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StitchArtist is a program to create machine embroidery designs from scratch. You start using existing artwork or by ‘drawing with stitches.’ You control the shapes, set the stitch type and properties, and StitchArtist generates stitches for you. When you want to create stitches, that’s what it does.

StitchArtist is a journey many years in the making, and has been designed for ease-of-use and digitizing education. The process of design creation, commonly called ‘digitizing’, requires a skilled person using a specialized tool. StitchArtist is that tool, but it is designed to take the difficulty out of the software, leaving the user to concentrate on their designs.

In a radical departure from the typical digitizing interface, StitchArtist uses a single mode to draw, set stitches, size, edit, rotate, sequence and set properties of design objects. It is easy and intuitive once you know the very basics, which are described in detail in the user guide.

StitchArtist comes in levels which suit different skill levels:

Level 1

Level 1 is designed for a hobby embroiderer who needs to be able to create stitches without going into debt or spending much computer time. Level 1 offers a limited set of stitch types and, more importantly, properties for those stitches, so that the user can simply ‘create’ without needing to learn many steps. Typical projects for Level 1 are applique designs, running stitch designs and simple filled shapes, backgrounds or unifying elements for design compositions etc.

Level 2

Level 2 includes Level 1 and is designed for production and skills training for those who would like to create more sophisticated designs (logos), as well as a more complete set of tools. It will allow the user to learn a wide cross-section of stitch types and properties, and have enough freedom to create virtually any design. If you are looking to use satins to their fullest extent, this is where you need to look. You can also import .SVG art and some cutting file formats (.FCM and .studio) for cross-purpose use.

Level 3

Level 3 includes Level 1 and Level 2 and is designed for someone who either loves to create designs or works commercially in the embroidery field. This level includes advanced items such as Styles, QuickStyles, an Eyelet tool, Carving lines, graphical operators such as Cut, AND, Union, Flatten, Inflate/Deflate, Re-construct and Break. It also allows for the content within the product to be expanded by publishing Motifs and Embossed effects. Additional controls are available to work how you like. The properties for each stitch type are fully revealed, and operations for vector support, including export, are added; now you can draw .svg and cutting machine designs directly. There’s even a tool to automatically outline existing design stitches.

Tell me more…

StitchArtist is not a photo-to-stitch tool, nor is it an autodigitizing program. The results of those are very subjective, and there are plenty of tools to do those in the market. When we find a process that is good enough for us, we’ll produce it. Meantime, straightforward design creation is the focus of this product. If you want to make designs for hobby, cottage industry or professional use, this is for you. If you really want to learn to digitize, this program has been designed for simplicity and instruction from the ground-up.

It is not a customizing tool (used to manipulate existing designs.) It does not contain Essentials or Enthusiast, although it does run within the Embrilliance Platform so the user interface is consistent. You can purchase StitchArtist by itself if desired; it does not rely on any other purchased product, nor is it an upgrade of any other product.

How do you use StitchArtist?

Most users will begin by importing a background image – some artwork that they want to embroider. Then you create ‘objects,’ which are shapes that will be stitched, over the artwork. You decide the shapes, their order and their stitch properties. Those who are familiar with any modern drawing tool will feel comfortable with StitchArtist as it uses a Bezier model of shaping.

When assigning stitches to shapes, you have freedom to change your mind at any time; any shape can be made into any type of stitch as easily as clicking a button.

Easy to work with

Editing outlines is a frequent task when creating designs. StitchArtist is very helpful in this task:

  1. Stitch generation is instant and automatic.
  2. There are no mode changes for selection, editing, coloring, moving, sizing, rotating or adjusting properties.
  3. You can work in any number of display options. No need for a specific one to be used during any process.
  4. Users unfamiliar with Bezier can use a simulated spline system which is easier to teach, and can be helpful in the early instruction process.

ToolPane L2

If you have missed it, we do have an FAQ on StitchArtist:

 There are a large number of stitch types available:

SAStitchChartMethods / Properties:

SAPropsChartTo give you a sample of the comprehensive nature of the properties you can use with stitch objects, here are some examples, all Level 1 unless noted:

Run Stitch Styles:

  • Single
  • Double
  • Bean (up to 9 passes)
  • Chain
  • Backstitch (up to 5 passes)
  • Stemstitch (adjustable width, angle)
  • Sashiko


Satin stitch properties:

  • Density
  • Pattern (18)

Length, Edge Pad, Reverse pattern

  • Fringe

Will hold on without topstitching

  • Contour

Two styles: constant density, fixed line count

  • Split Stitches

Number of splits (1-5), Max stitch length, Reverse stitch control

  • Feathering

Inside and Outside, Left and Right independent control

  • Pull Compensation

Minimum, Percent, Maximum

  • Gradient

Four styles with density adjust

  • Underlay

Edge Run, Parallel, Zig-zag. With control of length, inset and density.

