by cinderoak 21 Aug 2009

Is the jef file the one I can work with, this is a challenge to me. If anyone can tell me what I am doing wrong I would be so grateful. I had my dear hubby look last night before heading to bed but he couldn't figure it out either. I thank the Lord for sending this website our way!!!



by lbrow 22 Aug 2009

Cinder, we truly have some amazing Q.T.s don't u think *4U

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cinderoak by cinderoak 23 Aug 2009

That my dear Lillian is an understatement!!
Thank you all!

by marjialexa Moderator 22 Aug 2009

The link for Wilcom's True Sizer is in this post, in an answer by Ruthie. I knew somebody would know! Hugs, Marji

by debleerl 22 Aug 2009

SEW files are for the older Janome machines, JEF is for the newer ones, and JEF+ is for the newest 11000 machines. All are stitch files and can't be resized more than the 20% your machine can probably handle. As Marji said, you need the design file to re-size it, for DigiPro it's a JAN file. It's not likely you will have the design file unless you digitize it youself. Anita-goodesign is the only dealer I know of that gives you a re-sizable file.

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debleerl by debleerl 22 Aug 2009

Are you trying to convert a jef file to sew or sew to jef? If you're trying to convert jef to sew, the problem is the design is to big for the hoop used with sew formats. If you're trying to go from sew to jef, it should work by using file; save as; and then select the jef format from the drop down list.

by marjialexa Moderator 22 Aug 2009

Cinder, I have been playing with the Pulse Ambassador, so I can tell you a few things. First, I only use it to convert some files, because it actually does conversion more accurately in some cases (notably PES) than my Janome Digitizer Pro does. Since I do most operations in Digitizer Pro, I went in to Pulse to see what's available. If you have a stitch file, which is anything you download from the internet, you can't resize it in Pulse. Nor can you change density. You'd have to have the native digitizing format to do that, it won't monkey with stitch files. I just love the draw ribbon, because you can go back & forth with it, unlike Digitizer Pro, which just draws straight through, and if you stop it you have to start from the beginning. That draw ribbon tells you a lot about your design! Do read thru the Help file, start at the beginning. It's really simply written, and will tell you exactly what the program does and how. If you want any more information, just ask, I'll always be happy to help. For what it does, I do love this program. But then, I have Digitizer Pro to do everything else, so that's not much help to you, I suppose. Good luck, Hugs, Marji

cinderoak by cinderoak 22 Aug 2009

Thank you so much for all the wonderful help! Your suspicions are correct, I was trying to resize the stitch files! Silly girl, I just didn't understand that was what I was trying to do. Love the idea of the mid design beginning for the ribbon, I can see that being very beneficial. Now that I have gained that knowledge, can you share how I identify if a file is in its native digitizing format? Thank you!

You are a blessing!!

marjialexa by marjialexa 22 Aug 2009

Judy, I would guess anything you'd download from the internet would be a stitch file, there wouldn't be any reason for a digitizer to upload a format no one could use except another digitizer. If they were doing that, they'd e-mail the file to the digitizer. My Janome Digitizer Pro native format is JAN, but the stitch file for Janome is JEF. I save my files as JAN files, but when I go to export them to the flash card for the machine, the digitizing program automatically converts them to JEF, the stitch file. I'm thinking unless you would have Tajima's Pulse Ambassador digitizing program, you couldn't resize anything with the free version. I think that's why the gals download Wilcom's True Sizer, but I don't know where to get it. Try the Wilcom site? That will change sizes for you. Are you trying to up or downsize a lot? If it's only a tiny bit, your machine will enlarge or shrink a design by 10% with no problems, usually. Good luck, if you need any more help, just ask, or PM me. Hugs, Marji

by marjialexa Moderator 21 Aug 2009

As long as you have the Pulse Ambassador on your computer, I might as well tell you it does a lot of other things. There's a tool called a "draw ribbon", which you can use to watch Pulse "sew out" the design on your computer. You can look at a simulated stitch out, or you can turn that off and see all the jumps, places to cut, etc. You can also change thread colors, and choose from palettes of thread and brands. And on the printout pages, it will tell you how many stitches, and how much of each color thread you'll use, and how much bobbin thread. This program is really neat for a free program!! If you need any more help, just ask. Hugs, Marji

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cinderoak by cinderoak 21 Aug 2009

Thanks Marji I will check it out, that sounds exciting! Since you are so familiar with it, do you know can you reduce the density? I am trying to avoid another stop sign in the road!!!

