Buried in the Properties Box in Inspirations’ Perfect Embroidery Pro is Projection. A hidden and often forgotten treasure, Projection takes a simple shape and transforms it into a hoop full of beautiful stitches. When Projection was introduced as a new feature in a free update in June 2017, most of us looked at it as something fun to incorporate into open airy designs, like this butterfly.
But let me show you what it can do with a simple geometric shape like the diamond. Click on the Run stitch tool and select the Art tool. Select Diamond from the drop down menu. Drag the cursor to draw a 1″ x 1.25″ diamond.
In the Properties Box on the Run tab, select Projection from the Type field.
The diamond is filled with smaller diamonds, the default setting is 3.0 stitch length and 1.5 Density. That’s a too many repeats for me so I’ll decrease the density.
Change the stitch length to 2.4 and the Density to 5.0.
Select the diamond and click on the Carousel tool. Select Reflect.
In the preview window, type 2 in the repeat field and click Apply.
The hoop is filled with the diamond repeats.
Select the diamonds, go to to Edit, Optimize Sequence. Click on Slow Redraw to watch the design stitch seamlessly from diamond to diamond.
I can’t wait to stitch this in some specialty threads. First, I’ll use KingStar Metallic and then I’ll stitch a second sample in Medley variegated thread. After I see those samples, I’ll copy and paste the diamonds to fill the open areas. Oh my, so many possibilities! There are so many hidden treasure in your software!