Different Types of Embroidery Digitizing Software
Typical embroidery software allows to create embroidery design files that define parametrized embroidery objects such as lines, sating columns or fill areas. These objects can be created directly through technical drawing or be translated (digitized) from vector drawings. From embroidery objects one can generated stitches that then can be exported to proprietary machine (stitch) formats that can uploaded to an embroidery machine.
When you buy an Embroidery Machine you have this wonderful tool that will magically fill all your fabrics and clothes with beautiful embroidery designs. At first you will be happy working with whatever is available with your machine in addition to the download designs you can buy from online sellers. But after some time you yearn to do more. Maybe you want to start an embroidery business or simply want to do customized designs on your own clothes.
You want to create your designs, edit them and make them your own and embroider with those customized designs. With the help of Embroidery software programs. Here are the available ones which are also hugely popular and used by thousands of embroidery enthusiasts and experts.
There are different types of software programs – Editing programs to resize or merge designs and convert the designs into different formats; Lettering programs to create lettering ready to be embroidered the way you want; Digitizing programs which is useful in digitizing images that you scan and feed into the program, ready to be embroidered.
Here are some embroidery machines and the source file formats which run on them:
1. PES – Babylock/Brother
2. SEW – Elna/New Home, Janome 8000/9000
3. HUS – Viking 1+/Rose/Iris/Scandinavia
4. SHV – Viking Designer 1
5. ART – Bernina Artista
6. JEF – Janome 10,000/11,000/300E/350E
7. XXX – Singer
8. PCS – Pfaff
9. EMD – Elna/Singer
10. VIP – Viking/Pfaff
11. VP3 – Viking/Pfaff
12. DST – Tajima
13. CSD – Singer
14. PSW – Singer
To choose the best software program is not so easy but luckily most of them have trial versions. First of all, you have to decide on the purpose and what you want from the program. And also the skill you have in using a computer. Most programs have a learning curve and you will have to make an effort to learn the basics and realize that you can become an expert only after several hours spend thinking with it.