Hatch Embroidery Software, you’ve heard of it, but what makes Hatch every home embroiderers’ dream come true?
Let’s talk about the many advantages of using Hatch embroidery software. I would love to share with you my personal opinion. Having won over 30 awards for digitizing and working with dozens of embroidery software programs over the years (including my own: Perla), I’ll break down what I feel really makes Hatch stand out and why. To also show you what Hatch users/real embroiderers think, I’ll also share some Hatch user testimonials from our customers.
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My Review of Hatch Embroidery Software
A few years ago, Hatch was introduced to the Home Embroidery market as an unknown software program. Now, it has already developed a reputation as the best software in the industry. You must be wondering… how is that possible in such a short time?
Before I answer that question, let me take you back in time. Besides being trained as a puncher/digitizer at the age of 17, I also ran one of the two factories my family owned between the ages of 23 and 33. The factory I ran was our multi-head division which consisted of 136 multi-heads. To give you an idea of how much embroidery we did in those days, I remember orders coming in for cap panels with 750,000 units from the same company!
Those were the days’ contract embroidery in North America was booming, and our machines ran six days a week, 24 hours a day.
After witnessing the contract embroidery industry change in volume due to off-shore competition, we evolved to digitizing and then finally began transitioning into the home embroidery market 20ish years ago. I’ve got to be honest; it wasn’t an easy transition. The terminology, machines, and software were all different, and to be honest, the thing I noticed most was that the quality of embroidery was very different!
What I mean by that is that in the commercial world, we stayed in business for decades because the visual quality of our designs was pleasing. But more importantly, the short runtime and softness of our work was close to perfect.
It’s pretty simple if you want to make money with embroidery; the designs you feed into the machine need to be “production-friendly,” with as few jumps and trims as possible. The designs should also feel like part of the garment when taken out of the hoop. Not like it was stuck in place with a glue gun! I’ve seen that most of the designs being produced and sold in the home industry are often bulletproof and have way too many unnecessary jumps and trims.
This now leads to answering the initial question, “why is Hatch the best software in the home industry?”. The answer can be given using this one-word, Wilcom!
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Wilcom Embroidery Software
If you’re not familiar with Wilcom (the creator of Hatch), they have undisputedly been the world leader for developing intuitive and intelligent embroidery software for over 30 years.
I’ve been using Wilcom pretty much since the beginning of my “computerized” transition into the industry almost 30 years ago and have been involved with Wilcom since the early DOS days. To this day, Wilcom’s commercial platform dominates 90% of the embroidery world globally!
What Does Hatch Embroidery Do and What Is EMB Format In Hatch
Why do 90% of the commercial embroiderers globally use Wilcom? The answer is their proprietary format called “EMB.”
EMB is the native file format developed by Wilcom and the most advanced native file used within Hatch software. Using the EMB format puts the user on autopilot to help choose the right properties to create quality embroidery designs at the click of a button. What kind of properties are we talking about? The ones that matter most! Resizing designs, changing fabric types, and generating object-based lettering.
Interested in learning more about machine embroidery file formats and what format best suits your machine and software? Click here to learn more now.
Resizing Designs In Hatch Embroidery Software
Every embroidery design is digitized differently, and many different theories apply when changing the size of your designs. If you are unsure if you’ll be resizing designs, I would still highly recommend learning some basic theories about how designs are created.
Check out our Free Embroidery Digitizing 101 Cheat Sheet video course by clicking here as I discuss the foundational rules and why they’re important to understand why you do what you do.
There are three types of foundational stitch types that all designs are made up of: running stitch, satin stitch, and fill stitch. These stitches have minimums and maximums, that if you aren’t aware of, can negatively affect the outcome of your resized design, leaving you wishing you’d left the sizing alone.
Interested in learning more about the rules for resizing machine embroidery designs manually? Click here to read now.
But what if you wanted that design smaller so it could fit on your Grandsons jumper? This is where Hatch comes to the rescue! With Hatch, there are safeguards automatically built-in to the software.
When making your design smaller, Hatch has a small filter that will determine if any stitch penetrations are under a certain setting (for the running stitch it’s .3mm, which is the default setting). The software eliminates any stitches that may cause problems, saving you frustration and preventing those “bulletproof” designs!
Are you more of a visual learner? Check out the video below to see how easy resizing designs in Hatch is, giving you the best results possible.
Fabric Assist In Hatch Embroidery Software
Now here’s where I’m going to let you in on a ‘secret’ that until now ‘home embroiderers’ were not aware of: When I ran my factory, which had 136 multi-heads, I would digitize my designs using my own ‘Custom Recipes’ which ran best on pique knit fabric. However, not all the orders would be run on pique knit.
Often, a company would give us an order for X number of hats, X number of shirts, X number of jackets, etc., which all required the same design but had different fabric types. So rather than re-digitize a design multiple times or manually adjust stitch settings for each different fabric type, I would instead digitize it once and send that EMB file down to production.
The machine supervisor would first find out what material/garment was running. Before loading it on a machine, they would change that design’s specific stitch settings using the “Fabric Assist” tool within the EMB files, so it would have the best results on the specific fabric type it would be embroidered on.
The image above demonstrates using the “fabric assist” tool. The first EMB file was changed to a “Thai Silk” setting using less density, underlay, push and pull compensation. It has a total of 34,166 stitches.
The second is the same design; I changed the fabric assist to the “Stretchy Terry Cloth” setting with the click of a button. This will provide more density, more underlay with longer stitch lengths, and more pull compensation to counteract the knap of the terry cloth, for a total of 43,298 stitches.
