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sarah_charade
« on: October 17, 2011 05:55:40 AM »

Hey, I'm new to the forum, and considering getting into machine embroidery. I've been sewing for several years now, and always kind of felt like there was something missing from my finished pieces. I recently looked at some digitized embroidery designs available for sale online and fell in love.

Anyway, here's my situation. I do not have a PC computer. I have run on Apple products for the last 6 years. Sure I still own a dinosaur of a PC desktop, but I am neither willing to haul it out of my parents' basement, nor do I think it can handle graphics programs anymore. I've read that some embroidery machines can work with USB flashdrives or SD memory cards.

Here are my questions, does anyone know of Apple OSX compatible digitizing software? And, which machines or brand of machines use flashdrives or SD cards? It seems like everything is Windows only. It can be paid software or open source. I'm unwilling to attempt installing bootcamp and paying for Windows, as it makes Macs tetchy and unstable.

Also, when downloading designs, how do you transfer that to the machine? If you have a machine with USB cable, do you need additional software? If you use one with flashdrive/SD compatibility, do you just plug the drive in, open up the file and go? If so, it seemed strange to me that so many people seem to prefer the USB-cable-to-computer route when they don't actually digitize their own work. But maybe not everyone walks around with a USB drive in their purse and/or around their neck like I do.
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Fildrigar
« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2011 01:47:44 PM »

Hey, I'm new to the forum, and considering getting into machine embroidery. I've been sewing for several years now, and always kind of felt like there was something missing from my finished pieces. I recently looked at some digitized embroidery designs available for sale online and fell in love.

Anyway, here's my situation. I do not have a PC computer. I have run on Apple products for the last 6 years. Sure I still own a dinosaur of a PC desktop, but I am neither willing to haul it out of my parents' basement, nor do I think it can handle graphics programs anymore. I've read that some embroidery machines can work with USB flashdrives or SD memory cards.

Here are my questions, does anyone know of Apple OSX compatible digitizing software? And, which machines or brand of machines use flashdrives or SD cards? It seems like everything is Windows only. It can be paid software or open source. I'm unwilling to attempt installing bootcamp and paying for Windows, as it makes Macs tetchy and unstable.

Also, when downloading designs, how do you transfer that to the machine? If you have a machine with USB cable, do you need additional software? If you use one with flashdrive/SD compatibility, do you just plug the drive in, open up the file and go? If so, it seemed strange to me that so many people seem to prefer the USB-cable-to-computer route when they don't actually digitize their own work. But maybe not everyone walks around with a USB drive in their purse and/or around their neck like I do.

 I can't address the Apple issue, but as far as transferring designs to the embroidery machine, it all depends upon the machine. Some older ones use a weird type of proprietary card to transfer designs, some use SD cards, but most modern ones use USB sticks. Some less expensive ones use a USB cable to transfer.  ( Don't most Macs come with Windows emulators these days? )

If your transferring files using a flash drive, you insert the flash drive, push whatever passes for a memory button on the sewing machine and it usually will open up the drive. Most machines will completely ignore any files except ones that they are designed to stitch. ( At lease Babylock's will. ) Furthermore, if you put a design of too large a stitch area or too many stitches it won't show up either.
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« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2011 06:55:25 AM »

I have a brothers pe770 AMAZING MACHINE hehehe and I haha use my apple iphone4 and now 4s to DL some right into my machine and other I will use the PC and DL onto a stick and easy peasy Smiley not ever come across and issue with mac or PC with that machine it is stupid simple too LOL
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« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2011 05:22:21 PM »

When I put together my whole set up about 2 1/2 years ago, there was no mac friendly digitizing software. None. Dunno if that's still true or not, but I bet it is.

I have parallels and windows on my mac just for my embroidery machine stuff. It's never caused any problems with computer performance for me- you really don't even know it's there. There were a few hiccups in translation from windows to my embroidery machine that of course no one could help me with because the program "wasn't for a mac"- but with a ton of fiddling with settings in several locations and a lot of hair pulling I got it to work (my biggest problem was my digitizing software wanting to write files to a drive that technically did not exist- and it not telling me that there was anything wrong there- it'd "complete" only the files weren't being written anywhere.)

Yeah, the software wasn't exactly cheap to set up, but it was more economical than getting a PC to use with my machine, so there's that.
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