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Editing in Word Art in Stitches

If you’re like me, you can’t leave well enough alone. You just have to make a slight change to almost any design. I can’t help myself; it’s just the way I am. I’m grateful that I have the ability to do just that in Word Art in Stitches. The software is fantastic – works blazingly fast – and is very user-friendly. But I have to make it my own. Let me show you what I mean.

First, I selected the Bubble text in Word Art in Stitches. SewBL

I opened the Frames in the Shapes window and selected Scallop 2.Sew2BL

I typed in Faith Family Friends in the Words field, selected Japanese Garden from the color theme box and Love in Décor Combo. Once I hit Apply, I liked, well almost liked what I saw. I hit OK anyway. Sew3BL

I wasn’t too thrilled with the large green lips and some of the crowded words as shown belowSew4BL

But I know those are easy fixes. I selected the design, right mouse clicked and selected UnGroup. Sew5BL

Now each element of the frame is a separate design. I selected the lips and deleted them.Sew6BL

I selected the heart at the top of the frame, copied and pasted into the opening left by the deleted lips. I enlarged the heart to fill the space. Next, I selected and deleted some of the words that were too close to other words. Oh my, it’s so much fun! Sew7BL

What word combos would you like to see in a bubble text?

Software Saturday – Kindergarten Rocks!

In today’s lesson, I’ll demonstrate how to create the special requested Kindergarten Rocks embroidery layout.  If you missed part 1 of the series from Monday, you can read it here: Part 1 of Kindergarten Rocks


Open Perfect Embroidery Pro (PEP) software and select the “T” for text tool in the upper left hand of screen. Type the word “Kindergarten” and select the “Kids” font from the font drop down menu. Click “Apply”.

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Click the “T” for text again and type the word “Rocks!” in the text box. Select the “Pepita” font from the menu and click Apply. Move the word down to fit underneath Kindergarten and size accordingly.

Click the “T” again for the text tool and type the words “Class of 2028” in the text box. Locate the Geometric font from the font choices and click Apply.  Position the text centered underneath “Rocks”.

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Go to the drop down menu at the top left upper screen and click “File” Click2Stitch from the drop down choices. Click2Stitch will offer an option box in the center on the screen where you can select the fabric. Under type of fabric select “knit light” (onsie, t-shirt).

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Click “Next” and “Finish”. The Click2Stitch automatically adjusts the density for the fabric selected and recalculates the stitches.  It also recommends stabilizer and pre-washing if needed. You have the option to print the steps if desired.

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Select the 5″ x 7″ hoop.

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For the step by step directions on proper design placement and hooping techniques for this project refer to the Multi-needle Monday Blog titled: Kindergarten Rocks!

 

Editing Text in Perfect Embroidery Pro

A few weeks ago, blog reader Jenny left a comment on the June 27th post. She asked, “Can you please help me figure out how to “Edit” what I had “Grouped” together? I am not able to ungroup the design as was once before? I have to keep typing the poem up every-time I want to change the name on the stitch out.”

At the time, I responded with this, “Jenny, select the design, right mouse click and choose Ungroup from the drop down menu. There are also Group and Ungroup icons on the top tool bar but I can’t load an image here into comments to show you. Oh, I just realized you mentioned a poem – so that’s a little different. Again, click on the Select tool, select the poem, right mouse click and select Breakup Text from the drop down menu.”

I can do a more thorough job of explaining the process and give more options for editing text. Since the only information I have Jenny is what she stated above, I’ll start from scratch with a recipe. Follow along with me. Open a new page in Inspirations’ Perfect Embroidery Pro. Click on the Text icon. The cursor changes to an A and the Properties Box opens. Select your font. I’ve chose Arial Small. Type a fictional recipe into the Properties Box, then click Apply. Text1

With the Text tool still selected, change the justification to Left Alignment. Click Apply. Notice all of the editing features available on the text itself. You can move individual letters, whole words and lines. Text2

When the Select Tool is used, your options diminish. You can size the design (the software sees it as a design and not text when the Select Tool is used), rotate, mirror image, duplicate, etc. But you do not have the freedom to edit the individual letters. Text3

Click on the Text tool again, and all of your text editing options appear. I’ve readjusted the kerning on the word chips. Text5

When I click on the Select tool again, my changes are there. Text6

Save the design now in C2S – the native format of Perfect Embroidery. Change the color of the thread to green and save it as Chips.pes. Close both designs.

