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Old November 28th, 2015, 05:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Newbie Question on connecting lettering

This is probably a dumb newbie question but I am a dumb newbie so I'll ask it. Is it typical when laying out a job to just let the various letters connect between each one or have a cut at each one? Rule of thumb kind of answer? So far I have seen that it sure sews cleaner/faster if I let it just move to the next letter and then come back and snip the connector after the fact. I just don't have any experience to know what is the regular way. I did some searching but didn't find any definitive answer and maybe there isn't ONE answer. Thanks.
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Old November 28th, 2015, 11:06 PM   #2 (permalink)
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We usually do jump stitches between the characters. If they are close to each other we will leave the stitch. If they are far enough apart that the jump stitch visually distracts from the design we will trim by hand after sewing. If you are going to trim, be sure there is a tie off digitized into each letter or they could unravel.
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Ditto Irsbranding's answer.
Also - if the letters tie-off and cut between each one you also have a LOT more knots of thread to rub against the clients skin.
If the jump stitch is a lighter colour over a darker fabric (and short) then it is possible to hide that jump stitch by touching it (CAREFULLY) with a Sharpie of the appropriate colour.
There is no "right or wrong" answer.
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I can already tell that for anything important I am probably going to just hire out the digitizing for a while. Probably a LONG while and I'll take my time to learn the embroidery more to help me understand all the technical info that coincides with the digitizing. I think that will also let me open and look at what a real job should look like and try my hand separately to see what it takes to get there and thereby learn something substantial.
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I can already tell that for anything important I am probably going to just hire out the digitizing for a while. Probably a LONG while and I'll take my time to learn the embroidery more to help me understand all the technical info that coincides with the digitizing. I think that will also let me open and look at what a real job should look like and try my hand separately to see what it takes to get there and thereby learn something substantial.
Run the designs and study them as they run. Pay attention to how he digitizer handles the sections of the design. Also study underlay methods.
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Run the designs and study them as they run. Pay attention to how he digitizer handles the sections of the design. Also study underlay methods.
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Default Re: Newbie Question on connecting lettering

Great advice in this post!

Question: Which way are you satisfied with the final product? Coloring the thread with markers, clipping all the thread by hand, leaving what the machine does not clip? I am sure there are other methods, but do what works for you!

Also note how it sews on various machines if you have different ones. Not only different brands, but machine settings can play a factor. The Brother BAS 416 I ran would clip between every letter, the Brother BAS 423 would not on the same file. The SWF machine sewed entirely different than the Brothers in that it clipped almost everything.

For added fun, conversion between different programs/file extensions can be an issue also.
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