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Need some help with the basics

gordobl | Posted in Machine Embroidery on

Hello. I’m new here and need some help/basic information.

Last year I purchased a Simplicity SE2 embroidery machine. I chose an embroidery-only machine because I have a perfectly good computerized sewing machine AND because I live in an Apple/Macintosh ONLY household and I understood that all the embroidery machines that interface with computers worked ONLY with PC’s. So far I’ve been quite happy with the performance of the Simplicity, which takes any card made for Brother or Bernina Deco, but am getting frustrated that so many beautiful designs seem to be available only on CD, or could be downloaded (some for free) from the internet.

So my generous and indulgent husband has purchased a used PC with Microsoft Windows 98 (this machine will be used solely for my embroidery projects) and for my birthday and/or Christmas, he wants to give me an Amazing Box or Magic Box. It’s my understanding that all I’ll then need will be a blank card on which to record designs, to then use in the Simplicity machine.

Is this correct? Would anything else be required, such as additional software and/or attachments? Is there any advantage to any particular box over the others? How about any particular card?

Any help or suggestion will be appreciated. Thanks so much . . .


  1. BYDEZINE | | #1

    when you buy the box it comes with the requisite software and a blank card.

    each card will hold 6 designs. what you  MIGHT want to investigate is a card reader machine that takes the ULTIMATE card which holds many more designs.

    while thee are other very complicated and expensive systems for getting designs onto the card that goes in your machine, the sort of system you are discussing is relatively cheap and works fine, it is what I do with my stand alone embroidery machine.

    1. gordobl | | #2

      Thanks so much for the information! This is going to be less complicated and less expensive than I'd thought.

      We've run into a small glitch, in that it turns out this used PC doesn't actually have Windows 98 afterall, but is loaded with Windows 95 -- so that'll need to be upgraded first.

      Also, since this PC will be used ONLY for my embroidery, can't I just download designs and store them on the PC, rather than invest in a card that can hold more than 6 designs at a time?

      And again, thanks for your help. Christmas is gonna' be SO much fun this year!

      1. BYDEZINE | | #3

        I keep all my designs on my harddrive with floppy backups and only transfer deigns as I need them to the little card that  actually goes  into your sewing machine.

        it works well for me and I am happy with the amazing box, just wanted you to know there were other fancier deigns things that some people have and love, but I am pretty low tech and the system is working just fine for me.

        have fun embroidering and take breaks. it is addictive :)

  2. user-61403 | | #4

    I didn't see any reference to software.  I think you should look into embird, abailable for trial on the Secrets of Machine Embroidery site.  http://www.secretsof.com.   It should do file conversion, editing of software, help with the cataloging of many designs, etc.  Then you can transfer not only just pre purchased designs, but also edited designs to your cards.

    This softare is less than $80.00 and does just about anything you need.

    Also have you looked into all the free designs that are available over the net.  A good place to start is http://www.annthegran.com.  Not only does she have many on her own site, she has a marvelous links page.

    Since I don't get to the sites very often please feel free to contact me by email.  [email protected]   I am not only an enthuiastic sewer, and machine embroiderer (is that a word?), but I teach machine embroidery, sewing to get the most out of your machine, using all the stitches provided, and  computer software for the viking, at my local sewing center.


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