In this lesson we will lay the foundation of what I like to call “Digitizing’s Best Kept Secrets”. These are the first rules I was taught by my Schiffli Mentor over 30 years ago. Although digitizing software was nonexistent at the time, I’ve found that applying these “secrets” to modern software is the difference between creating designs that run well and designs that don’t.
Once the foundation is laid, we’ll get started with practical exercises using your software. They’ll teach you how to control the stitches you’re generating. You’ll quickly learn that what you input on your screen and what sews out on your machine doesn’t need to be a mystery. This first lesson is all about teaching you to have control of your software and the stitches produced.
In the last exercise within this lesson you’ll load the artwork file provided and follow me step-by-step by inputting and using the tools within your specific brand of software. Once done you’ll have completed an artistic sketch work design, which encompasses just the right amount of detail and is stitch friendly when it sews on your machine.
Once you’ve completed the design, you’ll want to sew it out on your machine to see the results. I’ve provided the original stitch file for you to run and compare. Based on the results, I suggest you digitize the design a second time. I’ve found that when learning, the second attempt is always a bit better… seeing the results stitched out gives you a better understanding what you did within the software.
The run time on this video is approximately 40-45 minutes dependent on your software brand. Because these are interactive lessons, you’ll be following along by pausing and playing while digitizing the exercise designs. Completing all the exercises within this and all of our lessons will undoubtedly take time. Please keep in mind that there are many factors which will determine how fast you complete each level. Remember this is not a race.
Happy stitching & congratulations again on taking the first step towards learning the beautiful art of embroidery digitizing. The next step of your Embroidery Legacy starts here with ours.