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Hi there, we're based in the UK and currently specialise in vinyl printing of t shirts. In the new year we hope to be moving onto embroidery. Initially I was under the impression that I could buy a Brother Innov-is 700e, import the design, load some cotton in the machine and then press print. Having read this forum it seeems thats not the case. Could some kind soul with patience please best explain what would be the first step and how complicated is it to print designs such as football club badges? Thanks :p
 

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You can't just print designs. The graphic file has to be converted to stitches so that the machine knows what type of stitch to put where. An experienced digitizer can take a graphic file and bring it to life with stitches going in different directions to add detail. It's not something you learn overnight and the auto-digitizing features in most softwares will not give you a quality design to work with.

Do you have any conventions or shows near you in the near future? I'd recommend sitting in on some of the embroidery workshops.
 

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Embroidery is a whole different deal. You need to really shop the makers u have in your area to figure out who has the best pricing and support. The post above is correct all logos need to be converted first to sew but that frankly is the easy part. There are tons of digitizers out there and with asia they are open 24/7. They are sometimes more work since they are less expensive and sometimes have a little to be desired but workable none the less. The bigger part if figuring out your machine and being willing to be mechanical when needed. Don't get me wrong, great way to earn money and really a wonderful creative outlet but definitely do your homework. There are probably a bunch of individuals or businesses that already do this around u. Not to worry there is usually enough business to go around but go and visit them and check it out. Realize too that u will need a newer computer to run the software and the software isn't cheap. Also the accessories you will need can be spendy too!

Good Luck!
 

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Hi and welcome heavens-gates
The Brother I-is 700e is a good starting machne if your not going to be doing real big items.
I myself am thinking of geting one very soon (probs a week or so) as i also have been reading and looking at the different types ect.
I myself like you am just after doing logos and such that i also create and that companys already have.
I do other job lots with the vinyl and press machine and so dont need a powerfull started machine.
The software is very expensive as the other members have mentioned, plus the add on items like cap systems and so on.
To me after reading a lot on the art of Embroidery here on the site and members experience, well i was thinking it would be easy like you and simply insert a picture and tell it to do it, but alass not the case.
But from what i have read, it can cost as little as $1.50 per 1000 ect stitches for some one to digitize you logo or creation, but choose a good well knowen and used profesional digitizer.
This is my own views as with also about to buy, it has been a great knolage base here from the members with their help and reading a lot, that to me it makes sence to get a good enough machine then a good profesional digitizer that have good rep and feedback on their work, and then work from there.
If you say are doing 20 or more tops ect with the same logo then the digitized picture will make it`s money back 18 fold depending on your price for the badge ect.
So to me and my opinion it`s not worth paying the huge price for any software when starting out as it`s cheaper to get it done for you and also leave you a lot of spair time as from what i`ve read its a hard job to do. ;)
 

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Hello Heavens Gates,
When it comes to digitizing/embroidery, experience does make a difference, and you do get what you pay for. A prime example is one of my clients who loves my emboridery and what not, but refuses to pay for digitizing; so, he goes to a place where they charge $2 per 1000 stitches (i think the most expensive rate i have seen is someone charging $45 per 1000 stitches), and in no less than 12 edits later, he got his tape the way HE wanted it. In the end he did save some money, but i don't think he got the order. Now he does it here for $14 per 1000.
It is up to the digitizer to decide what type of stitching works best for the given situtation; it's one of those things that can only be learned through experience.
A good rule of thumb when submitting artwork for digitizing is to be as specific as possible, let your digitizer know EXACTLY what you expect, or else he/she will do it THEIR way.

Dave
 

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All good advice, everyone.
I'm just starting and am in a similar boat. I'm learning with everything I do.
I debated a long time about sending out my digitizing or buying the software and doing it myself. I ended up buying it and am learning. I know it will pay off in the end but the learning curve looks like a long one.
 
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