It never fails. When I sell a Janome embroidery machine, the customer always comes back and says they can’t get their designs to their machine with their USB stick or CF card. Is something wrong with the USB stick or CF card? Is something wrong with the machine? No and no are always the answers to these questions. The real problem is that the customer is not placing the design files into the correct folder on the USB stick or CF card. I can’t blame them for not knowing this, because the owner’s manuals don’t make it very clear. Unless the designs are placed into the right folder, the machine will not see that they are there, and you won’t be able to use them.
Destination Folders For Designs
|Machine||Destination Folder||Media Type|
|MB-4||EMBF folder in EMB folder||USB stick & CF card|
|MC11000||EMBF folder in EMB folder||USB stick & CF card|
|MC10001||9 folders ( EMBF5 thru EMBF16 )||CF card|
|MC10000||EMB_FILE folder||CF card|
|MC9900||EMBF folder in EMB folder||USB stick|
|MC9700||EMBF5 folder||CF card|
|MC9500||EMBF5 folder||CF card|
|MC350E||MyDesign folder in EMBF5 folder||USB stick|
|MC300E||MyDesign folder in EMBF5 folder||CF Card|
|MC200E||EMBF folder in EMB folder||USB stick|
This tutorial is going to show you how to get your designs into the right folder on your USB stick or CF card. The designs will then be recognized by your embroidery machine, and you will spend more time embroidering and less time wondering what is wrong.
Preparing Your Storage Device
First, before doing anything else, stick your USB stick or CF card into your embroidery machine, then turn on the machine. By doing this, your machine will create a necessary folder system on the stick/card, into which you will place your designs. Normally you will see a message on the screen of your machine that tells you not to take the USB stick or CF card out for a little while. Once this message goes away, turn off the embroidery machine, and remove the card/stick.
Finding Your Storage Device On Your Computer
Now plug your USB stick into your computer, or insert your CF card into the CF card reader of your computer. We now want to open a new window and navigate through the computer to find the USB stick or CF card. I would normally access the stick/card through “My Computer”, but you may also use Windows Explorer. If you are lost at this point, you may require a lesson or two in basic computer usage, but this is beyond the scope of this blog post.
When you have successfully navigated to the USB stick or CF card on your computer, you will notice the folders that your embroidery machine made. The destination folder for your designs is shown in fig.1. For example, if you have an MC11000 or MC11000SE, you will be looking for an folder named EMBF that is inside a folder named EMB.
Once you have the destination folder open, minimize that window by clicking the _ button in the upper right corner of the window. We will come back to it later.
Finding Your Designs On Your Computer
Open up another window, and this time navigate through your computer to find the designs you want to transfer. Sometimes the designs are on CDs, and sometimes the designs are downloaded from the internet. You will need to find your designs by navigating through your computer. I can’t tell you where they are, because you were the one that put them there. I use Windows Explorer to browse through my computer, but you may also access your designs through “My Computer”. Once you have found the location of your designs, typically files with a .jef file extension, proceed to the next step.
Copying Your Designs To Your Storage Device
Copy the design(s) you want to put on your stick/card by right clicking on them and clicking “copy”.
To select more than one design to copy at a time, just hold down the CTRL key on your keyboard and click multiple designs. With all the designs highlighted, right click on any part of the highlighted area and click “copy”. Next, maximize the window of your destination folder, right click inside it, and click “paste”. You will now see the design(s) you wanted to transfer in the destination window.
You can now pull the USB stick/CF card out of your computer, and insert it into your embroidery machine for stitch out. Your machine will recognize that the designs exist, because you put it in the right folder!
If you have followed my instructions, you should be ready to embroider.