Everyone loves free! And why wouldn’t you? From free samples to free parking and finally, an embroiderer’s favorite three words… Free embroidery designs!

EL Free Embroidery Designs

On this page, you’ll learn how to download 17 machine embroidery designs 100% free! Be sure to check back frequently as well because this is where we’ll continue to update our newest free Embroidery Legacy designs.

Get Started with 5 of Our Most Popular Free Embroidery Designs

Like most companies who are proud of their products, we want the world to know the quality of designs we produce! After all, our family has been in the embroidery industry since the 1950s, and our CEO John Deer is the world’s most awarded embroidery digitizer.

For that reason, we’ve put together a small collection of 5 of our fan-favorite designs in our Free Embroidery Legacy Design Kit so that you can see and sew the quality of designs we offer. Now keep in mind these are just 5 out of close to 30,000 machine embroidery designs on our site; we have something for every embroidery project!

Our Free Embroidery Legacy Design Kit Includes:

  • A cute tiger applique design
  • A beautifully detailed hummingbird design
  • A stunning anchor design
  • An in-the-hoop sunflower design
  • An authentic 1950s vintage freestanding lace design from John’s grandparent’s embroidery factory
Free Embroidery Legacy Design Kit
Free Embroidery Legacy Design Kit

Our List of 9 Always Changing Free Embroidery Designs:

Having so many embroidery designs on our site and constantly coming out with new weekly releases, it should come as no surprise that we’re always posting new free designs! At least once a month we release a free design and upload it here for our amazing customers (or amazing potential customers) like you!

Please note: As the free designs shown on this page are constantly updated, it is no longer free once a design is no longer listed here. We cannot back-track free designs.

To ensure you don’t miss a beat, if you haven’t already, click here to subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date with all our new releases, free designs & education, amazing products, and more! Or follow our Facebook page for new updates!

Warning! Always Be Careful Where you Download Free Embroidery Designs From

Don’t Download Random Embroidery Designs from Disreputable Companies or Digitizers

Now I know this should go without saying, but you have to be careful with what you download online. Always make sure whatever company or digitizer you’re dealing with has a solid reputation.

Whether it’s checking to see if they have a following on their social media accounts, asking if others have heard about that company, or just seeing how “new” that company is, be careful with what you put into your computer. The last thing any of us need is a virus!

Download embroidery designs from reputable sources

Poorly Digitized Designs Can Damage Your Machine & Ruin Your Garments

Generally speaking, with some exceptions, the old adage “you get what you pay for” still rings true. In most cases, it certainly does in the embroidery world, at least.

Now, if you’re unfamiliar with embroidery digitizing, it is the process of creating embroidery designs with embroidery digitizing software (in the very simplest of terms). The problem is that many theories and rules apply when using software to create these designs, and if the digitizer doesn’t know what they’re doing, their designs can really mess things up.

In fact, 90% of the time, when an embroiderer experiences an issue on their machine (even something as simple as a thread break), it’s because the design they’re using was not digitized properly!

If the digitizer places stitch penetrations too close together, you can have embroidery thread breaks, birds nests, and even break needles! If the registration is off or the wrong density was used, you can tear holes in the item you’re trying to embroider on. This can be VERY costly, especially if you’re stitching on nicer items. Worse case, your needle could hit the frame and break the reciprocator on your machine, requiring you to bring your machine in or call a technician.

Always Run a Test Sample First

That said, if you’re planning on using a free embroidery design you found online or are trying a new company/digitizer for the first time, I would suggest that you try running a sample on a piece of scrap fabric and watching the design sew out before you try stitching it on anything nice.

Here at the Embroidery Legacy, we Guarantee Quality Digitizing

Thankfully, this is where our embroidery designs stand out!

Now, if you don’t know much about our CEO John Deer, he has personally won 30 commercial awards for digitizing. He has also run one of the world’s largest commercial digitizing houses (where we did work for dozens of fortune 500 companies like Disney, Coca-Cola, the NBA, and, ironically enough, John Deere). Because of this, we guarantee that EVERY design on our website was digitized to run smoothly on your machine from start to finish.

If you want to learn more about us, this video dives into our family’s 60+ years in the embroidery industry:

Free Embroidery Designs from our Last Live Stream:

At least once every couple of weeks, John hosts a Facebook and YouTube live stream where he answers questions, showcases new designs/products, and often digitizes live (who wouldn’t want to watch the world’s most awarded digitizer create designs?). We also usually give away a free design(s) and run fun contests where you can win one of the new design packs or products we reveal!

