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Thread: embroiderey software and laptop

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    Senior Member hokieappmom's Avatar
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    I have a babylock embroidery machine that uses .PES designs. I am considering purchasing a new laptop, but don't want vista. I can still get one with XP, and know that will be compatible with my software. But someone recommended a MAC. Does any one know if my software would be compatiable with a MAC? My daughter has a MAC a loves it, but I've always had Microsoft. Thanks for any suggestions.

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    Senior Member hokieappmom's Avatar
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    Thanks.

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    I know that not all software you have for xp will work on a mac

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    do you like your babylock?? i have an Esante. it is always getting nests on the bottom of the embroidery. do you have that problem???

    as to the Mac. - i don't know but my friend has a Mac and everything is not compatible like my PC

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    Betsy, We're a Mac family and I'd never change. When I need a new computer I just go to the apple store and buy the newest and greatest I can afford. I never shop around.

    I'm not into designing quilts on the computer however and can't help you with that question. I do know that there are many pc programs that will not work with an apple computer so investigate everything thoroughly before switching. Go to a Mac store and tell them what you want to do with your computer. They're a good group of people and will tell you up front whether you'll be happy with a mac or not. (They want you to be happy!)

    Also, look at the system requirements on your software manual.

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    just found your answer: Nancy Zieman in "Machine Embroidery" says

    "most emb machine company's software/hardware programs are only compatible with IBM. currently, software compatible with Mac computers is very limited."

    this is an informative book. just got it on amazon.com

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    Great. Thanks for the information!

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    As far as the 'nests' at the bottom of the embroidery - I had that problem with my Brother and it turns out it was a notch or chip taken out of the bobbin casing. Eveytime the casing would spin it, the notch grabbed the upper thread and pulled it down. I had broken a needle and the repair man figured that is what caused it.

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    Stay at home, I love my Esante, I just don't embroider as much as I'd like. I've never had a problem with nests on the underside. But recently my thread kept breaking and I finally took it to the repairman. Turns out somehow the shank had gotten crooked and he replaced it. That did the trick.

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    I had the problem with the nick inthe casing. My casin the bobbin sat in was plastic so I took a fine emery board and smooth out the knick and no more problems. I did however ordered another casing for when I can't fix it

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    thanks for the tips. i will check out the bobbin casing. however, just had the thing tuned up. meanwhile, i bought a used Pfaff 2170 - very good deal - and i have absolutely no complaints. guess i can get them both embroidering at the same time and really get productive!

    for those who want an emb machine on a budget, i really recommend a used model. the 2170 is a good one. the new ones are sooooooo expensive. my babylock was used also. course with the price of the two i could have almost bought one new one! oh well, love to sew is my excuse.

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    I agree. I bought my Esante back in 1999 and it was used also. A lady going through divorce needed to sell it and she was going through our local fabric shop to do it. I got it for about 1/2 price and it runs like a charm. I just wish I'd had it when my kids were younger and I was making most of their clothes.

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