can someone tell me what the best digitizing software for machine embroidery would be?

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there are so many brands out there and i'm really confused. I don't need too many 'bells and whistles'. i would like to be able to have some control over how it works though. thanks for any suggestions.

A lot of the better software have demos which allow you to test it out before buying it. It's best to test them out, and find out which one suits your needs the best.

Whatever file format they output to, there are several free programs that can convert between all the different formats, to upload to your machine. Wilcom TrueSizer does a great job opening and converting between almost 30 different formats.

I use Brother PE Design Pro, and think it's OK. It's not the most full-featured digitizing software, but it was a good deal with a Brother machine, and suits the simplified work I do.

The team that does advanced embroidery digitization swear by Wings' Modular 2 with the CorelDRAW extensions. It's quck and easy to input vector artwork for digitization.

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December 5, 2012

Robin K @ 11:39 pm #

I don't think there will be one 'right' answer to this one, since it depends on which embroidery machine you're using, which computer you have, and what interface media are available (cable, USB, card, etc)

NB: Be sure your embroidery machine will accept input of "original" files and not just the ones that are commercially produced for its type. Here's an excerpt from an informative page:
(cited in source section below):

"It's important to find software compatible with your embroidery equipment. You will have problems if the software you purchase doesn't interact well with your machine. So, what to buy? A logical starting point is the software offered by the company selling you the machine, though keep in mind that independent brands also may be compatible. If you are evaluating both software and machines, your software preference might influence your choice of machine. In any case, get assurances from the vendor(s) that the software and machine you purchase will work together. "
References :
http://www.embmag.com/embroiderymonogram/magazine/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003540004

Janne @ 11:58 pm #

A lot of the better software have demos which allow you to test it out before buying it. It's best to test them out, and find out which one suits your needs the best.

Whatever file format they output to, there are several free programs that can convert between all the different formats, to upload to your machine. Wilcom TrueSizer does a great job opening and converting between almost 30 different formats.

I use Brother PE Design Pro, and think it's OK. It's not the most full-featured digitizing software, but it was a good deal with a Brother machine, and suits the simplified work I do.

The team that does advanced embroidery digitization swear by Wings' Modular 2 with the CorelDRAW extensions. It's quck and easy to input vector artwork for digitization.
References :
http://www.embroiderystartup.com/
http://welcome.solutions.brother.com/BSC/public/us/us/en/model_top/HomeSewingMachine/hf_design6eus.html?reg=us&c=us&lang=en&prod=hf_design6eus
http://www.wingsmodular.com/index.htm

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