There is an old expression ‘The Devil is in The Details’. Loosely translated, if applied to machine embroidery, it means that the finished project may look good, but the process of the stitching may not be satisfactory. The details of how you digitized a design are as important as the finished project.
Think of a red work design. It is all one color and ideally will stitch from one element to the next without a lot of tie off stitches or jumps. The back of the work will look as smooth and finished as the front of the work. Yet, we have all come across designs that look great but stitch very erradically jumping from one spot to another. How annoying! The smoothest stitch out considers the ‘pathing’ of the design. With EQStitch we can use basic shapes and set them to path correctly to avoid these jump stitches.
2. Click on STITCHING>New Design>Embroidery to select the stitch worktable we want to use.
Click on the heading ‘embroidery edge setting’ and set them to be a ‘bean stitch’.
Click on the heading ‘embroidery fill setting’ and set them to the ‘no fill stitch’ option.
Be sure to click the ‘OK’ in the bottom of the box to set the new preferences for your artwork design.
Move the cursor over to the drawing board area and while holding down the control key (CTRL) on your keyboard, click/hold/drag/release to form a box in the upper portion of the drawing board area.
5. Click on the ‘pick tool’ to select it. While holding down the control key (CTRL) on the keyboard, click once on the center cross hairs of the square shape to get the rotation handles to appear in the corners of the square.
Move the cursor over to a rotation handle and click/hold/drag/ release the handle to rotate the square so one point of the square is on the vertical line of the drawing board.
Click ‘OK’ in the bottom of the box to set the new design property.
7. Click on the stitch tab at the bottom of the screen. If you set your drawing board properties correctly, you will have your squares show with bean stitches only.
Pay close attention to where the design starts and stops for each segment. Mine started on the outermost edge point. This means lots of jump stitches at the machine!!! I do not want this.
9. Click on the artwork tab at the bottom of the screen.
Click on the ‘shape tool’ to select it. Move the cursor over to the square shapes and click once on the innermost corner to select the edit node. Be sure you only have one node selected and not the line segment.
Once the inner node point is selected, right click to get a second menu.
Click on the words ‘set start stitch’. This will move the starting point to the inside of the shape.
Repeat this step for each of the square shapes.
10. The start point is now in the center area of the design, but it is still not a continuous sew pattern. The jump stitches are shorter, but still not eliminated.
You can now see you have a continuous stitch design with no jump stitches. These details will allow you to have a smooth stitch out of your design and it will look good both on the back and the front of the fabric.