Hatch Questions and Answers!

Does the trial version of Hatch allow you to save and stitch? Are there any limitations to the trial?Yes the trial version of Hatch allows you to save and stitch out your designs! There are NO limitations to the FREE 30 Day Hatch trial.   Head over to WILCOM to get your free trial of Hatch – you don’t even need a credit card to get started!!
What is Embroidery Digitizing?Embroidery digitizing is an art and a skill where you create embroidery stitch files that you send to your embroidery machines. Often digitizers will use JPEGs as a backdrop to create the stitches. If you want more information on how to digitize in embroidery, you can check out our youtube channel OML Embroidery for some hints and tips and classes taking you step by step to learn the art of embroidery digitizing.
Can Hatch do everything my other program can do?

Hatch has many tools to work with, and while Hatch has many tools to help with creating embroidery designs, every software is different. You will find that Hatch is very powerful embroidery software, and Hatch has everything you need to create embroidery.

Can I use Hatch on more than 1 computer?
Yes. Hatch can be used on up to 3 computers.

Can I use hatch on Mac?
Although Hatch is not a native Mac program, as with other PC programs you can use Hatch with a Mac provided you use Bootcamp (built into Mac) or purchase a program to run Windows in Mac called Parallels, and you will need to purchase a copy of Windows as well as a copy of Parallels. You will need to visit Apple’s website or the Parallels website to get any further information and support for running Windows on a Mac.
Does Hatch come with any designs?
Hatch comes with many built in designs in the native EMB format for you to work with. When you have Hatch open on your computer, click on the “MY DESIGNS” tab so see all of the designs that come with Hatch Embroidery Software.
Does Hatch come with any images?
Yes, all versions of Hatch come with some images and projects for you to work with! When Hatch is open on your computer, you can click on the HELP menu at the top of Hatch, and you can click on the Getting Started tab. This will give you a good introduction to Hatch, with downloadable PDF pages and step by step instructions to working with projects using the built in designs and images.
Can I do applique in Hatch?
Hatch is wonderful for creating Applique! Hatch has a drop down menu especially for creating applique containing tools such as Digitize Applique, Remove Overlaps and Partial Applique along with Combine Applique (which is a real time-saver) and break apart.
How many fonts does Hatch Include?
With your initial purchase, Hatch Digitizer includes 86 professionally digitized ESA fonts. While Hatch Creator & Customizer both include 60 professionally digitized ESA fonts.

Can I use TTF fonts in Hatch?
Yes, you can use TTF fonts in Hatch once they are installed on your computer. However, you should always be careful using TTF fonts as some TTF fonts are not suitable for embroidery. Because TTF fonts are not created for embroidery, you may run into issues with improper underlay, missing stitch angles and small lettering. We suggest using ESA fonts- these fonts were professionally hand digitized for embroidery and have the minimum recommendations right in the name.
I have a HASP sign in error, how do I fix this?
If you have a HASP error, the first thing you should do is shut down your computer (not a reboot, a total shut down) and restart your computer. Make sure you wait for everything to load properly – most HASP errors are caused because the HASP program has not finished loading before you start Hatch. You can also visit http://www.wilcom.com/Hatch and look under the FAQ section for a fix to the HASP error.

Does Hatch work with Windows 10?
Yes. Hatch does work with Windows 10.

I want to stitch a design, what formats can Hatch do?
Hatch uses EMB as the working file, and Hatch can export into many stitch files, including the commercial DST file. You can also export to multiple stitch files at the same time by using My Designs. Remember to save your EMB file, too, just in case you need to make any changes!
How do I get my design to my machine?
It really depends on what kind of machine you are using. If you have your machine plugged into your computer, you can send stitch files to your machine right inside Hatch. If you use a USB stick, you will have to copy your files to that USB drive, and then move that to your embroidery machine.

Will Hatch work with my embroidery machine?
Yes, Hatch will work with many embroidery machines. Hatch is great software for any embroidery machine!
Is hatch the same as E3?
No, Hatch is not the same as Wilcom E3. Hatch is embroidery software for the hobbyist, while E3 is for a professional level commercial digitizer.

5 responses to “Hatch Questions and Answers!”

  1. Franklin Rawley Avatar
    Franklin Rawley

    is Hatch the same thing as Embird? It seems to be somewhat similar to what I am seeing, but the price seems a bit high as compared to Embird.

    Also, I want to learn Embird for digitizing. I have reviewed your video Sue, and the first video seems to be a bit /a lot more detailed than what I want for a first out of the gate start. Is there a REAL basic instruction that will show me how to draw a line, make it fatter, draw a circle. know what I mean? This video is starting with a picture and making it do various things and this does not seem to be BASIC. thanks for your understanding and help.

    1. OML Embroidery Avatar

      yes there are quite a few beginner videos on the channel. check out some of the quick tip videos – they are more of what you are after – and there are 84 of them on my channel so you will find what you need. Once you finish those, then move on to the introduction classes, and then move to any of the other Hatch Embroidery classes! Thanks!

  2. Hilary Ellert Avatar
    Hilary Ellert

    I have Embird and I love your videos…Thank you!
    Would I benefit from watching the Hatch videos even though I’m not going to get Hatch anytime soon? Or would it all get too confusing?

    1. OML Embroidery Avatar

      Thank you so much for your support! There is an Embird Video being released today that you will find very helpful!! ​

      1. OML Embroidery Avatar

        also, yes, you can learn stuff from the Hatch videos and carry that over to embird. I usually use basic stitches and basic settings – it will also help you get to know embird a bit better, too!

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