Open Chips.pes. The design is no longer recognized by the software as text – it’s just an ordinary design. When you click on a letter, the sequence field now shows all of the individual elements of the design – runs and satins. Ugh – that’s very challenging to edit. Text7

Not to worry, you have the original file. Open it and you’ll find the software recognizes it as text and all of your editing abilities are right at your finger tips! Text8

For instance, you can increase the 5 cups to 6 cups in the Properties box.. Text9

This is a great example of why it’s so important to save the original file in C2S and a working copy in your machine format. Make your changes to the original and you’ll always have the ability to edit.

 

 

Getting Better Mileage from Your Designs

I’m always on the lookout for new ways to use a design and the best way to do that is to edit in Perfect Embroidery Pro, Inspirations’ digitizing program. Let’s take a look at a lace border design from Inspirations’ Timeless Lace Border collection, design #Lc7x2 4. BL1blog

Ungroup the design. BL2blog

Click on the small arrow under the Select tool and click on Lasso. Left mouse click around the scallop area, right mouse click to close the circle. BL3blog

Copy, paste and move the scallop away from the original design.  Go back to the original design and group it. BL4blog

Select the extra stitches and delete them. BL5blog

The edited scallop should look like this. Group the scallop. BL6blog

Now, let’s put the pieces together. Copy, paste and mirror image the original design. Rotate the unit 90 degrees. Move the scallop into the open end. BL8blog

Rotate and size the scallops to fill the space between the borders. BL9blog

Select the Shape tool and click on the horizontal satin bar to reveal the stitch nodes.  Slide the two black nodes back to reveal the blue squares.  Insert BL10BL11blog

Select and pull the blue nodes towards the original design.

Slide the black nodes in place and repeat on the opposite side. BL12blog

Change the color of the original designs and move them to color 2 as you’ll want the new bridge to stitch first. BL14blog

The addition of the scallop makes an elegant finish on a continuous border. BL15blog

This editing process is the first step in a wedding table runner that I’m working on for my daughter.  You’ll see more in upcoming blogs and DIME articles. I’d love to know what you need help on in your software.  Leave a comment in I’ll add it to my to-do list.

Software Saturday: Forget your troubles with the help of embroidery software!

I looked at the time and braced myself as if an earthquake was about to happen.  It didn’t.  But my mind was miles away.  A week ago on Friday evening we had to put the family dog down.   She was 15 years old and she was falling apart.  As I stared at my computer monitor, trying to figure out what to do next—remembering exactly where I was a week ago at this time, I decided I had to occupy myself.

I opened Perfect Embroidery Pro software without a clear plan and with some reluctance.  There wasn’t any inspiration floating around in my head.  None.

I played with features and dabbled with different design layouts.  During this process, I realized there are some very fun designs in the software….

Did you know there are so many dog related designs built in to the software?

Kibbles would definitely approve.  I was able to make a paw print frame using the Symbols feature.

Select the paw print symbol and click Ok.

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Drag and drop the paw design.  You can make it large or small depending on how far you drag the mouse button across the screen.

I went crazy copying and pasting.

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To see how the design would stitch out I went to View, Slow Redraw.

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That’s when it became clear it was as if Kibbles ran around on the screen.  The paw prints were definitely not in a good stitching order.

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To make the paw prints stitch efficiently, click on Edit.  Optimize Sequence.  That’s much better!

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Since I was enjoying myself and forgetting  my sadness, I decided to try another layout.


Click on the Text tool.  Select Baushaus.  This font seemed to fit Kibbles’ personality.

I typed the name, Kibbles and clicked Apply.

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Click the Text Designs Icon.

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I got very distracted with all the designs!  I chose the Bone design and clicked Ok.

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Click on the Text Designs Icon again.

Select the Crown Design and click ok.

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I rearranged the Crown design so it was positioned on top of the Dog Bone design.

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The bone needed something more.  I added the year, 2015.

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My creative juices continued to flow and I lost track of the time.  The design isn’t quite right.  I experimented again…

I decided I needed to enlarge the name Kibbles.  Perfect Embroidery Pro has a handy cheat sheet.  If you hover over the font, it will display recommended sizes for a particular font style.  Good information to know before I enlarge the name.

