The Sunday Stitch 1 – Hatch-ing A Plan

June 2, 2019 — 14 Comments

Well, the proof is in the pudding, as they say, so I set out to ‘have a go’ at each of the options.

These are the options I had to try/choose from…


This is the version intended for those that want to organize and access their embroidery design collection easily and quickly.

Some ‘minor’ modifications can be done to the designs too like, resize, recolour and convert to your machine’s file format.

There is a bit more included too.

Not bad for a ‘beginners’ package.

Even the software knows you are just starting as it loads up the library and the tools that you will first need. Nice and easy layout to get around.

One thing I really enjoyed using and will be useful to me is the ‘stitch player’. This shows you how the design will be stitched in real time, or at a speed you prefer.

Check out this video to see this in action.


Pitched as the perfect place to personalize your ready-made goodies, this one has a few more bells, whistles and customization options available.

I particularly loved the quilting designs that were bundled with the software.

Cool that I can get to try these out before I buy the software!


The creative starting point. This one will allow me to do custom lettering and monograms as well as auto-digitize my own designs.

The proof is in the pudding so I loaded in a design, used the automatic ‘prepare for emboridery’ and then the ‘auto-digitize Embroidery’ feature.

Here is the result.

Pretty awesome – can’t wait to actually stitch that out!


Top of the line, all bells, all whistles and quick a few fog horns too!

One particularly exciting feature, amongst the miriad, was the ability to export my specially digitized design as an SVG cutting file ready to be used with my electronic cutting machine!

Now THAT is just brilliant!

Right, after a good old play, I had to resign to the fact that, as much as I convinced myself to save money, that I would want the full monty.

Imagine my delight, therefore, when I found out that it was available to buy on a 12-month payment plan! I genuinely don’t know any other embroidery software manufacturer that does that.

Sold! Lol.

So, what next … ?

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14 responses to The Sunday Stitch 1 – Hatch-ing A Plan

    Jenny Johnson June 10, 2019 at 8:40 pm

    Thanks John I’ve going to have a look as I got a second hand brother innovis 750E for Christmas I love it and need to use it more.

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    Do not have embroidery machine, so reading out of general interest in your creativity. When I saw the options for the first time in the post, just seeing digital as part of the package name knew you would choose it. Thank goodness you did not disappoint me John .
    Good luck with the move and creativity look forward to seeing what you share.Jan


    Joanna Mackintosh June 2, 2019 at 11:29 am

    I’m off to have a look at this software now John, thanks. I currently own two Husqvarna Viking machines (one no longer embroiders properly so it’s just for plain sewing) and haven’t bought their software for years now as it’s sooooo expensive. I use Embird all the time and have been contemplating getting their digitising package – though I do have millions of designs on my pc already, not sure I really *need* to be making my own anymore :)

    Anyhow, when you come to decorate your own place you should check-out KreativeKiwi Designs for some fab home-decor. Great in-the-hoop placemats, bags, appliqué designs (which are made much bigger than your biggest hoop is) and the best prices (and freebies) anywhere!

    I’ve made some gorgeous, huge mats, a load of very large xmas trees, a fab door hanger for my granddaughter….all sorts :)

    Right, off to see Hatch now, thanks.



    I don’t have a embroidery machine but looking forward to your posts, because I always admire your creativity and love to read the proces. Thank you for this post and have a great Sunday.

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    Margaret McCormack June 2, 2019 at 10:06 am

    You are going to be very busy. I don’t have a machine that embroiders. Wish I did after reading your post. Maybe one day. Look forward to seeing how you go on. xx

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    Ooooh you are such a busy bee!! House move…I have just fine that but not in a planned way (umm neither was my last two moves!!!) This time a vehicle rammed another off the road and took out the junction railing, my front door and the adjacent one and the wall between.
    The property is propped up and boarded up. Hence the move…but so close, no van or hired muscle. Ha, the odd pair of hands n car boot were firstly goggle eyed at all the books and then kept muttering ‘ but its all art stuff!’
    I pressed my brand new and unused wheelie bin into action but err…books are HEAVY : )
    Good luck with the move n reorganising your stuff once your there.
    Lots of new creative adventures


    Handmade By Deborah June 2, 2019 at 7:49 am

    Thank you for this informative post John; I have been looking at this software on and off and have been impressed with its functionality and the fact that you can pay by instalments. Like you I always want to create my own designs and this rich package definitely would allow this. As an added bonus, it seems as though Hatch are a thoroughly nice business to buy from. It also means I can dust off my old Husqvarna Designer I until I can afford to replace it with a Brother to go along-side my Scan N Cuts (yes that is plural 😉). I think I need to go get a 30 day trial going and take it from there. I’m looking forward to seeing and hearing more of your machine embroidery / Hatch adventures 😊💜



      It’s a tricky choice when looking at these price points but there were so many reasons to leap in, as you probably saw. Defo give it a try – it’s free so nothing to lose. Hope the Husqvarna gets a new lease of life!



    Brilliant post, John, Looking forward to future blog posts xx Hazel


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