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Date: 7/2/12 1:58 PM

Okay, I have seem to have inherited my sisters embroidery machine on a long term loan basis. I can't see how it works yet because she can't find many components including the power cord and foot! The machine has been languishing in the basement uncovered and needs a good cleaning. She actually likes to sew, but with her job the time is impossible. So assuming the other parts show up-and they probably will-I have an embroidery machine. I read through the manual online which helped a little. I know it reads designs off of brother cards, and I can buy preloaded cards or blank cards.
The question is on the blank ones. From what I've been able to figure out online, I need to buy equipment to write designs I download online to the cards. I know some machines just write designs, other allow you to manipulate or make your own designs. What I need to know is which basic one works best, and are the less basic ones worth the money?
Before I will get anything I will make sure the machine works and embroiders correctly the designs it already has. I know this is an older machine, but frankly it's my only chance of getting an embroidery machine. I killed my newer sewing machine, and need to get a new basic workhorse machine sometime in the next 6 months. That takes up financial precedence.
Any help, advice or suggestions are appreciated.
Mary

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Date: 7/2/12 2:56 PM

Mary

You have a couple of options for writing to blank cards:

1) PED Basic - made by Brother and writes designs to cards to use in the machine.

2) Ultimate box, Amazing Box or something of the sort also writes to blank cards.

Now, here is the catch, I believe they use different cards. So, since you have a card already, I would check to see what kind of card it is - Brother or something else.

Both of these options are basically just to write designs to a card. I believe the Ultimate, etc., might come with software for changing colors or something, but PED Basic is designed to just write a design to a card.

There are options out there for creating your own designs, but they are fairly expensive:

Embird - great editing program - need an add-on program to create designs.

PE-Design - full-featured editing, digitizing, etc. program.

So, it kinds depends on what you really want to do.

I think you can get PED Basic at some Walmarts. Other things you are probably better off finding online.

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Date: 7/2/12 4:02 PM

Ped Basic is vastly superior over Amazing Designs IMO. Amazing Designs limits you to 6 designs at a time, whereas Ped Basic has a set memory limit.

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Date: 7/4/12 1:35 PM

The machine is not getting off to a good start - missing components and basement storage along with the need to buy compatible software would indicate it may be a better idea to trade it in on another model that has usb compatibility. The se 400 is selling for under $400, but a dealer may have something used, but better cared for.

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Date: 7/4/12 11:17 PM

Just a few comments. Right now I'm thinking of just a box to download designs I get online, don't think I'll be working on making my own just yet. As for the machines condition, once I get the power cords and pedal I'll see how it runs. IF it sews well and will embroider the designs built into the machine, then I'd get the box. As for trading the machine in, it's my sister's machine on long term loan, so not an option. I agree it's not worth investing majorly in, such as the expensive design software until I had a machine that is much more current. But something like pe basic would give me the ability to have a decent working embroidery machine, something I can afford to buy at the moment. But I wouldn't put the money into even that until I'm sure the machine works. I would love a new machine, but I need a good basic workhorse machine first so the money has to go there. But this older machine has the possibility to give me a decent working machine for a small investment, so it's worth trying out.
Mary

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Date: 7/5/12 11:10 AM

Your sister should foot the bill for the power cord/power pedal.

The least expensive method of getting the downloads to the machine would be PED Basic. Do an Internet search for PED Basic. I found one at Amazon. Or, you can order from WalMart - WalMart OnLine and pick up at the store (if your local WalMart does not carry this software).

Check out Embroidery Library for Techniques and Tips, especially how to save your downloads on the computer.

Click here for Embroidery Library.

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Date: 7/5/12 4:18 PM

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The machine is not getting off to a good start - missing components and basement storage along with the need to buy compatible software would indicate it may be a better idea to trade it in on another model that has usb compatibility. The se 400 is selling for under $400, but a dealer may have something used, but better cared for.

FWIW I recently bought a Brother SE400 for $299 - thanks Walmart :)

The online store lists the SE400 at $359.88

SE400

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