WILCOM HATCH: Monograms

I HAVE FALLEN IN LOVE WITH MONOGRAMS!  Yes.  Its true.  Wilcom Hatch has the most amazing add on for monograms, and I absolutely LOVE IT.

I have always found monograms a bit difficult to do.  Mainly to be inspired – anyone can add 3 letters and call it a monogram, but good monograms take some style.  Amazing monograms have a cool shaped border, different swirls and swashes and decorations and different set ups for the letters.   Traditionally, there are 3 letters in a monogram, and they are set up in different ways.  For example OML – the letter M will be bigger and the O and the L will be smaller, and usually set up a bit from the bottom mark of the M.  Thats a regular traditional style monogram.  Bleh.  We need more than that!

With the Wilcom Hatch monogram add on, you can have tons of ideas right there in front of you.  MONOGRAM INSPIRATION AND STYLE to say the least.  There are different borders in many different shapes, different set ups for the lettering – consisting of different layouts, and a whole set of decorations, too.   Instead of working on any kind of set up issues, you add your lettering and click on some of the different options.  Yes, it really is that easy!!  Of course you also have the choice of any of the 60 built in fonts and any of the TTF fonts that you have on your computer.  With a few clicks, you are sure to find the perfect monogram with added style!

Here is the description from Wilcom.com/hatch website:

“Create and Re-Shape Lettering
Lettering doesn’t need to be basic! Do it your way with Hatch Monogrammer. Using a built-in “Embroidery Library”, Monogrammer makes it simple to add custom lettering to your designs. Select from the 60 included fonts or convert your own TrueType or OpenType fonts. Adjust your lettering width to make it bolder, or slant them to give an italicized look. Spread your letters apart with the spacing tool.

Edit your lettering using the “Select and Re-Shape Object” tool. Manipulate your lettering in multiple ways right on screen including: adjusting spacing, scaling lettering, and reshaping your letters to create your own personalized design.

Choose your own Layouts with multiple Baselines
Go one step further and choose your layouts with multiple baselines. Lettering shapes and layouts are what give your lettering unique shapes and structures. Choose from a variety of placements – Free or fixed, circle or arched, upright and even free form are just the start of baselines you’ll find yourself using.

Customize your lettering further by adding ‘lettering art’ styles which will distort your lettering by making it arch, compress, stretch or bulge- giving you the ability to manipulate your designs to your liking.

Multi-line Lettering
Lettering doesn’t stop at one line. When dealing with multi-line lettering, Hatch Monogrammer provides up to four alignment and layout options. You can even customize each line accordingly to achieve the personalized alignments and baselines you envision.”

If you wanted to know the different borders/lay, here is a great picture of the library of styles that Wilcom Hatch has built in:

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Wilcom.com/hatch monogram library

Check out this quick video and see Wilcom Hatch Monograms in action:

Wilcom Hatch: Layout features are incredible

At OML we are all about embroidery – and digitizing – and different embroidery software programs that accomplish this. If I could have every embroidery program, I would own all of them!! While I do understand that I am enthusiastic and passionate about digitizing to say the least, I am also always up for new things – especially in embroidery software.  I am not paid by any company to work with their software, I do this all on my own and at my own expense, so I have no loyalty or bias to any digitizing software company.

And of course, before I use or review or even do videos on any software, I work very very hard with it on a daily basis to see what that software can do!  I do many different designs, bring in pictures, complicated designs and typography too  – and put the software to the test!  I do spend lots of time working with the software so I know all of its capabilities and faults.  I am here to highlight my findings on the best parts of the software – I am testing and working with them out so you don’t have to!

Enter Wilcom Hatch.

Wilcom Hatch is a brand new embroidery software program that has been released just this year. Don’t make the mistake that its super expensive and out of your range:  it is not the same as the Wilcom E3 program that has huge functionality at a professional level, and also the professional level price tag, but it has all the power of Wilcom in a simple to use program for every day digitizers and embroidery. Now don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that Hatch is a “simple” embroidery program – Wilcom Hatch is very powerful and can accomplish just about any task! The “simple” in the above sentence means that it is very user friendly and very easy to use.

