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Thread: Is it worth the money?

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    Senior Member margie77072's Avatar
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    Is it worth the money?

    I'm coming into a little extra cash and have thought about buying the EQ7. It's kinda pricey, so I was wondering if it's worth the price tag. Tell me what you like about it and what you hate about it.

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    Check out previous threads about it. I'm one of those who find the learning curve for EQ7 very steep. It's not intuitive for me, so it would take me many hours of study and learning to learn how to use it -- even at a rudimentary level. Some people take to it like a duck to water, but I'm not one of them!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99 View Post
    Check out previous threads about it. I'm one of those who find the learning curve for EQ7 very steep. It's not intuitive for me, so it would take me many hours of study and learning to learn how to use it -- even at a rudimentary level. Some people take to it like a duck to water, but I'm not one of them!
    I'm with prism99 on this one! But everyone is different so you might be one who can jump into the deep end of the pool and not drown!
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    I like it a lot, and don't find it difficult to use. I did a lot of price comparisons and found that quilt in a day had the best price by far:

    http://www.quiltinaday.com/shoponlin...ay.asp?i=28132

    you have to add it to your basket to check the price.
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    I just luurrrve my EQ7! I agree, check out the previous threads, you are not the first person to ask. And, you will get as many people who love it as hate it.

    My favorite things - I can dream up any block, color it any way I want, set it on point or horizontally, completely mess around with it without wasting any fabric. I can audition all kinds of variations and fabrics virtually. I love to paper piece, so I like to draw and print complicated blocks. I like to get estimates of how much yardage a specific project will require. I can spot problems before they happen, as seen in previous threads on this board about how a quilt ended up with sections that, once sewn together, unfortunately looked like swastikas.

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    I can do a lot of things that EQ7 does with Gimp and it's free. I would suggest you try using
    Gimp and when the time comes where it no longer meets your needs then move to EQ7.
    There is a great tutorial on how to use Gimp in the Tutorial section. Check it out.

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    I really like it. I would check out previous threads alot do not care for it.

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    I use it all the time and wouldn't be without it. For me, EQ was well worth the expense. However, your experience will depend on how comfortable you feel using new computer software, and how willing you are to spend some time going through the EQ lessons or help screens when you have a question.

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    I have EQ5 - don't feel a need to upgrade. I use it but certainly not to it's full potential. DH bought it for me for a gift at the time. I agree with Peckish as to auditioning fabrics/colors; changing settings, etc. My favorite part is the yardage estimates. BUT for some of the yardage estimates are way over - you can tell they just look wrong. In that case I re-calculate myself and add a bit. Then again, I always add extra for any yardage estimates so I don't run short when I make cutting/sewing errors. Cuz it seems I always do at least 1 per quilt!

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    I've EQ since it was ran on Windows DOS. I have EQ7 and only use a fraction of the features, I doubt any quilter will outgrow it. I import thumbnails of fabric on line before buying it to see how it looks in a quilt pattern. I convert block patterns to paper piecing. I enlarge or reduce patterns. Just open the book and follow the steps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EasyPeezy View Post
    I can do a lot of things that EQ7 does with Gimp and it's free. I would suggest you try using
    Gimp and when the time comes where it no longer meets your needs then move to EQ7.
    There is a great tutorial on how to use Gimp in the Tutorial section. Check it out.
    I just downloaded this for my Mac and can't wait to try it. I have EQ5, I think, and while I liked playing with it, I'm sure I never used it to its full potential and so never felt like it was worth it to upgrade. Plus, EQ doesn't run on my Mac (even on Parallels, I tried).

    Looking forward to playing with Gimp!
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    It is worth it if you learn to use it. I am still learning and I have had it for over two years. It is great for making quilt labels. I am with BellaBoo, for me the EQ7 manual is a must even after two years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EasyPeezy View Post
    I can do a lot of things that EQ7 does with Gimp and it's free. I would suggest you try using
    Gimp and when the time comes where it no longer meets your needs then move to EQ7.
    There is a great tutorial on how to use Gimp in the Tutorial section. Check it out.
    If you can do it in Gimp, you can do it in Photoshop or Illustrator if that's what you have. I can use all 3 plus EQ5. Gimp is free, but some of us also edit photos and might have Photoshop already.
    The actual drawing programs are far better for Celtic designs.
    Last edited by Weezy Rider; 02-01-2013 at 07:33 AM.

