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From: luvmydogs&cats
Date: 04-18-2006, 09:35 PM (1 of 9)
This may be too much to ask, but I can't figure out how to use my ped-basic.
Even my husband can't figure it out. I went over to the sewing store and
they walked me through their babylock basic software and I wrote down
every word and still it won't load the cd's. So what I have here is this
machine that I can't put to full use because apparently I am just too dumb
to get the hang of it. I thought I had loaded all my designs on to the
hard drive, but when the software does decide to appear it says that my
folders are empty. Now, I am definitely the most computer literate individual
around, to say the least, but this is about to make me nuts!
Any help would be appreciated. This is my first time to post, but have
enjoying reading what you all are saying and doing.
Thanks in advance to anyone brave enough to help me out.
User: luvmydogs&cats
Member since: 01-21-2006
Total posts: 7
From: MissTaraTara
Date: 04-19-2006, 12:15 AM (2 of 9)
I went over to the sewing store and
they walked me through their babylock basic software and I wrote down
every word and still it won't load the cd's.

Hello Nancy,

What do you mean when you say it still won't load CD's? Are you trying to open purchased designs or designs downloaded from the web? Are you having difficulty launching the program? Here are some things I learned:

Have you tried uninstalling and reinstalling? I wonder why it doesn't easily open for you.

For downloaded files, be sure to unzip them.

If they've been unzipped, PED-Basic will only read .pes format. If you are trying to view any other formats, nothing will appear in the window.

Also to view the designs in subfolders, be sure to highlight that particular subfolder and click okay.

If none of these solve the problem, would you mind posting the notes you wrote down when you were at the sewing store?
User: MissTaraTara
Member since: 01-24-2006
Total posts: 227
From: luvmydogs&cats
Date: 04-19-2006, 07:02 AM (3 of 9)
Hello Tara:
Thank you for your offer to help, however, you may regret it! First, let me say that I am NOT computer literate-little mistake there.
Ok here goes:
Click on start-R-click-box will come up-then L-click on explore-That is hard drive. Go to program files and L-click on box with +, then new and then folder. Type in Babylock in box by folder. Put cursor on folder & drag w/L-click down over to program files & release. Go back up to file-new-folder and
call design library. L-click on any open area. Box goes away. Drag & drop to
Babylock-release L-mouse & design library comes up. File-new-folder-then type in names of designs on cd's I want to install. Each time make new folder L-click in open area, drag & drop to design library. Find designs on
harddrive for Brother or Pes-click-scroll down to find new Babylock folders. Drag & drop, click & drag to folder & release.

To install cd:
Start-R-click-explore-find cd on what drive it is-probably D-drive. (husband
thinks it is on C-drive) Put in cd-name will come up & it will show what drive. L-click on-double click on design files. Find format-brother-babylock-pes. Scroll back up to Babylock-design library, etc. drag & drop Pes folder catalog name (flowers, cats, dogs, whatever). Click on + in square in front of folder-R-click on brother or babylock. Scroll down to rename-L-click in blank area. To put on floppy, click on design-drag & drop to A-drive, which is the floppy.

I should tell you that I did a dumb thing first in this machine debacle-I bought
a brother machine from the internet along with the ped-basic software, and
needless to say couldn't figure out the machine or the software. So, I sold it and did what I should have in the first place and purchased a babylock from a local dealer which includes lessons on the machine, etc., and they were kind enough to offer to help me with the ped even though I didn't buy any software from them. I think that I have gone at this whole thing willy-nilly and now What a mess! I did buy a used Ellageo3 and do love the machine.
Well, that's about it-maybe it will make some sense to you and in answer to
your question I am trying to get to designs from cd's. At this point, wouldn't want to think what might happen if I tried to download from the internet!!!!!
Thanks so much if you can help, Nancy
User: luvmydogs&cats
Member since: 01-21-2006
Total posts: 7
From: paroper
Date: 04-19-2006, 07:35 AM (4 of 9)
First of all, I don't have your software and I don't know if I can help. The reason I am replying is because there is something that will make my software do this and it could be the same with yours. There are many formats of software. If your software is set up to read one format and you are trying to open another, your software won't "see" the designs. In my software, when I got to select a file to open, at the bottom, where the name of the file is there is a section that allows me to see the formats. For instance, my particular software's default is ART. If I wish to look at, for instance, PES or XXX, I tell the software to either open that specific format or to open "all" formats". Below the name of the file in my software is an option that allows me to change that option. When you do, with my stored desgins, all the sudden it is almost like "ghosts" coming to life...I can be looking one second at a totally blank page and the next minute be looking at hundreds of desgins. Look for this option and see if that is the problem.

