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Cutwork Embroidery Software
Has anyone used these new cutting needles???
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Date: 3/15/11 4:43 PM

I am interested in the Pfaff / Viking cutwork embroidery that uses cutting "needles" - has anyone played with this? I want to use it on my Janome and their product is $800 compared to the $160 for Pfaff / Viking. I'm not sure it will work without at least tricking the machine into thinking the cutting needles are threaded by putting a piece of paper in my thread path - what a pain, but to save $600 it's worth it. IF it will work... anybody know????

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Date: 3/17/11 9:46 AM

I'm not familiar with those brands, but I have the Bernina Cutwork Software and Tool that fits on my 730E. It's an amazing tool and lots of fun to play with, but it is expensive.

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Date: 3/17/11 2:43 PM

I have the Viking cutwork needles kit. It was around $50 and came with four color-coded cutting needles that are like little chisels, a tool for putting them into the machine, and a cd with a few designs and instructions. Only done one cutwork project so far and it worked out well. I have a Viking machine, so Iím not sure how they would work in other machines. When its time to cut, you take out the regular needle and put in one of the chisel needles. The thread does not go through the eye of the needle of courseĖthere is no eye. Donít think you would have the put paper in the thread path though. I didnít unthread the machine, the thread stayed in the rest of the pathway, just didnít go through the needle, kind of left it hanging off to the side. Maybe this would be enough to trick your machine. Cutwork is sort of messyĖlint getting into machine, so best done with a single hole stitch plate. You can also just stop and do your trimming with embroidery scissorsĖthe needles are a little easier though.

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Date: 3/18/11 12:23 PM

The other thing to keep in mind is the Viking/Pfaff cutwork needles work well with designs specifically made for them. You will NOT be able to use these on just any cutwork designs. I think some people have fiddled with regular cutwork designs in their software and were able to use the new needles, but this is in the digitizing portion, or whatever. I do not have those pieces of the software so I cannot tell you what they used.

There are only a few designs out there right now for these new needles, but I am sure there are more on the way. I took the class when they first came out and was very impressed with how they worked. Even though you must change the cutwork needles as the design progresses, it is still less work and less time than doing the cutting as you go along. Although you want to pay attention to where your design is and not skip the cutting parts. (Ask me how I know.)

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Date: 3/20/11 8:58 PM

Cutwork is fun, I enjoy it a lot. It has a learning curve, as does everything.

After the pieces are cut with the cutwork needles, don't remove them right away. Instead, place water soluble stabilizer under the design, and baste around the whole design. Depending on the design, you remove the cut pieces right before the machine gets ready to sew with the last color.

The water soluble stabilizer is fun, it dissolves in warm water or in the wash, whichever you prefer.

One of these days I would love to do a cutwork design on the back of a t-shirt or dress. Epic back reveal.

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Date: 4/3/11 4:47 PM

The new Artistic Embroidery suite includes the cutting needles, (4 needles with angled blades to cut fabric---those included with the software have titanium in them.) The designs are specifically programmed for use with these needles. The software includes a lot of other options besides cutwork: the ability to create your own designs from graphics, the ability to turn existing designs into cutwork and applique, use lettering including true type fonts, change the fill type of existing designs and basic editing.

Here's 2 links artisticewingsuite

creative drawings

The software also has a free hand drawing tool. You can create your designs completely from scratch drawing with your mouse or hook up a pc tablet.

The Pfaff/Viking cutwork needles come with a set of a few designs and I believe you can also purchase replacement cutwork needle sets. They also have a cutwork collection of embroidery designs that can be purchased. The 5D suite software (that can be purchased separately) at the time of release did not have the ability to program the cutwork needles into your own design.

The upper thread sensor must be disengaded in order for the machine to work. It is a good idea to take the bobbin out of the machine when using the cutwork needles to prevent it from bunching up. Many embroidery machines also have a bobbin thread sensor that may need to be turned off.

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