Thursday, March 14, 2013

A Little Lull...

I am (not so) patiently waiting for new digitizing software to arrive (never been so excited for a Monday to get here) and while I wait I thought I would share some of my digitizing history with you…so here are a few things I have learned along this journey…

There is a ton of information “out there”.  From yahoo groups, to FB pages, to YouTube tutorials, etc.  there is more information than is possible to sort through.  So many embroiderers are generous with their time and expertise and offer invaluable tidbits of information about how to embroider/appliqué. 

At the same time…there is very little relevant information “out there”.  I have lost countless hours searching for the answer to an issue or topic without being able to find exactly what I am looking for.  I have especially found this to be true when it comes to exploring software options for digitizing.  Makes sense…who wants to share their secret? Their magic formula for making their business work?  Well, that is what I am going to do today…or at least I am going to tell you all of the “magic formulas” I have tried: 

I started with Embird; I recently tried Bernina Designer Plus;  and I am now waiting for my Wilcom software to arrive.  Hence the time to blog.

Embird served me well for several years.  I started with Editor when I was selling physical items.  I upgraded to Studio a few months before I launched All Things Applique.  I added Font Engine at some point along the way too.  In my opinion it is a great digitizing platform for beginners and has great value for the price.  I won’t lie…I was ready to throw my computer out the window a couple of times when I was learning to use it…but can now digitize with almost every keyboard shortcut in the book. 

As All Things Applique has grown, I have felt constrained by Embird.  I also wanted to be able to offer .art format, so I visited a Bernina dealer, had a demo of the software, asked lots of questions, thought about it for weeks, asked more questions, and then decided to give it a shot.   After experimenting with this software during my “return” window I came to the tough conclusion that this was not the right “next step” software for me.  I loved some of the features…but then other areas slowed me down.  Lessons learned…1) make a list of every question you can think of and don’t be afraid to ask them 2) ask about a return policy (there is only so much you can see during a demo…sometimes you just need to drive the software yourself to be able to see if it can do what you want it to do).  3) ask the dealer to digitize a design you would do 4) weigh the pros and cons and make a decision.

I have now decided to purchase Wilcom.  It is quite an investment for me.  I am hoping you guys decide to stick around and enjoy All Things Applique as much as I do because after this purchase I plan to be digitizing for a long while.  J 

Is it Monday yet?  I can’t wait to start creating new designs again…until then…I will be sketching, blogging, and plan to spend a lot of the weekend at the soccer fields and in the garden with my boys!

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