Digipro V3.0p can split designs for any of the hoops it supports, the methods for doing it are slightly different depending on the designs.
The Gigahoops for those machines which have a 140 by 200 mm sewing field are as Cheryl and mom have pointed out, 2 overlapped 140 by 200mm hoops, (5.51 inches x 7.874 inches) Giving a total embroidery area of 230mm x 200mm (9.1inches x 7.874 inches ) they do not increase the machines sewing field, which at it's maximum is 140 x 200 mm. There isnt a Gigahoop that is 2 combined hoops of 4x5 inches supported by DPro v3.
As very few designs fully occupy the entire maximum sewing field, the Gigahoop is designed to exploit that. The overlap area in the centre of the hoop can be utilised by both designs, if they do not invade the sewing field of each other. If you wish to stitch 2 L shapped designs, one must be rotated so it's foot does not stitch over the foot of the other. It is not the easiest of hoops to master as Mom has pointed out, aligning split designs even with the aid of the clothsetter is a nightmare.
If you have DPro V3.0p Auto splitting over large designs can be accomplished by using the COMBINE, CALCULATE hoopings function in the layout and customising tool bars. Open the design you wish to split, click on the COMBINE icon, your screen will change and your design will have turned black with parts showing green inside a broken blue rectangle. That represents whichever hoop you have selected in the hoop filter. Now click on the hoop icon with a plus sign next to it, and a second broken line rectangle will appear directly over the original, left click on it and keeping your left mouse depressed move that rectangle, once you have 2 rectangles showing you can move them to cover the designso all parts turn green. You an use as many rectangles as needed, rotate them to get maximum coverage. Then when you can no longer see any black parts in the design, click on the CALCULATE hoopings. If you have not ensured the whole design has turned green, you will be told at this stage. If the design is fully covered, the program will then, based on the colour stops and sequencing split the design. It will tell you how many hoopings the design will need.
Before you exit the combine mode go to the FILE drop down menu and select print preview, use the OPTIONS tab and ask for embroidery elements, CLOTHSETTER markings, and don't ask for template mode or stitch simulation. Hit ok and you will see the design with several + with numbers. That is the master template. Don't take fright at the number of hoopings it might say you need to make, my first attempt needed 22 hoopings, I reduced that to 5 by simply rotating the hoops used, removing some, and to do that you use the hoop icon with the minus sign, and jiggling the positions of my hoops untill the whole design had turned green.
When you have a satisfactory result, save your result, the program creates the splits centred in the chosen hoop, forget about using the Gigahoop its too haphazard, use your standard machine hoops, sequences each part so the finished stitchout resembles a non split design, and gives you the colour change sequence for each hooping.
In the meantime go and view this video, it shows how you combine designs for use in the Giga hoop.
Gigahoop part one
combine designs no gigahoop
the second video shows how to achieve the same result without a gigahoop.
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