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smilinjohn
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Date: 8/19/10 1:18 AM

How does PED Basic work?
Do I need some kind of software to manipulate a design and then write to a Brother blank card?
I have Brother PE-170D.

John

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Date: 8/19/10 8:00 AM

I have the PED basic. I think that the best way I can describe it is that it is simply a transfer system from the pattern that you may have found on line and saved it on your hard drive and then transferring it onto a card that can be inserted into your machine. I can marginally enlarge/shrink the pattern, I can look at the colors, frame size of the pattern. But I can not really edit it. I do have embird for that.
However I did see a free software download for an editing program on the site www.freebielover.com

Hope that helps

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Date: 8/19/10 1:59 PM

Yes PED Basic is really just for transferring designs from your computer to a blank writeable Brother embroidery card. PED Basic comes with one of these blank cards, of course. If you want to create your own designs, edit / combine existing designs, etc. then you'll need some other software. Brother sells PE Design for their machines, but you can use any number of other programs for creating your own designs, including Embird. If you want to jump into the world of digitizing, I'd recommend trying out Stitch Era Universal which is free, fully functional, and doesn't expire. (Embird can also be downloaded for a free trial). You can at least see if you like any of these programs without making an investment. Hope that helps, Lynne

smilinjohn
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Date: 8/19/10 4:09 PM

Thanks, Jel and Lynne. I'm attracted to free software. I have reviewed Stitch Era Universal, but find that my processor does not meet minimum speed requirements of 2.5Ghz, as it's only at 2.0Ghz. I've also checked out SophieSew version 1, but Internet Explorer states that SophieSew has an Unknown Publisher and therefore would not let me download. Digitizing software seems expensive right now.

Perhaps, I should forget about digitizing for a while and concentrate on minor adjustments to already digitized patterns. Free programs that I came across via freebielover.com (thanks, Jel)is "My Editor" by Wings Systems, Ltd. and Wilcom.com has some sizing software that looks interesting. Do you have other suggestions.
John
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Date: 8/23/10 0:42 AM

I downloaded the SophieSew and it does work pretty good. If IE will not let you download it just download Firefox and use that as your browser. I don't use IE anymore as an internet browser, too many problems with it.

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smilinjohn
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Date: 8/25/10 4:06 AM

I downloaded the free 67.3MB of "My Editor" last night (7 hours on dial up). "My Editor" is Europe-based. Came with 119 pages of tutorial in pdf. format. I plan to print it out, but first need new black print cartridge. Looks like it allows for re-sizing, with auto stitch adjustments, plus stuff that I don't yet understand. Can change and save in .pes for my Brother 170D. Can change and save thread colors. Looks like I have plenty of learning curve ahead of me......shud be fun and rewarding.
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Date: 8/26/10 3:55 PM

Hi John, I would also try the Basic Embird free trial. It's good for 30 days or 30 individual uses I'm pretty sure. I was able to pretty much figure it out myself plus there are free tutorials on the embird site that you can download. After the free trial you need to purchase the program, but the cost is low compared to other editing software. HTH Barbara Allino
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Date: 8/27/10 8:31 PM

Quote: smilinjohn
Thanks, Jel and Lynne. I'm attracted to free software. I have reviewed Stitch Era Universal, but find that my processor does not meet minimum speed requirements of 2.5Ghz, as it's only at 2.0Ghz.

CPU speed is not critical- the program will run, it's just going to be a bit sluggish. You might want to ask a computer-savvy friend about the Unknown Publisher warning. Usually that's just a security notification and can be bypassed.

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