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Old June 12th, 2019 Jun 12, 2019 9:17:07 AM -   #1 (permalink)
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Hello,
I have been sending my designs to get digitized, however, I was wondering if anyone knows of a program where I can learn to do it myself? I use the program Tajima DG/ML by Pulse now to set up and work with files, but I would love to be able to do my own digitizing and make changes when I want.
Any suggestions would be great!
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Hello,
I have been sending my designs to get digitized, however, I was wondering if anyone knows of a program where I can learn to do it myself? I use the program Tajima DG/ML by Pulse now to set up and work with files, but I would love to be able to do my own digitizing and make changes when I want.
Any suggestions would be great!
Thanks!
DG/ML pulse has levels as well does wilcom. basically the top two softwares, not cheap.

You would either have to upgrade your Pulse to higher level or trade in for wilcom.

Multiple grand. if you have any experience making things from scratch in vector art then sure if you don't.... I invested into second highest level of wilcom a few years back... I have not sent out a file in years. but it took me a long time to master.
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The least expensive I know if is https://www.embird.net/

The highest is Wilcom which is the standard in the industry.

It doesn't matter which one you select, it is an art form. It takes a long time to learn and do correctly. Your best bet is to spend the bucks on something like Wilcom and still get your designs digitized and get the EMB file when you do it. Then you can see how it is done.

Or, go inexpensive with something like Embird and do the same thing from the DST file.

Also, you can go to embroidery library and download a lot of inexpensive designs and just look at them. You can learn a lot from that.

Good luck, we learned from scratch and do about 95% of our digitizing in house.
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The least expensive I know if is https://www.embird.net/

The highest is Wilcom which is the standard in the industry.

It doesn't matter which one you select, it is an art form. It takes a long time to learn and do correctly. Your best bet is to spend the bucks on something like Wilcom and still get your designs digitized and get the EMB file when you do it. Then you can see how it is done.

Or, go inexpensive with something like Embird and do the same thing from the DST file.

Also, you can go to embroidery library and download a lot of inexpensive designs and just look at them. You can learn a lot from that.

Good luck, we learned from scratch and do about 95% of our digitizing in house.
is there any sites for tutorials using wilcom or Embird?
 
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is there any sites for tutorials using wilcom or Embird?
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https://www.google.com/search?q=wilc...hrome&ie=UTF-8
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Binki gave you some great ideas.

I'm a Digitizer and do all my own digitizing. I have been using Generations for about 10 years. I think it was a $1,200.00 Program when I started using it, but has increased to about $1,800.00 I think. A great investment, I purchased (2) copies back then, my Daughter had to have a copy at her place as she was working with me.

Before that, I used a Home User type Program by Brother. All that program did was frustrate me and thankfully I sold it for the price I paid for it early on. I had purchased it at an excellent price new and was able to sell it fairly quickly when I discovered it wasn't the best choice.

I'm currently playing around with a program called Embrilliance. You can purchase it in sections and start with whatever you want. Do you want to start with a program to clean up files you already have? You could do that. Do you want to start with just lettering? You could do that too. You could also start with fills and patterns, and outline stitches. There is so much to it!

The beauty of Embrilliance is you can put it on every computer you own for no extra $. Gotta love that!

https://embrilliance.com/

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Binki gave you some great ideas.

I'm a Digitizer and do all my own digitizing. I have been using Generations for about 10 years. I think it was a $1,200.00 Program when I started using it, but has increased to about $1,800.00 I think. A great investment, I purchased (2) copies back then, my Daughter had to have a copy at her place as she was working with me.

Before that, I used a Home User type Program by Brother. All that program did was frustrate me and thankfully I sold it for the price I paid for it early on. I had purchased it at an excellent price new and was able to sell it fairly quickly when I discovered it wasn't the best choice.

I'm currently playing around with a program called Embrilliance. You can purchase it in sections and start with whatever you want. Do you want to start with a program to clean up files you already have? You could do that. Do you want to start with just lettering? You could do that too. You could also start with fills and patterns, and outline stitches. There is so much to it!

The beauty of Embrilliance is you can put it on every computer you own for no extra $. Gotta love that!

https://embrilliance.com/

Is it user friendly? Im kinda new in Embroidery and honestly I dont know anything about Digitizing Logo or designs, Im kinda lost now which Machine to get and Program that will match perfectly for that...
 
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Shamba,

I remember that lost feeling, there is so much to absorb when beginning embroidery. I don't like to tell anyone how user friendly something is because we all learn differently. I will say this though: It's best to visit a couple of stores where they sell embroidery machines and first get a feeling for the type of embroidery machines out there and what types of things you can embroider on them. Then start looking at different software. There is Software geared to the Commercial Digitizer and some for the Home Embroidery machine user.

For myself, I knew that I was going to move into Commercial embroidery but knew I wasn't ready to purchase yet, so I started with (3) small Home machines, they were about $300.00 each. Then there was thread, 3 sets. I didn't go for all the colors I have now, just small sets. I got some backings and experimented. I started by purchasing some ready made designs or used designs built into the machines. I ran alll (3) machines together and did things like Christmas stockings, names, logos. I ordered my digitizing for Custom designs from a Professional Digitzer while I learned how to digitize myself.

For me, it was all trial and error and I made lots of errors! I did not take any classes. If I had it to do all over again, I would have not invested in those small machines. I would have invested in some classes to learn more about digitizing. Also, trade shows are a great place to learn about software and machines. So do that for sure. If there is a tradeshow in your area, go to it. If any of the sewing stores in your area have demonstrations, those are good to go to as well.

Also, try to do a few online seminars if you can.
 
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There are digitizers out there who do quality work and will do a front left chest for $8 with a 2-4 hour turn around. I have a basic inexpensive program that I can do lettering and then I send everything else out. When you figure the cost of your time, it is more then worth it to send your designs away.
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