That is the same design with an incredible difference of 9132 stitches with just the click of a button!
More of a visual learner? Watch the video below as we demonstrate how easy it is to use Hatch’s Fabric Assist Tool to ensure your design will stitch out with great results based on the fabric you’re using.
When I came into the home industry, that was one of the things that had shocked me most: People were providing one embroidery file and expecting it to run well on every fabric type! You cannot have the same density, stitch lengths, underlay types, push and pull compensations for Terry Cloth as you would Silk, Leather, Lycra, or knits. In the commercial world, when we did production, the recipes would change based on the fabric type… it just makes logical sense!
Object-Based Lettering in Hatch Embroidery Software
Clear, crisp lettering, whether used in a logo or simply for a statement, is important to having your design look professional and meticulous. All font types available are not created equal, and when trying to resize embroidery lettering, the letters lose their quality.
Want to learn more about machine embroidery fonts? Click here for our Complete Guide to Machine Embroidery Fonts as we discuss what each stitch file is and what works best for your software.
Using embroidery lettering designs can be hard when resizing because they’re not keyboard-based. Want an easier way? You better believe Hatch has a solution for that.
Hatch software is compatible with ESA (Embroidery Specific Alphabets) fonts which are customizable and 100% object-based. What does that mean? You can resize, reshape and their digitized properties will automatically be altered, giving you the results you want at the click of the button.
Not only are there letters and numbers, but also shapes, glyphs, and fills that allow you to customize your design as you like, allowing you to create beautifully dramatic effects with no hassle. The design options you can create are limitless; the only limit is what you don’t do.
Hatch Embroidery Software and EMB Formats: This Changes Everything!
A lot of home embroiderers feel that the commercial industry always had something over them. They feel like the quality in the commercial industry is, for the most part, better. Most assume that it’s due to the difference between the home and commercial machines. In reality, that’s not the case. Home machines, in theory, create the same stitch as a commercial machine does. So if it’s not the machine, it’s the software, and it all comes down to the EMB file!
It is unrealistic and unfair to expect a home embroiderer to know all the variables and properties a design should have for every possible fabric type you’d conceivably embroider… that would take years of experience as a digitizer and in production.
To be honest with you, most “professional digitizers” generally don’t know these specifics either. They don’t need to. Instead, they own Hatch Embroidery software, which allows them to change the fabric types within the master EMB file.
So why didn’t the home industry know about this sooner? Well, because until Hatch was released, the only way to manipulate an EMB file was to own Wilcom’s commercial platform, which is very cost prohibitive in comparison.
In recent years, other software programs have tried to come out with their own version of fabric assist tools. But I can tell you from experience, they don’t do it nearly as well. Whereas other programs today may have stitch recipes created by computer programmers or embroidery hobbyists… Wilcom’s stitch recipes were carefully crafted decades ago on the wisdom of Schiflli Master Digitizers, who spent their entire lives creating embroidery designs… Back when there were a lot more of us left.
Not to mention that yours truly helped contribute toward the custom stitch recipes found in the EMB file format when I was a Wilcom beta tester in the 1990s.
There have been a few times in my life where I can truly say I’ve had a “Gift from God” moment. One of those instances was when Wilcom approached me and asked if I’d be interested in becoming one of Hatch’s selected resellers globally. I say it was a “Gift” because it was something I didn’t ask for, but it was an answer to one of my long-awaited prayers.
Coming from the commercial industry to the home industry, I saw a separation between the two. Even though I knew that 99% of embroiderers didn’t have the Wilcom platform, I have always included my native EMB file with all of our embroidery designs downloads. Resizing, changing fabrics, and modifying EMB files in Wilcom is an embroiderer’s fantasy come true!
When I first got the Hatch software and saw how close it was to the commercial program, that it was modular, that it read and wrote the true EMB format, that it used ESA fonts and that it was offered at an incredible price point, it blew my mind! All I could say to myself was, “this changes everything!”
If you’ve been to any of my classes, workshops, or global retreats, you’ll quickly see how passionate I am about Hatch; the truth is, I am! When a person purchases Hatch, I honestly feel like I’ve helped them by giving them the tools they need and deserve to get better results and have more fun!
From my decades of experience, I can honestly say that no software in the home industry even comes close! It is intuitive and intelligent. The software almost drives itself, and with the automatic stitch generation and filters, it helps ensure that the designs created within the software are production-friendly.
Please keep in mind; I’ve learned over 20 digitizing programs and assessed others. We do offer our Digitizer Dream Course which supports eleven programs with interactive education. Hatch is not only the best but is sitting right in the sweet spot when it comes to an embroidery software price point, which can be broken into three categories:
- There are a handful of programs that I would consider upper-end programs. Most of them are fairly well built and usually sold and supported by physical dealers stores. Because of all the distribution channels that the program goes through and everyone needs to make a margin off the sale, by the time it gets to the consumer, it is usually much more expensive than Hatch and not close when it comes to quality.
- Some programs are within the same price range and are also modular, like Hatch. There is one program out there that is popular with home embroiderers today, and I will admit that they had a brilliant idea of being the first to come out with a modular formula (meaning you can buy it in pieces based on your needs). This made it affordable at an entry-level, but by the time you add on all the modules, you’ve paid more than Hatch and have a program that, in my opinion, doesn’t come close to Hatch’s easy-to-use platform.
- Then there are the “low budget” programs I’ve seen and played with; all I can say is that you pretty much get what you pay for!
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