Underlay Options

In my last post, I discussed underlay in general terms.  If you missed it click here.  Today, I’d like to show how to control underlay with just a couple mouse clicks in Inspirations’ Perfect Embroidery Pro.

Let’s take a look at a butterfly from Inspirations’ Butterfly Majesty Collection, design #98723718. If you don’t have this collection, open a design with fill, satin and run stitches.Buttbl

Select the first color, the upper wing area.Butt1bl

Click on the Underlay icon in the Properties Box.Butt2bl

The digitizer has assigned Contour and Perpendicular underlay to the first color (a fill area) of the design.  The Contour underlay is the red box and the perpendicular is the dark blue stitching.  The grayed lines are the actual stitching lines of the designs.Butt3bl

If you notice gaps between the fill and the outline after testing this design, you can add more underlay.  Click on each box to view the options.  Parallel runs underlay stitches in the same direction as the final stitches.BUtt4bl

Zigzag runs at angle from top to bottom and back again.Butt5abl

Lattice runs at forty-five degree angle.Butt6bl

Full lattice runs the lattice in both directions.Butt7bl

You can customize the density, stitch length, run stitch length, inset and zigzag inset of the underlay.  All of the options let you find the settings that work for any fabric and any design. Experiment with these tools as you advance your digitizing or design editing skills.  Make a note of the changes you make and you’ll know when to apply these settings to your next project.  Don’t be afraid to experiment – experimenting makes you a better embroiderer!

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3 Comments on Underlay Options

  1. Kathryn Hasenberg
    September 3, 2016 at 10:01 pm (3 years ago)

    I would love to take my digitizing to more advanced, can you teach cutwork or lace, would love to see a series for us that have the software and want to become more advanced. Its really hard to find information on these two subjects.

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    • Marni
      December 27, 2016 at 5:16 am (3 years ago)

      You are always wecomle, Zoe! I also wish Zhenya good health and strength in New Year! I am sure she will make us happy again and again. And we will be proud of her as always!

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