by asterixsew Moderator 29d ago

Have you set a limit on the amount of money that you spend on a design? Thanks for reading, thinking and hopefully answering


by pennyhal2 26d ago

I had to look "limit" up in the dictionary.

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asterixsew by asterixsew edited 26d ago

OK are you now going to give us a answer

by AuntAnnie 27d ago

Depends on if I have an immediate plan! Not limiting the amount so much if I have an immediate use for a design or set; but if it is something that I want for the sake of collecting, then I place limits on myself.

by pcteddyb 28d ago

I really try to buy when things are on "intro" price or on "sale" - like most I have enough designs for MANY lifetimes!

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asterixsew by asterixsew 28d ago

Again another woman after my own heart

by graceandham 28d ago


asterixsew by asterixsew 28d ago

Ah your keeping quiet. Now I have to guess are you a wild spender or careful with your cash.

graceandham by graceandham 28d ago

I collect freebies manically, which is why I have so many zip files to open on my computer. But, I do splurge one huge splurge each year and get the Anita Goodesign All Access membership, high dollar, but like Ms. Veronica's designs, perfect digitization and lovely art work. I decided it is worth the expense. (Write it off as therapy. Well, instead of therapy.)

by hightechgrammy 28d ago

Great Question, I've always wondered if others buy like I do. I usually go for the freebies - but only from the best designers. I have joined the member services to build up my "library." I love finding the sales for under $2. But... if there is a design I just HAVE to have for a special purpose I will pay up to $10. After that it hits the "kink in my demand curve". and I find something else - or digitize my own. Sounds like others do the same. Generally I spend about $15 a month on designs and about $100 a month on fabrics, stabilizers and supplies - maybe more!

hightechgrammy by hightechgrammy edited 28d ago

There is a sign at my favorite fabric store that says, "My husband says I can buy all the fabric I can hide." I buy way too much there. About 5 times a year she offers a Bag day. If you have purchased one of her kit bags you can get 25% off of everything. My sweet husband is retiring next year so he told me to buy lots of fabric for my stash this year, because I won't be able to buy much after that.

hightechgrammy by hightechgrammy 28d ago

Sales like that on nice quilt fabrics are rare here in Colorado. Good cotton quilt fabric is about $15 a yard now! How about other places? Do others collect fabrics for their home stash?

asterixsew by asterixsew 28d ago

I collect way too much fabric. Doesn't help that I only live 2-3 minutes walk from the fabric shop. The shop has a huge amount of curtain fabric and less cotton fabric but the shop often gets interesting ends of rolls in of exotic/expensive fabric at inexpensive prices. Lockdown has meant that I have been able to shop from my stash. I have always said that buying fabric is an investment

graceandham by graceandham 28d ago

$12 to $14 in Alabama and our home taxes are cheaper, too. Also, pensions are not taxed. Anybody need a realtor?

by dragonflyer 28d ago

I have not really set a depends on the designer and how much I like their designs...I have wanted to get some that I truly loved, but I knew the digitizer didn't really path the designs as I like them to I will pass unless I love it so much, it is worth the time for me to re-digitize (which I have done a LOT of especially when I bought not knowing that much about the digitizer..) I try to always wait until the site or design is on sale...I can usually wait...rarely do I ever pay "full" price for a design....

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asterixsew by asterixsew 28d ago

I too wait (or try) for sales and intros and keep to a few sites otherwise it would be possible to go far too wild

by airyfairy 28d ago

I have to admit Caroline that I do watch what I spend. When I was working I did not worry but now retired for several years I do watch the pennies or rather SA Rands.

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asterixsew by asterixsew 28d ago

I go through phases of buying but my closet Cutie friend and I keep a eye on what the £ is to the $. That makes a quite a difference

by gramsbear 28d ago

I sometimes have to set a limit! For a long time I would not buy much, because of tight finances, but a few years ago, after having memberships, I decided I needed to buy some times. I have certain digitizers I love the work of and have ended up purchasing many designs. But I weigh each design I buy according to how much I think I would use it. Then there are a few, that I just HAD to get, and haven't used yet! But I have them if I want to use them. Silly? Huh? Hahaha! Hugs...

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asterixsew by asterixsew 28d ago

I think there are often designs that we have to have - then just have them unstitched. Its great that we all seem to think alike

by crafter2243 Moderator 28d ago

I do not set a limit, but like Karen I like memberships, checking for special sales and the like. I avoid most of the higher priced companies. Actually I should stop buying all together. I have enough. But..........

asterixsew by asterixsew 28d ago

We can never have too many embroidery designs and the plus point is they dont take up much space to keep.

hightechgrammy by hightechgrammy 28d ago

And too.... don't you think designs have changed a lot over the years? The old ones I acquired at first seem out of date. And I find I'm deleting lots and lots of old ones especially from questionable digitizers. It's not worth getting a freebie if it is going to ruin something!

by 02kar Moderator 28d ago

No, I have never set a limit on what I will spend for a design, but I do often wait for good deals when I can. So many are on tight budgets that I appreciate when digitizers offer them an opportunity to increase their stash. I do love to purchase memberships when offered. They are such a great deal.

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asterixsew by asterixsew 28d ago

Sounds like we think alike and thanks for your answer