Tired of spending more time searching for the perfect design than actually embroidering? Overwhelmed by the thought of organizing your embroidery files? We’ll show you how!
Little is more frustrating than spending your free time searching for machine embroidery designs that you know you have, but can’t find. Designs are an investment and well worth the initial effort it takes to keep them in one place. Organization is key and it is just a matter of getting started.
Set Up a Storage Area
Create a folder on your computer as the holding pen for your embroidery files. Mine is C:/EMBROIDERY. You can locate and name yours however you like. I chose to host it on the main drive of my computer so that is it easy to find.
Think of this folder as your filing cabinet. Drag embroidery files into their respective folders. Start with general categories within your collection, like Animals and Holidays. You can always change names and locations later as sub-folders become evident.
If you have several cat designs, create a Cat sub-folder under the Animal folder. Do the same with your other folder categories.
You can break things down further by adding individual designers within the Cat subfolder. Just create a folder under each subfolder for each designer with cat designs.
This is Bonnie’s preferred way to organize her files. I organize mine pretty much the same way except that I also like to keep some of my favorite designers, like Sew Inspired by Bonnie, as their own category.
It all depends what makes sense to you. The goal is to organize your embroidery designs in such a way that you know exactly where you can find them (or at least have a pretty good idea). If you want every one of your cat designs in one folder, file them that way. If you are more apt to remember certain designs according to the designer, file them that way.
Just get started. You can always make changes later, but categories will fall into place as you go. Check back for future blogs on cataloging programs, how to find everything, backing up files, and cross-referencing design categories.
How do you organize your embroidery designs?