Q. Why do I have to create an account on your website?
A. With our login system, you have the ability to keep track of your past orders and download them at your convenience. This helps prevent duplicate orders and if ever you were to have a computer crash and lose your designs, you can retrieve your designs from our website (see "lost designs" for more information below).
Q. I don't want to use PayPal. What other alternative do I have?
A. We use PayPal to process all transactions. You do not have to have a PayPal account. To use your credit card on the website, add your items to your shopping cart, choose the PayPal option. Follow instructions from Paypal and when it asks if you want to join, decline and continue by choosing the "Don't have a PayPal Account?" option. You may now pay using your Credit Card.
Q. Why do I have two orders for the same thing? Was I charged twice?
A. As it states in the instructions during check out, it is very important that you DO NOT click your back button or refresh your pages as this generates a NEW invoice. If paying via PayPal, I have security features installed so that you are not charged twice for the duplicate order, however this DOES generate a new invoice within our system. You can log into your PayPal account to verify that you were not charged twice.
If you have used the Secure Credit Card System YOU WILL BE CHARGED TWICE should you happen to use the back button or refresh the pages! Please contact us immediately if this happens.
If the site is busy, or if you have a large order it can take an few extra seconds to take you to your download page.
Rather than refreshing pages or using the back button, it's always best to just go to your account area and order history to view and download orders or use the link that is provided in your emailed receipt.
Q. WHERE ARE MY DESIGNS???
A. Anytime, you have made a payment through PayPal, your order is made available instantly after your payment completion and you are returned to the site.
Q. Can you convert designs to the format I need? What if the format I need is not offered?
A. We offer designs in the 6 most popular embroidery machine formats: ART • DST • HUS • JEF • PES • VIP. If your format is not listed, then you will need to purchase the format closest to your machine type and use your embroidery software or programs such as BuzzXplore, BuzzTools, Embird, Pulse, etc. Most of these software vendors offer free trials and you will find links to them here.
Q. What software do you use to create your designs in?
A. All designs were created using Artista or PEDesign software. BuzzTools or Bernina Portfolio were used to convert to various formats.
Q. What sizes do your designs come in.
A. All designs are offered for the 4x4 hoop size unless otherwise noted. We also offer most designs in 5x7 and occasionally designs are available for the 6x10 and 7x12 hoop sizes. It is your responsibility to make sure the designs fit in your embroidery hoops. We do not refund for purchasing the wrong size.
Q. How do you get such great stitch outs? My outlines always seem to be off and don't register properly.
A. All of our designs are thoroughly tested to ensure a perfect stitch out before being placed on our site for sale. If you are getting poor stitch outs or the outlines aren't registering properly, this is most likely due to improper stabilization and or hooping. For lace designs, I recommend 2 layers of Villene or other fabric based water soluble stabilizer. I do not recommend using any kind of "plastic" stabilizer at all with our lace designs. Save the plastic WSS for use as a topper on high pile fabrics.
While none of our filled designs are "bullet proof," they may have high stitch counts. For this reason, I recommend a heavy cut-away and either using a spray adhesive such as Sprayway FastTack89 or basting your fabric to the stabilizer. I spray my fabric with adhesive and stick it to the stabilizer and then hoop the whole thing as one piece. This prevents your fabric from "slipping." It was suggested to me by several embroidery shops that if you're going to keep one stabilizer in stock at all times, it should be a premium grade heavy cut-away- I prefer the 3 oz. Premium Grade Cut-Away from American Embroidery Supply. It is strong and stable, yet soft enough to go against a baby's skin. When a fabric is not suitable for using adhesive, I will baste the fabric or use a heavy sticky back.
Q. Do you offer your designs on CD?
A. Yes! However only a limited amount are produced and once they are gone, there will be no more shipped. Please check here to see what is currently available: Bundle Packs
Q. I lost my designs in a computer crash! How can I get them back?
A. That's easy! All you have to do is log into the The Country Needle website click on "My Account" to view all of your orders and download history. In the event your downloads have expired, please use our contact form to let me know and I will be happy to reset your downloads for you. No more lost designs! Please note however, that I will reset your downloads only ONCE. Please BACK UP your designs.
