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  1. What is Chenille ? Chenille embroidery is textured embroidery that is created by forming loop stitches on the top side of the fabric being embroidered. Using wool, cotton, or acrylic yarns, it creates a unique texture that sets your embroidery apart from common, everyday embroidery designs. What do you need ? You will need a digitizing level of the embroidery digitizing software, the option for Chenille and a Chenille machine, contact your distributor for information on Chenille machines and software packages. I recommend that you have Tajima Illustrator Extreme with the Chenille option pack and fonts. What units should I use? When working with Chenille its recommended that your units and density be set to the Metric system as it allows for easier adjustments on values. When using the Metric system every thing is a base of example 10 mm =1 cm one inch equal 2.5 cm or 25 mm. Recommend secondary tools In addition to using Tajima Pulse I would recommend you have Corel Draw for designing the vector files with all the offset set ready to go, I recommend Corel as you can bring the artwork in using the draw fusion tool. If you design all the embroidery designs you will have many more flexible tools for the artwork side before converting it into chenille, ( Optional) you can punch it in Tajima Pulse but it may be more time consuming. Chenille Stock Fonts When you purchase the Chenille option and font pack you will be given a few fonts , However you may want to check with your distributor about purchasing some of the specialty fonts available. Not all Chenille fonts listed are standard in the Chenille package. Check with your local distributor. Chenille Tools Depending on your level and whether you have the option for Chenille you may or may not have these tools. These embroidery software tools only work with the software for Chenille,regular embroidery machines do not need these tools. Chenille Stitch Types When working with chenille its important to understand the different applications or types of stitches. In the image below we have high lighted different stitch type and what they look like, Chenille Tips When working with chenille you should have a good understanding of the settings, also you need to know how to use your vertex select tool, your artwork tools as its easier to convert artwork to chenille than draw with it. You will also need to know how to reduce nodes and edit the artwork for chenille. Computer Recommendations for Chenille Its very important to have a well tuned digitizing computer, I recommend a Pentium 4 or equivalent Quad core computer with Windows 7 or Windows 8 64 Bit with 8 to 16 GB of ram. I also recommend the fastest chip and at least a 64 MB video card for working on Chenille. If your computer is not fast enough you will have a lot of idle time when converting your large file, and or it will crash causing you to loose your work, the converting process is very taxing on the computer. Chenille Uses What can you use Chenille for often on sport jackets for racing teams, football , soccer team jackets and or specialized patches. It requires a solid structure to hold the wait, usually stitched on felt which is then stitched on to the jackets. How ever Letterman jackets can hold the stitching well. Author: Frank Prokator
  2. Tajima Pulse version 15 new release! In the new version, we have improved many embroidery features of the program so you will have an increasingly productive tool compatible with new technologies. Have also improved integration with other apparel decoration specialties, making this version the most powerful multi-decoration professional embroidery digitizing software of the market. New features in Tajima DG15 to help increase your productivity include: Superior Anchor Point Functionality New Fill Options for Wave Effects and Complex Fills New Slice Options: Breakup, Rectangle Slice Advanced Quotation Estimator Increased Snapping Functionality Vertical Text Capability Touch-Screen Support Best Sequin Features in the Industry New Monogramming Wizard Accessible from your mobile device Superior Vector Features Users are easily able to add multiple anchor points. Anchor points can be quickly converted by pressing control and right clicking. Cusp to Smooth Smooth to Straight (results in Cusp) Symmetric to Smooth This new function helps users doing embroidery designs for carbon layer. Select one or more nodes with the Vertex Select Tool and right click on one of the selected nodes to open a function list for nodes. The Move Anchors option in this list allows users to enter values for selected nodes to be moved. Alignment features have been added for the following: Vertical alignment to top, bottom and center/none Horizontal alignment to left, right and center/none Breakup can now be applied to virtual slice segments. This feature will breakup each sliced section. After breaking up, virtual slicing is lost and user can only use combine for branching. Rectangle Slice Tool has been created. New Fill Options for Wave & Complex Fills Standard and carved fills can be used together with a wave effect. This means that wave fills maintain the pattern assigned to them and do not distort the embroidery pattern. Revolving complex fill. Stitches generate in a revolving path Complex Fill Modifier will have repeats and patterns mirror those in complex fill. During stitch generation, it collects the overlapping outlines and settings and modifies the complex fill stitch generation in those overlapping areas. Improved Quotation Estimator Users can rotate the 3D embroidery design image within the Quotation Estimator. This feature allows the user to pre-populate information from previously entered/stored customer data. Increased Snapping Functionality Users have the ability to select