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Thread: 5D embroidery - ugh, the learning curve

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    5D embroidery - ugh, the learning curve

    Hi,

    I am totally new to the Machine embroidery world. I have a new Pfaff creative sensation. I'm fine sewing and embroidering anything that was per-loaded on my sewing machine. It is incredibly fun! I'm not so good with figuring out how to get stuff from computer to sewing machine. There is so much good stuff in 5D. Plus I got some free designs with a Madeira thread purchase and it has VIP format, but can't seem to be able to get the designs into my computer. I realize I have no idea what I'm doing and I need help.

    Is there a favorite website with tutorials like 5D for Dummies? :-) It's really kind of funny how clueless I am but I know I can do this. I can do anything I set my mind to! :-). Thanks and if you have no advice for me, I could use a hug. I'm smiling at the moment, but I have to admit to feeing like the smile may be turning upside down soon.

    Thanks.

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    Ooooooh, hugs for you. Tho I have 2 pfaffs, they only sew--so I am more familiar with Brother emb. machines. Hang in there--help will find you!

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    Let's see if I can make this "5d for dummies" understandable..I use it all the time, but not sure how it will translate, so be patient! All of your designs, free, purchased, etc. need to be in one place. I save them on a 34G stick and an external backup. You can also use a rewriteable CD, but I outgrew that quickly and didn't want to search several CD's to find my designs. I would advise against saving them on your computer harddrive, you will read horror stories of crashes that eat the whole bunch with no way to recover them! You will eventually have lots of money tied up in these designs, and it is best to protect them.
    On a rewritable CD, USB stick (8g is a good starting point) and/or an external drive, start a filing system with a main folder named EMBROIDERY DESIGNS or whatever suits you. inside that main folder, start folders named ALPHABETS, ANIMALS, BIRDS, ETC. so you can get a head start on being able to actually find the designs when you want to use them. Once that file is set up, you are ready to start!
    If your free designs are on a cd, you will need to insert the cd into the computer, open the cd, and copy the design file/s (don't try to read or open the file at this point) and paste them into a folder named DESIGNS TO SORT or whatever suits you (that can be on your computer harddrive if you like, but again if it crashes.....). Collect all the designs you can find from your new collection and place them there.
    Open your 5d system and go to ORGANIZER. It will give you the option of viewing your designs. You can copy, cut, paste, delete and rename all your files in Orgainizer. One they are viewed and renamed to your satisfaction, you can move them out of the SORT file and into your Animal, Babies, Lace, etc. folders, you will have one place to look for designs and they will be saved in some semblance of order (my sort file is pretty big right now, so stay on top of that if you can, lol).
    Now if you would actually like to stitch some designs, you will need a small 1G USB stick or a cable to connect your machine to your computer if that is an option. Copy and paste (DO NOT CUT AND PASTE) your chosen designs from your folder onto the 1G stick and place the stick into your machine. You will have to use the manual from here, as I have a Diamond and don't know your machine screen does, but it is pretty easy!

    When you get your lessons, they will tell you lots of things 5d will do, including edit features, digitizing features, etc. but this should allow you to use your designs now! Good luck and enjoy your new favorite toy!

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    Go to where you bought the machine and they will help you with all of that I'm sure. Check for classes or clubs that they offer. you learn so much in those classes. Well worth the time
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    Linda, I'm feeling a lot of gratitude! Thank you! You've reenergized me and I'm going to try again! I will let you know how I do. Thanks.

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    Linda!! I'm back business! And having fun again. Thanks for getting me over the obstacle.

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    There are places to learn 5 D embroidery and converse with others that have it.

    On Yahoo: there is a 5 D embroidery Group, many embroiderers are helpful to answer concerns
    5 D embroidery by Diana Cedolia and Kathy Hafersat: They are Husqvarna Viking Education specialists. You can google them.
    On Yahoo: Compusew with Jan is a Viking embroidery group : Free tutorials each month
    Google Tim Frost: free tutorials and info on 5 D

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    Thanks, Kathleen. I appreciate the resources.

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    I still use the cds they are my backup I have the designs on my computer and when I want one I copy it to my usb drive for my machine. I don't know how many designs will fit on the usb but if you don't want to use them again you can delete them, again I still have them on cd's and computer. I just now started putting them in folders.

