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Date: 11/4/12 12:05 PM

I am new to this site. Not sure if I am posting in correct spot? I own a brother ult 2003d machine. Thinking about buying new machine because my ult2003d takes floppys and has no USB capabilities. I can use a memory card too. Does anyone know about how long before they stop selling the brother memory cards for this machine? Looking into purchasing the brother duetta 4500d. The dealer is giving me a special price with a thousand dollar discount total price at $4999.00. Befor tax And I am reading blogs where as people are purchasing this machine for around $3500.00 If I decide to purchase machine where can I purchase it for a lower price? Most online dealers can't sell I think if out of state??? My other thought is to keep my ult2003d if I can always get designs on the machine. Thank you!

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Date: 11/5/12 3:34 PM

As long as you can buy a floppy drive and they are still available and the blank floppies which are also still available especially online then you are good to go. Floppies are the cheapest medium right now. I just saw 25 pak for $17. I worry about the same as my Janome tasks the flashcards the bigger ones even though they are also still available I have stocked up on them. Unless of course you want to buy a new machine.
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Date: 11/5/12 4:13 PM

I would rather sell the machine while someone might be interested in it and before floppy's and blank brother cards are no longer available.
At the same time....if I am always able to get the brother blank cards and will always be able to get designs on the machine
then I would keep the machine for years.

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Date: 11/6/12 10:07 AM

I have a feeling the blank PES cards will be around for awhile. Most likely, so will your Ult 2003D. I have the 2002 and I work at a sewing store. I lust after Quattros, Duettas and Isodores dailybut my Ult just keeps on working! And I have heard this about the ULTs --they just keep on going. I use floppies but I have a blank card and writer box just in case. I bought an external floppy reader/writer that plugs into my computer via usb. I got it off Ebay.

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Date: 11/6/12 8:16 PM

I did just what you did bought another card box and a sony external floppy drive. I also have a 6 needle that hasn't been used very much and is the same with a floppy drive or a card slot. It also has the ability to connect to a computer for input. I am not worried at all about these machines. I already run a dedicated computer for my software. I figure if I have to I can always find another that will work at a thrift or tag sale or online for very little. The athletic shop in town has a really expensive melco that is getting old and it runs off a dedicated computer that is so old I am not sure what it is. The resell on these older tech machines is bad and though I have one here with the usb capability I mostly use the floppy or card to input designs to the ultra or the others here. Even if the card boxes stop being sold I am sure there will plenty of those on the aftermarket to be had. I don't have the space issues that some deal with but this is what I am doing. I really love my ultra. I have also an 8500 and a couple of 4x4 machines and all can use the card/box to input designs so I plan to make sure I can get a design into them if I want to use them. I guess because I began with the card/box thing it is not something that bothers me at all putting in a design like that. I already keep a dedicated embroidery computer for my softwares that I have not updated so I just chug along happily with my beloved embroidery machines. Most didn't get used all that much as I kept upgrading for a while until I decided I was done for the time being. It's like being on a merry go round that doesn't stop, every couple of years new machine, update or rebuy software,etc,,change the computer so it all will work and start over again. After the usb machine arrived I decided to hunker down and just use what I have and I don't anticipate not being able to find what I need to get designs into the older machines for however long I want to use them.

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Date: 11/7/12 2:01 AM

The USB sticks keep getting bigger and bigger so that it is hard to find sticks these days that are small enough to work with the USB port machines. We recommend 2GB--no bigger or your machine will be looking through the stick forever. It is really hard to find these smaller sticks now. The cards are a good option if you have a reader/writer...I have been told by a Brother expert that the cards are faster than the sticks. So I wonder what's next?

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Date: 11/7/12 7:12 AM

Thats what was happening to the flashcards for the Janome small numbers harder and harder to find.

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Date: 11/7/12 7:57 AM

They could provide any of these things for the machines people have paid thousands for. It's like the software merry go round just a way to extort more. I have been doing the upgrade rebuy for so many years. I finally got ticked when I realized I hadn't even gotten to use the last updates when I was helping with a new grand and not doing much stitching. It's not the money just the constant round of get another computer as the new updates don't go with the old and no support , a new software no more updates etc.,this machine is now obsolete sell it for pennies and chunk out $5K to $10k so you can be compatible and everything works. This was fine for a long while and then I decided to just stop. As long as I can get a design into all these great machines and keep a dedicated older computer or laptop to run my software the sewing room is now frozen in time. The only software I keep updated on the new computer is embird so I can read and convert the newer file forms I might download. It works out great for me. When it stops working I will rebuy the latest software,embroidery machine and computer system. For now I will stock pile a closet shelf with the children's laptops a couple of towers left behind, card and box readers and if what I need isn't there I'll troll ebay or the sewing groups and find it. As a business owner I tend to be fairly frugal and don't enjoy handing out money continuously to stitch out doodads and butterflies. As long as I can stitch on what I have I will procrastinate on rebuying. I have also stockpiled lots of the smaller usb sticks for my bernina as they are fast getting extinct too. My friend keeps scads of files on her usb sticks for her newer babylock. I never was that in love with the usb though it is great and easier for a newbie as I usually work in software when I do something and usually just do a few things when I have a stitching session. The floppy or the card works fine for my needs so I'll just keep on for now with those. I have a bigger than 6x10 hoop on the 6 needle or the artista if need be, I just don't stitch all that many huge designs but tend to reposition for scenes. I got really good with that from the days I had only a 4x4 hoop so am sort of set in my ways and just put the grids if I want a really huge scene. I find when I use a giant hoop I tend to just stuff things in the hoop not put them where I want them to go at least on garments.

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Date: 11/7/12 8:00 AM

I am wondering if I should get a reader/card for my artista -hadn't thought about a back up method for the usb if that stops working. It never ends with embroidery machines. I don't have a card /box system for it -haven't thought about needing one to send a design.

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Date: 11/7/12 8:31 AM

I now have two embroidery machines. I love my 2140 machine it is a work horse I sew everything on that one. I also embroidery on it to. I just recently bought a pfaff 5.0 updated to 5.5 machine. I wanted a deeper sewing area. I just hook it to my computer and away I go . If I buy new designs. I burn them to cd. Some machine are keep on going and going. I would keep it.
Like Mrs Moos said: but my Ult just keeps on working! And I have heard this about the ULTs --they just keep on going. I use floppies but I have a blank card and writer box just in case. I bought an external floppy reader/writer that plugs into my computer via usb. I got it off Ebay.
keep your machine.

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