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    Quote Originally Posted by fluffynan
    It did show on my computer, but I was not able to open the file at all.
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    I don't think you can open the files on your computer unless you have a digitizer program, or a program that lets you make changes before you move it to your machine. Transfer to the memory stick and put it in your machine and try to open it there.

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    Ahh ... that's the machine I WANTED, my husband surprised me by buying the 950.

    Your machine takes either a memory card OR a USB.

    When you download the files to your PC, make a new folder on your desktop called "Embroidery Designs" and save all of your downloaded files there. Most of the sites I use give you a choice of what file type you want to download as - you want PES.

    Unless you have some kind of embroidery software loaded on your PC, you will not be able to open or view the PES files. But when you look at the folder you will see the name of the file listed to know that it is indeed there.

    When your ready, copy (don't cut & paste!) your file to either the memory stick or the USB. I can't walk you through opening it on your sewing machine cause I don't have that model.

    As far as software on your PC to view and/or modify embroidery designs, and make your own - there are plenty out there. Some are quite pricey, but thanks to a board member I found one that is free. If interested ... ask and I'll drop a few notes about that. Or you can do a search here on the board on Sierra Design Era (that's what it's called). I have it and have had *some* success with it, have also had some cussing sessions :)

    Have fun!!

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    I have a Brother innovis 1250D, so a lot of what I say here may have already been said, but most of the Brothers have the same basics. First when downloading, make yourself a folder to send the design to on your computer so that you can find it later. When downloading the format will be PES and a lot of time the files will be zipped, so you may need a program to unzip them. I use Winzip which can be downloaded for a free trial and then later paid for as a one time pyt. As someone said, put your downloads on the computer, and you may want to put them in a backup disc like cd in case later your computer crashes or you get a new one. (Ihave been there and done THAT!) Download only those designs you will be using at the moment onto the stick, so for that reason just a 1 or 2 gig stick is more than enough. The reason for this is that the stick will hold too much for the machines computer to read and you will just have to move or delete the designs to get to where it will. Also the screens on a lot of the Brothers have small black and white only screens, and the designs are hard to read on screen. With downloaded embroidery, sometimes the formats will cause Brother to specify the color wrong and Brother will tell you some weird color. There is another free program out there that will allow you to resize your designs and see the colors in them, it is called my editor(wilcom trusizer), and it is a very powerful program. If you are paying for a design make sure that it will fit on your hoop sizes availabale becuase some sites offer designs in numerous sizes that you cannot use. Brother machines (at least mine will only allow you to up or down size the loaded design about 10 percent) so keep this in mind. There are numerous sites that offer free designs, just google free embroidery. Two of the best I have found are embroidery library (emlibrary.com), and embroiderydesigns.com. there is also a magazine designs in machine embroidery that caters to emrboidery that offers some free designs each month and of course sells a lot of stuff. Hope this helps and please feel free to pm me if you have a specific question I can help with. When I started, I had a lot of hair tearing days till I got it right but I do love it and often combine embroidery designs in my quilts.:)

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    I don't know if I can help or not. I have the brother 750, I have the PE DESIGN software and a reader box. I download to the computer and than write the designs to a card that is inserted in the computer. You will probably write to your flash that came with the machine.
    Mary in TX

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    I download to a floppy disk also. It has to be unzipped for me. I have a Melco machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess
    My favorite was the Martha Pullen Machine Embroidery forum. It's still very good, but when they switched servers they lost over 100,000 posts. ;-(
    These two also have specific areas for ME:
    free embroidery stuff
    Sewing Forum
    Thank-you, I think-lol I just spent over a hour looking through that site, never knew it existed and I used to love watching the Martha Pullen sewing show.

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    I purchased a software package because to obtain embroidery file to use with your particular embroidery machine the extension must be what your machine uses. I obtain free embroidery design, download to my software, and change to .hus (extension my embroidery machine uses). Hope all this makes sense to you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fluffynan
    Looks like a memory stick is my next purchase. Sorry to be dense, but could you explain exactly what to expect when downloading onto your computer. I downloaded a couple of designs from the Embroidery Library, and checked that they were PES format. When I pressed for download I got a quick "flash" and that was it. It did show on my computer, but I was not able to open the file at all. Maybe I'll have better luck with a memory stick and just dowloading it straight to that. Will let you know how I get on. Sorry to bombard you with all these questions, but I don't appear to have grasped the intracacies (sp) of modern computing - never mind, as someone, not sure who, said, " we should learn something new everyday".
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    You can't see the designs on your computer because you don't have the software to open it. Brother has it's software called PEDesign and uses pes format. There is a generic software called Embird that I would highly recommend. You can even get a trial period with it. It allows you to edit designs, adding & taking away portions. It will open up your designs on your computer. You can also use it to transfer designs to your stick, from the computer.
    Lots of info to take in.
    Judi

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    Sue, when you are downloading from EmbLIb., they will
    give you a choice of zipped or unzipped. If you choose zipped you will have to unzip it. I always choose unzipped. Then you don't to bother with it. You can just DL to your files.
    Hope this is helpful.
    Elaine

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    I have this machine and lisa told you right. Keep working at it you can do allmost everything on this machine

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    Quote Originally Posted by fluffynan
    Quote Originally Posted by sharon b
    To open the file on your computer you would need a program installed that would open that format - like you need a word program to open documents , excel for spread sheets . Does that make sense ? So without a program to open PES files I don't think you can open them - doesn't mean its not there just that you can't open it to see them :wink:
    Thanks Sharonb, that makes perfect sense.
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    You don't need software to USE the design you downloaded, but if you actually want to SEE it on your computer you will need software such as Embird or Palette or a number of others. To use the design just copy it from your computer onto the memory stick and take the stick to your machine.

