Cheryl of Saskatoon is a long time loyal JANOME & ELNA customer and fan. She contacted me after PART 1 of this series was published and had some things she thought would be good to add.
Preparing a USB or Compact Flash Card for Embroidery Design transfer
- The first thing to know is that the format for most ELNA Embroidery Machines is: .jef. So when purchasing from internet websites, you need to choose .jef format. If this format is not available, you will need software to convert the design to .jef. Same applies if you buy a CD of designs: be sure to check it has .jef format if you do not own embroidery software which will convert another format to .jef
- To format a USB or Compact Flash Card (memory device), put the memory device into your computer: Right click on it and scroll to the format on the drop down menu. The device MUST BE formatted in the FAT in the “File System” window. A quick format will work just fine.
- Take a blank USB or Compact Flash card to your sewing machine and insert it into the appropriate slot. The machine will put the correct folders onto the memory device. There will be 2 folders on Embroidery/Sewing machine memory devices an only 1 folder on the embroidery only machine. The folders will be EMB (for embroidery files) and ORD (for ordinary sewing or saved stitches in the sewing mode). The ORD folder will not be referred to as it isn’t needed for embroidery.
- After the proper files are on the memory device, you put the device back into your computer and copy your .jef format designs into the Embf folder ( the inner folder) and you are ready to start your embroidery project.
- An extra note: Those who own the EL9500, EL9600; EL8200; EL8300; EL8600, EL820 can create folders inside the EMB folder and give them a name that means something to you. The important thing to remember is that your designs go inside that second folder so that the embroidery machine can find them.
Thank you, Cheryl, for these extra tips & information.