If you are an embroiderer or a digitizer, the sound of free embroidery digitizing software can be pretty exciting. If you are reading this, chances are that you are already on the quest of finding one. Therefore, we will not keep you hooked for long and will quickly plunge into the various embroidery digitizing software programs that are available free of cost.

Apart from the seasoned digitizers and embroiderers, we understand that there will be a good number of newbies looking for a free catch. Short on money and patience, it can be an exasperating search for the beginners. Truth be told, honestly, there is no professional digitizing software that is available for free with unlimited capabilities. I know that’s frustrating to know but it’s not the end of the world.

Without paying anything, there are still a good number of options that you can choose from. Some software programs do come for free but they have limited capabilities. Mostly, they can only perform basic digitizing commands. To perform complex commands, a professional digitizing software like the ones from Wilcom, Pulse or Melco are required.

Such professional digitizing software programs are of course expensive, with prices ranging in thousands of dollars. What to do then? We will come to this question at the end but for now, let us get into the free embroidery digitizing software options that are available. After all, it is better to benefit from what is at hand than to fret over a far cry. Moreover, some of the below-mentioned options are adequate to digitize simple embroidery designs.


Embird is a well-known name in the context of embroidery space. Not only their products are comparatively inexpensive, they are also super easy to use. Embird’s embroidery digitizing programs are modular in nature. This basically means that each mode or feature requires a separate login which can be attained by purchasing the very module. Some of the modules include Digitizing Tools, Sfumato Stitch, Cross Stitch, Font Engine and Pre-digitized Alphabets.

If you don’t want to purchase a module, the software does have a free alternative. It will let you use the mode but only in demo mode. Demo mode, as you would assume, comes with its limitations but is still pretty handy in digitizing day to day designs. Moreover, the demo mode is only available for two months after which an upgrade is required if you wish to continue using it.

On the upside, there is no difference if you are paying anything or not. It is the same software with a limited access if you are getting it for free. Embird software can be downloaded for free here.

Hatch by Wilcom:

Hatch is a great digitizing program to get started. Not only useful for manual digitizing, Hatch is equipped with tools to execute tasks like auto digitizing, lettering, monogramming and applique to produce fascinating embroidery designs. To get familiar with interface and features, hatch offers a free 30-day trial.

There is nothing to get disappointed about it. Hatch is a great tool and its 30-day free trial is still pretty good for the volumes of value it is supposed to impart. Like Embird, Hatch is also module oriented with a slight difference. The difference is that modules here are broader, rather than their precise single feature scope in the case of Embird.

Moreover, unlike Embird, the 30-day trial is not limited. For thirty days, Hatch allows you unlimited access to the software. You can use it like a customer without paying a penny. The software can be downloaded for a free trial. You even don’t have to to get registered to enjoy the free trial as it starts to download with a mere click.

SophieSew Free Embroidery Digitizing Software:

If there is any software on the list, that lives up to our “freebie” expectations, it’s this. The software is free for everybody and there is no upgrade for paying customers. To edit and digitize embroidery designs, Sophiesew is a great solution for all the newbies, who can get started without paying anything.

The best thing is that this free access is not time or feature limited. Although there is no cost to it, it is still a great software program with a decent set of tools and resources. The problem with free stuff is that it is too often, too bad. Bad to an extent which bars it from any real application, especially if you aim to make a buck with the digitized embroidery designs. That is, thankfully, not the case here.

Apart from the free embroidery digitizing software, SophieSew’s website is adept with other embroidery resources, including free designs and tutorials. The limitation here is that the program is only suitable for small-scale home-based businesses. It is not to imply that the features and functions of SophieSew are not up to the mark. They are good enough to perform the tasks they are meant to perform. For commercial scale digitizing needs, more sophisticated computer programs are required.

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Professional Embroidery Digitized Files On a Limited Budget?

So, if you are short on budget or want to try few digitizing programs before actually buying, these freebies are adequate to get you started. As you can see and, as we have mentioned before, these Freemiums are good to get you going but they won’t take you far away.

The scope of these Freemiums is pretty limited. They are unable to cope with advanced embroidery digitized designs. Consequently, they can’t be looked up as comprehensive solutions to your digitizing needs.

The question is what to do then if you are still short on budget but still need professional quality embroidery digitized files? Obviously, you can’t buy professional software as they are quite expensive. The above options are already out of question. The best solution in such a situation is to outsource to an embroidery digitizing service.

We, at Absolute Digitizing, provide high-quality digitized files for the cheapest rates. For only $1/1000 stitches, we render professional embroidery digitized files with quickest delivery times. We use high-end professional software programs to ensure great quality. Digitized files are prepared by our professionally trained and experienced digitizers who pay close attention on complex design details to deliver finest results.

There is a cost to this great quality but look how meager it is. High-end technology, quick turnaround, and experienced digitizers for only a few bucks. Isn’t that something? Don’t miss the chance. It surely is. Get a free quote for digitized embroidery designs and we won’t let you down.