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Tatooed Lady
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Date: 12/8/06 4:01 PM

I'm trying to figure out what hardware/software I'll benefit from with the least amout of extra money spent. I've been using the trial version of Embird to view and putter around with designs, and the more I play around, the more I think that the program will work very nicely for my needs. MAYBE add plug-ins later, but it seems to be a very solid platform.
I also realize I'll need a card reader/writer to transfer the designs to in order to get them to the embroidery machine. I've read opinions on several options, from around $130 on up to around $1,000 worth. I don't want to pay through the nose, but I'd like something that will work well with a lower end Brother machine and Embird. I was thinking PED Basic, which I can get at Walmart for around $130. From what I understand (correct me if I'm off base), Embird can convert pretty much any of the formats to .pes, and can resize and otherwise alter the original designs. From there, they get loaded onto the card that comes with the PED Basic, and are useable in the SE270D....
If they're both quality products, and compatible, it seems like a no brainer in my situation to spend the (roughly) $250 to get both, and be able to afford all the OTHER neat-o little toys, accessories, threads, fabrics, etc.....yes?
TIA, I've learned a LOT just by browsing the forum!!
Kelly

sewfrequent

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Date: 12/9/06 8:00 AM

Everyone here loves Embird best and PED Basic is a great little program. I have that one for my Brother machine and nothing could be easier to use. I actually don't use Embird bc it is very rare I find a design I want that isn't in pes format anyway. I'd probably like it if I ever tried it but i just tend to keep things really simple and PEDBasic works for that. As it is I don't know what I'm missing but happy all the same.

Holly Kubick
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Date: 12/9/06 8:56 AM

I received a message via my email address in reference to the use of the 'box' with my embroidery machine. I am not sure where the original question came from so I will respond to both groups that I belong to.
I use the Amazing Designs software, Edit 'N Stitch, Personalize 'N Stitch, Digitize 'N Stitch and the Amazing Box Max. I find them incredibly user friendly and you can buy them one at a time, but they all work together, via shortcuts, through Edit 'N Stitch. I do have several machines but am currently using the Ellegante by Baby lock almost exclusively.
I love the Amazing. Box Max because you can write so many designs to the card or you can send the designs to floppies or usb sticks. It also does format covversion, The amazing designs website (www.amazingdesigns.com) has good descriptions of each program and they are running some trade in sales right now. I have seen the Box listed any where from about $200/ $250 and up. Contact the website for your nearest dealer or check a few websites but be sure to get Max not the older boxes which only write 6 designs to the card.
Happy hunting
Holly

jel
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Date: 12/9/06 12:15 PM

I started out 5 years ago with a Brother 180 and a ped basic and I haven't traded them in yet. I do have an embird program which is old and suits my needs, I am able to tweek designs and it has worked very well for me. Most of the designs come in pes as a basis so there is no converting. The PED Basic software is user friendly and foolproof. It was not expensive, easy to install and had no pick ups. I know that there are other boxes out there and everyone has their favorites. At the time I needed to find something within my budget so the machine and software came in short of my $1000 budget. I think it is a real toss up between Ped basic and an Amazing bBx and it almost boils down to cost.

Good Luck
No matter what you decided i don't think you can go wrong between the amazing box and ped basic.

KC9FMY

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Date: 12/20/06 1:35 PM

I have both Ped-Basic and the Mini-Magic Box. Mini-Magic allows only 6 designs to a card; Ped-Basic allows as many designs as there is room on the card. Ped-Basic can resize from 90%-120%; Mini-Magic has only the 100%. Ped-Basic is half the size of the Mini-Magic. Bought the Ped-Basic recently because the software for the Mini-Magic was lost and did not feel like spending another $300 for it. I had changed computers recently.

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Taills64
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Date: 9/26/07 4:07 PM

I am going to purchase the Baby Lock Ellure. The dealer is trying to sell me the PTS Box/Card for $200. I have read online somewhere that you can use the PED-Basic instead and it is alot cheapier. Does anyone know if its compatible with the Baby Lock Ellure.

Tami

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Date: 9/26/07 5:59 PM

Yes, it is compatible. Ellure uses PES format and the same card that comes with PEDBasic. I think wal-mart has PEDBasic for around $120. I'm not familiar with the product your dealer has but maybe it is worth $60 more if it has something more to offer?



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Date: 9/26/07 8:49 PM

I bought the PTS/Card from Ken's Sewing Center a month or so ago. I paid $100 for it. I think it is exactly the same as the PED Basic from Brother. Baby Lock stuff always costs more than Brother but I am a confirmed BL owner/user. I like the PTS very much. It saves me from having to carry my machine from my sewing area, in my bedroom, to the living room where my computer resides. I do have the USB connection for transferring designs directly from the computer to the machine but the lugging back and forth is too much time and trouble. I like using the card and then just taking the card to the machine. Works great for me! I think you will be fine with Embird and PED Basic.

Taills64
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Date: 9/26/07 10:02 PM

I may just get the PED Basic if its compatible. I checked on it at my wal mart and it is on clearance for $64.00 I would say thats a good deal. Does anyone know if the Ped Basic only does 4x4 or will go up to 5x7.

Tami

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Date: 9/26/07 10:09 PM

Sorry I forgot to mention I am going to have a picture that I need to get digitized. If anyone has the digitizing software that I could pay to do this for me please let me know.

Thanks,
Tami

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