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Topic: Newbie q: is there EASY software that will convert a hand-drawing for a machine?  (Read 2452 times)
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« on: July 05, 2014 11:54:14 PM »


I realize I probably sound ridiculous... oh well!  Roll Eyes  Oh and also, I don't understand a lot of the words and embroidery jargon so when I've googled in search of this answer, I don't get very far!

I'm considering buying an embroidery-only machine, after no luck of trying to figure out how to decently hand-embroider (from books and youtube).  Even called around and there appear to be no teachers in my town to teach me for money!  Crazy.  It may not help that I'm left-handed, I don't know.

Anyway, in this case at least, I'm more interested in the end-result as opposed to the process (e.g. more quickly making gifts for multiple people, which takes time, as opposed to the slower, zen experience of going into the zone during the homemade process) if that makes sense.  I have other things for said "zen" experience e.g. knitting, playing instruments, etc.

All that said, I'm not super happy about the idea of making embroidered gifts based on other people's designs, within reason.  I'd really like to be able to "write" (embroider) short sentences for example onto fabric that will be cut and appliqued onto something like a pillow, but using my own handwriting so to speak.  Especially when I think of giving something like that to my children.  I'd basically like to cheat but without losing that personal touch (the style of my own handwriting) without it taking as long as hand-embroidering would!  Same with drawings/designs although frankly I'm not to that point yet.

So, I'm wondering if there's extremely simple software out there (particularly Mac-friendly - or friendly enough) that will allow me to hand-draw or hand-write onto a piece of paper (or digital screen?) and then will convert it to a digitized image that can be transferred into an embroidery machine WITHOUT my having to delve into the technical, preparatory aspects of the digitization.  In other words I'd love to find software that will take what I've drawn (via scanner?) and not ask too many questions of me, for a beginner's level at least.  E.g. I'll say the size I want it to be and what type of thread I want to use or how wide I want the font to be maybe (?) and it will do the rest - or at least offer a simple version with the option of growing into more details and options withint the program later maybe.

Is there such simple, rudimentary, intuitive, automatic software out there for beginners??  Can I have my cake and eat it too???

« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2014 08:17:56 AM »

Nope. Sorry.

There's "sort of" automated software, but it'll cost upwards of $3000.

Affordable software (in the $200-$300 range) doesn't automatically create designs from a drawing. Embird is a good program, the basic license costs $164, and the license for the designer is $150. You need to know how to use a vector program, then import your vector into Embird, and it will fill in the stitches based on your instructions.
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« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2014 10:29:59 AM »

The easiest solution (but very pricy) would be to get a Brother Quattro 3 machine.  It is a sewing/embroidery combo and it comes with a 10" Pen Tablet with My Custom Design feature.  Basically it takes what you write/draw on the tablet and converts it to embroidery.

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« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2015 06:03:37 AM »

I have never been extremely satisfied with digitizing automation. SitchEra Liberty is one of the easier digitizing programs i have worked with though, and they offer a free trail which is always a nice thing to have when trying new software like this. http://colmanandcompany.com/SEU_Usage.html
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« Reply #4 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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« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2015 07:05:38 AM »

Reviving an old thread but I'm a bit confused -- I got an embroidery machine a couple of weeks ago, it was a really good deal on a second hand Brother machine and it came with software called PED-plus. While I appreciate it's not 'cheap' software, it's RRP is 349 so it's not *astronomical*... and it does exactly what the OP wants. I can import an image and it will digitize it for me. It's not perfect, but it's pretty damn good considering it requires almost no effort on my part --- is this not available in the US? Or am I missing something?

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