My good friend, Katherine Artines, recently posted a new video tutorial on the Inspired by Dime YouTube channel. Katherine’s topic, Push/Pull: Distortion and Compensation, is an advanced discussion of this often misunderstood embroidery feature. If you’ve wondered why what you see on screen does not match your stitched sample, then you’ll really enjoy Katherine’s breakdown of Push/Pull.
She starts with a clear explanation of exactly what push/pull is.
She then goes on to explain the difference between stitch direction and sewing direction and how they affect the end result. The stitch direction is the angle of stitches while sewing direction is where the needle starts, the direction it travels in and where it finishes.
We learn how size actually does matter on how a design will stitch. Of course, she doesn’t just point out the problems, she gives you solutions. Each issue is clearly illustrated so you can follow along.
And she critiques stitched designs to show you the problem and gives you the solution.
She brings this same methodical approach to lettering. Many of us are perplexed about the baseline of text. Listen to her explanation and you know why the screen shows one thing and the stitch out another.
Don’t you hate when you digitize a complex fill area and spot a row of missing stitches? Ugh! Katherine explains why this happens (yep, push and pull) and how to fix it.
I encourage you to spend an hour (or break it up into shorter segments) watching Katherine’s video. Your digitizing skills will improve! I hope you’re already a subscriber to our YouTube channel, if not, sign up today and you’ll never miss a new opportunity to learn more about embroidery.