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The perfect embroidery starter experience. Manage your design files in a friendly library so that you do not lose them. Convert/export designs to the format you need. Choose the fabric and the software will automatically recommend the best stabilizer as well as set all the optimal stitch settings. It feels like someone is there to hold your hand whilst you learn.

  • Design Manager keeps all your designs in an organized and easily searchable library
  • Open multiple designs at once
  • Convert designs to over 20 of the most popular machine formats.
  • Uses the .EMB file format - the #1 choice for professionals globally
  • See your design in stitches without using your embroidery machine with our TrueView tool
  • Stitch Player allows you to watch the “virtual sewing” of any design
  • Preview and print design worksheets with multiple options
  • View the hooping sequence
  • Auto-fabrics will select the optimal stitch settings
  • Create, combine and manage thread charts
  • Optimize color changes before stitch-outs

There is so much more – view our detailed features matrix

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September 18 2017
Easy to convert all my design files.
August 22 2017
The beginner videos are excellent
August 22 2017
Just starting out and this is perfect for me :)
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  • "The learning curve was gentle and the results were AMAZING!! With Hatch, creativity has no end!"


    Julie, Hobby Embroiderer
  • "Hatch Embroidery truly is the greatest and easiest to use design software I have ever come across!"


    Judith, Hobby Embroiderer
  • "I was new to embroidery and had a very difficult time maneuvering around in other softwares, Hatch made it so easy to understand, that even a newbee like I was could understand and operate it. Hatch consistently updates the software keeping me up to date on the newest innovations to embroidery digitizing!"


    Michelle, Hobby Embroiderer
  • "I can lovingly put my thoughts down in stitches through a very easy to use well supported program."


    Dianne, Hobby Embroiderer

Browse / Open Designs

An integrated approach to managing designs, giving you complete control over where your files are and how you maintain them. Use the built-in "Embroidery Library" to organize your embroidery designs for easy searching and browsing - no need to search your entire drive.

Convert Design Formats

Convert your outline or stitch files with the click of a button so you have maximum accessibility. Use the files straight from your embroidery library and save them to and from the .EMB format. Supports PCS, PES, VIP, JEF, SEW, DST, EXP and many more!

Manage Design Files

Keep track of all your file folders and locations within your "Embroidery Library".

Manage Colors

Take control of the thread colors in your design with your choice of 128 different color options in your Design Palette.

Change Colors

Change your thread color easily and quickly. You can re-color entire blocks, picking and apply colors from the design, recycle colors within the existing design palette and choose new base colors. You can also assign thread colors, pre-set design colors and change entire color schemes within your Thread Manager.

Optimize Stitch Settings

Optimization features help avoid common mistakes like puckering and gaping. Using "auto-fabrics", you can choose the fabric you will be sewing onto and Embroidery Basics will optimize stitch type, color changes and suggest stabilizers in order to minimize damage.

Customize Display

Customize background colors, articles and fabrics to view your design in different settings. Then, get a realistic idea of what your end product will look like by placing your design onto a specific article of clothing, for example a cap or cotton t-shirt.

Save, Print, Capture Designs

Use the "print preview" feature to view your design displays as it will be printed and choose your preferred print options and formats – the default type is the "design worksheet". Capture and send screen images in PNG formats with TrueView or the viewing program of your choice.

Export to Machine Formats

Our world leading EMB format allows the most accurate editing of your design. You can then export your designs to your preferred format corresponding with the embroidery machine of your choice.

Create Monograms

Create your own one-of-a-kind mark and customize your personal monograms. Choose to create either monogrammed designs or text. Start by using a pre-designed base template which you can modify or create one from scratch. Stylize your design with one of the 22 layouts. Most fonts have special characters and symbols.

Add Lettering

Using a built-in "Embroidery Library", Hatch Embroidery Customizer or higher makes it simple to add custom lettering to your designs. Select from the 60 included fonts or convert your own TrueType or OpenType fonts.

