Now that you have jumped into the amazing world of embroidery digitizing and stitching, let’s talk about file organization. You may feel like this is not important, but it actually is one of the most important things to think about when it comes to design files.
Picture this: Your favourite website for embroidery designs just had a big sale, and you happily added designs to your cart and checked out. After downloading, you can’t find them anywhere!! (This has happened to all of us, I’m sure of it!) What do you do?
First of all, don’t panic. They are somewhere on your computer. Really, they are!
Browse looks for all the file formats that the AD software uses and places links to those folders in this area. Within Browse is a tab for Favorites. Any folder you have can be easily added to Favorites. When you find a file in your Devices or Recents, just right click on it and select ‘add to favorites’.
Maybe you have a design folder for Dolls and Daydreams – add it to your favorites. It will be easy to access it! I have one folder for Embroidery Designs – it contains all the designs I have (yes, I have them backed up too).
I added that to my favorites. Now everything is a click away! I love simple and easy. And I like to click and make it happen!
The other thing about Browse is you can see thumbnails of all the designs, both embroidery formats and artwork formats on the screen. When you use Open or From File, those are Windows based tools and they will show you folders and icons and a preview of one design in the bottom left corner.
Many of us are used to Windows platform so we may use Open but if you prefer to see all your designs, and have AD do the work for you, open Browse. When you are on the edit screen both Welcome and Browse are available along the top and any edit screen you have open will be there. If you need to add a file/design to one you are working on you would use From File on the top tool bar. Choosing a design that way will bring it into the edit screen you are currently working on.
There is one caution that needs to be extremely clear: In Favorites if you right click on your folder you have the option of removing it – But it will only remove it from the Favorites list.
If you right click on a folder/file under Devices you get an option to Remove – this will delete the file/folder completely. It does give you a caution window as a reminder. In the window on the right if you right click on a design you get the option to Remove it – it will delete the design completely. A good rule of thumb would be Device=Delete.
I hope you enjoy organizing and finding all your files, so that you can have lots of fun with Machine Embroidery on your Janome Embroidery Machine! Many thanks to Anne Hein of Janome America for her expertise.
Until next time,