You might wonder why machine embroidery designs are available for purchase online. The answer is simple – machine embroidery is popular! Millions of people are stitching today, and many are purchasing machine embroidery patterns to use with their machines.
In addition, there are a lot more people creating embroidery designs. Twenty years ago, machine embroidery designs were digitized only by machine embroidery studios, and sold to stores which in turn sold them to machine embroiderers.
And, they were sold primarily on CDs. In fact, you may have seen some in your local fabric store. I’ve noticed that they tend to be on clearance, because – why would you want a whole CD full of designs when you have a specific project in mind and can easily buy one at a time? Plus – whose computer still has a CD drive anyway?
On the flip side – CDs are still a great source for machine embroidery design and you may be able to get them for next to nothing. You will just need to get an external CD drive (if your computer does not have one) to be able to read the files off the CD and transfer them onto a flash drive to get them over to your embroidery machine.
Another factor is that digitizing software has gotten cheaper, and more accessible. This has made the process of digitizing machine embroidery designs available to almost anybody who is willing to take the time to learn.
Finally, distribution has gotten much much easier. If you want to start selling embroidery designs, you can simply set up an Etsy store and start selling them. You don’t even need to have your own website.
Now that there are so many digitizers offering machine embroidery designs, it can become difficult to decide which ones to explore.
On the other hand, CDs are still a great source of machine-embroidered patterns, and you can get them almost for free. All you need is an external CD drive (if your computer doesn’t have one) to be able to read files from CDs and transfer them to a flash drive for transfer to your embroidery machine.
Another factor is that digital software has become cheaper and more accessible. This makes the process of digitizing machine embroidery design accessible to just about anyone willing to take the time to learn.
After all, selling just got easier. If you want to start selling embroidery designs, all you need to do is open an Etsy store and start selling. You don’t even have to have your own website.
With so many digitizers offering machine embroidery designs, it can be difficult to decide which one to try.
Before you spend money on machine embroidery designs, I definitely recommend downloading some freebies to see how they are embroidered and if you like the style. This is especially true when it comes to rim design. Some sites explain how to stitch designs better than others. So you probably don’t want to spend money on a design that doesn’t follow the instructions.
I’ll also make sure the site offers the option to log back in and download your designs in case you lose them later. This is a fairly standard feature for most of the sites listed below.
Make sure the website provides an embroidery file format that your embroidery machine can read (so you can avoid converting to another format) and a size suitable for your embroidery hoop. You may be disappointed to find that many really cool inner hoop designs require fairly large hoops.
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