Here’s a link to download the last embroidery design John digitized live for free:

Free Embroidery Legacy Design Kit

Here’s a link to the replay of our last live stream if you’d like to watch it as well:

Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube Channel to stay up to date with all our future live streams!

Other Places to Get Free Embroidery Designs

Join Our Facebook Group for Occasional Free Embroidery Designs

Embroidery Facebook groups (and not just our Facebook groups) are awesome resources to ask questions, share your projects, find inspiration, and join a community of like minded embroiderers who share your passion.

Our Facebook group has over 25,000 members, and we’re contently sharing tips & tricks, answering members’ questions, and occasionally posting free designs for our amazing members!

If you haven’t already, click here to join our Facebook group now to download the beautiful design shown below in the “Files” section.

Free Embroidery Legacy Design Kit

Bonus! Get 238 Free Embroidery Designs in the 30-Day Trial of Hatch Embroidery Software

Now here is where things get fun! If you’d like a TON of free machine embroidery designs, including a handful created by yours truly (The Deer’s Embroidery Legacy), you’ll get access to 238 of them when you download a free trial of Hatch embroidery software through us as an official Hatch reseller (no credit card required). They’ll be available in the “Manage Designs” tool as soon as you open the software trial for the first time!

Free Embroidery Legacy Design Kit
Free Embroidery Legacy Design Kit

Be sure to download your Hatch trial through us (Embroidery Legacy), to get exclusive bonuses, including this free fashion tiger design:

Free Hatch Trial Bonus Designs

Now, if you haven’t heard of Hatch embroidery software, in our opinion, it’s the best embroidery software on the market. Why? Because it’s incredibly user-friendly and produces great results! I won’t go on too much detail about it here, but if you want to learn more about Hatch, check out our “What is the best embroidery software?” article by clicking here.

The wonderful thing about this free trial is that it lets you save & sew out whatever you create! With the free 30-day trial, you’ll have unlimited access to:

  • Create your own designs
  • Edit designs
  • Use auto-digitizing tools
  • Add lettering to your designs (and access 101 ESA fonts!)
  • Sew much more

That means that alongside getting 238 free designs, you’ll also get access to 101 fonts AND be able to try creating your own for a full 30 days… Oh yeah, and add our exclusive bonuses for downloading your trial through us! Pretty sweet deal, right? Click here to download your free Hatch trial through us now.

The Next Best Thing to Free Embroidery Designs is Incredible Savings!

Sometimes you have a special embroidery project in mind that requires you to purchase an embroidery design, and that’s not a bad thing! It takes time and training to create quality embroidery designs properly, and real digitizers deserve to be compensated for their work.

That said, saving on designs isn’t a bad thing either! Here at Embroidery Legacy, we have one of the best, if not the best, deals on quality embroidery designs you’ll find anywhere online! With our Embroidery Legacy Design Club, you can save up to 90% on our entire database of close to 30,000 designs, embroidery fonts, new weekly releases, and easy-to-follow video tutorials. Click here to learn more about our Embroidery Legacy Design Club now. 

Embroidery Legacy Design club image
Embroidery Legacy Design club image

Conclusion: Take Advantage of All Our Free Embroidery Designs

Now that you know a little more about us here at The Deer’s Embroidery Legacy and our family’s deep-rooted history in the embroidery industry (starting in the 1950s), I hope you’re excited to try the quality of embroidery designs that we offer! Being created by John Deer, the world’s most awarded digitizer, we guarantee that all our designs were digitized properly to stitch smoothly on your machine and give you the best results possible.

When downloading free designs online, always use reputable companies or digitizers. As I pointed out, 90% of the time, when there’s an issue with your embroidery machine, it’s because the design was not created (or digitized) properly to begin with. Think of it this way: you’ll get garbage results out if you put garbage into your machine (a poorly digitized design). So be careful of where you download free designs online! They might do your computer, machine, or projects more harm than good.

Regarding downloading your free designs from us, I would highly suggest that you start with our Free Embroidery Legacy Design Kit and then explore/download the other free embroidery designs I’ve listed on this page above. Be sure to subscribe to our newsletter, follow us on Facebook, and subscribe to our YouTube Channel as well, as we’re constantly releasing and giving away new free designs!

If you’re looking for something in particular, explore our giant database of close to 30,000 machine embroidery designs or score one of the best deals available & save A TON on designs by joining our Embroidery Legacy Design Club for the next best thing besides free.

Enjoy the free designs listed above, and happy stitching!