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Why Embroidery Software?

Are you new to the world of embroidery and wondering how all those designs for our machines are created? Do you want to personalize your creations with monograms, quilt labels, or custom logos? Here at Quilt Beginnings, we want you to get the most out of your embroidery machine. With that in mind, we thought this would be a good time to talk about Embroidery Software in general. There is a wide array of embroidery software available, from the most basic offering simply lettering to advanced digitizing software allowing you to take any art work and turn it into something your embroidery machine can stitch out.

It is not mandatory to purchase any additional software to get started working with an embroidery machine, as there are many built-in designs, as well as already digitized designs available for purchase. However, once you have become comfortable with your embroidery machine there is a good chance that you will want to expand your capabilities and design options by investing in embroidery software. Embroidery software is independent of which brand of machine you own, and will allow you to save your creations in any format to match the needs of your specific embroidery machine. Without a clear understanding of different options, this may be as confusing as choosing a machine. Let's clear up the confusion with a handy overview and shopping guide.

Embroidery Software Overview

Every embroidery machine needs digitized design files that tell it exactly what to stitch. There are many, many designs available for purchase that are ready for your machine to stitch. You simply need to copy those files onto a USB stick, pull up the design on your embroidery machine, and stitch them out. Embroidery software allows you to take this one step further. The most basic software will allow you to personalize the design by adding lettering, or joining two designs together, or even re-sizing them. You can do some of these basic things on many embroidery machines today, but to go any further, you'll need to purchase embroidery software. There is a wide range of embroidery software on the market today with varying features and price points. You can purchase an all-in-one software package or purchase software modules a la carte, depending on the capabilities you desire. Most people want to expand their font selection and will want a lettering module. Some will want to build on that and be able to edit designs, taking them apart and then joining pieces of multiple designs together. And others still will want to create a design from a piece of art, a photograph or a logo.

All-in-one software packages have many common built-in features, such as lettering, color blocking, and stitch editing, as well as advanced features like digitizing. A la carte software modules break these features into chunks, depending on the specific tasks you want to utilize. Some companies provide a starter software package, and then "unlock" features as you pay for each level. Most machine manufacturers have an assortment of software packages available to meet a multitude of experience levels. Remember embroidery software is independent of the brand of embroidery machine you own.

Features

What features will best help you enhance your embroidery creations? Some standard software features are listed below. Each of the modules are very easy to start using to personalize your creations! Digitizing is the most advanced and complex of the modules. It is intended for people who are comfortable on the computer and want to create their own unique designs from scratch.

Customizing: Combining two or more design, using directional design rotation and mirror-imaging, changing thread colors, adding letters to designs and printing templates.

Stitch Editing: Adding, removing and editing stitches, combining two or more designs, splitting designs for multiple hoops, resizing with or without stitch changes, distorting motifs with or without stitch changes and removing overlapping stitches.

Lettering: Using built-in or computer fonts to create upper and lowercase alphabet letters to spell words or sentences. Most software can also import embroidery designs to add words or sentences. Some have stylized words and sentences with built-in shape templates.

Monogram: Using built-in or computer font uppercase letters to create one- to three-letter monograms with shaping templates, corners and decorative design accents.

Resizing: Change design sizes with or without stitch density changes (adding or reducing stitches to compensate for the new design sizes) and rotating designs.

Cross-stitch: Create attractive cross stitch embroidery designs with the look of hand-work and the speed of a machine.

Cataloging: Keep track of embroidery designs on your computer, shows where designs are located on the hard drive in a variety of size images, prints templates for design placement and may convert designs from one file format to another.

Digitizing:
Automatic or manual creation of designs from original art, clipart or onscreen drawing of shapes. Automatic or manual adjustment to underlay stitches, density, pull compensation, fill patterns and other standard digitizing features and print templates. All of these software modules can save design files to different machine formats: ART, DST, EMD, EXP, HUS, JEF, PCS, PES, SEW, SHV, VIP, VP3, and XXX.

The wide variety of file formats means that it will be compatible with all the different embroidery machines. So if you own more than one brand, you can easily save designs that will work on each of your machines!

While we are on the topic, let's review technology requirements.


Technology Requirements

Assess your technological needs. These items are the most important to consider because they impact the base decision and will help you narrow your choices. At Quilt Beginnings, our friendly staff can help answer your questions and talk you through your best options.

Here are some questions to consider before you go shopping, you might want to write down the answers for easy access:

• Are you a MAC or PC user?

• What operating system do you use?

• What type of sewing machine will you be using?

• What file formats does your machine read?

• How do you transfer an embroidery design from your computer to the embroidery machine?

• How many computers do you want to install the software on?

If you use both a laptop and a desktop computer – for example, you might want to install the software on both – so be sure to verify your options.

Here are some other things to consider technology-wise before making a software purchase decision:

• What type of authorization is used to run the program?

• Some programs require an active internet connection, a security device, or that you have the CD in the drive to run the program.

• What is the brand upgrade and update policy/history?

Traditionally updates are free and include things like fixing bugs and minor program enhancements. Upgrades usually involve a version change and this is normally associated with a fee. Is trial software available? Sometimes limited-time versions are available. Test-drive versions to determine which software is right for you.

Support and Training

When you purchase your software directly from Quilt Beginnings, you will receive the training and support that you need. Make a wish list of what you want your machine to do, which embroidery machine(s) and equipment you own and what type of designs you want to create. We will help you choose the software that is perfect for you.

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LOCATION:

QUILT BEGINNINGS
6591 Sawmill Road
Dublin, Ohio 43017


STORE HOURS:

MON - THURS 10AM-6PM
FRI & SAT 10AM-5PM
CLOSED SUN


CONTACT US:

Call us! (614) 799-2688

Email: quiltbegin@aol.com

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