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I am trying to send patterns from my computer to my Bernina Artista 180 and I keep getting the message (serial port engaged) ans communications error. I am musing windows xp PLEASE tell me what to do. Thanks, Doris

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Does your bernina have a USB port or do you have a card reader? I have ran into this problem before. To use the patterns off of the computer, they have to be in a format that your embroidery machine can read. The only way I have found to do it, is use a card reader plugged into a USB port on the computer and it transfers files that wayinto a format the Bernina will read and be able to embroider from. Good Luck. Win XP started this problem and unfortunately, Vista hasn't fixed it.

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