  • Freestanding (Level 2+) for Richlieu bars, etc.


Satin Border

  • Pattern
  • Split
  • Feather
  • Applique
  • Line styles



  • E-Stitch, Blanket stitch, Satin
  • Full control over use of Position and Material
  • Simulated Fabric fill
  • Photo fill, with cropped printing for mixed media
  • Color styles including PES traditional, User-defined and Keep Color for multi-needle machines.
  • Cut-file saving for Silhouette, Scan ‘n Cut, SVG

Properties of  Applique preview


  • Four styles with adjustable spacing and stitch length
  • Can be converted to a Run, and then a Motif Run for virtually unlimited possibilities.


Motif Run / Fill

  • Combine motifs in a sequence for your own pattern
  • Full control over each motif size, rotation, mirror
  • Satin motifs included
  • Candlewick motifs included
  • Scale on line (level 2) for a dramatic decorative effect

Motif Compensation toolpane

Freestanding background

  • Can be used to make lace designs
  • Can be used under other objects for freestanding support
  • Single-run style for creating even grids for a quilted look on linings, etc.

freestanding lace objects properties pane

Cross Stitch

  • Open and closed paths supported
  • Fixed grid so adjacent objects can align

cross stitch properties pane

Contour (level 2, 3)

  • Three styles: Echo outline inward, Echo interior clipped, Echo outline outward
  • Offset and gradient control

Also Included:

Over 200 outlines added to the library which can be used in your design.

Over 150 Motifs for run and fill

Over 50 Emboss patterns

Over 15 Fill Patterns

Read the manual

There is a PDF and online help of the manual for the Embrilliance Platform, which includes a lengthy StitchArtist volume. You can find the links at:

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 Sample Images

Level 1 shown

Stitch Artist Level One tools embellished screenshot
screenshot of StitchArtist demonstrating fill and background options
screenshot from StitchArtist, with arrows pointing out tools

Level 2 shown:

screenshot from StitchArtist showing the Continuous view tool
screenshot from StitchArtist highlighting the candlewick, gradient, and freestandign fills
StitchArtist screenshot showing the Magic Wand tool
StitchArtist screenshot showing sample piggies design created using the magic wand tool and the built-in design libraries

madison i.

thanks shared this.

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Ellen K.

My work has purchased StitchArtist Level 3 to digitize logos and artwork for clients. I am a graphic design major and have no experience with embroidery software. Is there someone that can help me or a book to reccomend that will show me how to learn embroidery from the beginning?

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Heather B.

Hi, Ellen. Welcome to the embroidery world! Your question sounds two fold. If you need help specifically learning the StitchArtist software, I'd recommend signing up for our ('s) free learning course. Here's a link to that (simply look for and click on the orange "subscribe" button to sign up):

You will receive the first lesson in your email within 1 day of signing up and one per day after that.

Learning about embroidery in general is a larger question. If there are specific things you are wanting to learn, let me know so I can point you in the right direction. Otherwise, I can recommend to you our Embroidery Basics DVD as a good place to start:


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Cynthia B.

I have the "starter" version of Embrilliance and am ready to upgrade. Besides the utilities available in my current software, here is a list of what I'm looking for:

  1. Eliminate under-stitching so that the pattern is not so bulky.
  2. Need save the Sulky colors for transfer to my embroidery machine.
  3. I have a scanner and would like to digitize photos and other images.

Do you have an upgrade that satisfies my criteria?


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Darin Andersen

Answer 1: The Embrilliance add-on module optimizes a design and eliminates unnecessary stitches is called Density Repair Kit .

Answer 2: I may need to research this since most formats do not save the exact thread used in the design file, but rather the relative color pallet. What format does your embroidery machine read? Do you have designs that come up with the thread brand colors?

Answer 3: You can create your own designs with Stitch-Artist. However, it will not automatically convert a scanned image into an embroidery file. Although some programs claim to do this, the results are inconsistent at best or downright bad. I would recommend downloading the trial version of Stitch-Artist and subscribing to the free "Stitch-Artist - Lets learn this together" e-class.

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Cynthia B.

Thank you for the prompt reply.

  1. I have the Embrilliance Essentials software. Can it be upgraded to the DRK or do I have to buy the program as a standalone?
  2. I have a Janome 11000 embroidery/sewing machine which reads designs as jef. In general, it will convert 5-6 different brands of thread. I use Sulky almost exclusively and if I have a design on my USB, I can save the colors to my USB stick or to my emb. machine. It seems redundant to set the Sulky colors in your software (only so I can see what they look like) and then have to reset them in my emb. machine when I upload a design.

