Typical usage of aligning stitches is for designs which are larger than maximum hoop size supported by embroidery machine, and therefore must be split into usable parts. Aligning stitches simplify the positioning of the various parts in the hoop when embroidering, allowing to match up the split parts.
1 - Run Embird and click on the "Editor" menu.
2 - Open the file you want to edit. Select the "File > Open" menu to open a file.
3 - The size of SUNFLOWER design in this example is 118.6 x 151.1 mm (Picture No. 1). It exceeds the maximum size of hoop supported by embroidery machine, which is 100 x 100 mm. Therefore the design must be split and alignment stitches should be added to achieve precise alignment on embroidery machine.
1. Open design
4 - Make sure that design is selected - there is black rectangle around it as shown in Picture No. 1. Select menu "Insert > Auto-Aligning Stitches" (Picture No. 2).
2. Select menu Insert > Auto-Aligning Stitches
5 - Choose hoop size supported by your embroidery machine (Picture No. 3). The design will be split into parts which fit the chosen hoop size. Click OK button to confirm your selection.
3. Choose hoop size
6 - The design was split automatically to 4 parts. Alignment stitches were inserted automatically as well (Picture No. 4). Note the blue color stitches added after last color, and red color stitches inserted before first color in (almost) every object. These stitches should match up when sewing on embroidery machine (see also Picture No. 11 below).
4. Design was split and aligment stitches were added
7 - The alignment stitches might be saved to design file on hard disk as jump stitches or as running stitches, depending on chosen option in "Options > Long Running Stitches" menu (Picture No. 5).
5. Long running stitches
8 - Select "File > Save Separated As" menu to save each design part to its own file on hard disk (Picture No. 6).
6. Save each part to its own file
9 - Select the hoop size for saving design parts to hard disk (Picture No. 7). It should be the same hoop size as was chosen in step 5 above (or larger hoop size supported by your embroidery machine).
7. Choose hoop size, same as was used for splitting or larger
10 - Choose file format (arrow 1 in Picture No. 8) and make sure that option "Center in hoop" is switched ON (arrow 2). Confirm your selection by clicking OK button.
8. Specify file format depending on embroidery machine type
11 - Enter file name for saving part no. 1 (Picture No. 9).
9. Enter file name for part no. 1
12 - Embird will save each design part, always asking for its file name. To speed up this process, it is possible to use the same file name for every design part, only the number at the end of file name will be different (Picture No. 10).
10. Use the same file name for every part
13 - Switch to Manager window by selecting "Manager" menu and view the design parts - each one fits the chosen hoop size 100 x 100 mm (Picture No. 11). The big red cross at the beginning of part 2 should be aligned with big blue cross at the end of part 1, etc.
14 - Follow steps shown in tutorial Print Template to create template of every design part. Use these templates for marking needle starting points on fabric.
11. Check the design parts in Manager