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don't know how to help mom get embroidery designs digitized and put on the little floppy disc
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Date: 6/30/12 2:14 AM

My mom purchased a used Viking 1 just as the newer, easier + models were coming out... but has hardly used it. I would help When I visit, but don't have an embroidery machine myself. Is there a way to get some inexpensive designs? Can online or CD versions be utilized? They would have to be converted to the proper format and put on the floppy, which is kind of archaic at this point. How can this be done? She would not be upgrading the machine and would like to be able to use it for more than basic sewing. She basically only has the few designs it came with.

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Date: 6/30/12 3:28 AM

To write designs to the #1+ card you need a special box that plugs into the computer. You put the card into the box and then write embroidery designs stored on your computer onto the card. Take the card out and plug it into your #1+.

Husqvarna sold this box years ago (sorry the exact name escapes me at the moment) but I don't think you can buy it anymore. And even if you could, it probably uses a serial port which most computers don't use anymore, and then there is the software which will be outdated and not compatiable with the current versions of Windows.

All is not lost though. What you mom needs is the Ultimate Box and card. This is what I have and it works really well. HTH

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Date: 6/30/12 10:00 AM

Sew4Fun, anyone,

I thought I was going to end up with a Viking Designer 1, I didn't. I do have a box of 38 discs with .hus designs on them and a Dell Floppy Drive Module.

When I pull up a file in the floppy drive, it requests a file on my computer to read the .hus designs.

Would the Ultimate Box read the floppy?
I presume that I could use my Bernina software to open and use the design, am I right on that?
Would the original poster be able to get free software to use what I have, the Dell floppy drive reader and the .hus designs on disk?

Thank you.

Hope this will help with sorting this out.
Amazing Box Converter.pdf
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Date: 6/30/12 10:54 AM

You can download the Embird program (embird.com); that will let you read the HUS files. The little memory card does need some kind of a reader/writer box. I *think* the Ultimate Box will let you write to it.
I have a 1+ but haven't used it for embroidery since I got my D1, so I gave my reader/writer box away.
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Date: 6/30/12 4:20 PM

Thanks for your great question.

I'm getting very helpful information relating to your topic on this thread too:

Machine Embroidery > Embroidery card into my computer software?

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Date: 6/30/12 4:47 PM

There are many sites on the Internet you can download from.

Avoid those from foreign countries as many are in violation of US copyright law.

Wilcom TrueSizer is a free software program that you can download to convert design files. Open the design file and choose save as (select the needed format).

Then you need a reader/writer unit with a memory card or floppy as required for the embroidery machine in question.

Embroidery Library has many tips and techniques. Start with how to save the design files on your computer.

This is the discussion 7yr is referring to.


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Date: 6/30/12 7:45 PM

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Would the Ultimate Box read the floppy?

No. The Ultimate Box only reads and writes to a memory card. Memory Cards were around before USB was invented or at least widely used. They are special cards that plug into some old embroidery machines, including the Husqvarna #1+. It's how you transfer designs from the computer to your embroidery machine.

In order to write embroidery designs onto the memory card you need a reader/writer box with software that plugs into your computer. The issue is technology has advanced so much, the older reader/ writer boxes we all used back in the day are not compatible with current computers.

I can confirm though that the Ultimate Box will work with the new computers (if you buy the version with a USB connection). The software is also compatible as there are updates available for Windows 7 including 64bit. HTH

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Date: 6/30/12 7:59 PM

Are you talking about the Viking #1 plus or the Viking Designer 1?
The #1 plus takes cards and the Designer 1 uses floppies.

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Date: 7/1/12 11:42 AM

Another option is to buy the embroidery cards that were made specifically for the Viking 1+. Apparently they can be used on other Viking models as well. They are available and reasonably priced.
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Date: 7/3/12 1:01 AM

she has the 1 not the 1+ . I think it uses floppies. Your answers have been informative but the 1 is even older than the 1+.

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