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FREE Digitising software available to download.


FREE Digitising software available to download.
« on: November 28, 2019, 10:54:27 AM »
I was having a mooch around the internet last evening and came upon these two sources of FREE embroidery digitising s/w

- - my editor.
 this runs on Windows XP upto Windows 10. " A free, simple viewing and editing software with some innovative features and functions. It was mainly developed to provide the capability to view and modify supported embroidery files and then re-save them in any of the available embroidery file formats"

- - ink/stitch.
" An open source machine embroidery design platform based on Inkscape. Ink/Stitch aims to be a full-fledged, cross platform embroidery digitising platform based entirely on free, open source s/w. Our goal is to be approachable for hobbyists while also providing the power needed by professional digitisers."

Does anybody know anything about either or both of them?
I'm thinking that one or both of them might save me having to by the software peddled by the big sewing machine manufacturers
Not so much patchwork as personal dressmaker to DD


Re: FREE Digitising software available to download.
« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2019, 11:43:51 AM »
I tried Ink/Stitch.  I can't remember anything about it unfortunately, although I didn't persist with it - I think I was looking for something to add lettering to files and it either didn't work very well or was difficult to figure out. 

I think the only way to find out is to test them yourself - what I find difficult to fathom may make absolute sense to you!

I ended up paying £45 for SewWhat Pro, which does a little more than the free software, but, naturally, isn't anything like full digitising software.  I like it very much, although when I want to print out files for in-the-hoop patterns I use Premier+ (the free version) because it keeps a file on one page and doesn't print all the extra info that I don't want!
I might look as though I'm talking to you, but inside my head I'm sewing.


Re: FREE Digitising software available to download.
« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2019, 09:30:19 AM »
Sounds interesting. I can't even view the embroidery files I have so something that lets me do that would be good.


Re: FREE Digitising software available to download.
« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2019, 15:52:19 PM »
@SewRuthieSews if you don't have an embroidery software program, you can go to the Embroidery Library website, click on any project / tutorial and you will be able to download a free version of Wilcoms Truesizer. This is a very basic package, but it allows you to preview your 'saved' designs on your computer, as well as see how they will stitch out, you can also resize them, if you needed to and print off templates to help with placement as well..... ;)

Thought I'd add the link to the free site here....better than searching for ages on Embroidery Library website

I downloaded the desktop version as this allows 'previews' of your designs in windows
« Last Edit: December 02, 2019, 16:05:06 PM by Seweasy »
I'm so much better at buying fabric, than  I am at using it up....