I have one of those fancy-schmancy sewing machines that can output original embroidery designs. When I first received the machine (oh, about a year ago), Isaac took it upon himself to figure out exactly how I might utilize my new Cadillac considering we're a totally-Mac family and these machines are all designed for PC users. He signed up to write an article on the process for Sew News. All I had to do was design an embroidery and sew up something cute with it -- no problem.
My design is now a free download. Follow the "Sew News Rose" link over in my sidebar and you'll download a zipped folder containing several file types of the same design (.ART, .CSD, .HUS, .PCD, .PCQ, .PCS, .PEC, .PES, .SEW, .SHV, .XXX) If you have a tricky sewing machine too, then one of these should work for you. If you need some other sort of file type to be able to use the design, I apologize, but the above 11 file types are all we can do.
I wish I could say that digitizing embroideries is now second-nature for me, but I have some work to do before I can hatch an idea out in thread lickity-split. I'll have to take some classes or hook up with someone who enjoys moving needle positions around. I've got the flower-doodling part down pat... and plenty of thread.
Check out Isaac's article in the August/September '07 issue of Sew News.
Enjoy! (and send me photos!)