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Machine Embroidery Designs Are Beautiful & Practical

Updated on March 20, 2011

Attractive & Impressive Machine Embroidery Designs

Machine embroidery designs offer everyone and anyone an entirely new way to decorate our fabrics! Embroidery is the art of decorating any type of sewable material, most often fabric, with designs utilizing various ornamental stitches. Machine embroidery designs are applied to add monograms and logos to team apparel, business shirts or jackets, and gifts, as well as to decorate draperies, decorator fabrics and household linens that harken back to the elaborate hand embroidery of our grandparents.

Machine embroidery designs is a term that can be used to describe two significantly differing activities: The first activity is utilizing a sewing machine to "manually" create (either with built-in stitches or freehand) a design on a particular length of fabric or other similar item, and the other is to use a computer to automatically sew the fabric with the desired design.

Machine embroidery designs can be extremely complex and artistic
Machine embroidery designs can be extremely complex and artistic

Digitization Is The Key To Machine Embroidery Designs

Machine embroidery designs are created through the computer aided method of digitization: the process of turning artwork into a format that the embroidery machine can read. By using state of the art software that works on virtually any personal computer, any image of your choice can be digitized into stitches. Machine embroidery designs come in a variety of specialized formats which are indicated by their three letter file name extension. Most machine embroidery designs are in .csd, .dst, .hus, .jef, .pcs, .pes, .shv, .sew, and .vip formats. The most commonly used design format is .pes, but you should not be overly surprised to find some of the other formats widespread as well.

Specialized computer software for machine embroidery designs is available for customizing, sizing, digitizing, editing, and colorizing your machine embroidery designs. The completed machine embroidery designs are then transferred to a specialized embroidery machine via a computer disk, a PC memory card, a card reader box, or by a direct connection cable.

Machine embroidery designs can be elaborate alphabets for monogram applications
Machine embroidery designs can be elaborate alphabets for monogram applications

Machine Embroidery Designs Are As Varied As Your Imagination

The scope of designs for machine embroidery is vast: There are a wide variety of sewing machine embroidery designs for all sorts of specialized machine embroidery design machines and every different style you can imagine. You can choose from bernina machine embroidery designs; janome machine embroidery designs; pes machine embroidery designs; redwork machine embroidery designs; and disney machine embroidery designs. You can even work with lace machine embroidery designs, alphabet machine embroidery designs and create your very own personalized machine embroidery monogram designs.

Of course in order to embroider, no one really needs anything other than just a needle and some embroidery thread, but embroidery software has opened up a whole new world of productivity and aesthetics in embroidering.

Machine embroidery designs can be executed on large scale industrial machines
Machine embroidery designs can be executed on large scale industrial machines

Machine Embroidery Designs Can Incorporate Dazzling Variety

Other forms of embroidery may also use other materials such as metal strips, beads, quills, pearls, and sequins, however you should note that these are more difficult to obtain via machine embroidery designs for the personal computer as it is a process which is primarily designed for the application of conventional stitches on fabrics. Embroidery is a fantastic hobby to adopt as there are innumerable items that you can embroider on: For example jeans and other forms of clothing, place mats, towels, baby supplies, and pillow cases. Try it today!

Setting Up Machine Embroidery Design


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    • topclip001 profile image


      7 years ago

      I want to try this one.

      machine embroidery designs

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      8 years ago

      I love machine embroidery. I use a Bernina 180E. Yes, it is an older model, but it does everything I ask of it, including sewing as a regular sewing machine. Some embroidery machines will not do that.

    • Gypsy Willow profile image

      Gypsy Willow 

      9 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Too complicated for me, my sewing machine is 100 yrs old and I understand it perfectly. Is there anything you are not an expert on,Hal?


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