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    You are so welcome! Everyone is new to everything at least once, and we all have to learn. I don't cook, but I sew. I don't garden but I machine embroider. I don't jog, run, hike (had both hips and both knees replaced) but I quilt. I am grateful for my abilities and I love to get someone going on the path to the fun I enjoy everyday! Have fun! You can PM if you have any other questions, or e mail at my "handle" at aol.

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    i was ready to give up at the start of my journey with 4d--but slowly slowly i learnt enough to have so much fun take note of linda 8450 you need a sorting system so you can find what you want [i spend so much time looking through hundereds of designs for what i want]----enjoy

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    I can really see how a sorting system will help. I only have 82 designs but I did get them sorted into folders named flowers, hearts, animals, borders, etc.

    Now that I have designs in specific folders, how do I delete them from the sort folder? I had clicked and dragged the designs to the named folders. Looks like instead of "moving" the designs, the clicking and dragging merely "copied" them. Thanks!

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    First of all; what version of 5D so you have. There is a version that comes free with you machine; its just an organizer basically.
    Then there is 5D that has the other features that allows you to digitize, resize, etc. It goes all the way up to 5D Pro, which is what I have. It comes with small books for each version that gives you a basic plus some tutorials to work on. If you go on your pc under programs then 5D embroidery and you'll see modules, under there it has the same info as those small books plus so much more. I ended up printing them all out and it took 3 big binders to hold them all. There are many ways that people download, store and organize their designs. Mine first go into a folder called orders and each company has it's own sub-folder in it with thier names attached; like order_emblibrary.com. I keep the orginal file zipped in that folder at all times. When you look at the folders in the organizer you can see what is in each one and then save the file to another folder in the organizer with a name that tells you what category its in and a name that tells you more of what it is. I do it this way, keeping the orginal file in a folder with co name because if you ever need to re-download the design you need to have that info, especially for companies that archive files after a certain time.
    You would also have gotten a USB stick for your machine and that's where you save your designs to when you want to use them on your machine. Just do a save as on the pc and then chose the drive for your USB stick is in. Check around for classes for 5D; if there aren't any for Phaff then check for Viking; the software is the same. You normally start off learning and designing in the software and then stitching out the design later. A good LQS won't care what machine you have in order for you to take part in the classes, and they normally aren't too expensive. I start 5D Extra classes this month and will end up doing all that 5D has to offer. Good luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jean S View Post
    I can really see how a sorting system will help. I only have 82 designs but I did get them sorted into folders named flowers, hearts, animals, borders, etc.

    Now that I have designs in specific folders, how do I delete them from the sort folder? I had clicked and dragged the designs to the named folders. Looks like instead of "moving" the designs, the clicking and dragging merely "copied" them. Thanks!
    Dragging them does basically just copy them. You can either cut and paste them into the new folder which will delete them in the first folder or go back and highlight the design and right click and delete. Like I said in my earlier post, I keep the original with companies name in case I need to know who to reorder from. Right now I'm in the process of making jpegs of all of my designs and making copies in the picture folder so that I can print out thumbprints of all of my designs. I have over a 1000 so there is no way I'll remember what I have so this way I can either print out a sm pic of them or just leave them in the picture folder so that I can see what all disigns I have. I also have an album with pictures of projects that I want to do with some of the designs; again so that I won't forget. Good luck
    Judy

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    Thank you everyone. It is so good to read how everyone else does things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jemma View Post
    i was ready to give up at the start of my journey with 4d--but slowly slowly i learnt enough to have so much fun take note of linda 8450 you need a sorting system so you can find what you want [i spend so much time looking through hundereds of designs for what i want]----enjoy
    In 4D and 5D you can high light the design and then under file have it covert a copy of it as a picture in the pic folder. I'm in the process of doing that now because I know there is no way I'll remember what all I have. I couldn't tell you what designs I ordered last night. I'm going to print thumbnail pics so that I have a way to check them out. I already have an album going for the projects that I've seen at shows or on line so that I won't forget some of the ideas others have come up with. It's a long process but I need to have a way to remember what all I have. It's too time consuming to go thru each folder when you have tons of designs.
    Judy

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