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Date: 6/20/12 10:57 AM

I have some old embroidery cards that I bought when I had a Viking Scandinavia 400. When I bought them, I thought they were Viking, but they ended up being OESD. They worked in the card reading Viking embroidery machine, but I could not use the reader/writer to get them into my computer. Now I no longer have the embroidery sewing machine that takes cards. Is there anything that will read the cards onto my computer (Vista) so that I can use them in my 4D software and load them on my new embroidery machine?

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Date: 6/20/12 11:18 AM

There may be a card reader for whatever type of card you are using.

Have you tried the yahoo group for husqvarna viking software discussions?


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Date: 6/28/12 0:39 AM

"Magic" or "Amazing" box?

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Date: 6/30/12 1:09 PM

This thread just got started and I'll be watching both as it looks like any information would be helpful in either case.

Machine Embroidery > how to get embroidery designs for the older viking 1?

I posted on the referenced thread that I have a box of embroidery disks that were meant to be used with a Viking Designer 1 machine. I just pulled those out and tried them in a Dell Floppy Drive Module to see if I had anything useful.

The files are there, they show up in the computer. And, it could be that I have a mini goldmine of designs that I could be sharing. The message though is that I need something to read the .hus format.

You'll see on the other thread that Embird could be a solution.

So does that mean that if someone was using the Magic Box or if their older Viking machine was doing the card reading that it would be necessary for those folks to purchase a program like Embird in order to be able to continue to use their designs?

The threads are timely for me.

Thank you.

Here is the manual for the Amazing Box. Thought it might help some sort through this.
Amazing Box Converter.pdf

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Date: 6/30/12 3:43 PM

Keep in mind I don't even have a current Viking embroidery machine (except for a really old 1980's Huskygram) and not your machine either, but since no one else is answering, I will try to help. Just since no one else is.

Viking embroidery designs are very nicely made (I have purchased a lot of them over the years, and to use with my non Viking machines) and you for sure should keep and use yours, in any newer or other machines you have. The are/were also expensive, like $100 per set/package, so you do need to get them into a format you can use with your new machine, if you want to sew them out.

But, your issue v.s carmel09 issues, are totally different. They were/are sold two ways. Both in the large beautiful printed plastic packaging, but one way was on a proprietary embroidery card that fits in the slot of a Viking Machine, and the other way on floppy disks.The floppy disk way was on the packaging-emboidery disk for Designer I and PC. Those are what you have, as you have the floppy disks. Those do have embroidery designs you could use in any other machine. Once you convert the ,hus format to embroidery format you can use, which is .exp. But you are not supposed to share them, with anyone, as in to copy them and give them to other people, as that is just illegal.

But, if they are yours, and you paid for them, or were gifted them in the original packaging or such, of course you can certainly copy them for yourself, into just your own computer, or make a back up of them, and use them in a format that works with any embroidery machine you own yourself. I also think nothing illegal about just giving them away, disks and packaging and all, to someone else for free at all. But, lets pretend you wish to use all those nice designs in your current embroidery machine.

So, I think you have a newer Bernina machine. I think that machine will accept .exp format designs. I think your Viking designs on your Viking floppy disks are in several formats on the disk. The .shv fomat there is just for the Viking machine, when used in a speical way under special menu directories. But also there is a .hus format that could be converted to another format to use with any machine. You can ignore any .shv ones, as you have not that machine to use them in. I also think any floppy disk, of any kind, is just old enough it could fail at any old time now.

So this is what I think you should do, just for you:

1) Create a new directory in your computer on your C: drive, and name it something like "My Viking embroidery designs".
2) Within that directory, create separate folders, named for each Viking embroidery set, name them something like, embroidery disk 116, embroidery disk 102, or whatever.
3) Now take each floppy, in your floppy drive and copy the contents into the directory you made for it, in your own computer. You can do that, because they are yours, and you are going to use them with your current embroidery machine. Now, if your floppies fail from being so old, you have back up on your C:drive in your computer.
4) Put away the floppies and do not use them at all, (they are your back up now) and of course do not give them away to anyone or sell them to anyone, (with also keeping the designs for yourself in any way or form) as you can't share embroidery designs like that in that manner, as they are copyrighted, and it is for sure just illegal.

Now go look at the License .txt file for each disk,(in your won computer on your C: drive) and see they are "COPYRIGHTED AND ARE LICENSED FOR YOUR OWN PERSONAL USE" That's fine, as you are going to use them, yourself, in your current embroidery machine. Which just happens not to be Viking one. And not share with anyone else. And it's not your fault that time has just passed, floppy disks are getting obsolete and prone to fail at this late date, and most computers no longer even have a floppy disk slot and that anyone whom has some should make a back up of anything/any kind of data that still on a floppy disk at all.

So since your Bernina machine will accept .exp format or .art fomat, you want to convert the original Viking .hus files to .exp format (in your computer now in your C: drive) as the very last step, so you can sew them out on your machine.

