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Lmn927
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Date: 7/28/13 7:13 PM

What's the best affordable embroidery software? I would love to have something that allows me to use fonts purchased online as keyboard fonts. Would also like to be able to resize fonts.

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Date: 7/29/13 0:59 AM

go to bernina site and download their free basic software - it might meet your needs.

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Date: 7/29/13 1:06 AM

My advice that I wish someone had given me before I spent 600 is to download and try many different softwares before i choose because I would have chosen a different software. My advice is also not to get one with a dongle because its annoying to have to go grab a device to use your software. There are so many out there just figure out what features you want in a software. Me i like embroideryworks by babylock. very user friendly, lots of editing features without going into digitizing. Am going to save up for it soon but wished I had spent the 600 dollars on it last year. I have pe design plus which is not a bad software, just want more features, and no dongle and feel babylock is more user friendly. Also tried embird but did not really get into it while I tried it.

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Date: 7/29/13 1:27 AM

The dongle is, indeed, a big issue. Misplace that little piece of plastic, and you're out $2000 on some packages.

If I had it to do over again, I'd get Embird basic, learn that, then add a module, learn that, etc. Even with my 2 degrees in computer science, the learning curve on the software is pretty steep.

I have been told that Floriani is lots easier to use and has better training available, but I do not know that from experience.

I agree that downloading several, learning enough to see what you like and what you don't, and figuring out what you would really like to do with it is the most important advice you can get.

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Date: 7/29/13 5:21 AM

I have Floriani and I love it. What is so wonderful is that you have a free lifetime upgrade and no dongle. My local Sew & Vac has classes that truly helps with learning the software. They have free designs every month and have great tech support. It does have digitizing capabilities as well as all kinds of designs. I bought my Floriani Total Control at one of the seminars for half price. I have not regretted the purchase. I also have BuzzXplore upgrade that came with my Brother;this explores, locates and is able to write embroidery drives. I purchased Embrilliance Thumbnailer in order to view my embroidery designs on my computer.
My computer has crashed 3 times since I purchased my FTC. I wrote to the company regarding the crashes. They sent my a new registration code without any problem. Walter Floriani wants you to enjoy your experience with embroidery and goes out of his way to make sure you do. I have no financial interest in the company, BTW. I truly enjoy the software.

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Date: 7/29/13 6:03 AM

If you have a Mac and are new at this, for $50, Stitch Buddy is a great little program. It comes with a Finder Viewer included, a virtual stitch out and is simple to learn. Even has a free app to hit the road and do simple design edits. There is no PC version.

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Date: 7/29/13 6:11 AM

I just read about using keyboard fonts. SB won't do this but Embriliance does. It has modules that you can add as you need them. It also works on PCs. It will run you $305 for the viewer, program and font keyboard module. Not sure how that compares to others you are looking at.

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Lmn927
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Date: 7/29/13 6:28 AM

Has anyone used Enbrilliance essentials?

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Date: 7/29/13 9:06 AM

Interested to hear about people's experience with embird as well.

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Date: 7/31/13 10:05 PM

I have demoed embroidery works by babylock, which was designed by the same person that did the embrilliance essentials, and I really enjoyed the embroidery works and look forward to getting it. It has more features than embrilliace, but they are very similar I hear so if you demo embroidery works than you might get an idea if you will like embrilliance

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