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Lesson 5 - Creating Applique Embroidery

Digitizer 10000 has an applique tool that will allow you to turn any design into an applique. We will be using a bitmap of a duck that you can download by clicking here.


What you'll learn
Digitizer 10000 has an applique tool that will allow you to turn any design into an applique. We will be using a bitmap of a duck that you can download by clicking here.

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The Applique tool is like the Border tool in that you will digitize reference points to create the applique stitching. However, the applique stitching functions differently. It lays down stitching in three passes to help you with your fabric.

The first pass of stitching will lay down a running stitch in the same shape as the reference points you digitized. The sewing machine will stop after sewing the running stitch shape. This allows you to place your fabric properly.

When you press the Start button, the second pass of stitching will sew a stitch that looks like a blind hem stitch, again in the shape of the reference points. This stitch tacks down your applique fabric to the hooped fabric. The sewing machine will again stop after sewing so you can trim the fabric.

When you press the Start button again, the third pass of stitching will sew. Depending on your parameters, it may sew an underlay stitch first. The third pass of stitching is usually satin stitch, unless you change it. It will sew in the shape of your reference points and cover the cut edge of the applique fabric.

In this design, we want the body of the duck to be the applique. All other features of the duck, such as the bonnet, bill, and shoes, will be embroidered over the applique fabric.

Let's use red thread for the applique.

Create the Duck Applique

  1. Click the Thread (Current Color) icon.
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  2. Click #225 Red.
  3. Click the Applique icon.
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  4. Applique stitching can be modified by changing the object details. Note that the default stitch is Satin Fill and default underlay is Zig-zag.
  5. Click the Object Details icon.
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  6. You can change the width of the stitch by clicking up or down arrows in the Width box. We changed the stitch width to .12 inch.
  7. You can change the percentage of stitching that falls beyond your reference points. For example, with 70% of stitching inside and 30% outside, your stitching will look like this:
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  8. Changing one of the boxes, either Inside or Outside, will automatically change the other to maintain 100%. If we change one to 50%, your stitching will look like this:
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  9. 50% of your final stitching will be inside your reference points, and 50% will be outside the reference points. This will allow your stitching to cover more of your applique fabric.
  10. Click OK to set the applique stitch to your preference.
  11. Click reference points around the body of the duck.
  12. Press the Enter key once to connect the reference points.
  13. Press the Enter key a second time to generate the embroidery.
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When applique is generated, a special point is generated that is used by the sewing machine. Sometimes this point generates outside the sewing. We can easily move it back into the body of the stitching so it is not so obvious.
In this case, the point generated near the duck's head.

Move the Applique Point

  1. Magnify the duck's head. Click the Select icon.
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  2. Click the Reshape icon.
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  3. Slide your cursor over the point.
  4. Drag the point into the body of the stitching.
  5. Press the Enter key to regenerate the embroidery.
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  6. Click the Stop icon or press the Esc key to close the reshaping.

Digitize the Duck

  1. Click the Turning Angle Fill icon.
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  2. Click the Thread (Current Color) icon.
  3. Click #204 Yellow.
  4. Click reference points to digitize the duck's bill.
  5. Cover the applique stitching.
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  6. Click the Parallel Fill tool.
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  7. Click the Thread (Current Color) icon.
  8. Click color #217 Sky.
  9. Click the Object Details icon.
  10. Change to Weave Fill.
  11. Click reference points around the inside of the duck's bonnet. Cover the appliqué stitching.
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  12. Click the Thread icon.
  13. Click color #218 Yellow Green.
  14. Click reference points around the two outside parts of the duck's bonnet.
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  15. Click the Object Details icon.
  16. Change to Satin Fill.
  17. Click reference points around the duck's right shoe.
  18. Cover the applique stitching.
  19. Click reference points around the duck's left shoe.
    Note that you may need to reshape the shoes so that the satin stitching is going across the shortest width of the duck's shoes.
  20. Click the Turning Angle Fill icon.
  21. Click reference points around the ribbon. Image
  22. Click the Border icon.
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  23. Click the Thread (Current Color) icon.
  24. Click #241 Peony Purple.
  25. Click reference points through the hat bow.
  26. Click the Parallel fill icon.
  27. Click reference points to make a knot over the bow.
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  28. Click the Run Line icon.
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  29. Click theThread (Current Color) icon.
  30. Click#002 Black.
  31. Clickreference pointsfor the eye and the wing.
  32. Our lady duck applique is completed.
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Note: If you prefer to remove the applique stitches from under the duck's bonnet, bill, shoes, and bow, you can use Digitizer 10000 EasyEdit. Please see Digitizer 10000 EasyEdit Lesson 4 - Deleting Stitches to review how this is done.

