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updated 4D Prof. Embroidery software

fabricholic | Posted in Machine Embroidery on

I just received my update for the 4D Professional Embroidery software for Designer SE. Has anyone else received theirs? I can’t seem to find the bonus designs and clip art that is supposed to be in there and I have lost the 3d bonus designs. Can anyone out there help me?


  1. Crazy K | | #1

    I have only heard and read about the 4d software but not sure if I need it for the things I do.  I would be interested to know if you're pleased with it after you've used it for a while.  Also, it is compatible with Vista.........does that mean it doesn't work with XP?  Just curious. 


    1. fabricholic | | #2

      Hi Crazy K,I found the bonus designs and the clip art. Wow, this software is amazing. I just need a month to play with it. It works on my XP. If you want frames, labels, borders, shapes, fonts, it's got it. If you want clip art, it's got that also. It has sample pictures, real pictures that you can use in your designs. The sky is the limit with this. I am so pleased. Of course, I am just looking at it. Have not done anything with it. Can't make up my mind, with so much to play with. My upgrade from 3D to 4D was free, but I wanted the manuals and that cost $100.00. It has eight manuals and the small flip folder for quick reference. I'm not saying you need this, but it is so cool. I just need some time to play. Oh, and you have to turn in your old dongle, if you want the free upgrade and it comes with a new one.

      1. Crazy K | | #3

        I think if I could have gotten the upgrade free, I might have jumped but since I didn't qualify for that, I'm thinking I'll stay with my 3d for now at least.  I got my 3d Studio with my Designer I in 2004, traded up to my first SE in April, 2005 and bought my second SE Feb. 2006.  My only regret is that I haven't had enough time to play.......hopefully that's coming.

        The 4d does sound awesome.  Hope you have fun playing with it.  I enjoyed playing with and learning my 3d when I got that.  It took a while but between playing at home and taking classes, I now feel comfortable with it.  Maybe that's one reason I hesitated to switch........that and the $$$.  I don't even know what it would have cost but I think it was plenty!

        Happy Stitching!


        1. user-217847 | | #4

          Hi Kay,

          I've just purchased a stack of Autumn designs, Wolves a basset hound and the most delectable wombat from Embroidery Library, heres my question, Is it possible to forward thru the design and sew out all the one colour then proceed to the next colour?  The reason I ask, one of the designs has 27 colour changes but only uses half a dozen colours. I can do this with some of my other collections. Before I bugger up the first time I decided to ask your advise first.

          Warmest regards,


          1. Crazy K | | #5

            Emb. Library using 'layering' of colors for depth and shading.  That is what makes their designs so beautiful and realistic.  I don't know that it would work doing all one color, then the next.  It might not look right at all.  Many times, especially with birds and animals, you stitch one color, then another in a different stitch pattern over the top, and then sometimes back to the original or on to a third.  If you have the time and thread, you might want to try one just to see the results.  Personally, I think it might not be good.  JMHO  If you have designs that are just simple one-color areas, they usually do all of that color and one to the next........so, that leads me to believe the jumping around is necessary.

            Hope this helps.  If nothing else, email 'stitch' at emb. library.  They will answer you and give you more information.  I do not digitize so I'm just going on an assumption.

            Crazy K

          2. fabricholic | | #6

            I know there is a button to use, when fixing your designs that combines all the same colors, but if this is something you bought, there must be a reason for it, I'm with Kay.

          3. user-217847 | | #9

            Greetings to you fabricholic and Crazy K,

            A warm thankyou to you both I value the information you provided.



          4. maggiecoops | | #10

            Hi Lee, I have two wombat designs from Emb Libary, and as someone else has pointed out they are layered. The designs stitch sequence is deliberate flower, its been digitised to create movement and form. If you stitch a colour and skip all the elements between that colour and its repeat, you will end up stitching over it with another colour and the wombat will look all wrong. I know it's a pain to have to keep rethreading the machine, but you will kick yourself if you don't stitch the design in the sequence the digitiser set up.

            I was Australia May last year and my dentist bless him, asked for a wombat, so I got him a small stuffed one in a bag, then for Christmas made a cushion with Emb Libary's Wombat standing in a pool. It stitched beautifully, looked fantastic, and my dentist loved it. Still had to pay for my filling though.

          5. user-217847 | | #11

            hi maggie,

            thanks so much, have just stitched out the same wombat he's georgious. I plan to repeat him onto the back of a denim vest. Firstly though I need to make a machine cover,  I recently purchased a metre of quilting fabric covered with autumn leaves. I chose a rust coloured contrast onto which I am going to stitch out a wheelbarrow spewing forth with autumn leaves, of the same colours as the main fabric. This design too comes from Embroidery Library. I need to line two cane baskets and will use some of the other autumn designs I purchased,I'll be over the moon if they all stitch out as well as the wombat.  Once again thankyou for your imput.

            Warm regards,


          6. MaryinColorado | | #12

            I don't recommend it.  Their designs are usually so well thought out and digitized that I don't believe they would have you changing threads when it isn't necessary. You could try doing "colorsort" and see if it automatically reduces the number of colorchanges, then do a practice stitchout.  (just be sure to save it under a new name so you don't lose thier original method). With emblib.  designs, I have found thier decisions to be worth following. 

            Oops, sorry!  Guess you already resolved this.  I was in a hurry when I answered.  Mary

            Edited 10/12/2007 10:36 am by MaryinColorado

        2. fabricholic | | #7

          I know, I haven't had much time to play either. I am taking the books to work and reading about it on my lunch and breaks. I know the 3D is awesome. I wish I had time to take classes. That ole work gets in the way. LOL Can you tell I am excited? I love Autumn anyway, and the Autumn designs are so pretty.

          1. Crazy K | | #8

            My favorite season also.......the colors & designs are awesome!  Yes, you are excited.  I took classes where they offered three times......a morning, an afternoon and an evening.  Probably because I'm in a metro area and they had full classes with each time.

            Good luck and have fun playing.  I'm a 'hands-on' learner so I learned much more by just playing at the computer than I did reading the book........at the computer is where I really started to 'get it'!! LOL

            Have Fun and Happy Stitching!


      2. MaryinColorado | | #13

        I just joined your "club".  I can't wait until my 4D Prof. software comes in!  I got a great demo in the store from ther computer guru.  I am so excited!  Especially since I've been using the cumbersome old basic Customizing forever.  I never have digitized so hope this is as user friendly as it looks. 

        Any words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated!  I did start going through some of the online tutorials at the H/V site.  Looks awsome!  Have you tried splitting large designs yet? 

        The store is going to do a block of the month class which will cover alot of aspects of it as well as the software classes themselves.  Is there anything I need to know about loading it into the PC? 

        Help and Hooray!!! Mary

        1. fabricholic | | #14

          I am so happy for you. I didn't have any problem loading it. It's great that you have classes. I did not. When I have a question, I go to Yahoo Groups and 4d Professional Software in the Designer SE section. There are some ladies that helped me through some problems. I haven't had much time to do anything special on it. If there was a class close by, I would take it. Good luck and have fun. I believe it will do a lot, just haven't gotten to that point.Marcy

          1. MaryinColorado | | #15

            Thank You, I'll check out the Des Se Group @Yahoo.  Yahoo!!!  Mary


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