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Transferring Designs from Computer ?
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Date: 9/23/06 10:32 AM

I went to a local dealer and was looking at this machine. The lady told me I would need a card similar to a camera memory card. Ok, I understand that, but what do you need to transfer the designs I have on my computer to the card?

I believe she told me I would need $200 software to do this, can not remember exactly, DH was with me and you all know how it is when they go with you, they just want to leave,
so I did not get to spend as much time drooling as I wanted.

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Date: 9/23/06 9:47 PM

Renee, you just need a memory card reader that may or may not connect to your computer through a USB port. Some computers have these memory slots built in now. I know that my printer has memory slots that I can put the memory card in, but that's another story.

You can purchase the card reader at your local electronics superstore for less than $20. The memory card is the expensive item. You can drag and drop the designs to the memory card just like you are moving something to another drive. Make sure you purchase the card reader that reads your particular type of memory card. I believe they use Compact Flash cards, but be sure to confirm that.

Unless you want to edit your designs on your computer, you don't really need to purchase software. If the designs are in a format that the 9700 can't read, then you would need to have software to convert them. Embird will do that. I think 9700 is jef format.

If you can't put the memory card directly into the 9700, you would need to purchase an adapter. Also, less than $20.

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Date: 9/23/06 11:04 PM

You will need software to put the designs on the card if you don't already have it. You do not have to buy the $$ Janome software. Embird will do a better job for alot less.

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Date: 9/23/06 11:13 PM

Why do you need software to put designs on the card?

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Date: 9/24/06 0:07 AM

I have the Janome 300E and it sounds like the same download of design configuration.

I run Windows xp pro on this machine, and I had to buy the compact flash disk holder that connects via usb port. I bought a Sandisk from a best buy type sstore. I just put the little flash card in it, copy the design I've already downloaded to this main computer. Take the flash card out of drive and put in the pcmcia adapter that you will need for the sewing machine to use.

Now if you have a pcmcia slot on your laptop (desktops don't usually have a pcmcia slot) you can put the compact flash in the adapter the sewing machine uses directly to the laptop. Then proceed to download.

Hope I didn't confuse you more.

Once I got my Janome 300E going, I've loved the downloaded designs I've bought.

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Date: 9/24/06 8:00 AM

I have Embird and I also have a Simplicity SmartBox which is an embroidery design transfer system that takes the Simplicity/Brother memory cards, they hold 6 designs. I believe the dealer told me that the software she was trying to sell me for $200 held more designs, but heck I am lucky if I do stitch out all 6 designs at any one given time.

She was fast talking so that is why I am trying to figure out from everyone here if I need the $200 pkg. that she wanted to sell me or if what I already have will work.

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Date: 9/24/06 10:07 AM

You do not need her $200 pkg. what you have will work fine.
But Janome does not want you to know that. My Janome works great with Embird. Get the smallest compact flash card they have, which now is probably 128mb. That will be more than enough (and cheaper). My 32 mb holds at least 12 designs. My machine takes the exact same card as my camera, so I just "borrowed" the one that came with the camera.

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Date: 9/24/06 10:09 AM

There is an FAQ for the 9700 at the Janome site.
9700 FAQ's

I dont have a 9700 but from a quick glance at the FAQ's, it seems that the 9700 uses a compact flash card...anything from 8 to 128 mgbytes. It will reuire a card reader plus an adaptor, available at any computor store.

HTH's a little

ETA: Just noticed you have Embird, which should be all the software you need.

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Date: 9/24/06 12:08 PM

You don't need to purchase anymore software. Embird works fine and converts to jef if necessary, plus you can edit your designs.

But to confirm, to just transfer designs from computer to flash card requires no special software. This is just like moving a file to a floppy drive (if you remember those) or to another file on your computer.

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