Edit / Reshape Letters

Adjust your lettering width to make it bolder or slant them to give an italicized look. Spread your letters apart with the spacing tool. Edit your lettering using the "Select and Re-Shape Object" tool. Manipulate your lettering in multiple ways right on screen including: adjusting spacing, scaling lettering, and reshaping your letters to create your own personalized design.

TrueType Fonts

Select from the 60 included fonts or convert your own TrueType or OpenType fonts. Adjust your lettering width to make it bolder, or slant them to give an italicized look. Spread your letters apart with the spacing tool.

Professionally Digitized Fonts
✔ (60)
✔ (60)
✔ (86)

Wilcom is famous for their professional lettering which comes from professionally digitized fonts. Choose your own fonts from a collection of 60 fonts included with Hatch Embroidery Customizer and higher that can also be used for lettering. Most fonts are available in upper and lower case as well as special fonts and characters. Each font has a recommended minimum and maximum size in the online documentation to ensure the best outcome when working with that specific style.

Optimize Colors

Optimize color changes for the most efficient stitch out results giving you that professional feel.

Multi-hooping

If a design is too large the software will split it into sections. Each section (with its own hoop) can then be stitched separately. Hatch Embroidery Creator and Digitizer gives you multiple options to ensure that your final design is aligned properly. Adding registration marks, saving multi-hooped designs and sending multi-hooped designs straight to machine are a number of features that can be utilized to ensure proper alignment.

Edit Designs

Layout Editing is one of the most powerful tools and essential for the creatives. Edit objects, stitches, object properties, include specialized button holes, print your layout and much more.

Resequence Objects / Colors

Scale, rotate and skew objects according to your vision. Hatch Embroidery Creator ensures that the stitch count also reflects these alterations to ensure the original stitch density is preserved. Eg, create a t-shirt logo and then simply adjust to fit onto a cap.

Auto-Digitizing

Convert artwork to embroidery automatically. Hatch Embroidery Creator and Digitizer recognizes various bitmap and vector shapes in artwork and automatically chooses the most suitable stitch type to use, the closest join and best stitching sequence. Simply select the image and then click the tool and the software does the work for you.

Prepare Artwork

Artworks can be inserted into Hatch Embroidery by pasting, scanning or simply using the insert option. Use these artworks as digitizing templates or backdrops.

Link to CorelDRAW*

If CorelDRAW Graphics Suite or Essentials X6 are installed, there are a few additional features available. Convert a larger range of artwork files from Corel. Auto-trace vectors. Convert embroidery files to a vector format.

Manual Digitizing

Create new designs or turn your existing designs into something extra special with professional quality results. Digitize objects from scratch and customize these designs using some classic, well-loved functions such as "curved fills" and "gradient fills" with none of the complexity of standard digitizing software.

Fill / Run Shapes

Preset tools help digitize faster and more efficiently. Select from a number of fill and Tatami stitch types as well as outline or run stitches.

Digitizing Tools

The Digitizer toolbox provides all the tools necessary to create embroidered shapes. Tools such as Freehand can be used to create designs with a hand-drawn appearance, something which is difficult to achieve through conventional digitizing methods. Special tools for cutting holes, removing excess stitching as well as filling holes. Stabilize large areas and reinforce outlines. Branching allows for overlapping objects without having to think about efficient stitch sequencing and joins.

Create Applique'

All the applique' tools you need. Simple, partial and combine applique' along with the ability to break apart applique' components.

Browse / Open Designs

An integrated approach to managing designs, giving you complete control over where your files are and how you maintain them. Use the built-in "Embroidery Library" to organize your embroidery designs for easy searching and browsing - no need to search your entire drive.

Convert Design Formats

Convert your outline or stitch files with the click of a button so you have maximum accessibility. Use the files straight from your embroidery library and save them to and from the .EMB format. Supports PCS, PES, VIP, JEF, SEW, DST, EXP and many more!

Manage Design Files

Keep track of all your file folders and locations within your "Embroidery Library".

Manage Colors

Take control of the thread colors in your design with your choice of 128 different color options in your Design Palette.

