ok I use a workstation, way over specced for V5 but I need the higher spec for rendering videos, and my various digitising programs,2.40 gigahertz Intel Xeon E5-2630 v3, Multi-core (8 total) Hyper-threaded (16 total) Intel(R) 9 Series Chipset Family SATA AHCI Controller Standard SATA AHCI Controller (3x) NVIDIA Quadro K2200 [Display adapter] 4k Iiyama PL2888UH [Monitor] (27.8"vis) 32 gig of RAM. Don't use the Corel linkage in the program, do all your graphic work outside of V5, I use win 8.1 and Microsoft have been quietly slipping in procedures that are similar to those in win 10 that don't support Corel x6, next you take control of your parameters by disabling Auto fabrics, you'll find that in the Design settings untick auto fabric, you now decide density, underlay, stitch length, and the program wont impose them based on fabric type. You can preset stitch lengths, set your own satin stitch density, the default 0.36 is too tight ( I use metric) I make mine around 0.43 to 0.45 for most things but looser for designs I intend to stitch on clothing, I increase the underlay. Now go to Help and check your version. If it isn't V5.0P go and download it from Janome Global and install it. I never use Auto save, I save frequently the whole time and I select Paint as my graphic editor, that's under Software settings. Because of the conflict between Corel x6 and win 10 and it now seems 8.1 you can run V5 under compatibility mode for win 7, so that could be a route to try. The reason people are told not to uninstall the program is because of the Corel linkage, its far better to re run the last update V5.0P which will then repair any damaged scripts. When did you last use the Revert and Purrec (purge) to clear old backups, reset the program to factory settings, they do need to be used if you do a lot of digitising.Right I have to get on I have a whole stack of work that needs my attention.
  7. Irina, if you digitise all the areas to cut away first then repeat each line of stitching so every area has two rows it makes it easier to cut away the fabric, then when you have removed the fabric do the zigzag to prevent fraying. I then run a stabilising run of stitching about 1mm away from the cut edges with a stitch length of 1.3. Then begins the creation of the Richelieu connectors and any details, finally the edge cover stitch. I use vlieseline Soluvlies 321, hoop the fabric and 2 layers of the water soluble Solufliese , small lace scissors to remove the fabric. I have Venere chisels (needles) but dislike them as they don't give clean cuts. I've been doing cutwork using free motion embroidery for years, I did my first sample at 16 and I'm 75 now, but now I use my digitising software to do it.
  8. Redline man, if your hasp gets knocked sideways again see if it coincides with an operating system update. I've been teaching Janome/Wilcom software for many years, and the only gripe I have with it is the fact its linked to Corel. Corel has a nasty habit of failing and crashing V5. It did the same in earlier versions. Hatch, which is Wilcom's first real domestic software, lacks the full functionality of V5 but is still a great program, plus it doesn't have an umbilical cord to Corel.( If you use V5 and Windows 10 expect problems as Win 10 doesn't support Corel x6. ) Though Hatch, Digitiser MBX v5 and the Bernina software all have similar user interfaces, they are not triplets, the background processes the end user doesn't get to see, are different. I like Hatch and teach it, but I prefer to use V5. If you want to work commercially then look at Wilcom's commercial software, Embroidery Studio 4. You have complete control of every aspect of digitising. The user input threshold jumps way up, it's worth investing in as it is designed for commercial digitisers and multi needle machines.
  9. Truesizer supports Jef and Dst, it could be the designs sizes, the orientation, or even the start and end end points, all Janome machines have a start point at the x and y co-ordinates of zero. If you can convert to DST, first check all the colours and sewing sequence, write them down and then save as DST. The colours that appear you simply ignore, you change colours on the machine according to the list of colours you wrote down and in the order you stitch them..
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