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by mpo14011 21 Aug 2009

Which Janome have you got?
SEW format is for the older 9000. JEF is for the new ones. You should be able to convert any design to either JEF or Sew. If the file is too big for Sew, it will split it into 2 or 3 files.
I do not use the Pulse Ambassador. I use Wilcom Truesizer to convert or my Digitizer Pro/MB.

peggyhaws by peggyhaws 21 Aug 2009

Are you able to adjust the stitch count with Wilcom? Peggy

mpo14011 by mpo14011 21 Aug 2009

You mean when you are resizing or changing the format?
From what I understand, the hoop sizes for the older Janomes are smaller, that is why the SEW format splits the design, unless the design is small, eg fits in a 4x4 hoop.
When you resize it does adjust the stitch count, but only to a certain extend. You can only, successfully resize to make it smaller by 90% or larger by 120%, I think.
The split designs in SEW are fine. You just continue to stitch each separate section. But don't take the embroidery out of the hoop between each lot. Keep it in the hoop and just continue.
That is my understanding of it.

mpo14011 by mpo14011 21 Aug 2009

I might add, test the design first.And stabilize your fabric sufficiently.

by annesarts 21 Aug 2009

You might think of them as languages (they are actually called formats) and different companies program their machines in different languages. If you have a machine that uses .sew and you have a .jef design, you must convert the design to .sew.

To do the conversion, I use a free, online conversion software that is easy and works every time. You'll find it here: http://www.embro The site requires registration and has 20 different formats you can change from/to.

I hope I understood your question correctly. Good luck.

peggyhaws by peggyhaws 21 Aug 2009

I went to the site and maybe I don't know what I am looking for, but I did not see anything listed as a conversion or resizing tool. Help! I'd like to check it out.

annesarts by annesarts 21 Aug 2009

OK, when I use the link, it brings me to a log-in page. So I suggest you register first. Once that's set, scroll down and look for "freebies" at the bottom of the list of links on the left hand side. Click on it and you will see "format conversion". There are 4-5 steps (like upload your design, chose the format you want to convert to), then it'll tell you to download it (I think you also have an e-mail option) when it's done. Please let me know if you have any more questions. I may not get back to you until the morning, but I'll check in.

cinderoak by cinderoak 21 Aug 2009

Thank you for all the help! I am blessed by all you Cuties!

by meganne 21 Aug 2009

Hi Judy, what are you trying to do with the design?

I don't use Ambassador but I can reinstall it and duplicate what you are attempting to do once I know what that is.

Jef and Sew formats are both used by Janome but I really have no idea what differences there are between the two. Perhaps one is for older Janome's and one for more recent machines. No doubt some Cutie will be able to advise you on that.
You can email me if necessary.
hugs n roses, Meganne

cinderoak by cinderoak 21 Aug 2009

Hi Meganne,
Glad to see you back:) You are too kind!
I really was attempting to use the Ambassador program to learn how to reduce and increase the designs. I was hoping I could reduce the density with it. After downloading I saw it was a file converter. Adventurer that I am, decided I should learn that too! Thank you, you are a blessing!! judy

meganne by meganne 22 Aug 2009

I don't use Ambassador because I have Pulse's Professional Version for Elna machines, which is called Xpressive 2, worth $3,500 or thereabouts, but compared to Embird it is the biggest pain in the butt to use so I don't use it either.

But if you can master anything using the Pulse programs you are doing well and it is a great practice ground (stepping stone) for when you decide you want something more user friendly such as Embird. LOL!!!

Have fun and enjoy, just remember to always do a "SAVE AS" and re-name the design before you start playing around with it, that way it won't matter what you do you'll still have your original design to go back to.
Hugs n roses, M