I hope your holidays were safe and healthy. After all my holiday sewing and embroidering was finished, I took time to re-organize my little sewing room and complete some tasks I needed to do to keep my machines in top working condition. After cleaning each machine and in the case of the serger, oiling, I made sure to update them with the latest software updates. This is a task I complete every year end so I won’t have trouble with my machines as I start a new year of projects.
How do you know if your machine needs to be updated? If you go to the website for your machine, available updates will be listed so you’ll know when you need to download. (These updates can also occur anytime during the year and should be downloaded when they are offered.) If you have a WiFi enabled machine, you will get an automatic notification, even if you do not have it set for automatic updates. Whether or not you have a WiFi machine, following the directions on the website for updating through a USB device, in my opinion, is the best way to go. It’s easy and usually much faster than updating through WiFi. I recommend the use of an empty 2GB USB stick, which should be enough room for even the largest updates, such as the latest update for the Pfaff Creative Icon.
There were quite a few updates made available during the months of October, November and December 2020, so check your machine’s website to see if your machine was included. Updates help to fix glitches and bugs in the machine’s software as well as allow the machine to use the latest accessories offered by the machine’s manufacturer. Among possible machine improvements in an update: tension issues may be fixed, overall stitch quality may be improved and, sometimes, new stitches may be added to the machine, to name a few. If your machine has a USB port, it probably is a machine that will be updated by the manufacturer. When going to the homepage of the website, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “Machine Updates”, select your machine from the list and then follow the easy directions given.