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When learning the embroidery digitizing software its important to understand the different type of fonts that are included with your Tajima Pulse Software. In this blog we will cover what the font symbols mean, the limitations and options for the selected fonts.In the above image you will see that there are five distinct icons, lets go through and enlighten you on the font and uses. (1) The old style font , this style of font's were digitized in Tajima Pulse version 7 and they do not have any new style options and or flexibility, however they are still used as they are slightly different than the new style counter parts. In your digitizing software you will often see both the old style and new style listed underneath the other.. see below. So what is the difference.. The old style fonts sew each letter from the left side of the letter to the right, the NEW style fonts allow you to sew both from the left side of the letter or the right side of the letter, this is good when putting text on a cap you can choose sew out from the center and it will automatically sew the letters on the left from right to left and on the right side left to right, eliminating the push in the wrong direction. Both fonts will look very close to each other , The new style of embroidery fonts will also allow you to add some options that in the past were very complicated to do. Now these are simple in mind that they add another layer underneath but for most purposes you can add a AUTO SHADOW and or a SIMPLE BORDER to the text .. this option is NOT available on the old style embroidery fonts. DROP SHADOW To add a drop shadow ( Level Specific ) you need to high light your text, go to the properties, go to Auto Shadow, and then check the Drop Shadow check box, and choose your x and y distance and choose your color. SIMPLE BORDER This option is level specific , to add the border you can simply go to your properties, Fill and border section and some option will be grayed out , however you may be able to change as indicated in the next image. In the above image you can see that if you check the ADD A BORDER , than you can set the offset, choose a color , change the density and adjust the thickness. Please note this is an ILLUSION as it adds another satin stitch underneath the other giving the impression that it has a border, due to the size limitation of the satin stitches you will have to judge the border relative to the overall size of the satin stitch used. ( Satin stitch is limited to .42 inch in column width) In Tajima Pulse some fonts will be labeled as secured, these are added to your device and have to be purchased usually independent of the level, although they are sometimes packaged in options from your distributor. You can also purchase embroidery fonts that you need.. Unsecured fonts are general fonts that come with the digitizing software. The last embroidery font options are what they specify and outline fonts, these will generally work with the Dynamic border option using the simple border In review this is a very simple option to simulate a border on text and for most non digitizers its allows you some flexibility to make a standard font into a two color font. Works great on hats. Tip.. make the foreground font density higher than the border density. Author: Frank Prokator
When working with embroidery designs you will come across some limitations on size of text, this is where some back ground information is very helpful. We will cover which Tajima Pulse Fonts have been digitized for larger sizes, how to make a standard letter larger and other options When working with text its important to know the limitation of the satin stitch. The maximum stitch length for satin stitches is .50-.54 depending on your embroidery machine, however I recommend no more than .40 inch as it will be come loopy. You will have to watch the sample sew outs on similar fabric to judge how large you can go with your lettering. To give you a hint your software has a section called "FONT HELP" In their they list all of "Pulse Fonts" and they have information on which fonts can be used and how large you can make them. Font Help 1. Open a new document 2. Go to help.. select fonts Find the font called 2 Col Athletic 75-150 font and view the properties. In the above image at the bottom right side of the screen it will show you the minimum and maximum size for this font. This font should work up to 5.9" in height without manipulation. Here are some examples of standard large embroidery fonts in your embroidery digitizing software, there are more. Two Color Block Min 0.98 inches/25 mm Max 2.56 inches/65 mm Two Color Greek Min 0.98 inches/25 mm Max 2.05 inches/52 mm Two Color Villanova Min 0.98 inches/25 mm Max 5.9 inches/150 mm Western 2 Min 1 inch/25 mm Max 4.92 inches/125 mm Well this is great but very limiting , what if you need a font such as Full Block which has a maximum height of 1.38 inches/35 mm , whether this is where knowing your digitizing software pays you back. Any font can be made to sew out large as long as you know what to do.. Put a letter L using the Full Block font on your screen make it about 5 inches high. You will see that alot of the stitches do not show up.. and if you measure the column with the ruler tool , the column width is .90 inch , (note sometimes the software will show it past the .50 inch ,you always need to know how wide the column is making sure its no large than .40 of inch, or it will have issues.) Now we can adjust the letter so it can be sewn at this size 1. Right Click and go to the properties. 2. Find the Satin Tab. 3. Change the Satin Pattern to Pattern 1 When working with large letters you will need to make sure your underlay, density and compensation is set for the type of embroidery design, fills tend to have a lot of PUSH or PULL on your fabric, you will need a fair bit of underlay like a contour stitch and possibly a zig zag stitch which will also help with the density. Make sure you use med/heavy cutaway for this type of machine embroidery design. For digitizers you can always digitize applique or make your own fonts. Author: Frank Prokator
I was browsing through images to load to practice my digitizing when I noticed the Font folder. I opened it and saw a whole bunch of fonts that I don't have on my drop down menu (baby blanket, beverly, carving, charisma, cola bottle, fine point, humpty dumpty, josephine, rebecca and many more). They all have the extension _fon.pcx. Some of the other fonts that I do have in my drop down menu have this same extension. How can I get these other fonts into my drop down menu so I can use them?