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Date: 6/1/12 12:44 PM

So I am totally enthralled at emblibrary.com and all the designs they have. I've already purchased a few with some projects in mind, but I wanted to ask about what size I should be downloading.

I have a Babylock Esante and my largest hoop size is 6 x 10, so I've been looking at designs that will fit this. I am purchasing EmbroideryWorks Everyday by Desinger's Gallery, so will I be able to reduce these designs to fit a smaller hoop if I want to? There are some designs that I would like to purchase to put on some towels, but also reduce them to put on children's clothes. Will this be possible? I just don't want to order too large a size and not be able to reduce it to the size I need, and vice versa.

I have a feeling there are numerous factors involved, but I just wanted a general understanding of how this works. Most of the chidren's/nursery designs I'm looking at say they will fit a 5 x 8 hoop and then there are those that fit a 4 x 4, so I'm hoping I can just purchase the 5 x 8 and be able to reduce the size if I want to.

As a side note, that site is dangerous.....spent about an hour dropping designs in my wishlist and the project ideas keep building in my head!

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Date: 6/1/12 3:49 PM

HI, Some designs can be sized down and others can't. I bought some designs of a "grandmother" playing basketball. The designs were 5 by 7 and I wanted to shrink them down before embroidering them on a few towels for my sister. I could shrink them down to 4 by 4, but the details, for example, the fill stitches for the basketball were left out when the design stitched out in the smaller size. Harriet

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Date: 6/1/12 5:50 PM

According to BL's website you will be able to reduce designs 50%.



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Date: 6/2/12 10:53 AM

'Just a warning...Sales come along often, so don't feel like you have to purchase everything you want now. Put things in your "wish basket" and stay on their email list. For now, buy only what you really think you want to use in the next few weeks, with a project in mind. Often they will email you and tell you of a great sale.

When I first bought my BL Ellisimo, I went overboard purchasing designs and was overwhelmed trying to decide what size to purchase. I was frustrated that their site only sold in specific sizes where a lot of sites give you 2-4 sizes when you purchase the design. I've done a little re-sizing, but prefer purchasing the size I want so it will be more predictable. The more you increase or decrease a size, the chances are you'll have density issues... unless Embroidery Everyday automatically takes care of that.

Over the past months, I've developed a list of favorite sites I regularly check for sales and are on several email lists. This is a very fun and addictive hobby! Congratulations on your new machine.
I've learned a lot from members on this forum as well as other forums, so ask questions and don't be timid to jump in a start using your machine! Jeanie

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Date: 6/2/12 10:55 AM

addendum: I just checked my email box and there is a 50% off sale for everything in my Emb. library wish list for this weekend only ... so that's the advantage of being on their email list!

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Date: 6/2/12 7:31 PM

Thanks, Jeanie! Fortunately, I signed up with Embroidery Library before Memorial Day and I got the email about their sale (5 patterns for $5, 50% packs, etc). So I was able to take advantage of that sale, but I found myself going crazy and caught myself and scaled back....hoping they would have another sale. Lo and behold, I got the email about 50% off items in your wishlist, so I'll be ordering again!

Now I just need to either get Embrilliance Thumbnailer to keep all these organized.

As for reducing and enlargening, I did confirm that EmbroideryWorks automatically adjusts for the density and what not, so I should be good there.

Thanks!

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Date: 6/3/12 0:19 AM

Have a blast!

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Date: 6/3/12 12:59 PM

They have regular and frequent ads that the mail out to your email addy.

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Date: 6/3/12 3:27 PM

Just because your software will resize a design by a large amount (ie reduce 50% or increase 200 % etc) and adjust stitches doesn't mean you'll be pleased with the stitch out. Some designs will resize well but many won't so I wouldn't count on always being able to resize a design. Especially with embroidery library designs as they are layered meaning different parts are digitized at different densities. Embroidery software seems to getting better at working with stitch files made in other programs but there's still limits to what they can handle. I've found that I'm usually better off waiting for a sale and buying each size separately.
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Date: 6/4/12 12:31 PM

You've found Embroidery Library there's no going back now. As far as I'm concerned and I believe alot would agree with me they are the best embroidery online. Also don't miss their sister site Urban Threads. EL just ties everything about embroidery up on a single site. Everything you need to know. As far as size goes. It would really depend on the project. I don't buy as many designs these days. But when I brought just to buy I always brought the biggest my machine could handle and that's 5 x 7.

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