Hope this helps.

Bernina 200e, Artista V5 Designer Plus, Explorations, Magic Box, Bernina 2000DE & 335 Bernette Serger, Bernina 1530 Sewing Machine, Bernina 1300 DC Overlock (with coverstitch)
User: paroper
Member since: 02-03-2004
Total posts: 3775
From: mozeyrn
Date: 04-19-2006, 10:53 AM (5 of 9)
Nancy, don't worry about not being computer literate. If this is something new for you give yourself some time.
I've taught computers to people where I've had to say, "This is the on button...........this is your screen where the words will appear........" etc. I've been asked, "Where do I put the paper?" and I have also had a woman scream when I said, "This is your mouse" (she wanted to know where the "real" mouse was).
I'm taking little baby steps with sewing since I'm teaching myself (again) some new things. It's slow going but I'm am trying not to get frustrated. The sewing gene skipped my mom and it'd be difficult to ask my nanna (she's been long gone - I was still too little to learn from her). The ladies and gentlemen on this board have proven time and again that there is no such thing as a silly question and no one will ever make you feel awkward for asking. :bg:
Just thought I'd give a little moral support.
- Maureen.
Learning something new with every stitch!!
Kenmore 16231000
User: mozeyrn
Member since: 11-29-2005
Total posts: 349
From: Ria
Date: 04-19-2006, 11:12 AM (6 of 9)
Hi Nancy...I have brother machine and PED Basic...I hope you mean PED basic and not PED design....well I have the shortcut on my desktop...I just click on that and it opens and then I click on the button to open a file and my file opens up right into the PED put the card in first and plug it into the USB port....never put the card in or take it out while it is downloading...I just pull it out of the USB to take the card out to play it safe...then it really should work...are your files corrupted...I cant figure out why the files wont open...are the designs all in PES format like the other ladies here said? I will be more than glad to help if you give me more information.....:) Ria

"Alas for those who never sing, but die
with all their music in them" (Oliver Wendell Holmes)

Brother 6500.....Brother 8060......PED Basic...
User: Ria
Member since: 02-13-2005
Total posts: 121
From: MissTaraTara
Date: 04-19-2006, 03:58 PM (7 of 9)
I did buy a used Ellageo3 and do love the machine.
Well, that's about it-maybe it will make some sense to you and in answer to
your question I am trying to get to designs from cd's.

Hi Nancy,

First, this is the software you are using, correct?

I am using Windows XP. I have combed through your instructions and perhaps this will help you some. Unless I say right mouse, all clicking is with the left mouse.

Preparing your folders for designs:

To get to your hard drive folder you can click start, go into my computer then click on your hard drive . In there you will see a list of folders and other icons. You will also see the file folder program files. Double click to open program files. Go to the top where your browser is and click file, then new, then folder. A new folder will pop up with the words new folder highlighted. This is where you can type in Babylock (if you can't type in the box, click on that same folder with your right mouse and chose rename folder from the list of options given and then type it in). For your design library, double click on the folder you just made (Babylock). It will be empty. Repeat file... new... folder and name your new folder - Design Library. This folder in now already in the Babylock folder. Now to make your subcategories. Double click on the Design Library folder you just made. Using the file... new...folder you can create as many folders/categories as you like ( animals, food, flowers etc.) These folders will all be in your folder "Design Library".

Installing the designs - I will first state that I have only installed designs from cds by Amazing Designs.

