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I have the program but have not really spent the time required to have it become as useful as it can be. For lots of us it has a larger than anticipated learning curve. If you quilt shop has a class or there is way for you to try it before buying I would strongly suggest that you try it out. For what the program can do, it is a good value.
There is a great tutorial on how to use EQ7 right here on this board, done by Rhonda. She goes through virtually every aspect of EQ7 and holds your hand. By the way, it IS worth the price tag.
Week 1: Rhonda's Electric Quilt Class - Week 1 - Introduction
I'm still stumped by EQ5! Guess if you have computer savy etc it might be worth it, I never use my EQ5, wish I did but my learning curve went straight in the dumpster.
Warm quilt hugs, Sue in CA
Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death....Rosalind Russell
I love it. It takes time to learn it but it is worth it. I haven't mastered drawing but I will someday.
I have it, and we have a "love/hate" relationship going on. When I don't use it for awhile, I have a hard time designing a quilt and get frustrated with it, but if I am using it for a day or two, I love it and we work well together. I do download fabric lines into it, and it is wonderful to see my project in real life fabrics. I do not use it as much as I could/should. I would shop on ebay also. EQ7 gives you more than 1 download.
If life gives you lemons, make a margarita.