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There are dozens of websites allowing you to create your own T-shirts and Hoodies etc. but they are generally quite expensive, charging around £10-£15 for sub-quality clothing. My cousin was telling me yesterday that there is an American based site which is outstanding and offers the best custom designs at really cheap prices. Do you know which one he could be referring to? I would ask him but he is away in Tenerife already!

We dont offer a web designer since every order is custom and unique. You can work with us directly on images you want custom made and we can go from there. Just let me know what you are looking for as far as color shirts, weight, style. Are you looking for Screen Print, Dye Sublimation or direct embroidery?

Visit our website and see what services we offer.
www.cseGraphicOutfitters.com

Feel free to call or email me with questions.

Luke Collier
Director of Marketing
CSE Graphic Outfitters
email: Luke@cseGraphicOutfitters.com

Office: 913-724-1000 Ext. 123
Toll Free: 1-800-624-5537 Ext. 123

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I have a Janome memorycraft 10000.

Why don't you checkout the Janome digitizing program. I believe that it might have some nice features and you do have the Janome machine. Be careful with digitizng softwares that don't output to your JEF format. If you get a software that doesn't have JEF format, you will need to save the designs that you digitized in DST or PES format and then go to Janome Customizing and convert to JEF or SEW formats. Maybe you can see if your Janome dealer will let you try out their copy of Janome Digitizing to see what you think about it.

You can get other brands of digitizng software as long as you are aware that you will need to maybe output to DST or PES and then go into your Janome Customizer to convert to JEF, so that you can test the sewouts. The good brands off of the top of my head are (all over $1000-be careful of used versions, they use a security device called a dongle and without the dongle you wasted your money–the dongle might not work for the second user–so software must be new in the box with the dongle):
Janome Digitizer, Bernina Plus, Origins, Viking autodigitizing, Corel, Viking VP3, to name a few.

I have Bernina Plus 4 and I love it. I am under the impression that Janome Digitizer is just as good. On the bernina Plus, you have manual & auto digitizing functions. I prefer the manual but the auto feature is nice. The manual digitizing in bernina (& I suspect in janome) is object oriented (ie, you can cut & paste) and that is why I like it. Some other brands might have same features.

I have Viking autodigitizing and it is a better auto-digitizer than Bernina Plus's auto digitizing engine. But Viking's autodigitizing is much harder for the manual digitizing. I would choose the Bernina or Janome over it.
I have Viking VIP & it is very hard. Now, I don't know if the new VP3 is better so I can't really say.

I do beleive that Brother has a good rep but be sure that they support JEF files. Corel is new, so i can't comment.

Note about autodigitizing softwares. You must have very clean clipart to use an autodigitizer. So, you must have a good graphics program to clean up clipart. If you buy clean clipart from Royalty free sources, then the auto is fine.

Next, are you going to go into biz? If so, you must have capabilities to do manual digitizing. There will be times that you will need to clean up your design or manually digitiize it. Customers think that manual digitizing is best. It all depends on complexity of design.

There are also home products that cost less, under $300 or so. Click N'Stitch needs clean clipart, you can't manually digitize in it. Plus you can't save to Native Format. The other one is Embird which has a 30 day trial. They have a plug in for manually digitizing. It is hard but a good value.

Again, I want to mention about the dongle, you need the dongle to run most of these progs. Don't ever lose the dongle. Lost dongle==Lost Money. Comapnies will NOT replace dongles. Today the dongle is plugged in the USB port. If you BUY used software & there is NO dongle…YOU HAVE LOST YOUR MONEY..

Good luck. If I was getting a new embr machine i would look into the Janome & the janome Digitizer. Criswell, the famous designers of lace use Janome.

