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From: havnfun
Date: 04-17-2007, 06:05 PM (1 of 11)
I am very interested in purchasing Masterworks for my new Babylock Ellageo machine. The only program I have is the Designer's Gallery Studio Plus. I need more fonts and need to be able to move things around and change designs. I understand that Letter works, from Designer's Gallery and Custom Works will do both those things for me. I would be investing around $600 to purchase both of the programs. I wonder if Masterworks (Designer's Gallery) would do all of these things also. I understand it has over 100 fonts and have watched the tutorial on Masterworks. I just don't want to spend the money and then later buy the same thing again just to get the ditigizing capabilities. Can anyone share their knowledge.
User: havnfun
Member since: 04-17-2007
Total posts: 1
From: paroper
Date: 04-20-2007, 05:45 PM (2 of 11)
I don't know anything about the Master Works program. That is quite reasonable if it will allow you to digitize. You might also want to check out the Embird program. It is very reasonable in price and you can custom add parts to digitize and do fonts, just depending upon what you want to do. Many do use it for digitizing.

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: pc3
Date: 04-28-2007, 08:30 PM (3 of 11)
P,E, Design is also a great program. You can edit, resize, use all of the fonts on your computer, even download fonts from the Internet to use with it. It is also fairly easy to digitize with. I have used it for about 8 years now and teach classes for my local dealer, and am running version 7. And there is a great video to learn how to use it. It has about 20 lessons from beginner to expert. Baby Lock has the same program but it has a different name. Price is not to bad.

User: pc3
Member since: 04-13-2007
Total posts: 3
From: mamadus
Date: 04-30-2007, 12:05 AM (4 of 11)
for that $600 you can buy all of the Embird suite, including the digitizing tools, sfumato (for photo stitch), Font Engine (so you can do any true type font), and even the Cross Stitch module.... I'm a mad fan of Embird... and one of hte best things is that when new versions come out, the cost to upgrade is minimal... I the most an upgrade has ever been is $30 for the entire suite.... and the periodic updates are totally free... it's pretty hard to beat it.... and htere are tons of yahoo groups to help you learn the software as well as numerous tutorials... If you're familiar with Sadia of she does all her digitizing with Embird, as does Peggy Severt of and if you check out the yahoo sfumato group look for a folder by hackergranny and you can see the beautiful work that can be done in Embird's photo stitch program...

life is too short, not to explore
User: mamadus
Member since: 12-31-2004
Total posts: 492
From: MotherInLaw
Date: 04-30-2007, 12:26 AM (5 of 11)
Mo I'm a big Embird fan too. I have the font engine but haven't bought the other things but have upgraded to all the upgrades and I agree it's the best program for me. You can download a free trial version before you buy it and the trial is a full function program so you get to try it out just as the program is no functions locked. With Font Engine you can download all the True Type fonts you can find for free and change them over to emb. designs. In the lettering program you can arc the letters and shape them. In Embird you can size the designs, rotate them, cut parts out of them, change the colors, eliminate colors, combine designs and save them as one, convert designs to your machine format, as a matter of fact you can change batches of file to the format you want all at the same time. You can also flip the design to face another direction. EMBIRD ROCKS!!!!:up:
I'm regressing back into my youth, I just have to figure out how I'm going to convience my body to come along with me.
User: MotherInLaw
Member since: 06-25-2005
Total posts: 1118
From: PaulineG
Date: 04-30-2007, 12:37 AM (6 of 11)
You've convinced me! Now all I need is an embroidery machine. :bg:

One day maybe.
User: PaulineG
Member since: 09-08-2006
Total posts: 901
From: mamadus
Date: 05-01-2007, 12:36 AM (7 of 11)
hehehhe watch out Pauline... machine embroidery is addicting!!! you sit there and watch this machine stitch out these great designs and suddenly you're ready to embroider everything in sight!!:re:

life is too short, not to explore
User: mamadus
Member since: 12-31-2004
Total posts: 492
From: MotherInLaw
Date: 05-01-2007, 09:32 PM (8 of 11)
Believe me Pauline, You will go the RTW rack and see empty canvas's for all your creativity. From Socks to hats and everything in between not to mention home decor. Even toilet paper isn't safe. :shock: Addictive doesn't even begin to describe what it's like. :up:
I'm regressing back into my youth, I just have to figure out how I'm going to convience my body to come along with me.
User: MotherInLaw
Member since: 06-25-2005
Total posts: 1118
From: lazyolazys
Date: 05-05-2007, 06:45 PM (9 of 11)
Thanks everyone! I jumped online to find out about embroidery software...I couldn't remember the name of the software that I was looking for. You all were talking about Embird and that is the one!!! Thanks! I am going to try to download the free trial version now! This is such a great site!:bg:
User: lazyolazys
Member since: 03-04-2007
Total posts: 17
From: vwroby
Date: 05-28-2007, 02:56 PM (10 of 11)
Since some of you have used Embird I wanted to know if it's easy to learn. I've looked at free tutorials but they are so brief that they leave me with more questions than answers.
Primarily I want to be able to edit a design (cut, paste, move) and merge a part of one design with another. Which is the best way to learn the program, CD, book, combination? Why the difference in Manager and Editor? Can the program catalog my designs so I can print them out for reference? Finally, and primarily, will the program accept my PES designs.

Thank you all for reading. I've been mulling this for a while. I already have one program I can't use because it accepts only DST. VWR
User: vwroby
Member since: 05-28-2007
Total posts: 7
From: Tom Land
Date: 05-28-2007, 03:49 PM (11 of 11)
Something to be aware of is that most current programs cannot be used with Vista. Before making such a large investment I would consider how long I will actually be able to use it. Most companies have already advised us that they have no intentions of creating a patch to correct this. They are just coming out with new programs. I would make sure the program is Vista compatible now... not a promise of a future patch.
Have fun or don't do it, Tom
User: Tom Land
Member since: 09-21-2005
Total posts: 514
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