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== making images ==
 
== making images ==
  
In order to embroider, you need to obtain a .pes file. This is a proprietary file format used by Brother machines. It's a vector format that includes individual stitches, thread colors, etc etc.
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In order to embroider, you need to obtain a .pes file. This is a proprietary file format used by Brother machines. It's a vector format that includes individual stitches, thread colors, etc etc. There are some [https://github.com/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&q=pes+file+embroidery&type=Repositories&ref=searchresults github projects] that work with .pes files.
  
 
We've been using [http://sandscomputing.com/products-shop/sewart-embroidery-digitizer/ SewArt], which costs money, but has a 30-day free trial. The trial has enough features to do this, to the point where I'm not sure anyone will buy it. It's windows-only, but you can download free windows 10 [https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10ISO/ isos] or [https://developer.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-edge/tools/vms/ virtual machine images] nowadays.
 
We've been using [http://sandscomputing.com/products-shop/sewart-embroidery-digitizer/ SewArt], which costs money, but has a 30-day free trial. The trial has enough features to do this, to the point where I'm not sure anyone will buy it. It's windows-only, but you can download free windows 10 [https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10ISO/ isos] or [https://developer.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-edge/tools/vms/ virtual machine images] nowadays.
  
To import images with SewArt, File > Open a normal image file. Tools > Resize to make it fit the embroidery size (supposedly 4" by 4" ~= 100m by 100m, but I think it's a little smaller than that). Then Tools > Convert to stitches to create stitch information. There's a lot of options here, but probably what you want is "Auto-sew Image" in the top right, then "Set Transparent Color" to avoid stitching a whole background. Finally Save As to generate the .pes file.
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To import images, File > Open a normal image file. Tools > Resize to make it fit the embroidery size (supposedly 4" by 4" ~= 100m by 100m, but I think it's a little smaller than that). Then Tools > Convert to stitches to create stitch information. There's a lot of options here, but probably what you want is "Auto-sew Image" in the top right, then "Set Transparent Color" to avoid stitching a whole background. Finally Save As to generate the .pes file.
 
 
A couple of alternative projects have bubbled up for working with pes files on linux and the ilk.
 
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<li>[https://github.com/MaxKellermann/svg2pes/commits/master svg2pes] A svg to pes work in progress
 
<li>[http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kernel/git/torvalds/pesconvert.git;a=summary pesconvert]. A torvalds project to convert pes to thumbnail images
 
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The torvalds project and some rumination on the pes format is described on his [http://torvalds-family.blogspot.com/2010/01/embroidery-gaah.html blogspot]
 
  
 
== putting images on the machine ==
 
== putting images on the machine ==

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