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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Digitizing My Own Design for Repeatable Embroidery by Machine ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Digitizing My Own Design for Repeatable Embroidery by Machine
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Date: 7/31/11 5:07 PM

I am not one little bit interested in embroidery, except......
I do like to put my own fancy handwritten intials on the pockets of my jeans. This is tedious by hand and by machine using a stretch stitch to follow my tracing all I get is pretty bland. It's also hard to have each pocket duplicate the other exactly.

I have found a lady nearby who can digitize and will do my intitials on my pockets for me but, you know how it is, I'd like to do them myself. I have not yet met with the lady to determine how this will work and what she will charge me.

I don't want to spend a lot of money to get the digitizing feature, then have to buy software then have to learn how to use it just for mere pockets. But the Brother Innov-is 900D looks like it might do it for around $500. That's what people paid in reviews I looked up and they paid it one or two years ago. I should not pay more, I think though it is listed at $1,000 on the current Brother brochure. YES, they put the MSRP on it. I should buy it for that reason alone. Kidding.

Does anyone have this machine? It is not listed on this site under Reviews. Do you think I am misunderstanding what it means when it says it digitizes? Here's where I got that idea: http://www.brother.ca/en/sewing/line_up_brochure.pdf

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Date: 7/31/11 5:23 PM

i don't have that machine but I thought I would comment about the digitising. Machines don't digitize, even the TOL machines don't.

That is a function of a software program. The machines have preset designs, preset alphabets, and an ability to resize, rescale, and edit those designs. they also have the ability to take USB or cards or plug into a computer to take additional designs. but they don't create the embroidery file from scratch.

No matter what machine you chose you will need software to do it so factor that into the price of your machine.

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Date: 7/31/11 5:38 PM

That's what I thought. But the brochure says this:

USB Interface
Download & digitize embroidery patterns
from your computer

Even I, with no knowledge of how to digitize, have learned you need software. Perhaps this brochure is just very poorly written.

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Date: 7/31/11 6:14 PM

that brochure sez it comes with PE-Design=8 ...

Quote:
Enjoy creative freedom with this powerful digitizing software!
All-in-one package allows you to create, edit and digitize designs and patterns. Simple to use with auto punch features, including cross stitch and photo stitch. Powerful, quick editing tools built-in.
More than 500 built-in embroidery designs including 35 built-in fonts and 2 small fonts. Includes USB card writer module and blank embroidery card.

that's what you need for digitizing your own designs!
EDIT: although it might not be 'included' but 'available' ...
lvu, Liz /Calgary
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Date: 7/31/11 7:14 PM

I don't have this machine so I can't address any of your question but I did want to make a comment on the software. Even if it does come with or has 'available' software be prepared to spend some time learning to use it. It will take more than you think!

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Date: 7/31/11 7:29 PM

Hmmm. The machine is $1,000 and PE Design 8 is $1,000. But I think PE Design Lite will do the little that I want so I'm off to search prices on it. At Brother it's $500.

Hmmm. I wonder if I can find someone who has the software if I could pay them to digitize for me then I could use it with this machine? Is that considered pirating? I know getting the software would be pirating, if somone would copy it for me but would the software owner be allowed to sell a service like that?

This is all very much up in the air till I find out if my machine is fixable at a reasonable cost.

I still think Brother has poorly written their brochure. There's no way the Innov-is 900D can digitize but they list it as a feature of the sewing machine. Someone could hold them to that. Maybe I should print that brochure.

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Date: 7/31/11 7:49 PM

It's not at all pirating to have a digitizer (or even a friend) make you a .pes file which you then download to your machine through the USB port. There are many excellent custom digitizers out there who do exactly this as their business. Those of us who embroider professionally routinely purchase .pes files for use on items we sell.

If I were you, I would pay someone else the couple bucks to digitize your monogram, and I'd only buy the software if I thought I'd use it for lots of other items. As someone else commented, the software is expensive and it takes time to learn it. A digitizer usually charges per 1000 stitches of the design and it's usually quite modest.

Happy Stitching!

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Date: 7/31/11 8:13 PM

Thank you GlobalMom. I think this might be the best bet for me. Am I understanding correctly that it doesn't matter which software it is, as long as it can produce a .pes file? Or do I have to search out someone who has a machine in the line that I buy?

You all know what I am wishing now, don't you? I am perversely kinda wishing my old machine is NOT repairable so I HAVE to buy a new one. Stupid way to think since my car might be in the same boat.

ETA: Nope, have discovered .pes is for Bernina, Babylock and Brother only. It seems.
-- Edited on 7/31/11 8:40 PM --

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Date: 7/31/11 8:45 PM

All you need is for the digitizer to be able to save the file in whatever type your machine takes. I have Brother embroidery machines, so I buy .pes files. Several of the professional digitizing softwares can save in multiple file formats - you just need to explain when you order what file format you want.

It's ok to want and dream.. that's how we ultimately move forward!

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