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Colorways and Splitting a Color

Creating a colorway Saving several versions of the same design simply because of a color change is unnecessary and poor practice. The danger is that you make an edit to one of the color combinations and forget to make it to the others. The best solution is to apply different colorways to the single design….

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Stitch Spacing or Density

Stitch Spacing is a critical property for good design and may vary from one fabric to another and one object to another.Understanding how to adjust for auto spacing in columns of satin and using the trapunto effect in tatami fill, will help you create more imaginative designs that run efficiently and reduce the chance of…

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Connectors Tab

Connectors – the functions between objects

Connectors are the machine functions that occur between objects or in the case of lettering inside the object and between each letter. The functions are: tie off trim jump/run (the method of moving from one object to another) tie in These functions can be embedded into the objects using the Function toolbar.Remember if the function…

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Your first line of lettering created on a Freeline

Whether you are using a lettering package or a high end digitizing system the same standard procedure to create lettering applies.When you are talking about Wilcom’s lettering it is difficult to use the word “basic” as there are so many options available.However in this video I demonstrate the basic freeline, which in all likelihood, will…

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Complex Fill

Complex Fill Tool

The complex fill tool is used to create larger shapes where a single stitch angle is required, the tool is generally associated with tatami stitching, of course the size of the object will also help determine the stitch type as well. Best described as a perimeter tool, shapes are made by clicking around the outline…

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Column A tool

In Decorating the tool is called “Digitize Column” and in Designing “Column A”The two variants are found in the Traditional digitizing toolbar in Designing and the Graphic toolbar in Decorating. The input method is clicking on either side of a column, beginning on one side, and clicking the other side to determine the width of…

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Auto Start End

The Auto Start End feature is critical to have set correctly to avoid driving the needle into a hoop but it is more useful than this basic function.It is possible to place the start and finish point at any point in a predefined location around the design. The icon is found in the View Toolbar…

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Export a machine file to a USB Drive

Thanks to Paula, Anne Marie, Crystal, Bob and others who have raised this issue. Some people including myself have been frustrated that Windows 10 is not remembering the default drive to export machine files to.Here is a great feature in Embroidery Studio 4 that solves the problem and makes the process ultra simple.All levels of…

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Auto Kerning on or off

Auto Kerning

Kerning is the term used to describe the space between letters. Even in print different letters have different kerning values.Two O’s are usually spaced closer together than two I’s. This is particularly important in embroidery. Two I’s, if too close together will look like a single very wide letter while two O’s can be closer…

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Shading, Open and Curved Fills

Adding curved fills and shading to tatami objects to a design adds depth and vitality to a design. Both features are add on elements to the designing software. They work together or independently to add the beautiful curves and waves and add color shading to objects in a design . Once you add these elements…

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