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I changed the height to 1 inch.

I copied the name Kibbles.

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I selected the first Kibbles design.  Then I deleted the letters, “les”.

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Next I selected the second Kibbles design.  I deleted the letters “Kibb”.
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I repositioned the “Kibb” above the crown.  Then I rotated the “les” 270 degrees.

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I rearranged name until I had a pleasing layout.

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I clicked on the 3D View.  Now it is a design fit for a princess, named Kibbles!

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An hour of playing with embroidery software kept my mind occupied while creating something special to honor my four-legged friend.  Machine embroidery is such a wonderful creative outlet.  Use it as often as you can!

Welcome to the Digital Age!

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I’ll be the first to admit I’m a late adopter when it comes to new technology.  When new technology or features become available—I let my more tech savvy friends and associates test the new features and report back to me.  And even once they’ve explained the exciting new features I’m still kicking and screaming about not wanting to embrace change.  But once I embrace something new—I have to share it from the highest mountain top!

So if you’re a subscriber and you haven’t yet unlocked the magic of the digital version of Designs in Machine Embroidery, then this post is for you!  And if you’re already a subscriber, I may have some handy tips… so read on!

Every print subscription to Designs in Machine Embroidery includes FREE access to the digital version of the magazine.  What does this mean?  You get to read the magazine from cover to cover from the convenience of your e-reader or tablet device. (does not work with Nook or Regular Kindle).  But you like to hold the printed version, right?  You still receive this version in the mail.  You can dog ear it to your heart’s content!  But now you can have the digital version with you wherever you go!  If you find yourself poolside wanting to read up on your favorite machine embroidery magazine, you can!  Or maybe you’re parked in a carpool line, waiting to pick up your kids.  Now you can make that time productive and entertaining by reading Scott Goodman’s column, Great Scott!  But before all this can happen… you need to be sure you have:

  • An active print subscription to Designs in Machine Embroidery. If you don’t, now is the perfect time to subscribe.  Click here to subscribe!  We are running the best offer of the year – 5 free embroidery designs and a super low price!  When you subscribe online, you create an online subscription account (if you are new) – or if you’re an existing subscriber you will sign in with your ID/Password. 

Download the Digital Magazine App.  There are multiple ways of doing this, but the easiest is to go to http://www.dzgns.com.  Click on the appropriate link for your digital device.  For my example I clicked the option for the Apple App Store.  (You can also search for Designs in Machine Embroidery directly in the app store.)

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Download the app.  The circle on the top right corner shows the progress as the app is being downloaded when on Apple devices.  (For Android users it’s a bar)

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Once the app is downloaded, click on Open.

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Click on Subscriptions.

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Click on Current Subscribers.

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Next you’ll need to enter your ID/account information.

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Don’t worry, I panicked too when I saw this but it’s easy to locate.  If you have the information readily available, enter the information.  If you’re like me and don’t have the information read on….

  1. If you have a magazine on hand, the account number is on the address label. If this doesn’t apply to you then read on for additional options….
  2. If you are a current subscriber or have let your subscription lapse you can log in to your subscription account on our website. Your account number is listed as shown in the sample below.  This is the number you’ll use to access the Digital magazine.  Enter the account number, your email address and zip code.
  3. If you are a brand new subscriber (never had an account with us).  Your Customer number will be ready within 24 hours.  You can also call 888-739-0555 from 8 am – 5 pm for assistance on retrieving your number.

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Now you’re ready to read the digital magazine!

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If you have been an active subscriber, you can access previous issues of the magazine by moving the covers of the magazine.  Eileen's Machine Embroidery Blog

Get social!  When you see something you want to share or talk about with friends, just click on the icons to share in your social network!

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You can also type text to accompany the post as shown below.

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If you have a birthday coming up you can easily drop not-so-subtle hints that you want a new design collection, embroidery machine or embroidery tool from your spouse, family members or friends!


Here’s your assignment this week:

Technology has brought about so many improvements to our quality of life.  What is your favorite modern invention?  Post your comment and two random individuals will win $50 gift certificates to use on the Buzz Tools website!

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The winner of last week’s assignment answered the following question:

Fun trivia!  The May/June issue is the first time we’ve featured a cover of the magazine on the cover!  Identify which Volume of Designs in Machine Embroidery is tucked away in Marie’s beach tote featured on the cover.  Post your answer in the comments section and one lucky person will win a Stipple Sea Life collection.

