by sondray 18 Feb 2014

Hi everyone,

Just wondering if there are any tutorials online for digitizing ITH projects? I'd love to learn but can't find anything.



by Court 17 May 2014

Thanks for the info peeps - I was just coming in to ask this same question.

by hightechgrammy 04 Mar 2014

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!

hightechgrammy by hightechgrammy 04 Mar 2014

This lady explain as she sews. That kind of tells what would need to be digitized and the order. Maybe that would help...

mops by mops 05 Mar 2014

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?

justsew by justsew 05 Mar 2014

well if she dose not. others will be interested, as i am, so thank you for your help.
Hugs Pam.

marianb by marianb 05 Mar 2014

and thanks from me, I was curious non how to do it

by anssmile 03 Mar 2014

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!

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anssmile by anssmile 20 Mar 2014

Hi, very frustrating if people do not come back and say if they found what they need...

by airyfairy 02 Mar 2014

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.

by mpo14011 01 Mar 2014

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

by mops Moderator 01 Mar 2014

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.

by spendlove Moderator 20 Feb 2014

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.

by mariahail 18 Feb 2014

go to they have tutorials for ANYTHING you ever want to learn...I love it!!

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sondray by sondray 19 Feb 2014

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!!!!

by mops Moderator 18 Feb 2014

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!

sewmom by sewmom 18 Feb 2014

That's exactly what I would do.

sondray by sondray 19 Feb 2014

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.

mops by mops 20 Feb 2014

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?

rsehorse by rsehorse 18 May 2014

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

by spendlove Moderator 18 Feb 2014

I haven't seen any. I think the most important thing is to have a strong idea in your head and then have a go!

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sondray by sondray 19 Feb 2014

Thanks, The search continues, lol.