Embrilliance QT: Stitch Artist 3: Cool letters

New quick tip video just released: Stitch Artist Level3: creating awesome lettering with groovy outlines. Kick your embroidery skills up a notch and add some outlines (and fun) and interest to your simple lettering. Even if you don’t have Stitch Artist Level 3, you need to check out this video and see what Embrilliance can do for your embroidery.

In this video, we add some lettering and centre it on the page.  After change the lettering to what we want (OML of course) and make a few adjustments and then use some quick and easy tools to add some automatic outlines that fit neatly around the fancy lettering in just one click!  After that, we inflate the outlines so they have a cool look to your lettering design. So check out this video even if you don’t have Stitch Artist Level 3 – you will find out how easy it is to make your embroidery lettering look better and more interesting.

Embrilliance Quick Tip: Auto Outline and Inflate Object

New Embrilliance Quick Tip video uploaded today.

Take a few minutes to check this on out!  Its showing off a few features of Embrilliance Stitch Artist Level 3 – auto outline and inflate objects – two really cool tools – especially when used together with union.

Even if you don’t have Stitch Artist level 3 yet, check out the video and see what these two tools can do!

With the click of one tool button, you can auto outline quickly and perfectly.  You can auto outline just about any object or lettering.  Once you have added the outline, then you can assign stitches – run, satin, backstitch to name a few.

Once you have completed the outline, then you can make the outline bigger using the second tool – inflate object – and do a few more things with the outline – ignore holes if you are not doing lettering or any design with a hole, and make softer – so that the lines get softer, less sharp and look better.

Once you complete these two steps, you can assign more stitches and change the design once again.

So use a few awesome tools and create some cool embroidery designs quickly and easily in Embrilliance.

Embrilliance Tutorials: Stitch Selection

Busy couple of weeks, but we have quite a few new tutorials for you to view!  All are quick tip videos, but have tons of information in them, and of course all about Embrilliance Embroidery software.  You don’t want to miss any of these videos!!

this first video is all about stitch selections and how you can use them to quickly change parts of your designs – you can select stitches quite a few different ways – lasso, rectangle and brush!  Its easy and fun, and in a few quick steps you can change your amazing designs!

Embird Update: 10.17

Have you updated Embird yet?  you should be on 2016 version 10.17 – the last update was on March 16, 2016.  If you have not already updated your software, you should do it!

There are are few bugs that they have fixed:

Embird is now able to process the new Pfaff .VP4 format. It will convert to and also from this format.
Fixed bug in .FCM format.
Fixed bug in Iconizer for processing .SVG files and .EMB files.
Fixed bug in Alphabet and Font Engine plug-in causing stacking of objects.

New changes:

New function “Insert Knockdown Stitching” added to color popup menu in Editor.
Support for Janome Cutwork Needles 1-4 and Viking Cutwork Needles 1-4 added to color popup menu in Editor.

Good news about adding a whole new feature to Embird – adding knockdown stitching to your stitch files!  Thank you Embird!!

But wait, what are knockdown stitches??  Knockdown stitches are somewhere between an underlay stitch and a fill stitch. Knockdown stitches can be very handy, indeed.   They are stitched first on a design, and knockdown stitches are meant to make a firm base for your actual embroidery.  A good example is if you are going to embroider a design on a towel – if you simply embroider the design using backing, you will find that the nap of the towel may just show through your embroidery!  Yucch!  Nobody wants that look.  Yes, you can use WSS (water soluble) as a topper for the embroidery (you can float the WSS on the towel before you embroider, and it will help the stitches stay on top of the  fabric).  However, WSS can be messy and awkward and might not necessarily have the clean look that you want.  The solution is knockdown stitches.  Knockdown stitching will lay a nice base of not-too-dense stitches down before your actual embroidery – providing the perfect place for your embroidery – with no material nap showing through!  How awesome is that?  Knockdown stitches are simple to do, and Embird has provided a quick and easy method to do them – the option for knockdown stitches is right in editor, just a click away!

I have created this quick tip video to show you how to create your knockdown stitches and some of the features in the stitches – the parameters you can change and what settings to use.

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Embrilliance Stitch Artist Classes

We finally took the leap and got the full version of Embrilliance!  It really is a brilliant embroidery program.

We have used the basic program for a little while, but found of course that it is a bit limited for our needs – we are all digitizers with 12+ years experience, so we don’t have much use for simple editing programs – we need to get the full program of everything we do.  So  months later, we finally did it.  And we are happy that we did!!

Our first impressions of the program are WOW.  Just wow.  One of the best features of the program is that it runs natively in Mac – yes, natively – not a program that was “re-designed” for mac, or a program that you have to boot camp or parallels to use, its right there like any other Mac program.  That. Is. AWESOME.  I have an iMac with a whopping 32 gig ram, so i have been itching to run an embroidery program on it.  You can understand why! (its a lot of RAM for one machine – it makes it very powerful and FAST).  And Embrilliance works perfectly so far!

I have a few quick tip videos up on Youtube right now, and I will be working on more and I will have some project tutorials coming up as well.  So, be prepared to learn some cool stuff and be wowed my Embrilliance.

I look forward to sharing my experiences with you, and teaching you how to digitize with this embroidery program.  I have been digging into the program and the learning curve is not too bad.

