January 29, 2010
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Getting the right design into your machine is a most important part of enjoying your embroidery experience. I have been using an embroidery machine for so long that lots of things have become second nature and I just do them without thinking. Like viewing designs using the Brother PED-Basic and transferring them to some of my machines via the included memory card. If you have a Brother or Baby Lock machine with a card reader slot then this is the perfect way to go.
It is so easy, even for a beginning embroiderer or someone who doesn't care for computers. It's easy to install and simple to use.
Here are the steps for using PED-Basic once it is installed.
- Plug the box into your PC USB port and click on the PED-basic icon on your desktop.
- A screen like this will open.
- Choose your hoop size by clicking here.
- Open a browse window by clicking on this button.
- You can look at designs on the included card or your PC.
- Find your design folder and click on it.
- You can now see all the designs in the folder.
- Select the designs that you want to save to the card and click the arrow. The bar at the top right tells you how full your card will be.
- Click on the write to card button to copy the designs to your card. Go to your machine and embroider.
Being able to see your designs and get them to you machine is the most important thing but PED-Basic does some other nice things as well.
Use this bar to resize your design before you save it
Preview in hoop or in zoom
View the design thumbnails in a larger size
View your design with color list, number of colors, height and width and stitch count. Then print a full size image and color list.
The PED-Basic will even tell you if the design is too big for the hoop.
Remember PED-Basic is for the PES format only - so perfect for use with any Brother or Baby Lock machines.
With PED-basic you can browse the designs you download and store on your PC with ease. Just pick the ones you want for the project you have in mind and you are ready to embroider. I know this is not my normal type of blog topic but I thought it might be helpful since on of the biggest complaints I hear from new embroiderers (as well as some very seasoned ones) is that they have difficulty making sure they get the right design from their PC to their machine.
However you browse and save your designs have fun embroidering this year.
PS: The puppy goes home today. Yeah!