Welcome to the best embroidery blog!  Allow me to introduce myself.  My name is Sue and I am an embroidery nerd! Yes, i said “embroidery nerd”! I love everything embroidery – learning embroidery, learning digitizing, teaching digitizing, using my amazing machines and blogging about anything embroidery and I have been working with embroidery for around 15 years – I embroider and digitize for a living, so I have the best job.  I have a low-key, informal  and fun style of blogging that I think everyone will enjoy.  You can sit back, relax and read, giggle a little bit and have some fun learning.  I blog about things that inspire me, things that annoy me and things that are exciting!  I love to write about new and fun things too, so if you are looking for some inspiration, then this blog will help!  I am so full of ideas, and a blog is a great place to let them all go!   I am not afraid of controversial embroidery topics, but I do make any topic light and fun.  So again, welcome to the blog, and I hope you enjoy my writing.

After that long introduction to my writing style, let’s make my first blog on Digitizing Made Easy something interesting and fun, and maybe a little inspiring too!  Let’s talk about Hatch!  Hatch is one of my favorite subjects to write about.  I love Wilcom software, and Hatch is a fantastic new addition to the Wilcom family.  Wilcom has been creating embroidery software for around 25 years, so they know what they are doing – Hatch software is made by the best of the best.  That is your first clue to getting software that is worth every penny – a long and successful track record.  You know Hatch is going to be good because it is Wilcom of course.


What makes Hatch so different than other programs?

People ask me that all the time!  It is easy to answer, too.  There are quite a few answers to this question, but I will narrow it down a bit so you won’t have to read forever! Hatch really does bring embroidery to life – it makes it easier for so many people to create embroidery!   Ease of use is one of the main things that I talk about when explaining Hatch.  The set up on your computer is easy, the security features are even easier (all you have to do is sign in, that’s about it) and the general layout of the program is so easy to figure out.  As I said above, I am an embroidery nerd, and that nerdy part appreciates the logic of Hatch’s interface – to me, every tool and function is right where it should be.   If you want to digitize – then go to the Digitize tab and all of your tools will fly out.  If you need to do some editing, then click on your editing tab, and all of those tools fly out.  Everything is right there in front of you, so learning is easier than ever!

The second part that makes Hatch great is access to learning Hatch.   Yep, I love the fact that there are tons of resources out there for Hatch!  Digitizingmadeeasy.com has classes and more classes and a ton of free videos in the learning center to get started using your software.  I have some beginner classes going on, and one of my favorite things is when a new digitizer who has not been able to figure out digitizing in any way because of the steep learning curves, gets Hatch and takes a class and then does their first embroidery design!   I love that moment of glory when they post on the Facebook group “LOOK WHAT I DID”!  Such an amazing accomplishment!

The other really cool thing about Hatch is the free trial.  The free trial is actually free for 30 days.  It’s not free “but you have to put in a credit card so we can bill you later free”, it is seriously free with no credit card necessary.  And no, before you ask, it’s not a limited version of free, either.  It,s a free-full-version, fully functional free trial.  So you can download it onto your computer and actually use it – design something, edit something and send it to your machine.  The only limitation is your imagination.

So that is my first post for this blog.  Summary:  I am Sue, I love embroidery, Hatch is free and awesome and take some classes to learn more about Hatch.




2 Responses to “Welcome to the best Embroidery Blog”

  1. heatherskiba says:

    Hi Sue,
    I have downloaded the trial, and have been enjoying learning Hatch for the past 2 weeks. Yesterday was the first time I got really frustrated and had to walk away. I digitized a cute little candy corn dressed like a cartoon devil. I saved it as an emb file, exported it to a pes and began to stitch it. While it was stitching, I went to the emb file in My Designs, and ‘converted selected design’ to about 6 different file types. Once the design finished stitching, I saw there was some underlay in a different color showing through a fill area, so went back to Hatch and opened the emb file to try to edit. However, when I went back to the file after converting, none of properties looked the same. For example, the tail which I had digitized as a single closed shape, is now about 7 different shapes. If I click to reshape the way I have always done in an emb file to nudge or move nodes, there are about 1000 instead of the 10 that should be there. It’s very hard to explain, but you probably know what I am talking about. Did I erroneously change my emb file while converting to the other types? If so, is there a way to get it back? and if not, how to I prevent this from happening in the future so that my emb file remains unchanged? This may or may not be the place to ask, but this is the first time I’ve gotten so frustrated that I just had to walk away from the computer. Thanks!

    • Susan Brown says:

      Hi Heather! Thanks for your patience! I am going to answer your questions in the Hatch Facts Facebook Group and get everyone’s input too!

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