Free Embroidery Tools

It's again this time of the year, that I write a blog post.
This time I’ve had to create an embroidery file. The initial design was made with Inkscape. Then I looked at different programs to create the embroidery file.

As I use mainly Linux I first looked at this programs:

Embroidermodder 2

Embroidermodder 2 is an open source program. It is far away from ready, but still active developed. The SVG import crashed even with the simples SVGs. What works is to use this tool as a viewer and converter for different file formats. Creating new files was not so successful.
http://embroidermodder.org/news0.html

Inkscape - Extension 1

There is an embroidery output extension for Inkscape. I tested it but was not very satisfied. Inkscape is not optimized for this job. You simply don’t have enough control.
http://www.jonh.net/~jonh/inkscape-embroidery/

Inkscape - Extension 2

And a second one as part of Embroidermodder. I haven't tested it.
https://github.com/Embroidermodder/Embroidermodder/tree/master/experimental/inkscape

Thred

Thred is a open source Windows program. It runs fine with wine. But the UI is really old school and the functionality is limited.
http://www.thredworks.com

UniConvertor

UniConvertor supports some embroidery file formats, but I haven't tested it because automatic converting doesn't looked like the good idea.
http://libregraphicsworld.org/blog/entry/uniconvertor-1-1-5-review

As I was not very happy with this tools I switched to Windows and looked at this programs:

Stitch Era Universal

In a lot of places you can find that Stitch Era Universal is free, but it has just a 48 hour evaluation period before you have to pay. Thats not what I call free. I haven’t tested it.
http://www.freesierrasoftware.com/

My Editor and TrueSizer Desktop

“my editor” and “TrueSizer Desktop” are free to use but closed source. They are more viewers than an editors. They are not build for creating new files and you have to register before you can download them.
http://www.wingsxp.com/index.php/my_editor/

SophieSew

SophieSew is a closed source freeware editor. It works fine for creating new files. In SophieSew you don’t have an undo and it crashes regularly, frequently saving is your friend. The author planned a new version, but there aren’t any news on the homepage for quite some time now. And contacting the author wasn’t successful too.
http://sophiesew.com/SS2/index.php

And here are the results in extra big images.
For this one the file from the Inkscape extension (1) was used:



And for this one I used SophieSew to create the embroidery file.


Over all I must say that I'm happy, that I don't have to use embroidery tools in the next time again. This time can be used by the developers to improve the tool, so that I'll have more fun next time.

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