Machine Embroidery – How to download and save a pattern


Hello. This is Needlepointers.com If you have an embroidery machine you
may have questions about how to download patterns from the internet for use on
your embroidery machine. I will show you how to download the patterns and suggest
how to organize them on your computer. I’m using a Windows 7 computer but the
procedure would be similar for other machines. The first thing you would do should do
is to create a folder on your computer where you always store your patterns. You do not want to end up having your
pattern scattered all over your computer which will make them hard to find later.
For the latest versions of windows all of your personal information is stored in
the documents library. From the start menu you can click the documents
selection. You can also click the computer selection from the start menu but
then after that you would have to click documents which is under the
library selection on the left. They both bring you to the same place. Once you have the documents directory
open you will want to create a special directory to store your downloaded
designs. Click the new folder button at the top
of the window and name your folder something like “Embroidery Designs”. There are many places to get designs on
the internet. You can purchase them from sites or download free designs. Today, I
will download a free design from Creative Machine Embroidery website
for this demonstration. So I have brought up the website,
Creative Machine Embroidery website, at cmemag.com. From here I can click the freebies
directory and the free designs. This brings me to this page which has
this free ladybug design which i’m going to download today. I click on the design
I want and then this is the page that describes the design. And here’s the link
that will allow you to download the design. So I click on this link on the
page to download the free design. Depending on the browser you are using
you may have different options for the download or it might automatically
download to a directory. You want to select the “Save as” option if you are
given this option. Other browsers you may need to click a link at the bottom of
the screen of the browser window which will display the temporary location the
design was downloaded to. Either way you still want to pick “Save as” so you can get the design into your “Embroidery Designs” directory
that we created. So, if your browser doesn’t come up to your “Documents”
directory you might have to click on “Documents” under the “Libraries” and then
you see your “Embroidery Design” directory you created earlier. And I click on that.
And then this is where I want to save my file. I click the Save button and it will … Now you can see that the download has
completed. And if I click the open folder button it will bring me
directly to the directory where it was saved. Which is under “My Documents Embroidery Designs” Designs usually come as a compressed zip
file. In order to use the design on your embroidery machine you must unzip the
file. To do this you will right click on the file name and then click “Extract All”.
It’s best to just extract the file into the same directory that is already in
which keeps all your designs together. So just click extract. It automatically
opens up the directory where it extracted the files. But if I close this, I can come back to where I had the
original file which is in “My Documents” “Embroidery Designs” and you can see now I
have a compressed zipped folder which is this one. And then I have this other
folder called ladybug This is what it just extracted. If I
click on that folder it has another sub directory so I can
click on “Lady Bug” again and then now I can see the list of the files that extracted.
The first file I see in this list is a JPG file. If I click on that I can see
it’s a nice picture of the design that I just downloaded. Some patterns won’t come
with a JPG file attached and it makes it hard later to remember what the design
looks like when you just have a whole bunch of files on your machine. You can’t open any of these files that
are for the brother machine on your computer so you know you would have to
copy it and take it to your brother machine to look at it. So what I usually do is I make sure that
for every downloaded design I have I have a picture of it in the same
directory, with all the files. So that way like, you know, a few months from now when
I come back to this directory and I say to myself what did that lady bug design
look like i can just look at the jpg file. So two down.. If your design doesn’t have
a JPG file in with the files. What you can do is just download a copy
from the internet where you picked the the design to be downloaded. So, I’m going to go back to Creative
Machine Embroidery website and then you can see here is a picture of the file, of
the download. So what I can do is simply right click
on the picture with my mouse and then select “Save Picture As”. Then if it’s not already in this directory, You can click on “Documents”
“Embroidery Designs” and then “Lady Bug” and then I click “Lady Bug” again and then this
is the directory that has all the different files in it. And all I do
is then save this JPEG to that same directory. So now you can see I have all
the directory with all the files in it and I have this new now jpg
file that i just downloaded. And there it is. So that’s a simple way to make sure you
are we’ll keep track of what your designs
look like. The other thing that this directory has if i scroll down you can
see. There’s this other there’s a PDF file in here with the
color chart. This is also a nice feature of this
pattern and that they include in at the the picture of the design with all the
colors in the sequence the color sequence. So that’s very helpful too. Not all
designs will include a PDF with the color chart. Some will just include
maybe a text file and there’s possibly some that won’t include a file at
all that gives you the colors. But for this design you can see that I have a
whole whole bunch of files in here. And they all… And so these are named 4×5 so
that’s the size of the image. So we have a 4×5 version. And we
have a 5×5 version. Now there’s multiple files in here with different extensions
.hus, .jes, .pec, .pes. These are all for different
types of embroidery machines. So you’ll need to know which file
extension is for your type of machine. I have a
Brother embroidery machine so my files, the files that I always want
are with the extension .pes. Sometimes before you download the the
file the website will ask you what type of
file that you want and then they’ll give you just that type. So you can, you will need to know
what type of file your machine takes and then either select the download that one
or that’s the one, those are the ones that you are going to
copy over to your USB stick in order to use them on your embroidery machine. So to use your pattern you’ll need to
copy this onto a USB stick, like I just said, and I’m not going to
show you how to do that in this video. I’ll have a future video, another
video, which will describe how to take your design and copy it onto your USB
stick and load it into your Embroidery machine. Thank you for watching our video if you
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