    I have a Brother PE770. When I open the design on my sewing machine I get a black silhouette of the design but can't see detail. I am researching software to be able to see the design on my computer, and I'm finding a wide range from $150 (basic upgradable Embird) to $4000. Happy sewing.

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    I'm sorry I can't help you but I know you came to the right place QB.
    I bought my first embroidery machine over a yr ago. A Janome 9700, I found out after the fact that I needed a software pkg. to download off the enternet. After almost going nuts I found a store in Richmond In. that sells Brother & Janome. www.nancysfancyssewingcorner.com I didn't even buy my machine from them but they were most helpful. Lov my machine now but would have saved myself alot of stress if I did my homework first before buying. Thanks to Nancy & her staff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fluffynan
    Thank you so much for your answers. I did download a design onto my computer but could not open it. Not sure if it is a zip file or something. I hope to get a memory stick USB stick I think they are and will try again. My machine uses PES format. I downloaded from Embroidery library. I am finding the terminology understandable, but the actual application flummoxing!
    Sue
    I have a Janome Memorycraft embroidery machine and I learned that the machine doesn't read files if they are in a zip file. I have to "unzip" on the computer and load individual design files onto my memory stick. Then I load the memory stick into my machine. Since I figured that out I've had a blast with the embroidery designs.

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    My brother came with a program for purchased patterns. Brother usually uses the pes embroidery. The program I got was "Baby Lock". You can also get online a free program called "Wilcom TrueSizer" which allows you to pull a design into the program and enlarge it. I find that really helpful sometimes.

    The files you download are almost always zipped files. You probably need to unzip the file you downloaded and extract the embroidery pattern.

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    For unzipping designs (or anything), besides Winzip - there is also a J-Zip program for unzipping that is and remains totally free. I like it because it is so much faster and I think easier to work with, and when you download the zip files, chose the "save and open" option, that way you can be sure to tell the download where on your computer you want it downloaded to, and even rename it to something logical.

    Another thing I find is a great space saver with the "save and open" option, is you can just pick out the file for PES and not have to save all of the rest of the files like VIP, etc. that are sometimes bundled all together.

    I also save my designs on a CD in categories like you have described. There is also a thumbnail program out ($39) that allows you to see a thumbnail of the design in the Icon on your computer - a real help. I am still just learning about the USB stick, so am interested in this thread. :-)

    Marysewfun

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    do you know the name of that program?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sept97
    do you know the name of that program?
    If you are referring to the thumbnail program - it is the "Embrilliance Thumbnailer" Quite a few sites AnntheGran, Designs in Machine Embroidery, etc) sell it (probably just Google it) and it has been out for maybe a year or so - I love it. Just be sure to set your list view to "Medium Icons" and it works like a charm, including the files stored on CD.

    Marysewfun

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    Sue,

    You will need software to see your designs on your computer. I use Embird. It is a well reviewed and well liked program. Embird is an editing program that will allow you to convert most designs from other formats to your .pes format. It will also unzip .zip files if you don't know how to do it on your computer, plus a bunch of other things. secretsof.com sells it as does other sites, but I like this one. I download to a file on my computer and copy whatever designs I am going to sew out to a jump (flash) drive. Too many designs on your jump drive will slow down loading onto your machine. I only store designs on my hard drive which I have automatically backed up. Hope this helps. Ruth

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    Thanks for asking the original question, I am learning alot reading all the replies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fluffynan
    Thank you so much for your answers. I did download a design onto my computer but could not open it. Not sure if it is a zip file or something. I hope to get a memory stick USB stick I think they are and will try again. My machine uses PES format. I downloaded from Embroidery library. I am finding the terminology understandable, but the actual application flummoxing!
    Sue
    I download a lot from Embroidery Library, and they will tell you when you purchase whether the file is "zipped" or not. It's just another step to "unzip" it and the instructions are on the top of the page, under HELP. You want to save it to a file where you remember where it is (I have a special file for downloaded designs) and from there transfer it to the memory stick, and into your machine. Perhaps your dealer will be willing to help you with this! Good luck!

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    I am finding a lot of quilters are incorporating embroidery into their quilts and they are beautiful. So don't feel bad asking questions here, you did the right thing. I also learned from the answers.
    My biggest lesson is to have the customizing program for the machine, sold extra. Then make a folder on your computer for the downloaded designs, then put them on the stick.
    So, thanks for asking.

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    do you have an ultimate box or one of the other brands of reader writer boxes? When I download from the net I need the box to be able to open the designs. Google Ultimate box. Pm me and I will try to walk you through the process. Don't give up. You'll be amazed at all the free designs.

    Go to www.sewforum.com and join for free designs.

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    This is a great thread. Thanks for all of the info.

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    I have a Brother SE 400, PE 770, and Quattro 2. for each of these machines, I download the pes design onto my computer, open with WinZip, save onto a file in my computer then save onto the thumb drive when I want to sew them out on the embroidery machine. I love it! It is loads of fun this hobby!!

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    Thank you for all your help. I have successfully downloaded and stitched out a design from Embroidery Library, and will now look into working out how to unzip those designs that come zipped. Will check out Winzip and will visit the sites suggested by you all. You are right, this is fun, scary at first, but fun.
    Sue

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