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Gallery Connection June ’08 – Personalizing with Lettering

Ah, Spring – it’s already here in the Southwest as I write this. Mothers’ Day is just past – and I’m sure breakfast in bed would’ve been nice, but maybe you at least got a nice brunch out of it. And if you were lucky, perhaps you got a call from the kids. But now that it’s all over, take some time for yourself. Hang out in your sewing room, spend some time with Nancy (Did you know there’s DVDs available for when she’s not on air?) and maybe do a little bit of quilting or finish up a UFO. (Heaven forbid!)

Now, if you’ve got the itch to make something simple, there’s always an embroidery project that you can do with lettering. It helps to keep the creative juices flowing to create some lettered projects. If you need another excuse, it’s also good to get the gears of your machine into motion.

So what to letter and how to do it?

Well, let’s look at what’s available. There’s some great lettering built into most of your machines. It’s easy to use, but it has some limitations with size, density, etc. There are some great lettering designs out there for purchase and for free, but they usually don’t say exactly what you want. That’s why we make LetterWorks, which I know many of you have. It has a lot of great fonts, but there are still some limitations. We know that lettering on terry cloth or towels requires some extra underlay to bind down the loops. And lettering on T-shirts needs to lighten up the density a little. Well, as you may imagine, the DG team has been thinking about this and other things for some time, and the result is our new LetterWorks III.

Want of few highlights?

Sure, here we go:

  • We’ve bumped the font count to 175: 152 text and 23 monogram fonts.
  • And if that’s not enough, you can use all the True Type fonts on your PC.
  • There are also 95 design decorations along with a décor icon to access them.
  • You can put letters on a path (a squiggly line or curve if you want).
  • Your lettering can now make use of fabric ‘recipes’ and you can adjust your underlay and compensation.
  • Advanced users may enjoy merging BLF files and using the new tabbed interface.
  • But the ‘killer’ feature is something you’re sure to enjoy; adjustable outlines that can wrap entire words in a satin stitched outline, or even do repeated trapunto around the letters!
  • And if you’re not a LetterWorks user yet, the new one is available as a stand-alone program.

With these new features there are more things for you to put lettering on. But I know that here at home, we sometimes run out of projects for around the house. That’s where church and volunteer groups come in for us. There are always some baby bibs or cancer caps or teddy bears that can find a happy home. Our local Baby Lock store coordinates some of these as projects, too.

I should also mention that we’ve been working on Studio III. A great many of you have already upgraded, and Thank You! There is now a free 3.01 update which fixes any glitches that you’ve reported and can read even more embroidery files than before. We’ve also added compatibility for some newer machines.

As I travel, people often ask me what their ‘first’ embroidery program ought to be. There is so much to choose from on the market and within Designer’s Gallery itself. The best answer I can give is that Studio has always been the embroiderers’ most useful tool. It cuts the learning curve way down, handles Zip files, converts designs, helps organize designs, helps select and use designs you’ve acquired; then there’s copying, renaming, sending to a machine, colorizing, previewing how the design sews, displaying thread usage, adding basting marks, enabling machines that otherwise require software, choosing correct threads from different brands and the list goes on and on. Even folks who simply want to digitize their own work will still find Studio useful for all the everyday tasks.

Speaking of travel, I just want to say, “Hello!” to all the new friends I’ve made with the many events I’ve been to. I always enjoy meeting you and learning about your projects. And I look forward to seeing you again soon. Thanks for sharing so much and making the travel so enjoyable. This is all for you!

Until next time, Happy Embroidering!


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