Cheryl of Saskatoon is a long time loyal JANOME 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.

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!

Preparing a USB or Compact Flash Card for Embroidery Design transfer

  1.  The first thing to know is that the format for Janome 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 
  2. 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. 
  3. 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. 
  4. 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.
  5. An extra note:  Those who own the Memory Craft 11000/11000SE; 350E; 12000 and now the new 9900, 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.

more "delicious" embroidery

more “delicious” embroidery


About lizafrica

I work for Janome & Elna Sewing machines in Canada and LOVE to sew. I have been employed full time in the sewing industry for over 20 years so I do 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. Angelina says:

    I am sewing a pattern and when it is time to switch thread colors, the machine says “paused” and won’t let me do anything. Janome MC15000

    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Angelina,
      It is difficult to say as you have not given much information. I think your local Janome dealer is your best place to go and be sure to give them all the information such as what design (on the machine or from where?); what you tried to do to get it to resume, etc?
      I am sure they will be able to help you. Unfortunately this forum is not the really where we can address rather specific queries.


  2. Dana Mattice says:

    HI lIZ,
    wE ARE attempting to format a new USB stick in the Janome 11000SE. We put in the stick in SET and press YES under format for USB and the screen freezes with a warning.

    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Dana,
      What size is the USB stick? The MAXIMUM size USB stick you can use in the MC 11000 is 2 Gigabytes. The machine will not read USB sticks larger than that.
      Also you do not say what the warning message is? That would be helpful to know as I can only guess.
      Is the USB stick faulty? Even new ones can be corrupted – depends on quality.
      How much is stored on the actual built in memory of the Mc11000? If you have a lot stored there, that can cause problems as the memory capacity of the MC11000 is quite limited.


  3. hello,
    Recently i have bought a mc 9900. what i have marked, that though i have .jef file need another .JBF file to preview in machine.But in my case i have downloaded some jef files where can i or how do i get that corresponding .jbf file. Please help somebody, I’ve been stucked with this.

    Thank you

    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Jangya,
      The MC9900 only reads .jef files. If you wish to open an embroidery file on your computer, you have to have embroidery software to do so. We recommend Janome Digitizer or Artistic Sewing Suite.
      I am not familiar with .jbf files but here is a link you can investigate. It seems it is a cache file and not required for your embroidery on the Mc9900. You need the .jef files. Delete the .jbf ones.


      • Sorry But if i was wrong,then my exact model no is janome 9900.I found all default jef file that having supporting files like a pair (filename.jef and samefilename.jbf)


  4. Saied says:

    Hello, this is probably not very relevant to this post as ORD folder is not covered but I would like to know how to create/ edit existing ordinary stitch patterns and have them transferred to the MC9900?

  5. Diane Towers says:

    I have formatted a 2 gig drive to FAT file system put it in the 9900 while it was off turned it on to create the proper files then copy and pasted a .jef file over Embf folder .My problem is the machine is not reading the drive at all .

    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Diane,
      The embroidery file should be in .jef format and must go inside the inner of the 2 folders that form on the USB stick when it is formatted in the SET menu on the machine. Did you do that?
      I might be that the embroidery design is too large for the hoop(s) on the MC9900?
      If you are still having difficulties, please contact the Software Helpline for North America at 1-800-631-0183 or send an email from the or websites.


      • Diane Towers says:

        Thank you liz with my hubby’s help I have it loaded up and running — fun time :)
        My next question is how do I view the .jef file designs
        on my computer ?

      • lizafrica says:

        Hi Diane,

        Do you have embroidery software loaded on your computer? If not, you cannot open a jef file. Same as you cannot open a word document on your computer if you do not have a program like Microsoft Word etc or a PDF if you do not have Adobe Reader. You have to have suitable software loaded on your computer. Your local Janome dealer can assist you with the various embroidery software options we have available for our Janome embroidery machine owners.


  6. Sam says:

    I’m afraid I have to correct your info above. The designs do not need to go into the Embf folder – they do need to go into the EMB folder – at least on the 15000 v2
    I’ve just formatted a new 2gb USB stick in my machine.

    The machine created the EMB and the Embf folders
    I created an additional folder inside the EMB folder – I called it TEST (it actually tells you how to creat additional folders in the manual.)
    I then put the USB into my PC and copied a design to the Embf folder, the TEST folder and just to the EMB folder.
    My machine was able to see all three – I was able to pull them into the ready to sew window.

    When you go into the EMB folder on the machine on the first page you only see the folders – so I only saw Embf and TEST (the folder I had created) however looking at the number of pages there were 2. When I scrolled to the second page I was able to see the file that I hadn’t put in any of these folders (just into EMB) and pull it in so it was ready to sew.