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I have a Brothers embroidery machine, and im trying to figure out how to digitize images. I have no idea where to start, which program do i need? where do i get it from? Is there a easy to read manual for digitizing? im not experienced, any help will be great!

to answer your first question, in order to make a quality design that's worth your thread, stabilizer, fabric and time you will need to do what is called manual punch digitizing.
If you are an artist you are a step ahead as you can use your own pictures, but if not you will have to find clipart that the aritist allows to be used OR you can subcribe to many different clipart sites to get your images.

Think of digitizing as kind of like tracing a picture only a lot more steps and a lot harder! That's the best I can describe it.
It takes a lot of patience and trial and error and MANY test stitching sessions of a design to make sure there is nothing that needs to be adjusted.

Now for the best programs-well that's a loaded question.
Most of this decision depends on what you want the software for. None of them are "easy" at first, but again with a lot of patience and persisitance anyone can accomplish great designs.
Prices range from free to thousands of dollars, of course the cheaper the program the more frustrated you are probably going to get with using it.

I personally use Embird. This is a great program because you buy the "basic" package, and then add plug ins that you want. For digitizing you will need the Studio plug in, and if you are wanting to do quick and simple lettering from any TTF you will want their Font Engine plug in too.

I suggest if you are wanting to play around with digitizing, Sophie Sews is a free software. Of course not the best, but it's free and will give you a feel for what digitizing is all about.
I have to warn you that the last I heard they were still in the building/testing phase so there are are glitches and bugs but nothing that will cause your computer to go *poof*

I would also suggest a sewing/embroidery forum
I belong to a few, but my favorite is sewforum provided by allbrands
there are thousands of very helpful members there and a lot of free designs.
i post a lot of my work there as free samples from our website.

If you do a search for Sophie Sews and Sew Forum you should be able to find links to both.

Hope this isn't info overload and that it helps!

flipflopsindecember

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I have a Brothers embroidery machine, and im trying to figure out how to digitize images. I have no idea where to start, which program do i need? where do i get it from? Is there a easy to read manual for digitizing? im not experienced, any help will be great!

digitizing takes alot of work to learn. there are many yahoo groups devoted to machine embroidery. embird is a very good program and many people use it. they do give you a 30 free trial period so you can try it before you buy it. the site is www.embird.com
i have the pe-design version 4 which is the software specifically for the brother machine. it is expensive but will do alot. i also have fancyworks studio by pantograms. i really wish i would have upgraded my embird instead of purchasing fancyworks.
i would sugest joining some yahoo groups about machine embroidery and reading there before you purchase the software.
do you have a way to transfer embroidery designs from the internet to your machine? the ped-basic is an inexpensive program that will let you use designs you purchase or get free from the internet.

i wanted to share a couple of my favorite sites with you.
http://www.astitchahalf.com/index.html
http://www.designsbysick.com/amember/go.php?r=5647&i=l0">Designs by SiCK Embroidery Library

good luck and have fun.

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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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Are there any free sites on the internet where I can find the word "Joy" in a pretty font to hand embroider?

I think this image would be a good project:
http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1019431

FYI: you will have to register but if you are ever looking for images, they have TONS!

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There is a major issue popping up concerning finding a crisp, quality drawn leg tattoo design. The problem is that only about 10% of the people find them. What does everyone else see? They see sites that are filled to the brim with generic junk and awful cookie cutter images. Here is why that always happens and how to stop it in its tracks, while easily finding a one great leg tattoo design selection after another.

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It doesn't take a genius to realize that competition is tough out there, even more so today, with the economic downturn. Marketers, and in our case, Internet marketers, must search for unexplored territory, a marketing potential which is yet untapped, or hasn't been fully exploited yet. Flickr offers this tremendous potential for marketing and a unique possibility to showcase your company and products.

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It doesn't take a genius to realize that competition is tough out there, even more so today, with the economic downturn. Marketers, and in our case, Internet marketers, must search for unexplored territory, a marketing potential which is yet untapped, or hasn't been fully exploited yet. Flickr offers this tremendous potential for marketing and a unique possibility to showcase your company and products.

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