What type of machine do you have? I have a Husqvarna Designer 1 and I have
this same problem with downloaded designs. They look great on computer...
but when I stitch them out. When I asked at dealer... oh... they said they
can't be responsible for free downloaded designs that are not theirs. (sure
they can't, they want to sell me theirs!)
Well it's not really so much whether they will give it out or not, the fact
is they need it to give something away for free. So it's not really free is
it? It costs.
And if someday they go belly-up, the next owner will have all this data they
can do whatever they like with, including selling it. This is done more and
more often. Look how many times we get spammed for posting in various
newsgroups. I won't even use my real email address for anything except a
They can keep their "free" stuff. I will make my own files if need be.
Hi Becky and Atlantis------It is true that many of the free designs around
are not terribly well digitized and fail in the outline. Many times you can
skip the outline and still have a nice design........also.........plenty of
backer, and maybe SIA to stabilize will help.....the fabric "draws" a bit in
doing the fills..........
The designs sold by HV and their dealers have been created for use on
HV machines, and have been tested on those machines. If someone has a
problem with one of those designs, it's a pretty good bet the problem
lies with the user's machine and/or something the user is doing or not
doing. There's no way you can expect a dealer to successfully
troubleshoot problems with downloaded designs, which may have been
Dealers may be able to offer some suggestions when problems develop
with commercially-available designs. I would think that most, if not
all, commercial designs, available over the 'net, or purchased at a
retail outlet, have also been tested on various brands of machine. We
were involved in testing designs for one company on one brand. Each
design was tested by different people using machines in each of the
formats the design was offered.
Try another layer or two of stabilizer and see if that makes a
I have a BAbyLock Esante, and have the same problem with the outlining.
I doubt very much if it is always downloaded designs, because I have
had this happen on disks purchased for this machine. Could it be the
stabilizer? What tips should we be following? I thought I had the
right stabilzer, and plenty of it, but maybe it's not tight enough.
These designs I am currently using are not hooped, only the stabilizer
is. Sometimes I hand baste it , sometimes not. Those of you
suggesting basting, are you thinking the fabric is moving?? I am using
sticky type stabilizer.
Karen in NWPA
I don't presume to know all the ins and outs of this problem but it is
mostly caused by "push and pull" on the fabric due to the density of the
design. If you think about it, the thread has to go somewhere so it pushes
the fabric out at right angles to the stitches and pulls it in inline with
the stitches. The Artista software has built in pull and push compensation
that allows you to control this to some degree. Stabilizing helps but not
"Shut up and keep diggen"
What seems to work for me is that I rarely hoop the fabric, only the
stabilizer, and use temporary adhesive to hold the fabric in place.
That way I get less stretch in the fabric.
Another thing that works really well for me is to use basting
stitches. Embird can do them very easily, or if you really want to get
close to the outline, draw a line around the design with your
digitizing software. Just make sure that you make the stitch length
long enough so you can take it out easily after your design is
Hope this helps.
On Fri, 31 Oct 2003 06:30:10 -0400 (EDT), email@example.com
I have also been hooping only the stabilizer, and not the fabric. I
think this basting idea might be of great help. I have used the sticky
stabilizer, as well as non sticky with the spray adhesive. I think
hooping the non sticky gives a much tighter surface, and am wondering if
that is a better choice. It is disappointing to have the final
stitching be off when it comes to the outline. And in some cases it is
more than disapoining, it simply ruins what you are doing. I can do
many designs with no problem, and then all of a sudden, there it is
again. So, I am sure it is something I am doing wrong. Does anyone
out there think that the tighter surface is the way to go, and the best
choice of stabilizer?
If you are going to use a sticky stabilizer iorn spray adhesive
only a lirttle bit of water onlyIt cleans up w waterIt is easily repositonable and the non woven stabilizers that we use areall "wet laid" non wovens
dense - soft and non directional
This should eliminate a basting stitch , peel andsstick stabilixers and
No residue left on needles or hoops
If you e-mail your address privately - off list we will send samples for
your own tests
John Solomon Inc / QST Industries
Most outline problems are from fabric pulling. The more stitches the more
the fabric is pulled from the edges.... try this:
1) Use spray on starch
2) Dry it with hot iron
3) Do above again
4) Use 505 temporary glue the wrong side of the fabric, be generous with it!
5) Use a GOOD strong stabilzer and put on the glued side of the fabric, push
the two layers together with your palm, all over, on a hard srtface.
You should have a piece of fabric that is stiff like paper! If the outline
still doesn't line up, I think you will have to blame the machine.
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Thanks to you all.
I tried without hooping the fabric, just put a biadhesive on the hooped
stabilizer and fabric fixed over it. For now it seems working well but I
think it depends also on the type of fabric