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Topic: Has anyone tried Sophie Sew? Free shareware digitizing program  (Read 13529 times)
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« on: November 11, 2008 01:22:13 PM »

I found this site http://sophiesew.com/ and it is completely free digitizing software.  It looks fairly easy to use and has a bunch of tutorials. 

I downloaded it but have yet to try it (it says its ok for Vista, but my laptop wouldn't DL no matter what, so I had to go to my desktop with XP on it and it worked fine)

Has anyone tried this yet?  Is it new, maybe that is why I never heard of it?

Any comments would be great, I will try a very simple design tonight if I can.  I tried WinDaisy & Embird but I just couldn't figure it out, hopefully this will be good! 

I don't like alot of the designs a person can buy instore and really want to just embroider what I like, which is why I hope this works! 
(speaking of which if anyone knows a good place to sell store bought designs which have never been used or opened please pm me! I got 7 EZSEW discs free with my machine and never used them)
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« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2008 02:24:25 PM »

I had not heard of that before... wish I did before buying Embird. I do like Embird and there are oodles of tutorials out there - I just get lost in it each and every time.  I just don't use it enough to remember how to do a lot of the stuff it does.

I can't wait to hear your feedack about Sophie Sew!
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« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2008 09:29:45 PM »

It could be awhile...LOL.  Usually I catch onto things before I even start but this time its very slow going.  This is a steep learning curve for me!
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« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2008 03:30:00 AM »

There is a huge learning curve for digitizing. Granted there are those that you scan in a picture and the program auto digitizes it but you don't get great results with those from what I have heard.  I have to admit that the things I have done with Embird I have really really been impressed with but I still have only taken tiny baby steps with it Cheesy
Just start off simple - my first thing with Embird was a distortion project where you start off with a circle and turn it in to a heart and a flower and all sorts of stuff like that.  It was fun.  Then the next day I did a little tree and something else so I was up and running - but then had to do some projects for work and got sidetracked.  If you have the time to put in to it you will get great results.
I'll keep my eyes open in anticipation!  I'm rooting for you!
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« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2008 09:27:46 AM »

I think my first thing will be a square...

I am so lame it makes me smile!  Grin
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« Reply #5 on: February 23, 2009 07:45:30 PM »

Hi I have been using sophie sew for digitising for embroidery and I'm having a lot of fun, its easy to do basic stuff such as outlines and simple fills. It is also capable of doing the real complicated stuff, as the programme is still in the building state(that's why its free) it has a few bugs in the programme that need fixing the worst is if you click something that it is not meant to do it will freeze the screen, a simple reboot will fix it but with the loss of what you were doing. If you save what you are doing often then its no big deal. Don't let me put you off trying this programme because it is fantastic and very easy to learn with really good tutorials.

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« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2009 10:42:19 PM »

I have used Sophie Sew quite a few times. I enjoy using it, and it is fairly easy to use. Since it is a free program there are some bugs and the software isn't stable. So while you are in the middle of working on something it may suddenly crash. It has happened to me a few times. I also use embird,  however it isn't a quick study like Sophie Sew. I do like Sophie Sew though...  I really hope the person who made Sophie Sew continues to work on it, I really like it. It would be nice to have a program that is affordable and you don't have to pay for the tutorials on how to use it, as they are already provided.
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« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2009 11:32:21 PM »

Hi Michellegio_sew

I've been using it for several months. And I like it very much. Everything said here is true. There is some instability in the program but it is fun to learn and user friendly. I think the tutorials are very good. They are silent animated video like things and you can keep each one open in a separate window as you work on your program in it's main window. And you can pause them just by touching the space bar, go try what it just showed you, then go back and start it again. Also you can be right in the middle of working on something and do a save as, name it and it saves it within the program in it's own exclusive format. Then you can re-open it and pick up right where you left off and start working on it again. When the design is finally finished you can save it in your choice of many different formats.

Please remember to take the save often advice. Every time you think of it! I'm not a digitizer, and when I started embroidering I wasn't interested in learning to digitize but,,, it comes in very handy for things that you just want to whip up quickly.

Here's another free program that may interest you. It's mostly for lettering which I love and this one is better for lettering than the Pfaff program that I have...

http://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Internet+Stitch/Softwares/1/EFP.aspx
They offer free instruction online every Monday evening. Find the gray tabs under the monitor and click on Free Online Training. They give a schedule. That little program does a lot but it's not as user friendly as Sophie is... It's weird actually but once you finally figure it out you can do a lot with it. And hey, it's free.

I'm out of breath...  Wink
Please let me know if you need any help with anything. I'll be very happy to share what I've learned.

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« Reply #8 on: April 18, 2009 11:50:31 AM »

Hi, I've just downloaded this program and been going through the tutorials, but I'm missing an important thing, I can't figure out how to erase a border I made.  I accidentally made a line outside the design and can't figure out how to erase it!!  If you can offer any assistance I would greatly appreciate it!!  Or anyone reading this, THANKS!!
I really like it so far, seem's fairly simple to use.
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« Reply #9 on: April 18, 2009 11:41:38 PM »

Hi frgrlab...

ok I THINK... you want to go to "object layout mode" That's the very first icon on the top row right above your main window. This allows you to select each portion of your design individually and move, rotate or delete it. Make sure that you haven't combined the components of the design yet or you will not be able to do this and you could delete the entire design.
Remember before you take a step like this to save your design. It saves it in it's own exclusive format but that's fine because you can open and work on it whenever you want. You only need to save it to the stitch out format when you are totally finished with the design.

If you need any other help just ask. I'll offer what I can

Good luck and let me know how that works

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