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Re: Embroidery software

Cat - N
 

You might simply download trials of any you are considering. Only download one at a time, though, or one’s trial might expire before you get to try it. I trialed Embrilliance and liked it (wanted digitizing) but it didn’t allow saving to test stitch. It was easy to use (for me and the way I think) but I got Hatch. I Embird also had a trial, as did SewWhat Pro, and Hatch, and I tried as many as interested me at that time.

- Cat

Typos courtesy of autocorrect. 



On Dec 13, 2021 at 10:15 AM, <Kathy Strabel> wrote:

Please advise if this post is inappropriate.  

I am beginning to think about switching from one third-party embroidery program to another third-party program. The machine-branded programs are out of my budget's reach; my hobby dollars simply do not stretch that far.

I currently use Embird, which is the first platform I tried many years ago and I have stuck with it ever since. However, it is often very quirky, and technical help is very spotty, save for one person who is a volunteer and who does a great job. But I have no idea how long she will want to keep doing this service.

I am thinking about the Embrilliance platform. I have never seen it in person, only what I have seen on-screen and no one I know uses this platform. I do not require every bell and whistle from this platform, I believe that the Essentials, Thumbnailer, and Enthusiast modules would be quite sufficient for my needs and skill level. I do not intend to do any digitizing of my own designs, etc.  I do like doing lettering, merging, and some removing of pieces of commercially purchased designs

Can anyone offer an opinion  and/or their comparison of current Embird Basic and the Embrilliance modules mention above?  What do you like or not like about either of the platforms?

Thank you--and happy stitching!!
Kathy Strabel   Camas WA 


Re: Bernina Software

Cat - N
 

It’s also missing a couple other things…like cut work and stump work, but not having Corel drawing tools isn’t a serious issue, and if you already have certain Corel software, check with Wilcom…when I bought it, they told me Hatch could use Corel if I already had it…which I did…but I never installed it on my new laptop with Hatch.  (Corel isn’t my favorite graphics co.)  If you need graphics tools to prep an image before digitizing, there are many others that are good…some are free or very  inexpensive…vector editing or bitmap editing. 

- Cat

Typos courtesy of autocorrect. 



On Dec 13, 2021 at 3:45 PM, <Donna Morton> wrote:

jef format has been recognized by Bernina Embroidery Software 8 since the software was updated to 8.2 in earl 2019.  For those not liking Janome Artistic Digitizer, the Bernina software is a great option as it contains all the features and more that Janome Digitizer MBX 5.5 has.  Hatch is missing Corel Draw and Corel Photopaint.  That is why it is less expensive.


Re: 350E price

Cat - N
 

Try here:


- Cat

Typos courtesy of autocorrect. 



On Dec 13, 2021 at 1:56 PM, <Lyn Quine> wrote:

Trusizer has been discontinued.  Not sure if the paid version is still available but the free download and th online version are discontinued


On 13 Dec 2021, at 18:35, Kathy Skagen <kagen48@...> wrote:


You might look at Wilcom TrueSizer. It will convert formats. I'm not sure about editing, but it's free so you could download it and try it out and at least get the designs you want to use converted.  Wilcom designed Hatch and the Janome software. It's an excellent company. I use Hatch almost all of the time but I have used Digitizer for years. I wish I had more experience with TrueSizer but maybe someone else will let you know if it will meet all of your needs.
Kathy

On Monday, December 13, 2021, 04:47:11 AM CST, katz11west via groups.io <katz11west@...> wrote:


finally was able to do some embroidery.  I used one of Anita Goodesigns redwork designs and it looked beautiful.  I am pleased with how nice it embroiders.
Since this is my first Janome, I was going to use my older Bernina software to do some editing .  I have some designs for in the hoop coasters and wanted to add the redwork design I mentioned earlier.  The software is an older version and doesn't recognize .jef,  Any suggestions for an editing software that is easy to use and not expensive?  
As always I thank all of  you that have responded to my earlier posts.  I have learned a lot!


Re: Conversion tips

Cat - N
 

I pretty much never use the original colors in a purchased design. Lol. It’s one of the main reasons I bought several editors before Hatch was invented…before MBX 5 came out.   I have also bought .pes and some other formats when a design wasn’t being sold in .JEF format. I have had very good experiences with converting designs but I do often test if there’s any doubt…or it’s important or I don’t want to have to rip!

- Cat

Typos courtesy of autocorrect. 



On Dec 13, 2021 at 3:38 PM, <Pixey via groups.io> wrote:

Thanks Lyn.  I have never tried the .dst format directly to the machine.  I know it loses the color details, but I often ignore that anyway and use my own sequencing and substituting (one reason I have no interest in a multi-needle).

