Monday, August 15, 2011

Finding the Right Digitizing Software

I have a Singer Futura CE250 with AutoPunch Software. The capability to take any graphic image and convert it to embroidery is the main reason I purchased it.  The problem is, it doesn’t do a very good job converting the images to clean, good-looking embroidery designs.  So searched online to find a better program. I like to try before I buy. The programs I’ve found range anywhere from $50 to $2,000.
Here are some samples of what some of these programs can do. There are many more programs out there, but they don’t have trial versions or the trial versions that they have do not allow auto digitizing.

Images Used:
Simple line drawings
110801_040804_27310453snug as a bug

Simple Clipart
butterflypage5winnie_l_ourson

Complex Clipart
IMG_1184purplewinnie-the-pooh-wallpaper-cartoon

Photos
IMG_0749IMG_9713


Software outcomes:I simply loaded them and used the automatic settings on each program. I did have to resize some of them to a more realistic number, such as 6x4 inches. And I had to change some of the PhotoStitch settings to be Running stitch, otherwise it would have showed a black image. Other than that, I didn’t change the normal settings, therefore, the output could possibly be better.
Singer Futura AutoPunch
futura1futura2futura3futura4futura5clipartfutura6clipart

Using Futura PhotoStitch (Rectangular stitch)
futura5photostitchfutura6photostitch

Futura PhotoStitch (Running stitch)
futura7photostitchfutura8photostitch

PE Design 8 (by Brother)
PE1PE2PE3PE4PEclipartPE5PE1photostitch1PEphotostitchPE8PE9

MasterWorks Lite
masterworks1masterworks4masterworks2masterworks3masterworks8masterworks5masterworks6masterworks7

What I’ve learned from using these programs is that it depends on the image. Sadly, there’s not just one program that does an excellent job on all images, unless there’s one out there that doesn’t have a trial version that I haven’t tried yet.