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.
I'm constantly asked the following questions about embroidery software:
- What software do you use?
- What software do I need?
- Do I even have to have software?
Is Color Sorting Destroying Your Designs?
Ask most any novice embroiderer and they'll tell you they love color sorting.
Bernina thought it was so wonderful that they built it into one of their machines as a “feature” for when you combine multiple designs. Ask any embroidery software developer and they’ll sing it’s praises too.
Me? It makes me want to sing “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown!”
Do you ever wonder where designers get their inspiration? Everywhere! The trick is to leave your mind open to possibility.
Recently I was inspired by a quilt that hangs in my bedroom and I wondered if I could duplicate it and then quilt it with one of the feathered quilt block designs. I wasn't really sure what I was going to make with it at that point, possibly some small wall hanging.
Just this week I had 3 people email me about how to deal with "thick" designs or what is commonly known in the industry as "bullet proof embroidery." The major complaint was puckering and bulky design.
Each of them had thrown all sorts of stabilizers and multiple and too many stabilizers at the design, which did nothing for the puckering and only added to the thickness.
One person adjusted the machine tension to control the thickness. Unfortunately, these are not the solutions!
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
Did you ever want to make your own embroidery designs but you don't want to digitize?
Well you can when using and combining simpler, small elements into your own compositions. Building Block designs were digitized specifically for this purpose. They are simpler, smaller elements with fewer color changes designed for combining into your own masterpieces.
Looking for something fun and fast? How about this bright and cheerful snack mat? Slightly larger than the popular mug rug, this rectangular mini-placemat at 12" x 9.5" is the perfect size for snacks or desserts.
And wouldn't it be the perfect table dressing for a birthday party? Or how about a set of 4 for some special little girl for hosting her own tea parties?
Since I've started converting my fonts to BX files for use with Embrilliance and EmbroideryWorks programs, I've gotten quite a few questions so I thought I'd take some time to answer them here.
Creating borders from the Love to Sew Redwork designs is quick and easy—if you have software that allows you to edit designs. Here I'm using EmbroideryWorks Advanced from Designer's Gallery.
Although the screen shots shown here are from my Mac, EmbroideryWorks also runs on Windows. If you have other editing software, you should be able to perform similar steps and get the same result.
I usually provide actual size PDF templates with my appliqué designs. These templates are used to precut your appliqué pieces for a more professional embroidery result and faster sewing times since there is no need to stop the machine to trim away a lot of excess fabric. (See this post for more info on working with templates: Fuzzy Wuzzy Ducky Quilt.)</p