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From: docjen
Date: 04-27-2006, 10:55 AM (1 of 8)
I have a Kenmore Elite 19005 machine which I love. After my old machine, it seems like a "cadillac"! My problem is that I love the embroidery function, but have had SO MANY problems trying to figure out how to use other embroidery designs other than the few it came with!! Sears no longer carries these machines (which I guess were manufactured by Janome?) and they also no longer provide customer service on them unfortunately (grrrrr!).

So...the salesperson at Sears told me that in order to use any other designs (downloaded or on cards) I would need to buy the 19000 reader and Y cable. So I did. No instructions or software of any kind came with it. I tried to download some designs from the internet to a compact flash card in .jef format and put in the machine (with adaptor), and the machine would not read the files. Does anyone have any clue about this? I am having trouble finding anything about this since the machine is discontinued! I am ready to pull my hair out! Help!!!!
User: docjen
Member since: 04-25-2006
Total posts: 2
From: Melanie T
Date: 04-27-2006, 02:01 PM (2 of 8)
Welcome to machine embroidery. Contrary to what you are feeling now, you have a wonderful machine. I have the 19010 which is the same machine as yours with a few more regular sewing stitches and I love it.

Just ignore anything sears tells you. For starters, take back the y cable and card reader. Tell them it doesn't work and pitch a hissy fit if you have to, but it is junk unless you are planning to buy all of the overpriced cards that sears sells. Once you get the laptop adaptor and compact flash card figured out you will never look back.

Here is some of the review of my machine that I did on patternreview.com about my machine. Join the 19010 group mentioned here. It is basically the same machine and they can tell you everything you need to know.

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The ladies in the yahoo group
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/kenmore-elite-ergo3-19010
more than made up for the lack of support at sears. They were awesome about answering my newbie questions and everything. Sears may not have any support, but there is a number in your manual for the help line at JMAC which is the janome company that sears has make the machines. Bonnie, the lady that answers that phone, monitors the 19010 group list and if nobody else answers your questions she will jump in. I have seen it three times in the past 2 years since I have been a member. If the question has already been answered, someone will gently directly you to the archives of the group.

The machine uses a standard compact flash card in a laptop adaptor to hold and transport designs. No fancy embroidery cards or expensive card readers necessary. I got everything I needed from best buy for under $20 bucks. If you have a laptop then you probably already have what you need. The smaller the card the better. I got 2 4mb cards and 2 8 mb cards by asking on freecycle.

What Topview does not like about this machine
The sears customizer program is useless compared to embrid. It will only resize designs up to 20% and can't alter stitch density at all. It comes with a CF card and adaptor, 187 of sears oldest designs that need to be redigitzed with todays programs and customizer for $200 you can do alot better with embrid and Artistic ThreadWorks. You don't have to buy Sears cards or the card reader either.
Melanie
4 little sewing machine mechanics (6, 4, 2, Born June 14)
Ontario Canada
User: Melanie T
Member since: 09-21-2004
Total posts: 155
From: Melanie T
Date: 04-27-2006, 02:05 PM (3 of 8)
If a card, which has been working, suddenly stops working itís a good idea to format it. Usually that will clear up any problems.

Creating the EMB_file folder on the ATA PC Card
With the 19010 OFF
Insert the ATA PC Card and adapter into the 19010
Turn on the 19010
Wait 10 seconds
Turn off the 19010
Eject the ATA PC Card
Insert the ATA PC Card into your Card R/W (the one attached to your computer, not the one sears sells)

NOTE:
The Customizer 19010 will automatically add this file to your ATA PC Card when "writing" the designs to your card.

Copying files from the internet to Card
Make sure your card is in the adapter. With your machine turned off: insert your ATA PC Card turn the machine on: wait 10 seconds turn the machine off Eject your card put the card in your computer go to you favorite website download the free designs to the drive where your card is and copy them in to the folder labeled Emb_file.

(Now, I don't like to copy directly to my card cuz of viruses and worms; I will download my designs to my harddrive in a folder that has my name on it so that I can always find my designs. From my folder I will run a virus scan on the design and then will copy the design to the ATA PC Card making sure that I copy it to the Emb_file folder)

ATA PC Card and Static Electricity
early all of the PC Card adapters come with a metal housing. Under dry conditions it is very possible that a large static electricity charge can be generated simply by walking across the room. The metal housing allows this static charge to be carried directly into the 19010, and can result in a variety of problems, including loss of memory contents, program malfunction and even damage to internal circuitry. So to be safe be sure to turn off the 19010 prior to inserting or removing a PC Card. A good practice would be to discharge any static charge before touching the sewing machine.
Melanie
4 little sewing machine mechanics (6, 4, 2, Born June 14)
Ontario Canada
User: Melanie T
Member since: 09-21-2004
Total posts: 155
From: Melanie T
Date: 04-27-2006, 02:07 PM (4 of 8)
docjen,

I'll send you a private message with my contact info if you want to contact me for help. Joining the 19010 group and doing a search of the archives for the ata card and transfering designs or just directly asking you questions would also be helpful.

Good luck
Melanie
4 little sewing machine mechanics (6, 4, 2, Born June 14)
Ontario Canada
User: Melanie T
Member since: 09-21-2004
Total posts: 155
From: Melanie T
Date: 04-27-2006, 02:18 PM (5 of 8)
Just a thought, any design you want to use in your machine needs to be in the .jef format and in the EMB file on you card for the machine to read it. There are several free programs available to convert designs to jef, I use pulsemicro's ambassador program to do it. I can post or send you directions on how to use it if that is the route you chose to get your designs coverted.
Melanie
4 little sewing machine mechanics (6, 4, 2, Born June 14)
Ontario Canada
User: Melanie T
Member since: 09-21-2004
Total posts: 155
From: docjen
Date: 04-27-2006, 04:06 PM (6 of 8)
.....thank you thank you thank you thank you!!!!!
User: docjen
Member since: 04-25-2006
Total posts: 2
From: MrSpike
Date: 05-31-2006, 02:14 PM (7 of 8)
Howdy, this is the first time I have posted here and I am looking for any info I can get on the Kenmore Elite 19005. Mom purchased one and is having all sorts of trouble with it. I bought her five 128 mb cards because she said the book said that was the largest card it could read. How can that be? Also, she said it had to be a particular brand, again, how can that be?
User: MrSpike
Member since: 05-31-2006
Total posts: 2
From: Chrysantha
Date: 05-31-2006, 03:18 PM (8 of 8)
Janome's don't like some cards, just like some car's don't like a particuliar gas.
Sandisk work well and are cheap.

www.jr.com cheap flashcards and adapters.
Chrys
User: Chrysantha
Member since: 09-06-2002
Total posts: 2414
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