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How can I split designs by color changes?

Using embroidery editing software, you can split designs by color change. This is useful when you want to sew a design that isn�t available in your format because of the number of color changes, and is also useful if your machine or software has a color change limit.

There are several different types of embroidery software on the market. The examples below use Buzz Catalog (available from www.BuzzTools.com) and also Embird (available from www.Embird.com). Free trial versions of both products are available from those websites. Both Buzz Catalog and Embird can open any design from the Embroidery Library.

First, we will demonstrate how to split a design by color change with Buzz Catalog:

Begin with the design in a different format than the one you normally use. Usually this is the DST format; for SEW format users, the JEF format is a good choice.

(Special note: Once you have purchased a design, you can change the format in your order history and download a new format at no charge. Click here for those instructions.)

To convert to your format, click 'Tools' on the top toolbar.  Choose your format from the 'Convert Design Files' drop-down box.  Then, click 'Next.'

The next prompt has a section that asks if you'd like to split the design into multiple files. Click yes, then click on the "Advanced" button.

Enter the number of color changes you'd like in each file. For SEW users, this number should be 12.

If your machine or software has a stitch count limit, enter that information too. If filling in this information, click the "Back up to last thread change" box. This ensures that you won't start a second file in the middle of a color/thread change.

Click 'OK,' 'Next,' and then 'Finish.'  Two or more files will result, and they will be labeled a, b, c, etc.

Sew part A, and then load and sew part B. Continue until the design is sewn completely.

 

Please note that these instructions are for splitting designs by color change. These instructions are not relevant for splitting designs that are larger than your machine's hoop or embroidery area. If you'd like information for doing that, please refer to "Help! The design is larger than my hoop!" on the Help page. 

 


 

Next we'll demonstrate how to split a design by color change using Embird (available from www.Embird.com)

Open the design in Embird, and go into Editor mode. When using this software, it is not necessary to begin in a different format than the one you normally use.

On the upper right side of the screen you'll see small color blocks -- one color for each color change. Right click once on the color at which you'd like to split the design. A menu will pop up.

Choose "split before color."

Look on the upper right corner of the screen, and you'll see that there are now two sets of color tiles -- one for part a, and one for part b.

Left click once on the top group of tiles, and you'll see a black line form around the box. That means that is the "active" file.

Click "file" and "save selected as."

Select the format, and make sure that the "center in hoop" box is not checked.
Name the file something to indicate that it is part a to differentiate the split file from the complete file. Click "save."
Left click on the second part of the split so that the black box is around that section.
Click "file" and "save selected as."
Select the format, and make sure that the "center in hoop" box is not checked.
Name the file something to indicate that it is part b to differentiate this split file from the complete file, and from the other split file. Click "save."
You will now have two files -- here is part a.
And here is part b. Sew part a first, then sew part b, and your design will be complete.

Please note that these instructions are for splitting designs by color change. These instructions are not relevant for splitting designs that are larger than your machine's hoop or embroidery area. If you'd like information for doing that, please refer to "Help! The design is larger than my hoop!" on the Help page. 




 



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