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awagnon
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Date: 8/7/12 11:51 PM

Sorry for the dumb question, but I am VERY new to machine embroidery. Can anyone explain to me the difference between 'digitizing' and 'editing' embroidery software. I purchased a Brother Innov-is 1250D and would like some software to go along with it that allows me to edit .pes files. For example, if I have a design with several different flowers in it and I wanted to remove some of the flowers in the design and keep the rest of the design. I am assuming that is what 'editing' software should let me do. I may be dreaming, but I'd like to find something under $200 that would let me do this easily.

Thanks so much for any help anyone can give me.
Angela

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Date: 8/8/12 1:17 AM

Hi,I like to suggest to read Screaming Mimi's blog
to learn the terminology of embroidery software -- i.e. the difference between digitizing, and editing...and more.

SophieSew is a free software design program that can be used in the digitizing and editing of machine embroidery.I think there are a few other free programs available one can try out too.

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Date: 8/8/12 1:47 AM

I am also new to embroidery and am in the market for software. I have been checking out Embrilliance Essentials, which is around $150.00 and the Embrilliance thumbnailer (around $40.00). The software seems fairly easy.
I have looked at Embird (very popular) but it overwhelmed me right away. It is around $150.00 also but then there are add ons that really add up.
There is BuzzEdit for around $189.00 that does editing and basic digitizing.
I have not checked out any of the free software yet, but will.
Hope this give you some ideas!

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Date: 8/8/12 3:22 AM

Are you sure you cannot do that already, with just the sewing machine it's self? And even just not buying anything else at all. I think almost all the embroidery machines I have ever used, actually let you have some kind of way, or control over/ of skipping over stitches and blocks of stitches in an embroidery design,and just not sewing them out at all, either by actual stitch # or at least thread colors of stitches. If you can do that with your machine, even all by it's self, then you could do what you said you wished to do, as in to skip over sewing out some flowers in a embroidery design and still sew the other ones out, even without any thing else at all.

I just read your manual, even though I don't have your machine at all. I see how I could really do that there, if I was in front of it, and it's on page 176, 177, and 178 in that manual. The machine does let you move forwards without sewing the actual stitches out both by thread color, and looks like also even in 1, 9, and 30 stitch increments. By just hitting some places on it's screen. If you can do that, then you can do what you said you wished to do there, just even at the sewing/embroidery machine, if you really want to bad enough that way too. That would be free even, to do it that way.

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Date: 8/8/12 7:02 AM

I would suggest either the Embrilliance essentials first then Buzz. I hated Embird, but used another product by Designers Gallery who makes the EE. It was very good software, and he makes the manual so very easy for beginners. Good luck! While there is lots you can do with the machine, I still highly recommend software.

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Date: 8/8/12 10:36 AM

I have Embrilliance and it does a good job. Sewforless has it with the Thumbnailer program for a good price (for either PC or Mac).
Embrilliance with Thumbnailer

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Date: 8/8/12 10:47 AM

Digitizing is creating a ME designs from clip art or simple drawings. This can be very expensive and time consuming.

What you want to do is editing. Editing software should enable you to isolate the area you want to delete.

Try the demo at Secrets of Embroidery. Click here for the site.

I have Thumbnailer for the convenience of being able to see the designs without opening ME software. It does nothing else.

I looked at the manual for Essentials, by Brian Bailie who also did Designer's Gallery for Tacony, but saw nothing for selecting and deleting sections of a design.

I use PE V6 and Designer's Gallery Custom Works because they were included with purchases.

If I had to start all over, I would choose Embird.



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Date: 8/8/12 11:13 AM

Creepy computer! One post is enough already!
-- Edited on 8/14/12 2:51 PM --

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Date: 8/14/12 11:52 AM

Thanks everyone for the advice, info and links. This gives me a good place to start. I will definitely look through my manual again to see if I can understand what/how to do this. Thanks again everyone!
Angela

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Date: 8/16/12 9:53 AM

As far as afforable software, I have Letter It which is about $100 on Amazon. I'm not sure if it does edits but I love it and it is very user friendly.

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