Pixey
> On Dec 13, 2021, at 10:32 AM, Lyn Quine <lynquine@...> wrote:
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> I have Janome V5.5 and have used V4 and V5.  I’ve not had a problem converting a format to .jef.   .dst should work in your machine, most modern machines read .dst now, .sew is an old format for Janome I think, and I think I have used it on my 350e, not sure if I’ve used it on my 12 or 15.   Not sure if =4.5 will convert automatically to .jef, if you send it to USB as the later versions do when the Janome machine and hoop are selected.  It’s been a long time since I used V4.
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>> On 13 Dec 2021, at 15:14, Pixey via groups.io <pixeyam@...> wrote:
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>> So since machines are in short supply, my local dealer is offering some good holiday sales on sewing/embroidery accessory bundles.  I got an Accuquilt Go bundle yesterday…Merry Christmas to me!  One of the items in the bundle was an embroidery appliqué design collection for a quilt that unfortunately does not include JEF as one of its formats, so I am going to have to convert stitch files to use it, which I actually have never done before but know can be tricky.   
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Re: Bernina Software

Donna Morton
 

jef format has been recognized by Bernina Embroidery Software 8 since the software was updated to 8.2 in earl 2019.  For those not liking Janome Artistic Digitizer, the Bernina software is a great option as it contains all the features and more that Janome Digitizer MBX 5.5 has.  Hatch is missing Corel Draw and Corel Photopaint.  That is why it is less expensive.


Re: Embroidery software

Helene B
 

I have used Embird for years and find it a really good program 


On Dec 13, 2021, at 7:29 AM, Patricia Ward <ward.pm@...> wrote:

I personally would update the Embird to the 2022 and stay with that. There seems to be more support for it as far as written tutorials and an io groups list called Absolutely Embird.  I have not seen much support for Embrilliance.

Personally I really like Hatch and use that. 

If you could afford Artistic Digitizer when they offer special coupons for a good price then you could get great support from Ann Hein, a Janome educator who does live video classes on FB nearly each week. She also has many past videos and help files listed on the sight. She may be able to give you a clue as to when it will go on sale again. She is a very good instructor. 
Why am I not using that?  I already had Hatch when that AD program started.

Pat in Md


On Dec 13, 2021, at 10:16 AM, Kathy Strabel <ksbappa@...> wrote:

Please advise if this post is inappropriate.  

I am beginning to think about switching from one third-party embroidery program to another third-party program. The machine-branded programs are out of my budget's reach; my hobby dollars simply do not stretch that far.

I currently use Embird, which is the first platform I tried many years ago and I have stuck with it ever since. However, it is often very quirky, and technical help is very spotty, save for one person who is a volunteer and who does a great job. But I have no idea how long she will want to keep doing this service.

I am thinking about the Embrilliance platform. I have never seen it in person, only what I have seen on-screen and no one I know uses this platform. I do not require every bell and whistle from this platform, I believe that the Essentials, Thumbnailer, and Enthusiast modules would be quite sufficient for my needs and skill level. I do not intend to do any digitizing of my own designs, etc.  I do like doing lettering, merging, and some removing of pieces of commercially purchased designs

Can anyone offer an opinion  and/or their comparison of current Embird Basic and the Embrilliance modules mention above?  What do you like or not like about either of the platforms?

Thank you--and happy stitching!!
Kathy Strabel   Camas WA 


350E price

Cat - N
 

I think TrueSizer might be of use for that and I have done many edits with it.  But there is also SewWhat Pro, which is not very expensive, and will ‘bulk convert’ entire subfolders between formats, since you likely have non-JEF designs, too…and more. I have Hatch but still have uses for SewWhat Pro. 

SewWhat Pro:


(Begin quote)
Download button to install both the free 30-day Demo (no purchase necessary) and the retail version, as well as to update the software. Do not update during the DEMO period, as this will cause immediate expiration of the trial. Download the user manual for more details about the many features available in SewWhat-Pro. 
(End quote)

A word about converting designs, it’s a good idea to test stitch after conversation. 

- Cat

Typos courtesy of autocorrect. 



