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Embroidery FAQ

Whether you are an experienced digitizer or you are just starting your journey into computerized digitizing, the following pages will be a valuable guide for you, as you will be able to apply simple or advanced digitizing techniques, making best use of the features offered in the software you have purchased.
  1. How can a satin line be made narrower?
  2. How can a block's (already designed) color be changed without interfering with the rest of the colors?
  3. How many layers can be stitched on top of one another?
  4. When and why can the thread and the needle of the machine break?
  5. How is density determined?
  6. Is underlay needed in small blocks?
  7. How much overlap should be used for blocks so that they do not leave gaps?
  8. Is it better to overlap blocks or use pull compensation?
  9. How is the number of the stitches in a design reduced?
  10. How can unwanted (small) stitches in a design be deleted?
  11. What are Tie In and Tie Off and how are they used?
  12. What is the maximum height to use in the font creation?
  13. What is the unit of measurement used in the various parameters of the system?
  14. What is the density used for underlay creation?
  15. What does the value of the density show?
  16. What is the step?
  17. What is satin?
  18. When and which kind of underlay should be used?
  19. What is applique and what are its uses?
  20. How can a design with fonts be edited after it has been embroidered?
  21. When is a cut code used vs. a needle change?
  22. Is it possible to edit a design from a machine disk?
  23. How is the color of the background changed?
  24. How a design is made smaller or even magnified?
  25. What is Stitch Processor?
  26. How can a design be saved in machine format?
  27. How can the language in the program be changed?
  28. How can a design be pasted onto another?
  29. What do the Auto Trace parameters regulate?
  30. With Magic Wand, which parameters control the tool sensitivity?
  31. What is a digitizing tablet?
  32. How is Bitmap Step created?
  33. What is needed for a quality PhotoFill design?
  34. In the parameters, what is the minimum stitch limit in the outline?
  35. What is outline shift in Pull Compensation?
  36. What is Pan image?
  37. What are Hold Down stitches in an appliqué design?
  38. In the parameters, what is the Running Stitch Manager?
  39. What is Corner Cut?

 

  1. How can a satin line be made narrower?

    Using pull compensation, a block of stitches can be made more narrow or wider by stretching or shrinking the stitches to a specified percentage and length. To widen the column, enter a positive stretch percentage.
  1. How can a block's (already designed) color be changed without interfering with the rest of the colors?

    First, select the matching color from the colors on the bottom toolbar. Next, select the color and intensity for the block.
  1. How many layers can be stitched on top of one another?

    It is recommended that no more than 3 layers are sewn and to leave holes on large stitched surfaces.
  1. When and why can the thread and the needle of the machine break?

    There are several reasons that may cause the thread or a needle to break on the machine. Too many small stitches (1-2mm) can cause the thread to break. Thread can break if the tension is set too tight on the machine or if the design is very dense. The needle may break on the machine due to thread getting caught on the cone or if the fabric becomes too thick with stitches due to too many layers of embroidery.
  1. How is density determined?

    Density is determined based on the fabric and the design's demands. Generally when using thin and fine fabrics designs should be less dense and our underlay more stable. The density also depends on the weight of the thread used.
  1. Is underlay needed in small blocks?

    Underlay is necessary to stabilize the fabric for the embroidery. For a smaller block, underlay has to be carefully selected so it does not protrude from the block. Determining which kind of underlay to use will depend on the fabric being sewn. For stretchy fabrics such as knits, a stronger underlay like zigzag will work best. For woven fabrics, central or guideline underlay may work. Any combination of underlay can also be used.
  1. How much overlap should be used for blocks so that they do not leave gaps?

    Blocks should overlap approximately 1-3 mm. Registration of blocks can be affected by hooping of the garment, type of backing used, stretching of the thread and the push/pull effect of the fabric. To compensate for this problem, try to hoop the garment tightly enough that it will not move within the frame, use the correct backing for the garment and if necessary, use pull compensation to correct the push/pull effect.
  1. Is it better to overlap blocks or use pull compensation?

    It is best to overlap blocks. We often use pull compensation to eliminate the shrinking of the fabric.
  1. How is the number of the stitches in a design reduced?

    Reducing the stitch count of a design is done by altering the density of the design, reducing the density of the underlay or by changing the length of the fill stitches or underlay stitches.
  1. How can unwanted (small) stitches in a design be deleted?

    Clean up is a tool that eliminates unnecessary small stitches from a design. To access this tool, click the Edit pull-down menu and then select Clean Up. This feature will ask for two values that determine the length of the stitches to be deleted. For example, if a Minimum value of 3 and a Maximum value of 6 are entered, the program will eliminate stitches between 3/10mm and 7/10mmm. In the program's parameters (F9) there is the Clean Up parameter, where we can define the values and automatically clean up the small stitches.
  1. What are Tie In and Tie Off and how are they used?

    Tie In and Tie Off are features that place lock stitches that secure the thread to the fabric. A Tie In places lock stitches at the beginning of a block and a Tie Off places lock stitches at the end of a block. This prevents the thread from pulling out of the fabric.
  1. What is the maximum height to use in the font creation?

    There is not a maximum height restriction as long as we predict the stitch type we intend to use for the creation of the font. For small letters with a column width less than 12 mm, a satin stitch is used. For column widths larger than 12mm, it is necessary to use step satin stitches.
  1. What is the unit of measurement used in the various parameters of the system?

    The values of the system's parameters are given in tenths of millimeters and others in percentages.
  1. What is the density used for underlay creation?

    The density used for the underlay depends on the quality of the fabric and the density of the design. Average values range between 12 to 20. When sewing on a stretchy fabric, it may be necessary to use a more dense underlay.
  1. What does the value of the density show?

