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Old November 16th, 2016, 05:32 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Im pretty decent with more designs, when it comes to logos with fills, they are my nightmare for the most part, especially big fills on hats, I can never make them look right.
i'm not sure what you mean with the overlap on the edges...you shouldn't need them there? it helps to have the fill stitch end point at the natural end of the fill stitch area. that's one thing i really don't like about wilcom. it puts the end points at the closest point of the next stitch group...even if there is a color change. i find myself going through and moving things around a lot...or running manual run stitches from the end of one stitch group to the beginning of the next. for caps...if there is a large area of fill...i've come up with a super secret type of manual underlay that really helps keep things right with caps. hahaha if you want to email me i'll send you an example
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Old November 16th, 2016, 05:36 PM   #22 (permalink)
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As digidana is painfully aware, I'm in the throes of newbieness. But I love it and found that the hours slip away while I learn how to digitize.

At some point, I'd like to attend one of Wilcom's in-house training courses and would love to hear if anyone has attended one of those in Atlanta.
i thought you did pretty darned good job for your first shot! i've seen way worse done by digitizers who are getting paid for it. i used capital automation's software for the first 20 years and just switched to wilcom in july so i'm still learning it too. wish they had an advanced class. i went to the atlanta class in july and picked up a good bit, but they spent a LOT of time doing cutesy stuff like monograms that i'll never use. i keep meaning to go through the cd a chapter at a time to learn more. i'm sure there are tons of features i'm not using that would make life easier. i just learned the benefits of input B yesterday.
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Old November 16th, 2016, 07:17 PM   #23 (permalink)
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As digidana is painfully aware, I'm in the throes of newbieness. But I love it and found that the hours slip away while I learn how to digitize.
At some point, I'd like to attend one of Wilcom's in-house training courses and would love to hear if anyone has attended one of those in Atlanta.
i thought you did pretty darned good job for your first shot! i've seen way worse done by digitizers who are getting paid for it. i used capital automation's software for the first 20 years and just switched to wilcom in july so i'm still learning it too. wish they had an advanced class. i went to the atlanta class in july and picked up a good bit, but they spent a LOT of time doing cutesy stuff like monograms that i'll never use. i keep meaning to go through the cd a chapter at a time to learn more. i'm sure there are tons of features i'm not using that would make life easier. i just learned the benefits of input B yesterday.
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Old November 19th, 2016, 09:34 AM   #24 (permalink)
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they spent a LOT of time doing cutesy stuff like monograms that i'll never use. i keep meaning to go through the cd a chapter at a time to learn more. i'm sure there are tons of features i'm not using that would make life easier. i just learned the benefits of input B yesterday.
I'll probably wave off then and not take the course. I have found a bunch of training videos online via their site and also on YouTube. On the embroidery side, changed out my first bobbin (thanks YouTube)! So, so much easier than even 15 years ago with the host of resources out there!
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I didn't know whether to start a new thread or to just add to this general rules of thumb digitizing discussion. I am digitizing a design for a soft knit polo-like shirt and this has to be one of the worst fabrics I digitize for! The design is mainly text and of all things a fat/thin font both large and small. It seems I have to re teach myself every time I digitize for this fabric! Are there some rules you have to strictly stick by when digitizing for this fabric? I am never satisfied totally with the results. Even when I look at examples in the store for soft knit garments and compare what I have done, there is not much difference but the letters are not pristine. Please share what works for you. Thanks so much!
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Old March 6th, 2017, 08:13 PM   #26 (permalink)
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i went to the training class in atlanta last july. it did help get me started using wilcom. its way different from the old software i used the first 20 years. but they spent a lot of time doing cutesy stuff, like the monogram features, the team names thing, etc. they didn't spend any time at all on actual digitizing technique...it was all kind of learning the different buttons and what they do. i really wish they had an advanced class. i spent half my time actually doing work in class. don't tell.
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Old December 26th, 2017, 06:35 PM   #28 (permalink)
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Hello Professional Embroiders
I have a question about sizes
You have helped me a little when you said under 1.3 mm, it should be running stitch and between 1.3 to 6mm, it should be satin stitch. My question is do you know the size of Triple Run, Sculpture Run, Back Stitch, Stem Stitch and Zig Zag Stitch.
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