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From: lizzybugsmommy
Date: 08-27-2006, 01:34 AM (1 of 10)
Ok here is the deal after all the research I have done I am more lost than ever. I want a program that I can now make my own designs using my own art work, pop art , not necessarly pic but maybe. I also want to be able to put it on a card that will fit my 2 machines they are the brother 270d and simplicity se3. They take the same cards. What can I get that is affordable and do I need a magic box or a ped basic? If I have this software can I change a format that I download to the I think it is called PES format? Can anyone help me? I am planning on purchasing the pe basic next week so I can download designs in my format to the card to fit machine. I just do not know what I am doing and have decided that I am very interested in this. I have seen such cute designs others have made and I now want to make my own. Also is there a site where I could download a trial version of some kind of digitizing before I buy it.
I am sorry I am so lost but any help would be GREAT.
Love to all
Catherine lb_pml&cb=PW

Husbands gone fishing..... I've gone fabric shopping
User: lizzybugsmommy
Member since: 05-20-2006
Total posts: 207
From: Dianne Walker
Date: 08-27-2006, 04:14 PM (2 of 10)
Hi Catherine
I am relatively new to machine embroidery but did some time ago invest in Embird software which I use all the time. The basic program lets you change design format, colours, resize, merge designs, add text and much much more. You can purchase extra plugins which allow you to do many other things such as the digitising which you are interested in. The demo version however is limited and does not let you save it to Editor if I remember correctly. It is worth a look though to get the idea. My husband has got quite good at the digitising side and creates the design which I then mess about with and add text and modify if I need to in Editor. You can then save it onto your card, hard disk or wherever. I'm no expert but hope this might help a bit. You can download the demo version from the site.
User: Dianne Walker
Member since: 01-05-2005
Total posts: 59
From: tapper831
Date: 08-27-2006, 04:53 PM (3 of 10)
I have used Click-N-Stitch from Amazing designs. You scan your picture or whatever into the program and it walks you thru changing it to an embroidery design. You can save it in multiple formats but PES seems to be the most common. It does a fairly decent job. You will still need a convertor box of some kind to tranfer the design to your machine card. I ordered mine from She carries quite a few of the Amazing Design software packages and runs specials alot. Most of them also have a trial download available. Also has a lot of free designs on site. Good luck!

User: tapper831
Member since: 08-13-2006
Total posts: 7
From: bridesmom
Date: 09-14-2006, 01:44 AM (4 of 10)
I also have the Embird program, got the digitizing module a few months ago and love it. I am using a very old Bernina Deco so I also have the Ultimate Box for .pes. A little tip, if you are going to download a demo or purchase, check out the embird site, but Secrets of Embroidery website is cheaper for purchasing!
Tickled pink with my Innovis 4000D
User: bridesmom
Member since: 01-21-2004
Total posts: 2026
From: mamadus
Date: 09-18-2006, 02:21 PM (5 of 10)
As software goes, Embird is pretty hard to beat for the price... obviously, there are better programs out there.. and if you can afford $2k and up for your software, hey go for it... but if you're like most of us and want the most bang for your buck... Embird is definitely the way to go, at least in my opinion... and Laura is right... do your download from the Embird site itself, but then if you decide to buy it... go to to buy your registration, its about 20% cheaper... I have the entire Embird suite except for the cross stitch module... for that I use Pattern Maker for Cross Stitch(had the opportunity to get it at conference and did) so I can't tell you if the cross stitch module is good or not... if you want auto digitizing, then Embird is not the program for you, but realistically, I have yet to hear of an autodigitizing program that does what folks hope it will do... and there are lots of good yahoo groups for learning how to use Embird, whether its the basic editing, the digitizing portion, or the Sfumato portion... some yahoo groups you might find helpful are digistudio, absolutely embird, Embird Studio, and Sfumato... on the Sfumato group, one of hte primary posters is Sandy (aka hackergranny) who really knows her stuff! good luck... and have fun!!

life is too short, not to explore
User: mamadus
Member since: 12-31-2004
Total posts: 492
From: DachsieMom
Date: 10-04-2006, 11:39 AM (6 of 10)
I bought the 3D Professional Software in 8/04 and I love it, except for the taking a picture and turning it into a design. Not impressed...

I went to the HV dealer this summer for a demo on the new SE and asked them to take my picture scan it in and digitize it...I wasn't impressed. She said, well, you have to stand back to see it good....well, I don't stand back when I look at any other HV design...That's me, I'm not impressed with taking a picture into the program. Other than that, it is wonderful software to take make designs with. I paid $2000 in 2004 and from what they told me this summer, still selling at that price.
User: DachsieMom
Member since: 10-02-2006
Total posts: 7
From: paroper
Date: 10-04-2006, 01:01 PM (7 of 10)
The Embird seems to have the best bang for the buck and then you buy plug in modules that expand the program. In the long-run the price for the entire program may not be as great as it seems but the way that it is priced out it is certainly easier to swallow. It is also nice that you don't pay for more than you want. A lot of people are using it as a digitizing software and selling their products so it should be a great place to start.

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
From: mamadus
Date: 10-05-2006, 12:37 AM (8 of 10)
one additional note... the latest version of Embird works in conjunction with the Ultimate Box, so you can write directly from Embird to your card...

life is too short, not to explore
User: mamadus
Member since: 12-31-2004
Total posts: 492
From: mommydionne
Date: 10-09-2006, 06:02 PM (9 of 10)
I have an older version of the pe design (v4) and find it a bit cumbersome but have been told the newer versions (5 and 6) are better. But it is expensive, I would start with embird and see if you actually like digitizing, it can be a bit frustrating to start but if you are a computer person it's not so bad.
User: mommydionne
Member since: 01-08-2004
Total posts: 838
From: mamadus
Date: 10-15-2006, 03:07 AM (10 of 10)
jeannette... I have pe-design 4 also...and find I never use it anymore.. I much prefer Embird.... much more intuitive to use... :up:

life is too short, not to explore
User: mamadus
Member since: 12-31-2004
Total posts: 492
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