Beware of Copycats

Isn’t it wonderful when someone comes up a new idea? Except when that idea has already been created! I find it interesting how many Mylar designs have popped up since Purely Gates Embroidery presented Mylar Embroidery® to the National and International scene at the 2008 Houston International Quilt Festival. (My very first mylar design collection for sale was created in 2006.) In fact, some have even gone so far as to copy my description of Mylar Embroidery® from my website word for word. Beware of copycats.

With almost 50 Mylar Embroidery® design collections available to date, Purely Gates Embroidery has the technique perfected.  You will always get a quality, well digitized design that stitches with ease on your machine. My designs are logically digitized with little to no jump stitches with design registration a priority. All of my design collections are created with you, the embroiderer, in mind.

I wouldn’t buy a design that warns of problems. If you read on the web (forums, chats, or blogs) how this technique will dull your needle, then something is wrong either with the digitizing of the design or you are using the wrong mylar. I have never had to babysit a design or have had it dull a needle.  In fact (I shouldn’t even be telling you this), I can’t remember the last time I changed my needle.  You can see my designs stitched out in the quilts on my gallery pages. No thread shedding, no thread popping, not one problem.  My embroidery machine is 5 years old and has over 29 million stitches on it.

Another warning I have read on others’ designs is to reduce the speed of  your machine.  I do not have to reduce the speed of my embroidery machine to stitch my designs.  My embroidery machine stitches up to 1000 stitches per minute and you better believe it is at full speed. Time is a premium these days and I need to utilize it as efficiently as possible.

I get many requests for different themes and I am trying to fulfill as many as I can.  New designs are released every 2-3 weeks. If you have an idea, please do not hesitate to e-mail me. I have many retailers that trust the quality of my designs enough to sell them in their stores. If you do not have a Purely Gates Embroidery dealer near you, then go to my Orders page and contact one of the fine dealers listed and they will be more than happy to provide shipping. If you have a favorite shop, send them to my website ( to become a dealer. Join my e-mail list and I will notify you each time a new collection is released.

Thank you for your time,



2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Carol Terrell
    Jul 10, 2010 @ 16:35:21

    Just wanted to say you are TOTALLY right about copycats!! I have gotten a few designs from other places and they don’t come close to what you have. I have been embroidering for about 3 years and just discovered Mylar recently and boy am I hooked!!! I have six of your design sets and can’t wait to get more. They are so much better than anything else out there. Some of the others leave big gaps between stitches and too much of the mylar shows through, too many jump stitches and other problems. I guess you get what you pay for!! Thanks for coming up with all these great designs. Carol


  2. Carol Terrell
    Jul 10, 2010 @ 18:02:12

    Hey! It’s me again–I just wondered if you ever thought of some peacock mylar designs–that would be really beautiful!! Thanks again! Carol


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: