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Brother BES lettering software
Who has it, and how do you like it?
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Date: 1/10/10 10:14 PM

I posted this in the software thread but only got one response. I am looking mainly for a lettering software. Almost bought MW+ but didn't want to purchase additional lettering packs. I would prefer dealer interaction with learning it instead of internet instruction.
Just wanted some additional imput. Thanks, Janice

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Date: 3/31/13 0:35 AM

I was in a store today and they had this software on sale for $321 (it was 30% off $400something) It came with classes and seemed to be something that would last as I grew up in machines. Anyone have experience with it they can share? They had BES Lettering 2.
Thanks for any info!

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Date: 3/31/13 2:19 PM

OOhhh! THAT's a great price! I've heard great things about BES2 -I have been doing research on lettering and monogram software to make pillows and accessories. I downloaded a free trial of Personalize N Stitch and watched a few you tube videos-it's very easy and user friendly- I was designing in minutes. It's $200.00. The thing that BES 2 does that P and S doesn't is convert true type fonts, not that that's a huge deal for me....but it is if you're trying to match a customers logo font. Also BES2 has ALOT of pre installed fonts. I wanted to download a free trial of BES2 but couldn't find it. Monogram Wizard plus with the Extended features is also something to look at-they have a very good Yahoo group which is very important in my opinion. That runs $249.00 BUT!!! if there are classes you can go to that's included in the price- That would be the deal maker for me. Having support and personalized instruction is invaluable. You buy the program , play around, write down questions and then they physically show you the answer-awesome!!! If there was a dealer close to me that gave me this deal last Saturday I would be busy embroidering my new designs and not on pattern review! Good luck-also, I belong to a FANTASTIC group called Sewforum. It is a WEALTH of info about everything embroidery-if you don't belong go there and do a little research anyway-you'll be glad you did!Alissew

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Date: 4/1/13 11:48 AM

Thank you alisew! I have been to sewforum and it is way cool. I love all the info and the search functions. I didn't see a lot about BES Lettering Software there, but I can't find much info on it anywhere.
Funny thing about the shop I visited is I am interested in a very small embroidery only machine (budget issues), but they wouldn't give a lesson with it if I bought it there. They said I was on my own (it is a simplicity machine made by brother. It only does 4x4 but has a usb port!) So I'm thinking of getting the machine at the 2nd Brother dealer in town that gives unlimited lessons (they are individualized lessons too!.)
Then I will hopefully have enough leftover to get the software and basic supplies. I was interested in it because I was told it would grow with me. I guess since it is $300 more to go up to the next level of machine (5x7) I could get the software with that and learn that and then save up for a really nice machine in the future.
Do you think I'm going to regret getting nice software and a small machine?

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Date: 4/1/13 6:38 PM

Do not do business with a dealer who will not help you learn to use a machine he/she is selling-that is the opposite of customer service. My advice is to go to store number 2 and ask them to stitch out a sample small design with the same fabric and stabilizer on the Simplicity 4x4 machine and the Brother PE770 or whatever is the one with the 5x7 hoop and compare the stitch out. That may make the decision for you. If the Simplicity has a poor stitch quality, all the greatest designs in the world won't look good. And your finished product won' t look good. In addition, when you take a cute design and want to add a name underneath it for example, you are out of the 4x4 field already. While you do hear people say all the time " I should have bought the one with the 5x7" you very seldom hear people say " I hardly ever use my 5x7 hoop I should have bought the 4x4 instead."
Also there are several programs out there that cost far less than BES 2 that you maybe could afford to buy to use with the bigger machine. Good luck with your decision, take your time-you want to be happy when you get home, not filled with buyers remorse! Alissew

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Date: 4/2/13 0:00 AM

Good idea to have dealer stitch out something on both machines. I am deffinately going to get my machine from store #2. I may or may not get the software. THanks for the advice.

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