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Machine Embroidery Terms and Definitions


Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

Digitizing Software in the Design Phase

Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com


Digitizing is the process of taking any form of art work and transforming it into a language that the sewing machine will understand and stitch it out. Digitizing is a complex process which uses the machines running, satin and fill stitches to create an embroidery design. Digitizing is for someone who enjoys a challenge and wants to create their own designs. It requires many steps from starting with a simple clip art to a stitched out design. Digitizing Software is needed for this process

Conversion Software:

Conversion Software converts a design from one format to another so that it can be read by a different machine than it was digitized for. For Example; Bernina designs are in ART format, in order for a BabyLock machine to read the design, it needs to be in PES format. Conversion software is needed to change the design form ART format to PES format.

Customizing or Editing:

Customizing allows you to edit and manipulate a design. Merging two designs is an example of customizing. Software is required.

Converter Box:

A converter allows you to read from various card formats and save on to a blank card in the format you need for your machine to read the card.

Examples of Converter Boxes

Memory Card:

A storage devise that holds designs. Various machine use different size memory cards and they are not interchangeable.

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