    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Sam,

      You are correct….formatting the USB’s creates TWO folders: Emb & Embf. However, this post was written before the MC15000 was launched and actually there is no need to format sticks for the MC15000 anymore. (Still necessary on previous machines). The MC15000 version 2 will read any .jef & .dst designs on the stick whether they are in folders or not. So the emb/embf folders are irrelevant on this model. Also MC15000 can take a USB up to 32 GIG’s so the 2GIG limit no longer applies either.

      Happy embroidering & Happy Christmas.


      • Sam says:

        Thanks for the info regarding using up to 32 Gig – I wasn’t aware of that. Much easier to find then the 2 Gig stitcks!
        I’ve read that to update a machine you need to use only a 2 Gig stick though – I haven’t had a machine I’ve had to update before – is this still true for 15000 v2? Or can you now also use a larger capacity stick for that – not that there is an update yet!

      • lizafrica says:

        The 2 gig limit on machines before the Mc15000 is true for transferring designs as well as updating the machine. MC 12000 had 8 gig limit.
        MC 15000 is 32Gig. Applies to both functions. For updates a new, empty stick is best so as to optimize success.
        A word of warning: if you have never updated a machine before, PLEASE print & follow the instructions on the Janome Global website 100% perfectly. Or visit your local Janome dealer who will go through it step by step with you. It is VERY important to do it 100% correctly.


      • Laura Kubik says:

        I just purchased this machine last night. Wow, it is truly amazing. My question is concerning my Digitizer MBX. It does not show the 15000, only up to the 12000. Does the cutwork upgrade also upgrade to the 15000 machine? Thank you Liz for your time.

      • lizafrica says:

        Hi Laura,
        You do not mention where you purchased your Janome and I am assuming you refer to the Mc15000? Your dealer should be able to answer this query – especially as they probably sold the Janome Digitizer MBX software as well.
        There is also a Software Helpline for the whole of North America. I am currently away from the office on a Janome road trip visiting dealers so I do not have the Tel # with me but you can access the Helpline by email from either or All software queries are best addressed to this Helpline.

        You do not mention which version of Digitizer MBX you have. My guess is that you do not have the version or update that includes the Mc15000 hoops. You probably have an earlier version which may need to be upgraded or updated (don’t know which when I don’t know what version you have).
        The Cutwork module is an upgrade which may be added to Digitizer MBX version 4.5 – And yes it is compatible with the MC15000 (and all our other embroidery machines as well)

        Hope that helps.


  7. Jeff Rogers says:

    I need some serious help… Is there a way to take any old image off of the internet and put it onto the Janome 15000?? It’s my mother’s machine. I coach a soccer team with 9 year olds and I wanted to get them some jackets and embroider some cool stuff on there for them… But I just cannot figure out how to get an image that I’d like onto the machine… I truly don’t even know if it’s possible. Please tell me it is!!! :) If so, how do you do that? How do you appropriately resize and such?? If you could help…that would be so awesome… Hope all’s well!!

    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Jeff,
      Your query is beyond the scope of what we can answer in this forum. Sorry. You will need to contact your local Janome dealer for your digitizing options and for training on how to use the software you purchase. There is also a Janome Software Helpline at 1-800-631-0183 Ext 775 for North America.
      In a nutshell: Yes, it is possible to turn an image into an embroidery. But you cannot take an image (undigitized) from a logo to the embroidery machine to stitch. It has to first be digitized (made into an embroidery) to stitch. You need an embroidery digitizing software program to do this.

      Good luck with your endeavours for your soccer team.
      Janome Canada.

  8. Barbara says:

    I’ve just brought home my 9900 today. I’m trying to figure out how to best utilize the 5.5 x 5.5″ & 7.9 x 6.7″ hoops. It’s very irregular as most Internet instant download embroidery files come in 4×4, 5×7 and 6×10 sizes. (Why did they stop at 7.9 x 6.7? Very limiting unless you only create your own designs…which not alot do with the more basic models. I’m still learning.) Seems like I have a machine that is only 4×4 and 5×7 capable unless I get a 6×10 shrunk down to my hoop size. Help!

    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Barbara,
      Did you not look at the hoop sizes carefully to match them to your wishes/requirements before you bought the MC9900? The RE20a hoop will not accommodate 6×10″ designs. You would need to resize these size designs to stitch out in the Re20a hoop. If you require larger hoops, you would have to consider the Janome Mc12000 or Mc15000.
      Having said this, the Mc9900 is one of my favourite “go-to” embroidery machines. I LOVE that it is compact, has so many top of the line features and does such a great job of sewing and embroidery.

      Have fun with your new machine!


  9. Mivi Jansen says:

    As you say, gorgeous designs! Great to see you at the Victoria sewing conference, Liz. Really enjoyed your workshop and chatting at the booth.

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