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Today’s topic: Embroidery Designs: What and Where
If you already own an embroidery machine, then you know that there are designs and lettering built into your machine. Below are some examples from the Babylock Ellure.
It will show the time it takes to stitch out, what color threads it recommends and the size of the design (in cm).
Every machine has built-in designs and lettering. You can see what is available by looking online at the manual for a particular machine.
Personally, I don’t think built-in designs are a deal-maker or a deal-breaker because there are enough designs out there to keep you embroidering for a lifetime.
Here are some great places to look for designs:
When I need a single design for a project such as a lettering set, dinosaur, or a cupcake, I check Etsy.
If you are doing something seasonal or specific (like a college team), this is a great place to check.
You will need to specify your machine’s format, and the seller will send it to your email in a zip file.
Remember, you will need a way to save and open the design on your computer (software) and then transfer it to your embroidery machine.
Another great place to get lettering alphabets and a variety of designs is Swak Embroidery. Most of the designs you see here are cute or whimsical. Below is a Font snip.
It is also where I found this great owl applique for an owl-themed baby gift. I used a lettering font from my software.
I also took the design and created my own applique. Lots of options.
If you want to crank it up a few notches, then purchased design sets are the way to go. These design sets come on a CD and are usually purchased through a dealer for $40-$100.
Before you choke on that price, I want to say that I own a few of these design sets and the digitizing is perfect.
If you want to create something that is exquisite or heirloom quality, then spending the money on these designs could be worth it.