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Stitch Era Tutorial Part 1 by Yukamina-Plushies Stitch Era Tutorial Part 1 by Yukamina-Plushies
Hi everyone! This is a tutorial for how to make an embroidery file in Stitch Era Universal (a free embroidery program) in order to machine embroider My Little Pony eyes and cutie marks for plushies.

When I started learning how to do machine embroidery, it was so difficult and I had a lot of trouble figuring out what to do to get good results. Even if you make an embroidery file, it may not translate well to the real world. I thought I could help others figure out embroidery without having so go through so much trouble as I had to. So here is a tutorial that basically follows what I do when I make an embroidery file. I hope it's easy to follow!

Also, before you can start following this tutorial, you'll need an image to use for what you will be embroidering. I use "vector" images of pony eyes and cutie marks. You'll have to remove any color gradients and add a background color so the embroidery software can process it correctly. Sometimes I also create my own image by tracing an picture or screencap in an art program (look up pony vectoring tutorials to learn more about that). Sometimes I also just draw my own image from scratch, like I did for my Ninfia plushie.

I'm not familiar with making tutorials, so bear with me ^_^;;

Part 2: [link]
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mz-kitty Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
=( it's not free anymore. Do you still use this and pay the 8 a month?
SiamchuchusPlushies Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you!!
nihnox Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I know nothing about embroidery machines.. Do new machines allow you to sync up to the computer to upload images? Can this program be used with, say, all Brother machines? I'm deciding whether I want to invest in one, having never even made a plushie, but wanting to.
Yukamina-Plushies Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013
What you do is, use Stitch Era to create a .pes file (what this tutorial is for). Then connect the embroidery machine to your computer with the USB cable (and turn on the machine). Then drag and drop the .pes file to empty USB folder, and it will appear on the embroidery machine for you to use. That's how it work with my Brother Se-400 at least ^^; My computer happens to be next to my sewing table, so that works well for me. You might need to transfer the .pes to a laptop for portability otherwise...
XNightMelody Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
Oh now I have a question @.o
I'm working on a cutiemark and when I get to the end of these steps it says what there are colors without assigned needles. What does that mean? ^^;
Yukamina-Plushies Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
I not sure, but I think that might happen if there are too many colors (like bits of grey between 2 solid colors). Did you reduce the number of colors in the image? I usually reduce colors before I go to embroidery, but when I was making the tutorial it just kept glitching up. You can reduce colors before you go to embroidery (next to 'set size'), or while you are in the Art to Stitch settings. Let me know if that helps!
XNightMelody Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
Thanks for the tutorial :heart: My first embroidery came out great
GLaDOSThePotatoPony Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Wow! This is so helpful! This helped me alot! ^^ :) :D
IronBatMaiden91 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
Is this program available for Macs?
Yukamina-Plushies Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
Hm, I use Windows so I don't know.
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