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Thread: embroidery design memberships- worth expense?

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    Super Member Joeysnana's Avatar
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    As a new machine embroiderer, I see many design websites that offer monthly memberships. Is it really necessary to pay for designs, or can I just search online for freebies?

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    There are a ton of freebies on the net. Do a search on this site for ME embroidery you will find a zillion.

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    All designs and digitizing are NOT created equal. I'm not saying memberships are necessarily needed, but many designs out there on net as freebies are done by non-professionals. Some will be fine and some stitch out very poorly with a million jump stitches etc. Any freebie design should be done as a sample before being put on the actual item. Some are to get you to purchase the designer's CD of designs. It all depends really...

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    My favorite place to shop on-line is Embroidery Library www.emblibrary.com. Great stitch outs and some $1.00 & free monthly designs. :-)

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    Look at these,www.LoralieDesigns.com

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    Yes great designs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QazyQltr
    My favorite place to shop on-line is Embroidery Library www.emblibrary.com. Great stitch outs and some $1.00 & free monthly designs. :-)
    That is my favorite also.

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    I downloaded a free program so that I can check out these free designs before stitching them out.

    I open them in this program, click on the stitch out button, and can literally watch it being stitched out.
    If it doesn't look good while stitching out in this program, I don't bother with the design. If it looks okay, I will stitch out a sample for further scrutiny.

    I agree with Candace, many free designs are wonderfully digitized, but some are not.

    Here is the program I use, click on the Ambassador Set Up icon and follow the directions :D:D:D

    http://www.pulsemicro.com/ambassadordownload

    It is also useful to watch these being stitched out, you can see the exact spot colors change. I find it very helpful when picking out my colors :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    I downloaded a free program so that I can check out these free designs before stitching them out.

    I open them in this program, click on the stitch out button, and can literally watch it being stitched out.
    If it doesn't look good while stitching out in this program, I don't bother with the design. If it looks okay, I will stitch out a sample for further scrutiny.

    I agree with Candace, many free designs are wonderfully digitized, but some are not.

    Here is the program I use, click on the Ambassador Set Up icon and follow the directions :D:D:D

    http://www.pulsemicro.com/ambassadordownload

    It is also useful to watch these being stitched out, you can see the exact spot colors change. I find it very helpful when picking out my colors :D
    Thanks, Amma for the website. I downloaded the program and now can identify all the designs in my downloaded folder. Which button is the stitch out button?

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    Nevermind, Amma. I found the button. This program is so cool!

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