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Let's Learn Together: Embroidery Tool Shed

Let’s Learn Together: Embroidery Tool Shed

For those of us ready to start using embroidery software, this is a nearly half-month course for learning Embroidery Tool Shed. Tool Shed is a one-stop embroidery window that you can use for free, and add on with paid programs as you go. All of the different modules are housed within Tool Shed, making them easy to find. Options include everything from basic embroidery editing to full digitizing as well as specific skills like lace making, quilting, and fabric design. Not only that, but there are fun beginner modules like emoji maker and lettering additions, too. Come and learn Tool Shed with us!

What is the cost of this learning course?

It’s free.

Who can participate?

Anyone who wants to learn about Embroidery Tool Shed. This includes users of Dime and Inspirations software who are considering housing their software all in one window (whether or not you purchased the software from Embroidery.com) or who want to just start with the free tools for now.

Features

Let’s Learn this: 12 day schedule & study plan: Receive an email each day that covers a different feature of Embroidery Tool Shed. The email will also contain links to helpful videos and blog posts, and provide answers to questions.
Discussion Forum and Gallery
: A place to ask questions, find answers, share experiences, or show off your creations. To post to the gallery, email your picture to [email protected]


Videos: Original videos and videos suggested by class participants can be found here. You’ll be able to visually see demonstrations of topics and techniques covered by each day’s assignment. Includes a playlist of helpful videos arranged by topic, to match the lesson schedule.

 

Hannelize L.

Hi I bought a Bernette 500. Can you please help as to where I can buy cards with designs on for this machine?

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Kirsten S.

Hi Hanneliza, you might try this question on our general embroidery forum, or in the Bernette Deco 500 page. https://www.embroidery.com/Bernina-Deco-500?efid=1...

Cards for this machine are not being produced, and are now considered vintage. People who have the machine themselves are most likely to know where to buy the cards.


I did a web search with these terms: "card for bernette deco 500" and found that there are several available on sites like Etsy and Ebay. One seller is: https://www.etsy.com/shop/JestexCorner?ref=simple-...

If you're interested in a blank card and a writer box so you can write your downloaded designs onto a card for your machine, you might try the Ultimate Box/Card from Vikant. https://vikant-emb.com/

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Pat S.

I haven't tried Tool Shed yet. How would I download a design I ordered that is zipped to a unzipped design with Tool Shed?

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Kirsten S.

Hi Pat, Thanks for your question. You can unzip designs in the same fashion no matter which software you are using for embroidery.

When I have a zipped design, and I want to unzip it in order to open in software such as Tool Shed, I click the "Extract all" option and then extract it. Then I go into my Tool Shed software and choose "open" and find the folder that my newly unzipped design is in, and open it that way.

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Knitig K.

I know the basics. Can I skip ahead to lessons on things I don't know?

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Kirsten S.

Hi Knitig,

Great question. The lessons are delivered daily, and they are in outline format, so I suggest you read each outline and decide from there whether to watch any videos or do any further reading for each day. Other than that, there isn't a way to skip ahead.

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April T.

How do I access the tool shed as I have purchased and downloader the mac viewer as well but when I click on icon on my docking station nothing happens. Do I need to go to another website to open? sorry no idea what I am missing? any advise would be greatly appreciated. thanks April

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Kirsten S.

Any Mac users of Embroidery Tool Shed want to chime in? Please do :)

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Kirsten S.

Hi April, I'm checking with Dime Embroidery Tool Shed Customer support on this, since I'm not conversant with how it is supposed to work on a Mac. I'll be in touch.

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Brenda B.

Will this product enable my laptop to read pes files to download to usb?



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Kirsten S.

Hi Brenda, Yes! This program will let you do a lot. You will be able to open PES files and change their colors and print color stops. You can also rotate and mirror, and estimate how long the design will take to stitch. In the software, you can save your deisgns to USB and take that USB to your embroidery machine for stitching.

In order to use Tool Shed software, your laptop needs to meet the following requirements for either Windows or Mac (you can run it on either):

Windows Minimum System Requirements
  • Windows 8 or newer
  • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz)* or faster with support for PAE, NX, and SSE2
  • RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
  • Hard disk space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
  • Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver
It can run on Macintosh, too.
Macintosh Minimum System Requirements
  • DIME’s Macintosh Key
  • MacOS 10.10 – Yosemite (64 Bit)
  • Processor 1.4 GHz Intel Core i5
  • Memory 4 GB
  • Hard Disk 500
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Lynnette S.

Hi I buy the software my order number is 59914444 I download the software and if I come to the reglistration option the popup said I must contact the help centre can somebody please assist me I get frustrated nou cause I sit yesterday the whole day to download the software. otherwise I need to be refund my money.

Lynnette

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Heather B.

Hi, Lynnette. We're sorry you're having trouble, but I think you are contacting the wrong company. Please check who your order was from and contact the company you ordered from directly. Best wishes,

~Heather
[email protected]

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Carolyn H.

Is there a start date or can it be started anytime?

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Heather B.

Hi, Carolyn. You can start at any time by click on the orange "Subscribe" button above. You'll get the lessons in your email a day at a time starting within 24 hours of subsribing. Thanks for the question.

~Heather
[email protected]

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beverly g.

First I got PEP at a seminar. I converted to Tool Shed which incorporated the PEP I am learning slowly! when I try to find my designs in the PEP program - which there are 100's all I get are "boxes" not pictures of the embroidery designs. I'm sure it's something that I need to "check" on one of the tool bars - but I can't figure it out. Thanks in advance.

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Kirsten S.

Hi Beverley,

The first thing I can think of is that you might be navigating to your designs outside of PEP, in which case unlesd you have Perfect Stitch Viewer also installed, the designs would not display as designs.

If you first open PEP and then use its File-Open feature, and you still see boxes, something else is at play.

In that scenario, if your designs in ART format, they might not display, or if your window preference is set to details, list view, or tiny icons, that could be another reason they aren't displaying, and that can be fixed.

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Jane B.

I downloaded the new software. But as I looked at it, it seems to be just a demonstration or starter embroidery software. Is it?

Thank you

Jane


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Kirsten S.

Hi Jane, I would also consider Tool Shed to be a starter software, to which you can add on. The thing that really separates it from a demo is that you can not only usr its feature, but you can aldo save in it, and there isn't an expiration to your use. Yet it does have some demo features. For example, you can within Tool Shed run demos of other software, to see if they are s good fit for your goals Embroidery goals.

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Darin Andersen

Hi Jane, you could call it "Starter" embroidery sotware because it has the basic features that every machine embroiderer uses and more. Some of the features are: Read and write popular formats, Resize designs, Cut, Copy, Paste,Rotate and Mirror, Re-colorize designs, Print templates, color sequencing, thread color conversion between brands, Design Analyzer, Stitch Sequence Simulator. I wouldn't consider it a demo because the features are very useful and do not expire. There's also some very powerful add-ons that can be purchased. Here's more information on the add-ons.

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