The thing about fonts is, they have personalities. They also have different levels of readability at different sizes. In order for the words on these planned garments to communicate properly, I must chose fonts that speak the proper language. I doubt that it will be one font fits all. Nor will the choices be as broad as I have been used to in graphic design and book arts.
The software I am using has a reasonable group of fonts, but too many of them are either too cute or designed for monograms. Lettering in embroidery is so different from other design mediums. Most embroidery letters are available as alphabets, which means each letter is an individual design that must slowly be imported to the design screen and positioned manually. TruEmbroidery at least has fonts, so I can type sentences. I have not figured out if these fonts have adjustable letter and lie spacing.
One of my options is to build my text in Adobe Photoshop and export it as a jpg to the digitizing software and work with it there. I had expected that the software would require Adobe Illustrator files, as most digitizing is vector based. But the software will not recognize Illustrator files. So, one less thing to learn, I guess. I have never mastered Illustrator, despite many online classes and books. It somehow eludes me.
So, on a preliminary basis, I am looking at Gaudy, Placid and Adina Script. The script needs more work. At this stitch density is is kind of flabby looking. I am leaning toward the Gaudy. I've always liked Gaudy, and it hold up to re-sizing pretty well. I wish Clarence worked better. I like the serifs. But it, like Adina Script, is pretty flabby.
Given what I have so far...
Do you have any preferences?
WEARING MY AGE
I have received a grant from the Jerome Foundation to work on a project that I have called "Wearing My Age."