Welcome to the PREMIER+™ Newsletter. This month we will look at how easily you can create Endless embroidery designs using PREMIER+™ Embroidery. See how quickly you can stitch nicely aligned borders or pattern repeats, symmetrically placed across your project.
The Endless icon appears in the Wizards tab (as shown in the illustration) in the Ribbon bar of the PREMIER+™ Embroidery module. The Endless Embroidery function adds alignment markers to help precisely align your repeated hoopings so they fit against each other correctly.
You can also select the Gap or spacing between repeated hoopings, and whether to repeat the original design as many times as possible within a single hooping.
The PREMIER+™ Embroidery module is in the PREMIER+™ EMBROIDERY, PREMIER+™ EXTRA, and PREMIER+™ ULTRA software packages.
Another icon that's useful when working with Endless Hoop settings is the Hoop icon . Many machine brands have specialty hoops that allow you to quickly move the fabric and close the hoop to facilitate stitching borders or bands of design repeats within your project.
The Endless Wizard , found in the Wizards tab in PREMIER+™ Embroidery guides you through adding alignment marker stitches and setting spacing between the repeat hoopings of the Endless designs. Before opening the Endless Wizard, use the Hoop icon in the Quick Access toolbar to select a hoop for your embroidery machine.
The designs in the illustration are SuperDesign elements from Music 3, Design 1 - Staff, elongated horizontally to make a longer staff; Music 4, Design 3 – 128th Note, and Design 4- Eighth note; and Music 6, Design 7 – Eighth Notes. Size was adjusted with the green select box handles as preferred.
Select the Hoop icon from the Quick Access toolbar at the top of the work area to open the Hoop Selection dialog. Hoop Type contains options for selecting hoops by brand and size.
Use the Hoop Group scrolling menu to select from many brands and models of embroidery machines.
Orientation lets you design in the hoop in a Natural orientation (vertical for most hoops, as they clip on the embroidery arm) or Rotated (rotated 90 degrees counterclockwise on most machines).
If a special hoop for your specific brand isn't shown, select Enter Size. Type in the Width and Height in inches or millimeters to create a 'generic' hoop with a stitchable area of your machine's hoop. (The PREMIER+™ Embroidery software is so smart, it can automatically do the math, whichever number system you use!) You can adapt any hoop you own for stitching Endless Embroideries!
Once you select the Endless icon , the dialog box offers several options for setting up embroidery designs so they can be hooped quickly to create a border or repeated pattern across your project.
Fabric Direction is set by how you plan to move the fabric through the hoop for subsequent hoopings.
End Markers stitch to show you where to locate as the machine moves the needle over the exact point for the start of the subsequent embroidery.
Marker Positions determine how many markers are used, and their location. Tip: Use Both for maximum alignment points.
Gap sets the distance between repeats, and at the starting and ending of the Endless Designs.
Repeat Embroidery is useful when you have a single element you want to repeat as many times as possible before rehooping.
The Hoop Information box shows the size selected Hoop.
The Preview window gives a visual of how the finished Endless Design will appear, info about the design size, number of thread changes, and stitch count, and the Zoom slider helps see the overlap and repeat areas in closer view.
Let's create an Endless Embroidery, so you get a better idea of how the process works!Select a hoop, and arrange some embroideries, then use The Endless Wizard to place marker stitches for aligning your designs, and set the gap between the sections of your endless design.
Did you know that PREMIER+™ Embroidery software has virtually unlimited hoop sizes? Use Enter Size and type in the height and width of your hoop's stitch field to make your own custom hoop size!
Best wishes from PREMIER+™
PS: Watch for the PREMIER+™ newsletter next month as we look at how to use the Control Strip's tools in the PREMIER+™ Modify module.