Q. My files were corrupted during download. What do I do now?
A. This could happen for a number of reasons. 99% of the time, it is because of an error in Internet Explorer itself. Please use our contact form to let me know your order number and I will email your order to you. You can also use the Firefox (www.getfirefox.com) browser. I've had customers tell me that all of their download problems were solved when they switched. I've also switched to using Firefox and highly recommend it.
Q. I ordered the wrong file format by mistake. What do I do now?A. It is your responsibility to ensure you purchase the correct embroidery machine format and size. We will no longer replace designs with that of another format.
IF after having completed your purchase, and you think you may have purchased the incorrect set or size, DO NOT download the set. If you need any changes made to your purchase, you need to inform me of your "mistake" BEFORE downloading the incorrect set. Once you have downloaded the set that sale is FINAL. Our system DOES keep track of how many times the product has been downloaded and once the download button has been clicked, there is no turning back regardless of whether or not you saved it to your computer.
Q. I just realized after checking "My Account" information that I ordered a duplicate set.
A. Please email me using our contact form. In the event you do have a duplicate purchase AND both sets were purchased within 30 days of each other, you may choose another set of equal value OR you may have the duplicate item refunded. It is your responsibility to ensure you purchase the correct embroidery machine format and size. We will no longer replace designs with that of another.
IF it has been longer than 30 days, unfortunately refunds cannot be given. However, you will be allowed to choose another set of equal value to replace the duplicate. If you click on "My Account" after logging in, you will be able to view all of your orders. This is a very handy feature to help prevent you from making duplicate purchases.
Q. I don't have an embroidery machine, but I do embroidery by hand. Do you sell just the patterns?
A. At this time we do not sell patterns for hand embroidery.
Q. What is your Refund/Return Policy
A. Due to the nature of our online site, and the products listed (electronic media), we at The Country Needle have a strict NO RETURN- NO REFUND policy for any product. No product shall be able to be returned for a like item, or for a cash refund. If you have a subscription and would like to cancel, you must do so BEFORE the end of your subscription term. AS WITH ALL ELECTRONIC MEDIA- NO REFUNDS ARE GIVEN ON CANCELED SUBSCRIPTIONS.
Q. How do I get inside The Country Needle's Embroidery Barn? - Please NOTE: The Country Needle's Embroidery Barn is closing and we are no longer renewing or offering new subscriptions.
A. First, you must be a paid subscriber. The Country Needle's Embroidery Barn has several subscription plans available and is a great way to get all of our designs for one low price.
If you are a paid subscriber to The Country Needle's Embroidery Barn, then please do the following to log in.
Go here to log into the Embroidery Club, now known as The Country Needle's Embroidery Barn:
and click on the Embroidery Club Login Button at the top left of the page.
You will then need to log in with the User Name and Password that you chose during sign-up.
(Please remember that all User Names and Passwords are case sensitive.)
After logging in you will be taken to your account profile and you will also see a link (example: 3 Month Membership-Special) under "Your Subscriptions . " Click this link to be taken inside the members area.
You will see a page that says What's New This Week & Last Week.
To navigate to the other pages just use the links on the left menu or the category tabs at the top.
Please note that The Country Needle's Embroidery Barn is not the same thing as our main retail website ( www.countryneedle.net ). If you are on the main web site and are adding items to a shopping cart, you are in the wrong place and you will be charged for those items. You must go to the link provided above to login and begin your downloading. There are no shopping carts inside the Embroidery Barn.
Q. Do you refund subscriptions if I cancel?
A. NO. Subscriptions to The Country Needle's Embroidery Barn are RECURRING. If you would like to cancel your subscription, you MUST cancel BEFORE your current subscription ends. You are sent 2 renewal notices- one at 10 days prior and one at 3 days prior to your subscription being renewed as a courtesy to our customers. Due to the electronic nature of the products NO REFUNDS are given on canceled subscriptions, NOR are they given if you missed your renewal notice, forgot, or something came up, didn't check your emails, etc. It is your responsibility to keep track of your renewal dates. To help ensure you receive the automated renewal notices, please add email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org to your list of safe senders.
This is the standard policy for ALL electronic media and there are no exceptions to this policy.
Customer Service is very important at The Country Needle. Please feel free to email any time should you need assistance. Our business hours are Tuesday through Friday 9AM to 4PM Eastern Standard Time. Emails are answered in the order in which they received. Please allow 24-48 hours for a reply.