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D - is for digitised Embroidery.

Updated: May 28

D - is for digitised Embroidery.


When first I bought my Brother embroidery machine, the plan was to create lots of beautiful bags covered with embroidery, each one individual. I played about with downloaded files with the first software package I got with the machine. It was ok, very basic, and I soon realised I needed something more as I wanted to create my own designs. I started with Pe Design Lite and upgraded to Pe Design 7, which I still use today. It does what I need, and although there have been several upgrades (at several hundred pounds a time !) I have decided to stick with it as, in my opinion, the extra cost does not justify any extra features. Using a tablet and pen instead of a mouse, I can draw designs using the software, convert the lines to stitches and then the real work starts... fiddling with the stitches to create smooth lines, minimising entry and exit points so when the machine stitches each part the threads do not cross over each other. The finished design is sent as a file to the computerised embroidery machine, which then stitches it out. This in itself is very time consuming and can take several hours, if not days of working on each design, depending on complexity to make it work. Therefore it riles me ever so slightly, when people turn their noses up when they ask 'is it hand embroidered?' and I say, 'no, I created it it using an embroidery machine'! If they seem interested, I will explain in short, how the design came to be. At the moment I am working on a new addition to my logo (last photo) which at present only appears on the printed tote bags I've had made, but will feature on a few limited edition bags as an embroidered detail...watch this space!






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