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Embroidery Software Essentials

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Take the stress out of machine embroidery software as you learn everything you’ve always wanted to know about creating, customizing and organizing designs!

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What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Cindy Hogan

How it works

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  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.

Class Overview

Easily expand your software skills and your design library as expert software instructor Cindy Hogan shows you how to get the most out of Brother PE-Design® Next and Babylock Palette software. Learn to import and transfer designs, use an underlay and modify, combine and align lettering and monograms for polished, personalized results. Explore built-in shape tools to create beautiful decorative elements like a lovely medallion, no drawing required! Dive into personalizing designs with Cindy'’s tips for changing colors, adding text and even isolating and resizing elements so they fit in your hoop. Organize files fast with Design Database and start creating beautiful designs with confidence today!

Lesson Breakdown

1. Software Overview
Meet your instructor, embroidery software expert Cindy Hogan. Cindy walks you through everything you need to get started using Brother PE-Design Next software, including importing and adding text to your designs.
2. Playing With Text
3. Using Shape Tools
4. Monograms
5. Editing Designs
6. The Arrange Tab
7. Design Database Refresher

Recommended with this class

  • Embroidery software: Brother PE-Design Next or Baby Lock Palette (class may be taken with any software if you are comfortable transferring Cindy's specific demonstrations to your brand)
  • Sample designs are provided for this class in ART, DST, EXP, HUS, JEF, SEW, PES, VIP, VP3 and XXX file formats

Taught by

Cindy Hogan
Cindy Hogan
Cindy Hogan has been digitizing her own designs for more than 15 years. After teaching herself Brother PE-Design® software, in 2003 she decided to share her passion with students as a full-time software instructor. Now, she writes workbooks and tutorials, and travels the country educating embroiderers on the wonders of software. Cindy loves seeing the “aha!” moment in the eyes of students when they create something beautiful using a new software skill.

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