The first step to successfully creating any embroidery design is choosing the right digitizing product for the job. There are a number of embroidery digitizing products on the market today that range in price from hundreds of dollars to thousands of dollars and I can tell you not all are created equal. Here is a quick guideline of what to look for when you are researching which product will best meet your needs.
- What type of support is provided once you purchase the product?
- How much training and what type of training is provided with the product?
- What type of import files does the product support?
- What type of conversion files are available?
- How easy is it to upgrade the product when newer versions are released?
- Is there a charge for upgrading the product?
- Is training available with respect to the changes made in the upgraded product?
These are just a few items that are key to success in learning how to digitize embroidery. There is nothing worse than spending money on a product only to find out that it doesn't do what you expect it to do. Before I decided which product I would sell to my customers and use in my store I did my research. There are a number of good products out there but what I really love about Floriani Total Control is the support that goes with this product and the ease of use. Floriani absolutely nails it when it comes to supporting and training. Here is what I mean. After purchasing and installing the product an upgrade was available on the website for free. The entire process of installing, registering and upgrading the product was completed in a couple of hours with step by step instructions. I was then able to download hundreds of new designs from the website and begin the tutorial videos. Within a week I was creating professional designs and yes they stitched out beautifully. The software includes pre-digitized designs and vector art for digitizing but it is so easy to bring in your own designs to digitize. In addition to this Floriani has created an entire community around their products and that is what I love love love about Floriani. Oh, and did I mention that it has an automatic applique tool. Yes, that's right, just click a button and voila, you have applique with placement stitches which means no fuss, no mistakes. Just saying.....what's not to love.
Before you purchase any digitizing software, it is important to consider what you are going to use the software for. Is it for personal use or business? What functions are important to you? What kind of support do you want? Don't be afraid to ask questions about the product. Happy shopping.
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