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Change Stitch Type

1 - Run Embird and click "Editor" menu to switch to Editor window.

2 - Open the design using "File > Open" command. In this example, we want to change the type of stitch connecting "A" and "B" letters. Now it is jump (floating) stitch, drawn as dashed line, and we want to change it to normal (running) stitch (Picture No. 1).

1. Open the design

Open the design

3 - Zoom in the lettering using "View > Zoom > In" menu (1 in Picture No. 2). You can use this menu several times to zoom in the characters to the comfortable size. The "Zoom In" command is also accessible via "Ctrl + Pg Up" keyboard shortcut.

4 - Click "View > Stitch Direction" menu to switch on the displaying of stitch direction (2 in Picture No. 2).

2. Switch on "View > Stitch Direction" menu

Switch on "View > Stitch Direction" menu

5 -  A small arrow drawn in the midpoint of every stitch will simplify the stitch selection process (Picture No. 3).

3. Locate jump stitch

Locate jump stitch

6 - Select the stitch between "A" and "B" characters using the "Freehand Select Mode". More information regarding the stitch selection is available in Interactive Free-Hand Splitting tutorial. A stitch is selected if its midpoint lies inside the selection polygon. Selected stitch is drawn in red color  (Picture No. 4).

4. Select jump stitch

Select jump stitch

7 - Another way of stitch selection is to use the "Sew Simulator". More information regarding simulator is available in Sew Simulator tutorial. Select "View > Sew Simulator" menu and its window will appear on the screen. Click "Halt on floating stitch (Jump)" button to pause the simulation on every jump stitch (1 in Picture No. 5). Push "Play" button to start the simulation (2). The simulation will stop on the occurrence of jump stitch - it is the stitch no. 289 in this example, as you can see it in Picture No. 5.

5. Simulation stops on jump

Simulation stops on jump

8 - Once the stitch no. is known, close the simulator window by clicking "Close" button. Enter the stitch no. to "Initial Stitch" (1) and "Ending Stitch" (2) boxes located at the top of Editor window (Picture No. 6). This will select the stitch no. 289 and enable further operations.

6. Set "Initial Stitch"and "Ending Stitch"

Set "Initial Stitch"and "Ending Stitch"

9 - Once you have selected the right stitch, select "Edit > Stitch Type" menu. A dialog box will appear on the screen, allowing you to specify the new stitch type. In this example, we want to change the jump to running stitch (Picture No. 7). Click "OK" button to continue.

7. Change stitch type

Change stitch type

10 - Check the result of the operation. The jump stitch between "A" and "B" characters has changed to running stitch, which is drawn as solid line (Picture No. 8).

8. Check the result

Check the result

11 - Use "File > Save As" command to save the modified design to a file on your disk. Specify the format and the file name of the new design in the dialog boxes which appear on the screen.

Note: You can insert also the stop point into the design using the steps shown above. Select the stitch after which you want to place the stop point (see step 6). Select "Edit > Stitch Type" menu and choose "Stop (color change)" option in the dialog box that appears on the screen.

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