 

The winner is:  Linda Hassett:  “I believe issue #90 is the featured issue shown in the tote”
Congratulations, Linda!  You are also spot on, it is Volume 90 featured on the cover.

Live or Taped? Two Options for Software Training

Inspiration Webinars are chockfull of information – so much that’s it often hard to absorb all the details. But don’t fret, I’ll show you how I get the most out of webinars. My secret is to watch both the taped and live versions.

The benefit of watching the live version is you can ask a question and get an answer while the taped version allows you to follow along with the instructor.

Sometimes, webinars move quickly and it’s hard to grasp all the information during the live session. Set yourself up for success for a live webinar. Follow these simple steps: find a quiet location to take the webinar, arrive early to download the link, check your connection and finally, pay attention!

If you feel you missed some key points, then take the taped version. Here’s how to get the most out of the taped version. Go to http://www.InspiredbyDIME.com. Click on Webinars on the right column.

Scroll down to view the list. Select Changes are Good! Web2psbl

Click on the link, it takes you to YouTube and the webinar (video) begins to play. Use the pause/play button to stop the video. Web3psbl

Then minimize the window by clicking on the icon at the top right of the screen. The webinar is now paused and the window is resting in the tray.Web4psbl

Locate Perfect Embroidery Pro on your computer and open the program. Go to File, Open to open a new screen. Now let’s get both screens up at once.

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Watch this video to see how to do it.[KGVID width=”640″ height=”361″]http://dzgns.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Taped-Webinars.mp4[/KGVID]

If you can’t view it here on the blog, use this link to YouTube.

Don’t miss May’s webinars: True Type Tutorial on May 5, 7:00-8:00 CST in Perfect Embroidery Pro with Katherine Artines and May 19, 7:00-8:00 CST is Text, Borders and Florishes, Oh My! in My Block Piecer and My Quilt Embellisher.

Sign up here: http://www.Inspiredbydime.com

 

 

 

Inside Scoop on Placement Marks

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Want to look like an embroidery rock star? Learn how to stitch continuous embroidery designs. Many embroiderers are afraid to stitch continuous embroidery although it’s not difficult; you just have to set yourself up for success.

There are several approaches you can take but my favorite is the addition of placement marks. Placement marks are stitched around the embroidery design to help in placement. They are removed after the project is complete.

Here’s how to add them in all of Inspiration’s software programs: Perfect Embroidery Pro and My Quilt Embellisher.

Open a design in PEP and select it. I’m using a strawberry design (53688) from January’s free designs.

Click on the Placement Marks icon.AM2bl

Click on the mark in each corner. If you’re using a large design, you might find it helpful to add the center marks.  Click OK. AM3bl

Move the marks away from the design for increased visibility and easy removal after they are needed. Select the top two marks. AM4bl

Move them up and away from the design. It’s important that you do not move them left or right, just straight up. Use a keyboard shortcut to ensure the marks will not move to the right or left. Hold the Control key and click on the keyboard’s up arrow to move the design. Continue to click until they are about ¼” away from the design. AM5bl

Repeat the same process for the marks on the bottom.  AM6bl

Now let’s take a look at the color sequence, the placement marks are now the first color – the software automatically moves them to the beginning of the color sequence. I like to tweak that a bit. AM15bl

Select the two marks at the right of the design (if you are stitching from left to right). AM16bl

In the Properties Box, select the command tab and type in the number 9 in the color field. Click Apply. AM17bl

Left mouse click on the number 9 in the color sequence. AM18bl

Move it to the end of the sequence.  AM19bl

Now, let’s take a look at multiple repeats of the border design. AM20bl

Here’s how to make it happen on fabric. Stitch the first design of the border on hooped fabric. When stitching the second design, stitch only the first color (the placement marks at the left) on hooped adhesive stabilizer. AM21bl

Place the hoop under PAL (Perfect Alignment Laser), aligning the laser’s horizontal line with the stitched placement mark.  AM22bl

Then simply slide the embroidered fabric under the beam, aligning the beam with the stitched placement mark on the design.AM23bl

The designs will align perfectly!  Continue for the entire border. You’ll look like an embroidery rock star! AM24bl

If you attend an Inspiration’s Hooping Clinic, you’ll get to learn this technique hands-on! Our education consultants are embroidery wizards – experts all things embroidery – you’ll learn tons of new techniques, tips and tricks! Click here to see where a Hooping Clinic is scheduled near you.