nodes and snap them to an art segment or snap them to grid. When modifying a segment snap to guidelines on the canvas. Snapping to anchor points is now available. Vertical Text Capability A Vertical Text Tool has been added. This tool includes vertical spacing between characters. The default value is 25% of the reference height of the embroidery font. Vertical text can be adjusted using vertical justify New embroidery machine integration features Display messages to machine operators on the controller through your design Set the maximum speed of the machine through your design Using the Latest Technology • DG15 takes advantage of the latest hardware and operating systems with powerful 64-bit processing and CorelDRAW X7 support PulseCloud lets you to create, manage and browse your machine embroidery designs from multiple devices. Moving into the cloud opens the door for various mobile and social possibilities, enabling you to take your business on-the-go and access your designs and machine status securely on multiple devices. • Browse your embroidery design portfolio • Create new embroidery designs and change text from templates • Send embroidery designs to machines • Monitor embroidery machine status
  3. Digitizing Corners 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 manually adjust corners and the effects of cornering. Types of corners There are several types of corners used in the embroidery field; Auto-Turn Cornering Mitered Cornering Hand Sewn Cornering Capped Cornering Auto Turned Corners Generally in most designs you will often see the auto turned style of corner, where the corner is used at right or obtuse angles, they allow for the angle lines to be placed in a manner that they can curve in a natural fashion. Below is an auto turned corner. Mitered Style Corners Generally mitered corners are used when the corner is really acute or tight angles or when your working with small lettering. The example below is primitive , normally a mitered corner would over lap a bit so they do not pull apart or leave gaps. Hand Sewn Corners You would thing that this is not ideal but there are a lot of fonts out their that use this cornering method. Here is an exampled of the letter "V" with the hand sewn corner. Capped Corners Capped corners is a way of hiding the dividing lines when sewing a corner, and sometimes they use a high bread corner like on this font It caps the top but then mitered part of it too. Terminology There are several terms that you will need to understand when working with corners. Angle Lines Are lines with beads on either side the give the direction to how the stitches are to be sewn. Angle Line Tool The angle line tools allows you to select and manipulate or draw angle lines on the embroidery designs. Works with Beads. See the tool below. Beads The beads are line nodes or black dots on when end of the angle lines, they can me moved by clicking on them with the Angle Line Tool. Beads Tools This tool turns on the beads so that you can view them and be able to edit them. Tips for Cornering When you use angle lines to go around the corner give the stitch time to travel around the corner try not to force it into a small area as it will cause the stitches to bunch up and it will have a greater tendency to cause puckering on some fabrics. Usually you will see puckering when a corner has too many stitches and no short stitches . This is very common with digitizers that are newer and that is why a lot of design opt for using a miter corner or a capped corner or a combination of them both. If you your using a corner like a mitered make sure you over lap part of the design or gaps will appear and it will look shabby. Do not get angle line happy, some digitizer will tend to put too many angle lines and its not necessary. Typically you need one angle line near the start on the column one about 1/4 inch from a corner on either side with a slight angle to it and one near the end, on circles four or five is all that's necessary. Settings When using steil stitches you will need to watch how it tries to do a corner and there is some simple fixes that can help you. Here is a example of steil of the letter M where the circles are. You can edit the steil to correct the wrap around the corners , this is often needed on applique style fonts that have a steil border or outline fonts and other embroidery designs where steil is used. Splitting Anchors Typically what you can do this by using the vertex select tool drawing a small box around the area this will highlight the anchors, right click on the anchor you want to separate, choose separate anchor. Here is what the results will look like. Very much improved. This will help on any steil border. On satin stitches you cane either edit your angle embroidery stitches or slice it or cap it to get the same look. When doing satin stitches you want your right angle corners to auto short stitch this is seen below, this will not pucker. However if you do not take this into consideration when cornering with the satin tool you will end up with stitches like this. In this examples all the needle penetrations are very tight too many stitches in one area will cause puckering on nylon, satin and delicate fabrics. Note: For digitizers you need to master how to corner the design properly, watch how you put your angle lines down, try not to put them so close together the software will try to space the corners out, when your using a satin style stitch, as long as you do not force to many angle lines on an area. Tip .. Go to your local fabric store pick up some satin and use this to practice making corners, this is one of the fabric that will pucker if you do not do your corner, if you master it on this fabric all other fabrics will sew out correctly. Author: Frank Prokator
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