Embroidery software is a great tool for digitizing your own designs. It allows you to take almost any image and turn it into an embroidery design that can be customized however you want. Embroidery software comes in several varieties, depending on the level of customization you would like for your projects.
Many types of embroidery software have preloaded simple designs or graphics that you can use to create your own unique designs. These can be combined in a number of ways, making creating basic embroidery designs relatively simple. Some software also has the ability to link to online databases of designs and graphics, which may create endless design possibilities. Of course, the ability to load your own designs also comes standard with many types of the software.
Using embroidery software usually does not require a high skill level or embroidery expertise. However, it often requires knowledge of the different types of stitches in embroidery and how to use the machine (if any). When choosing embroidery software, it may be helpful to read what the software does for you and what skills are required to use it.
The cost of embroidery is often directly related to how it is used. Professional-grade software can cost thousands of dollars, while software for personal use is much less expensive. When deciding which software to get, it's important to understand what the software is for. If some embroidery software seems to have more features and capabilities than you use, you may be better off with a more basic program.
You usually don't want to get the software knowing exactly how to use it. Most will come with tutorials, help menus, and instructions for use. Those software programs that don't seem to have a lot of direction are probably of little value, but help can sometimes be found in books or online. User reviews of a product can be very helpful when deciding whether that software is also suitable for you. These reviews are often provided by the software company and/or the retailer from which you purchased the software, especially if buying online.