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Bernina 185 and laptop - device not detected in activesync

I have been trying for days and days to make my computer connect to my machine. I have the belkin serial to usb adapter. The hardware installs just fine, but it won't connect. It's driving me crazy, and I don't know what else to do.

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Go into the control panel and find what Com port the usb adapter is using. Change the com port to match in the software.

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The machine and module version number must match or the machine will not detect that a module is attached. So the question is how can you find out what firmware version number your machine and module is.
Since it is easier to show people how to do this, I have a video posted on that instructs you on how to see what version your machine and module is. To do this you must have the module attached and plugged into your 180.
Go to and type this in the search box at the top of the page "Bernina check hours 165, 170, 180, 185"
I know the title says check hours, but the video shows you how to put your machine on the service mode so you can see how many hours are on the machine. I also then show how to check the firmware version number. It's the first part of the version number before the "." that must be the same. Like if your machine is v4.01 and the module is 4.04, they are both version 4 so they will be able to communicate with each other. If your machine is v4.04 and the module is v3.01 then you have a version 4 machine and a version 3 module and the machine will not detect that a module is attached.
The problem can be corrected at a Bernina dealer that will be willing to help you out. It only takes a simple connection to a computer, the correct dealer software and a dealer can match the firmware versions for you. Hopefully you can find one that is willing to help.

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try a new needle
rethread the machine top and bobbin
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Hi Debbie,
I found the command for this change in the Features menu called "Balance" and it has a "b" symbol. In the ARtista 185 instruction manual this appears on page 30 so probably around there in your manual too.
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"Balance - touch symbol to open balance screen, correct forwards and reverse stitches, correct sideways motion stitches.
If you dont' have a manual you might want to download the 185 from the Bernina website, the link is

Hope this helps you to resolve your issue.

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Are you still looking for embroidery module?

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You must purchase a Serial (port) to USB (port) adapter. I got mine at Radio Shack. Hope this helps

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Connection problem with computer to sewing machine and reader/writer

It is not true that the 180 is not compatible with new software.
I'm owning a artista 180 from 2002 and just installed the software designer V5+ on a laptop with windows vista.
The only problem was that there was no serial port on the laptop, now I have a new cable with USB ans serial output and the software works very well !!
When you contact Bernina you will get the same answer.

greetings Carla

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