Digitizing a Mylar Design

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Want to add sparkle and sheen to simple images? Try Mylar applique. When using Mylar, let the Mylar shine through the stitches. Plan on using a motif fill that mimics fish scales. MylarFish Start with a drawing of a fish – I drew this simple shape in Inspiration’s Perfect Embroidery Pro. There are six elements: the main body, the three fins, the head and the eye. Fish (1)

Select the body, right click and select Complex Fill. Fish (2)

With the body selected, change the Fill Type to Motif and the Pattern to #135 in the Properties Box (Fill Tab). Change the Pattern length to 2.5, put a check in the 3D effect box and click Apply. Fish (4)

Select the head, right click and select Complex Fill. With the head selected, change the Fill Type to Wave, Stitch length to 2.8 and the Density to 3.10. Click Apply. Fish (5)

Select the eye. Right click and select Complex Fill. Leave the default settings. Fish (6)

Select the eye, right click and select Create Border. Fish (7)

Select the border, right click and select Steil. Fish (8)

Change the width to 1.5 in the Properties Box (Steil tab). Fish (9)

Select the three fins. Right click, Convert to Run. Change the length to 2.4. Fish (10)

Select the head and the body, right click and select Create Outline. Change the distance to zero, click ok. Fish (12)

The outline is artwork at this point so select it, right click and convert it to Run. Change the run to a Bean stitch, 2.4 stitch length, 3 repeats in the Properties Box, Run tab. Fish (14)

Now let’s change the stitch order as you’ll want the outline to stitch last. The order should be: body, fins, eye and outline. One last step: add a placement guide for the Mylar. Select the last color, the outline, Copy and Paste. Select the copy, change it to a run stitch (from a bean) and set the stitch length to 3.0. Renumber the colors place the run stitch outline as the first color. Fish (15)

How fun is that? Perfect Embroidery Pro makes you look like a digitizing whiz!

 

 

 

 

Software Saturday – My Quilt Embellisher Labels


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When you stumble across a family heirloom, don’t you find yourself yearning for some background behind the object?  Don’t you wish you knew the date it was created and by whom? And where?  I sure do.  So I think we should take that into consideration when we make quilts and include a label.

Of course, labels are as individual as signatures but here are my self-inflicted rules for quilt labels – with the emphasis on self-inflicted!  I think it’s important to document the title of the quilt, the recipient (if there is one), the quilt maker’s name and hometown, the date of completion and…how to care for the quilt.

Two more rules that I have are to make the label visually appealing and add it to the quilt before the quilting is complete. I’ll explain how I add it to the quilt in a future post but for now, I’ll concentrate on digitizng.

My Quilt Embellisher has 99 different labels to get you started.  Open a new file in My Quilt Embellisher, click on the Border icon and select a favorite – I like Border 74. label1

It has adornments at the top and bottom; an inner bean stitch outline and an outer satin stich outline.  Select the design, right mouse click and Ungroup. Now, delete adornments and the satin stitch outline. label3

Select the Text icon and click inside the frame.  Move the cursor to the Properties box and type the title of the quilt. Select a font from the drop down menu, I’ve selected Bauhas.  Click Apply. label4

Select the Text icon again and click inside the frame.  Move the cursor to the Properties box and type your name, click on Enter and then type your hometown on the second line. Click a different font from the drop down menu – Cursive in this sample. In the Line Spacing box, enter -5. Click Apply. The negative number automatically pulls the letters close together mimicking handwriting. label5

Just a little more information and we’ll be done. Select the text icon again, click inside the frame and move the cursor to the Properties box.  Type the date on the first line and the care instructions on the second line.  In the font drop down menu, select Arial 4mm.  Click Apply. label7

Select all of the elements, right mouse click and select Align, Horizontal Center. label8

Once you’re satisfied with the layout, reorder the color sequence. In the Sequence window, select the first color, the frame. label9

Move it to the last position. The label is ready to be stitched! label10

On Wednesday, I’ll share the next steps – applying to the quilt.

I love how easy it is to customize a label in My Quilt Embellisher.

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