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Date: 6/21/12 9:48 PM

The main software everyone recommends is Embrid. I don't plan to do a ton of embroidery and can't justify the price. Is there any free or affordable software out there that can combine individual letters to make 3 letter monograms, and also split large designs into files that will fit on a 4x4 hoop?

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Date: 6/22/12 12:37 PM

If you can't even afford the already very reasonable and can't get much cheaper at all, embird at only about $100, it is going to be pretty tough to afford an embroidery machine, thread, embroidery designs, stabilizer and stuff. As it is a just a little bit, an expensive hobby, just like sewing even.

But if you want to split up some large designs, totally free with no cost to you at all, (in a very simple way) you could do that, if you want to run some really old shareware software. Use the Atomizer program here:

http://www.achatina.de/sewing/INDEX.HTM

To use the atomizer program there, and you do need also the .dll file that goes along with it. Even though it's pretty old now, it would run in windows 95, ME, XP, Vista and such, not sure if it's going to run in windows 7 for you, or any 64 bit kind of operating system, but you could always try. I don't know if you could get it to run in your particular computer or not but maybe. It's actually a very nice program, (still and even though it is real old now) and very simple. Of course you are going to zero support on it too, but it's so simple, you don't really need any at all.

Note that though, because it's so old, it's only going to work with a old .exp Melco kind of format embroidery file. So that means you will have to take any other formats of embroidery files, convert to Melco .exp, to even split them up, then convert them back to whatever format you need to feed into your particular machine. So you might also them be in search of even another free program to do that with first.



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Date: 6/22/12 1:45 PM

Stitch Era Universal is free (sometimes you have to pay shipping for the CD.)

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Date: 6/22/12 2:03 PM

Stitch Era is free if you download it from a "free" place,(I did that just to try it once) but it's a huge manual digitizing program. I saw no easy cheaters way in there to split an embroidery design into smaller bits and pieces at all. I could be in there though, and maybe I just did not notice it. With a full manual digtizing program, you can always slpit up any design, with any and all control you might want, anyway you want to. But you would have to know how to do that kind of thing first. Most times, that involves, learning how to travel through an embroidery design, more stitch by stitch, actually adding a stop code into a embroidery design in selective places you wish to split, then deleting some parts of it, and then after wards saving out the remaining parts as a different file name. For sure doable in any full manual digitizing program that way, but not in the first hour of use in it there at all. Only after hours and days and maybe months of learning to use one instead sometimes.

But if you want to put enough effort into it, you could for sure so that.

I actually would just try the Stitch Buddy program, if I had a Mac or even if I ran both operating systems in the same computer, but sounds like it is more for Apple Operating systems, I got windows, and too locked in and not going to be changing at this late date at all, anytime soon.

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Date: 6/22/12 4:02 PM

Embird is the most affordable software at $131. Embird software and tutorials

Universal Stitch Era is the most complex as it is limited in what you can do for free. I got my free download here.

You could combine the lettering with just a catalog program where you can view and then print the layout page. Embird basic would be cheaper. Download the free trial and see what you can do.

Print out each letter. Determine how much space you want between each letter and then trace it on a clear page protector.

Make sure to include the center sides, bottom and top.

Test before stitching out your intended project.

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Date: 6/22/12 8:16 PM

Alot of people use embird. I have it but I also have BuzzEdit from Buzztools and I keep going back to it because it is so easy.

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Date: 6/27/12 10:47 AM

This post has been very informative. Thank you to all who posted. I am also just getting into embroidery and want to know some of the costs associated with it. (I don't have my machine yet). Can't wait to though!

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Date: 6/27/12 7:37 PM

Is BuzzEdit easier to use than Embird?

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Date: 6/27/12 7:57 PM

Have you considered Sew What Pro from Sands Computing? I don't have it (yet) but I've read good things about it and it's cheaper than Embird.

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Date: 6/27/12 9:59 PM

I think I mentioned this in another thread, but if cost is an issue, I would go for Embrilliance Essentials. It's about $139 and is super easy to navigate around and has alot of features packed into it. To me, Embird just seemed overwhelming....but again, that is just how it was for me. I tried Embird, Sew What Pro, Stitch n' Edit and Buzz tools. I kept going back to the Embrilliance program.

Ultimately I decided on EmbroideryWorks Everyday by Designer's Gallery just because it had a few more features. But the two are designed by the same software developer, so you can't go wrong with either.

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