Ashley's Online Lessons Lesson # 4:  More on MR Memory

   

 


 

Subject:   OLL #4-1: Deleting from MR Memory

Date: Sun, 27 Feb 2000 19:16:01 -0800
From: Ashley Engelund <engelund@halcyon.com>
To: "1630 Machine" <1630@lyris.quiltropolis.com>

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OK -- so you now know how to write a stitch sentence *and* save it into a MR Memory slot. That's cool enough, but there's certainly more we can do.

For example, perhaps you aren't really crazy about HOKIES and don't really want to save that in one of you MR Memory slots. Or maybe you misspelled HOKIE when you saved it.

 

We're going to learn how to edit things in your MR Memory slots. 

First -- get your machine ready to go (take a minute to clean out the fuzzies and give it a drop or 2 of oil). 

Now bring up that MR memory slot that has "HOKIE" in it. Don't quite remember how to do that? Well, I could be a crank and make you refer back to the previous lessons -- which would be great reinforcement for you -- but I won't. Here's the short version: 

  • go to any menu (e.g. A1)
  • click on the MR Memory box so that it's selected 
  • If you saved "HOKIE" in the first slot, right at the beginning of the first slot (the first 5 units), then you'll see "HOKIE" right there. You'll probably see something like "65 MR 1" in the MR Memory Box.
  • If you saved it in another MR Memory slot, keep clicking until you see it.

When you get to the right slot, you should see "HOKIE" on the stitch sentence line.

 

Let's change "HOKIE" to "OK". (So we're only going to *delete* stitches, not add any new ones.)

 

First we want to erase or CLEAR the "I" and the "E". 

1. Move your cursor so it's placed to the RIGHT of the "E" in "HOKIE".  Your cursor is probably still on the MR Memory Box; using the trackball, move it up to the stitch sentence line. Move it to the right of the "E" and click on the OK button to place the underscore cursor there. - You actually have 2 cursors now -- the "+" one that you're used to moving around and an underscore "_" that you use to edit your stitch sentence on the stitch sentence line.

2. Now click on your CLEAR button once. (You do too know what that is -- it's the button on the side of the machine under the OK button.)  Your stitch sentence should now read "HOKI".

What happened?

  • The "E" was deleted (cleared) AND the underscore cursor moved to the LEFT.
  • You used the CLEAR key to delete what was to the LEFT of the underscore cursor.
  • The letter to the LEFT of the underscore cursor was deleted. (ok -- I've said "LEFT" 4 times now. that's enough.)
  •  and one more thing happened: If you look in the MR Memory Box, if it used to say "65 MR 1", it now says "66 MR 1"

Remember last lesson when I said I'd explain what that first number in the MR Memory box is? Now's that time: 

The first number in the MR Memory box shows you how many more spaces you have left in that MR Memory slot. (And the second number shows you.......?)

Each slot can store SEVENTY items in it -- it has SEVENTY places that can be filled in with stitches and stitch functions/settings. That second number shows you how many of the 70 places that you have left. Assuming you've been working in MR Memory slot #1, and that slot has nothing else in it: 

  • we put in 5 stitches "H" "O" "K" "I" "E" (each letter is a stitch that we selected).
  • the MR Memory box then showed us that we had 65 spaces left in that slot. Why 65? Because we started out with 70 and we used up 5. So 70 - 5 = 65.

We just deleted one of those stitches (the "E"), so we now have only 4 stitches in that slot. So now we have used up 4 out of the seventy places; 70 - 4 = 66. So we have 66 places left. Hence, the MR Memory Box now shows "66 MR 1"

 

OK. Now let's delete the "I".

If you haven't moved the underscore cursor any, then it should now be to the RIGHT of the "I". (If your underscore cursor is somewhere else, just click to the right of the "I" to put it where we want it.) Recall that if we hit the clear button to delete a stitch, the stitch to the LEFT of the underscore cursor is the one to be deleted. That's what we want, so let's do it:

  • -with the underscore cursor to the right of the "I" stitch, click the CLEAR button once.

2 things should have happened:

  1. the "I" was deleted (and the underscore cursor is now to the right of the "K")
  2. the number of spaces we have left -- as shown in the MR Memory box -- has gone up one more.

 

You should now see: "HOK" on the stitch sentence line.

 

===> If you have any questions at this point, please post them!

 

Now to complete our change from "HOKIE" to "OK" we need to get rid of the "H". See if you can figure it out without reading the next steps.  

If you can't, don't spend any time banging your head against the wall.  This is supposed to be "fun" -- remember? ;-)

 

We want to get the underscore cursor to the right of the "H". What's to the right of the "H" currently? That's right -- the "O" stitch is there. So we need to put our underscore cursor under the "O" stitch.  Simply move the "+" cursor so it's over the "O" and click OK. Your underscore cursor should now be under the "O".

Now, if we clicked the CLEAR button, the stitch to the LEFT of the underscore cursor would be deleted. And that's what we want -- we want to delete that "H". So just click once with the CLEAR button and.... 

  •  the "H" will be deleted, leaving you with "OK" 
  •  you'll have one more space available in that MR Memory slot, so the MR Memory Box will show something like "68 MR 1".

 

Click Pattern Begin, Pattern ex=1, and sew that baby out! 

 

Would you like to overwrite the "HOKIE" that you saved with "OK"? 

Remember that we have NOT saved the changes we've made -- we've just made the changes to the stitch sentence line and have not yet actually saved them to the MR Memory. (So if you turned your machine off and then back on, it would go back to showing the original "HOKIE".  Actually, there seems to be some inconsistency with this -- I haven't yet figured it out.)

Let's go ahead and do that -- save what's on your stitch sentence line now. (Remember how?)

