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From: homemaker9
Date: 01-30-2007, 12:55 PM (1 of 6)
It's so good to see someone on here that also has a H-Viking Designer 1. I love mine just still learning.
I have a question about formatting the floppy's that I use. I installed the 3-D Emb program on my computer and saved a few free designs from a site on to a floppy disk. When I went to put it back on the 3-D program it would not accept it because it said it was not the right format. Does anyone know what I need to do, how to format a disk with the right format or where to buy the right floppys. I am using the floppys because I didn't have any blank cd's and had these so I thought I would use them to learn.:cool:
User: homemaker9
Member since: 01-06-2007
Total posts: 18
From: lendube
Date: 01-30-2007, 02:24 PM (2 of 6)
Hi Kim,

I have the 3D Embroidery Studio but not the Design. I. I have the H.V. #1+, it's predesessor (sp?).

All designs have to be in the .hus format to be used. You don't have to format the disk, just the design. Make sure it has the .hus format. Usually you pick from a list. You'll find there are designs (online) that don't come in .hus but there are many that do. There are programs that convert.

Does that answer your question?

User: lendube
Member since: 08-06-2006
Total posts: 1548
From: homemaker9
Date: 01-30-2007, 02:35 PM (3 of 6)
Have you ever used the free designs from That is what I was saving to disk.
I'm not real sure what the 3-D disk manager usb(that is what I have) does. Does it act as a converter or do I need something else? Sorry so many questions.
User: homemaker9
Member since: 01-06-2007
Total posts: 18
From: kamckiou
Date: 01-30-2007, 07:18 PM (4 of 6)
It's always nice to know others that have the Vike D1! I have been sewing for a lot of years and just got the embroidery machine. My dh bought ordered the Corel Drawings X3 software for me - thought it did more that the Viking. I also got a good deal on a floppy machine and upgraded it to USB - easier for me to use with our computers. I know when the software comes I'll have lots to learn - need to clear my schedule. I'm amazed at how much there is to learn about embroidery! I've bought 3 stabilizers to become familiar with. I ordered rayon thread after even more research. Can the store you bought it from help with software questions? I find my store a big help. Have fun learning! Too easy to ramble on when thinking about embroidery - sorry!

stitching is my therapy!
User: kamckiou
Member since: 12-27-2006
Total posts: 5
From: lendube
Date: 01-30-2007, 07:58 PM (5 of 6)
Okay homemaker, I get it. You were asking Kim and I interrupted. Sorry about that.

I used to go to that site often but then they changed their way of doing things. I went just now to figure it out and this is what I found out.

If you want to download a design you need to download their conversion/zip reader called PKWARE. I downloaded it (it's free) and then went back and clicked on the design again. It asked me where I wanted the design to go and I found "3D Design/My Designs" and clicked on that and that was it. It automatically sent it to my emb. program, ready to use.

I went to My Designs in my 3D embroidery software and there it was. It was a piece of cake.

When it asks where you want it you can just send it to your disk if you want to save it there.

Does this make sense? I hope so.

Good luck, Lennie
User: lendube
Member since: 08-06-2006
Total posts: 1548
From: sweetpea1
Date: 01-31-2007, 12:45 PM (6 of 6)
Hi, I too have a Designer I USB and absolutely love it! I'm not sure why you are using floppies along with it. The Designer I USB uses a USB stick to transfer files from your PC to your sewing machine. That is the beauty of this version of the Designer I. The Disk Manager is the software that came with the Designer I USB and is the place where you send the files from the 3-D Embroidery Studio software so that the files can be loaded or unloaded from the USB stick.

Also, the 3-D Embroidery Studio software should be able to accept many different file formats. I've personally used VP3, HUS, PES & VIP formats of different designs. No conversion necessary for these to be loaded onto the USB stick and used in the Designer I USB. Other formats may be usable too, but these are the ones I have experience with.

If you download a design from the web, most good sites will give you the option of choosing the correct format. AnntheGran uses PES format and this is a compatible format for your Designer I USB. Actually the store where I purchased my Designer told me it is one of the better formats for visibility of the designs on the Designer's screen. I really haven't noticed any improvement, so I usually choose my designs in a HUS format.

The thing you need to remember about AnntheGrans designs is the following info that I copied from her site:

Browse through the pictures. If you see something you like, just click on the picture to download that file. You can send e-mail to the individual contributors by clicking on their names. These are .pes files in the .zip format. You will need PKUNZIP, WINZIP or another unzipping utility in order to use them.
If you're having trouble unzipping files, please click here for help.

That said, your problem may be that the files are still ZIPPED -- not that they are in an incompatible format. That is where the PKUNZIP or WINZIP programs come into play. I'm not sure I can explain via email how to use these programs. I think it would be best if you consult the advice from the AnntheGran site about unzipping files and click for help or if you know someone that is somewhat computer literate, maybe that person can guide you in the unzipping process if you don't know how to do it.

When I download a file from the web, I store it right away in the MyDesigns folder or on my desktop. If the file is ZIPPED, however, my software automatically puts it in a subfolder. I can then use WINZIP to open the files and save them in the MyDesigns folder.

I hope all this helps. If thinking about this info doesn't bring more light to your problem, definitely go back to you dealer. Many of them have free classes for both the sewing machine itself and the 3-D Embroidery Studio software.

Good luck, and keep us posted, Sweetpea
User: sweetpea1
Member since: 10-10-2005
Total posts: 56
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