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04:41 pm: I imagine this could be called productive
I've done pretty much nothing today other than play around with my embroidery software. (I haven't read the machine manual yet, so I can't actually sew anything, but I can make pretty designs on the computer.)

My main problem is that I don't have a Japanese OS. This means that every time a Japanese character appears in a menu or dialog box, it shows up as a question mark. It's pretty tough to use software effectively when all the pull-down menus look like this picture.

Luckily the manual has screen shots of all relevant menus, so I can refer to the book when I want to know what's what. It's simply time-consuming to have to keep searching for the right page. I'm sure that eventually I'll memorize everything by its location and number of question marks, but that'll take a while.

Update: Thanks to sara_tanaquil's great advice, I have gotten it to display properly. Yay!

In the meantime, I managed to design one bunny pattern. I await wednesday_10_00's verdict, whenever she gets back from her weekend getaway.

It's really hard to get designs to come out with smooth lines. There are a couple ways to import images. The easiest one assigns all the stitches for you automatically, but if you don't like what it did, it's a real pain to change. For the second, you have to import the picture and then convert it into a black-and-white line drawing (which is what I did with the bunny). It winds up looking like a coloring book image that you fill in with whatever colors and such you like. The problem is that the lines are composed of choppy line segments, so you have to keep fiddling around with the segments to try to get them to look smooth.

I'm sure I'll figure out the most efficient method if I play with it long enough...

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From:firesign10
Date:May 14th, 2005 03:56 am (UTC)
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ADORABLE BUNNY! That came out great!! (and I see the bouquet has been moved... ;-) ) How confusing about the menus - so that is how it shows up on your computer? Thank goodness for the screen shots! Please continue to post how it goes, the submerged crafter in me is living vicariously :-)
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:May 14th, 2005 04:08 am (UTC)
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That came out great!!

Thank you. I was worried for a while when I first imported the picture and saw how sloppy the lines were, but I think it cleaned up pretty well.

(and I see the bouquet has been moved... ;-) )

We wouldn't want wednesday_10_00 to get in trouble for her Bunny Love being too literal...

How confusing about the menus - so that is how it shows up on your computer?

Yep, that's an actual screen capture.

Please continue to post how it goes, the submerged crafter in me is living vicariously :-)

No problem! I just have to decide what to tackle next...
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