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How do you compensate for stitches pulling in?
carolyn101
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Date: 6/26/05 8:19 PM

Hi. I am new to both digitizing and machine embroidery. Machine embroidered areas naturally pull in toward the centre and so you end up with slightly smaller fill areas than the design would show on paper. This results in a gap between some of my adjacent stitched areas where they do not meet up properly (as in a satin border around a fill area). My question is this..... is it common to compensate for this by overlapping objects when digitizing the design or is this best fixed by playing with tensions and stabilizer? Your thoughts would be a great help to this beginner.

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Carolyn.

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Date: 6/26/05 8:22 PM

Carolyn, it's best to compensate for this in the digitizing. Simply pull those areas out farther to compensate for the pull of the stitching. This nearly always happens in the direction of the fill but sometimes problem areas aren't apparent until the first sewout has been done. Some software allows you to set the pull compensation up or down so I'd check that before doing it manually.

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Date: 7/1/05 9:39 AM

I agree with Gigi. It's best to address compensation issues in your digitizing software. Also it's important to do your test using the same fabric/stabilizer that you're planning to use for your final sewout. I've done tests on muslim that came out perfect, but when I sewed out my "final", I had compensation problems. In the book, You Can Digitize, the author recommends overlapping. I do that for large gaps, working in small increments, and doing a test sew after each adjustment. Small areas of gap are easily fixed by increasing compensation in your edit function. Just be patient -- it may several tries to get it right.

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Date: 7/1/05 10:11 AM

It's also best to do your trial sew-out on the same or similar fabric as your garment. I see a lot of people doing sew-outs on felt - *everything* looks great on felt!

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Date: 7/3/05 6:38 PM

I do all my sew outs on muslin, eventually I will have enough to make a quilt. It will be just for me, all my oops blocks and all. I am a beginner also in the area of digitizing so I am learning the same things, pull compensation, where to place the satin stitch outline so it stitches over the very edge of a design, a lot to learn but loving it.

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Date: 7/3/05 7:42 PM

Thank you for all your responses. I use Janome Digitizer 10000 and there is a garment compensation feature included. Even so I have found I do need to manually alter some parts of the design. A note to everyone who is thinking of trying digitizing - do it. I got my first embroidery machine (Janome MC 10001) a few weeks ago with Digitizer and I have found the software really easy to use even for the complete beginner ... me! I had satisfactory results straight away and have just finished some sweatshirts for my son and friends customised with their favorite characters and name for his 5th birthday. I am very proud of myself and my son is thrilled.

Carolyn

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