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Question Opinions on older Brother BES-1240 4 head embroidery machines

Tipgypsy

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I know little about these older machines - Pretty old school and uses 3.5" floppys - Looks like a sturdy production workhorse. I need a 4 head but no budget for a newer one.
Are these still viable in 2022 - will they produce quality work ? Is there a company that makes upgrades for the old electronics/controllers. Many thanks.
 

Tipgypsy

New Member
Figured it out myself - for those that have the same questions in the future - You can get upgraded electronics for the old warhorses, meaning you can replace the old 3.5 floppy with a USB drive module. In the case of the Brother BES-1240, it runs on a computer with Win 2000 or XP & uses a serial port to connect - You can run these older versions on a new computer by using a free open source program called Virtual Box and then installing Win XP and load your Embroidery controller program on that. If you dont have the controller program you are out of luck unless you can find an old version somewhere.
 
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