Re: About to toss this machine out the window!
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Roberta----Yes, A Hall of Fame/Shame would be a good idea, but it is always prudent to do a test stitchout, especially on any new design you acquire. Most, if not all, online sellers do not offer money back if not satisfied----I totally "get" that from a seller point of view due to the potential for abuse there. I generally stick to the larger, more prominent online purveyors of designs and I assume that any machine-affiliated design cards or downloads would meet strict quality control. I simply do not have the time or patience to learn digitizing at this stage of my life. The vast array of pre-digitized designs is quite adequate for my needs and software offers a lot of editing options. And some of the fancier machines even have a function where the operator only needs to scan a certain type of image and the machine will digitize that image into an embroidery file. ( I don't know if it is really just that simple, but I have heard of this function from several sources...) So, even without possessing digitizing skills, we embroiderers have a huge amount of designs to choose from. We need to be proactive by testing first. I save my test pieces for possible future use, or if they turn out fine, I often incorporate them into some other project. It may seem like overkill, but at least you don't end up wasting a good garment or tablecloth, etc by not testing first.
Kathy Strabel Camas WA
Have a good one!