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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:megory
Date:May 14th, 2005 06:38 am (UTC)

Okay, now it's time to ...

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...think of ideas for you to do....like square dance logos? By the time you feel confident, I'll have some ideas ready for you. You could probably go into business!

It's really cute...the bunny!

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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:May 14th, 2005 01:21 pm (UTC)

Re: Okay, now it's time to ...

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....like square dance logos?

I could do that. I would need to look at more pictures of people actually dancing so I could get a better idea of how skirts move and such.

It's really cute...the bunny!

Thanks!
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From:megory
Date:May 15th, 2005 07:36 pm (UTC)

Re: Okay, now it's time to ...

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Oh, yes, that, too, the people dancing.

Some of the other logos, though, are the logos for the clubs themselves. They're a bit easier, maybe. Maple City Swingers uses a green maple leaf, and the Adrian Happy Squares uses a smiley face. Then it's just a matter of using club colors to make it official. Maybe even our Lenawee International Club, and our school Foreign Studies Club...and your English club...

It's too easy to make a list, isn't it?
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:May 15th, 2005 09:09 pm (UTC)

Re: Okay, now it's time to ...

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Some of the other logos, though, are the logos for the clubs themselves. They're a bit easier, maybe.

Oh, yes that would certainly be easier. I could draw up some designs and see what you think.
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