Which embroidery software/hardware? reader/writer box ? HELP!

sew_clueless_emb2June 27, 2008

I have recently decided to start sewing again. Mind you I haven't sewn in 30 yrs. and that was on my Mother's cast iron Singer! Anywho, while I was shopping around for a machine (I loved all the new things they can do), I decided I would like to get a sewing/emb combo. I drive school bus so my income is very limited. I bought a Brother SE-350 because it was the "best" I could afford. My machine came with very basic pre programmed emb designs. I have used them successfully. I need help with the embroidery software/hardware aspect of the machine. I have read so many forums and have gone to hundreds of websites (literally). Now I am at the point my brain is clogged with too much info and not enough knowledge. I want to get a reader/writer box, the most inexpensive one I can find. Since I am "clueless" I thought from what I've read in the forums here, there are a lot of people here that have a clue (lucky for me!) My dream is to someday get the PEDISGN 7.0 so I can embroider photos of my (8 and counting!) grandchildren onto fabric. Any and all help is greatly appreciated.

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I started out with a Brother PE-150 and bought PEDesign 3 on eBay. Since you've started with a Brother machine, too, stay with the Brother software. That being said, a couple of years ago I found Generations Digitizing software on eBay at an incredible price ($600 vs $1800 retail). I still use the PED 3, but only to write my Generations digitized designs to the card. Today I received the newest issue of Designs in Machine Embroidery. Inside is their latest software survey which compares not only digitizing software, but also editing software. Pick up a copy to study. I really like Generations; it is easy to learn by following the manual, there is a good user's group to learn more, and the features are incredible. And yes, you can digitize photos, too! I had my grandkids draw pictures that I digitized and put on t-shirts for them.


    Bookmark   June 28, 2008 at 2:26AM
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Thank you for your reply. I will pick up that magazine today. Lord knows I need to study about this. I don't want anything too complex, hopefully then it costs less LOL.
I may have to wait until next years tax refund to get Generations. I keep looking on eBay and Craig's list to try and find a used reader/writer box. I'm so anxious to try something new with my machine since I already did the programmed designs!

    Bookmark   June 28, 2008 at 10:12AM
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Checking out for reader/writer box on ebay is worth but try on amazon also. Thing is you have decided 30 years after again sewing and emb... you have patience...I have put some videos here which may give you some ideas.

Here is a link that might be useful: Instructional Embroidery Videos

    Bookmark   July 29, 2008 at 2:09PM
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