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Bits from Brian, August 2010

    Last month, we started to look at some Studio III features which are often overlooked. This month, we’ll continue along that line of thought and see a few more.

    If you’re new to all this, Studio III is The Must-Have embroidery program. Yes, that sounds like a pitch from Mr. Popeil’s late-night infomercials, but it’s also true. In fact I wrote the program because these were the things my embroidering friends and I found we needed all the time. To do embroidery you need some basic computer functions, and nothing makes it as easy as Studio.

    Finding and organizing your designs, is a start. Studio let’s you view, convert from and catalog designs and images by clicking on the folder or individual Zip file. You can rearrange files and folders, rename files and folders, extract files, open files, convert to most machine formats, copy them, color sort, baste, make them a bitmap, create notes, send them to a floppy and even make an SHV disk image for Viking Designer 1.

    A feature introduced in Studio III is the thread conversion window. I made this originally because I wanted to be able to easily look up a color in one thread brand, and then find matching threads in another brand. Often times commercial embroidery designs are specified to use threads that I do not have and cannot buy locally. Without knowing what it looks like, I have no way to get the colors right, so I usually just guess. Sometimes it works, sometimes not.  But another thing bothered me when I was making the thread conversion, and that was that most of the programs I have seen over the years use small color chips on the computer screen. It really doesn’t give you a good idea of the color. So I made the color chips big enough that I could hold a real-world thing, like a spool of thread, up to my screen and compare the colors. I can also hold up my fabric and then go searching for a thread brand that has a similar color.

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   The Needle Reduction was a feature I added when I got my first 6-needle machine (which I LOVE by the way!) In the past, if I had a design that used ‘Red 1’ and ‘Red 2’ sometimes those reds were virtually identical. So I’d simply use one red for both, as the machine asked me to change the colors. But the 6-needle machine kindly changes the thread for me while it sews, and those two reds occupy two needles! So the answer I found was to look at the file and take the nearest matching threads and use just one color instead. By having the program make a new embroidery file, the machine doesn’t need to tie up that extra needle, which means fewer thread changes for me. Yeah!

 NDL red1

 

 

   Exploring the buttons in Studio and discovering what they do is not hard, won’t mess anything up, and can easily be reset by simply closing the program and starting it up again. So please explore your programs, and enjoy!

 

Now though, I’m off to figure out how to set my VCR clock – which is supposed to set itself but never does.

Until next time, Happy Embroidering!

-Brian

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