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Lesson 15 - Multiple Appliques

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What you'll learn
Digitizer 10000 can create multiple appliques that are easy to work with. The software will lay down the guidelines for all the appliques at once and then stop to allow you to place your pre-cut fabric. Then, when you press the start button, your appliques will tack down the fabric and sew beautiful satin cover stitches.
We will use the Butterfly bitmap from the Embroidery Album to create our appliques.

Open the Image
1. Click Image, Insert Image.
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2. The Open dialog box will appear. Click Butterfly.bmp to highlight it and see it in the Preview box.
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3. Click Open to bring it to the design screen.
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The Butterfly bitmap will be in selected format, as shown by the eight handles around the bitmap. When a graphic is in selected format, we can move it, change its size, copy, and paste it.
4. Click on the bitmap and move it to the upper left area of the design screen.
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5. Click the Copy icon to copy the bitmap.
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6. Click the Paste icon to bring a copy to the design screen.
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7. Move it to the middle right area of the screen.
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8. Click the Paste icon again to bring a second copy to the design screen.
9. Move it to the lower left area of the screen.
10. Click on each butterfly twice to get the rotation points.
11. Rotate the butterflies into a pleasing position.
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Create the Butterfly Applique
1. Click the Applique icon to begin the applique digitizing.
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2. Click the Thread icon.
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3. Choose a color you can see easily, such as #222 Ocean Blue.
4. Starting at the middle of the upper left butterfly, click points around the entire butterfly.
5. Connect the first and last points by pressing the Enter key once.
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6. Move on to the lower left butterfly. Click points around the entire butterfly. Again, connect the first and last points by pressing the Enter key once.
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7. Repeat the same process with the butterfly on the right.
8. After the points are connected, press the Enter key once more to generate the three appliques.
9. Click another thread color that will stand out. We're using #244 Cardinal Red.
10. Click the Turning Angle Fill icon.
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11. Beginning at the bottom of the upper left butterfly, click points up the Butterfly's body to its head.
12. Press the Enter key to generate the embroidery.
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13. Click the Run Line Tool.
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14. Click points from the Butterfly's head up the left antenna and back again.
15. Click points from the Butterfly's head up the right antenna and back again.
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16. Press the Enter key to generate the embroidery.
17. Click the Select icon.
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18. The antenna will go into selected mode. Hold the Ctrl key down and at the same time, click the body of the butterfly. The body will also go into selected mode.
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19. Click the Copy icon.
20. Click the Paste icon.
21. Position the body and antennae over the body and antennae of the right butterfly.
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22. Rotate the body into place.
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23. Paste the body in again and position it over the last butterfly.
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To finish the appliques, we need to change the color of the bodies to the same color as the wings. By doing this, we will avoid a color stop after the applique cover stitches.
24. Click View, Show, Selected Color only.
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25. The Select by Color dialog box will appear. Click #244 to highlight it with a blue bar. Click OK.
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26. Click the Display Images icon to turn off the bitmaps.
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27. Click the Select icon to select all the butterfly bodies on the screen.
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28. Change the thread color to #222 Ocean Blue.
29. Click View, Show, All Objects.
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The last step in the process is to create the pattern for the applique fabric.
30. Click the Print Preview icon.
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31. Click Options.
32. Click Template Mode.
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The template mode creates a pattern for your butterfly fabric.
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Click Print to print the pattern.
The sequence of embroidery will be as follows:

  1. The three butterfly guidelines will sew, showing where to place the pre-cut butterfly fabric. The sewing machine will stop.
  2. Lightly spray adhesive on the butterfly fabric. Lay down the butterflies in the guidelines. Press the start button.
  3. The tacking stitches will sew.
  4. The cover stitches will sew.
  5. The butterfly bodies will sew.