In my last post, I discussed underlay in general terms. 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.
Select the first color, the upper wing area.
Click on the Underlay icon in the Properties Box.
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.
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.
Zigzag runs at angle from top to bottom and back again.
Lattice runs at forty-five degree angle.
Full lattice runs the lattice in both directions.
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!