On Dec 13, 2021 at 1:35 PM, <Kathy Skagen> wrote:

You might look at Wilcom TrueSizer. It will convert formats. I'm not sure about editing, but it's free so you could download it and try it out and at least get the designs you want to use converted.  Wilcom designed Hatch and the Janome software. It's an excellent company. I use Hatch almost all of the time but I have used Digitizer for years. I wish I had more experience with TrueSizer but maybe someone else will let you know if it will meet all of your needs.
Kathy

On Monday, December 13, 2021, 04:47:11 AM CST, katz11west via groups.io <katz11west@...> wrote:


finally was able to do some embroidery.  I used one of Anita Goodesigns redwork designs and it looked beautiful.  I am pleased with how nice it embroiders.
Since this is my first Janome, I was going to use my older Bernina software to do some editing .  I have some designs for in the hoop coasters and wanted to add the redwork design I mentioned earlier.  The software is an older version and doesn't recognize .jef,  Any suggestions for an editing software that is easy to use and not expensive?  
As always I thank all of  you that have responded to my earlier posts.  I have learned a lot!


Re: Conversion tips

Pixey
 

Thanks Lyn. I have never tried the .dst format directly to the machine. I know it loses the color details, but I often ignore that anyway and use my own sequencing and substituting (one reason I have no interest in a multi-needle).

Pixey

On Dec 13, 2021, at 10:32 AM, Lyn Quine <lynquine@...> wrote:

I have Janome V5.5 and have used V4 and V5. I’ve not had a problem converting a format to .jef. .dst should work in your machine, most modern machines read .dst now, .sew is an old format for Janome I think, and I think I have used it on my 350e, not sure if I’ve used it on my 12 or 15. Not sure if =4.5 will convert automatically to .jef, if you send it to USB as the later versions do when the Janome machine and hoop are selected. It’s been a long time since I used V4.

Lyn
On 13 Dec 2021, at 15:14, Pixey via groups.io <pixeyam@...> wrote:

So since machines are in short supply, my local dealer is offering some good holiday sales on sewing/embroidery accessory bundles. I got an Accuquilt Go bundle yesterday…Merry Christmas to me! One of the items in the bundle was an embroidery appliqué design collection for a quilt that unfortunately does not include JEF as one of its formats, so I am going to have to convert stitch files to use it, which I actually have never done before but know can be tricky.

I have MBX v4.5 and Hatch v2, but was wondering if anyone can offer a recommendation about the best format to work from, other tips to avoid problems, and which might work best. The available stitch formats are .exp, .art, .art60, .pes, .pcs, .dst, .hus, .xxx, .sew, .vp3

Thanks,
Pixey








Re: 350E price

Lyn Quine
 

Trusizer has been discontinued.  Not sure if the paid version is still available but the free download and th online version are discontinued


On 13 Dec 2021, at 18:35, Kathy Skagen <kagen48@...> wrote:


You might look at Wilcom TrueSizer. It will convert formats. I'm not sure about editing, but it's free so you could download it and try it out and at least get the designs you want to use converted.  Wilcom designed Hatch and the Janome software. It's an excellent company. I use Hatch almost all of the time but I have used Digitizer for years. I wish I had more experience with TrueSizer but maybe someone else will let you know if it will meet all of your needs.
Kathy

On Monday, December 13, 2021, 04:47:11 AM CST, katz11west via groups.io <katz11west@...> wrote:


finally was able to do some embroidery.  I used one of Anita Goodesigns redwork designs and it looked beautiful.  I am pleased with how nice it embroiders.
Since this is my first Janome, I was going to use my older Bernina software to do some editing .  I have some designs for in the hoop coasters and wanted to add the redwork design I mentioned earlier.  The software is an older version and doesn't recognize .jef,  Any suggestions for an editing software that is easy to use and not expensive?  
As always I thank all of  you that have responded to my earlier posts.  I have learned a lot!


Re: 350E price

Kathy Skagen <kagen48@...>
 

You might look at Wilcom TrueSizer. It will convert formats. I'm not sure about editing, but it's free so you could download it and try it out and at least get the designs you want to use converted.  Wilcom designed Hatch and the Janome software. It's an excellent company. I use Hatch almost all of the time but I have used Digitizer for years. I wish I had more experience with TrueSizer but maybe someone else will let you know if it will meet all of your needs.
Kathy

On Monday, December 13, 2021, 04:47:11 AM CST, katz11west via groups.io <katz11west@...> wrote:


finally was able to do some embroidery.  I used one of Anita Goodesigns redwork designs and it looked beautiful.  I am pleased with how nice it embroiders.
Since this is my first Janome, I was going to use my older Bernina software to do some editing .  I have some designs for in the hoop coasters and wanted to add the redwork design I mentioned earlier.  The software is an older version and doesn't recognize .jef,  Any suggestions for an editing software that is easy to use and not expensive?  
As always I thank all of  you that have responded to my earlier posts.  I have learned a lot!