Change Colors

Change your thread color easily and quickly. You can re-color entire blocks, picking and apply colors from the design, recycle colors within the existing design palette and choose new base colors. You can also assign thread colors, pre-set design colors and change entire color schemes within your Thread Manager.

Optimize Stitch Settings

Optimization features help avoid common mistakes like puckering and gaping. Using "auto-fabrics", you can choose the fabric you will be sewing onto and Embroidery Basics will optimize stitch type, color changes and suggest stabilizers in order to minimize damage.

Customize Display

Customize background colors, articles and fabrics to view your design in different settings. Then, get a realistic idea of what your end product will look like by placing your design onto a specific article of clothing, for example a cap or cotton t-shirt.

Save, Print, Capture Designs

Use the "print preview" feature to view your design displays as it will be printed and choose your preferred print options and formats – the default type is the "design worksheet". Capture and send screen images in PNG formats with TrueView or the viewing program of your choice.

Export to Machine Formats

Our world leading EMB format allows the most accurate editing of your design. You can then export your designs to your preferred format corresponding with the embroidery machine of your choice.

Create Monograms

Create your own one-of-a-kind mark and customize your personal monograms. Choose to create either monogrammed designs or text. Start by using a pre-designed base template which you can modify or create one from scratch. Stylize your design with one of the 22 layouts. Most fonts have special characters and symbols.

Add Lettering

Using a built-in "Embroidery Library", Hatch Embroidery Customizer, Creator or Digitizer makes it simple to add custom lettering to your designs. Select from the 60 included fonts or convert your own TrueType or OpenType fonts.

Edit / Reshape Letters

Adjust your lettering width to make it bolder or slant them to give an italicized look. Spread your letters apart with the spacing tool. Edit your lettering using the "Select and Re-Shape Object" tool. Manipulate your lettering in multiple ways right on screen including: adjusting spacing, scaling lettering, and reshaping your letters to create your own personalized design.

TrueType Fonts

Select from the 60 included fonts or convert your own TrueType or OpenType fonts. Adjust your lettering width to make it bolder, or slant them to give an italicized look. Spread your letters apart with the spacing tool.

Professionally Digitized Fonts
(60)
(60)
(86)

Wilcom is famous for their professional lettering which comes from professionally digitized fonts. Choose your own fonts from a collection of 60 fonts included with Customizer or above that can also be used for lettering. Most fonts are available in upper and lower case as well as special fonts and characters. Each font has a recommended minimum and maximum size in the online documentation to ensure the best outcome when working with that specific style.

Optimize Colors

Optimize color changes for the most efficient stitch out results giving you that professional feel.

Multi-hooping

If a design is too large the software will split it into sections. Each section (with its own hoop) can then be stitched separately. Hatch Embroidery Creator or Digitizer gives you multiple options to ensure that your final design is aligned properly. Adding registration marks, saving multi-hooped designs and sending multi-hooped designs straight to machine are a number of features that can be utilized to ensure proper alignment.

Edit Designs

Layout Editing is one of the most powerful tools and essential for the creatives. Edit objects, stitches, object properties, include specialized button holes, print your layout and much more.

Resequence Objects / Colors

Scale, rotate and skew objects according to your vision. Hatch Embroidery Creator and Digitizer ensures that the stitch count also reflects these alterations to ensure the original stitch density is preserved. Eg, create a t-shirt logo and then simply adjust to fit onto a cap.

Auto-Digitizing

Convert artwork to embroidery automatically. Hatch Embroidery Creator and Digitizer recognizes various bitmap and vector shapes in artwork and automatically chooses the most suitable stitch type to use, the closest join and best stitching sequence. Simply select the image and then click the tool and the software does the work for you.

Prepare Artwork

Artworks can be inserted into Hatch by pasting, scanning or simply using the insert option. Use these artworks as digitizing templates or backdrops.

Link to CorelDRAW*

If CorelDRAW Graphics Suite or Essentials X6 are installed, there are a few additional features available. Convert a larger range of artwork files from Corel. Auto-trace vectors. Convert embroidery files to a vector format.

