Thursday, June 2, 2011

Embroidery Technology: Flipping for Flip Pal

Technology and the latest craze with embroidery software is the FlipPal.  It is a mobile scanner that works on-the-go and integrates seamlessly with PhotoStitch feature of the  PE-Design NEXT software.  I called Ashby Sewing in Kennesaw, to see if they had any in stock.  Yes, they did!  "Please hold me one, I will be there in an hour."
Three minutes later, my dear friend Pat calls:  "You sound so happy!"  I respond with, "I am running out the door, going to Ashby's to get the Flip Pal". Pat then asked for the details so I sent her to the Brother website to learn more about Flip Pal as we were talking. Pat reads the information brochure and watches the video... " Cookie, can you call the store and get me one, too?"

And now we are going to test it out as we are on a girls weekend with our computers and Flip Pals.  Tonight is our opening ceremony which involves the loading of the software! A special thanks to Marc Briley, the owner of Ashby Sewing in Kennesaw and to his sales team for making our weekend get away extra special.  ~ Cookie( & Pat)

6 comments:

nutmeg said...

Not wild about the extra software for me, but with everything right in that cute little thumb drive, you should have a wild week end. Have fun! Nutmeg

Cookie said...

Nutmeg, I haven't checked out the thumb drive. I did see the software on the SD card "toolbox". I love to scrapbook so the additional software is great for me. I am thinking a scrapbook made from stitches for little ones! Wish you were here with Pat and I to play with that Flippin new Pal of ours. ~Cookie

Betsy said...

Sounds interesting, Cookie, but how does it differ from a regular scanner as far as the embroidery goes? Not as portable, of course.

Cookie said...

Good question, and I weighed that one out prior to purchasing it. Mobility is the number one best feature. My old scanner doesn't save to a card or to a USB stick, which I love, and this scanner does both and actually comes with both a SD card and USB flash drive. You can stitch together larger scans. I have some photos that cannot come out of their books because they will disintegrate thanks to the plastic and this scanner does a really nice job with it. These same pages cannot work with my current older scanner due to setup of design and book binding method. The software included is of great value for repairing photos (which I need for several thanks to aging photo papers) as well as for improving the overall look of portraits. I am a digital plastic surgeon which my friends love. So yes, it is a scanner but it has a great resolution and it works so much cleaner with PE Design that I am truly thrilled. The genealogy and scrapbook software is just added perks. Keep in mind, I go to crops, and embroidery workshops so I can use this everywhere with ease and lightweight portability. Instead of scrapbook crops I now can enjoy embroidery crops for Photostitch available in Brother/Babylock softwares or other photo embroidery software. I did test it out with Bernina Photo Snap just to be sure! I also love to do digital scrapbook pages for frames so this is ideal. I am very happy with my purchase. It travels with my laptop and Cricut! LOL! For my needs, it was a lot of bang for the buck...

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Cookie said...

I've been out of town taping for a special event. Finally caught up and took a look at scrapbook software, it really looks quite interesting.