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Old July 24th, 2006, 01:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello to all. I am not as experienced yet with embroidery so as to be expected, I'm having some problem that I can not seem to figure out. I was hoping for some tips on how to overcome my problem. OK, i've gone every which way I can think of but I still don't know whats causing the problem. I have read the manual thoroughly several times by now, replaced the thread, bobbin and even the fabric and backing, but still there are gaps inside the design. What I mean is I have a logo with 4 colours and two of the colours inside this logo do not touch each other like they are suppose to. The fabric should no show thru between them. Did that make sense? I'm hoping someone reading has experienced this. I must have already done 12 samples of a 18000 stitches logo and it's such a waste! THANKS!!
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Old July 24th, 2006, 10:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It looks like it's the design itself that's the problem. Did you digitize the design yourself or did you let someone else do it?
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Old July 25th, 2006, 11:46 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Hi Marc, I contract out my digitizing but this is really VERY simple logo that I'm trying to do because I don't want to waste the expensive digitizing software I purchased. I don't want to get tutored by the digitizer I'm using because I don't think it's appropriate. The small order is not due for another week and a half so I thought I'd give digitizing a go. I've read the digitizing manual and received some training but I'm still puzzled

I don't want to get my tutor for something that could be very trivial cuz he charges a minimum of 2 hours plus travel expenses. If I can't figure it out then i'll give him a ring or better yet just let my digitizer do it

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Old July 25th, 2006, 10:40 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I know you're looking at the design on your monitor and thinking everything seems fine, but in reality what looks great on screen does not necessarily mean it will look great once it's embroidered. Stitching/embroidering creates a push/pull effect on the fabric. You are most likely not providing adequate pull compensation for the design elements in question. I don't know which digitizing software you're using, but any decent software has a feature that allow you to adjust for this effect.

In short, what you want to happen is for the troublesome areas of the design to overlap. If your software does not have this feature, you can simply manually digitize the outline so that they overlap.

What you can do is find designs that you've already embroidered (the great ones) and open up those designs in your software to compare them to the design you're digitizing now. You will notice the overlapping I'm referring to.

You mentioned that you're not experienced with embroidery yet. Once you have more embroidery experience and understand what it takes to produce quality embroidery, you'll become a better digitizer. Download free designs from reputable sources that stitch-out great and study those designs, in essence, learn from the best.
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Old July 26th, 2006, 09:38 AM   #5 (permalink)
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what you said make sense about overlapping those parts. I always thought designs with overlaps were wasting stitches so that's what they are for i guess I have much to learn
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