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Bill Hummel
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Date: 9/12/06 1:48 AM

I am a total newbie to embroidery technology. I am thinking about getting a Baby Lock that can embroider up to about 7 by 11 inches. I want to be able to embroider my own images. I am a bit confused about the best software to get. I would like to keep the cost down to $200 or $300.
I have noticed that many of the programs do some of the photo editing things that I could with programs I have. I have PHOTOSHOP CS2, Adobe ILLUSTRATOR, and CORELDRAW X3 graphics suite. Is there a simple embroidery software product I can buy that simply converts the picture that I have already adjusted in one of my imaging programs. I saw a demo of Master Works which is very pricy (I was quoted prices from $900 to $1800 for that software!). The program was very photoshop like but I hate to pay for features I might be able to use in my current programs. Thanks.

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Date: 9/13/06 9:34 PM

Most digitizing programs are EXPENSIVE! While $200 to $300 is adequate for many other types of programs, that is not so for digitizing. However, there is a free program - Thred -available that you might like to try. I haven't used it, so I can't help you with that, but there are tutorials on the site.
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Date: 9/14/06 11:00 AM

Yeah, AK is absolutely correct: Digitizing software is expensive. I bought Embird which is cheaper than the software sewing machine companies provide, but it's still above the range you're describing. The thing I like about Embird is that it's compatible with so many machines. So even if I change embroidery machines someday, at least I don't have to re-purchase hundreds of dollars of software all over again.

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Date: 1/22/07 7:54 AM

Has anyone used MasterWorks? I am getting a new BabyLock Ellegante and an Evolve serger and I picked up the free 30 day Demo for MasterWorks. I haven't loaded it yet because I don't have my machine but just wondered if anyone had tried it and, if so, what their opinion might be. I also saw a mention of Palette. Does this do essentially the same thing or would I want both - please say no! I want to get everything I want at the same time while my husband is so dazed by the total that he might not notice the odd $500 or so.



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Date: 1/22/07 10:51 AM

I can't answer your questions about which digitizing programs would work with what you already have, but I just want to say that you do not have to buy software that seems to be exclusively for BabyLock machines. I say "seems to be" because the BL advertising gives that impression. However, I do believe Palette and MasterWorks will work with other machine brands. I have my third BL machine now and still use the very early version 2.0 Palette program but I do not use the digitizing feature. I have absolutely no desire to digitize because I'm happy with the fine work of professionals who sell their designs. The local BL dealer sells MasterWorks for the top price of $1800 but he sells nearly everything for the top price because he can. He's the only game in town. I was going to suggest the Embird Studio plug-in but I didn't realize it cost more than $300. I was thinking, though, that it was around $250 at www.secretsof.com. Maybe not. Won't hurt to check it out and you might even be able to get some straight answers to your questions about what it will work with that you already have. I have Embird Basic 2006 version and a couple of the plug-ins but do not have Studio.



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Date: 1/22/07 10:53 AM

Quote: Minimeg
Has anyone used MasterWorks? I am getting a new BabyLock Ellegante and an Evolve serger and I picked up the free 30 day Demo for MasterWorks. I haven't loaded it yet because I don't have my machine but just wondered if anyone had tried it and, if so, what their opinion might be. I also saw a mention of Palette. Does this do essentially the same thing or would I want both - please say no! I want to get everything I want at the same time while my husband is so dazed by the total that he might not notice the odd $500 or so.


I don't think you need both Palette and MasterWorks but, since you have already purchased the very TOL BL machine, just bite the bullet and get MasterWorks. I believe that it does everything Palette does and more. So, what's another $1800 or so?
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Date: 8/31/09 1:31 PM

Hi, I just bought a Brother Quattro and wondered if Master Works software would work on it even though it is made for Babylock? They are suppose to be pretty much the sme, that is, the Quattro and the Babylock Ellisimo.
This is all new to me. I bought the PE-Design 8 with the machine but wonder if it will allow me to do my own designs for digitizing???
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Date: 9/1/09 6:23 PM

I don't believe there is any digitising design suite that is purpose built for any particular machine. Where they give the appearance of being that way is in the formats they read. So the *.ART is proprietary for bernina and not many programs read it, 4d has alot of the pfaff and viking hoops preloaded, embird has alot of others. but beyond that they are all just a hodge podge of illustrator and adobe type tools, with the ability to convert to stitch files and a range of tools particular to embroidery styling.

If you have illustrator and corel draw you already have the two best programs to get your images ready for digitising. If you are really across illustrator then you don't need to spend alot of money on a suite you just need to learn how the digitising program looks at the .jpeg or .png and optimise the photo, versus how the machine stitches it out.

Embrid is the most cost effective but I think still beyond the price you are looking at.

the more you learn about those two factors the easier it becomes when you sit down to actually do it.

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Date: 9/3/09 2:49 PM

There is a program called drawings that is put out by Corel it's not in your price range however but would work seamlessly with what you have.
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However digitizing software has it's own learning curve. It's not 1,2,3 as some might expect. But being familiar with the programs you listed it may come easily to you. But it is time consuming. You might want to first familiarize youself with machine embroidery before jumping into digitizing.

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