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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Embroidery programs ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Date: 9/15/13 5:49 PM

So a few months ago I bought the Brother Innovis 5000D and everything's great with it. I've done more sewing in the last 4 months than in the rest of my life combined (not saying a lot). I've done some embroidery but hit a snag when I realized I wanted to be able to embroider my own designs on clothing. So a few google searches later I learn about digitizing and digitizing software. There seem to be a million different options, Corel, Embird, Generations, and every brand has their own as well.... Does anyone have any experience with any of these or any suggestions for my purchase? I'd just like to have a bit heads up before spending $1000-$2000 on software.

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Date: 9/16/13 0:47 AM

I have the 5D Suite. A new version is coming out in a few weeks. It is expensive and a little awkward to use. I expected for that kind of money it would be like an Adobe product (Photoshop, In-Design etc.) It's not.

I spoke to a dealer and she said the programmer doesn't feel the need to make it as good as an Adobe product because women won't know the difference. Grrrr! I can see that this is probably true from working with the program.

For instance, if you decide to stop working on a project, you have to start all over as it won't save it where you left off so you can go back in and continue working.

Maybe a better explanation: If you are taking two different designs and want to finish moving the designs around later, you have to start over because the program automatically combines them wherever you leave off

I hope someone will talk about other programs.

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Date: 9/16/13 2:05 AM

I have Drawings. It works with CorelDraw and will digitize SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics). So anything you can draw or download, it will digitize.

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Date: 9/16/13 9:37 AM

I have Floriani Total Control and am very pleased with the intuitive nature of the tools. The clincher for me was free upgrades for life. That justified the price.

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Date: 9/16/13 1:19 PM

So with drawings can it make a vector out of a jpeg or bitmap? And were you able to get any tutorials? I'm pretty good with computers but need some instructions out of the gate. I'm somewhat familiar with corel though so that might be nice. With Florian, how much was it? Free upgrades is nice... but what's the cost out of the gate?

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Date: 9/16/13 8:57 PM

Two years ago I suggested PR have a software review section. Every so often I suggest it again. The questions are coming much more frequently now so I am hoping the monitors will encourage PR to add that to their site.
I would love to do and read through embroidery software reviews instead of searching in posts for tidbits. Software is every bit as expensive as a machine.
I like Stitch Buddy for Mac but I dont digitize.

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Date: 9/16/13 9:16 PM

I have the Bernina software, Designer Plus, and will upgrade to the version 7 next month. I've never used another brand, so I can't compare between different ones.

I think the Bernina program is made by Wilcom (?), which also makes commercial embroidery software. Talk to folks who do a lot of digitizing and find out what program they use. Commercial embroiders usually use commercial software, but it's really expensive.

Software is essential if you want to do any embroidery besides just canned designs. With the software you can add letters, add or subtract elements of designs, do appliques, etc. Tons of fonts are available.

I stumbled into digitizing just like you did. I wanted to be able to create whatever I could imagine. Whatever softwear you get, make sure to get good training on it. There are workbooks and resources online, also.

There is a learning curve to digitizing, but once you get the hang of it, you can amaze the family/friends with what you do! Do a lot of research before you take the plunge.

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Date: 9/16/13 9:18 PM

Forgot to tell you Corel Draw is in the Bernina software.
Being computer saavy will be a plus for learning a software.
Also, check Urban Threads for cool modern embroidery designs.

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Date: 9/16/13 10:40 PM

I have Embird with the Studio add on. Embird does some basic editing and has modules that can be added on as you go along. They include a photostitch module, typography module, cross stitch module and digitizing module.

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Date: 9/17/13 3:00 AM

I have found the support on drawings to be very good. there are some tutorials online. Mine came with a Dvd with some tutorials, I did a project then emailed a list of questions, I got an email back and a call via skype where he showed me on his screen all the questions I had and then a few more things. We did that about 3 times and I was able to really get the feel for it. I don't do alot of digitising so sometimes I feel like Iam always relearning when I have been away from it a while, all the programs have a learning curve but if you are coming from a adobe or corel background its better to chose a programs that is essentially a graphics oriented program rather than a stitch based or stitch oriented program. Alot of the programs have trial versions i would try as many as I could.

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