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From: miboyle
Date: 03-22-2006, 05:15 PM (1 of 7)
I am looking for someone to give me information about the new digitizing software, Masterworks. How does it compare to Origins??? I have Origins now, but the support is no longer going to exist and I can't decide whether to upgrade to Masterworks. Thanks. Lynn
User: miboyle
Member since: 03-22-2006
Total posts: 1
From: nannylin
Date: 03-26-2006, 09:31 AM (2 of 7)
I can't help you with your search, but I have a question on the same topic. I would like to get into more extensive designs for my Babylock Ellure. So, I figure that I need some sort of design software and some way to write cards to get it into my machine. Sounds simple so far. However, the lack of pricing information on line is driving me nuts. It seems like Palatte 6.0 would do it for me. But I have heard that it runs about $1200. So maybe I should just start with buying a box and use designs I find on line for now, which would only set me back about $200.

Does anyone know approximate prices for what I need? I could spend up to $500 or so. I'd appreciate your suggestions.

User: nannylin
Member since: 02-27-2006
Total posts: 47
From: amysewsalot
Date: 03-26-2006, 10:19 AM (3 of 7)
I am not sure if you have tried Embird yet, it is less expensive than pallette. I have the brother version and never use it. Embird was less than $100.00 I purchased mine from Secrets of Embroidery. they offer a 30 free trial. go try it for free, I recently purchased it myself so all I really know how to do is convert design formats, resize, and use the lettering feature. good luck!
Southern Mississippi
User: amysewsalot
Member since: 03-26-2006
Total posts: 2
From: Ria
Date: 03-26-2006, 08:05 PM (4 of 7)
Hi Linda...I have the PED Basic which lets me write to the far this works for me...there are so many designs on the net..maybe one day I will get into digitizing but I am pretty content for now..I also have Embird I had the 30 day trial and then went to Secrets of and got it for 89.00...they are also giving out a set of designs with it. After I got all the right info it was pretty easy to download and unlock...I spent the day today with getting used to it and I am very pleased with it..I can resize, change formats etc and use the PED Basic was 125.00 and Embird 89.00....I have brother 6500 and so far this all works for me...good luck....let us know what you do...And sorry...I don't know anything about the programs you are referring to...hope you have luck finding what you want....:) Ria

"Alas for those who never sing, but die
with all their music in them" (Oliver Wendell Holmes)

Brother 6500.....Brother 8060......PED Basic...
User: Ria
Member since: 02-13-2005
Total posts: 121
From: mamadus
Date: 03-28-2006, 12:54 AM (5 of 7)
In order to digitize with Embird, you need the plug in Studio (now called digitizing tools, I believe) if you buy it from secretsof, I believe its now $134... but its pretty easy.... and there are some great tutorials out there and lots of support groups on yahoo...

life is too short, not to explore
User: mamadus
Member since: 12-31-2004
Total posts: 492
From: nannylin
Date: 03-29-2006, 07:29 AM (6 of 7)
Thank you all for your suggestions. I got the trial version of Embird and I am going to order the box from their site when I order the full version. This should fit my skill level just right! Some day I will get into digitizing, and might get talented enough at embroidery to justify spending big bucks. Maybe! Right now I'll limp along and practice. :bg:

User: nannylin
Member since: 02-27-2006
Total posts: 47
From: paroper
Date: 03-29-2006, 09:23 AM (7 of 7)
Origins is reputed to be a very nice software. Embird is good for the price but it may not measure up because a lot of people still move to other brands after using Embird for a while. Once you have invested mega bucks in an excellent program it is advantageous to stay on that path. What I am saying is that I'd take a really close in-depth look at Embird and see if it measures up to the qaulaithy you have become accustomed. If it doesn't you'll be spending money for less and always want more.

Artista is probably going to upgrade soon. There has been a little rumor going around for several months. I've spent $2000 on the current software. My guess is that unless they offer a special deal the upgrade will be about $799 (possibly more). It is a hard decision and I can identify with you. The thing is that if you don't upgrade the software you have will eventually become "extinct" and in the case of old Artista software, it doesn't even open the new ART designs. It will be much less painful for me to spend $799 to upgrade now than to spend perhaps 2500-3000 on a total package later. If I should resort to other packages along the way (an option I don't have really with Artista if I don't have a current conversion program), I'll actually end up spending more in the long run. This is what I'll be facing. I don't know how proprietory your software and machine format are, you may have more options.

Bernina 200e, Artista V5 Designer Plus, Explorations, Magic Box, Bernina 2000DE & 335 Bernette Serger, Bernina 1530 Sewing Machine, Bernina 1300 DC Overlock (with coverstitch)
User: paroper
Member since: 02-03-2004
Total posts: 3775
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