This is a really beautifully digitized design from the OSAWA FISH COLLECTION DESIGN CD – available at your local ELNA dealer. BUT….how do I get this design off the CD in my computer and onto my embroidery machine to stitch out?????
The information here will be applicable to the following Elna embroidery machine models: EL8200; EL8300; EL820; EL8600; EL9500 & EL9600.
- First thing to consider is: What does your machine model have in terms of transferring designs from the computer to the machine: Does it have a cable to directly connect? Does it have a USB port on the side of the machine? Does it have an ATA card (or compact flash card) port on the side of the machine? Some models have more than one option such as the EL9500 which has cable & USB or EL8300 which has ATA and USB ports.
- If you are trying to find a blank ATA/Compact Flash card, please contact your local ELNA dealer as you will probably not find this at the electronics store.
- If you are going to use a USB stick: PLEASE do NOT use one larger than 1GB or 2GB. If you try to use an 8GB or 16GB one, you will more than likely run into difficulties. Trust me on this! These small capacity sticks are pretty hard to find so feel free to contact George at Stitchitize in Saskatoon who has a supply of small capacity USB sticks for purchase that he has had made specifically for our machines. The link to his website contains Tel as well as email address.
- If you have the EL9500 or EL9600, you will have a cable that was included with the machine which can also be used for transferring designs. One end plugs into your computer and the other end plugs into your embroidery machine.
- You need to FORMAT the USB stick or ATA card first before using it. This is necessary in order to create a system of file folders on the stick or card into which the embroidery designs must go so that your embroidery machine will read them. Please note that if you do not format your USB or card, and just save or copy/paste the design anywhere on the stick/card, your embroidery machine is not going to show the design when you try to open it. You may get frustrated and annoyed so ……..listen up:
- FORMAT the stick or card by putting it into the embroidery machine and then go to the SET menu. If you do not know where the SET menu is on your particular Elna model, then you need to read your Instruction manual and/or go to your local ELNA dealer for some lessons. The SET menu is where you go to adjust numerous settings on the machine and you really do need to know where to find it and how to make adjustments to your settings.
- So, scroll through your SET menu until you find FORMAT. Select the memory device you intend to format. The sewing machine icon will erase everything in the saved memory of the machine & return it to factory default settings. (Relax – you will not lose the built-in embroidery designs – they cannot be erased). I rarely, if ever, touch this as I usually need & use all my adjusted settings. Another option is to format the USB or ATA card (or both) depending on what model you have. Select the applicable option.
- Another piece of valuable advice is this: the formatting process will erase all the data saved on that stick or card. So I highly recommend you move any files or designs from the stick/card to another place on your computer if you do not wish to lose these files forever! Ensure that either the stick or card is empty or only contains things you do not mind deleting.
- Once you are ready, press OK. There may be a light flashing on your stick to show you something is happening – this depends on the stick. You will notice a message on the screen of your embroidery machine which warns you NOT to remove the USB stick/card or switch the machine off until the formatting process is completed. You would be wise to follow this warning or the formatting process will not be completed correctly.
- Once completed, remove the stick/card and put it into your computer. If you go to MY COMPUTER, you will now see some file folders: Emb; Embf; Embf5; My Designs, etc depending on what model you have. It is important to note that there are TWO file folders- one inside the other one. PLEASE BE SURE TO PUT ANY DESIGNS YOU WISH TO OPEN & STITCH AT YOUR MACHINE INTO THE INNER FOLDER.
- A word about ATA/Compact Flash cards and newer computers: If you are using a newer computer, chances are that you do not have an ATA card slot somewhere on your computer. You should , however, have a USB port. Your local ELNA dealer will be able to sell you a transfer kit that includes the USB connection for your computer on the one end and the reader/writer box for the ATA/compact flash on the other end. Please contact your local Elna dealer for more information. It is rather doubtful that you will find this equipment at the electronics store but we usually have them in stock to supply to your local ELNA dealer.
- FURTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Try to avoid storing your saved designs on your card stick or embroidery machine built-in memory. What this does is clutter up the memory space just like when you jam too much stuff into a closet or drawer! Rather reserve your built-in memory on the embroidery machine just for designs you are currently using & then delete them when you are done. Same for your stick or card: use it for transferring designs rather than for storing.
- My strong recommendation would be to store your designs on CD’s. Just add these CD’s to the collection of the ones you have purchased. I have a nice sturdy shoe box on my bookshelf in which I keep all my CD’s. Then when I need a particular design (or maybe I am just looking for something suitable to embroider) it makes it so much easier to find.
- If you do not already use the DESIGN GALLERY section of your JANOME/ELNA DIGITIZING software, you might like to investigate this & find out how to. It makes it so very much easier to look at & find designs you need.
- So, to review #12 > Save your designs onto your stick or card to use in the machine. Keep the card/stick mainly just for transferring and not as a storage device. But be sure to save your designs on your computer and/or burn a CD for storage purposes. This is a rather wise idea as you will then have a back-up if anything should happen to your computer – it could get stolen or more likely it might crash. Ask me how I know??!!
- If you have a cable for your machine (EL9500 & EL9600), check out the Instruction manual and follow the instructions there for transferring designs. Or arrange a lesson on how to use this cable with your local Elna dealer . This method works best if you have a laptop which you can position near the embroidery machine or you have your embroidery machine & desk top computer set up next to each other in your sewing room. If not, using a USB stick for transferring designs is probably an easier option for you.
Please note that there may be slightly different ways of doing the things I have explained above. These are just the methods I use and they work well for me.
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