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Message Board > Machine Embroidery > Help choosing basic embroidery software ( Moderated by Pyrose)

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Date: 7/10/11 1:22 PM

I have a Brother PE770 which I'm enjoying immensely. I would like to be able to edit existing designs (merge, resize, change density, etc.) and add text. I don't have any need to digitize at this point. The suite I see mentioned most is Embird but I have a 64 bit version of Windows so I'm not sure it will be compatible with my PC. The Brother packages don't appear to have been updated lately since they still come with those huge card writers. Amazing Designs has a suite that seems like it would be compatible with my PC but I haven't seen any comments about it on PR. There is also a free suite called Stitch Era Universal. I know there are others out there. I'd love to know what other PR members are using and recommend. Thanks.

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Date: 7/10/11 3:04 PM

This product is 64 bit compatible and seem to do the things you want to do. It is also reasonably priced.

Another options would be Stitch Era which is a little more complicated, but free.

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Date: 7/10/11 6:23 PM

Embird will work with 64 bit Windows. You can try it free for 30 days or 100 uses (I think that means starting the program 100 times). Embird - go to the download page.

SewWhat has a version that works with 64 bit Windows, also. You can use that program free for 30 days or 60 saves.

I've used Embird for years. It is a rather complicated program that does a lot, so it can take a while to learn more than the basics. I've never used SewWhat. Why don't you try them out to see what you like? HTH

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Date: 7/10/11 7:02 PM

Thanks for the information. I hadn't heard of this one before. It does look like it will do what I need and doesn't cost an arm and a leg. I'll defninitely keep it in mind.

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Date: 7/10/11 7:12 PM

Thanks I was looking on the Embird site and the free demo has a lot of restrictions. It doesn't look like you can save a design for example. I think I'd want to try a test design file on my machine. The fact that you've used it for years, though, is a vote of confidence for it. Thanks for the tip about SewWhat. I'll definitely take a look at that site.

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Date: 7/11/11 3:04 AM

With Embird in demo mode you CAN save a design that you have edited. But if you use the digitizing part of the program to create a new design, you cannot save that. HTH

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Date: 7/11/11 11:45 AM

I've used Embird for years also and I can't recommend a better product for the money. The thing that turned a lot of people away was that Embird doesn't look or operate like a usual window's program. Menus are different etc. But you wont' find a product that does the same as well as Embird and cos so little.

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Date: 7/12/11 10:46 AM

Thank you all for sharing your knowledge. It looks like Embird deserves a good look. I reread the restriction info on Embird site and the disabling of the save option is just for digitizing as stated above.

I have some homework to do now. I sent away for the Stitch Era Universal CD this morning and I am going to look at Embird, SewWhat and Embrilliance. I wouldn't have known about the last two without this forum. Thanks again.
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Date: 7/12/11 6:09 PM

I second Stitch Era! Join the Stitch Era Universal Yahoo Group for some mutual support if needed!

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Date: 8/1/11 5:04 PM

Okay, wise friends, here's a software puzzle for you. I have a Husqvarna Designer 1 with floppy and running XP. HV has announced it will no longer support 3D software. The new 5D is very expensive. I have heard that SewWhatPro and Embird will both support this machine. Has anyone tried this or made a comparison? Thanks.

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