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i liked it So much , and i want to learn how to sew stuff so i could be a designer in the futur . But what do you think ?

The Bernina Artista series are all good machines — and Bernina partisans will tell you there is nothing better than a Bernina. I'd disagree because they just don't feel quite right to me, but they are indeed mechanically sound machines, though they tend to be quite pricey for features compared to some other good brands. I'm also not into computerized embroidery. (If I want to embroider I do free motion or hand embroidery).

Some things you might want to consider:
1) if you have a combination sewing/embroidery machine, you can't sew while the machine is stitching out a design. Quite a few friends who do computerized embroidery have an embroidery machine and a sewing machine. In some cases, two machines are less expensive than a combo machine.

2) If you're going to be spending that much on a first machine, you might also want to look at some of the offerings from some of the other good home machine makers like Elna, Janome, Pfaff and Viking (in alphabetical order). That way, you can know you've made the right decision for you, no matter what brand or model you wind up choosing.

It's generally not the machine, it's the brain and the hands operating the machine, that really control the quality of the sewn product. See if your library can get you a copy of an old, old book called "Singer Instructions for Art Embroidery", done in several editions. Every stitch in the book (and there's some magnificent work) was done on a straight stitch treadle sewing machine.

While there's no point handicapping yourself by buying a crummy, balky, hunk o' junk sewing machine, if you're working on a budget, you might want to consider putting some of that sewing machine money towards lessons and going with a machine with fewer bells and whistles. In the long run, it may be more beneficial to learn to use a simpler machine well, particularly if you intend to go to design school.

You might also want to start reading at http://www.fashion-incubator.com — lots of things there for new designers.

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What is the best sewing machine to purchase to stitch words onto shirts and hoodys?

you didn't say how big you want the letters and words. are you planning on doing this commercially? most home embroidery machines will void the warranty if you use it commercially. i've used the janome, pfaff, viking and brother embroidery machines. i personally prefer the brother line. i still haven't read completely thru the manual. it is really easy to use. my machine is a ult2002d and i have heard that the new brother self threading is tricky to learn to use. i've heard good things about the brother se270d that walmart sells for $350 is a good machine. if i remember right it comes with a 5" x 7" hoop. since you basically want the machine for lettering i would suggest purchasing a hoop-it-all for your machine. www.hoopitall.com it will give you a much larger embroidery area without having to re-hoop. i will also say i haven't really heard anything good about the singer embroidery machine. there are many yahoo groups for machine embroidery. some are machine specific. you may want to search yahoo groups for the specific brand of machine you are looking at and see what the people on the yahoo groups think of their machines.

here are a couple of embroidery websites i would like to share with you.
http://www.astitchahalf.com/ puts 5 different fonts on sale each week for $3 for all 5 sets.
http://www.designsbysick.com/amember/go.php?r=5647&i=l0">Designs by SiCK Embroidery Library has many fun fonts. they have 49 free designs per day and the membership fee to all the designs on their site is very reasonable.

good luck and if i can be of further assistance please feel free to e-mail me from my profile.

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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 am looking at getting a lower end embroidery machine, and this Viking seems to be winning, but I can't find anywhere that says what is the preferred file type for the designs, I think it can read a few, I know some must be better than others, and I don't know which it does and does not read.

I don't think I would want an embroidery machine that has to be connected to a PC. http://www.husqvarnaviking.com/us/18210_18224.htm

The format for Viking is usually.hus. But since this model looks like the Singer Futura, it may also use .sew format. See this discussion – http://artisanssquare.com/sg/index.php?topic=8992.0

The dealer can give you this information.

You can convert any machine embroidery design (except Bernina's .art format) to the format required by using conversion software,

Pulse Ambassador is a free conversion download used by many, including me.

When selecting designs, be sure the size of the design is within the stitching (embroidery) limitations of the embroidery machine.

Most have the standard 4 x 4 stitching area and some embroidery machines have larger stitching areas for embroidery designs.

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0 Pfaff creative 4D Suite 2: Additional ModulesEmbroidery software educator Soni Grint shows highlights of the five exclusive modules contained in creative 4D Suite. Make every design unique with creative 4D Design Creator using special fill effects such as contour and motif fill. Transform photos using monochrome and 4-color techniques in creative 4D PictureStitch. Embellish fabric with machine or personal motifs with creative 4D Fabric Decorator. Create your own fonts using creative 4D Font Digitizing. Use creative 4D Stitch Artist to create stitches for many Pfaff sewing machines. Finally, use 4D Organizer to catalog your designs, 4D Vision to preview designs before embroidery or 4D Design Aligner to split larger designs for any hoop. (available in other packages)

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0 Pfaff creative 4D Suite 1: Packages IncludedEmbroidery software educator Soni Grint shows highlights of the packages contained in creative 4D Suite. She shows a jacket embellished with Shapes, a coaster and table runner created with Encore and lettering font samples including QuickFonts created from TrueType computer fonts, all in creative 4D Embroidery Extra. A skirt and jacket demonstrate editing and morphing features from creative 4D Stitch Editor. Printer fabric and iron-on transfers are enhanced with free motion embroidery created in creative 4D Sketch. A sampler, designs and text were created in creative 4D Cross Stitcher.

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0 Husqvarna Viking 4D Professional 2: Additional ModulesEmbroidery software educator Soni Grint shows further highlights of the packages contained in 4D Professional. Printer fabric and iron-on transfers are enhanced with free motion embroidery created in 4D Sketch. 4D Design Aligner splits larger designs for any hoop. There are highlights of the four exclusive modules contained in 4D Professional. Make every design unique with 4D Design Creator using special fill effects such as contour and motif fill. Transform photos using monochrome and 4-color techniques in 4D PictureStitch. Embellish fabric with machine or personal motifs with 4D Fabric Decorator. Create your own fonts using 4D Font Digitizing. Finally, use 4D Organizer to catalog your designs or 4D Vision to preview designs before embroidery (available in other packages)

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