Hello my lovely blog followers! I feel so fortunate to be able to enjoy some very pleasant weather out here where I live, even if it is at the expense of being in a drought. The rest of the country, especially my friends in the Midwest. Northeast and South are struggling with absolute artic temperatures again, and it’s only the end of January. I sit in my studio looking out at blue skies, Marguerites, Stattice and Rosea ice plant in full bloom, enjoying a balmy 75 degrees of pure Southern California sunshine:
On occasion, Husqvarna Viking will give us some fun, free decorative stitches that we can add to our Gems, often around the holiday season. And this last holiday season was no exception. So, today, I thought you all might enjoy some step by step directions on how to add those and other self-created decorative stitches to your Designer Diamond Royale. The steps are really the same for all of the Gems line up, although the screens might look a bit different, so hopefully many of you with other lovely Gem models will find this helpful. If you didn’t have a chance to download those free holiday stitches, they can still be found here: Husqvarna Viking 2013 Holiday. You’ll see the “Featured Projects” which can be seen and downloaded by clicking on the “Find out more” button, and the free holiday stitches can be found under the “Free Downloads” section, clicking on the “Go to Downloads” button. So, here are simple, step by step directions for you, to add those decorative stitches to your Designer Royale”:
First, we assume you’ve downloaded those free decorative stitches either to your computer, or to your USB flash drive. If they’re not on your flash drive, go ahead and copy and paste them to your USB flash drive (embroidery stick). Remember, your computer can’t display decorative stitch files as thumbnails in Windows/File Explorer, so, you won’t be able to “see” them (even our 6D embroidery software’s 6D Explorer Plugin won’t display decorative stitches as thumbnails, sadly). But, not to worry, your machine will recognize them! I created a folder on my flash drive entitled, “2013 Holiday Stitches”. That way, when I open up the flash drive on my Royale, I’ll know what folder my decorative stitches are in. When you download the decorative stitches from Viking’s web site, you’ll see there are two different files types. Be sure to only add the .sh7 decorative stitch files to your flash drive. If you see files with an .sp3 file extension, those are decorative stitch files for the older Designer SE SE/LE machines.
Now that you have all the .sh7 decorative stitches copied to your flash drive (there were 2 of them for the 2013 Holiday season, Christmas Bulb and Christmas Ornament), plug in your flash drive into the right side of your Designer Royale.
Now that you have all the .sh7 decorative stitches (there were 2 of them for the 2013 Holiday season, Christmas Bulb and Christmas Ornament), plug in your flash drive into the right side of your Designer Royale (you can either plug your flash drive directly into the USB port, or, if you prefer, plug in a USB hub, then plug the flash drive into the hub. You’ll see my little mini mouse also plugged into the hub):
Turn on your machine, and allow it to boot up.
If you have the embroidery unit plugged in, you’ll need to switch to Sewing mode (if your embroidery unit is plugged in when you turn on your machine, it will assume you want to be in Embroidery mode, and will place you in that mode automatically.) Touch the Sewing mode icon with your stylus in the upper right corner of your screen (always use your stylus and not your finger. That way, you can reduce the chances of transferring a static electricity charge to your machine through your touchscreen.)
Once in Sewing mode, you can now touch the File Manager icon, which is the little file folder icon in the toolbar up at the top of the screen.
This will bring you to the File Manager screen. You should see a screen with a bar that will say “My Files”. My screen has a couple of embroidery files saved, yours may not if you haven’t saved any of your designs to your “My Files” folder on your machine (so your screen may be blank, perfectly normal). Let’s touch the “+” sign to the right of “My Files” to expand the drop down selection screen.
Now that we have the drop down screen visible, you’ll see a scroll button to the right. Touch and drag the silver circular handle all the way down until you see the “USB Embroidery stick” option, and touch that option to select it. This will open your USB flash drive (or embroidery stick, as Viking likes to call it) up on your screen.
You can now see a couple of folders I have on my USB flash drive. One of them is entitled, “2013 Holid…” (the name is cut off). This is where I placed my two decorative stitch files. I will touch that folder (you touch your folder, whatever you decided to name it), and then touch the “Open Folder” icon on the right side of your screen. (If you just placed your decorative stitches on the root drive of your flash drive, simply skip to the next step.)
You will now see a small thumbnail of each of the cute Holiday decorative stitches. The first one is the bulb stitch, the second one is the ornament stitch. If you touch one and activate it, you’ll see the name displayed below, in the File Name field.
Now, to add each of these decorative stitches to your U menu (which is the decorative stitch menu where you can save your own decorative stitches you’ve created on your Gem, or, free ones that Viking provides for their customers on a periodic basis.) So, let’s start with the Bulb stitch. Touch it to select it, then touch the OK icon in the bottom right corner of your screen.
Now your decorative stitch is loaded to your machine. To save it to your U menu, simply touch the “Save to My Stitches” icon below the Stitch menu, to the left of the “PROG” icon (it is the little red heart with a zig zag stitch on top of it.)
You will then be taken to your U menu. If you haven’t saved any decorative stitches, your U1 menu will be empty. You can see I have quite a few stitches saved, so I am going to move to my U2 menu (you actually have five U menus for a total of 48 separate positions with which to save your own personal decorative stitches.) Yes – for you VERY observant folks, I did save this in my U1 menu, position 11, but for demonstration purposes, and to show you how to move to the next menu, I’m going to save it, again. You can always delete duplicate stitches later. So, to move to the next U menu, touch the “U2” right arrow icon.
Now, simply touch the position 13, and the decorative stitch will be saved in that position. For you, if you’ve never saved a decorative stitch, you’ll want to stay on your U1 menu, and simply touch position 1. Click the green “OK” icon at the bottom of the screen.
To save the second decorative stitch, just touch the “File Manager” icon, and go back to step 6, and repeat the process.
Voila! You have just saved two very cute Holiday decorative stitches to your machine! Now, if you decide to modify any of the built-in decorative stitches, and you like what you’ve done, you can save those changes to your U menu by simply touching that “Save My Stitches” icon to get to the U menu, pick an empty position, and your modified decorative stitch has been saved with those changes, and leaving the original decorative stitch you started with, intact.
Cohen says, “Go sew!”