Either by sending them down a cable into your machine or on a USB stick, as a .exp formatted embroidery design file. How you choose to do that is up to you. You could use some paid for conversion program on the .hus files you have to convert to .exp, or something that came with your Bernina machine in some .art link software maybe, if that would do that for you, or just even any free conversion program, probably just anywhere. All it has to be able to do, is to convert .hus format to .exp instead.

Then just ask some people that have your exact embroidery machine, their preferred method of just doing that, with a .exp formatted embroidery design, to then sew it out on your machine, cable v.s USB stick, as I don't have your exact machine.

Have fun sewing them all out, as many of those Viking Designs are just lovely.


















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Date: 6/30/12 3:51 PM

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I just tried them in a Dell Floppy Drive Module to see if I had anything that could be put to good use.

The files are there, they show up in the computer. And, it could be that I have a mini goldmine of designs that I could be sharing.

The message though is that I need something to read the .hus format.

You'll see on the other thread that Embird could be a solution.

So does that mean that if someone was using the Magic Box or if their older Viking machine was doing the card reading that it would be necessary for those folks to purchase a program like Embird in order to be able to continue to use their designs?

The threads are timely for me. I'm trying to find out if these 38 disks of designs would be useful to someone instead of sitting in a box on my shelf.

Thank you.


Here is the manual for the Amazing Box. Thought it might help some sort through this.
Amazing Box Converter.pdf

A software program to open (see) the design files is required.

Any will do. Some are just for viewing, such as Embrilliance Thumbnailer and others provide a bit of editing and conversion should a format other than .hus be needed.

The Magic Box would suffice if the embroidery machine has a card slot. The memory card would have to be in the format for the intended embroidery machine.

It may be easier to open (view) and choose "save as" (choose a format) with Wilcom TrueSizer. It's free!

If you want to sell or give away the files, contact OESD for their particular rules.


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Date: 6/30/12 4:09 PM

Thank you beauturbo, that is exactly what I needed to know on all fronts.

I do have some of the nice Viking embroidery designs in the covers that I purchased. And then I have the others which came with a machine that I kept for about 30 seconds before seeing my Bernina and selling the machine I just bought. (Win, win for everyone. I didn't lose money, didn't make money, and had the machine serviced and thoroughly checked between owners.)

Thanks for the slap up the side of the head reminding me that the designs on the disks are not mine to share. Duh... I should have known that, I've had to call for music copyright permission often enough. Glad I asked questions first.

And, thank you for explaining the differences between the two sets of problems.

And, for the reminder to get things backed up on the computer. The little collection I purchased of the nice Viking designs were not cheap. I do have the Bernina software to convert those files.


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Date: 6/30/12 4:17 PM

Thank you PattiAnnJ,

I was thinking that I would be able to sell the in the package software that I purchased if I wanted.

I'll look at the others more carefully to see if I might want to use some of the designs, but this will need to be the final home for that grouping.

And, I'll check out the Wilcom TrueSizer on those.

I'm finding the answers helpful and sure hope others are too.

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Date: 6/30/12 5:35 PM

Carmel09, is in a worse predicament. I think she has proprietary shaped and pinned maybe compact flash kind of embroidery cards that are supposed to go in the side of a specific kind of embroidery machine, no longer has the machine they would go into, and she really cannot even put them and have them fit or read files off of them in any regular card slot on a computer, or even with some extra plug in more generic card reader/writer device not made for embroidery at all, as the actual plastic of the cards and the pinning of them, just would not be the same, and not fit in and work there at all.

That is what they made all those much more specialized Amazing Design, Magic, OESD, PESII Card writer and a bunch of other named boxes for. I knew that OESD made proprietary cards for of course Bernina machines, but I did not know they also made them ever for Viking ones. But if she says she's got some, I guess I have to believe her.

So, if you put a OESD proprietary shaped and pinned card made for some Viking machine, (if they exist) into a Amazing Design Box, and everything works just right and you were trying to have that box convert and write those designs to another kind of proprietary shaped and pinned embroidery card for some other kind of machine, that might work fine.

If you did the same with the same box, and were instead able to even read the designs off your card and into your computer, and then convert those formatted embroidery designs into a format that would work with a Viking 400, that might also work.

But depending on how old the box was and what version it was, and what she needed to do in the end to get it into her Viking 400 machine, to actually sew it out, it might or might not work. And I think any of those boxes new would cost at least $150 and depending on just what she was trying to do and how, if it did not work, then she would still be out the whole $150, and still not have done what she wanted to do. Also, you might need to have a whole bunch of "wrong cards for a machine" to even justify the expense of doing that.

If I were her, I would just go back to my Viking Dealer, with the old cards and ask if they ever had or still had any old Amazing/magic boxes around at all, and if so, (or any combination of Viking software and devices that would do that same kind of thing) and do they preform a service, that she could just pay them, to do something like that for her instead. So she could still use her old designs in her new machine instead. Maybe they would even do that for you, and for some kind of very nominal fee. Good Luck.

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Date: 9/22/12 9:33 PM

Hi,
I have a Husqvarna Scandinavia 400 and am a beginner just learning how to embroider. Now my problem is they don't make the cards anymore! Do you still have you cards from that machine, and if so, would you be willing to part with them?

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