Thanks for the info peeps - I was just coming in to ask this same question.
If you can do any digitizing at all already...... It's not as hard as you might think. IF you start by watching and thinking about some of the simple designs stitch out. That is a tutorial in itself. Really
If you try stitching out a zipper bag it will "just make sense." Everything is in a logical order. If you stitch a few, then try to use your straight line tool. Try it and experiment. If you mess up, Oh well. I think that's how a lot of us have learned to do In the hoop. It's really fun!
This lady explain as she sews. That kind of tells what would need to be digitized and the order. Maybe that would help...
I hope she reads this. She has not made a comment since the two she made 13 days ago. Maybe she found what she was looking for?
well if she dose not. others will be interested, as i am, so thank you for your help.
and thanks from me, I was curious non how to do it
I started by buying a few nice items as examples on various embroidery sites, especially Secrets of Embroidery. I decided what kind of items I would like to make, and then bought similar items.
I stitched out the purchased items, to see the basics. Then I applied those basics to my own designs. My designs are totally different from the ones I bought, different shapes, designs, uses, etc, but the basics stayed the same.
If you can do a stitch simulation of a bought example, you can also see what is done in what order as long as you set the simulator to a slow enough speed.
I did not find any manuals on ITH designs, so I taught myself by using examples.
Hope this helped!
Hi, very frustrating if people do not come back and say if they found what they need...
As with all these things it is 'easy when you know how'!!! As far as I am aware any design for ITH comes with good instructions. Just try and you will learn as you go. Good luck and let us know how you do. Sarah.
I have put up a couple of instructions for ITH designs.
These have been written for specific designs, but you should be able to apply the principle to most ITH designs
There's a new Craftsy class on ITH projects. Have a look there. I suspect it only deals with stitching them out, but it might also give digitising tips.
I would advise you to stitch out some ITH designs that come with good instructions so you will understand how the design works. There are many different designs that will make, for example, a zipped purse, but there will be differences in how they go about achieving the same end.
Do you make things on your ordinary sewing machine or by hand? If you do the processes are exactly the same.
go to youtube.com they have tutorials for ANYTHING you ever want to learn...I love it!!
I looked there first, nothing! It seems to be a big secret, I've asked many people who actually make ITH designs. My advice was to put an ITH design in my software and watch how it stitches. Not helpful at all to me!!!!
I have never found one.
What you are actually doing is use your embroidery machine do the work of your sewing machine, with faultless and accurate lines. So, when you want to digitise something just try visualising what steps you need to take when making the object the conventional way - make a (sewing) pattern first - and then think of the best way to do that in the hoop - e.g. what seam to have an opening for turning, can it be done in one or two hoopings, etc.
Just experiment and have fun!
That's exactly what I would do.
Thanks, but that isn't going to give me insight on what settings need to be used. I'm new to digitizing.
I guess I'll have to find a book or tutorial, purchase it and share what I've found with others like me, lol.
There really is no secret. You only need the line tool of your software and the manual will tell you how to do that. You just set your stitch length to 2 - 2.5 mm, the same length you would use on your sewing machine and make sure your final outline is either a double line or a triple stitch for strength. I have made numerous ITH hoop designs, and so has Sue, without any instructions. Just think of the steps you'd take when sewing it by machine and digitise those stitching lines. When you want to turn it for invisible seams or stuff it, leave an opening.
I use it for things like pocket flaps, embroidery along the top of a child's trouser pocket or neckline - easiest way to get two exactly equal parts. For finger and hand puppets, pincushions, scissor holders, stuffed baby toys, pages for babybooks, you name it. Bags, zipped or with flaps, just about anything. It is dead easy!
What software do you use and what project you want to digitise?
This made the most sense to me. I want to learn to digitize too. I went to my local quilt shop. They sell a digitizing program. One of the sales clerks there sat down with me and showed me how to operate it. It looked very easy but way too expensive ($1600) for me to purchase. Thanks for your advice. Susan