I spent weeks researching the best amateur hour program that would allow me to use my design skills and apply to my embroidery sewing machine. finally I came to the conclusion that these programs are spendy, and included a bunch of features I didn’t need, and they are not intuitive, so you would need to spend even more on lessons. Post research, I purchased the Embird Base Program, the Digitizing Studio, and the Font Engine Plug-In for about $500.
This trio allows you to convert your vector art into shapes (in your design program of choice), save the file as SVG, and import it to the Embird Studio. Once it is imported there are a series of steps needed to prepare the design for printing on the embroidery machine. However, this tutorial is about how to prepare the vector design / logo for Embird.
My design program of choice is Adobe Illustrator. There are a few changes necessary to convert vector art to a compatible embroidery file. Each shape / path needs to be on it’s own layer. The order of layers will be the opposite as you imagine the design should stitch out.
To accomplish this:
(1) Outline all strokes in your vector design, so they become shapes instead of lines.
(2) Separate all shapes into their own layer with the “Release Layers to Sequence” option.
** Before saving the file as a SVG I recommend selecting all your new layers and, from the same menu as step 2, choose “Reverse Order.”