Embroidery Digitizing


You cannot create original embroidery for a machine embroidery machine without using digitizing software. That being said, you can get digitizing software for anywhere from $99 to thousands of dollars. There are also TONS of free designs available. Just do a search for "free machine embroidery." The learning curve for digitizing software is quite high. I have found just about any kind of design that I want already made, and I'm not into digitizing. HTH

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I have just purchased a Brother sewing/embroidery machine, Disney SE-2700 series. I keep reading about digitizing. If I understand it right it is creating your own embroidery patterns. Where on the internet can I find what I need to know about digitizing, and can I digitize with my machine? I appreciate all the help I can get. Nana

Digitizing is the creation of design files to use on your embroidery machine. There are several digitizing programs available and most will create files in many formats. ART is the only format that is not as popular and which only comes with specific digitizing software. PES which you use on your Brother machine is very common and most digitizing programs create this format.

I personally use a couple of programs to digitize. The one I like the best is Embird. You can have the option of creating most of the design automatically and then reworking it until you like what you get, or creating the whole design from scratch (this is called manual punching). The Secrets of Embroidery website offers tutorials as well as a free 30-day trial download of Embird so you can try before you buy. There are also Yahoo Groups which are dedicated to each type of software program to digitize and the members help each other with their problems.


Anyone knows about a FREE program to convert JPG, PNG, TIFF, etc., files to PES.
I have heard about Buzz2Stitches and Embird, but I just need to convert 2 JPG's/PNG's to PES format in order to have a friend of mine to do the embroidery for me. I'll never use that kind of software again.

Remember, keyword here, FREE! 😀 Thanks.
I already know that I have to convert the file (digitalize) it; that it isn't as easy as converting a JPG to a GIF or PNG. I know that I need special software for that. And that is the reason why I'm looking for a FREE app or way to digitalize the picture, because I'm not going to pay $300+ for a piece of software that I will only use once in a life.

There is really not any such thing as "conversion" of image files to embroidery, just digitizing them.

You (or someone) definitely need a digitizing program to digitize the jpg (or whatever file type) image to a file that can be stitched out. These programs are many and varied and not only cost money, but take a lot of time to learn how to use well (as opposed to take 5 minutes to use badly).

I understand where you are coming from not wanting to buy (not to mention anything about learning how to use) this sort of software for a single use. However, the other option is to pay someone to do it for you – someone who already knows how to use the software, and who will do it for you (but unless you know someone really nice with these skills, you would have to be prepared to pay for this service). I would think this would be a far cheaper option than buying software and then taking years to learn how to use it, just to digitize 2 pictures.

I would suggest try googling for someone who offers to digitize images for a fee. Some professional embroidery shops also offer this service (may not be inexpensive to do one or 2 images due to the time it takes to digitize images well). Keep in mind that they are not converting but digitizing, and while some programs can produce a digitized version quite quickly, the quality of the stitchout often reflects the effort and time it took to digitize it.

Good luck,
Marcia in the beautiful Gold Coast, Australia

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My husband bought me a used Brother embroidery machine. I am new to the WHOLE sewing/embroidery thing, and have tons to learn. I wanted to know if there is free software out there that will allow me to design new things to embroider? How do I go about making these things on the software and then getting it to the machine?? I'm totally confused with all this and incredibly overwhelmed! 🙁 I want to have fun!

also, I have windows vista…. does that make things harder?
also, how do i take all these free designs I see on the web, and open them once they are saved in files…. what program do I use to open .art files?? I have tried everything! Help!

There may not be free software to download to create your own designs. Vista is ok to have when purchasing your digitizing software. Brother have some easy to use programs, such as PED Lite and PE Design. But you dont have to buy 'Brother' software.
.art designs are Bernina files, and unfortunately, you cannot use them unless you have bernina branded software. Stick to downloading designs in .pes format. Embroidery is so much fun, and there is always something to do!!! I use husqvarna viking software and i find this really easy, and it does a lot! and i use this with my brother embroidery machine.
Digitizing is the process in which you get your image into 'stitch points', basically telling the needle where to go, and what direction and form the stitch needs to be. Its not easy, but if you love art, and love the computer- you'll love this!
Ask your husband if the shop/place he bought it from offers lessons, or classes on the software and machine. i'm sure they can give you tons of advice! Happy Sewing!!!!!!!

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