Manual Digitizing

Create new designs or turn your existing designs into something extra special with professional quality results. Digitize objects from scratch and customize these designs using some classic, well-loved functions such as "curved fills" and "gradient fills" with none of the complexity of standard digitizing software.

Fill / Run Shapes

Preset tools help digitize faster and more efficiently. Select from a number of fill and Tatami stitch types as well as outline or run stitches.

Digitizing Tools

The Digitizer toolbox provides all the tools necessary to create embroidered shapes. Tools such as Freehand can be used to create designs with a hand-drawn appearance, something which is difficult to achieve through conventional digitizing methods. Special tools for cutting holes, removing excess stitching as well as filling holes. Stabilize large areas and reinforce outlines. Branching allows for overlapping objects without having to think about efficient stitch sequencing and joins.

Create Applique'

All the applique' tools you need. Simple, partial and combine applique' along with the ability to break apart applique' components.

Customize Designs


Manage and customize design colors

Take control of the thread colors in your design with your choice of 128 different color options in your Design Palette. Change your thread color easily and quickly.  You can re-color entire blocks, picking and apply colors from the design, recycle colors within the existing design palette and choose new base colors. You can also assign thread colors, pre-set design colors and change entire color schemes within your Thread Manager. Find out more.

Optimize Stitch Settings and Color Changes
“Hatch Embroidery Basics” has a number of optimization features that allow users to avoid common mistakes like puckering and gaping. Using ‘auto-fabrics’, users can choose the fabric they will be sewing onto and Embroidery Basics will optimize stitch type, color changes and suggest stabilizers in order to minimize damage. Find out more.

Customize Backgrounds
Customize background colors, articles and fabrics to view your design in different settings. Use custom design features to view your design on a variety of different colors. Customize the background color both inside and outside your design hoop to view contrasting or solid color options.

You also have the opportunity to view your designs on various textured backgrounds by choosing a type of fabric, such as cotton or silk for example. Then, get a realistic idea of what your end product will look like by placing your design onto a specific article of clothing, for example a cap or cotton t-shirt. Find out more.

Control Threads and Thread Charts

Modify existing thread charts or create new ones in order to store these colors for future use. Keep up-to-date with changes regarding the different brands and colors that are available in the market. With the constant changes in thread manufacturing, it is essential to ensure all the threads you work with are up-to-date and available. Find out more.

Keep On Top Of Design Information
With the ‘Design Settings’ on the main menu, you can stay on top of all the technical information involved in creating your designs. Information includes design name, version, number of stitches and color changes, fabric type, required stabilizers and measurements. All of the information can be manually updated and saved so you will always have a record of information for all of your designs. Find out more.

Read more about customizing designs.

Keep Your Designs Organized (Manage Designs)


Browse and open design files
Hatch Embroidery Basics takes an integrated approach to managing designs, giving you complete control over where your files are and how you maintain them. Use the built-in “Embroidery Library” to organize your embroidery designs for easy searching and browsing - no need to search your entire drive.

Manage file folders
Keep track of all your file folders and locations within your “Embroidery Library”. Find out more.

Convert design formats
Work without limitations… Convert your outline or stitch files with the click of a button so you have maximum accessibility. Use the files straight from your embroidery library and save them to and from the .EMB format. Hatch Embroidery Basics supports multiple formats including PCS, PES, VIP, JEF, SEW, DST, EXP and many more to ensure that you get the most out of existing designs. Find out more.



Finalize Your Projects Quickly and Easily (Output Designs)


Save, print and capture designs 
Save your work as EMB format always to allow the most accurate editing of your design in the future.  Then save and export your designs to your preferred format to correspond with the embroidery machine of your choice. Then use the ‘print preview’ feature to view your design displays as it will be printed and choose your preferred print options and formats – the default type is the ‘design worksheet’. 

Capture and send screen images in PNG formats with TrueView or the viewing program of your choice.


See a full list of embroidery file types you can create in Hatch Embroidery.



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