This is a good pause point. Take a little break. Turn off your machine. Do a little happy dance (no one will see you!). Take a sip of your water or Kool-Aid or tea or whatever your libation of choice is.  (No one will see you do that, either.)

Go tell your DH, DP, DD, DS, cat, pup, goldfish, pet dust mites -- whatever: "Hey! I can store *and* delete things from MR Memory!" They will be so impressed they will look baffled. ;-)

To be continued with the next posting....

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(Here beginneth the second post about  more MR Memory:)

 

Subject:  [1630] OLL #4-2: Inserting stitches into MR

Date:  Sun, 27 Feb 2000 20:14:11 -0800
From:  Ashley Engelund <engelund@halcyon.com>
To:  "1630 Machine" <1630@lyris.quiltropolis.com>

This is one of a series of on-line lessons about the Bernina 1630 sewing machine. All content is copyright 2000-2012 by Ashley Engelund. Permission is granted to copy and distribute this information provided that this copyright statement is included. All companies mentioned retain their respective copyrights and trademarks. All info is the personal opinion of Ashley Engelund.

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Now we know how to get rid of things. How about adding things in?  Funny you should ask -- that's just what I'm going to cover now.

Get back to that memory slot where you have "OK".

 

Let's change "OK" to "LOOK HERE!"

Go to the "M" menu, since we want to use those alphabet stitches again. (You don't actually *have* to use the stitches in the M menu -- feel free to use any of the other alphabet stitches.) 

You should still have the "OK" on your stitch sentence line (and the MR Memory box should still be selected). If it's not already there, put the underscore cursor under the "O".

We're going to add "LO" in front of the "OK" to spell "LOOK". 

With the underscore cursor under the "O", use your trackball to move the "+" cursor up to the letter "L". Click once on the "L". You should see:

  • the "L" will now appear on the stitch sentence line in front -- to the LEFT of the "O".
  • your MR Memory Box will show that you now have one less space to use in that MR Memory slot.

So -- you insert new stitches in front of or to the LEFT of where the underscore cursor is on the stitch sentence line. to the LEFT. LEFT. LEFT LEFT LEFT LEFT LEFT. (And actually, if you never can remember it, it doesn't matter -- you can just put your cursor where you *think* it should be and put in the new stitch. If it doesn't appear where you want it, you can delete it. You have the technology. ;-)

 

See why you need 2 cursors? The underscore cursor shows you your current position on the stitch sentence line. The plus "+" cursor can be moved around to select different stitches/stitch functions/etc so you can add them to your stitch sentence.

We'll do lots more of that -- inserting and using both cursors -- so you'll have plenty of chances to get comfortable with that.

But let's continue our current task:

 

We need to put in another "O". You can do that with the underscore cursor right where it is (still under the "O" on the stitch sentence that's already there.) Use your plus ("+") cursor to put in another "O" so that you have "LOOK" on your stitch sentence line.

Now we need to put in a space, and then put in "HERE!" The space needs to be to the right of the "K" in "LOOK". Put your underscore cursor to the right of the "K". Now put in a space.

Where's the space? It actually is the underscore up in the alphabet.  It is after the "." Look for the "Z" then keep looking to the right a couple of stitches. You'll see the underscore: "_"   We will use that as a space -- after you sew it out, you can clip that stitch and pull it under so that just a space is there.

 

Once you've got the space in there, keep adding the next stitches: "HERE!". You should then see: "LOOK_HERE!" on the stitch sentence line.

Before you sew that baby out, let's pay attention to where the underscore cursor is and what affect it has:

Put the underscore cursor under the "H". Now click once on the Pattern Begin function and watch where the underscore cursor goes. When you clicked on Pattern Begin, the underscore cursor automatically went to the beginning of the stitch sentence -- it went to the "L".

So... do you suspect that where the underscore cursor is has something to do with where your stitch sentence will start sewing out? You should!  Let's check it out:

You've clicked Pattern Begin (you can click it again if it makes you happy). Set Pattern Ex=1. Watch the stitch sentence line and sew that baby out. You should see the whole thing: "LOOK HERE!" sewed out. As it sewed out, you'll notice that the underscore cursor moved through the different stitches of our stitch sentence. (And the way they showed it, it looked like the stitch sentence moved and the underscore cursor stayed in place. The effect is the same.) 

 The machine sews out the stitch that has the underscore cursor under it

 

Let's play with this some more. Instead of starting at the beginning of our stitch sentence, let's have your Bernina start sewing with the "H" in "HERE". To do that:

  1. Place your underscore cursor under the "H"
  2. Click Pattern Ex = 1 (so we just stitch out one pattern.)

Sew that baby out.

What did you see? It started sewing where the underscore cursor was -- at the "H". 

So - you don't always have to stitch out a whole stitch sentence. You can set the underscore cursor anywhere in the sentence and have it start there. (Or, of course, select Pattern Begin so it will automatically set the cursor to the start of the stitch sentence.)

Save "LOOK_HERE!" if you want; you don't have to.

 

 

You've learned quite a lot -

  • What MR Memory is
  • How to create something in MR memory and save it
  • How to edit things in MR Memory
  • How to start sewing out a stitch sentence at a particular place.

We still have more stuff to cover with MR memory -- using the different MR memory slots; dividing a slot into separate stitch sentences; working with stitch functions; saving to/from a key. Those are some of the main topics that I'll cover, then I'll start in on SP Memory.

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We've used the alphabet stitches so that it's easy to see and explain things. And that's pretty handy -- to be able to sew out words, etc.  But of course there are many other creative uses for the MR Memory slots. Here are some examples:

  • Refa's insertions (which we'll cover next)
  • directional sewing
  • creating your own interesting patterns for decorative (or practical) sewing
  • saving specific stitch settings that you're using repeatedly

Stay tuned for the next lessons!

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