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Message Board > Machine Embroidery > Embroidery software ( Moderated by Pyrose)

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Embroidery software
Most usable and reasonably priced
havetosewforever
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Date: 11/6/10 8:48 AM

What is the most reasonable and user friendly software?

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Date: 11/8/10 1:17 AM

You can get a free trial of Embird at embird.com and see if you like that. It's a small learning curve, but once you get the hang of it, it does alot for not alot of money.
You can also add a digitizing module to it later if you want to learn to do your own designs. Alot of choices out there, but that's all I have ever used, so that's all I can advise on.
Good luck!
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Date: 11/8/10 4:04 PM

Stitch Era Universal - It's free, extremely powerful, but does require a little persistence to learn! (There is a nice Yahoo Group to help with questions). Lynne

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Date: 11/9/10 7:06 AM

Compared to the other for sale softwares,embird is cheap. I also recommend the iconizer feature as it lets you see pictures and info about the stitch count on your computer -wonderful feature. I started a long time ago with the basic and iconizer and added the font engine last year. I like that reinstall is easy and you can get the parts if you decide you want other things and not buy things you don't want or need at the time. I am not familiar with Stitch Era but free is nice. I am pretty dependent on embird though.

NEPA Nellie

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Date: 11/16/10 12:14 PM

Out of curiosity, I checked out the "Stitch Era." It is only nominally "free." It has advertising, it has a limit of 40,000 stitches, and as for how powerful it is, I have no idea. You can't just download Stitch Era. You must get it from a dealer. There are apparently about eight or nine dealers in the US. The first two dealers I checked did not provide it entirely free, despite what the Stitch Era website said. It was "free" with a purchase, in one case $20, in the other, I think, $25. The advanced, non-free version, Stitch Era Liberty, is in the same price ballpark as Embird, if not higher.

Sorry, no sale here! Embird offers a completely free demo to let you evaluate before you buy. The demo has some limitations also, but nothing that would hinder your decision. Upgrades are regular, and very reasonable, sometimes free.

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Reverie

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Date: 11/16/10 1:55 PM

I use stitch era a lot, and have been making my own designs from vectors, something that Embird screws up quite frequently even with the new plug in. 40,000 stitches is acutally quite a bit when you start getting into designs, thats a lot of information.

Because i'm physically making my own designs on a semi-regular basis Embird doesn't cut it. Its digitizing abilites are sloppy and not thought out at best, its poorly crafted if anything its a nightmare to use.

So if you're looking for something that will help aid in making your own designs i'd say look to something other than Embird, not necissarily Stitch Era, but maybe something from your dealer that goes with your machine. If you're just looking for something to organize and resize premade designs, Embird will probably work for you.

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2009 - 751.91m
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2011-?? sewn 53m
2012- 35.1m
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NEPA Nellie

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Date: 11/16/10 3:29 PM

I have made many, many professional level designs with Embird Studio. As in, I've sold items with the designs. The learning curve can be steep. Perhaps that's why some people have a problem. I don't bother with the vector stuff. I draw my designs and digitize them manually and they sew out beautifully. I find it quite intuitive and fun now that I'm familiar with it.

One thing I like about Embird is that you can contact the owners with questions and requests for functions. They do try to incorporate improvements in updates. The program evolves and improves, and it much better now than when I first invested in it. There are Yahoo groups devoted to Embird that also help people to get comfortable with it.

But everyone's mileage varies I guess. Try different programs and see what works. I wouldn't personally bother with a program that makes me buy stuff before I can even see what it does.

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pittysmom101

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Date: 11/16/10 11:17 PM


I downloaded Stitch Era free not too long ago. I really need to join a yahoo group or buy the CD tutorials, I can't make heads or tails of it! But I could never use Corel Draw, either. It's one of those things you really have to learn, it's not user friendly for amateurs. It does take patience, but I'm sure it would be worth the effort once I learn it. I'm getting antsy to start digitizing, I am completely comfortable editing in Embird and have been considering trying the Studio if it's a free trial.


Cheri

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Reverie

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Date: 11/17/10 2:03 AM

I personally didnt' buy ANYTHING when I had my copy of stitch era shipped to me, I paid the shipping fee, that was it. I looked into it extensively before I made the choice, spending hours researching it and emailing for information.

My real issue with embird's digitizing capabilites is it lacks the depth of which i want to take the designs, it doens't utilize my tablet, period, i can't zoom in as much as i work with, i lack the feature of being able to manover stitch by stitch (maybe i have an old edition), all i get is a massive sloppy brush that pumps out stitches, no beziers, no freehand, nothing vectorish at all and thats what I work with. It doesnt' at all work for me which is WHY I made the desition after several wasted hours playing with the embird digitizer that i needed something else. I'm a very fast learner, so the "high learning curve" isn't the problem, the problem is that its lacking the tuning and detailing that i crave with my work and the stitch outs were a horrid mess.

If i had more business I would consider the upgrade to a wilcom system, which ultimately I will do.

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2005- 38.10m
2006- 278.80m
2007- 478.35m
2008 - 665.09m
2009 - 751.91m
2010- 1500m+ sewn 51m
2011-?? sewn 53m
2012- 35.1m
I own three kilometres. Well on the way to a fourth.
http://reveriesmusings.blogspot.com/

NEPA Nellie

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Date: 11/17/10 5:20 PM

Embird works for me. Stitch Era works for you.

Embird does have a freehand tool, added in one of the more recent upgrades.

To the original poster: Try them both. Only you as an individual can decide whether either, or neither, are right for you.
-- Edited on 11/17/10 5:20 PM --

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