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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 is embedded then it will remain regardless of any change in size to the logo.


My preference is the use the Connectors tab to insert “conditional” functions, i.e. if the logo is resized which will alter the distance between objects in the design, then the functions will react to the change in distance between objects.
Connector After

If two objects are less than 2 mm apart then you may not want a trim, however if the design is made larger and the gap between object increases to more than 2mm then you do want a trim and tie off to occur.
Demonstrate connector conditions
Demonstrate connector conditions

It is important to get these settings correct, the last thing you want is for your embroidery to fray or unravel therefore be sure to set your tie off value at the same or lesser length as the Trim value

Tie Off properties in Connectors tab

These settings are conditional on the distance the panto-graph moves when stitching the design. In other words you set the machine to tie off, trim and tie in if the next object is more than a set distance away.
The settings can be turned to off or set to always perform the mentioned tasks.
Lets have a look at the Properties and where to adjust them.

  1. The machine function is to occur after the object is completed. The drop down offers the option “Inside Object”, this is used almost exclusively for lettering.
  2. A choice of Jumping or Running to the next object.
  3. The minimum distance between the two objects when the Trim is triggered.
  4. The drop down offers a selection of Tie Off or Tie In.  In this case we are dealing with the Tie off.
  5. The minimum distance between the two objects when the Tie Off is triggered.
  6. The type of Tie Off
  7. The number of stitches and length of stitches in the Tie Off.

Lettering and INSIDE OBJECT.

When you create lettering with the lettering tool you create a single object as displayed in the Color Object List.
One object

So the logic is to select inside object when you need to deal with the connectors between each letter.

Connector settings inside an object

Most importantly remember to save your preferred connector settings to your template once you have decided on the settings your prefer.

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