by airyfairy 17d ago

I need some help. I have in my possession some USB sticks which I would like to use to DL embroidery files.

I have cleaned and formatted them and DL an embroidery file on each one. When I plug them into my machine nothing happens at all. What am I missing here??


by fannyfurkin 8d ago

There may be a couple of different reasons why they are not working, one reason is that they may be corrupt, as they are old this is very possible. Another reason is that there are different files systems that they can be formatted to, there are NFTS and FAT32 and exFAT, there may be others as well, but I have seen USB devices that have video files on them just not work on television if they are formatted to the wrong file system, you can choose which system it is when you are formatting them.

by Midnight1 12d ago

My Ruby Viking will only read Viking usb. And they or the older one . My understanding Viking no longer have them. I bought a external floppy drive load my designs on floppies then the machine will read the Designs - hope that makes sense

by airyfairy 14d ago

I have tried everything. I have looked carefully at all the sticks I am having trouble with. They are all old ones, up to 8GB. I think most of them were ‘handouts’ at various functions my daughters attended. They all load but my machine is just not reading them. I will just have to use all the ones I have.

by tinfriend 14d ago

What machine are you trying to use them on?

airyfairy by airyfairy 14d ago


tinfriend by tinfriend 14d ago

which model

by mops Moderator 16d ago

Usually the stick has to be formatted for embroidery use. Both my Janome 4 nld as my Ruby use the same files.. Made a screenprint of one of my embroidery sticks, see the red stripes, ignore the remainder. The designs go into the EMB file.
Some embroidery software enable formatting the stick the right way; if not and you have a stick that came with the machine, just copy those files, empty the EMB file and put the new files in.

by dollygk 16d ago

Some USB sticks are just tempermental!!!! I have two that have to be pluged and unpluged twice or more before they will work..... Good Luck

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by Tu2ml edited 16d ago

You probably already know this, but here’s a thought…

On the USB sticks that work, did you place the design files in a folder? Sometimes there is a requirement to load those files to you machine from a folder/sub folder on the USB. I found some info re: EMBf5 format, but the process is slightly different depending on which model of machine you are using. Take a look at the article in the link below. Scroll down through the pages to find your machine model. Good luck.

airyfairy by airyfairy 16d ago

Thank you. I will have a look

graceandham by graceandham 15d ago

Also, if you have a folder that is a zip file or a different format file for a different brand machine, such as .PES, your Janome will not read the USB. On at least the older Janomes, the file has to be exactly centered or it cannot read it, so you may need to check file in editing software and center it. Janome may seem picky, but SO low on maintenance and repairs and such good stitchout results!

by sharonleekesner 16d ago

I have a couple usb sticks that my machines won't read. Don't know why. Maybe the brand, although I have many brands. Have you tried deleting everything on the stick and then dragging or sending the format you use over to the stick?

airyfairy by airyfairy 16d ago

The sticks are clean and formatted

sharonleekesner by sharonleekesner 15d ago

Well then I wasn't any help at all. (Laughing), I hope you find an answer and remember not all brands work on the machines.

by bemara 16d ago

many machines do not read usb sticks if they are larger than 16 GB

airyfairy by airyfairy 16d ago

These are only 8GB

allmine99 by allmine99 16d ago

If its an old machine might only read 2 GB

by 02kar Moderator 16d ago

I'm glad you asked this. I've had some issues with brand new USB sticks

by dragonflyer 16d ago

Hmmm, it might be the USB format... I have to use FAT32 for mine...the NTFS format will not work on my machines... Perhaps that is the problem???

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airyfairy by airyfairy 16d ago

I have to use EmbF5 and these are all PES files I have used before. I have other sticks in use, I just wanted to try some others. My computer is reading the stick but not my machine.

by awesome1 16d ago

I’m jumping in to suggest possibly your d/l s contain more than just the design itself. Your machine cannot open zipped files.

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awesome1 by awesome1 16d ago

Oh, and the design must be correct format. You may have to do some "clean up" on computer before saving to flash drive.