How to put an embroidery pattern on your Bernina 880 without using software.
This is using Windows 10, other operating systems may be slightly different.
Download your pattern off of the internet.
After downloading, your pattern should be in your download folder.
Click on File Explorer at the bottom of the main window.
On the screen that comes up, find Downloads on the right side, and double click on it.
On that screen, find the file/folder that you downloaded, IF it is a folder with a zipper
on it, Right click on the folder, and choose Extract All. Then go with the suggested
location and click extract.
The computer will create a new folder inside your download folder, and extract
the zipped files to this new folder. (After doing this, the folder that is open on
your screen will be the one with the un-zipped files.) When you look later you
will see two folders in your download folder that have the same name, the original
with a zipper on it and the new one without a zipper, because they are un-zipped.
When moving files from your computer to your sewing machine, you must
use un-zipped files
Put your USB stick into the slot on your computer.
If this is the first time using this stick you should get a message saying
something like “You have choices for removable drives”. Choose “Open
folder to view files”. After the first time, the computer will not ask again, but
do as you told it the first time.
A screen should appear that shows your USB stick contents.
In the upper right corner you will see ( – ) sign, a symbol that looks like a box, and an (X)
sign. Click on the Middle one, the one that looks like a box.
Place your cursor on either the right or left side of the page until you see a double-sided
arrow, then hold down the left mouse button and move the side in, until the folder only
fills about ½ of the screen.
Next, click on the top of the download folder, and do the same thing that you just did to
the USB folder.
Then click on the top of the USB folder, hold down the left mouse button and slide the
folder to the right side of the screen, then do the same thing to the download folder
moving it the left side of the screen. You should now have the two folders side by side on
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If you have files on your USB drive that you no longer want, left click on the file you
want to get rid of, and press the delete button on your computer, do this for each file that
you want to delete.
Next, look at your download folder; you are looking for .exp files. The folder may
contain quite a few of them, for example, there may be a body.exp file in say 4 different
hoop sizes, also a arms.exp file for each hoop size, etc. You may also have several
designs in the folder. (leaf, flower, etc.)
Determine what files you want to use (hoop size body.exp, flower.exp, etc.), select that
exp file, place your arrow on that file, hold down on your left mouse button and slide
over to the USB folder and let go of your mouse button. That file should now be copied
to your USB drive.
Do the same thing with all of .exp files that you want to transfer to your sewing machine.
Now, that you have transferred these files to your USB drive, Go up to the top of the
USB folder and click the X on the right side, to close the folder. Then do the same to the
download folder to close it.
Next, before removing your USB drive, go to the bottom right of your computer and click
on the little ^ arrow. Then find the “Safely remove hardware/eject media” symbol, click
on it and then on the listed item which is your USB drive. Remove the USB drive when it
says that it is safe to do so.
Place the USB drive into your sewing machine, go to the file menu, click on the open
folder, click on the USB icon at the top, then click on one of the new designs. It will be
loaded onto your sewing machine, then go to file again, choose the save folder, click on
the machine icon, then choose save. That design is now saved on to your machine, now
do the same with the other files if there are any others. Now remove the USB drive from
the sewing machine. Are you ready to embroider?
Load it up and sew it out, just as you normally would.
When you have time, go to the download folder, move the un-zipped folder from there to
your Embroidery folder wherever that is at, hopefully in your documents folder.
Then delete the zipped folder with the same name.
Next time you use these designs
After this, when you want to use any of these files, use the above directions, except
instead of starting in your download folder, start in your Embroidery folder.
I think that all of your files (embroidery, music, game saves, pictures, etc) should be in
sub-folders in you documents folder. AND you should have a backup drive, and backup
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software that runs automatically, backing up your documents folder. If you don’t do this,
one day your computer will crash and you will loose EVERYTHING.
Pick whatever you want, I use a My Passport drive and I use Acronis True Image as my
backup software, because I can create both file backups, and disk images which can
restore the entire disk back to where it was before it crashed. (Without loss of anything)