Embroidery Software Tips!
Recently, I received an email from a reader (Carol) discussing Perfect Alignment Software. Carol explained her desire for a change in the software. I believe she has a valid point regarding the sequencing of the placement marks since I occasionally want to stitch the marks last instead of first.
Although I will discuss this with our software programmer to see if a change can be made to the program, I can tell you a fix like this will not be immediate (ugh – I always think everything should be done in 24 hours!). In the meantime, I suggest you do what I do. At the machine, skipping the first color – the placement marks, advance to the second color and stitch the design. Once complete, stitch the placement marks.
One other thing that has helped me is a trick I do in the actual software itself. I click on the Placement Mark icon and select the four corners. The marks are positioned at the absolute perimeter of the design.
Then I select the marks on the right by moving the cursor over the mark and left clicking while holding the Shift key.
The two marks move as one unit and I can position them away from the pretty stitches.
The key here is to move the marks as one, if you move them individually, you’ll have to realign them.* (See How to Align Placement Marks at bottom). I’ll repeat this step for the remaining two marks on the left.
Since the marks are now placed away from the embroidery, there is no chance the pretty stitches will stitch over the marks, making it difficult to remove them.
This method works on designs that are smaller than the hoop. If you’re using a design that completely fills the hoop, you won’t have space to move the marks. But you may be able to place the marks in area within the sewing field but out of the way of the embroidery. Here’s an example:
How to Align Placement Marks
If you do move the marks as individual units, just select both marks in their new position and right click. Select Align from the drop down menu. You’ll have a few choices on how you want to align them.
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