I’M BAAAACK!

After taking a week off because of medical issues, I am back and jumping in with both feet!

Today’s video is pretty cool – I am trying to cover as much as I can, for each cutter that I have.  I have the newest Cricut Maker, Silhouette Cameo 3 as well as the Brother Scan N Cut DX225 Innovis edition.  If you have one of those cutters, you will be in luck for getting videos!  Ha!

IN this video, I create an SVG in Hatch – there are more than one way to do this – and I am using Corel to help me create it.  Because why not?  Corel is there, might as well use it!

Once I have my nice SVG – remember that it is a SCALABLE vector graphic, so you will be able to resize it – I take it in to each of the 3 different software and make a cut file!

So easy, and your applique will never look the same!!

Enjoy!

What do you know about nodes? Save time with editing nodes!

Working with object nodes will save you time in the end.  If you make a mistake digitizing, you don’t have to start all over again – simply edit the nodes!!

Nodes are those little points that you place down every time you click the mouse when you are making an object.  Left click makes a straight node, and a right click makes a curved node.  What happens if you make a mistake, or want to change something in your object?  That is when the nodes come in handy.   Let’s go over a few things with nodes that will make object editing easier and faster than ever.

Once you have completed your object, and you want to make changes, the first thing you need to do is select the object (by clicking on it) and then click on the Reshape Icon  at the top left of your screen (this works for Wilcom E4 and Wilcom Hatch, but your sofware will be similar – look for editing nodes, nodes, edit button.   Once you click on that, the nodes will appear!  Now you can start working with the nodes to change or fix your embroidery object.

how to select nodes

There are two different kinds of nodes:  straight nodes and curved nodes.    The small yellow square indicates a straight node that forms a straight line or a cusp.  The light blue circle indicates a curved line.  Pretty easy to remember, right?  Square for straight, and circle for curves.

how to make curvesTo work with a specific node, you need to select that node first.  You can also select a bunch of nodes by left-clicking and dragging a bounding box around a group of nodes.  Once you click on a node, the node should turn dark blue – that is the darker blue color that lets you know that the node is now selected .  The other nodes will appear yellow.  These colors apply for Wilcom Hatch and Wilcom E4 – your software may have a different color scheme, but once you play around in “node mode” you will figure out the difference between selected nodes and non selected nodes.

Once you have selected that node, you can click and hold down your left mouse button and drag that node around and change your object.  If you were not precise enough in your node placement, you can quickly hop into reshaping (select your object first) and align your nodes,  and zoom right in and place them where they need to be placed!

Another thing you can do with nodes is change their type!  Yes you can – you do not need to delete and start your object all over again, you can do some fixing.  You can change your node from a curve to straight (circle to square) and vice versa – from a straight to a curve!  All you have to do is select the node (make sure it is dark blue) and hit the spacebar, and the node will change for you!  Of course, that will make big changes to your object, so if you don’t like it, hit spacebar again and it will go back to where you started – either back to a straight node, or a curved node.

There are a few more things you can try.  What happens if you add too many nodes or have nodes that you don’t need?  Select the node and hit the delete key.  It is that simple – select and delete and your node is gone!  What if you want to add more nodes to finesse your embroidery object even more?  When you are in reshape, just left click on the place where you want the node, and it will be inserted.  If you want the opposite node that was inserted, then select and hit spacebar to change it.

So instead of starting all over again on an object that isn’t quite right, try fixing your object using nodes – it is fast and easy and once you get the basics down, you will find its very easy to make adjustments and make better embroidery.

Happy Digitizing!

Now you know more about nodes!

SueB

Learn How to Digitize: Cute Cat Design

learn to digitize embroidery

Learn how to digitize this cute cat design, step by step

Wilcom Hatch/Janome Digitizer MBX V5 beginner embroidery lesson, beginner level.

Learn how to digitize this awesome and cute cat design – learn step by step by step how to digitize this super cute embroidery design.   In this class, we use some different techniques to complete the design and learn a few different ways to accomplish the digitizing – there are always different ways to digitize the same design.  By the end of the class, you will learn how to properly place nodes – left and right clicks for straight and curved lines – and doing them in the right order, remove overlaps, the clone tool and the reshape tool to name a few.

Many people ask the question ” if I have a 6×10 design that I have created, can i change it to a 3 x 3 design”?   The quick answer is “yes” although you are going to have to make some changes.  Once we have finished digitizing the design that we created, we then take the design and make it considerably smaller!  We look at the design and fix the errors – changing the stitch types, angle lines and make the design look great at a small size, too.

Janome Digitizer MBX V5 and Hatch are practically the same program – Wilcom makes both of the programs!  The programs are almost exactly the same and work the same – so we consider each program to be interchangeable – the digitizing tools are split up on the tabs on tleft-handand side list, but they are pretty easy to sort out.  Janome Digitizer V5 has one or two different tools, but the rest of the program is the same.   How awesome is that?  The two programs are so closely related, they are almost sisters!

So check out this new class, and learn to digitize like a pro!  Step by step instruction will help you through the digitizing process.

 

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