Four Ways to Use Stock Designs, Besides Standard Stitching

Try these four ways of using stock designs instead of standard stitching. 

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1.            Appliqué conversion: If your design has a large fill area with a satin-covered edge, you can easily convert the area to an appliqué. Create a tack-down and cut line before the color change with the satin edge, and edit out the fill stitching. It’s a great way to save stitches and offers a world of texture and pattern to explore.

2.            Patch making: Several stock providers have standard emblem shapes prepared for in-hoop patch creation, complete with full-instruction guides covering materials and techniques. With the addition of water-soluble stabilizer and stock borders, you can create decorated patches from stock or existing digitized designs with ease.

3.            Creating art for prints: Some embroidery software can use the 3D previewing engine once used only for visualization of stitch files to generate high-res faux-stitched images for print. For smaller prints, standard preview images may suffice, but the high-res generators allow for clean prints at larger sizes. This is perfect for repurposing art for any digital printing processes like direct-to-garment or sublimation.

4.            Learning to digitize: High quality stock designs are some of the best tools for learning techniques and settings for digitizing. If you have a design with features you want to recreate-anything from simple technical elements like proper overlaps and density, to fill textures and special effects-you can learn to reproduce them by using the measurement tool present in your digitizing software to analyze stitch-length, spacing, and compensation. Use the slow replay function to watch for sequencing, pathing, and layering. Analyze, replicate, test, and repeat!

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