To download SewArt, or to make an online purchase, please go to our Download/Purchase webpage.
SewArt is software for converting clipart or other forms of raster and
vector images into an embroidery file. Image processing tools and a step-by-step wizard are provided to produce
an image suitable for yielding a high-quality embroidery stitch-out. You may download the current user manual for more details about the many features available in SewArt.
Features of SewArt (an auto-digitizer for embroidery files)
- Reads raster or vector format images (supported input formats include *.bmp, *.png, *.jpg, *.gif, *.svg, *.wmf,
- Allows images in other (unsupported) file formats to be pasted into
the SewArt workspace
- Converts images to high-quality embroidery files
- Supports output embroidery file formats including Brother (c) *.pes, Tajima
(c) *.dst, Janome (c) *.jef, Melco (c) *.exp, Viking(c) *.hus New Pfaff (c) *.vip, Viking SE (c) *.vp3, and Singer (c) *.xxx
(these may be converted by SewWhat-Pro, or other embroidery editors, to a much larger variety of embroidery file formats compatible
with most home and commercial machines)
- Contains image-processing tools for converting
images into color-reduced, smoothed images suitable for digitizing
- Includes a variety of pattern
fills which can be applied to sew individual regions of the image
- Supports both auto-digitizing
and manual digitizing options to give substantial user control over the digitizing process
International Language Support
SewArt offers support for some languages other than English. To use this language support, download
the appropriate language file(s) from the links below and save it in your S &S Computing/SewArt
folder. In SewArt, click the Options menu item Language Support and choose the language
help that accompanies SewArt contains a mini-tutorial that describes the steps necessary to load input image
files and convert them to embroidery files. After opening SewArt by double-clicking the desktop icon, click
the Help/Help Topics menu item. This will open the Getting Started main help page which presents a
step-by-step tutorial for using the various features of SewArt.
Several image-processing tools are available in SewArt. In many cases, these will be necessary to use
in order to reduce the color content and smooth the image file before it can be sewn. Usually, clipart images are already
smooth enough to be sewn immediately, so these constitute a good set of images for starting to use the digitizing
features of SewArt.
Once a suitable image has been
obtained the auto-digitizing Sewing mode is entered by clicking the Convert toolbar button (the sewing-machine
icon). This presents a stitching toolbar from which choices for pattern fills, stitch angles, etc., can be made. Options for
auto-digitizing the entire image or just a single color, or manually sewing each color in the image, are available on this
Below is a clipart image that was sewn with SewArt using the default pattern fill. The textured fill appears
after the image has been converted (sewn) to stitches. In this case, the conversion process took less than 5 minutes to complete.
More complicated images will take longer and require use of the image conversion tools prior to producing the embroidery file.
Pattern sewn with SewArt from royalty-free ClipArt.
Free Programmable Fill (PAS)
The programmable fills available in SewArt are stored
in PAS file format. They are automatically loaded when the Sewing mode is opened. The PAS Creator application is a free application that allows you to edit existing fills and create new ones.
The figure below shows the workspace for the PAS editor. The outline of a heron has been imported (using the Paste button)
and serves as a template for creating the PAS outline points (the red points added by clicking along the template). The "motif"
view to the right shows how the pattern will appear when it fills a region in SewArt. The PAS file should
be saved to the "Pattern Fills" folder in the SewArt folder to appear in the fill list.
Free PAS Creator workspace