One important tool built into EQStitch is the simulate stitching tool on the stitch tab. This is where you can ‘virtually deconstruct’ the stitch design and ‘watch it sew’ on the computer screen to see if there are any problems with the design that need to be corrected. This is called critical thinking. It involves observation, correction, and re-evaluation. Below is a list of things you should look for in a design with the simulate sewing tool. Once you see an area of concern, you can return to the artwork tab to correct it before you send it out as a stitch file. Evaluating your design before stitching is just one of the many steps required to create a great design. 1. Make sure the stitch order is correct–stitching from the background to the foreground. 2. Evaluate if the stitches do not corner nicely. Perhaps you need to edit a
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One of the best advantages of designing in a software program is that you can see how the finished project will look on the computer screen before you even begin to stitch. This is a great way to evaluate designs and see how the stitches change the ‘feel’ of the design. You can also determine what type of stitches work best for the specific use of the project. Start with a simple linear drawing and apply different stitch properties to change the design. Determine which elements are lines only and which will be closed shapes Create an entirely applique design or mix and match applique elements with stitch elements. Keep it simple with a red work style of design. Add texture to elements with directional stitches. Change the edge stitches of the elements to add more interest. Add artwork details and text for another look. Keep making changes and add
Machine embroidery is used in home decor, quilts, clothing, wearable accessories and much more. Whatever you can think of, you can probably add some machine embroidery to it. Recently, I have fallen in love with the artistic expressions created with cloth as the medium. I can easily spot a design that is created by someone with artistic abilities. I can sew, but I am not necessarily artistic by nature. I have been experimenting with painting on cloth, but I still need to start with a design that I can follow. (Color within the lines!) Launch your EQStitch program from the desktop. Click on the work on stitching icon at the top of the screen. Click on LIBRARY>Stitching Library Click on the EQStitch library and locate the zany zoo folder. Click on the caterpillar to select it and then click on add to sketchbook and close at the bottom of the
There is more than one way to create an artwork object to have stitches applied to it. There is not necessarily one correct way only, but one way may indeed give you better results when you apply stitches to your object. Consider the simple square box. You could draw it with four separate line segments or you could use the polygon shape tool and select the square box shape as an already closed object. Both ways of drawing are considered a square. When you click on the stitch tab and apply the edge stitches to the design you will see which box shape looks better. Line segments have a start/stop point on each line. A closed shape is a continuous stitch all around the outer edge. If you are very careful with your drawing using a line drawing tool you may be able to get the edit points of each
I can’t freehand draw, but I can trace. I need a drawing image to start with before I begin to digitize. While watching my grandson create a picture in a dot-to-dot drawing book, it came to me that this is a good way to demonstrate the digitizing principle of ‘pathing’. Pathing is finding your way around a design in one continuous line so you end up not having any jump stitches in your embroidery. You can usually do this for the majority of your design. Any elements not attached to the line will have a jump stitch to those free standing elements. Start by opening your program and being on the stitch worktable. There are many websites on the internet where you can download free dot to dot drawing pages. Save one to your computer so you can bring it into the EQStitch program as a tracing image. I found
You can take the simplest of designs and create a different look by using texture. Open the EQStitch program. Click on the stitch worktable icon at the top of the screen. Click on STITCHING>New Design>Embroidery Click on the drawing board options icon on the properties bar. In the drawing options box, click on the embroidery edge settings and set the edge to a steil stitch with the maximum width of 10 mm and no underlay stitches. Click OK in the bottom of the box. Click on the drawing board icon again and set the embroidery fill settings to no fill stitches and click on the OK in the bottom of the box. Click/hold the oval tool to get the fly out menu. Select the circle from the menu. Move the cursor over to the hoop area and while holding down the control key on the keyboard, click/hold/drag/release a perfect circle