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Thread: Why did I buy the EQ7?

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    Senior Member mythreesuns's Avatar
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    Why did I buy the EQ7?

    I bought it thinking I could make my own designs/patterns etc... so now I have this program and have NEVER ever made my own pattern yet. It is to confusing I guess...so I just buy patterns and etc.. what a waste.. Have you bought things that turned out to be a waste of money?
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    yes, and that's why my 'studio' is full of crafts! sorry to hear that you don't use your EQ... i use mine all of the time. granted, it takes time to learn, but is invaluable after the learning curve. our member Rhonda has done some tutorials on here. perhaps you can check them out.
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    Yes, I purchased the software to make my own counted cross stitch patterns (over $100), have tried once to use it , didn't understand any of it - so there it sits on a closet shelf.

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    I also use my EQ to check for color combinations I want to use in a quilt I am going to make. Also friends ask me to do this for them.

    Have even drawn patterns others have designed and given them the outline form and material amounts needed.

    Once you use the EQ you will probably want to use it more. Give the tutorials a try. Import your fabrics and see how they look in the quilts you set up.

    Otherwise, I might offer to buy it from you at a discount.
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    I love my EQ and have since EQ4. I use it everyday! That being said why don't you use it? How do you learn? Do you like videos? EQ has many videos in the program and at the Do you eq site. Are you able to follow a book step by step. The directions in the book are the perfect way to learn EQ. I am an instructor as well. I have lessons written for EQ 6 that can be used in EQ 7. I am also writing new lessons for EQ 7. Let me know what you need and what you want to do. The first thing to do in EQ is learn the buttons. What they do and where they are. Once that is done you need to learn how to find blocks in the libraries and how to place them on the quilt layout. Then how to use the tabs at the bottom and how to build your quilts! Sounds like an awful lot to learn. If you use a word program you can learn EQ. If you have played in a drawing program you can learn EQ. Let me know what you need I am here to help! Luann
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    I really like my EQ, give it a try I think you will be pleased!

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    I've often thought of buying EQ, but haven't splurged. I like to design my own pattern once in a while, and I just use graph paper. I'm afraid I would be like you, mythreesuns, and it would sit on a shelf collecting dust. I figured that is an awful lot of material on sale I could get with that money! Was at my favorite LQS last week and picked up 5 yards of material for just under $25. Now that's a bargain!
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    I bought the embroidery module for my Bernina 440, thinking that I might want to do embroidery. I've used it only a few times for making quilt labels and found out I'm not really interested in embroidery. So yes, I've bought things that were a waste of money for me. On the other hand, EQ7 (and EQ6 before that) is probably the most useful tool I have, next to the sewing machine and rotary cutter. I use it all the time. The online help is excellent, tutorials get you started, and there are lots of classes and tutorials offered at various places if you need more help. Don't give up on it - invest some time and energy in learning how to use it and you will be happy with that purchase.

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    I haven't used mine very much, but it is great to play with possibilities. One thing I like it for is the fact that it tells you how much of each fabric to buy. You can recreate existing patterns in EQ, then play with color combinations, etc.
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    It certainly has a learning curve. I have it but really don't use it as much as I should. I need a hands on , person sitting next to me refresher course.

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    May I suggest that you sell your EQ's, like I did, and buy something you will use.

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    I OWN EQ7 after giving it a real try, I went back to QuiltPro. I use it constantly. BTW, I used to review software for a national mag. I would give EQ a D.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mythreesuns View Post
    I bought it thinking I could make my own designs/patterns etc... so now I have this program and have NEVER ever made my own pattern yet. It is to confusing I guess...so I just buy patterns and etc.. what a waste.. Have you bought things that turned out to be a waste of money?

    Oh, I thought you bought it for my birthday and were just late delivering it!

    I love drawing designs--------------I hate coloring them in. I'd love such a program.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobbielinks View Post
    Yes, I purchased the software to make my own counted cross stitch patterns (over $100), have tried once to use it , didn't understand any of it - so there it sits on a closet shelf.
    I've always used just plain graph paper for my cross stitch patterns. For a pillow I might end up with several pieces of paper, but that's the way that is easiest for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QM View Post
    I OWN EQ7 after giving it a real try, I went back to QuiltPro. I use it constantly. BTW, I used to review software for a national mag. I would give EQ a D.
    I also purchased Quilt Pro. I use EQ far more. It is my go to program. I found QP lacking for me. I have stated I teach Eq and I have used it for many years. The learning curve is no harder than any other software program. It is a personal preference. One of my quilt buddies has EQ6 and still drafts with paper. I say whatever works for you is the best. But at least try to learn a new program you just might like it! Luann
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lori S View Post
    It certainly has a learning curve. I have it but really don't use it as much as I should. I need a hands on , person sitting next to me refresher course.
    Me too LoriS! I fiddle and fiddle with it, get out the book, read it line by line and still can't get it to do what I want to do with it. I have had success twice with printing out foundation papers for a paper pieced block but it was one that was in the block library so I didn't have to push too many buttons!
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    I wanted EQ7 in the worst way, but could not justify the price. I watch Craigs List for people cleaning out their stash, and about a year ago I hit on a lady around the corner from me that had her entire room over her garage she was getting rid of- fabric, templates, books, magazines, etc. Looking through all the books in one cabinet, there was the EQ5 UNOPENED! I asked her how much and she said $2.00. I gave her the opportunity to change her mind knowing what she had paid for it. Nope, I could have it. One of the many bargains I walked out with that day! I love it for playing around, but have not actually printed anything out yet. Good for the creative juices though!

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    I bought the EQ6 and still can't use it. I wish I could because I like to play with making patterns. Back to the graph paper.

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    I bought EQ6 and then the EQ7 update. Went to a couple of classes with the EQ6 and, well...... I never use it. I should but just don't take the time to re-learn it. That's a couple hundred dollars that I could have bought more fabric with....
    Maybe someday I will take the time and actually use the program.


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    Sell it, many want it so if you don't use it sell it
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    I use graph paper also quiltin-nannie, I have always designed my own quilts. Thats how I've always done it. I guess I would rather spend my money on quilting supplies also!

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    I use EQ7 a lot. It never was confusing to me, it's just a click and do program. I started with chapter one of the book and it was easy to follow along. I buy new items to see if I will use them. I don't buy thinking I will really use this a lot. Some I don't like to use and that doesn't bother me and I don't know why it should.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dolphyngyrl View Post
    Sell it, many want it so if you don't use it sell it
    I did sell my first copy of EQ 7. Then my friend came to visit last August and he brought me his copy that he had bought and gave it to me because he couldn't figure it out either. I figure I'm not out any money on it so I will hang on to it and maybe, just maybe, I will figure it out!
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    I noticed that there are still openings at the Cincinnati quilt show for EQ7 classes, I would love to take some of those!
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    If you dont like to work with computers, EQ is a challenge. I have it, never use it. I dont take the time to learn it.oh well.
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