Knowing your Needles
The needle: It’s a small innocuous component of every embroidery machine that tends to get overlooked, even ignored – until it breaks. Even then, the typical response is to change it out and keep going. Small, inexpensive, rather boring, but extremely critical to the embroidery process. Without a needle, stitches could not be formed. Knowing your needles are critical. Needles hav
There is a wide range of thread choices available to today’s embroiderer. However, unless time is taken to experiment with different choices, they may never get a chance to offer them to their customer. Most new embroiderers purchase a start up kit with their equipment that contains one type of thread. They start with and continue to use this same thread as if it is the only style available, without ever considering if there is a better alternative. As it turns out, t
Converting stitches to Outlines
When all you have is a stitch file like a DST or a design from a catalog its very important to know how to convert a stitch file to an Outline file their are two ways depending on your needs.
Sometimes when you convert a whole file you may get artifacts or portions of the machine embroidery design that do n
Drop Shadows and Simple Borders
Adding A Drop Shadow
1. Start with a NEW page in your Tajima Pulse version 14
Go to " New File "
Choose " Blank Design"
Click " Ok "
2. Click on your line angle text tool .
3. Enter in the name " John " it should be about 1 inch tall and about 3 inches long or proportional.
4. Now we can add the Drop Shadow,
Select the text on your screen
Go to the properties tab on the right
Scroll down to where it say
Traditionally for most of us we are self taught when it comes to techniques and how to punch, there are general course available that teach us how to use the embroidery digitizing software and some specialty course but very few delve into the advanced options. This topic is one of those advance options as we will take a look at the type of corners available, embroidery software settings for cornering and how to
When you start to digitize or whether you have been embroidery digitizing for a while we seem to all develop bad habits. One problem I see with designs is they all look the same, There are quite a few different techniques that we can apply to designs, to give the design a bit of lift or texture. In the past we have covered Blending, Advanced Blending , Blending Applications. However
In last week article we are going to take you through the steps of making your own College font, with TAJIMA DGML by Pulse 14 , however the process is similar in Tajima DGML by Pulse 13, and DG15.
1. Start a New Blank document in your embroidery digitizing program.
2. Goto tools , Manage and click on Fonts , and click on New at the bottom left of the pop up window..
In the embroidery industry there are a many types of embroidery hoops and often we do not invest in specialty hoops due to the cost. Today we are going to take a look at some hoops types, pros and cons and then we are going to look at hoop marks and how to remove them. Most shop have 2 sets of plastic hoops that come with their machines, and usually several different sizes.
The plastic hoops work great general embroidery, if you find that you
Making Custom Fonts
Preparing to make fonts
Please note not all levels will have the option or making fonts, you will need the True Type Converter option on version like 12, 13 and the New Font option in version 14.
If you do not have this option, then contact your distributor for clarification.
This project is geared to the experienced digitizer that has a good underst
Do you tremble when a customer comes in and asks you to do embroidery patches, patches is not as difficult as it may seem, but even if you do not want to digitize and make the patches your self you can out source the patches to companies that specialize in that sort of thing. Today we will take a look at digitizing tips for patches, supplies you will need and general information about patches.
Equipment and supplies needed
This week we are going to look at digitizing borders for your embroidery designs, there are some methods and tools you can use to make the borders with, compensation and underlay types you should be using.
There are two types of borders that you will need to make , the uniform border, that is the same thickness around the machine embroidery design and the variable border which changed thickness.
Uniform Border.. This type of border tends to be doing around embroidery patches or
TREADING on DISASTER
I wen to a customers shop over the Holidays and he expressed concern that he was having quite a few thread breaks and other issues of late in his shop, and I wanted to see why, they embroidery designs he has run worked for previously on his equipment and he mention he having a lot of issue now. I got their and he said they added the screen printing business several month ago to their shop and the printing press is very close to the embroidery
In this article we will look at how to use the blends for the real world and how you can use previous techniques from earlier blogs. We will look at a couple different examples, and the trick is to put the underlay on the first layer only as all the other layers will generally sit on top.