    This number indicates the distance between each stitch. For example, a density of 5 means that the program will place a stitch every 0.5mm.
  1. What is the step?

    Step is the length of each stitch within a line of step satin stitches.
  1. What is satin?

    Satin stitches are made up of two needle penetrations and alternate sides to form a column.
  1. When and which kind of underlay should be used?

    Underlay is used in order to stabilize an unstable fabric, so it may be necessary to use underlay when sewing on a stretchy fabric or garment. Zigzag underlay is recommended for use with unstable fabrics, whereas Guideline or Central underlay may be enough underlay.
  1. What is applique and what are its uses?

    Applique refers to the use of any kind of fabric (or other material) that we place on top of the clothing or the base fabric that is stabilized with stitches (usually with satin). Applique is used to reduce the number of stitches in a design by replacing the fill area with fabric. It is also used to create a decorative look rather than normal embroidery.
  1. How can a design with fonts be edited after it has been embroidered?

    When lettering is added to a design, a condensed file is created. To edit the lettering, first access the condensed file. After opening this file, select Edit Outlines and left click the mouse on any of the letters. On the top toolbar, select the Edit Lettering icon and the letters will return to the wire frame in which they were created. At this point, the frame, density, font style stitch type, etc. can be altered.
  1. When is a cut code used vs. a needle change?

    A cut code can be used when moving from one area of a design to another, but it isn't necessary to change colors. A needle change is used when we want to change colors in a design.
  1. Is it possible to edit a design from a machine disk?

    In order to edit a design in a machine format (expanded), it must first be converted to a condensed, using Stitches to Blocks. First select the block(s) of stitches to be converted. Right click the mouse and select Stitches to Blocks. The blocks will be converted and can be edited in Edit Outlines. To edit individual stitches in an expanded design, select Stitch Edit and stitches or functions can be deleted, inserted or moved.
  1. How is the color of the background changed?

    From the Parameters pull down menu or on the vertical toolbar on the left side of the working screen, select Stitch Colors. A window will appear with a color palette. On the right hand side, left click on the icon of a monitor screen. Click the box below this icon and then select the new color and shade in the color selection window.
  1. How is a design made smaller or even magnified?

    From the Modify menu, select Modify Dimensions. In the Dimensions window, on the left hand side, the dimensions appear and can be changed by either a percentage or actual value. The X and Y values can be modified separately or proportionately. To magnify a design, select the zoom tool and draw a box around the area that needs to be magnified. Left click the mouse and the system will zoom in on the area.
  1. What is Stitch Processor?

    The Stitch Processor will automatically change the stitch count of an expanded design when the dimensions are altered. Without the Stitch Processor, the stitch count will not change with the dimensions, which can affect sewing quality.
  1. How can a design be saved in machine format?

    After completing the design, select Write to Machine Disk from the File menu. Select the appropriate format, type a name for the design and click Write.
  1. How can the language in the program be changed?

    From the Parameters menu, select System Parameters. In this window, the language can be changed to any of the selections listed.
  1. How can a design be pasted onto another?

    From the File menu, select Paste Design. Select the design from the appropriate folder and click open. The design will be pasted and can be moved or altered as necessary.
  1. What do the Auto Trace parameters regulate?

    Color tolerance is the parameter that tells the program how to look at the colors in the Auto Trace procedure. When the selection bar is on the left, the program will recognize clear colors. If we drag the pointer towards the right, the program recognizes similar colors as one. This parameter affects the block creation with the Magic Wand.
    Smart Edges Rectangle Size is the second parameter. It regulates the size of the rectangle that is used from the program with the Smart Edges Tool to give the Reference points in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th method.
    Eliminate Outline Points Factor is the parameter that regulates how many Reference points will be placed in the outline of the design with the Magic Wand.
    Bitmap Step Trace Color will allow a choice of a color to ignore during Auto Trace.
  1. With Magic Wand, which parameters control the tool sensitivity?

    With Magic Wand, the 1st and 3rd parameters are used for sensitivity control.
  1. What is a digitizing tablet?

    A digitizing tablet is an external pad that is used to create embroidery designs using a mouse, or a "puck". Images are increased in size and placed on the tablet, where the digitizer traces the image, inputting points and codes.
  1. How is Bitmap Step created?

    In order to use the Bitmap Step we have to have an one-colored design with black outlines. The embroidery is one-colored and the stitches hit the points that meet the black outlines.
  1. What is needed for a quality PhotoFill design?

    To create a quality PhotoFill design, it is necessary to have a clear photograph with high contrast. Using the default parameters in the Block Properties will help achieve proper results.
  1. In the parameters, what is the minimum stitch limit in the outline?

    It is the minimum length of the (last) satin stitch before it turns to step.
  1. What is outline shift in Pull Compensation?

    It widens the outline of the block in tenths of a millimeter.
  1. What is Pan image?

    When working with an image(ΒΜΡ or WMF) in the background, it may be necessary to move to another part of the image to begin working in another area. Select Pan Image and click the space bar. A box will appear in the window that will allow the user to move around the image at the current zoom level.
  1. What are Hold Down stitches in an applique design?

    Hold Down stitches refer to the border stitches or outline stitches used to tack down the fabric to the garment or base fabric.
  1. In the parameters, what is the Running Stitch Manager?

    When Running Stitch Manager is activated, the total length is divided in equal distances, with approximately the same length as the set running stitch length. When this function is deactivated, all stitches will be the set length, except for the last stitch, which will be the remaining length.
  1. What is Corner Cut?

    When using Column stitches with Bevel Square, the acuteness of the corner can be controlled. Corner Cut controls the percentage of the part of the angle that will be cut. Corner Cut Angle controls the limit of the angle underneath which the program will cut the angle.
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