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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Re: Dolly Backpack on: May 08, 2015 05:01:09 AM
This is great!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: What a nice way to use up partial skeins to make a baby blanket! on: May 07, 2015 08:13:43 PM
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Re: MONSTERS! on: May 07, 2015 05:14:46 AM
Stitch ERA Design is the software program I use to turn drawings into the digital files necessary to run the embroidery machine.  I've started including that information because people frequently have questions about what software to use or how to use it.
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: First Ever painted Quilt for Dad (pic heavy) on: May 06, 2015 06:58:08 PM
Fantastic quilt.  Love the painted squares.
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: The Invaders Quilt on: May 06, 2015 06:55:04 PM
I love it!
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Discussion and Questions / Re: looking for a free design - line on: May 06, 2015 06:40:38 PM
Check embroidery library.  They might have something.
7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Discussion and Questions / Re: Brand new Brother 770 and quasi-intro on: May 06, 2015 06:39:37 PM
Welcome.  I don't hang out here as much as I should so send me a pm if you like.  If you are on Facebook there is a whole group dedicate to the PE770  that is very helpful for all sorts of embroidery questions.
8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Discussion and Questions / Re: What site do you buy your machine embroidery patterns? on: May 06, 2015 06:37:42 PM
There are so many places that offer machine embroidery designs anymore that it is hard to list them all  I would start googling  "Machine embroidery design + (whatever random thing you'd love to stitch)" and see what comes up. For example if you google machine embroidery design bunny, you will get pages of bunnies from lots of digitizers.

Etsy is booming with designs as well. 
9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Discussion and Questions / Re: I would love some advice on embroidery machines, more details below. on: May 06, 2015 06:34:27 PM
Buy the largest hoop and the clearest screen you can afford.   You are going to want to have the 5x7 hoop.  Brother has an P700 with a 5x7 hoop that is usually $500- 700.  I love my babylocks but you need to get the Ellure (I think) to get the 5x7 hoop.  Those are pricier although I was able to get a deal on a used one at the dealer. 

Also... it depends on what designs you need to embroider.  A machine won't digitize your original drawing.  You need software to do that.  Check into on-line machine embroidery designs to see if anyone sells things that are close or to see if you can find some one who will digitize your design for a reasonable price.
10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Discussion and Questions / Re: Newbie q: is there EASY software that will convert a hand-drawing for a machine? on: May 06, 2015 06:29:13 PM
The short answer is no.  Most of the software packages for digitizing are prohibitively expensive.  Some seem like they would be pretty easy to learn and look like they do a good job of automating the process.  I think that Babylock has a system that looks pretty user friendly.   I started with the free version of Stitch ERA design.  Now it is subscription based and not too expensive.  I am constantly learning new things that it can do.  It has an automatic digitizing function but that is really pretty limited.  It depends on how much time you have to invest.  As far as using a Mac goes... I think that some folks are successful using a DOS emulator to get run their digitizing programs. 

I keep expecting the cost of the software to drop. After all much of the software and even files for 3D printing are open source and the money in those is going to be way more than the money in digitzing.
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