Please adivse,


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Kirsten S.

Hi Cynthia, Essentials doesn't really upgrade to DRK, meaning there isn't an upgrade price. Instead you would buy DRK and then it would seamlessly be added to your Embrilliance window, so that you don't have multiple program windows to open, but you do have all of the software. Essentials also has some help regarding eliminating under stitching. If you combine two different designs so that they overlap, the software automatically removes the stitches that are hidden by the overlap. Essentials also automatically re-calculates stitches for you when you re-size a design. It also allows you to disable that recalculation if you wish. If you want to do more in density than those things cover, then DRK is what you will want.

I agree that it seems redundant to save the colors in Embrilliance and have them disappear and need to be re-selected when you take the design to your machine. I wonder why that would happen. When I save a design from Embrilliance with my selected colors in my PES format, and put that saved file in my machine, the colors (at least their names; my screen is monochromatic) are preserved in the file. Do you find that not to be the case with your Janome?

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Darin Andersen

All embrilliance modules can be used independently. If you have more than one, then they are combined into one program. You mentioned that you have Essentials. So when you by DRK additional menu items will be added to Embrilliance. Regarding the thread colors: What happens now when you set the colors to Sulky in Embrilliance and then save a JEF file? When you open the file on your Janome 11000 does it retain the thread names or the color pallette?

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Mary K.

I want to scan a design and then have it digitized so I can embroider it. Which one do I need to buy to accomplish this?? My niece wants me to embroider her logo I and not sure if I can get the jpeg of the art work.



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Kirsten S.

Hi Mary K. StitchArtist does not have scanning software or a scanner included, but if you already have the ability to scan, you can take your scanned image into StitchArtist and digitize it. However, it is important to note that StitchArtist is not an auto-digitizing software like PhotoStitch. It allows you to select which type of stitches to use and define all your own shapes.

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Barrie K.

Can you please tell me what this product is. This level 1 and 2 together. Or is this level 2 only and then I have to do a different order for level one. Can you please tell me which one this is. There a listing that had both level 1 and 2 thanks

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Heather B.

Hi, Barrie. Do you already own Stitch Artist? If so, you'll want to pick the appropriate upgrade. For instance, if you own level 1 and want to upgrade to level 2, you'll pick "Upgrade Level 1 to Level 2 STITCHARTISTUPGRADE1-2". If you own level 1 and want to upgrade to Level 3, you would pick "Upgrade Level 1 to Level 3".

If you do NOT already own Stitch Artist, pick whichever level you are interested in, dis-regarding the upgrades. So, you would pick from the following products:


(FYI, Level 2 includes Level . Level 3 includes Level 1 and Level 2).

I hope this helps clarify.

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Carol F.

Help please.... I have been looking at Essentials, Enthusiast, and Stitch Artist programs. I have been using another program Buzz Edit for about 8 years but want to move up. Just not sure where to start with these programs.

Thank you

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Kirsten S.

Hi Carol,

I've been looking at Buzz Edit to see what sorts of things it does in order to best answer your question (I haven't used that program). If there are particular things you want to do, and want to know which Embrilliance program will do that, please tell me and I'll look it up.

Meantime, here is my summary:
The Embrilliance program that edits stitch files is Essentials. It is usually the first program people buy. I would recommend it with any other Embrilliance product. It comes with 13 fonts and lets you add and remove color stops, add lettering, rotate, flip, merge, copy, split for multiple hoopings or repositional hoops, convert between formats, for starters.

If you are more into creating from pre-digitized files, you will want Enthusiast. It has something similar to Buzz's Auto-wreath, and a scatter function which is really fun - it takes a design and flips, rotates and sizes it in various copies to fill your hoop. Enthusiast also lets you edit individual stitches, without actually being digitizing software.

If you want to create your own designs from scratch, you will want StitchArtist, which comes in three levels, and each level of StitchArtist is included in the next one, and an effort is made to let you add on with out re-buying what you already have.

If you have more questions now than before, I'll do my best to answer.

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Carol F.

Thank you Kirsten, that does help alot. One of the programs I really want is the Density reduction program. Essentials sounds like what I have been using. I want to try my hand at digitizing. Is the learning curve for Stitch Artist very long?

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Kirsten S.

Carol, I think the learning curve for StitchArtist is significantly reduced when you have some background working with embroidery and embroidery files already, which you have. I had that, and no digitizing to speak of when we rolled out the 22-day Learn This Together course for StitchArtist (which you can sign up for any time, by the by). By the end of the course, I could actually make designs. So I'd say if you work at it every weekday, you could be comfortable with it in under a month.

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