Re: Conversion tips

Lyn Quine
 

I have Janome V5.5 and have used V4 and V5. I’ve not had a problem converting a format to .jef. .dst should work in your machine, most modern machines read .dst now, .sew is an old format for Janome I think, and I think I have used it on my 350e, not sure if I’ve used it on my 12 or 15. Not sure if =4.5 will convert automatically to .jef, if you send it to USB as the later versions do when the Janome machine and hoop are selected. It’s been a long time since I used V4.

Lyn

On 13 Dec 2021, at 15:14, Pixey via groups.io <pixeyam@...> wrote:

So since machines are in short supply, my local dealer is offering some good holiday sales on sewing/embroidery accessory bundles. I got an Accuquilt Go bundle yesterday…Merry Christmas to me! One of the items in the bundle was an embroidery appliqué design collection for a quilt that unfortunately does not include JEF as one of its formats, so I am going to have to convert stitch files to use it, which I actually have never done before but know can be tricky.

I have MBX v4.5 and Hatch v2, but was wondering if anyone can offer a recommendation about the best format to work from, other tips to avoid problems, and which might work best. The available stitch formats are .exp, .art, .art60, .pes, .pcs, .dst, .hus, .xxx, .sew, .vp3

Thanks,
Pixey





Re: Embroidery software

Padden, Jennifer R
 

I have the Embrilliance modules you mentioned and am so beyond pleased with them. I am able to find all kinds of tutorials thru Bubbles menagerie (Lisa Shaw) and their tech help response is amazing. I highly recommend it! I have used it for the last two years and have been able to do anything I want/need for my designs and combining and editing.


Re: Embroidery software

Patricia Ward
 

I personally would update the Embird to the 2022 and stay with that. There seems to be more support for it as far as written tutorials and an io groups list called Absolutely Embird.  I have not seen much support for Embrilliance.

Personally I really like Hatch and use that. 

If you could afford Artistic Digitizer when they offer special coupons for a good price then you could get great support from Ann Hein, a Janome educator who does live video classes on FB nearly each week. She also has many past videos and help files listed on the sight. She may be able to give you a clue as to when it will go on sale again. She is a very good instructor. 
Why am I not using that?  I already had Hatch when that AD program started.

Pat in Md


On Dec 13, 2021, at 10:16 AM, Kathy Strabel <ksbappa@...> wrote:

Please advise if this post is inappropriate.  

I am beginning to think about switching from one third-party embroidery program to another third-party program. The machine-branded programs are out of my budget's reach; my hobby dollars simply do not stretch that far.

I currently use Embird, which is the first platform I tried many years ago and I have stuck with it ever since. However, it is often very quirky, and technical help is very spotty, save for one person who is a volunteer and who does a great job. But I have no idea how long she will want to keep doing this service.

I am thinking about the Embrilliance platform. I have never seen it in person, only what I have seen on-screen and no one I know uses this platform. I do not require every bell and whistle from this platform, I believe that the Essentials, Thumbnailer, and Enthusiast modules would be quite sufficient for my needs and skill level. I do not intend to do any digitizing of my own designs, etc.  I do like doing lettering, merging, and some removing of pieces of commercially purchased designs

Can anyone offer an opinion  and/or their comparison of current Embird Basic and the Embrilliance modules mention above?  What do you like or not like about either of the platforms?

Thank you--and happy stitching!!
Kathy Strabel   Camas WA 


Re: Embroidery software

Jim Stutsman
 

Not inappropriate at all. These days we're all tightening the belt a bit. Being consumed with app development these days, I no longer use any embroidery software. Diane is transitioning from Janome Digitizer 5 to Hatch, so we can't offer much in the way of an opinion on Embrilliance. However a dear friend of ours, who did many spectacular classes for us when we were dealers, has been handling education and support for Embrilliance. Her presence alone is a testimonial to the quality of the product.


Embroidery software

Kathy Strabel
 

Please advise if this post is inappropriate.  

I am beginning to think about switching from one third-party embroidery program to another third-party program. The machine-branded programs are out of my budget's reach; my hobby dollars simply do not stretch that far.

I currently use Embird, which is the first platform I tried many years ago and I have stuck with it ever since. However, it is often very quirky, and technical help is very spotty, save for one person who is a volunteer and who does a great job. But I have no idea how long she will want to keep doing this service.

I am thinking about the Embrilliance platform. I have never seen it in person, only what I have seen on-screen and no one I know uses this platform. I do not require every bell and whistle from this platform, I believe that the Essentials, Thumbnailer, and Enthusiast modules would be quite sufficient for my needs and skill level. I do not intend to do any digitizing of my own designs, etc.  I do like doing lettering, merging, and some removing of pieces of commercially purchased designs

Can anyone offer an opinion  and/or their comparison of current Embird Basic and the Embrilliance modules mention above?  What do you like or not like about either of the platforms?

