How can I split designs by
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
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.
here for those instructions.)
To convert to your
click 'Tools' on the top toolbar. Choose your format from
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.
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
Next we'll demonstrate how to split a design
by color change using Embird (available from
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
Choose "split before color."
Click "file" and "save selected as."