When I put a CD in the drive, sometimes it will start automatically. When it does not, I will go into my computer from the start menu and double click the drive that the CD is in.(The drive may now have a different little icon showing instead of the disk icon). Double click on design files, find your format pes. I get lost when you are told to scroll back, drag and drop and all that so.... If you have a list of designs in front of you, you can try to put them in a folder by double clicking the name of the design (bl8862 etc?) When it is highlighted, go up to your browser and select edit ....copy to folder.... You will get a box in the middle of your screen with a list of what's on your computer. Towards the top you should see your hard drive listed. Click on your hard drive letter or icon. Go down and double click on program files find and double click on Babylock, then double click design library. You should now see the subfolders you created (food, cats, etc.) Click to highlight the folder you would like the design copied to and click copy at the bottom of the opened box. The box will then close and your design should have been copied to that folder. You can then locate that same folder by going to your hard drive...program files .... babylock.... design library and then your folder. Double click it to see if anything is in there. If the design name appears, it was copied successfully. Repeat the copy to steps for any other designs. If you have multiple designs for one category, you can right click (holding the button down) and drag the cursor over the designs until all the designs you want included in that group have been highlighted, then copy them to your folder using the same steps above (edit...copy to folder...etc.) The designs must be next to each other. If you have the option, it is sometimes easier to copy a batch of design files when you view them as a list and not as tiles or thumbnails. Just choose list under the view option in your folder's browser.

To get your designs to your floppy disk, you can copy them the same way you copied them to your folders. Go to your hard drive...program files .... babylock.... design library .... your folder .... the design..... Highlight it, click copy to and when the box appears, this time chose your floppy disk drive.

To view your designs with PED-Basic

1 -click on the program or desktop shortcut
2 -click on the little filebox icon
3 -click the + by the hard drive, then the + by program files, then the + by Babylock, then the + by Design Library...then choose your subfolder and click okay. The designs should then appear.

I don't know if you are supposed to do this, but because I don't share my computer with "delete happy" others, I store my machine embroidery design folder on my desktop. It makes it so much easier for me.

Hope this helps a little.
User: MissTaraTara
Member since: 01-24-2006
Total posts: 227
From: luvmydogs&cats
Date: 04-19-2006, 08:34 PM (8 of 9)
Hello again Tara:
Well, how can I thank you enough for going to the trouble to type out all the information to help me with the software. Yes, it is as in the picture. I must say that your instructions seem much simpler than the notes that I took.
I was gone most of the day today and didn't have a chance to take a stab at it, but husband did and he is about to think at this point that there is something wrong with the cd ram of our computer. This happened last fall and we had to replace it. He attempted to use other different software and nothing would work, so maybe we aren't such dummies after all!!!! Yeah, I think so.
My hope is at some time I can have my own computer in my sewing room and get it set up so that there is nothing in there but designs, but that will have to wait for a bit. Son was supposed to be fixing up his desktop for me since he only uses his laptop, but never seems to get around to it and now is our busy time of year, so wouldn't want to approach him now!ha
I have had either a brother or babylock since November and still can't get designs in, so you can understand my frustration. At least the Ellageo has quite a few built in and right now I am working on recovering cushions for the sunroom couch and then want to make some shorts.
Well, anyway, thank you again and I will keep you posted if we can get this straightened out.
User: luvmydogs&cats
Member since: 01-21-2006
Total posts: 7
From: luvmydogs&cats
Date: 04-19-2006, 08:43 PM (9 of 9)
Would like to say a big Thank You to all of you ladies who replied to my quandary. This is a really great forum! And to you Maurine for attempting to make me not feel like such a dunce! Well, I do wish they would call it something besides a "mouse". How I do hate those rodents! Good luck to you with your sewing. My mother didn't sew either, but as is so normal we mothers and daughters are very different. I began sewing doll clothes and little quilts by hand when I was very young and as years went by got into all types of sewing, even tailoring for a time. But then after a while and sewing for everybody and his dog I kind of burned out and am now really wanting to jump back in with all four feet. My old brain has forgotten some things I am finding, but it's like riding a bike I guess. My daughter doesn't sew a stitch either.
Once again I do appreciate all of your help. Will most likely be posting again for one thing or another in the future.
User: luvmydogs&cats
Member since: 01-21-2006
Total posts: 7
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