Downloading designs

Andi0214March 21, 2005

Is there a difference in the quality of designs from different web sites? I have seen some that are more affordable and some that are pretty pricey. I guess what I'm asking is do you get more for your money if you buy the more expensive designs or are the cheaper ones just as nice? I saw some alphabet designs for about $50 and then saw some for about $10 for a full set. Big difference! Thanks!

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Every designer/digitizer is different & so is the quality of their work. Most offer free samples so you can try their designs before purchasing. I have downloaded a lot of free things that did not stitch out good or did not have a very professional looking quality about them. Therefore I wouldn't purchase from that source. Lots of people play around with the decorative fills rather than the smoother satin stitch fills. I don't care for the little circles, zigzags, waves, scallops & etc. It takes longer to stitch, uses more thread & has a homemade appearance/look to me. You can't tell if you are downloading this or if is used in what you purchase until you sew it out.

Namebrand companies are good & I believe are tested thoroughly before being marketed. Individuals don't have to go through those same channels. Some designs you see CHEAP are brandname work, copied & resold....Cheaper but illegal. If you see a design pkg, of say Pooh, too cheap to sound true, somebody else is profiting off the origional manufactor. Same goes for alphabets. Brother, Pfaff, Singer, Cactus Punch & etc have alphabets that are being copied & resold. Some people may make their own CDs from fonts on their computer too & sell them. I guess that is legal.

    Bookmark   March 21, 2005 at 8:05PM
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Thank you so much for all your information on both of my posts - very helpful!! I really appreciate it.

    Bookmark   March 22, 2005 at 12:11PM
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You can't go wrong with the machine manufacturer and well known sewing sites for free designs. As Joan said, it can be a hit and miss proposition for some free designs from independent designers. You learn by stitching out designs as test runs as to who is and is not a good digitizer or designer.

I would use the designs on your machine for now to learn and practice machine embroidery (there is a lot of material to cover concerning fabric, stabilizers, and needles combinations with what thread to use) and then build to the downloaded and purchased designs.

    Bookmark   March 22, 2005 at 2:20PM
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You can try our free of charge designs at
Dima Shapkov.

Here is a link that might be useful: Machine Embroidery Designs

    Bookmark   April 11, 2005 at 6:50AM
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