Because I use both Hatch and Embrilliance, I often get questions along the lines of "which one is best?" Recently that question has popped up about fonts so here's what you need to know!
Articles in Category: Embroidery Software
How to choose the software of your dreams.
I'm not sure why people keep asking me this. Yes, I'm a digitizer but I'm not out there comparing every digitizing program. And it turns out a lot of those asking already have software.
Basically, if you have any reputable digitizing software, you can do most any basic type of thing you might need. By basic I mean typical types of stitches like fills, satins, runs, motif stitches, etc.
You can do appliqué, lace, filled designs, logos, redwork, etc. Possibly not with just one or two clicks but when you get down to it, a stitch is just a needle penetration and theoretically you could make a very sophisticated design with just a manual single stitch tool. It would take a long time but it's totally possible.
As many of you know, I'm a die-hard Mac lover and it takes something turly seriously cool for me to "do Windows."
For the past year or two or so, my good friend Gary Walker has been trying to persuade me to use yet another embroidery digitizing program that only runs on Windows. I "fell" for that the first time and ended up losing a ton of time screwing around with Generations and even writing a course at his behest.
Bad judgement on both our parts but it looked good at the time. Things change and you have to move on.
Have you ever needed a design for something but couldn't find just the right one? What if you could make it yourself by using premade bits and just putting them together for the perfect fit?
Sometimes you just need a tote bag with a little more pizzaz than you can get by embellishing a premade one. Fortunately tote bags are easy to make with only basic sewing skillis and relatively fast with the added benefit that a flat piece of fabric is way easier to embroider than a tubular, ready made bag, especially when stitching on a domestic, flat bed machine.
Looking for high quality machine embroidery fonts that are keyboard-friendly?
Keyboard fonts, those embroidery fonts you can insert by simply selecting a font from a menu and typing as you would in most any computer app, instead of combining individual design files consisting of one character per file, are infinitely easier and more efficient to use.
I love products that make embroidery design fun and innovative! Those products may be designs, specialty threads, useful stabilizers, innovative embroidery aids, or fun and easy to use software. If you've followed me for very long, you know I love the Embrilliance line of software and now I've found another one called Starfish Revolution
Have you seen Embrilliance Essentials yet?
In this video, I just have a little fun creating a simple design just using the built in fonts. You'll see how easy it is to select font styles, see how they look, and resize, mirror and rotate them.
Swatch charts, which are discussed in Anatomy of a Design, are an invaluable aid to any digitizer. They're great for determining suitable densities, verifying pattern fills, and testing motifs. Now you can watch how to set one up in a series of 3 YouTube HD videos.
Mac users rejoice! Briton Leap has expanded their line-up of Macintosh embroidery software to include 3 products:
- Convert It, Mac
- Embrilliance Essentials
It was more work than I imagined. More time than I imagined. More frustrating than I imagined. More rewarding than I imagined but at long last, it's done!
What is "it?" It's the Learn to Digitize Course composed of 1464 pages, 3098 images, 60 videos for almost 12 hours of viewing time, plus 27 embedded videos!
If you've been following this blog for a while, you know I love my Mac and I love to digitize. And even though I run XP on my Mac to access several embroidery programs and using Windows has become infinitely more convenient than when I had to use another computer, I still drag my feet about "doing Windows."