WILCOM HATCH: RADIAL STITCHES

Another awesome stitch effect that is available on Wilcom Hatch:  RADIAL STITCHES.  If you don’t know what radial stitches are, keep reading!  Its a great effect that adds dimension, interest and complexity to any embroidery design.

Radial stitches are similar to contour stitches, in that they move around in a radius from a point.  One of the big differences is where that centre point is located.  In Wilcom Hatch, you can actually move that centre point anywhere you want in the design, even off the design!  This means that you can have the stitches radiating out from any point that you want – and you can change the entire look of the design.

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In the picture above, I used a tatami stitch with a pattern and set the centre point outside of the first oval, and then used the circle copy feature to make this flower.  As you can see, the ovals merged and the radial stitch still kept its pattern!  I added a plain tatami circle in the middle, and just like that I have a flower – an interesting flower that has a pattern, style dimension and interest!  For a 1 minute flower, i think it looks pretty good!!!

In the picture below, i have set up the oval:  under digitize tools, draw a circle and then apply the radial stitches to it, then use the reshape tool to move the centre point to just below the bottom end of the oval.

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After the oval shape element has been set up, then I went to the layout panel and picked the Circle Copy tool and played around with it until i got the shape that I wanted – a pretty little flower.  I merged all of the ovals into one piece to create my cute little flower embroidery.

Check out this quick tip video and see the Radial Stitch in action!

Wilcom Hatch: Layout features are incredible

At OML we are all about embroidery – and digitizing – and different embroidery software programs that accomplish this. If I could have every embroidery program, I would own all of them!! While I do understand that I am enthusiastic and passionate about digitizing to say the least, I am also always up for new things – especially in embroidery software.  I am not paid by any company to work with their software, I do this all on my own and at my own expense, so I have no loyalty or bias to any digitizing software company.

And of course, before I use or review or even do videos on any software, I work very very hard with it on a daily basis to see what that software can do!  I do many different designs, bring in pictures, complicated designs and typography too  – and put the software to the test!  I do spend lots of time working with the software so I know all of its capabilities and faults.  I am here to highlight my findings on the best parts of the software – I am testing and working with them out so you don’t have to!

Enter Wilcom Hatch.

Wilcom Hatch is a brand new embroidery software program that has been released just this year. Don’t make the mistake that its super expensive and out of your range:  it is not the same as the Wilcom E3 program that has huge functionality at a professional level, and also the professional level price tag, but it has all the power of Wilcom in a simple to use program for every day digitizers and embroidery. Now don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that Hatch is a “simple” embroidery program – Wilcom Hatch is very powerful and can accomplish just about any task! The “simple” in the above sentence means that it is very user friendly and very easy to use.

I can’t really hide my enthusiasm with this software – I think Wilcom has come up with a program that is going to change embroidery digitizing for everyone. Hatch has it all there, right in front of you – and at a price you can afford (personally I would love to have Wilcom E3 as well). That being said, here is one of the most amazing embroidery features that I have seen in a long time.

Wilcom Hatch: Layout Module.

You have to check out the video to really understand what the Layout Module can do. Its super easy and puts the fun back into embroidery. You won’t believe what you can do with this software – this is only one feature! In Layout, you can mirror copy Horizontal, mirror copy vertical, mirror-copy both and of course the amazing and super fun circle layout!! These are just words, you need to see it in action. Its a game changer.

Take 5 minutes to see what layout can do for you:

 

Embird Update: 10.17

Have you updated Embird yet?  you should be on 2016 version 10.17 – the last update was on March 16, 2016.  If you have not already updated your software, you should do it!

There are are few bugs that they have fixed:

Embird is now able to process the new Pfaff .VP4 format. It will convert to and also from this format.
Fixed bug in .FCM format.
Fixed bug in Iconizer for processing .SVG files and .EMB files.
Fixed bug in Alphabet and Font Engine plug-in causing stacking of objects.

New changes:

New function “Insert Knockdown Stitching” added to color popup menu in Editor.
Support for Janome Cutwork Needles 1-4 and Viking Cutwork Needles 1-4 added to color popup menu in Editor.

Good news about adding a whole new feature to Embird – adding knockdown stitching to your stitch files!  Thank you Embird!!

But wait, what are knockdown stitches??  Knockdown stitches are somewhere between an underlay stitch and a fill stitch. Knockdown stitches can be very handy, indeed.   They are stitched first on a design, and knockdown stitches are meant to make a firm base for your actual embroidery.  A good example is if you are going to embroider a design on a towel – if you simply embroider the design using backing, you will find that the nap of the towel may just show through your embroidery!  Yucch!  Nobody wants that look.  Yes, you can use WSS (water soluble) as a topper for the embroidery (you can float the WSS on the towel before you embroider, and it will help the stitches stay on top of the  fabric).  However, WSS can be messy and awkward and might not necessarily have the clean look that you want.  The solution is knockdown stitches.  Knockdown stitching will lay a nice base of not-too-dense stitches down before your actual embroidery – providing the perfect place for your embroidery – with no material nap showing through!  How awesome is that?  Knockdown stitches are simple to do, and Embird has provided a quick and easy method to do them – the option for knockdown stitches is right in editor, just a click away!

I have created this quick tip video to show you how to create your knockdown stitches and some of the features in the stitches – the parameters you can change and what settings to use.

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New Embird Tutorial video – all about stitches!

If you have finished the first two tutorials for an introduction to Embird, or you are familiar with embroidery digitizing, you can move on to our their video that is all about stitches.  The video is full of information, quick tips and shortcuts to help you on your way with learning digitizing.  By the end of this 45 minute tutorial, you will be armed with digitizing skills to help you get started creating your own designs and editing designs.

 

Introduction to Embird: Part 1, Episode 2

Continuing on from the first video – an introduction to Embird Part 2.  In this video we explain all of the tools in Embird Studio and how they work!  You should be able to play around with Embird and get to know what you can do with the program at the end of this video.