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Digital Embroidery File Help

I need to create a digitized embroidery file (".dst" file) for some embroidery work. I can have this done for me at a cost of $100, but I'm hoping someone will know of a more cost effective way to do this. I doubt there's a Mac solution available, but I'm able to run Windows XP in Parallels if necessary.

The logos are Adobe Illustrator vector formats, so naturally I can export them to other formats as well.

9 Responses to "Digital Embroidery File Help"

  1. ๐Ÿ˜€

    I am a digitizer, so if you email me the graphic, I can do it for you at one fourth the cost.

  2. Thanks, Ravi, but that's not really what I'm looking to do. I'd like to skip the middle man entirely and do it myself.

  3. Erik,

    It looks like Corel DRAWings does what you want:

  4. Bravo for the DIY attitude instead of taking the deal ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. DRAWings is only decent if it is a VERY simple logo. I can say from experience that nothing compares to a skilled digitizer. But the best software out there is PULSE. I've got loads of experience in the field of custom apparel (silk screening & embroidery, mostly exposed to Tajima and Barudan machines) and I've seen a lot of crap churned out by these point and click solutions.

    But again, if it's simple, DRAWings might be for you.

  6. P.S. If you ever need a GREAT digitizer, I would recommend Joel Rapp from Bison Embroidery, he's pretty local (Buffalo), and he turns out AMAZING work.

  7. I am looking for a cheaper price for digitizing as well. I have a detailed logo with 9-10,000 stich. Please contact me if anyone out there is interested.

    thanks!

  8. I am looking for a cheaper price for digitizing as well. I have a detailed logo with 9-10,000 stich. Please contact me if anyone out there is interested.
    10- 20 logo per day I can order

  9. The short answer on DST files is that they are the embroiderers eqiuivalent of a Pdf. But, the conversion process is not usually simple between embroidery machines and softwear programs. Don't even contemplate attempting to use corel or any other drawing application. The design strategy is Vector in character however the output file is purely mechanical in nature. Keep in mind that the end product consists of stitches and the skill of a great designer is not merely to have the artwork look great he also has to be able to reduce cuts on the threads, enable optimum machine velocity, minimal thread changes, as well as zero puckering or distortion of the design.


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