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Class Number 8: Appliqué Cupcake

Check out this new appliqué cupcake design!  Join us for this class and learn to create this awesome design.  This is an intermediate/advanced class and we go over quite a few skills i this class.  We first create the bottom appliqué (the cupcake cup) and then the fun top of the cupcake and then we add the details.  Some well placed and sized column stitches, some swirly bean stitches and a few icons, making the proper manual connections as we go along.  We work with density and backward paths too.  In the end, we finish up the design with some satin stitches to complete the appliqué.  With all the proper connections, this design will stitch out amazing and look great.


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Making things clear class

We have had quite a few questions regarding our Making things clear class video, and I would like to, well, make things clear.

This video is about Embird Digitizing software – and it is a helpful video for everyone out there.  It covers some basic ideas as well as some more advanced ideas.  It its a compilation of questions frequently asked on our website, via email and on our Facebook group “embird happy digitizing” (where we discuss and post work from the classes).  We are around to answer your questions, but we thought a video that answered the questions, and SHOWED you the answers would be very helpful.   So that is exactly what we did!

Some of the highlights of the videos include the differences between a stitch file and a native EOF file – a file that you created from scratch in Studio – and why you can’t bring in a PES file into studio and expect it to work like a native EOF file.

We talk about pull compensation – what it is – a few examples – and how to properly use pull compensation, including using underlay.

We talk about density – when to change the density and when to leave the density where it is, and why messing with it can make a mess of your work.

We talk about hole cutting, and common mistakes that can be made with hole cutting – why you may get errors with your work, and exactly how to fix them.

We have tried to answer your questions and show you the answers – by the time you finish the video, you will have a clear understanding on these subjects- using examples and showing you clearly why some techniques don’t work very well, and how to avoid having issues with your work.

Enjoy this video and pick up on all the information that it offers.  Coming up this week, class number 8 – its going to be a cool appliqué class with lots of detail work.   Class is set for release on Wednesday, March 23, 2016.  You won’t want to miss either of these classes.

You can find Class Number 7 at OMLdigitizing.com



Class #6 now uploaded


We have uploaded the newest class!  and its a good one!


We listened to everyone saying the they would like more advanced classes, especially in appliqué – so that is exactly what we have for you this week – an advanced appliqué class!  Awesome!

Join us for this class and you will learn quite a few things – two methods of appliqué and how to digitize for each method, we create two appliqués on the same project and tie it all together with some in the hoop work to create this beautiful bookmark just in time for Easter.  In this class, we will create the bookmark from scratch – only using a simple egg template (because I can’t draw an egg, for some reason) and then we build the bookmark from the beginning.  Of course we like to think outside the box, so there are a few suggestions how you can create your own variations on the design.  We use motif stitches, run stitches and we change width and density to make the whole design work.

So check out this awesome Embird Appliqué In the Hoop lesson, and learn how to create an advanced appliqué in the hoop project.

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Embird Class 5 – Easter Egg Monogram

Class number 5 is now available!  Check out this awesome class and learn how to create your own Easter Monogram!  We cover lots of information in this video – including splitting designs quickly and easily, adding lettering, cutting holes, adding outlines to name a few, and learn how to digitize these great designs from a single image.  If you don’t have any monogramming fonts for embroidery, don’t worry – i show you how to use regular fonts and show you a great free font to download from the internet.

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Not enough time in the day for Embroidery

Lots of people say that there is not enough time in the day for embroidery!  I fall into that category as well, there just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day!  I have 10 million projects that I want to do, and I have ideas in my head that I need to do!  So many ideas, so little time.  On the bright side in my life, I do get to do embroidery all day – we create and embroider patches, so my day is filled with embroidery!  And I absolutely love it!  Some days, I really just want to sit and digitize all day.  I “work watch” movies and TV and listen to music while I digitize,  and I do find it relaxing as long as there are no time frames for my work to be completed.

So how do you fit in time for embroidery every day?  Here are a few ideas to make a bit of time to add in some embroidery time:

LEARN SOMETHING NEW EVERY DAY.   A little learning each day adds up in the end.  I do this every day – whether I learn something new about the program, a new way of doing things, a new process or using a new thread or style properly.  Something little each day adds up to good working knowledge in the end.

SET SOME QUIET TIME:  I know this is hard for everyone, including me, but I try and set a few minutes each day for some quiet time to give my brain a rest.  During this quiet time, I usually turn to embroidery digitizing.  Start off small  with even 20 minutes and work up from there.   You may not be able to finish a whole design, but you can at least work on it.

LEARNING IS IMPORTANT:  to make good use of your time and learn your embroidery program – if you get a feel for what you are doing then you will have much less frustration in general working with embroidery.  I do suggest that people know the program before they start working on a project.

KNOW YOUR PROGRAM:  no matter what software you are using, get to know the program as much as possible before starting a project.  I get a good feel for a new embroidery program, and then take a learn- as-I-go approach to it.  I know most of the tools, and if i want to do something and I can’t figure it out, instead of trying a whole bunch of things I will always look it up on the Help guide and find the right way the first time.  This saves a ton of frustration and makes learning happy.

SET GOALS:  I set personal goals for myself every day – the things that I want to accomplish in the day – and that always includes a bit of learning time – whether on Embird, Tajima DG15 Photoshop or any other program that I use.  They don’t have to be huge goals, but something simple and workable.  If you don’t have enough time to finish a whole project, set the goal to get one part of it done, and the next day another part until your design is finished.

So remember, you are never too old to learn something new!  Go for it – set yourself out a bit of time each day and start tackling that embroidery to-do list and feel accomplished.