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Thread: Embroidery Experts - Question on Embird

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    Am looking for a reasonably priced digitizing program to ease into creating own designs from clip art, etc. Is there a version of Embird that does that or is it a strictly editing and management program?
    Would appreciate any input you could provide.

    Thanks

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    Yes, you can buy the digitizing portion of Embird (it is called Studio). It's a very user friendly program. You would need to buy the basic Embird program, then the Studio add on. Their prices are very reasonable. I would also suggest you get their iconizer add on as it is very helpful in seeing your embroidery design icons.

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    Thanks. I have a Bernina and it will read PES, XXX and a number of other file types, so I think this will work with it. I just don't want to spend almost $1000 for the Bernina program when I am not sure I will have the patience to learn the digitizing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nursie76
    Thanks. I have a Bernina and it will read PES, XXX and a number of other file types, so I think this will work with it. I just don't want to spend almost $1000 for the Bernina program when I am not sure I will have the patience to learn the digitizing.
    Yes, I agree with you in not wanting to spend $$$ on Bernina's software for embroidery. I love my Bernina but some of their stuff is so pricey.

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    I'll be interested in how you like this if you buy it; like you I don't want to spend all the $$$$ for the Bernina software.

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    Embird is a great program that you buy the parts that you need/want.
    I haven't done much digitizing in it.
    Bonnie at BDZines has some great lessons and there are some wonderful Yahoo groups for Embird as well.
    Kirsten

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    Thanks, I am going to do some research on it.

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    Also check on the digitizing software offered by Floriani (sp? the stabilizer company). My dealer actually offers classes on this software as well as the Bernina one. I'm assuming it's much cheaper.

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    Floriani is also a very expensive software. I don't think you can beat the price to Embird. Especially since you can buy it a section at a time. As long as you have the basic embird (the editing software), you can add the others as you can afford them or need them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JudyG
    Floriani is also a very expensive software. I don't think you can beat the price to Embird. Especially since you can buy it a section at a time. As long as you have the basic embird (the editing software), you can add the others as you can afford them or need them.
    That is my one problem with Embird. I don't need the editing software, at least I don't think I do....hmmmm...guess I had better do some more research. :roll:

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    I have downloaded from several different embroidery sites and never had a problem. The main thing is, unless you want the same item 7 times, download only the one for your machine. The Bernina is a really friendly exp. unit. And when you bring it up on your laptop program and you do all you want to make it yours then save it .. for me this is the best way.. on the Bernina USB stick. If not when you can't find exp, then save it under the melcor... I can't afford a lot of those CD with everything on it and I sure can't afford the digitizing stuff. $2,000 for the sofeware... not on my budget. But admittedly, I am not all that great when it comes to the embroidery stuff, but what I do, I know well. That leaves a whole lot of room to learn something else next.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nursie76
    That is my one problem with Embird. I don't need the editing software, at least I don't think I do....hmmmm...guess I had better do some more research. :roll:
    You might be surprised how much you would use the editing software. I sometimes resize things, change colors, delete certain elements of some designs, combine designs--there are lots of things you can do with editing software after you have been embroidering for awhile.

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    I have Embird too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JudyG
    Floriani is also a very expensive software. I don't think you can beat the price to Embird. Especially since you can buy it a section at a time. As long as you have the basic embird (the editing software), you can add the others as you can afford them or need them.

    Good to know.

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    On my Bernina I have the Editor Lite addition 4.. since I'm only tuned in to what I have, and what I cannot afford, I am extremely interested in this particular thread. Of those who have the Embrid, does this play nice with the existing software for my Bernina 630, or do you bypass the existing and only use the Embrid? If so, does if have explic details on how to move things from Editor Lite 4 over to the new stand alone sofeware.

    With thanks Claire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JudyG
    Quote Originally Posted by nursie76
    That is my one problem with Embird. I don't need the editing software, at least I don't think I do....hmmmm...guess I had better do some more research. :roll:
    You might be surprised how much you would use the editing software. I sometimes resize things, change colors, delete certain elements of some designs, combine designs--there are lots of things you can do with editing software after you have been embroidering for awhile.
    yes, you can change things alot

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oklahoma Suzie
    Quote Originally Posted by JudyG
    Quote Originally Posted by nursie76
    That is my one problem with Embird. I don't need the editing software, at least I don't think I do....hmmmm...guess I had better do some more research. :roll:
    You might be surprised how much you would use the editing software. I sometimes resize things, change colors, delete certain elements of some designs, combine designs--there are lots of things you can do with editing software after you have been embroidering for awhile.
    yes, you can change things alot
    Thanks, shows you how much I know about digitizing. I thought the program that came with my machine would edit. I also have Catalog Express, which I thought could edit too, though I haven't totally explored the program yet. Boy am I glad to have you guys to save me from my inexperience.
    ;)

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    Now for the foot in mouth question... can you share the approximate cost? And did you order on line and receive the program on CD form, or did you purchase on line and it comes as a download?

    Sorry, I just seem to get lazier in my extending age.. With thanks

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    I have been using Embird for about ten years, however I don't digitize but i use the heck out of the basic program. I do a lot of combining designs, spliting designs, correcting designs and resizing designs. You can download a trial of Embird Studio but it has many limitations, like printing or saving you design.

    But, the real reason I'm replying is just to make sure you know about Sadie Sews, that site has a free digitizing program you can download. I think if you put Sadie Sews in your search engine you should be able to find it. It might not have everything you are wanting in a program but it might give a little more insight to what you will want in a more comprehensive program.

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    Forgot to mention that I have my notes from an Embird class that I taught, we took a small free design and changed it in about every way possible. If you want to pm me your email addy, I would be happy to email you a copy of it. If anyone else wants it, just let me know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gail-r
    Forgot to mention that I have my notes from an Embird class that I taught, we took a small free design and changed it in about every way possible. If you want to pm me your email addy, I would be happy to email you a copy of it. If anyone else wants it, just let me know.
    How sweet of you to offer, PM on its way! I will also check out the free download, then I can explore and see if this is really for me, or if I lack the right amount of creativity (& time) to really do this. :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by gail-r
    I have been using Embird for about ten years, however I don't digitize but i use the heck out of the basic program. I do a lot of combining designs, spliting designs, correcting designs and resizing designs. You can download a trial of Embird Studio but it has many limitations, like printing or saving you design.

    But, the real reason I'm replying is just to make sure you know about Sadie Sews, that site has a free digitizing program you can download. I think if you put Sadie Sews in your search engine you should be able to find it. It might not have everything you are wanting in a program but it might give a little more insight to what you will want in a more comprehensive program.
    How interesting, I named my new 730E Sadie :-)

    Can't find the Sadie Sews site, any help would be appreciated.

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    Guess I was very tired last night, I gave you the wrong info, it is Sophie Sew not Sadie; here is the link sophiesew.com . Sorry for the confusion.

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    I emailed you the files, hope they make sense.

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