I purchased a Designer 1+ a few years ago and have only sewn on it. I wanted to start embroidery but noticed it doesn't have the operating system to run the reader/ writer. Does anyone know where I can get the floppy's or if there is another operating system I could use.
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Re: Husqvarna Embroidery card reader/writer
Hi - I think you have a Viking Designer 1, which has a slot for a floppy disk on the side of the machine. If so, you need to purchase embroidery software that supports file type .sv1, and you will need to buy floppy disks.
You can buy embroidery software from Viking that will allow you to write design files onto floppy disks, but you can find other embroidery software packages that support the D1 which cost quite a bit less - make sure that file type .sv1 is supported before you buy.
Viking does sell designs that come on a D1 floppy disk. You can just pop the floppy into the machine, select you design, and go. You can find Viking designs online from time to time, but before you buy, ask if a floppy is included - the newer Viking design packages come with a DVD but might not include the floppy for the D1.
Hope this helps, Ginny
If you have a Viking #1+, you won't be able to use floppy disks with your machine. Please repost and I'll tell you what to look for.
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You might just need new drivers for the reader/writer. Try the Husqvarna website first, or else do an internet search for "Husqvarna Reader/Writer drivers" or something similar. Is the reader/writer a USB or serial connection? You are going to have problems if it is serial and I am not sure there is a solution, but USB connection should definitely be able to get working.
Have you tried asking your Husqvarna dealer to help you out? They very likely would have the software available. Another place to try might be an online group specializing in Husqvarna embroidery machines e.g. Yahoo Groups. One of the members there might be able to assist you with a spare copy of the software disk. I can understand how frustrating these sorts of things can be. I've owned Husqvarna embroidery machines and software for about 15 years now and have experienced a few problems. However, be assured that other brands are not without their share of problems too. Husqvarna did make using their products somewhat awkward in those early years of embroidery machines, wanting to protect their property from being pirated and having to use the reader/writer and associated software was one of the prices to be paid. Technology has since moved on and these kinds of problems rarely occur these days. That's no comfort to you in your present predicament, I know, but your machine is a quality machine and worth getting it set up so it works for you the way it should. Good luck in sourcing a disk.
Sorry,... there is not a connection to allow you to do that. However there is a Reader/Writer unit that you can plug into a USB port on your computer and write a design to the card that comes with the reader/writer and then put the card in the machine to embroidery a downloaded design.
You should be able to purchase one from a Husqvarna Viking dealer - but the Designer 1 series of machines has been superseded for a few years now, so they might be hard to come by. Try eBay too. Be warned - it will not be inexpensive!
It's a reader/writer box, however, the boxes (all brands pertaining to embroidery) use specially sized cards specific to embroidery programs. They don't work any differently than any other type of reader/writer or flash card, it's just that the generic brand cards will not fit.
The Box for the Rose (or any other Husqvarna) is hard to find because they don't make them anymore. Also, it requires a serial port instead of the new USB connection. Sometimes you can find them on Ebay. I don't know if anyone makes a serial port device with a USB adapter on the other end, but might be worth looking into.
I would suggest that you purchase one of the newer boxes that will read and convert any designs you may want to download from the net. There are a few . .
The Ultimate Box by Vicant which is also backward compatible to Win 98, which is what your Rose actually reads.
(There is also Magic Box, but I don't know anything about that one.) There's another one, also, but it only comes with a full embroidery program. $$$$
The only drawback is that it will not read any of your Husqvarna embroidery cards because they are code protected.
I have an Ultimate Box Plus with conversion feature and it works fine for me, very easy to use. If you get the box, make sure you get one that comes with the card and that it's an updated version.
Here's a link for information. I actually bought my box somewhere else cheaper, but this site is chocked full of information.
You may be able to find an old computer with Windows 95 or 98. Make sure that it also has a parallel port for the older R/W boxes.
You may also find that the 4D Embroidery package will do what you wish to do and it is under $400. 4D Embroidery Extra is the $700 package.
If you only want to put existing designs onto the card with no manipulation, you can get the Reader/Writer kit, $199 MSRP that includes Organizer which will allow you to load 1 design to your card at a time.
Unfortunately, System 5 was replaced by VIP which was replaced by 3D which was replaced by 4D. I don't think that system 5 will run on anything newer than Windows 98.
go to radio shack with the lap top and the embroidery card reader and show the things to a knowledgeable tech and get a adapter. now, do you have the software for the card reader so it can be installed onthe laptop? how about the software interface?