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Hello Everyone,

Big News is coming soon! I think about this a lot and it is distracting. My family wonders where my mind is sometimes. I can be ‘at work’ while at breakfast. My wife is used to it, and I try to be present as much as possible, but right now it is difficult.

We are moving forward in many ways here at BriTon Leap: Last week we moved into a new office. I can’t believe 3 years passed at the last one. While it was a great location, it was a bit of a cave, so now we’re in some better digs. Lots of light and several windows that actually open!

And we’re about to release the main Embrilliance product. This will be for both Mac and Windows. I have some decisions to make with regard to it; Name, Price and Features.

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Posted 6 years, 8 months ago at 9:36 pm.

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Convert It, Mac – StitchBunny Compatibility Update

Here’s a bit of fun hacking we went through this week: Back in the early 1990’s Pfaff offered a  Mac version of their software, PC Designer. As they haven’t supported it for many years, and it won’t run on Intel Macs or any recent OSX versions, you would assume the program wasn’t used anymore.

Not true! There is still an active MacPfaffie community. Continue Reading…

Posted 6 years, 9 months ago at 6:08 pm.

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Embrilliance Thumbnailer

Hi, everyone;

We’ve been busy lately, so my posting is a bit slow. But I wanted to let you know about a new product called “Embrilliance Thumbnailer” which let’s you view designs in Windows Explorer or Mac Finder. If you’ve ever wanted to simply ‘see’ your embroidery on your computer the same way you see jpegs and bitmaps, this is the solution. I know you want the details! Ok!

MSRP $44.95 How’s that for reasonable!

And, one serial number can be used for both Mac and Windows PCs.

Which versions? Win XP (32), Win Vista (32 and 64), Win 7 (32 and 64), Mac OSX 10.5 and later. (OSX 10.5 gives you CoverFlow so you want to upgrade!)

How do you buy it? Well, you could go over to www.Embrilliance.com (we have more info on the product there) and click on the Store link at the top of the page. Or, ask your sewing machine dealer. Or, look in Nancy’s Notions catalog. If you buy from our www.Embrilliance.com site then you can get the download versions immediately.

Happy Embroidering!

-Brian

Posted 6 years, 10 months ago at 8:14 pm.

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Gallery Connection February 2010

Writing MonogramWorks

As I write this, I am stealing precious moments from the final development of MonogramWorks. You’ll see it soon. It has been a large project for me and everyone here at Designer’s Gallery, and I thought the process might be of interest to you. Continue Reading…

Posted 7 years, 7 months ago at 9:07 pm.

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Adorable You! Videos posted

We got some videos for our Adorable You! program posted on YouTube! John Deer’s Adorable Ideas put these together and they did a great job!

Whether or not you have Adorable You!, or even an embroidery machine, the project ideas with these techniques are easy to accomplish and people love the result!

Enjoy!

-Brian

Posted 7 years, 8 months ago at 5:19 pm.

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Hi everyone, I just wanted to let you know that I’m now also blogging on Ann The Gran.com

AnnTheGran.com

So give them a visit if you haven’t been there in a while!

Regards,

-b

Posted 7 years, 8 months ago at 9:12 pm.

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Gallery Connection December 2009

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but sometimes words are all you’ve got.  This month let’s talk about the letters used in embroidery. Specifically, there are two basic types of lettering used in embroidery: Pre-digitized letters and True-Type auto-digitized letters.
 Let’s start with True Type letters. True Type letters, originally developed by Apple Computers are the mainstay fonts used in computing. There are also OpenType fonts, a later Microsoft and Adobe technology, which are similar.  The fonts describe the letters by drawing the outline of the letter. This outline can be used to create an embroidered letter. The sample below was created using the Letter tool in MasterWorks with the TTF option on an Arial Bold font:
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Posted 7 years, 8 months ago at 1:46 pm.

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Gallery Connection November 2009

Overcoming the 7 Fabric Challenges
I’ve never seen a succinct list of the fabric ‘issues’ in embroidery, so let’s make that list and discuss the problems and solutions:
1.) The fabric ‘pulls’ or ‘puckers up’ because of the tension applied to embroidery thread.
2.) The fabric ‘pushes out’ from being squished flat under the embroidery.
3.) The fabric is a loose knit or weave, therefore stitches that are close together wind up in the same needle-hole.
4.) The fabric has a nap which can poke up in-between the embroidery stitches.
5.) The fabric gets perforated by the needle which can weaken or even cut out a hole.
6.) The fabric slides around in the hoop.
7.) The fabric gets marks from the hoop, A.K.A. ‘Hoop Burn’. Continue Reading…

Posted 7 years, 9 months ago at 8:54 pm.

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Gallery Connection October 2009

The Gallery Connection October ’09 – Embroidery Software Basics

Typical Embroidery Application

Typical Embroidery Application

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Posted 7 years, 9 months ago at 3:18 pm.

