Member since 8/25/09
Date: 7/9/13 10:53 PM
I recently got a Bernina 200 (it has been upgraded to have a USB port), but it didn't come with any digitizing software....... I'd like to be able to turn clipart or scanned images into embroidery designs.
I don't know much about embroidery software... I watched all the tutorials for Sophie Sew, and downloaded it, but it is such an involved process. Is there a program where I can just import the picture and it will digitize it automatically?
Anything you would recommend for beginners who have never done anything like this before?
My machines listed in the order I got them:
Vintage metal Brother straight stitcher (Gretta)
Brother PC-420 (Benny)
Bernina Artista 200 (Miss Priss)
Vintage hand crank Singer 128 clone with LaVincendora decals (Vinny)
Member since 11/23/06
|In reply to Aleroluver <<
Date: 7/10/13 0:29 AM
You may want to check the bernina site. They have some free software and they also have software that you pay for. I believe bernina's format is proprietary so you have to use their software.
Member since 8/15/08
|In reply to Aleroluver <<
Date: 7/10/13 10:55 AM
I have a Viking Rose Sewing machine that I love with an attachable embroidery unit. It runs with little programmable cards that plugs into a reader/writer box to load the design from the computer and then plugs into my machine.
I have an older version of Drawings digitizing software that works together with Corel Draw. It was very expensive but fairly easy to use. It will digitize any vector graphic and you can save it in just about any format available.
The only problem I have is getting the embroidery design from the Drawings program to the little disk. I have to use outdated Viking software to save the design to the little card and this software will not work on a computer with a Windows version later than Windows 2000. I could purchase an updated version of the Viking software for several hundred dollars, but since I only use the file management part of the software, I refuse to spend the money....so I have had to rollback my Windows version to be able to run Drawings, CorelDraw, and the Viking software. The Viking software is required to make sure the design will fit within the hoop size and copy it to the programmable card.
All this is to tell you to just be aware of possible problems that could occur. If you find a digitizing program that you like, just make sure it will work seamlessly with the sewing machine and/or sewing machine software.
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zora neal hurston
Member since 11/21/09
Date: 7/10/13 11:26 AM
I have the Bernina software. It is expensive.
How easy turning clip art into a design depends on a lot of variables; how busy is the design, how many colors are in the design, are the lines in the clip art clear and crisp?
If the design is clear and crisp then the software I have will automatically turn the clip art into a design with some limitation. You can also manually digitize the clip art. You have to work at learning how to do this and there are a lot of tools within the software that makes this, if not exactly easy, doable.
If I had it to do again I am not sure I would buy it. There are only so many things you can stick an embroidery design on.
Oh and every few years a new version is released and you have to decide if you want the updated version or not. The last release to the Bernina software was $500.
If you have a local shop that sells embroidery machines it would be very worthwhile to go in and get a demo of the software.
Member since 8/2/03
Date: 7/10/13 12:13 PM
Next one is rumored to be 600 - my dealer gives my 25% if I preorder though. Or one of their frequent sales.
I haven't tried it but lot of people like Embird. I know you can use it with a Bernina. Bernina also has Artlink free on their site so you can convert a design to their format. It also has some basic editing funtions.
So many projects, not enough time
At my house in VA:
Bernina 1010, Activa 220, B580, B780
Singer 201-2, 221, Bernina Serger 1300MDC, BL Enlighten, BL Sashiko, BL Cover Stitch, Consew 75T
At my Lake House in PA:
Bernina Artista 165E, Singer 503A. Bernina Serger 1100d
Member since 5/1/06
|In reply to Aleroluver <<
Date: 7/10/13 12:41 PM
I have a Bernina 730e. I purchased the Floriani Software several years ago but haven't used it to digitize. I'm taking a Craftsy class right now that is for digitizing. You may want to take a look at that class. She uses both the Bernina software and the Brother software in her class for digitizing but states you can use any software. The terminolgy is the same in all software, just the icons for each may be different. I'm only in the first few lessons right now but so far so good.
Bernina 780; 440QE; Vintage 121; Babylock Evolution
Member since 5/28/07
Skill: Advanced Beginner
Date: 7/10/13 6:43 PM
A lot of people say they want to digitize but unless your designs are so distinctive that nobody is digitizing similar then you might want to wait and see before you spend the money on software. There are thousands of designs out there a lot free , most reasonably priced. You can with less expensive software edit purchased designs to suit your use.
Digitizing is always harder than it seems is all I'm saying and more expensive. I would try existing design first and editing before I spent a lot of money on software.
Member since 8/18/10
Date: 12/6/13 9:02 AM
I wonder how many people truly understand the term "digitizing"? I see requests (on another Board) for someone to "digitize" a name for them. What they are asking for is a free embroidery design from someone who has a peogram to do lettering in their format.
Janome-gal. 9700, 9900, 1030, 11000D (serger)
Member since 5/30/13
Date: 12/6/13 10:26 AM
I've wondered about that too. That's editing.
Member since 2/13/08
Date: 12/6/13 3:17 PM
Have you had a look at the Embird software? It is quite powerful but inexpensive compared to others on the market.
I've also found John Deer's book "Digitising made easy" very useful. He covers stitch length /density, distortion, underlays etc. Lots of practical advice to get your designs stitching out better.
It does take a little time to create a good design, but it is really worth it if you want to make your own unique designs.
It's the journey, not the destination that counts