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what is a .jbf file?
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Date: 9/21/08 9:28 PM

Hi all-- I hope one of you gurus on embroidery can help me!

I have a Janome MC 9700 which is new to me. I love the embroidery that it can do! Apparently it is a SM with a built-in 300E, except with the color screen of the 350E (forgive me if I have some details wrong). It works by downloading embroideries from my computer onto a compact flash card, then plugging the CF card into a slot on the machine.

Some background: until recently I had a Viking Scandinavia 400, and I got 3D Embroidery software to go with it. I continue to use my 3D Software, and sometimes I get great results converting embroidery files to .jef and using them. Sometimes, though, I just get an error message on my sewing machine screen that my disc has 'one or more damaged files', and the machine won't recognize the embroidery file. When I put the CF back into my computer, though, there the file is, easily pulled up.

My question: Why is this happening?

When I look at the CF files, I do notice one thing. My CF disc will have two files for the successful embroideries: one is called a .jef file, and one has a different little icon and is called a .jbf file. For example, earlier today I tried to use a jack o lantern that I saved as 'jack'. I checked on my compact flash disc and found a file called 'jack.jef', but no file called 'jack.jbf' -- and sure enough, when I tried to embroider, a found that I couldn't embroider jack. (he he... a little pun there ). However, I've also downloaded a complex file of Elvis Presley, and my machine recognized it just fine. I saved it as 'elvis' in jef format, and it saved to the CF disc as 'elvis.jef' and 'elvis.jbf.' I don't recall doing anything different with these two files.

So what am I missing here? I've googled '.jbf files' in all kinds of permutations, searched the PR boards, and checked at Janome's site, and can't find an answer.

Please, oh wise ones! My DD wants a jack o'lantern shirt for her American Girl doll and I am helpless to aid her!

--Cindy Lou

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Date: 9/21/08 11:17 PM

I have a Kenmore Ergo 3 that uses Compact Flash cards too and I have the same thing. I think the .jbf files are files that contain the thread color list for your associated .jef file written in a computer based language for the machines. I don't know,positively, because you can't read them but I think that's what it is.

In any case, it's obviously nothing to worry about because I have the same files and it hasn't caused me any trouble the last few years.

Perhaps someone more knowledgeable about embroidery software can give a definitive answer.

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Date: 9/21/08 11:36 PM

I have the Memory Craft 9700 and love it. All my machine requires is the file to be in Jef format. Of course, I am not converting any files, but have not had any problems. I am not familiar with the other file format. I would talk to the place where you bought it to see if they have any answers.

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Date: 9/21/08 11:43 PM

Cindy Lou - I can help you. I have a 9500 which is similar to your machine except without a color screen.

You will find the answer to your .jbf question HERE. This site is owned by Jim Stutsman who has been a Janome dealer for a long time and has written software for Janome machines, too. He wrote a program to repair designs for the 10000. I don't know if it will work for designs for the 9700 - I've never tried it because I use Embird to edit designs. You can read about the program
HERE and download it if you want to try it.

If the jack o lantern is a freebie and you tell me where you got it, I'll download it to see if I can figure out the problem. HTH

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Date: 9/22/08 0:36 AM

Oh, WOW!!!

Thanks soooo much! I downloaded the program and it immediately detected a 'first stitch' issue with my design. In less than a second, it was repaired. That is one awesome program!

I will try stitching out first thing tomorrow and be sure it works. If it does, you have saved me TONS of grief.

Cyber hugs and thanks to you AK!

Hugs also for those others of you who felt my pain. And-- remember this tip. You never know when you all might need it!

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Date: 9/22/08 1:08 AM

Wow - thank you - too. That's interesting. Glad someone had the information. I just never worried about it. I saw they were recreated each time and ???? Nice to know the real answer.

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Date: 9/22/08 12:04 PM

You are welcome.

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Date: 5/26/13 11:16 AM

I know this is an old thread but I'm just delving into the world of machine embroidery and find myself having this same issue. I was SO HAPPY to find this post, only to discover that it is no longer valid. Can you provide any information about the solution? I'm at a stand-still!

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Date: 5/30/13 2:25 AM

What issue are you talking about?

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Date: 6/15/13 0:00 AM

I have found that if the design is not set for a hoop size, then it will give an error message about the files being damaged. if I open the file in for example stitch era universal, and make sure I set a hoop size in there for the design, then resave, it works.

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