This page is mostly for my mom. Last Fall she purchased a Viking Diamond Deluxe. Sources for embroidery designs (for free and purchase):

Embroidery blogs:
Quilt Patterns with Coordinating Embroidery Designs
  • Lunch Box Quilts - * so many great patterns, so little time, where's that winning lottery ticket?
Sewing blogs:
6D Embroidery - not all are tutorials, but project inspiration

If you obtain freebies from any of these sites the files are likely to be zipped (compressed) so they are quicker to deliver and download and take less bandwidth to download. It saves on storage space too, but you have to unzip them to use them. They will have a filename that ends with .zip. On Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 (maybe Vista, I cannot remember back that far) a means of unzipping (extracting) files is built into the OS. That was not true for Windows XP, but since XP has reached its end of life, that should not be a problem for anyone. I am sorry, but I do not know about extracting files on the Mac OS.

I occasionally still come across vendors that distribute files with a filename that ends with .exe. Back when people had to install software to extract files this was a way for vendors to distribute files in a compressed format so people did not need special software to use the files within. Often Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 computers will warn you of these files (because software - good and bad - often is also distributed as .exe files, but typically they are OK to use. Scan them with an anti-virus product and only download from reputable sources, for example stores that also sell designs.

Ø - none or not regularly
S - samples; not sure if or how often they change
B/M - bi-monthly
M - monthly
W - weekly
D - daily
* - I need to go back


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