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Date: 3/9/13 2:57 PM

I recently got an embroidery machine (Bernette Deco 340) and have been having fun playing with it and wasting a lot of thread and stabilizer, but now it is time to actually DO something constructive with it. I've been reading about various software available and wondering what is the easiest to use. I am NOT interested in digitizing, only manipulating designs and fonts/words. Of course, I don't want to spend a lot of money either as this is really just a "toy" that I got for an incredibly low price, and I'm not looking to make a major investment (saving that for my next sewing machine). Any suggestions?

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Date: 3/9/13 4:52 PM

Hi,in your other post here are suggestions on free software,there are other free ones online too.I like to suggest to download free software and try it out first.People may prefer to use several different brands of software,depending on make and or model of their embroidery machines. ;)

I'm sorry to read you are wasting stabilizer and thread.Sites like Embroidery Library and other embroidery sites have free embroidery tutorials online.Some with pictures,others may require more reading.

Maybe you like to book an hour or two of embroidery lessons at a dealer,you can take your own machine along to some dealers.I only needed one hour to learn what may have taken me many hours to learn by myself,(although I had free unlimited lessons included when I bought my embroidery machine).

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Date: 3/9/13 5:05 PM

Learning is neither a waste of supplies nor time.

Any seasoned embroidered will advise testing designs, stabilizers and thread before attempting a project.

A small amount of time and supplies is less expensive (and frustrating) than ruining a project.

Go to Secrets Of Embroidery and download the free trial of Embird to see if this is what you want. Another option would be Embrillance Essentials.



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Date: 3/9/13 7:22 PM

I will second the vote for Embrilliance Essentials. It is not very expensive and will definitely allow you to merge, edit, rotate, etc. Many people enjoy Embird, but I'm one of those that found it a little hard to navigate around compared to Embrilliance.

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Date: 3/10/13 9:02 AM

Thanks everyone for your replys. I've downloaded the demo of Embrilliance and the manual. It seems to be the least expensive, which I like, but the demo is not the actual product, and I haven't figured out how to use, therefore I don't know if it will do all that I am looking to do. I will probably try the demo of Embird also. Though slighly more expensive, so far in reading reviews, Embird seems to have a better support structure, which a non-techie newbie like me could use.

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Date: 3/11/13 0:35 AM

Another software that is fairly easy to use is Sew What Pro. It only runs about $65 and you can split files, add words, merge, etc.
I find it easier then embird. There is also a free trial, and I believe it is for 30 days.
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Date: 3/11/13 10:48 AM

Here are a few Essentials videos by Lindee Goodall.

"Designing with Interactives" is fun to watch.

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Date: 3/11/13 3:01 PM

Maybe not as easy to use as the software one can buy and other people recommend,but it's free software after you register here.

Free, simple viewing and editing software with some innovative features and functions. It was mainly developed to provide the capability to view and modify supported embroidery files and then re-save them in any of the available embroidery file formats. It can be very helpful for any user who wants to make simple changes to his embroidery designs. It will help you view your designs with actual thread colors, make changes and add information in them. It also includes extra browsing and saving capabilities, as well as tools for better production and material management.

3D preview of the embroidery design with twisted threads for visualizing the final result.
Preview the designs with different fabrics that are included in the software
Embroidery process simulation with extra ability to simulate the frame movement.Resize and rotate designs.More information in the link.

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Date: 3/11/13 5:22 PM

Wow, looks like there are several options that will keep me busy for a while. I really appreciate all of your suggestions. I have tried the Wilcom TruSizere2.0 and have been able to convert various formats (.art, .jef, etc) to .exp, which is what my machine reads, with no problem. I have also resized one fairly complex design, making it larger, and it stitched out fine. Unfortunately, that's all you can do with that program. I really want to be able to pick parts and pieces of designs and merge them into a single design file, which I can manipulate size wise. All without being complicated or expensive, of course .

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