Add interest to text shapes by using stitches and shadows. Text fonts stitch best if they are block style capital letters. Fonts that have thin and thick areas are more difficult to stitch and still look good. Bold, block letters have more space to them to add decorative stitches. Open your EQStitch program. Add the tools to the toolbar by clicking on the arrow at the bottom of the toolbar and then on the words add/remove buttons. Place a checkmark in front of the tools and then close the selection box by clicking on a white space on the page. Click on the drawing board options box and set the embroidery fill to ‘smooth’ and the embroidery edge stitch to be ‘no edge’ setting. Select the text tool from the toolbar. Move the cursor over to the artwork area and click/hold/drag/release a text box on the page. Double
Sometimes less is more. You can design overall projects using only a few different shapes. Start with three simple shapes and then move your hoop from place to place to create an overall scene with the basic shapes. Open the EQStitch program and search the libraries for the shapes you want to use. I chose an oak leaf, a pumpkin and an acorn. Add the shapes to the sketchbook. Open the shapes on the block worktable (where they were created), and copy/ paste them to the stitch worktable to be able to use them in the embroidery machine. Do this for each shape separately rather than combining all the elements on one stitch worktable. Save each of the design elements to the sketchbook. Add the stitch properties you want for your basic shapes and then export them in the file format you need for your machine. I did a
Applique is the easiest way to create large areas of a design. Adding embroidery onto, inserted into, and embellished around applique fabrics will increase the interest in the design. Also, it makes the sewing at the machine go so much faster when the large areas are applique fabrics. Filling every area with stitches takes time and isn’t always necessary to make a nice design. Open your EQStitch program from the desktop. Click on the work on stitching icon at the top of the screen. Click on STITCHING>New Design>Machine Applique. Use the shape tools and make a simple drawing of a flower with a stem and leaves. Click on the fabric tab and add fabric to all of the elements. Click on the stitch tab and assign the edge stitches of your choice with the set applique edge tool. Color the stitches with the set thread tool. Add the design to
Sunday Stitch is changing! Instead of being a weekly blog it is changing to a monthly blog with new ideas presented the third Sunday of each month. I can’t believe it has been a year of weekly blog entries all ready. Print the blogs and have them bound to use as a quick reference guide on how to work with the tools and inspirational ideas suggesting how you can get more creative with the EQStitch program. Have you considered thread color as a digitizing element? Simply applying color to the elements of a design can create a unique look. Even with monochromatic designs you can get amazing results with your designs. Open your EQStitch program on the desktop to luanch it and start a new design on the embroidery worktable. Change the size of the hoop area to be a 125 x 175 mm hoop (5 x 7 inch stitch field).
As a digitizer for machine embroidery, you need to consider your end product. What are you digitizing for? Are you making a home decor item, a quilt, a decorative element on a garment, or for a craft that is not traditionally done on fabric? All of the different projects require different settings for stitches when you are digitizing. Also consider how the product will be handled. Will it hang on a wall, be washed constantly, or simply viewed and treasured with little touch? So many questions need to be asked before you even begin as it influences how you digitize the design. Consider how you would digitize an embroidery design for stitching on card stock. If you have stitches that are small in length and very dense and close together, it will actually poke so many holes into the card stock that the design will fall out of the card.
Open your EQStitch program and make sure you are on the embroidery worktable. Now create a design with as many elements as you want. Overlap them and lay them one on top of the other to create layers of stitches. Click on the stitch tab at the bottom of the screen. Apply the stitch properties of your choice with the edge stitch and fill stitch tools. Notice how when elements are directly one on top of the other you may not be able to access the layer on the bottom. Click on the Move UP/Down tool on the toolbar. Now you can see all the elements you drew as separate pieces. Click on a shape in the box to select it. It will have a bright green selection line around it. Now move it to a new position with the move buttons a the bottom of the box. Whenever layers
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