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Want to create or edit embroidery designs? We’ve taught thousands of embroiderers how to do it! This Free Embroidery Digitizing Made Easy Challenge by John Deer is the perfect starting point for you.

Digitize & Create 6 Embroidery Designs Yourself

This Challenge is a free way to challenge yourself to try embroidery digitizing if you never have before. Many embroiderers are intimidated by the word “digitizing.” They think it’s overly complicated or you have to be a “computer person” to do it. The truth is, it’s not that complicated if you have the right instructor, good software, and an open mind to challenge yourself and give it a try.

Whether you currently own embroidery software or have never used it, this 30-day Challenge will take you by the hand and show you how easy it can be to create and edit your own designs using a 30-day free trial of Hatch embroidery software. In this free Challenge, you’ll follow along 7 bite-sized video lessons with John Deer, the world’s most awarded embroidery digitizer, and create 6 designs yourself from start to finish! Skip the frustration and stop trying to learn how to digitize from sources that may have never done it at a professional or commercial level. The name of our site says it all: Digitizing Made Easy. Are you up for the Challenge?

Get Started

There are 4 parts to this challenge, you should aim to complete 1 part per week. This Challenge is taught using Hatch embroidery software. Download your 30-day free Hatch trial though us to begin the Challenge & receive some other fun freebies. The artwork files required for the Challenge will be emailed to you after downloading your free Hatch trial through us or filling out the form below.

30 days

2 – 3 hours per week

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Part 1: Introduction

Introduction Video: Welcome to Embroidery Legacy’s 30-day Embroidery Digitizing Made Easy Challenge! In this intro lesson, we’ll explain the interactive video lessons used in this challenge and get you familiar with some of the basic tools you’ll be using. To begin, we’ll introduce you to Hatch embroidery’s working environment, explain how to load native files, and save your designs so you can embroider your samples on your machine.

Part 2: Basic Digitizing Made Easy

Lesson 1: Ready to start digitizing? In the first lesson, you’ll learn how to use outline tools correctly to create a simple but beautiful design. Once completing the outlines, we will show you how to use two different automated methods to path the design perfectly for “Redwork”, with exactly two passes of thread, and other stitch type choices to produce logical pathing. This lesson will also reveal the power of an object-based .EMB format with regards to resizing an embroidery file. Have a different brand of software other than Hatch? Click here to learn more about our fan-favorite Digitizer’s Dream Course taught in 10 of the industry’s most popular software brands.

Lesson 2: This next lesson will also focus on creating outlines but take things a step further. You’ll learn how to create closed objects to create fill stitches and add color within a design. Some basic logic for creating and resequencing objects and colors will also be covered. Thinking of purchasing Hatch? Click here to view our list of exclusive Hatch bonuses you’ll receive when placing your order through us.

Part 3: Artistic Digitizing Made Easy

Lesson 3: Great job on making it this far! Now that you’ve got some of the basics down, we’ll explore our artistic side by using both size and stitch types to create unique finished effects. In this lesson, we’ll create multiple filled objects alongside creating beautiful curved Florentine fill effects to add dimension and reflect light.

Lesson 4: To further expand our creativity, we’ll use multiple stitch types within the outlines of this design. You’ll see how using simplicity can create detail within designs. This sounds counterintuitive, I know. But just wait, you’ll see what I mean. We’ll also expand on fill stitches with basic blending and feathering effects.

Part 4:  ESA Technology and Quilting Made Easy

Lesson 5: Thought you knew everything embroidery software could do? Think again! This lesson will expand and open a whole new embroidery world for you using object-based technology found in Hatch’s .ESA files. Although initially developed with fonts in mind, we have significantly expanded the embroidered possibilities to the limits of your imagination. Get ready to be amazed!

Lesson 6: Just when you thought you’d seen it all… This lesson will show you how to use Hatch’s .ESA files, software features, and the most basic digitizing tools to create an in-the-hoop quilting design that rivals the work of professional quilters.

Download Challenge Artwork Files

If you download the free 30-day trial of Hatch through us, you don’t need to fill out this form. We’ll send you the files once Wilcom verifies you’ve downloaded the trial through us. If you do already own Hatch, fill out the form below, and we’ll send you an email to download the artwork files used throughout this Challenge. Please note Wilcom only allows 1 free Hatch trial per customer.

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Frequently Asked Questions

We teach the Challenge in Hatch for two reasons:

  1. Hatch is a powerful program that features many tools that other digitizing software programs do not. These tools are used throughout the Challenge to make digitizing easier. We sincerely believe that Hatch is the best digitizing software program available to home embroiderers and small business owners.
  2. Given we are official Hatch resellers, using the 30-day free trial of Hatch allows embroiderers from around the world to take this Challenge for free.

Click here to view a breakdown of our different digitizing education.

This Challenge is the perfect starting point for embroiderers curious about digitizing. It’s a great way to challenge yourself, get out of your comfort zone, and try embroidery digitizing for free.

Now keep in mind, this Challenge only covers the basics. If you’d like to continue learning the beautiful art of embroidery digitizing after this Challenge, click here to learn more about our fan-favorite Digitizer’s Dream Course.

As an official Hatch reseller, if you choose to purchase Hatch during or after your 30-day free trial, we recommend placing your order through us to receive a ton of exclusive bonuses:

  • Embroidery designs
  • Extra ESA fonts, monograms & glyphs
  • Access to level 1 our fan-favorite Digitizer’s Dream Course
  • And sew much more

Click here to learn more about our exclusive bonuses and how to purchase Hatch through Embroidery Legacy now.

Have a different question or need help with the Challenge? Join our Hatch Facebook group to ask questions, share your work, and see what other embroiderers are up to!