Summer Time Sewing July 2014

July 2014
Summer Time Sewing
Summer is upon us and it’s a great time to relax and enjoy family, friends and the outdoors. Perhaps
you’ve got a trip, vacation or a family reunion that is approaching. Hopefully your schedule isn't too
busy, so you can find some time to sneak away to your sewing space to get your creativity flowing!
This month, we’ll be exploring more options with changing lettering using the Editing software. The
focus is on manipulating individual letters within a word. Perhaps you didn’t realize that each letter
can have its own color, size, position and texture, but it can! You’ll have fun learning just how to
make these changes. The possibilities are almost endless!
Send your student back to school in style by making this month’s project, an adorable crayon pouch!
These darling pouches are quick to make and perfect for gift giving. They can be modified by changing the wording on the pouch. You just may want to make a whole bunch of them! Then, in this
month’s Inside Your Software article, you’ll gain an understanding of the Redraw Design function.
This is a handy “on screen” function that provides useful information on the stitching order of a design, color changes, etc. Hope you’re ready to get started!
Manipulating Individual Letters
We have explored many techniques for creating letter with the software for the SINGER® FUTURATM
sewing & embroidery machine including, lettering frame options, spacing between letters and lines of
text, etc. If you’ve missed any of these topics, be sure to check out past issues of Embroidery Made
Easy which can be found at This month we’re going to look
at how to manipulate individual letters within the same word. When lettering is typed into the software,
all of the letters will have the same style, the same size and direction, color and position within the
lettering frame that you’re using. Perhaps you’d like to mix it up a bit and add some variation to your
text. Did you know that you can change each letter within the text to have its own size, direction, color
and texture? Its simple with features that are built-in and with the Editing software.
There are simple changes such as, size, color and position that can be made within the basic software. We’ll take a look at these first. Open the software for the SINGER® FUTURATM sewing & embroidery machine. Then, select the Lettering icon from the main tool bar.
JULY 2014 Issue Manipulating Individual Letters (cont’d)
Type in Autumn in the text box.
Font- Block Large
Height - 1.20
Space - .08
Justify – Left
Frame – Rectangle
Select Stitch it!
Select Realistic View to see the stitches as they would actually appear when
stitched. Fine details, such as texture, will not show up on the screen if it’s not
in Realistic View.
 Select View from the main tool bar.
 Select Realistic View.
Click on the Lettering icon to shut off the lettering function.
As you can see, the letters are all the same.
There is no variation in style, size, position or
color, and the letters have the same stitching
parameters. In most cases, that’s fine.
Sometimes it’s fun and more interesting to change things up. One option is to change the size, position and direction or angle of a letter. Let’s try this now. Click on the letter “A” to highlight it.
A bounding box will appear around
the letter. The “A” is now separated
from the rest of the word and can be
resized, moved and rotated using the
nodes that are surrounding the letter.
The corner square nodes will resize
the letter keeping its height and width
ratio the same. The corner round
nodes will rotate the letter. The
square nodes on the sides, top and
bottom of the bounding box will
resize the letter changing the height
and width ratio.
Corner square
nodes will resize
the letter keeping
it’s height and
width ratio the
Corner round
nodes will rotate
the letter.
Square nodes
on the sides will
resize the letter
changing the
height and width
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To keep the changes, right
click and select Apply. You
may change any or all of the
letters in this way, one at a
time, or several at a time. To
select more than one letter,
click and drag the cursor over
the letters you wish to capture
together. Those items will be
surrounded by one bounding
box and can be edited as one
object. In the example on the right, the “tu” were selected together, resized and moved as one unit.
Another option within the
basic software is to
change the colors of the individual letters. When
the letters are still in the editable mode (that is,
greyed-out and surrounded by the bounding box),
right click and select Change Color.
A new menu appears with color options. A specific color can be chosen from the assigned Active
Palette, which in this case is Robison-Anton. To do
this, click on the arrow next to the Code color and
choose the color from the
The color can also be
changed by bringing the cursor into the rainbow area of
the box, then clicking on the
color of your choice. If you
prefer a lighter or darker version of the color,
click in the bar on the far right of the box. The
arrow on the bar indicates the chosen color.
Click on OK to set the color.
Until now, the changes that have been made do not affect the stitch parameters of the letters. In the example above, all of the letters are a Satin-type
stitch using the same type of underlay or stretch. To make changes to the
stitch parameters, it is necessary to use the editing software. Select the
Editing icon from the main tool bar.
 Select the “A”.
 Right click, then select Embroidery Settings.
 Notice the stitch parameters—the letters have Central Underlay and
Stretch applied to them. You may choose to leave these settings as is,
or it is also possible to change the stitch properties of the individual
letters within the text.
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There are many factors such as stitch type, the size of letters and the fabric you’re using, that determine which of the underlay options to use for lettering. For additional information on this subject,
please refer back to the Featured Technique in the June 2014 issue of Embroidery Made Easy,
where you’ll find more discussion about the options in Embroidery Settings.