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    I stayed with EQ6 for the price reason. I really only use it now when I want to duplicate and play with quilt block I have seen in other quilts. That allows me to figure amy of material and for that its is sufficient.
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    I agree with BellaBoo. I have had it since Version 3. The best upgrade imho was when they went from 5 to 6. I did go with 7, but havent begun to explore the possibilties! I think its easy to use compared to other programs. I have tried Gimp, its ok for photos but I use EQ more to design quilts, design blocks, test layouts, etc. I rarely use graph paper and colored pencils for anything anymore.

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    I've had EQ7 for a couple months and it does a lot. But there are a few things I wish it does that it doesn't.

    1) if you plan a quilt with several different blocks you must print templates for each block separately. You cannot print templates for the entire quilt at once.

    2) Blocks are square/rectangular. So if you want to design hexagon blocks or triangles, its possible but they're in square settings. Its much more difficult to design quilts (such as with simply amazing spiral quilts) with unusually shaped blocks. I would really love to be able to make irregular shaped blocks and set them into a quilt.

    Heavy learning curve. Its possible I don't know some tricks that would allow me to do what I want, but I've emailed customer support and though they responded promptly and were polite, they basically told me EQ7 doesn't do what I would like it to.

    Having said that, I think it is a great program and I still use it frequently.

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    I like it and use it all the time. Since I've used other graphics software I didn't find it too difficult to learn.

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    I can't tell you whether it would be worth it for you, but I can tell you about my own perspective. I got EQ5 as a gift a few years ago and was thrilled, but I discovered that I never used it. The basics seemed simple enough to learn, though I never tackled its advanced applications. I just wanted to be able to look at a quilt layout to determine color placement. It always seemed like so much more effort than just laying out the fabrics or making a sample block.

    That said, it could be just the thing for you, depending on your main purpose in getting it.

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    I tried Gimp and it drove me nuts!
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    There is the basic version wizard. Eq has a comparison if the 2 programs. Maybe that one would be better. I sometimes regret not having gotten that one instead.
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    What is Gimp and where do I find it?

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    I've got QuiltPro V6 - I have fun playing around in there but get a little frustrated when I try to create my own blocks. Has anyone used both programs? If so, what are the pros/cons of each?

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    I don't think EQ works on Macs so if you are a Mac person, make sure I am wrong. If you discover that EQ is for you, WAIT! Eleanor Burns periodically puts it on a really good sale so watch for that!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99 View Post
    Check out previous threads about it. I'm one of those who find the learning curve for EQ7 very steep. It's not intuitive for me, so it would take me many hours of study and learning to learn how to use it -- even at a rudimentary level. Some people take to it like a duck to water, but I'm not one of them!
    Also my experieince, and I think a very basic piece of knowledge is missing in the instructions, probably one of those things that people assumes everyone knows. But I don't & can't figure out what I need to know. I can't get it to do what I really want. I have used it for very basic projects but it is easier to draw those out. Years ago on my first computer I had a program that I bought for $25 at Joann's, I could do more with that program than I can do with EQ7. I know what I really need is a good basic class on it but haven't been able to take one. I have same problem with Master Works Lite, to me the instructions start in the middle & they leave out the basic first steps so it never makes sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EasyPeezy View Post
    I can do a lot of things that EQ7 does with Gimp and it's free. I would suggest you try using
    Gimp and when the time comes where it no longer meets your needs then move to EQ7.
    There is a great tutorial on how to use Gimp in the Tutorial section. Check it out.
    I'm diffenitely going to try GIMP. Free is good if it works. If I find I need more (not likely), I can always purchase EQ. Thanks for the info.
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