Simple Fly Fish Hook with Blends
Step 1 . Lay the underlay down using a lattice to hold the shape while l
The new Tajima DG15 uses the same platform as Tajima DGML by Pulse Version 14 so the look and feel of the layout should seem quite familiar for those migrating over from version 14.
If your migrating over from version 11, 12, or 13 you may want to read the document on setting your embroidery digitizing software up as many tool bars, and settings are optional.
While this version looks quite similar to Version 14 they
In this section we will take a closer look at how to make and use blends, the shape depends on the method your using as not all methods will work for all the shapes. There are several tools that you can use to create blend with including the Satin Tool, Complex fill tool, Radial Fill Tool, Auto Blend Tool, and for Tajima Pulse version 14 users the density bead tool. We will look at the above tools and walk you through making blends and the set
In this Blog we walk you try how to get various results in blending, you will need the Tajima Pulse Maestro option to be able to do this easily. You will need to sew the different patterns out to appropriate the different techniques offered below.
Two Color Blend Technique
I recommend that you make a solid background color, best works with similar colors like reds and orange or orange and yellow, but I have it down with blue and red so its easy to see. You will first need to make a shape ,
Introduction to Embroidery Blending Colors.
In this blog we will introduce you to some terminology the you will need to understand to make blends possible. We will also explain the different methods for creating blends in your embroidery software.
Density The density is a value of how close the stitches are to one another, there are few ways to measure it depending on the units you use. The three units are Stitches Per Inch (spi) Points (pts) Millimeters (mm) the stand
When learning to digitize half the battle is knowing how to use the tools and what tools to use to get a desired look. Whether you have a basic digitizing level or the highest level possible if you do not know how to use the different tools you are no further ahead. In this blog we look at using the basic tools, including the RUN tool, satin tool and fill tool.
I consider these the most simple of design as your only using one tool. When you get a grasp for this
Common Digitizing Mistakes
In the embroidery industry their are thousands of machine embroidery digitizers trying to make a living , and digitizing in house, in this blog we are going to take a look at some of the common mistakes digitizers make when making embroidery designs. Issues from a poorly digitized design could be unnecessary trims, unnecessary jumps, too many color changes and not enough compensation, to dense, and the list goes on.
When embroidery digitizing its very important that you have some artistic knowledge, even though you may not have any artwork back ground you should be able to look at most embroidery designs and determine what should be in the background and what should be in the fore ground. This is important as you it will give you an idea of which embroidery thread sequence to lay down first so it looks proportional.
The first thing you need to do when looking at a embroider
In embroidery shops we all fall into a similar pattern, we stock a variety of standard towel gift sets for baby showers, some promotional products for companies , some screen printed t-shirts, a large embroidered jacket back and possibly some embroidered hats with various logos on them. I was guilty of this myself. Since opening up my new retail shop this past May I started thinking outside of the box on what I could decorate to make my work stand out. I went down to a local thrift store
News in Embroidery Office Version 15.00 - New in this version
File Menu redesigned. Application Button was replaced by a wider menu. The user interface of all the functions was improved.
Start Page window redesigned, providing direct access to frequently used functions when opening the application.
New function: Post embroidery design samples through Twitter.
In Tajima DGML by Pulse there is an option which also come standard to allow you to make a stitch called a fur stitch. However I like the manual way which is available in many other levels. I will illustrate both in this document.
Why should you use a fur stitch ? Well a fur stitch can be used as a layer to add depth to a embroidery design, here are a few examples where the embroidery design has a fur stitch as the base layer
This week we are going to cover Manual Applique, this technique can be reproduced for jobs in production without the use of an inline cutter. All you need is a pair of scissors and some patience.
( This technique is great for those who DO NOT have an inline cutter )
You will need the following to make a design like these.
- 13 inch Hoop
- some felt
Puckering (also known as cupping) is the gathering of material in an embroidery design which results in noticeable mounds of fabric and/or curled embroiderydesigns. This is undesirable in quality stitching and when it occurs, the cause of the problem should be determined and corrected. There are a number of factors which can contribute to puckering and they include:
The embroidery design
Often design stitch densities are simply too high and editing is required to reduce this density. A qua