So you have purchased a design collection online or purchased a design collection on a CD, and you have it safely tucked inside a folder on your computer.
Tip: You really should save a copy of ALL your designs from USB sticks and/or CD’s to your computer, just in case you lose the USB or damage the CD. Don’t ask me how I know this!
Now you need to send the design to your machine. But how do you know the right files to send? You can, of course, copy and paste the design files to the USB stick using Windows Explorer. But you have to know which file(s) to send. If your machine reads EXP files (which most do these days), and you copy and paste only the EXP file, you will most likely see the design in very funny colors on the screen of your machine, as it will appear in the default colors rather than the Isacord Color numbers on the Color Bar.
You actually have to remember to copy THREE files for every design – the EXP (embroidery file), INF (color information), and BMP (bitmap graphic) – to the USB stick so that the machine can read all the information correctly.
An easy way to get the files from your computer is to use ArtLink 7, which is a free embroidery software program available as a download from the bernina.com website. You will find the instructions for downloading the software there as well.
Of course, you can use BERNINA Embroidery Designer Plus or Editor Plus software if you have that!
Here’s how easy it is to do:
Open the Software from the desktop icon.
Select the Open icon or select File > Open.
Note that there are quite a few simple editing features available in ArtLink 7, including re-sizing, rotating and mirror imaging.
Feel free to edit your design, but when you are ready to send the design to the machine, simply select the Write to Card Machine icon.
A new window opens up. Now when you select the EXP tab, the software will automatically send all the right files to the USB stick that you insert into the computer! Most recent BERNINA machines will read the EXP format (the 200 and 730 read both the ART and EXP files).
If you don’t have a machine that reads the EXP format, there are options here to send the design directly to the machine, or saved in the machine’s memory via a direct connection from the computer to the machine, an option for sending it to a Deco machine, to a machine that uses a parallel port connection, or saved to the USB in ART format for owners of the 730 or the upgraded 200 machine.