Bernina USB Data Pens……
Recently I saw on one of the Yahoo Groups that it was possible to use a generic USB data stick in the Bernina machines that use the USB sticks. I did not realise that before. I was under the impression that you had to use the Bernina USB data pen. But these USB pens from Bernina are expensive so I have carefully hung onto mine and always put it away after using it – away from curious little fingers! Especially Henry (grandson) as he is always into everything. He loves looking in cupboards and pulling things out everywhere! I have already lost a Smart Media Card and adaptor which is used in my Janome 300E due to his “curious fingers”. ( I suspect he tossed it in the rubbish bin and I didn’t see it.) So I didn’t want to loseWeight Exercise my Bernina USB data pen. Anyway, I digress!!
The only thing you have to really know when using a generic USB data pen in your Bernina is that you must choose one that has only a low data storage limit. I found two in my stash of older USB data sticks that were only 128MG. (Now that’s a very old data pen as they are hugely larger than this these days). If you should find a smaller one then all you have to do is pop it in your computer, go to My Computer, right mouse click on the Pen Drive and choose Format. All the data will be erased and your USB stick will be nice and empty and clean and ready to go.
To test the USB stick out after I had formatted it, I opened a design in Embird Editor and saved the design in EXP format and sent it to the newly formatted USB stick. I popped the stick in my Bernina 730 and switched the machine on. The USB icon showed up straight away and when I selected it, lo and behold, there was my design – all ready to go! Well, that worked! I am very pleased about that as now I have at least 3 USB data sticks to use – and possibly more floating around in drawers if I look!
I hope this helps someone – and may even save you some money – as you can use an older USB data pen rather than buy one from Bernina. Save your money for important things like some nice new feet for the machine – as the Bernina feet are amazing…..
P.S. Since writing this post one of the lovely ladies who reads my blogs wrote to me with this information for anyone wishing to use the San Cruzer USB data pens –
“I read your Hooplah article about using non-Bernina USB thumbdrives on Bernina machines. In the USA I use a brand name of SanDisk Cruzer (easily found at Best Buy or Target), no larger than 2 GB. You have to format the thumbdrive first, and then it works just fine for accepting .exp formats. I use a SanDisk all the time for all of the machine models, all the way up and including the 830. Bernina prefer us to use their labeled devices which are close to $90, rather than to encourage the use of the SanDisk that could be purchased for far less (sometimes on sale for $9!). Here is the link where you can download the launchpad removal program file, which is what I use to format a SanDisk thumbdrive. “