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My Trip to Missouri and Illinois

I was in St. Louis last week. Got to see the arch during a nice little traffic jam. It made for an interesting place to be stuck in traffic – here’s the iPhone photo:

Traffic at the Arch

Traffic at the Arch

Also I went over to Calico Country in Carbondale, IL. (Go Salukis) We had a couple nice days and the events went well. We talked about Interactives, CustomWorks II and MasterWorks. There was a glitch with serial numbers on the DensityWorks boxes, but by now that’s been resolved.

Coming home Sunday morning, I took Hwy 3. It was beautiful! Even got to see Chester, IL, home of Popeye.

Thanks to all my new friends in Southern IL!

Posted 7 years, 10 months ago at 1:38 am.

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Sally Cheney posted some photos of my event…

I always have fun when I’m hanging out with Sally and Lee. After the last event I did in Nashville, Lee took me out on his sailboat. He even let me have a good long turn with the tiller!

Sally put up some photos from the event, so I thought I’d put the link in here.

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Posted 8 years ago at 1:59 am.

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Gallery Connection Sept ’09 – Editing Basics

I thought it would be useful to cover the basics of editing designs, merging them together, sizing them, etc. It’s one of the most requested and used features of our software, so much so in fact, that you can do some editing in virtually any of the programs. Let’s take a visual tour of what’s available…

Home Sweet Home

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Posted 8 years ago at 5:27 pm.

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Gallery Connection August ’09 – Project Advisor

Hi Everyone!

Last month we took our Stabilizer Quiz, “Which stabilizer were you?” They are all great and very much necessary! And that thought led me to think about the project types out there. There’s a lot available to use an embroidery machine on. And how do you do it? What changes when you go from a structured hat to an unstructured one? Maybe you just stick some stabilizer in either of them anyways, right? “The more the merrier,” right? Er, well not really. Continue Reading…

Posted 8 years ago at 1:11 am.

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Convert It, Mac has QuickLook Plugin for CoverFlow!

We’ve made an addition for Convert It, Mac – a QuickLook plugin for the OSX 10.5 CoverFlow. Download it now!

By the way, it is free and it really works! Just download the demo version of Convert It, Mac.

Posted 8 years ago at 4:53 pm.

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Gallery Connection July ’09 – Take the Quiz!

It’s time for some fun. I was recently asked about doing a Facebook application. You know, Facebook, one of the social sites on the internet. Where people who haven’t seen each other can chit chat and generally make a nuisance of themselves. It’s a good way to keep your friends and family close…at a distance, if you know what I mean? Continue Reading…

Posted 8 years, 1 month ago at 1:11 am.

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The Gallery Connection June ’09 – UFOs revisited

One of the most enjoyable parts of my job is meeting you, our customers. Recently I had the chance to attend an event with around 250 people, men and women, from all walks of life, with at least one thing in common; they love to embroider. I was shown so many examples of their creativity, that I was once again surprised at the uses of our products. I never get used to that. Continue Reading…

Posted 8 years, 2 months ago at 1:01 am.

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Gallery Connection May ’09 – Jargon Junket part 2

Gallery Connection May 2009

                Hi everyone!  Last month I took you on a jargon junket, exploring the mysterious language of computer hardware and specifications. My plan was to expose the terminology in an accessible way, or at the least with some entertainment value.  Since it was to be a two-part series, perhaps I better continue, lest our editors take offense. Continue Reading…

Posted 8 years, 3 months ago at 1:07 am.

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Gallery Connection June ’08 – Personalizing with Lettering

Ah, Spring – it’s already here in the Southwest as I write this. Mothers’ Day is just past – and I’m sure breakfast in bed would’ve been nice, but maybe you at least got a nice brunch out of it. And if you were lucky, perhaps you got a call from the kids. But now that it’s all over, take some time for yourself. Hang out in your sewing room, spend some time with Nancy (Did you know there’s DVDs available for when she’s not on air?) and maybe do a little bit of quilting or finish up a UFO. (Heaven forbid!)

Now, if you’ve got the itch to make something simple, there’s always an embroidery project that you can do with lettering. It helps to keep the creative juices flowing to create some lettered projects. If you need another excuse, it’s also good to get the gears of your machine into motion. Continue Reading…

Posted 8 years, 3 months ago at 4:20 pm.

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Gallery Connection April ’09 – Geoffrey Chaucer Explains The Computer

As I begin to write this April Gallery Connection Article, Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales come to my mind. It is pure wordplay, not at all informative, but fun nonetheless: The producers of the e-news have tasked me with providing some useful computer knowledge to you. I couldn’t resist inserting something beautiful into an article that will surely test the limits of your endurance for things technical. Continue to bear with me please, as this computer info is part one of two; the second will bring the embroidery software lingua franca under scrutiny, and this monograph will prepare you for that undertaking.

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Posted 8 years, 4 months ago at 7:05 pm.

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Gallery Connection Nov ’08 – Holidays are Here Again

Hi, Friends!

         At an event recently I asked if we had any crazy quilters with us in the audience. Now you can read that any way you like; “Crazy” quilters, of whom I am sure there are some, or “crazy quilters” who use decorative stitching on their projects. Me? Well maybe I am both! Continue Reading…

Posted 8 years, 9 months ago at 1:05 am.

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