Inspiring Quilters, Stitch by Stitch
Does anyone out there use digitizing software to create their quilts? I am learning Masterworks for my machine and I think it will let me design appliques. Very steep learning curve.....
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I bought a Designer I back in 2002 and it had software that came with it to 'modify' already digitized designs. I was not happy with that because I had bitmap clipart that I could make stitch designs of several thousand designs. So, bought the available digitizing software from Husqvarna. Extremely steep learning curve..like going back to DOS programming. Took me 3 years to get 36 snowflake designs that were all mine! A couple of years later, 2007, I think they came out with 4D Software that was a lot easier to use and more like the vector art programs (Illustrator) and used the same short cut commands. I have not used it as much as I thought that I would. Time consuming and I'd rather be stitching. Also got stuck with a sewing machine that uses 3.5 inch disks and the 4D program default is USB (sewing machines were changed to USB to provide the stitch file to it in the meantime), but several thousand dollars later, I can do everything that I wanted to back in 2002. Not a complete fan of Husqvarna, but it is what I have and I AM NOT BUYING ANOTHER SEWING MACHINE!
Yes, I have the 4D suite that I bought at Houston Quilt show 4 or 5 years ago now. There is a 5 D now that I will not be upgrading to. Done with the new programs from Husqvarna!
I also use Electric Quilt 7
While I use Bernina's SW, I am curious why you are done with new programs from Husqvarna. Poor quality, support, ?
I have the full 4D suite. I bought it when I bought my D1 - it's not cheap but is one of the top programs for doing this. I have to be honest and say that I found I didn't enjoy digitizing and now I buy almost all my designs. The quality (of most)is better than I was able to do and I'm not spending all my time digitizing... now I can sew which is what I like to do.
I do use Electric Quilt 7 for designing all my quilts. I love it.
I use the Bernina Artista Designer Plus V6 software and also EMBIRD software. I agree, it does take time to learn. I'm truly not sure I'll ever learn it all in my lifetime, but trying! LOL!
Thinking about buying this for my Bernina. Right now I'm using the Art Design that came with my machine. Wondering if it's worth it to upgrade to V6 Plus.
Hi, Lisa. Check out Sue Green-Baker's tutorials for Masterworks. I went through the entire course last Fall and now can do SO MUCH with my program. FYI: Lesson 4 is Basic Applique, Lesson 14 covers Applique Lettering and Lesson 18 is Advanced Applique. Check out www.suegb.com or, if you want amateur advice, just message me! I just love Masterworks!