Hatch embroidery

During a trip to Australia to an Echidna embroidery convention in Melbourne two years ago, I was introduced to the Hatch Embroidery software by John Deer. Even though I have been a dedicated user of Embird for well over 18 years, I was fascinated by the Hatch program.

Now as most of you are aware, I have written extensive tutorials for Embird and it’s add-ons for as many years as I care to remember! I have lived and breathed Embird for many years and my tutorials and lessons would number in the hundreds.I have also dabbled in other programs, and written quite a number of tutorials for the Brother/Babylock PE Design software. I own and still use the Husqvarna and Bernina Artista software.  So you can see that I love embroidery programs and really enjoy seeing how they work!

As I was following the introduction to Hatch in Melbourne I realised that I really did like this software. The program has been created by Wilcom who are well known for their great software programs. As well as their own commercial digitizing program (Embroidery Studio) they currently create embroidery software for brands such as Bernina and Janome.  They have become the world’s favourite embroidery software for quality, ease-of-use and service.  And now their latest baby has arrived for the home embroiderer – Hatch.

Because of their introductory offer I decided to buy Hatch and try it out.  I had been a little disappointed that Embird weren’t appearing to keep up to date with the changes in the embroidery world. Too many of their updates were just tinkering around the edges instead of giving us something great and new. For a number of years, for instance, I had been asking for a decent stippling to be added to Embird Studio which would be wonderful for those wishing to do their quilt tops combined with embroidery designs. My guess is that I probably asked for this feature about eight years ago. They promised they would but, no, never delivered. And now Embird is starting to look a bit tired. So don’t get me wrong, I still use Embird because I know it so well and I have more to learn in Hatch. 

Another good thing about Hatch is that you can purchase it in four different modules according to the type of embroidery editing/designing that you wish to do. There are upgrades between each module so that you can move up to the next level when you are ready.

The four different levels are:

  • Basics. You can open your designs, convert, change colours, manage design files and save, print and write your design to your machine.
  • Customizer. The nextup which includes all the above as well as the ability create monograms, add lettering, edit or reshape letters, the ability to use True Type Fonts which also includes 60 pre-digitised fonts as well.
  • Creator. Creator is the next level up again and includes all the above as well the ability to use the Multi hooping feature, edit your designs (as in adjust stitches, shapes, add stitches etc) and change the stitching order. Creator also includes auto-digitising as well, which is a great plus for those quick designs.
  • Digitiser. Digitiser also includes all the above as well as the ability manually digitise, it includes multiple fills and shapes and also the ability to create your own appliqué. You can also create your own unique borders and patterns. 

See the handy chart at this link to compare the features of all levels.

I purchased the complete program on the spot as I wanted to be able to use everything.  There is a free 30 Day Trial available  that is the full version, which is a great place to start. It’s fully functional so you can edit an existing design – change colors, edit objects, resize, add lettering etc or digitize your own embroidery designs from scratch.

Another thing I really like about Hatch is that you don’t have to purchase anything other than Customizer (2nd level) if you want to create lettering. Customizer accesses all the True Type Fonts that are installed on your computer and as well has 60 pre-digitised fonts available as well. Think how much Font Engine is alone in Embird and in Hatch it’s all included!

The lettering is really awesome – as is the whole program.

One thing Hatch does not have is a Cross Stitch add on as Embird does, nor does it have a Photo Embroidery program (yet) like Sfumato.

I feel that the program is really great value for money and I am very comfortable using it. It has such lovely features that I did not upgrade from Version 7 Bernina Artista to Version 8 as all the new features in the Bernina upgrade were already in the Hatch program. (The engine of both being made by the same parent company – Wilcom.) I already had the new stuff – why would I pay dearly for it all over again from Bernina?

Oh, and it has automatic stippling – YES!!!!

I also really like the editing side of Hatch. The stitches are clear to see and to edit. Here is an example of what I mean:

I had purchased a design as I liked the lettering shape but when I stitched it the serifs were just too narrow as I was stitching on a fine knit. I needed to adjust the shape and make the swirls wider (wider satin stitch.) In the image below the top design is the original and the bottom is the design after I adjusted it in Hatch. Notice that the letter L is wider in places. It now stitches beautifully.

