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Thread: Can anyone help please - machine embroidery

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    I do hope I am not offending by asking this question on what is primarily a quilting site, but I am having trouble finding an answer.
    I recently brought a Brother 750e embroidery machine and although I am happy using a computer, I don't fully understand how to download patterns from the various embroidery sites. I understand that I need a memory stick, but am not sure if I actually have to purchase a software package to use the memory stick or if I can download directly onto the stick. I have been stitching the designs that come already loaded on the machine and they are coming out ok. If anyone has this machine or can offer advice I would really appreciate it. Maybe I am trying to run before I can walk LOL.
    Many thanks
    Sue

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    I am not sure about that machine..but I down load designs to a memory stick. One of my machines sews from the stick, another machine I have I have to convert from the stick to the machine memory card. I use the amazing box for that one. Does this help or make any sense?

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    If you are simply just using a memory stick then no you don't need any special program...the only advice I have for you, is keep all you designs in a file on your computer, and when you want to use a a certain design, load it onto your memory stick and put into your machine that way your machine doesn't have to load alot of designs....Just make sure that the designs you are downloaded from the internet are the right ones for your machine...Like my machine uses .jeff, not sure what yours uses....does this make sense to you?

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    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

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    With my Brother machine I download purchased/free designs (PES format) onto a floppy disk, then just place that floppy in my Brother and stitch away.

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    Does your machine use a disk also? Those are the 3X3 re writeable ones. My Brother uses both the memory card (stick as you named it) and the 3X3 disk...I can no longer use the amazing box to transfer the designs because my new computer has SP3 and it refuses to down load the program to use the memory card.
    With the 3X3 disk you can down load right from the computer. Be sure to up load only designs that are PES and they are usually in zip form that you can unzip.

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    I don't have that machine but in looking at the brochure on the Brother website if appears you can use a memory stick. Download your designs to your computer first, and make sure they're in the right format for your machine which I'm guessing is PES. I keep mine in various folders according to category, flowers, animals, Christmas, etc.

    When you want to use a design, find it in your folder and download it from your computer onto your memory stick. Then put the stick into your embroidery machine.

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    Hi, Ive got a janome memorycraft so different machine but ive had a quick swizz on the net and it appears that you just need a USB key, http://direct.tesco.com/q/R.208-8675.aspx
    or http://direct.tesco.com/q/R.208-4202.aspx will be fine, depending on how many designs you want on it at any one time.
    If you download from embroidery library you can choose a zipped or unzipped version, until you get used to things, choose the unzipped version, save it somewhere on a pc (I make a folder saying embroidery designs and then make another one with a sub folder, i.e flowers) then you *should* be able to drag and drop it onto the memory stick when its in your computer and then plug it directly into the embroidery machine and it'll pick up a memory stick...
    hope this helps and makes sense a bit

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    If the file is zipped you will need a program to unzip it. I use WinZip. If purchasing at Emb Library you can have them email the design to you unzipped then all you have to do is put it on the stick and you are ready to go. If you need more help, I would be happy to try and help you.

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    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".
    Sue

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    Sorry, missed a couple of your replies while typing my last one. Thank you all SO much. Your answers have cleared up a lot of my muddled thinking and make much more sense than anything else I have been able to find. Did not realise that I could ask for unzipped files, so will do that while getting used to everything.
    Sue

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    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:

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    also your pc wont be able to do anything with the PES file as it doesnt know what it is so it wont open it. But your embroidery machine will once its on a usb key.
    the quick flash is the downloading of the files which are so tiny, shouldve gone into your download directory. Go grab a cheap key in Aldi's, tesco, asda, any of the supermarkets will have them, i'd probably go with a cheap 2 or 4gb one, that'd give you hundreds and hundreds of designs on it at one time...

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    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.
    Sue

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    Great information being shared on this thread!!

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    There are quite a few freebies to see your downloads. Wilcom is one of them. I have the Brother PE770 and that uses a USB stick also. Just make sure that you don't have too many downloads on the same stick. My machine can handle no more than 200 at a time on one stick. However, I save the PES downloads on one and than only transfer the ones I want to be working with on another stick. This way you don't have to search through all of them to find the correct one. The embroidery machine pictures are too small, not clear and only black and white , so I use the Wilcom (free) or ERA Universal to show my pictures in color on the computer, while I am embroidering.

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    Pulse Ambassador is another free program you can use to view your embroidery files:

    http://www.pulsemicro.com/index.htm

    go to the right side of the screen and look for the "Ambassador" section. Click on the "free sizing and conversion embroidery software"

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    Wilcom truesizer will allow you to view any embroidery file you get and you can convert it to whatever file extension your brother machine takes. Best of all it's free

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    Again, as always!!!! you guys are amazing!!! It's so funny when one of us asks a question, it helps so many more of us at the same time. Thanks everybody and thanks for the question I did not realize that you could just d/l to a stick....I will have to check this out tonite after work (work is so over-rated and really interfering with my quilting life!!

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    When I bought my Janome 110000 the sales lady told me about a web site (Wilcom.com) and said that I could download the software for free that would recognize the special machine formatting of embroidery files (mine is JEF). I've never been able to get it to work for me, but perhaps someone who is more technically savvy than I could make it work.

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    I have a Janome 11K and can use up to a 2gb USB stick in the machine. I can save patterns on any size stick but in the nachine it can use only up to the 2 so be sure how large a memory your machine can handle.

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    While I have a Janome MB-4 embroidery machine, I imagine that downloading to the computer would be the same process no matter what machine you have. I have a folder set up on my PC strictly for downloading all my embroidery files. When purchasing from an online site, you'll have to specify which embroidery format you want the design in (mine is a jef format, but your's will be whatever is compatible with your embroidery machine). I then download them in a zip file directly to my embroidery download file that I set up on my computer. You can then unzip them and save to whatever place you have on your computer for your usable embroidery designs or to a USB stick (or whatever device you need to transfer it to your machine). I am able to send mine directly from my computer to my embroidery machine, which is really nice. Hope this helps you out.

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    Question?

    Is there an embroidery board comparable to this quilting board?

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    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

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    They are usually "zipped files" when downloaded. Now that I have said that I order most of my embroidery from Embroidery Library and you have a choice of downloading "unzipped" OR "zipped", they also offer one or two free sew outs every month, would be a good place to try downloading.I put mine to a file, unzipped, then as needed go to my files and put it to my USB

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