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Message Board > Machine Embroidery > software needed/ larger hoop ( Moderated by Pyrose)

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Date: 2/16/14 5:39 PM

Hi, I'm wondering if I purchase designs (ex. letters) from somewhere like "etsy" and save it/them to my computer, do I need software to bring it/those up on my machine (pe 500)? I am currently waiting on it to arrive. I've read/viewed the tutorial on bowsandclothes (http://www.bowsandclothes.com), but it still seems as if I would need software other than that one. I am waiting on my PE 500 to arrive and my initial goal is to put names on my children's item and I am afraid the 4x4 area isn't big enough. I am thinking of purchasing the 4x6 3/4 hoop. Any info on either topic will be appreciated. I really don't want to spend a fortune.

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Date: 2/16/14 6:42 PM

I looked at the specs for the PE500, and it includes a cable to connect it to your computer. It takes files in the pes format so, as long as your purchase pes files for a 4 x 4 field, you won't need any other software.

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Date: 2/16/14 10:47 PM

If you want to monogram on a 4x4, it will probably be easier with soft ware to combine designs or if you want to stitch something larger on a multiposition hoop you will need software. Embrilliance is a reasonable editing software and you can add hoop splitting later if needed. Embroidery works everyday will have most of what you need from embrilliance in one pack, don't have to buy separate but you are spending more at once instead of buying as you need, but it also comes with a class. I have embroidery works, made by the same guy as embrilliance and I love my software for what it does. I even have the advanced portion which allows you to map fonts and more advanced hoop splittting. You don't need any software for transfering to the machine

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Date: 2/17/14 7:54 AM

Having some additional software is nice to layout or adjust designs before they're in the machine. You can use what you have by dragging and dropping designs onto a USB stick, then using the machine's adjustment capabilities to tweak it before sewing. Machine editing usually isn't as robust as what you can do in software; that's why so many people buy it.

I'd wait till you have the machine before deciding to buy the bigger hoop. While kids are small and their clothes tiny, 4x4 should be plenty. If you find you're constantly drawn to larger designs, go for the larger hoop. 4x6 and 5x7 seem to be the most popular size for t-shirts.

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Date: 2/17/14 9:30 AM

From a safety stand point I never recomend embroidering a childs name on their clothing. If the kids go to school and the purpose of the name is so they grab their coat make a label for inside the garment. I have done names on babies blankets/ kids towels/bath robes.

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Date: 2/17/14 1:23 PM

Se2006, You are so right! I even fuss at my husband if he puts our little boy's name on his lunch box because of the "crazies" out here. I think I got a little too excited about the possibilities of cute embroidered items and stepped out of my comfort zone. Thanks. I still want to put "stuff" on their shirts though, and am hoping the 4x4 will be large enough. I think I will hold off on buying a larger hoop and see how things go as someone mentioned earlier.

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Date: 2/17/14 1:46 PM

There is a repositionable hoop that may help to avoid rehooping if the length of the name is longer than 4".

Alignment could be an issue. Learn to use the trace key to find the perimeter of the font or design.

Center for a lower case font can vary. As an example, see how the lettes t,h,d varies from the letters j,g,y, or letters c,a,m.

Alignment the old school way is doable, but an editing software program would be easier and can continue to be used no matter what brand or model of embroidery machine you may advance to. Not many stay with the 4 x 4 embroidery machines.

Embird is inexpensive as well as very popular. If you go to Secrets of Embroidery, you can download a free trial for learning the Embird features.





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Date: 2/18/14 2:25 PM

You can always sew out an embroidery design of even a single letter as large as your largest hoop space. Past that, on a size of a letter, then you would need some kind of software to split it up (even the one huge letter embroidery design, into two separate embroidery designs instead of just one) even one letter into smaller pieces.

But you can re-hoop as many times in a row as you want. On anything. No matter what you have. So as long as you can fit one letter into the hoop, you can re-hoop as many times as you want in a row, to sew out words or a name as long as you want. You would probably have to draw some cross hairs on your fabric and then center some of those letters on the cross hairs to do that though, if a word or a name got bigger than your largest hoop sewout area. But that kind of thing is even free, you don't need to pay for or buy anything to really do that at all, as long as you had some chalk or a marking pen, or even thread tracing on the fabric. It's just a matter of learning how to do something like that instead really.
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