Please refer to PART 1 of this topic which was published earlier this week.

This pic has no real connection to the content of this particular blog but I wnated you to have something pretty to look at!! It is an embroidered table topper (using Simon's Folly/Jenny Haskins embroidery designs in green & yellow rayon thread.

When I embroidered this block, I needed to do 16 different hoopings (which of course is no big deal with my JANOME CLOTHSETTER!) BUT I also needed to get my designs from my computer to my  JANOME embroidery machine. I chose to use my USB stick with each design saved with applicable names & #’s so that I could keep track of what designs I needed to do on each block.

  • First, 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 JANOME model, then you need to read your Instruction manual and/or go to your local JANOME 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.
Embroidery to die for .....gotta know how to get these gorgeous designs to your machine!

Embroidery to die for …..gotta know how to get these gorgeous designs to your machine!

  • 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 JANOME 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 JANOME 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 JANOME dealer. (I refer here to dealers in Canada. I cannot address inventory availability in other countries)
  • 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 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.

more "delicious" embroidery

  • So, to review > 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, 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 JANOME dealer.  If you own the JANOME MC 12000,  your cable works together with the HORIZON LINK software which comes with your machine (you need to install the HORIZON LINK CD onto your computer). Please be sure to do this, work through the workbook/manual built into the software (access this by clicking the blue question mark I top right corner). 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.
Embroidered applique from the Wildflowers collection by Smith Street designs

Embroidered applique from the Wildflowers collection by Smith Street designs



About lizafrica

I am the National Education Manager for Janome & Elna Canada (including Artistic Creative products) and I LOVE to sew! I have been employed full time in the sewing and quilting industry for almost 30 years so I bring a wealth of sewing knowledge & expertise to this blog. I enjoy all forms of sewing from quilting to sewing garments to machine embroidery and software. Pretty much everything in my life is seen through the eyes of a passionate sewer! I am constantly on the look out for fun, innovative and inspiring ideas to share with you all on this blog. I also love to read, knit , travel and spend time with my family and friends.
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  1. Billie says:

    Can not get design from USB stick to my 11000 machine.


    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Billie,
      You might like to also read the part 1 of these posts.
      What size USB stick are you trying to use? The MC11000 cannot read a USB stick any larger than 1 or 2 GIG’s.
      Have you saved the designs inside the EMB folders as explained on these blog posts?
      Are the design parameters correct for the hoop and machine you are using: size, # of stitches and # of colours.

      All these factors are key to successful transfer of designs.
      Your local Janome dealer can also assist you with this.



  2. Hi, I have recently bought a MC350e and love it! However, I would like to be able to embroider quotes and full names, and I can’t seem to find a space button or option to allow me to do this. Can you help please?
    Kind regards



    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Lainey;

      You can definitely do this on the 350E (look for the little boxes made up of dotted lines on the alphabet screen). Please refer to your Instruction manual PAGES 29-33 as well as ask the dealer where you purchased your machine for some owner’s lessons. If you did not buy from a dealer, you may have to pay a dealer to teach you. Unfortunately this blog comment box is not the forum for lessons or detailed help on how to operate your machine. Sorry.



  3. Dale says:

    I have A Janome 300 will the transfer kit work on this machine? secondly would this eliminate have to purchase expensive software
    Thank You


    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Dale,
      Yes, the transfer kit works on the Janome 300E. It allows you to save designs onto the ATA card to sew out on your machine (your machine does not have a USB port so you need this transfer kit in order to get designs to the machine).
      But no, it does not necessarily eliminate the need for software. If you want to see your designs on your computer, edit them or digitize your own designs, you will need software.
      And software is not all expensive. You might like to look at our incredible AcuDesign APP which retails for just US$49.99 at the APP store. Real good value for an advanced editing software. Our Janome Digitizer Junior is also pretty reasonable. Ask your local Janome dealer for pricing.



  4. Jeanette Murad says:

    I just purchased an ATA PC Card adapter for my CF card. I formatted the card on my computer, and then tried to format the card on my MC9700, and it still says there is a FAT error and that the card can not be formatted? My local dealer is a shame, for they don’t have any thing except for the machines, and they can not tell me what is happening. Please help!?!


  5. imelda felini says:

    thanks for your tips,,it helps me a lot


  6. says:

    thank so much for this info – i will give it a try! i’ve been trying to find Part 1 to the above – can you forward details for me please. thanks again susan


  7. Thanks for your tips! I would like to try to make such design using your instructions.


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