Design information

Manage and check design details via the Design Properties docker. This is always advisable prior to stitchout. Choose a file and select Design Properties via the Customize Designs toolbox or View (Manage Designs) toolbar.

All designs in Design Library can be tagged for easy search and find. Summary information such as design title, subject, authors, tags, is fully customizable. Order information can also be associated with any supported design file. All additional information is saved with the actual design file and can be viewed in any software that can read EMB files. See also Browse designs.

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The software also provides information about designs in other ways. Before even opening a design, you can check design information directly from Windows Explorer. The design printout too provides essential production information, including a design preview, the size of the design, color sequence and any special instructions.


Use Customize Design > Design Information to view design information such as size and number of stitches. Add comments to print on worksheet.

Summary information

Summary information about a design can be viewed and edited in the Summary tab. Generally this information is used to improve searchability. Use the information to search and filter designs by author, title, or subject. Tags can be added to improve searchability. Information can be added in the docker itself or in the Details pane (if activated). Click Save to save details with the design file.

Click a field and enter any text which will help you or others identify the design at a later date. All information on this tab is also included in the production worksheet. Information types include:

FieldPurpose
TitleDefaults to filename. Add a more descriptive name for easy searching. This name appears on the design worksheet.
SubjectsThis may conform to the primary category by which the design is cataloged – e.g. the name of the containing folder.
AuthorsName of digitizer and/or designer – appears in design worksheet footer.
TagsKeywords for potential Design Library searches.
CommentsThese comments are included in the design worksheet as production notes.

Information from this tab also appears in the Details pane in Design Library. The same information can also be edited in this pane.


Use Customize Design > Design Information to view design information such as size and number of stitches. Add comments to print on worksheet.

Design details

Select the Design tab to view design details such as height, width, stitch count and colors. The data is extracted from the design file and, apart from design title, cannot be modified.

FieldDescription
FilenameFile name of the selected design. This will often be a number or alphanumeric format for easy cataloging.
TitleDefaults to filename. Add a more descriptive name for easy searching. This name appears on the approval sheet or worksheet.
Height / widthTotal height and width of design extents.
StitchesTotal stitch count for design.
ColorsNumber of thread colors involved in the design.
StopsNormally color changes are associated with Stop functions. Depending on machine format, however, the design may include an additional last stop to ensure the machine returns to the starting needle for the next run.
ColorwaysNumber of colorways in the design.
TrimsNumber of trims in the design. Generally, you will try to minimize the number of trims.
Color changesNumber of color changes required to stitch out design.
AppliquésNumber of appliqué objects in the design (if any).
SequinsNumber of sequins in the design (if any).
BlingNumber of bling objects in the design (if any).
EMB gradeWhile embroidery files are broadly classified as ‘outline’ (condensed) or ‘machine’ (expanded), the software internally tags each as belonging to one of four types – native design (A), imported outlines (B), processed stitches (C), or imported stitches (D).
EMB versionThe specific version of software the file was created in – e.g. e4.3.
Stitch formatThe current machine format applying to the file. This generally corresponds to the target machine last used to stitch out the design.
ObjectsIndicates total number of objects in the design.

Use Customize Design > Design Information to view design information such as size and number of stitches. Add comments to print on worksheet.

Thread colors

The Thread Colors tab displays the color sequence and stitch counts for each design ‘element’. Elements equate to color changes.

Data is extracted from the design file and, apart from the Element column, cannot be modified.

FieldDescription
FilenameFile name of the selected design. This will often be a number or alphanumeric format for easy cataloging.
TitleDefaults to filename. Add a more descriptive name for easy searching. This name appears on the approval sheet or worksheet.
StitchesIndicates total stitch count for design.
ColorsIndicates number of thread colors involved in the design.
ColorwaysNumber of colorways in the design.
ColorwayUse the droplist to change colorways, if available. When choosing a different colorway, the thumbnail and stop sequence list are updated.

The table at the bottom lists all color changes in the design as they will appear on the production worksheet. It provides the following details:

FieldDescription
Stop #The machine stop corresponding to the color change.
ColorIndicates color slot number of the color in color palette.
ElementUser-defined name to identify each color block.
StitchesThere is a stitch count for each element in the design. You can show this as a discrete stitch count or a cumulative stitch count.
LengthMeterage of thread required per color.
CodeColor code as registered in the thread chart.
NameColor name appearing in thread chart.
ChartBrand name of thread chart used.
Thickness

A: Normal embroidery thread (approx. denier 40)

B: Thicker than normal (approx. denier 30)

C: Finer than normal (approx. denier 80)

D: Very fine (approx. denier 100)


Use Customize Design > Design Information to view design information such as size and number of stitches. Add comments to print on worksheet.

Stitching details

The Stitching tab displays technical stitching details. Information includes such details as target fabric, required stabilizers, as well as total thread estimates. These may be used for costings as well as production requirements. The tab also provides thread usage estimates which may be used for costings as well as production requirements. Bobbin length calculation can be further refined if you are planning a lot of production.

Data is extracted from the design file and, apart from title and bobbin length calculation, cannot be modified.

FieldDescription
FilenameFile name of the selected design. This will often be a number or alphanumeric format for easy cataloging.
TitleDefaults to filename. Add a more descriptive name for easy searching. This name appears on the approval sheet or worksheet.
Auto fabricPredefined fabric settings used in current design.
Required stabilizerIndicates recommended stabilizer(s) for selected fabric type.
Design areaTotal area covered by design – used for estimating hoop sizes, fabric requirements, 3D foam, or whether design will fit target location.
Total threadIndicates total meterage of top thread required to stitch out the design.
Total bobbinIndicates total meterage of bottom (bobbin) thread required to stitch out the design. These figures may be required for inventory control depending on business practices.
Length calculationAllows you to revise thread usage estimates according to target fabric thickness.
Left / right / up / downDepending on where the design start/end point has been set, these figures indicate the distance from that point.
Max/min stitch / jump lengthThe maximum and minimum stitch lengths, and maximum jump stitch length in the design.

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Thread usage estimates

In order to obtain more precise thread usage estimates, you can adjust fabric thickness to suit the target fabric. This may be necessary if you are planning a large production run. Settings are generally fine-tuned on a case-by-case basis. However, adjusted settings can also be saved to the current template. To estimate total thread usage...

  • Select Design > Design Properties > Stitching tab.
  • Click Length Calculation.
  • Enter the thickness of the target fabric.
  • Adjust the bobbin thread length according to the mixture of thread types in the design. This factor provides a simple mechanism for a more accurate bobbin thread length estimate. The default value (100%) is suitable for a design with a mixture of stitch types. If the design is all Run stitches or all Tatami, more bobbin thread will be used and the factor can be increased say to 125%. If the design is all Satin stitch, the factor can be reduced to say 65%.
  • Click OK. The Total Thread and Total Bobbin values are adjusted to take into account fabric thickness on total thread requirement.
  • Optionally, click Save to save revised settings to the current template.