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Bernina Gurus... Artista 180 with a Mac?
Got a line on one... I'd like to try it if it can work.
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Date: 9/10/12 4:54 PM

So I talked to a nice lady selling an Artista that she got in '02-'03 sometime. Her DH bought her a Disney Brother so this machine has been packed away.

I just want *something* to play around on until I figure out if I like doing the whole digitizing thing. (I have some ideas for tote bags with embroidery... and I want to make the patterns and the embroidery files and take a shot at selling them on Craftsy and Etsy.)

So.. I have new Intel Macs. I can run Windows software (if I have to - do I have to?!?!?)

I am not opposed to buying software.

The 180, I've been told, has a Serial Connection... how big of a deal is it to use some sort of USB to Serial cable or something?

I guess I'm askin'... is this doable... or am I asking for more trouble than it's worth to take a shot at using this machine to test out some designs?

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Date: 9/10/12 5:31 PM

I bought a USB to serial connection for transferring designs to the machine on my 185. The brand was Gigaware. I use software that has the command "send to machine" and I am happy to still be able use this great machine. I use a Mac with Fusion and Windows7. I have a 4 finger swipe to get from Mac to Windows. Cool!

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Date: 9/10/12 9:11 PM

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I use software that has the command "send to machine" and I am happy to still be able use this great machine.

Thanks for the help!

So what software are you referring to?

I assume the software that you're talking about is running on the windows side. Right?

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Date: 9/10/12 9:45 PM

Are you opposed to using Parallels or something similar on your mac? I would not be able to keep to one little mac laptop without it, but with it I can run any of the windows programs or mac programs without dual-boot, and it works GREAT! The only time I open one of my old PC's now is to find old emails I didn't want to load (and fill up) my little macbook air. Otherwise I'm down to one tiny beautiful mac and I'm a happy camper!

I resisted going to the MAC side for years. Put me in front of pretty much any computer and I can deal with it. I thought it was silly to spend the money on a mac, but after two icky PC laptops in a row (the second one with the BEST recommendations/review) I went Mac and now I'll likely never go back, so I get you on wanting to run anything possible on a mac.

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Date: 9/10/12 11:50 PM

I'm a Mac girl from waaay back.

I've got a MacBook on my desk and a MacBook Air that I just love!

I've used Parallels in the past.. and more recently, I find the only program I use on a PC has been this check-by-phone software that I use for my biz. So I run that on a little netbook that stays on my desk.

I've got a second newer Netbook around here somewhere... lol... so I could defect and go to the darkside and use a PC... ewwwww.

I'm just sayin' I'm not opposed to any of it. :)

I also have a line on a Janome 11000 .. gotta wonder if those are still upgradeable to the 11000SE .. that might be a better purchase because the files just get dumped into that machine ala USB thumb drives. (but that one is gonna be a whole lot more $$$)

I'm still overwhelmed by this embroidery thing - don't know what I really, really want - and I just can't dive into a $7,000-$9,000 purchase quite yet... got some family drama to take care of, first. So looking to soothe the itch with a used machine just to play.

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Date: 9/10/12 11:59 PM

Well, there is very little software for embroidery that works native on a mac (Pfaff JUST released their new MAC version), but if you have a netbook---and use the basic file loading software/converter you should be fine. You spoke of digitizing. What software are you planning to use for that? That would be the bigger deal. I'm guessing if you decide to go for the Bernie that the netbook would have the specs for its included software given the program is older.

I hear you. I have to access certain things on the windows side with some of my clients. MANY are mac based, but not all. I stayed PC for a long time because Quickbooks on the mac was so inferior to the PC version, but now I don't care. I want to be on one machine and I choose mac! :D
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Date: 9/11/12 9:54 AM

I use Bernina software Editor Plus v5. This is not the current version, but the one before. It is available on EBay pretty frequently but make sure you get the dongle. I don't know if Embird has this command but many use it and like it. You can also download the free version of Art Link from the Bernina web site. While it has limited editing capabilities it does allow you to transfer designs to your machine. The cable is the key and I understand not all cables will do the job.
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Date: 9/11/12 10:06 AM

Mac girl here, too. I use Embrilliance Essentials for simple editing of purchased designs. (Merging, adding letters/names, re-sizing, curving letters, etc.). It's native to Mac and also works on PCs. It's also reasonably priced. It was developed by the same people behind Designer Gallery software and is described as "embroidery for the rest of us." The basic program is only $149. It comes with 12 built-in fonts, but you can add a font package for $79, I think.

Interestingly... at the Babylock convention this month, Designer Gallery announced that they are now making Embroidery Works Everyday and Advanced available for Macs! Finally! Those programs are like Embrilliance on steroid, very similar to Embrilliance in form and function but with a whole lot more features at a much bigger price. 'Makes me wonder if all of the other Designer Gallery products will eventually also be Mac-compatible.

Stitchbuddy is another Mac compatible software and the developer is often on pattern review. He's from Germany and developed the program, initially, for his wife to use on her Janome. He has a free download on his web site for a trial version. Designer Gallery also has trial version for free on their web sites.

I have an Artista 180 from yesteryear that I never learned to use as an embroidery machine, although I have the unit. I bought it and then had some family tragedies that overcame my life. I just put it away and never kept it updated. I pulled it out and learned how to do the embroidery with built-in designs, alphabets, but couldn't add to that without updating software, etc. Since I'd converted to a Mac and didn't have a PC at the time, I didn't bother. I use it as my primary sewing machine and bought a Babylock for embroidery. I can't believe how much more user-friendly the Babylock is! I love all I can do with it.

Good luck and enjoy! Jeanie

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