All I had to do was Select the object, select Reshape and adjust the stitch nodes. Very simple.

This is just one example of how Hatch impresses me.   There are many more examples– too many to list here.

An important thing to mention is the huge amount of support available from Wilcom.  There are free designs and projects to help you learn Hatch, and loads of great videos.  Wilcom is the industry leader, and a very solid company that provides a ton of resources. 

So I will be writing about Hatch on my Hooplah blog, and doing short lessons if you would like to follow my learning curve!  I will still be writing about Embird as well, for those of you who decide to stay on with Embird.   

I’m  just adding another feather to my bow – here is the link to the Free Trial if you want to come along for the ride!




Sours: https://secretsof.com/embird-embroidery/comparing-hatch-embroidery-to-embird/

Just before I share this tale of creativity I would like to remind you that this is part of an ongoing series of posts detailing my journey in learning machine embroidery and digitizing so please be gentle, lol.

If you would like to see other posts in this series, please feel free to check out the archive.

This post also features the Hatch Embroidery software. If you would like to know more about it, please do visit www.hatchembroidery.com

Ok, so, back to the tale of exploration that is this post.

For this practice session I had decided to have a go at working with lettering and decided on the phrase, “Life Happens, Coffee Helps”. Never a truer word said, I think you will agree.

I therefore did a few searches in the designs that are included with the Hatch Embroidery software and found a coffee cup with some swirly steam.

I loaded it by double clicking the design and then selected the cup and deleted it so that I was left with just the steam. This I resized and recoloured.

Next I used the basic digitizing tools to add a circle and changed the stitch type to a stem stitch. A matter of a couple of mouse clicks so, easy enough.

For the next step I opened up the Lettering/Monogramming panel and clicked on lettering. This opened up the options panel on the right where I set the words, font – a pre-loaded ready-digitized character set – and then set the colour.

I used the context menu – right click – to access the alignment tools to further refine the layout.

FYI, I am learning that it’s often quicker to set these parameters prior to creating a design. In fact, it’s a good idea to have an idea of many factors prior to starting – it makes life a lot easier on many levels.

During editing of the text here I discovered that it was possible to make MANY different kinds of changes to the lettering, including resizing individual characters, even after they had been set into the design. I was also able to edit the connectors to make it flow better – in my eyes.

Finally I used a true type font from my computer to add the word ‘coffee’. For this one I also had the option to change the stitch fill and chose a Tatami style – it’s a textured stitch style – there are loads of these built in.

Those text editing tools came in handy again as did the general node level editing tools as I was able to remove a ‘lump’ from the ‘o’ that I felt made for some confusion in the overall appearance.

Pretty pleased with how it looked…

Now, would it surprise you to know that this took me less than 15 minutes?!

Anyhoo, before I fiddled too much it was time to preview the stitch out and see if I spot any issues – click play to have a look for yourself…

Well, it seemed to work OK so I set up me Brother embroidery machine and tried it with a couple of different thread colour combos.

Whilst I liked the variegated thread – below – for the main word, I wasn’t happy with how the steam disappeared onto the plain linen because of my colour choice.

In the end I settled on a pink linen, aqua/turquoise thread combo for the background thread and a bright pink combo for the foreground text.

Here is the final stitched design.

Cool, innit?

What do you think?

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them in the comments section below.

I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

Thanks for stopping by and I look forward to sharing more with you soon!

Bye for now.

J :)

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Welcome to Hatch Embroidery, Wilcom’s premier home embroidery software. Designed for craft and hobby enthusiasts, it features the latest technology in an easy-to- use interface with add-as-you-go features. Hatch Embroidery is the best machine embroidery software available today, designed specifically for the hobbyist and home business. It includes all the features and tools you need to create simple or extravagant embroidery designs. A few of the amazing features... Go through the tutorial guide of this application and you will get started using it soon.


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