by louisecockeran 24 Jun 2012

Hi Cuties, DH bought me Embird Basic, Studio and Iconizer. Wow it is overwhelming for me I don't know where to start. We downloaded the manual as well but it doesn't help much. Please help me to get started I really want to give digitizing a go. Hugs Louise


by pennyhal 26 Jun 2012

You need to learn Embird Basic first. Just don't worry about digitizing until you get the Basic part down. Iconizer just lets you see the little icons. You don't have to learn anything there, it is just a little convenience that is just wonderful.

When you open a design in Embird, it opens in "Manager." Manager lets you do things like print out various information forms, see thumbnails of all the designs in a folder etc.

At the top, there is a tab that says "Editor." Editor lets you change things about the design, color, size, density, watch a computer stitchout. Click on Editor and it'll open the design in a different screen. Be sure to save your design with a differnt name before you start changing things around! You'll want to keep your orignal design safe so you don't destroy or wreck it!

The manual is limited. But as people suggested, I'd join the Yahoo Group Embird 101. Read though the old posts and you'll learn a lot of things. I read them all the time and learn new stuff!

Yes, there is a learning curve. I'm just now trying to learn Studio, so I know how you feel.

There is another Yahoo Group Embird Studio that you may want to join too after you get a handle on Basic. This is a new adventure for you and once you get the hang of it, you'll be glad you did!

by bokkieborduur 25 Jun 2012

Your lucky lady. Hugs Marie

by graciegirl 25 Jun 2012

enjoy and congrates

by meganne 25 Jun 2012

Congratulations Louise, you have already started.
I suggest you join Kathy Jone's Group, from the website below, but, when you visit her website you will find several free tutorials, (link 1) so download all of them into a specific folder and work your way through them.
You will also find free tutorials at Clipartopolis (Link 2) as well as free clipart to download, 1 different set each week.
There are more free basic tutorials at B & D, (link 3)
Then at Rosanne Berkey's website 9link 4) you will find some free tutorials but the absolute BIBLE on splitting designs is her Spilt Wizardry.
Then at Embird home website you will find Video turorials to purchase (Link 5)
and free text tutorials to read online (link 6)
OR to download to Embird program, (link 7)
I hope this helps you get started in the best way possible.
Hugs n roses, Meganne

by spendlove Moderator 25 Jun 2012

Like with anything else, the more time and effort you put in, the more talented you get! I've sent you an email. Hope it helps.

by kitty2011 25 Jun 2012

Congratulation Louise.

I got my studio plugin 3or4 weeks ago.

I had a go & quickly realised it needed a lot more time & effort.

I haven't had much spare time since, but I did start back at it again today.

I think it's going to be a case of perseverance & practice.

all the best with it
hugs kitty

by janetedna 25 Jun 2012

I'm interested to know if digitising takes you (and others) away from producing sewn items, as this is rally what I like doing. Jan

spendlove by spendlove 25 Jun 2012

You are partly right, but there is always a backlog of designs to test. However it gives me a great buzz to stitch out something that works how I intended and which I know is unique!

meganne by meganne 25 Jun 2012

For me, a definite yes as I always have digitising requests to complete and I do love digitising. I spent years dressmaking so it can become a chore, but it IS wonderful to be able to combine both loves, when time permits

marjialexa by marjialexa 25 Jun 2012

Yes, because I love to digitize probably more than sew. Do what you love. A program is great to edit, resize designs, duplicate many FSL in larger hoop, etc. even if you don't digitize.

mops by mops 26 Jun 2012

For me, yes, but I love digitising. I like to see a design come to life on the machine, but the creative part is in the digitising and at times it seems to take over.

by dollygk 25 Jun 2012

To get started right away do what I did, open any embroidery pattern and edit it. You'll see how to delete stitches or an entire section of stitches, change colors, move objects, add a second pattern to the present one, etc.. Just begin playing and you learn lots!! Good Luck

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dollygk by dollygk 25 Jun 2012

just like when you got your first computer, play around he he

by cfidl 24 Jun 2012

Mops made a tutorial. sue took off with it! Hope you do to! Live Laugh Download Stitch!

by marcellelewis 24 Jun 2012

Join some Yahoo Groups that are dedicated to Embird. I am one of those people that can't get past trying to make it work like my Design Shop software so I am struggling with it too. I have not had the time to dedicate to it yet though. When you start to learn it stay with it so what you learn stays fresh in your mind.

Many of the groups have free lessons too. There are several places you can buy lessons on CD.

Here are the names of some Yahoo Groups to try.






I hope these help.


by marjialexa Moderator 24 Jun 2012

I'm sure the digitizers who use Embird will be able to point you to tutorials, seems like there are a lot out there for it. I'm a "manual" person, myself, and I have Janome Digitizer Pro, so not much help from me. But lots of encouragement! You can do it, really. If nothing else, just load it and play with all the buttons to see what they do, look at the menus, change the stitches, etc. You really can't "break" it, and I think that's one of the best ways of learning, to actually do it. See what happens, and if you do something you really love, don't forget to hit save! Best of luck to you, I know you'll do well. Hugs, Marji