Digitizing Software

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I am thinking about helping Mum get digitizing software for her machine  
embroidery.

She uses a Singer Futura machine which can read FHE, CHE, XXX, PSW, PEC,  
PES, HUS, SEW, EXP, DST, AND PCS apparently!!!

Any recommendations from  you girls who know so much more on this  
subject are welcome.Meanwhile I am reading all sorts of confusing stuff  
online.

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Claire in Montreal FRANCE
http://claireowenperso.free.fr

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Claire in France wrote:
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Claire, I don't know anything about the Futura.  My Singer Quantum  
XL 5000/6000s *can* have designs loaded to them on Singer's  
proprietary card (Smart Media?).

I decided after using the machine for a while that I wanted to  
create my own designs, as well as use designs downloaded from the  
internet to my computer.  The only way to transfer those designs to  
my embroidery machines was using Singer's (also proprietary)  
Professional Sew Ware(R) (PSW) software and dongle. I have used this  
software now for several years, and I like it a lot, although the  
manual is beyond confusing, and Singer does not support it or the  
machine any more.

PSW was expensive, <US$1,250.00 as I recall (although I got a  
version on eBay for less). The software/dongle package was created  
in Greece, so the translation for the manual is... well, horrible  
puts it mildly. In addition, it uses the now-obsolete serial cable  
(null modem) cable to transfer, and finding a USB-to-serial  
converter which actually worked was a nightmare.  Much of the  
learning curve has been frustrating trial and error. Although I am  
glad I have it, I cannot recommend PSW to anyone.

That said...

I also have Basic Embird.  Embird saves in all the machine formats,  
so it's great for importing a commercial design in .hus or .pes for  
example then "saving as" .xxx.    You can download a free demo  
version: http://www.embird.net/sw/embird/newdown.htm
Basic Embird costs US$169.00 to activate.

Embird Studio is their digitizing software, it's a plug-in to Basic:  
http://www.embird.net/sw/embird/estudio.htm The plug in for Studio  
costs US$150.00.  I have not had the need to purchase Studio, so I  
cannot give you a review.

The Font Engine plug-in http://www.embird.net/sw/embird/fonteng.htm
costs US$145,00.  I have used it a lot and really like it.  If you  
don't want to purchase the Font Engine plug-in, they have well  
digitized alphabets for US$15.00 each  
http://www.embird.net/sw/embird/letter.htm .

I have found Embird's support to be very good, and their tutorials  
are excellent.

Have you looked into Singer's digitizing software?
http://www.singerco.com/accessories/detail/2493/singer-futura-autopunch-software#type-compatible_machines

Again, haven't used it, cannot review. There are some reviews for it  
on amazon/com:
(Amazon.com product link shortened)


NAYY, HTH,

--  
Beverly
http://www.ickes.us






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Thank you Beverly for such a comprehensive reply.
I am out with Mum tomorrow, fabric shopping hooray, so I will ask some  
pointed questions as to what she actually wants to do with the digitizing.
I have a sneaky feeling she  wants to be able to be able to manipulate  
the designs she has and occasionally import the odd scanned picture but  
the last is not a biggie.
I will have a look at  the singer digitizing software and let you know  
if we advance at all. She is basically happy with what she can do now  
but would like to be able to change things sometimes, so full software  
may be expensive for the use she will make of it.
Thank you again.

--  
Claire in Montreal FRANCE
http://claireowenperso.free.fr

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Claire in France wrote:

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Probably Embird Basic will handle most of that.

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Digitizing an image involves quite a bit of hands on learning.  The  
various tools (outline, fill, branch, etc.) take some practice to  
perfect, and learning how to layer the colors is vital.  It is not  
as simple as 'downloading a file, and some sort of magic happens' to  
convert it into a usable embroidery file.  Trust me.

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While I purchase many pre-digitized designs, I also LOVE creating  
custom designs. I bought older DD a William Morris tea towel at the  
V&A shop during our recent trip to England, intending to make it  
into an apron. I knew the dimensions of the fabric would have to be  
extended, so I planned to purchase a complementary material for the  
neck-strap and ties as well as to add to the top and sides. As long  
as I was making a custom apron,  I decided to scan part of the  
print, digitize it, and embroider it on the top band. And then I  
used the left-over fabric to make hot-pads. ;-D

Top of the page here:
http://www.ickes.us/machine-embrodiery/embroidered-aprons

Your mother may never want to do stuff like that, but I really enjoy  
doing it.

--  
Beverly
http://www.ickes.us



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They are seriously lovely Beverly.
--  
Claire in Montreal FRANCE
http://claireowenperso.free.fr

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Claire in France wrote:

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Thank you.  She seemed to like them. That goofy grin was the result  
of her having held the two hot pads a >little< higher when I first  
asked to take the picture.  Got us both giggling.  ;-D

--  
Beverly
http://www.ickes.us


Digitizing Software
I know your question has been answered - and of course all software packages work differently from each other - but now most embroidery software writes and reads to all the major file types. If u
You want to see what is involved - a great teacher and professional embroiderer has around 40 instructional videos on you tube. Search for Oleens Embroidery.  

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Claire in France wrote:
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Claire, I just remembered another software package I have used.

http://www.wilcom.com/en-us/products/truesizerproducts.aspx

I have the free product installed on my desktop PC so that I can  
open purchased designs to take a look at the details before  
transferring them to my laptop/embroidery machine setup. The full  
product may be something your mother might want to investigate.

NAYY,

--  
Beverly
http://www.ickes.us


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Thank you I will take a look, I haven't advanced very far with the  
project yet.

--  
Claire in Montreal FRANCE
http://claireowenperso.free.fr

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