I just bought a new blank embroidery card and am trying to download to design to it. The PE Design program gives me an error that says'' Read only card, replace with an original card''. What the heck..is there a way to format it or something? Help!
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Re: Blank Card, PE Design says it's a ''read only''
Hi - I think the problem is that although the Magic Card is compatible with your machine, it is not recognized by with the PED writer. I have the Brother PED-Basic sfotware and a Brother PED-Basic USB card writer box. The only blank card that the my Brother reader can read is the blank cards made by Brother. Which embroidery machine do you have (not critical - I'm just curious).
If you have both a Magic card and Magic Box, the box should have it's own software. I don't think the PE Design software recognizes non-brother equipment (bummer). The link I've provided below is to a dealer that sells two different blank Brother Cards. One of the cards is 1 mb. The other is 4 mb. They are the same price. You might check your documentation to see whether both cards are compatible with your reader and software. If you're not sure, you can call the dealer directly and ask. I have dealt with this dealer many times and find that they have great prices and are very knowledgeable. This link should take you to the page on which the blank Brother Cards are displayed - scroll down if you don't see them right away.
This dealer is located on the East Coast, so you probably won't be able to reach them by phone until tomorrow. I don't know of a dealer on the West Coast to whom I can refer you. One more thought - Babylock equipment is often interchangeable with Brother equipment. If you have a Babylock dealer in your area, you might be able to find a blank Babylock card that you can buy off the shelf. Just make sure you can return it just in case it won't work.
Let me know if I understand your situation correctly - if not, send me another comment and I'll be happy to research further. BTW - if it turns out that you can't use the Magic card and can't return it, you can probably sell it online.
Thanks for getting back - I really love doing this. If you have general questions about embroidery, feel free to ask. I own several consumer embroidery machines, and I operated a commerical embroidery business for several years.
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PE Design versions require certain OS'es, later versions work on newest WIndows 8. The PE Design software requires the right operating system and a CARD READER that also serves as a security device which allows the software to work.
In the software you have to go to "Options" and adjust the "Design Page Property". If it is set to a size larger than what your machine is capable of stitching, the machine will not be able to read the card.
That setting has little to do with the size of the embroidery you are saving, it is more to do with telling the machine how big a hoop the design will be using.
That's why one machine reads the card but not the other machine (hoop size capability).
I have definitely had this problem It just means that your orientation of the embroidery hoop is not correct when you load in the design. I learned this through so much grief. I knew the design was not too big for the card becasue it tells you the size when you do the design. I did go buy a new card! And the same thing happened. Write back if you a step by step instruction.
I have somewhere that installation diskette (with the old SW version). If I'm not mistaken it was not included with the sewing machine but sold separately with the embrodery arm that we bought together with it some 10 years ago. Email me to email@example.com if you need more help.
If not a USB model, you have to get the disgustingly expensive Babylock palette box ($500) and software with the blank card to transfer the designs from cd or files. Beware of making the embroidery too small, it can make the stitch density too great and then the machine cannot sew the design. There is software called Density Works to deal with this problem.
Are you asking how to connect the Brother PE-400D sewing machine? You have "how to connect the '4000D' to a computer and what risk if any". Which machine are you asking about - these are two different sewing machines. If you are inquiring about the Brother PE 400-D, then your answer is... this machine is NOT capable of being connected to a computer. However, if you wish to purchase or download embroidery designs from the internet, you may look into purchasing the Brother PE Basic. This allows you to download embroidery designs from the internet to your computer hard drive and then load them on to a Brother memory card. The Brother memory card can then be slipped into the proper slot for the memory card on the sewing machine. You will need to purchase embroider designs that are in the PES format for you Brother machine to read it. Hope this helps!