A super-easy to learn embroidery program, Perfect Alignment Software, makes creating continuous embroidery a simple task. Here are a few things I’ve learned to simplify the task.
Select your design. I’m using one of the 40 built-in border designs, #37 but you can use any design.
After clicking OK, the design appears on the screen. Since it’s a rather small design, 90 x 20 mm, two will fit in a 130 x 180 mm hoop. Copy and paste the design.
Now, move the second design to overlap with the first. This overlap will appear seamless when stitched on the fabric. Save the design as Border1.
Click on the color swatch on the right side of the screen and assign a new color once the thread chart appears.
I chose pink.
Click on the Placement Marks icon and click the mark in each corner.
Placement marks are now in each corner.
I want to view how the next embroidery design will connect now that I have the placement marks in position. Retrieve the design by clicking on the Continuous Border design icon and select #37 again.
The new design appears in its original thread color and is easily identifiable.
Zoom in the linked area by clicking on the magnifying tool
Select the second design, the green one, and move it to the left to overlap with the original pink design.
Select the placement marks on the right and move them to the left so that they are on the edge of the second design, the green one.
The design should look like this.
The placement marks are in the proper position for easy alignment at the machine but if I move them away from the actual design, they’ll be easier to remove after all embroidery is complete.
Since the vertical placement of the marks is critical, select the marks on the top and move them away from the design. Place the cursor over one mark, then hold down the CTRL key while clicking on the second mark.
Move the marks as one unit by holding the CTRL key and clicking the keyboard’s up arrow to move both marks away from the design.
Repeat for the marks on the bottom of the design.
Delete the second green design, and resave the design. Now you’re ready to stitch this design as many times as you’d like. You can make a border 14” or 56” or beyond!
At the machine, stitch the first design. Remove the fabric from the hoop and hoop a fresh piece of stabilizer. Stitch the placement marks, color 1, on the stabilizer. Spray the hooped stabilizer with temporary adhesive. Place the hoop under the beam of PAL (Perfect Alignment Laser), aligning the placement marks with PAL’s horizontal beam. Slide the embroidered fabric under the beam, aligning the bottom of the stitched placement marks with the horizontal beam. Use the vertical beam to verify the fabric is square in the hoop (it should be shooting directly through the center of the stitched design). Finger press the fabric to the sticky stabilizer and stitch the remainder of the design. Advance through the portion of the design to stitch the bottom placement marks on the bottom of this design. Repeat the process for a continuous design.
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