Embroidery digitizing software enables users to create embroidery designs from artwork. If you plan buying any sort of design software, you should check if your embroidery/sewing machine brand is directly supported. Design software exists in various form, either as special-purpose tools for various design stages and as complete design suites. We can distinguish between several types of software. An embroidery design consists of programmed stitches. There is quite a fundamental difference between programs that are "stitch-based" and others that are based on vector graphic objects, annotated directly or indirectly with stitches. Most industrial embroidery softwares are vector-based.
A good embroidery software suites should include all of the software types listed below:
- Software to create designs for "manual" embroidery
- Vectorizers can translate a bitmap image to vector formats.
- Digitizers can translate a vector format to CNC code or intermediary stitch section representations. It usually also includes vectorizer.
- Some digitizer work automatically others give a lot of control to the "puncher". Most offer both possibilities.
- Viewers allow to view files for script generated formats
- Transformers can resize, rotate, change colors, include a viewer and can do transformations.
- Editors can draw designs and sometimes also vectorize. Design parts are usually in some kind of higher-level vector format and can be resized, rotated, moved, etc.
- Editors also should allow to produce stitches in various ways for both fills and strokes. In that respect, they share functionality with digitizers.
- They can be annotated with size independent stitching parameters
- Can export a design to model-specific file formats (e.g. art, *.jef, *.pes, etc). If it cannot, you need a converter, but this may be a lossy process and you will loose time.
- Lettering programs can create fonts that are stitchable.
- Organizers help to organize designs on your hard disk
Converter software between various file formats exists, however depending on your sewing machine you will have to make an effort for finding the right tool. How those stitches are programmed determine the quality of the design. I suggest finding out what embroidery software is produced by the company providing the converter. Wilcom creates free Truesizer converter program ought to be able to translate between an .ART file to *.JEF without any mistakes for both Bernina and Janome.
Download Free Embroidery Design Software
There are free embrioidery digitizing tools i found on internet for free download, and few are fully functioning. The only way to learning this software is also download the manual or go through the training videos. You can download free embroidery design software below:
Stitch Era Universal is a free embroidery design software that you can get under certain conditions. Installation and use requires a permanent Internet connection. it runs fine on Win 7 64 bit. Stitch count is limited to 40'000 stitches. You first have to install a downloader, then a download the installation files with the downloader program. The user does not have to pay any cost for the license to use the software and may install it on as many computers simultaneously.
This free embrioidery digitizing recommended to technical people despite its ads and its complicated installation/permanent renewal procedure. The program may have a learning curve that is too steep for people not familiar with complex design software like Wilcom Embroidery/Decosudio.
Threadworks is a free digitizing program for embroidery machines. The download files comes as a small zip archive and only needs to be extracted in a directory and only includes 4 files, i.e. no installation is needed on Win 7 64-bit . Click on thre3.exe to run. Download Threadworks free digitizing software to learning how embroidery and stitching works. The program works with forms and auto-adapted stitches, display and operations are fairly close to stitching level.
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Embroidery software programs vary in the level of user involvement required to transform artwork to stitches. Some digitizing software offers automatic digitizing features while other programs give the user more freedom by manually digitizing the design. Many programs offer both features. If you just use a digitizer to translate letters from a vector file you likely will get bad results, since the filling algorithm is not optimized for lettering. Complete embroidery suites, can create sophisticated drawings (vector based embroidery, VBE) and support all the design stages. Often, the drawing module is based on existing high-end vector graphics software. E.g. Wilcom Embroidery Software.