3D Reader/Writer Box with Windows 8

Hi all,
My XP computer died and I have a new Windows 8 computer. I use 3D organiser and a reader/writer box to transfer designs to my machine, I use Embird for everything else. Have installed both the 3D and Embird and both are working fine but am not able to transfer designs to the machine as the message tells me that there is no reader/writer box installed. Have searched for drivers,found a few but none solve the problem. Anyone out there with a fix for me before give up.

no communication between 5D software and Ruby sewing machine

I recently purchased a Ruby sewing machine and 5D embroidery software. I installed things according to the directions and activated my dongle. The first time I tried to send a design from the 5D software to the Ruby via the USB cable, I am being told “Communication Module not found on the machine” and I cannot do the transfer. I then resort to copying the design to a jump drive and getting the design from the jump drive to the Ruby that way. Anyone know why I can’t use the USB direct to do the Send1

Control Panel


I have an older model Customizing Program in which I have lost the controls for lettering and shapes(I can still see the design and edit tab), from the control panel. I know I clicked the wrong thing and they just went away, but I can not bring them back. I am using the Customizing Embroidery System 5 on an XP machine. Please tell me how to get them back.

Installing 3D with Vista/Windows 7

For all those who are still struggling to install 3D with Windows 7 – here’s what worked for me. I have the Professional full version of 3D and recently upgraded to Windows 7. Initially, I couldn’t find the “patch file” for the dongle. What I discovered is that the link to the patch file is incorrect. You need to go to the address bar and change www.emnetsoftware.com to www.vsmsoftware.net to find the patch. For full details of the installation process and the drivers etc. you need, go to www.joeldare.com

Wanda White

HV Iris 600 & VIP Queries

I own a Husqvarna Viking Iris 600 and a VIP Customizing Embroidery System. BUT my computer runs on Windows Vista. What is the best option for me? I considered switching my operating system to XP, but my laptop doesn’t have a port for the dongle. Additionally, I’d prefer to keep the VIP Customizing because I have Crown Plus Collection CD-ROM (part #756 200100) that I’d like to be able to use with it. (I’m not sure it would be compatible with other embroidery systems.)

Another question: the ready-to-go embroidery cards, which I plug directly into my machine, seem to work fine, at least electronically. But today when I tried out one of the designs, the stitching started out fine but then started to get sloppy and the needle seemed to get stuck in one section of the fabric and wouldn’t move on. The tension and stitch length were all set to normal. When I took it off the machine, I noticed the fabric wasn’t taut on the hoop. It seems it had loosened the fabric as it stitched. How do you combat this?



Hi Janie,

If you want to keep the VIP software you are going to need to run XP. What some people do is to divide the drive and have both operating systems running on it. But this does take up a lot of space. I would suggest you get a cheap laptop and have XP installed on that. Dongel ports are an issue as the old ones do not exist anymore. I would suggest that you get an Ultimate Box and use this instead of the reader writer. This comes with it’s own software that is compatible with any designs.

It sounds like either the fabric moved in the hoop or the stitch density or needle caused the fabric to move. I would try a new needle preferably a topstitch or titanium embroidery needle and redo the design with a good stabilizer and making sure that the hoop is nice and tight. If the design is very dense it can cause problems and may need added stabilizer to help it to stitch out correctly.

You can purchase a product called “Hoop ease” to give added grip but I just make one out of the non slip fabric to go under rugs.

Kind regards,

Carolyn Duncan

4D Sketch on Windows 7

I am attempting to install Husqvarna 4D sketch. I have a new computer with Windows 7 and am trying to install it using the 5D Embroidery system dongle. I have read that you can’t install 4D sketch using windows 7 without segmenting the hard drive. Unfortunately this is not possible. Is there talk of a 5D sketch or some other way it is possible to install the 4D option? Thank you so much for your informative blog.


It is not the platform that is the issue.

I have converted to windows 7 and can run both my 4D and 5D off the 5D dongle. My 4D Sketch was initially the stand alone module as it was not available when I first purchased my 4D Pro package.  I installed the 4D embroidery on Windows 7 and then the 5D embroidery software the 5D dongle runs both. It may be ok because I have the full Professional package of both 4D and 5D.

There are updates for the 4D system available on the viking site for windows 7. You need to have 4D embroidery updated to the 8.3 version to install the 8.31 Update

If you have 4D Embroidery installed you will be able to access this from the registration page. If you download this you may be able to run the 4D Sketch from the 5D dongle.


4D Embroidery System 8.31 Update

Installs a new dongle driver and minor fixes for Windows 7

Requires your system to have already been updated to version 8.3 before installation.


The  various packages available are on the Husqvarna Viking website. 

Hope this helps,

Carolyn Duncan

Viking #1 Instructions?

I have a Viking #1 / 1250 that has never been used are there any instructional videos available for it so i can learn to use it? – Dolly

Hi Dolly,

Our tutorials are mainly for the embroidery software you use on your computer, rather than specific machines. If you need an instruction manual for your machine, you may be able to download one from the Husqvarna/Viking website, or you could try your nearest Husqvarna/Viking dealer.

the Team @ Secrets of Embroidery

Viking Designer SE unzipped designs don’t appear in 5D Organizer

I purchased a new computer and am now running Windows 7 which previously I was running XP with my 3D software. I was forced to a purchase of 5D because of the new computer. Deinstalled 3D and installed 5D not sweat.l As I routinely do with the old computer and 3D I purchased designs and either use the vendor’s URL to download or have designs sent to email for downloading. Either way I use WinZip to unzip and save to my design folder.

On the hard drive I can see the designs with all the same extensions as my other designs but none of them show up in the 5D Organizer as thumbnails when I access my software. These designs are saved as .vip or .vp3 so I’m really VERY frustrated in not being able to see these designs and therefore can’t send them to my machine for stitching. Any help would be so appreciated as I am beginning to dream about this problem.


You probably just need to have the file association linked into 5D Embroidery. In 5D Organiser go to Edit/Preferences/File types and select All Embroidery.

If this does not work you will need to go to the Control Panel/Programs/Default Programs/set associations manually  select 5D Embroidery as the software to use.

Carolyn Duncan