Sunday, January 6, 2013
I've Got the Bernina Embroidery Machine Back in Operation!
I was having great difficulty over the past few months getting my old Gateway laptop to "play nicely" with my Bernina 440QEE sewing and embroidery machine. I would load up a design, transfer the design from the computer to the machine, it would stitch a few stitches and then stop midstream. Uggh!! I was very frustrated, so I resulted in letting the machine collect dust for a couple of months. However, back in December a friend of mine passed along a great deal on a new laptop. I got an HP laptop with Windows 8 and lots of memory for a great price. I took advantage of one of these dreary, rainy, cold days that we have been frequenting here in the South. I hooked up the machine, installed the software, and hoped for good luck. The software installed just fine. I am using version 5 of the Bernina embroidery software. I hooked the USB cable from the embroidery machine, turned it on, and waited for that wonderful little sound to tell me that the machine had been recognized by the computer...and I waited....and I unplugged and replugged and waited....and NOTHING!!! I decided not to give up, at this point deciding I was not a fan of Windows 8 either (why in the world would Microsoft try to change something that worked fine...Windows XP). I did some research on the internet and found that some Bernina owners were having trouble installing the software on their Windows Vista and 7 machines. I took the advice provided to these users and checked my list of programs and sure enough there was the culprit. Apparently the Bernina machines/software do not like the Microsoft Net Framework programs. I had the 1.1 version installed in my programs. It took some coaxing to uninstall but finally I got it removed. I hooked up the computer and embroidery unit again and VOILA!! it worked. I played around with the machine testing some simple one thread color designs to make sure that it was fixed before I attempted any major design work on garments.
Thanks for visiting and have a great week!! Patty