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Date: 5/24/10 10:55 PM

i am looking to buy an embroidery machine, What is A cheap one that accepts digitizing software. also how much does the softwaer cost?

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Date: 5/25/10 1:09 AM

Hello panhead,

I'm not an expert in embroidery machines or software, but I did went trough all the trouble of figuring out what I needed to embroider and make my own embroidery designs, last year. I wanted to try embroidery out but did not want to invest too much in something I did not know if I would really like. It turns out I love embroidery, specially after taking Jennifer Stern's Class here on PR. Well, here are some of the things I found out.

-- the cheapest embroidery machine I could find at the time was the Brother SE350Brother SE 350. I bought mine for $350 through ebay. Of course, I used it once and then the tension was all wrong and had to take it in to get its tension fixed. Now it works great.

-- the machine does not have basting stitches and doesn't come with software.
-- has limited in-machine designs and you need to buy a card and card reader to be able to put new designs in. I think newer and more expensive machines come with usb interface instead of the propietary card.

-- software can be pretty expensive. I ended buying Embird with studio plug in for digitizing about $300; basic program $144), which I think is reasonable. Haven't played with it enough yet.

So, if you want to embroider and at least add new designs to your machine, you need:

1- machine
2- some way to put designs in (card for machine and card reader for computer; usb).
3- some way to edit and manage designs (software)

I ended up expending at least $400 for the above mentioned extras + $350 for the machine. So money added up. (I added the above over a course of a year. so it did not "hurt" that much).

Hope this helps a little ....

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Date: 5/25/10 7:00 AM

Thank you AdaF,so are you saying that you could draw your own pic's or copy your own things' not just patterns that you buy and maybe edit

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Date: 5/25/10 2:36 PM

I have a Jenome 200e embroidery machine and it cost me $400 CAD last year for it. I also bought Stitch Era Univercal for my digitizing process. There is a learning curve to digitizing your own designs and for the most part I buy designs to work with and watch them, to see how the stitches run and how they connect and then I can use that knowledge in my own, it does take a bit of getting used to.

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Date: 5/26/10 5:45 PM

cheap and embroidery are two words that just don't seem to work together.

if you want to digitise the expense is in the software and the time, the machine you stitch it out on is far the cheapest part. once you manage to digitise as long as you can get the design in the correct format to whatever medium the machine accpets (card, usb direct connection) then it should stitch.

I started out wanting to digitise and ended up less interested in doing so because of the time commitment to really getting it the way you want when there are thousands of designs you can use either as is or in edited in your software with half the effort.

Start small with a low investment until your sure its what you want to do.

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Date: 5/26/10 9:09 PM

panhead,

If you buy the "Studio" plug-in of Embird, yes, you can do that. But that it's all I know. I haven't gotten down to try it yet (live has other priorities at this time), but I expect to try it before the end of the year. Like others have mentioned, learning to digitize takes time and effort, but I hope it will be worth it at the end. We'll see ...


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Date: 6/22/10 12:43 PM

For digitizing software there are 100's to choose from. There are even several free programs that work really well. I have Sophie Sew (a free one) and Embroidery Magic 2. Both are the type where you take a pic or drawing and trace it in the program and then add the stitches. They are a very basic digitizing type of software. If you just want to take a pic or drawing and push a button and the software does it for you then you are looking at the programs that cost $1200 and up. Masterworks, Corel DraWings and Wilcom comes to mind for them. More and more software companies are coming up with digitizing programs that link to their drawing programs like Adobe Draw. Yes Adobe has digitizing software as well.

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Date: 6/22/10 1:04 PM

There's a lot of good digitizing software out there - of the ones you have to pay for, Embird is well liked and relatively inexpensive. Everything else costs upwards of $1K+. If you want to try digitizing to see if you like it, you can download trial versions of various programs. You can also try Stitch Era Universal which is free. I'd also suggest reading John Deer's digitizing book - it's quite good! Hope that helps a little! Lynne

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