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Date: 7/2/14 11:06 PM

Hi there,

I just picked up a used Artista 200 upgraded to 730 from my local dealer, and I need a bit of help getting started with the embroidery aspect of it. I would like to hook the machine directly up to my computer, but it didn't come with a cable.

Also, there is the PC port on the side in addition to the usb port. Does anyone know if its possible to hook directly into the usb port? If not, some help finding the correct cord for the PC port would be appreciated, because for the life of me I cant figure out the connection.

Finally, I imagine the Artlink software is best for using a PC when embroidering? Please forgive the novice nature of my questions, but I really have no experience in this arena!

Thanks

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Date: 7/2/14 11:19 PM

Didn't the dealer offer a Mastery class for your machine? Check the dealers on line site... you may find free downloads to the Mastery classes for that machine. Or check you tube.
Here is a usrful link. Scroll down to "Mastery workbooks" and find ehat you need. The downloads are many, many pages, have plenty of paper in your copier!
http://www.sewingmachineservice.com/services/classes/
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Date: 7/2/14 11:25 PM

Most likely, you'll need a USB A Male to B Male cable. This isn't exactly rare (and in fact is the most commonly used cable to attach printers and scanners to a computer), but most stores charge a bit of a markup.

The thin end goes into your computer, the squarer end goes into the "PC connection" port.

Page 9 of the manual, part number 48
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Date: 7/3/14 3:54 AM

Congrats on the machine.... I've had mine for a year now and am just starting to fall in love with it after a rocky start....

Is there a reason that you don't want to or can't use a flash drive in the USB port? That is the only way I've ever gotten designs onto my machine! I've never even tried any other methods because that seemed like the easiest way... mine even came with the CD rom drive thingy.... I will look in her bag of tricks tomorrow and see if there is a computer cable and if there is, I will post a picture of it so you at least know what you are looking for... maybe someone on here will be able to tell you what it's called if I can find the cord and post a picture... but I'm really not sure if mine came with one or not since I've not needed it...

I downloaded Artlink, but I've never used it.... I get designs from embroiderydesigns.com in Art. Or Exp. Formats and put them right on the stick and then plug that into the machine... never had a problem, but I am using the genuine Bernina USB stick that came with the machine.... I hear others have very mixed results when trying to use other brands of USB sticks... but Art link certainly isn't a requirement! You can do lots of editing and combining on the machine itself!


I'm almost 100 percent sure (someone please correct me of you know better) that the USB port is only for the flash drives on this machine....
Andye's response seems spot on based on what little I know about it!

Are you enjoying the sewing part? Have you made it sew sideways and diagonally yet? I promise it will blow your mind the first time you see the machine feed fabric in those directions right before your eyes!
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Date: 7/3/14 7:50 AM

You do need the cable that Andye described. They are easy to find. When I had a 200 that had been updated to use the USB stick, I still found my machine loaded designs better via the cable and connected to my laptop I would have preferred to use the stick, but the cable really did work better for me for some reason. I will add that I had one of the very first 200's, and while I updated to use the USB port (free update), the machine still had the minuscule memory those first machines had (can't remember how much that was now) as I chose not to pay for the full upgrade that included and allowed for the BSR. I did not know at the time (2006) that it would also add memory and I did not want the BSR.

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Date: 7/3/14 8:21 AM

Just got in from my night job and thought I'd go ahead and check before I try to sleep... I do have the cable and it looks just like the one that Andye linked to! So, at least you know where you can get one and it doesn't look too expensive... I wish I was the kind of person that could just offer to send you mine since I may never use it, but I'm so anal about having all the original accessories that came with my machine that I just couldn't part with it... I think it's better to have something and not need it than need something and not have it...

My machine was only partially upgraded to the 730, so the software (firmware) and memory boards and USB and Cutwork stuff are all there, but the original owner never upgraded it to physically accept a BSR (which sucks because 2 dealers told me the kit is no longer available and even if it was, it would be 1000 dollars, which is what I paid for the whole machine...), but I've never had any issues with the USB stick, maybe because the memory has been upgraded as Janyce states... maybe I should try that cable and see if the results are any different than the USB stick.... I know the Windows operating system on the machine is a bit sluggish...

Good luck with it! It's fun to play with the embroidery part and watch the designs stitch out (unless/until needles and thread start breaking!)... this was my first embroidery machine, so it has been a teacher for me and I've learned quite a bit... the best decision I ever made was to throw all the Sulky sticky stabilizer I had in the trash and never use it again after the first few disastrous attempts... my machine just doesn't like it! I know you didn't ask for any other advice, but let me share something I learned just for fun... make sure you have the hoops attached to the embroidery module really well before you start... there have been a few times when I didn't and my machine didn't sense the correct size hoop and I had the presser foot down and the embroidery hoop hit the presser foot and got stuck on it and I heard gears grinding (I turned the machine off in a nanosecond)... no permanent damage, thankfully, but there's not a more heart stopping, blood curdling, horrifying sound than that and I don't wish anyone else to have their blood pressure raised in such a dreadful manner! Another unsolicited piece of advice (sorry, but if I can save you from some of the trouble I've had it will be worth it!)... when you put a bobbin in the case, it needs to unwind in a counterclockwise direction (pull the thread tail and watch which way the bobbins spins in the case)... but that counterclockwise direction needs to be from the perspective of the "sealed/closed" side of the bobbin case as it would sit in the machine... when I first got mine, I was very careful to make sure it unwound in a counterclockwise direction, but I did it from the perspective of the open side of the bobbin case (the manual is not clear about that at all), and that will make your low bobbin sensor go crazy... if your sensor works at all, it will tell you that you are out of bobbin thread when you aren't and stop the machine every few seconds if you have that wrong... I'm linking to the video that helped me to understand that... this guy has lots of Bernina videos specifically addressing our machine and he's really good (link is under the picture at the very bottom). Do you have the gold embroidery bobbin case with the wire curly cue thing?

 photo 20140703_075205.jpg'/>Bernina guy on youtube

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Date: 7/3/14 4:33 PM

Thanks for all your replies. I cant believe that cable didnt dawn on me, because I have one sitting about 4 feet away from the machine in my printer...

All the advice is certainly appreciate. I'm just waiting for my first shipment of thread and stabilizer to get started, but I have hit another little roadblock. I want to use larger cones of thread, but I'm not sure they'll fit on the machine, and I really dont feel like spending $150 for the bernina thread spool holder. Any solutions for larger (~8000 yard) thread cones?

thanks

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Date: 7/3/14 4:38 PM

Get something like what I'm linking to in the link below... a metal thread cone stand... I bought mine from my Bernina dealer when I had the machine serviced initially and it was only 10 dollars!

I have it behind and to the right of the machine on the hutch of my desk and it works very well...

You have more patience than me to order all that stuff... I had to go to Joans the very day I got the machine to get thread and stabilizer so I could play with the machine instantly...thread stand on amazon

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