Running Old Quilting and Embroidery Software on a Windows 10 Computer

January 7, 2017

Windows 10….love it or hate it, it’s here to stay!  I have been able to use my outdated Husqvarna 3D embroidery software and E6 quilting software on this system despite the incompatibility.  Curious?   Just wait…I’m getting to it.

Years ago I bought a very pricey embroidery software suite from Husqvarna Viking to  create and edit designs and save to disks that work in my Designer One sewing and embroidery machine.  Husqvarna Viking is very proprietary with their products, and no other software could save in the file format that the D1 used.  This software ran on Windows XP or Vista with a patch for the dongle.  Niche market…high price.

Enter Windows 7…uh oh, not compatible.  My super duper IT husband to the rescue.  He had a fix.  He installed software called Virtual Machine Ware  www.vmware.com on a portion of my hard drive.  That part of my hard drive now functioned as it’s own computer.   Then he installed a licensed copy of Windows XP that he still had, but was not using.  I then installed my embroidery software and IT RAN as it should.  I used my previous laptop like this for years.  I would just click on the VMware icon and open it up, then select my software and get to work.

Fast forward to Windows 10…while my programmer son was home over Christmas, I tasked him with setting up my virtual machine and installing XP (plus all the service packs) on my new-ish Windows 10 laptop.  I then installed the embroidery software and  Electric Quilt 6.  They both work smoothly and as they should.  I sat with him for part of the installation, it is quite simple, follow the prompts. FYI, he set aside 40 gigs  of storage, for the virtual machine to run both programs and store embroidery files.

I did read some of their help files to use the tools and they were straight forward and very easy to follow.

VMware’s latest product is called VMWorkstation 12 Player, which has some handy tools that allows you to move files between operating systems easily.  The best part about it is that this software is FREE, if you are not a business.   So check it out and save your investment!

Aren’t those folks at VMWare.com just the very best!!!!

Happy quilting!

Diana

 

Happy New Year & UFO Resolutions

January 3, 2017

Happy 2017!  Wow!  Yes, I actually wrote 2017.  That seems so unreal.  I hope you are feeling rested.  Most folks I know are back to work today.  I am fortunate enough to have one more day off work.  So today it’s just me, Bailey the Wonder Dog, and the chickens, who are  enjoying the unseasonably warm weather by begging for bird seed at the back door.

Well, I don’t really have a resolution per say, but I hope to finish some UFOs that have been taking up space.  I have a number of  flannel squares that I  created and embroidered designs on that need to be assembled into something.  The original plan was a  queen size quilt.  I would settle for a throw now, just to get it finished.

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I have a baby quilt that needs some sashing, and I’m hoping to improve it with some quilting.  I was trying to clean out my stash, and let’s just say the top is not my fav.  I was going for soft scrappy granny colors; it’s just washed out to me.  Let’s just say I’m struggling with it.

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I also found a box of jewel toned fabrics and directions,  with a few completed squares for a quilt called Galaxy of Stars that my mother-in-law sent me in 2008.  Gasp, the postmark on the box is the only reason I actually know how old it is.   There is a TON of fabric in that box.   Hmmmm… a little more investigating is needed.

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Well, my ultimate goal is to improve my hand guided quilting.  These projects will provide me with opportunity practice my skills and hopefully improve, while making for more room in my stash. 🙂

Back to the grind tomorrow!

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have the best year yet!

Diana

 

 

Making side leaders for the longarm

December 28, 2016

While attempting to do ruler work on a charity quilt, I decided the velcro straps with the heavy clamps on the sides of my Gammill were just too heavy and floppy.  I seemed to have too much movement, especially as I quilted close to the edge of a quilt.  After a few Youtube videos, I decided that Sharon Schamber’s idea of adding side leaders may help stabilize everything.  So, I raided my stash and found some heavy denim (non-stretch) and took a few measurements.  My leaders are a little different than those in the video, but the idea is the same.

I measured out 2 rectangles approximately 21.5 inches by 14 inches.  These measurements are based on the size of my machine and well, the piece of fabric  I had.  Kind of pragmatic!

Next I serged the shorter ends to finish the edges.  A narrow hem would work really well also.

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After finishing the edge, I folded the pieces lengthwise (hotdog style) and stitched a 1.omm seam.

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Now, off to press the seam on the sleeve roll, then press the whole tube with the seam at one edge.  The edge with the seam allowance is where I attach the clamps.  The other edge I pin to the sides of the quilt backing.

I considered adding a pocket to put a dowel in, but I think I will try this for now.  If I need it later I can always go back and stitch it.

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All pressed and starched, ready to give ’em a try.  I’ll let you know how it goes.

 

 

To Block or not to Block my quilt

I have a UFO (unfinished object to non-quilters) that has recently been finished. I know…I know.. I am so proud! It is an applique Halloween quilt. Yes, I am aware that I’m talking about a Halloween quilt 15 days before Christmas. This is a project that I would take out every September and add something to it with the most hopeful of intentions for completion before Halloween arrives. Well, this year is the year! I did finish the applique and quilting by Halloween, but that is where the progress stops. The quilt sat in my sewing room awaiting a binding. So you are thinking…that it is really not complete. I know…glass half full.
Last weekend, I went to trim it up to add the binding and realized that after quilting, I now had a stretched out quilt that had floppy corners. It definitely did not have floppy corners before. No matter how much trimming I do, it is not going to hang properly, let alone, look nice. So I decided that I would attempt to block it. I have never done this before, but I read it in a book!
I have a 4′ by 7.5′ sheet of 2 inch foam board (the pink stuff about $30) that I covered with a flannel sheet to use as a design wall (or for blocking). I placed the board on the floor with the quilt laying on it, top up. Carefully, I sprayed the quilt with plain tap water using a spray bottle until it was saturated. Next, using pins and a quilting ruler, I gently stretched the border into a straight line, holding it in place with pins going all the way through into the foam board. I used the ruler to insure the corners were square and the borders straight. It took some additional spraying, adjusting, and repinning to get the quilt stretched to the right position. I’m quite sure I used every pin in the house. Once everything was where I wanted it, I left it to dry overnight, sewing room door closed (no dogs allowed). The next day, my quilt looked great. I bound it and it is finished. Woo-hoo.

Bottom line, the foam board has been a great addition to my sewing room.  Blocking quilt…will definitely be spending the time to do this in the future. Well worth the results.

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Quilt pinned to foam board.  I just needed to use the pins around the edges of the border.

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I used the clear quilting ruler to make sure the borders were straight.

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Halloween quilt finished!  Machine applique, machine embroidery, and quilted on the new long arm.

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Close up of quilting.