I can’t really hide my enthusiasm with this software – I think Wilcom has come up with a program that is going to change embroidery digitizing for everyone. Hatch has it all there, right in front of you – and at a price you can afford (personally I would love to have Wilcom E3 as well). That being said, here is one of the most amazing embroidery features that I have seen in a long time.

Wilcom Hatch: Layout Module.

You have to check out the video to really understand what the Layout Module can do. Its super easy and puts the fun back into embroidery. You won’t believe what you can do with this software – this is only one feature! In Layout, you can mirror copy Horizontal, mirror copy vertical, mirror-copy both and of course the amazing and super fun circle layout!! These are just words, you need to see it in action. Its a game changer.

Take 5 minutes to see what layout can do for you:

 

Wilcom Hatch: Lettering Glyphs

›ATTENTION EVERYONE:  THIS WILCOM HATCH FEATURE IS GOING TO CHANGE EMBROIDERY LETTERING AS YOU KNOW IT.

While I do understand that I am super enthusiastic about typography as well as being an embroidery nerd, this is seriously going to change how I work from now on.  Really, its that big.

Let me explain what I am raving about in one word.  Glyphs.

Quite a few people don’t know that along with the basic lettering in TTF (true type fonts) there are usually a whole different set of glyphs – there are symbols, special lettering, letters with accents, different styled numbers, ligatures, swashes and fancy swirls just to name a few.  The problem is, most programs make it super hard to find them, and we tend to forget that they are there.  Even if you do find them, unless you are using a program like Adobe Illustrator, they are difficult to get into whatever you are working on.  Wilcom has seen this issue and has come up with a perfect and brilliant solution that will change boring lettering into something more!!  And to make things even better, you do not have to leave Hatch to use these special letters!  Its all right there in the program – quick and easy access and easy to use!   Another problem with using glyphs is that some TT Fonts have quite a few glyphs – so many that they are hard to see in the programs that come with Windows and Mac, and even third party programs.  You have to guess at what you want, and quite often get it wrong and have to start over again, painstakingly “building” your lettering.  Wilcom Hatch embroidery software has taken the guesswork out of glyphs – the icons for them are BIG and CLEAR and you can view them as outlines and with stitches.  You really can’t ask for anything more!  its perfect!  and it will change how i use any of my fonts:  its like a whole new world has opened up for me and I am certain that my typography designs will be spectacular.

Here is an example of what I am talking about:

Plain lettering:

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Lettering using glyphs:

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See the difference?

 

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Wilcom Hatch Embroidery Software

At OML Embroidery, we are all digitizers and we absolutely love digitizing.  We are also open to new programs, and we are happy to check out different ways of creating awesome embroidery, and are happy to keep growing out software stash.  As of this month, we use Tajima DG15, Embrilliance, Embird and now Wilcom Hatch.  We use all of these programs for daily digitizing and also for creating learning videos.

Keeping an open mind and always doing research, I stumbled upon the (much loved) Wilcom embroidery site – I often check with Wilcom to see if they have anything new – and was super happy to find out that they do have something new, its called HATCH.  I checked out their website and learned everything I could about the software, and then decided to try the demo.  And I have to say, I am impressed.

If you are looking for embroidery digitizing software that is user friendly, tablet friendly and has a great layout AND powerful tools, this is the software for you.  Hatch has all the power of Wilcom with a fantastic interface that makes your digitizing experience easier.  Powerful tools, a great help system and a super easy user interface makes Wilcom Hatch one of the best embroidery programs so far.  I absolutely love it.  The program is fast, easy to use and has all of the bells and whistles that you need.  It is far from a “basic” embroidery digitizing program, but not as complicated as the Wilcom E3 program, I would say that it is somewhere in between – not a simple home embroidery program, but not a high priced commercial program either.  I guess I would have to call it semi-commercial?

I can barely contain my excitement in this video – i even say “groovy” more than once (ha ha)!  This video is an introduction to the software so you can see the brilliant workspace and see how quickly and easily you can find everything that you need.

 

Take a few minutes and check out this video – I am sure you will be as excited as I am about this new embroidery program!

 

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