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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Generations Machine Embroidery Software

Dear Friends,
I have been doing a lot of research on embroidery software.  When I say a lot, I mean I've been looking at the different brands and attending an occasional class for just over a year as I decided which was the best brand for me.  I've made the plunge!  I decided on the Generations Embroidery Software.
Let me back up a bit here.  I've fallen in love with machine embroidery.  It is the best thing since sliced bread I tell ya.  As I have continued with it, more and more I have toyed around with the idea of creating my own designs.  I hesitated though for so long.  One reason I hesitated was the cost.  Another was the learning curve and besides there are so many great designs out there already.  Yet, I strongly desire to create my own designs.  I have ideas floating around in my head I just want to stitch out.
I found a very limited free program that at least gave me the ability to add lettering to my projects and it gave me a taste of designing.  All that did was whet my appetite for learning more.
I knew though, that whatever software I decided on I would need to have support.  The classes I took at my local sewing shop had brought in an outside instructor from their software company.  I wouldn't find support at my local shop.  I needed to look online.  I asked in my various sewing/embroidery groups that I belong.  Everyone had an opinion and everyone seemed to be happy with what they had chosen.  How was I to ever decide?
A number of software manufactures have tutorials up on YouTube.  I started watching those to see if I would find one that would speak to me as being relatively easy to learn and something that I could produce high quality designs with.  I'm sorry to say, but some embroidery designs leave a lot to be desired and I would have hated having wasted good money on them.  (that is another blog post)  If I'm going to design something, I want to be proud of it.
I discovered Generations software and people were raving that it was very user-friendly.  Intuitive is another word often used.  There is plenty of support out there for Generations software both from the company and from other online classes. 
After much decision making, I have decided to take the plunge.  Are you ready to jump in with me and follow my journey here?  My software is being shipped and I'm excited to receive it.  I'll give you an update about it as soon as I can.

Oh and one more reason I'm doing this...I'm facing the empty nest syndrome.  I know I will be needing something for "ME" soon.  Actually I need it now!  Our oldest, Katie, left last May and entered into the Air Force.  Emily leaves next year for college.  Finally our youngest, Timothy, is currently a sophomore in high school.  They are not my "little" babies any longer.  I know I need something to really keep my mind focused on and learning something new and challenging myself is it.  Even with still having two at home, being that they are teenagers, they honestly aren't at home very much with work and school.  I've got to tell you, I LOVE it when their friends are all here and the house is full of kids who I can cook for and love on. 
Blessings and happy embroidering!


  1. Nancy,
    What equipment are you using?

    1. I have a Brother 1250D. You can see it at this post here.

  2. Hi,
    Will you please post a link to your Blog at The Embroidering Community? Our members will love it.
    It's easy to do, just cut and paste the link and it automatically links back to your website. You can also add Photos, Videos and Classifieds if you like. It’s free and easy.
    Email me if you need any help or would like me to do it for you.
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    I hope you consider sharing with us.
    Thank you,
    James Kaufman, Editor

  3. Ahhh, I loved your blog here. I am trying to figure out what all in one machine to buy right now and came across your blog. I loved your comment on following Jesus.... that makes my soul happy to hear other people out there that love Jesus too. Have a good day, reading this made mine a good day!

  4. Nancy, your comment about following Jesus is also what made me subscribe here as well. I love the Lord and anyone else that is willing to be upfront about their love is joyful to me as well. So refreshing.... I too am in the process of wanting to get new software or upgrading. That is how I came upon your site. I have 5D and thinking of upgrading or changing brands, possibly Floriani . I have heard many good comments about Floriani, about ease of use and support. Your thoughts on this.. Blessings on your day.

    1. I too looked into Floriani among others and quite honestly it came down to Floriani or Generations. I think either would be fine. What tipped the scale for me is I found more on-line tutorials for Generations than Floriani so I just thought I could get more help with Generations as I needed it. With the big move to Michigan, I'm anxious to start playing again with my Generations software but honestly hardly find time to even breathe right now.

  5. I have an older edition of Generatiions that I cannot figure out. Hmmm. I'll watch to see what you can do with your newer version. No one at my local shop is able to provide any support. I don't know why I never thought about checking out Youtube...I'm all over that. I'm a quilter at heart, but would love to be able to make some simple designs. (I'm not even sure that the software will be compatible with the newer computers!) God Bless, Lynne - Washington State

  6. Nice Idea ..but i love your Embroidery and so eagerly awaiting your new project of embroidery.

  7. We use Threads embroidery software (http://www.threadses.com/) Its fully digitized, great for editing. No complaints at all.


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