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I have a Bernina Bernette Deco 500 which comes with a card of a strange format. I thought at first that it was a compact flash, but it has only one pins row.

From what I read, this machine use the PES format which can be generated from Inkstitch. Does anyone know how to copy my custom pattern to this type of card? Is there a card reader I can by somewhere?

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A cursory search yields: The manufacturer doesn't want you to write your own patterns onto this type of card (or they want to earn big money to graciously allow you to design and use your own patterns).

  • This card has a propriatary format, meaning there is no standard hardware to use it. You must buy a special card reader from the manufacturer (there seem to be a few manufacturers who support this card).
  • The card you have is most likely read-only. They are intended to be marketed like a sewing pattern or a CD. The manufacturer writes one pattern onto the card and sells the pattern via the card to customers. I found some rewritable cards online, but for a much higher price.
  • There once was a very expensive product called "Magic Box" by Brother that included a (hardware) card reader / writer and a software that could convert images into pattern formats and write them onto the card. As far as I read, the product is discontinued and it's impossible to activate the software, even if you buy it sedond hand.

In conclusion: "normal" users aren't supposed to write patterns onto these cards. An overwrite function was / is mostly intended for professional users (like shops or crafters who do commisioned works) and therefore very expensive.

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