Before moving on, notice the direction of the stitches
in the letters. Look at the red arrows on the letter “u”
on the left. These arrows are showing the angles of
the stitches within the letter. As you can see, the
stitches follow the flow of the curve or angle of the
letter, which creates multiple stitch angles within
each letter. Whatever type of stitch or pattern that is
used will follow the flow of these angles.
Select the letter “A”. Select the Stitch
Type tab—A list appears with the different
types of stitches or “stitch patterns” that
are available to use.
 Step 1/1
 Step 1/2
 Step 1/3
 Step Satin
 Random Step (Catalog)
 Elastic Step (Catalog)
 Step Pattern (Catalog)
Some of these stitch patterns have a catalog which offers hundreds of additional
stitch pattern options. To access these catalogs, click on Catalog and then choose
from the list. Whatever stitch pattern is selected, that pattern will appear in the Preview Window. To get a sneak peak at
how the letter will look, select Apply and
the letter will fill with the new stitch pattern.
Take some time to experiment with the options. There are
many, many possibilities! Each letter can have a different
fill type. The size or width of the letter will determine how
the stitch pattern will look. If the letter is wider, obviously
there is more room to see the pattern. If the letter is too
small, you are best to stick with a satin or step satin stitch.
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The size of the stitch pattern can also be made smaller or larger by changing the value in Max
Size and/or Distance. The letters below are the same size and are filled with the same stitch pattern, however, the Max
Size and/or Distance values have been changed.
The smaller the value,
the smaller the size of
the stitch pattern and the
larger the number the
larger the stitch pattern.
One word of caution, not
everything that looks fine
on the screen will stitch out well. A small stitch pattern may have too many stitches, resulting in the
embroidery becoming too stiff and hard. A larger stitch pattern can have stitches that are too long
which may not stitch out well either. It’s
always a good idea to do a test sew-out
on practice fabric before embroidery on
the final fabric.
Let’s take a look at one more option, and
that is to use a satin stitch outline around
the letter. This will generally look the best
on a letter that is filled with a step satin.
From the Embroidery Settings menu:
 Select Step Satin for the stitch type.
 Select the Settings tab.
 Select Satin Outline.
You will need to set a value for the width
of the satin stitch. This can vary depending on the size of the letter and the look
you want. 35.00 is used in this example.
A color also needs to be assigned for the
satin outline. When this option is used,
the software treats the outline as a separate color. Therefore, when it is time to
stitch out the embroidery, the machine will stop before it stitches the outline. You will need to press the Start button to continue on with the embroidery.
To assign a color to the outline, click on the box that contains the three
small dots on the right Outline Color.
The Select Color menu appears once again. Choose a color that is the
same or similar to the base color, or all together different if you’d like the
JULY 2014 Issue Page 5 Redraw Design
The time that it takes to stitch out an embroidery can be lengthy, especially
if the design contains a lot of stitches. There are times when it’s advantageous to see the flow of a design without actually having to stitch it out.
That’s where the Redraw Design function comes in handy. This function
will redraw or “stitch” the design on the screen exactly as it would stitch on
the fabric, which sometimes can eliminate the need to perform a test sewout. This feature is convenient for stitching out stock designs to observe
how they travel, and when/where the color stops occur.
In addition, Redraw Design can be particularly useful when digitizing your
own designs using the AutoPunchTM software. The AutoPunchTM wizard
has a mathematical way in which it digitizes a design and sometimes, you
may wish to reorder blocks so that they will flow better while sewing.
Watching the designs stitch-out on the screen, will allow you to observe the
stitching order of the blocks and where jump stitches occur. This provides
the opportunity to correct issues before actually stitching out the design, saving time and resources.
A design must be on the screen, in order for the Redraw Design function to work. Select View on
the main tool bar, then select Realistic View, or you may use the keyboard shortcut, ALT + R
(press these keys at the same time). When this function is activated, the screen will appear blank
and a new tool bar appears. The tool bar contains various redraw functions. The green triangle
starts the redraw or “stitching” process. The design will automatically start to appear on the screen.
Once the design is drawing on the screen, the square next to the Start button, will turn red. Click on
the red square to stop the drawing. You may control the speed of the drawing by using the slide bar
on the right. At anytime you may press the ESC key to end the Redraw function, the Redraw tool
bar will disappear. It is also possible to use the left and right arrow keys on your keyboard to stitch
forward or backward through a design when the Redraw Design is activated. This may provide
more control as the design will draw one stitch at a time as long as you’re pressing the arrow key.
The diagram below explains the function of the other buttons on the toolbar.
Starts Draw
Stops Draw
(Turns red
after start)
Back to the
Back 10
Back 1 Block
1 Block
10 Stitches
Speed Control
To the End
JULY 2014 Issue Page 6 Back to School Crayon Pouch
Send your student to school in style with this special crayon bag. In this project, you’ll experiment with manipulating
letters individually, including using some of the elastic fills
that are included in the Editing Software.
Visit the or
to download the project!
Coming in the Next Issue… AutoPunch™: Embroidery Settings JULY 2014 Issue Page 7