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Choosing add on embroidery units/softwar

jblong | Posted in Machine Embroidery on

I would really appreciate some help.  I’ve had my Pfaff 7570 for 4 years(my hubby bought it for me when I was in the midst of recovering from a broken leg that ended up lasting a year).  I just put the embroidery unit on it and tried it out a week ago. 

Now I have the desire to advance beyond the card that comes with the machine but I am so confused about all the stuff that is out there.

I’ve read about the Amazing Box, OESD and some others.  I have the Pfaff designer software(ver. 2.2) and I really don’t know how to use it either.

Can someone help me out with some suggestions of which one of the embroidery expansion products might be best for me.

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  1. goodsew | | #1

    You will need to know something about PCD to send your designs to the machine.  It is actually a wonderful software but has a huge learning curve.  I recommend you join pfaffpfriends at http://www.yahoogroups.com for your everyday questions.  It is very active and helpful group.  If you want to learn to digitize, there is a group called pfaff digibuddies that has free lessons posted and you can also buy the older lessons on CD for a small charge.

    But, admittedly, there are easier ways to do a lot of the things you will want to do.  If you want to stay with pfaff products, Customizing lets you add lettering and change colors in the design easily.  Embird is probably the least expensive and most versatile of the add-on products.  You can change colors, add lettering (lettering packs are an additional charge), combine designs, change the size for around $100.   You can also do this with Embroidery Magic (a few fonts included) and the new Embroidery Magic II lets you do this plus digitize.

    I download a lot of free designs off the internet and have found Buzz Tools invaluable!  I can look at the designs and store them still zipped (saves a lot of room).  When I am ready to use one, I just double-click on it and it opens up PCD and changes the file to a pcs file if it is in some other format.  There is a newer version of Buzz Tools that does this too and can read more formats but I haven't upgraded yet. I think it's around $150.  Now admittedly, You can see the designs in Embird without unzipping but if you have a lot, I like to look through the "catalog" rather than each individual design.

    I know there are lots of other programs out there, but these are the ones I am most familiar with.  I am a Pfaffie too and love my machines.

    Sandy

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