If you own Inspirations’ Perfect Embroidery Pro, you enjoy free updates forever. Really. Forever. Many updates work in the background to keep your software compliant with the latest Windows updates. In addition, some PEP updates include new features. This month, you’ll find three very handy new features. When you log on to PEP on Monday, June 5, you’ll be prompted to update your software. It’s not mandatory but it is advisable.
Three of my favorite new features are Projection, Filter and Nap Blocker. Let’s take a look at each one.
Projection morphs a single running outline into unique rows of flowing stitches. Digitize a curvy line, overlapping here and there to mimic half of a butterfly.
Select the line. In the Properties Box, click the arrow next to Standard in the Type field and select Projection.
Wow – look at what Projection produces! Beautiful!
I copied, pasted and mirror imaged the wing. Then I added antennae and a body.
It’s easy to change the distance between the rows of stitching. In the Properties Box on the Run, change the Density to produce different results. The image above was 4.0. A bit more open is 6.0.An exaggerated spacing of 12.0 results is wide open spaces between the rows.
Filter allows you to make quick changes to specific stitch types. Open a design that includes a variety of stitch types (satin, steil, run, complex fill, etc). The Owl is from Inspirations’ Elegant Wisdom Collection, design #98627301. Select the design, right click and select View, Filter.
A new window pops up with all stitch types. Place a check mark in the Run box and click OK.
Now only the run stitches are visible.
You can make any change you want to these stitches. For now, let’s just change the color to black.
Select all, right click, View, Show All.
That was so easy!
What if you want to stitch this owl on terrycloth? Those run stitches will seep into the texture and disappear. The Nap Blocker feature adds a layer of stitches behind all other stitches to hold down the nap of textured fabrics. Select the design, right click, Utility, Create Nap Blocker.
Now the design will sit on a field of stitches whose only job is to smooth the texture of the fabric. The software automatically puts the Nap Blocker segment as the first stitches of the design. Assign a new color to the Nap Blocker, then select a thread to match the fabric. the Nap Blocker stitches will be practically invisible.
Next Saturday, we’ll delve into to the newly-updated Style feature and explore the Vintage settings in the new Filter feature. In the meantime, enjoy Projection, Nap Blocker and Filter.