Thank you--and happy stitching!!
Kathy Strabel   Camas WA 


Conversion tips

Pixey
 

So since machines are in short supply, my local dealer is offering some good holiday sales on sewing/embroidery accessory bundles. I got an Accuquilt Go bundle yesterday…Merry Christmas to me! One of the items in the bundle was an embroidery appliqué design collection for a quilt that unfortunately does not include JEF as one of its formats, so I am going to have to convert stitch files to use it, which I actually have never done before but know can be tricky.

I have MBX v4.5 and Hatch v2, but was wondering if anyone can offer a recommendation about the best format to work from, other tips to avoid problems, and which might work best. The available stitch formats are .exp, .art, .art60, .pes, .pcs, .dst, .hus, .xxx, .sew, .vp3

Thanks,
Pixey


Re: 350E price

Pixey
 

And Hatch offers several different editing levels at different price points from a simple editor to a full digitizing program.

Pixey


On Dec 13, 2021, at 6:55 AM, Lyn Quine <lynquine@...> wrote:

 Bernini software doesn’t recognise Janome and the Wilcom Janome software doesn’t recognise Bernini, because they were written by Wilcom.  If you have the dst version your software should read it, and your machine should too, BUT the colours will be wrong because dst doesn’t hold the colour info of the design.  You will need your colour chart or go with the flow of what you would like.

Hatch 2 is a good software written by Wilcom almost identical to Janome V5,5. Which us the one use and they are easy to use, but having said that there is a learning curve but might be similar but more advanced than your Bernina software


On 13 Dec 2021, at 10:47, katz11west via groups.io <katz11west@...> wrote:

finally was able to do some embroidery.  I used one of Anita Goodesigns redwork designs and it looked beautiful.  I am pleased with how nice it embroiders.
Since this is my first Janome, I was going to use my older Bernina software to do some editing .  I have some designs for in the hoop coasters and wanted to add the redwork design I mentioned earlier.  The software is an older version and doesn't recognize .jef,  Any suggestions for an editing software that is easy to use and not expensive?  
As always I thank all of  you that have responded to my earlier posts.  I have learned a lot!


Re: 350E price

Lyn Quine
 

Bernini software doesn’t recognise Janome and the Wilcom Janome software doesn’t recognise Bernini, because they were written by Wilcom.  If you have the dst version your software should read it, and your machine should too, BUT the colours will be wrong because dst doesn’t hold the colour info of the design.  You will need your colour chart or go with the flow of what you would like.

Hatch 2 is a good software written by Wilcom almost identical to Janome V5,5. Which us the one use and they are easy to use, but having said that there is a learning curve but might be similar but more advanced than your Bernina software


On 13 Dec 2021, at 10:47, katz11west via groups.io <katz11west@...> wrote:

finally was able to do some embroidery.  I used one of Anita Goodesigns redwork designs and it looked beautiful.  I am pleased with how nice it embroiders.
Since this is my first Janome, I was going to use my older Bernina software to do some editing .  I have some designs for in the hoop coasters and wanted to add the redwork design I mentioned earlier.  The software is an older version and doesn't recognize .jef,  Any suggestions for an editing software that is easy to use and not expensive?  
As always I thank all of  you that have responded to my earlier posts.  I have learned a lot!


Re: 350E price

katz11west
 

finally was able to do some embroidery.  I used one of Anita Goodesigns redwork designs and it looked beautiful.  I am pleased with how nice it embroiders.
Since this is my first Janome, I was going to use my older Bernina software to do some editing .  I have some designs for in the hoop coasters and wanted to add the redwork design I mentioned earlier.  The software is an older version and doesn't recognize .jef,  Any suggestions for an editing software that is easy to use and not expensive?  
As always I thank all of  you that have responded to my earlier posts.  I have learned a lot!


Re: Top thread bunching and shredding

Kathy Strabel
 

I also believe it could be a flaw in the thread itself if you have eliminated everything else you can think of. A few years back, I had a spool of Coats and Clark poly embroidery thread that just did not like my machine. I had been using Coats and Clark brand with beautiful results for at least a year. Then one new spool felt very different as I was threading the machine. It dragged terribly and acted like something was pulling it in the opposite way I was threading the machine.  I contacted Coats and Clark and they said yes, they had had a batch of thread that missed having one of the necessary processes done to it during manufacturing and that some spools had already been shipped out before the mistake was discovered.   I was relieved to know that it wasn't my machine, and Coats and Clark sent me a good spool in the mail.  I hope this is what has you stumped as well.
Good luck!! Let the Group know when you solve your mystery.
Kathy Strabel   Camas WA

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