Frequently Asked Questions

Can I create embroideries with StitchBuddy?

No, StitchBuddy is an editor of existing embroidery files, there is no way to digitize from scratch or convert (bitmapped or vectorized) graphic files into embroideries.

As far as I know there are only two maintained digitizing application for Mac OS X: Embroidery i2, a plugin for Adobe Illustrator or Corel Draw, and TruEmbroidery, both located in a very different price range. For lettering, BritonLeap released Embrilliance Essentials. Maybe you'd like to look at this thread in PatternReview.com, where I tried to compose a summary of native Mac embroidery tools.

Embird Studio plugins "Sfumato" and/or "Digitizing Tools" might be reasonable priced alternatives (I don't know them myself), but of course they'd require a Windows installation and license in BootCamp or any virtual PC like Parallels Desktop, VMware Fusion or Oracle VirtualBox.

For Inkscape (an open-source vector-based graphic program) an export plugin for EXP files exists, but I'd consider its status as "experimental" in the very best case. A very valuable resource is "svg2embroidery", a PHP script by Ellen Wasbø which converts SVG files into EXP embroidery designs. This way you can use the powerful user interface e.g. from Inkscape to compose your design, and Ellen provides some useful tutorials (how to create satin stitches, fill stitches, ...). Thanks, Ellen!