“Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them.” – Albert Einstein

We finally got a start on sorting the garage this weekend.  This meant some small tragedies, like letting go of a lot of the things that we “recovered” from Katrina.  There was hopeful thinking when we pulled things out of the wreckage that turned out to be denial, as we realized they ultimately had to go to the corner.  Our wedding album.  My picture albums from school in Spain.  Other things were pleasant surprises – Kris’s microsprayer survived and worked.  I guess we just have to take the silver lining that we now have a lot more garage space.  In this way, the reclamation project was a qualified success.

Qualified success seemed to be the theme for the weekend.  When I finally got to play with the Futura, I ran into a bit of a software glitch.  The design software to run the machine loaded and ran just fine.  The problem was when I installed the Autopunch add-in.  This plugin allows me to autodigitize graphic files to stitch out on the machine.  Well, you can see the usefulness of that capability.  Unfortunately, when I installed the add-in, it ko’ed the machine software.  GRRR.  Singer’s site was spectacularly unhelpful, so I am looking into a couple of group forums to get some assistance before I actually brave calling their dreaded consumer line.

There is a lot of stuff I CAN do with stock designs without doing Autopunch, so I am not completely SOL if I can’t get this resolved.  But, I have to admit, digitizing capabilities were one of the main appeals of the machine.

We’ll see, we’ll see.  I still have patience.  For now.

August 21st, 2006 at 4:18 pm