Sequence objects

The embroidery objects in a design form a stitching sequence. Initially, objects are stitched in the order in which they were created. You can change the position of a selected object by cutting and pasting it elsewhere in the sequence, or by using the Resequence docker. As a general rule, it is important to establish the stitching order so that objects in the foreground are sewn after those in the background. If you combine designs or design elements, you will also want to ensure that like-colors are sewn together.

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Click Standard > Copy to copy the selection and place it on the clipboard. This tool is also available via Edit menu.
Click Standard > Cut to cut the selection and place it on the clipboard. This tool is also available via Edit menu.

Click Standard > Paste to paste contents of the clipboard. This tool is also available via Edit menu.

Sequence by cut & paste

You can resequence objects by cutting an object from the design and pasting it back at a different point in the sequence. This does not change the physical location of the object.

Cut the object to resequence and paste. By default, the object is pasted at the end of the sequence. Alternatively, travel to a point in the stitching sequence where you want to paste the object. You can paste between other objects or ‘nest’ the cut object within another object. 

Use Edit Objects > Resequence Manually to show or hide Resequence docker. Use it to resequence objects and color blocks in a design.

Sequence by object or color

The Resequence docker provides an easy way to select objects in designs and sequence them in the preferred stitching order. Use the button at the top to toggle between objects and color blocks. Select the object or color block you want to resequence. Use the buttons or drag-and-drop to reposition.

Entry and exit points should also be checked when you are resequencing objects in a design. See also Reshape objects.

Use Edit Objects > Optimize Color Changes to optimize design by reducing color changes to a minimum, while maintaining color layers.

Optimize color changes

It is important to be able to resequence objects by color. This reduces the number of potential color changes in a design. Use the dialog to manually resequence objects of the same color.

Alternatively, click the Optimize Color Changes button. This command optimizes production by reducing color changes to a minimum while maintaining color layers. In many cases you can rely on the software to work out the optimum stitching sequence for you. The example shows the results of color resequencing on the right - three color changes as opposed to the original six.

Don't rely on automatic color change optimization as there may be instances where you want the same color to be stitched at different stages.

Use Edit Objects > Resequence by Selected Order to resequence objects in the order of selection.

Sequence by selection order

Another useful technique is to sequence objects by order of selection. Simply select the first object you want to include in the sequence. Holding down <Ctrl>, select subsequent objects in the desired stitching order. You can do this on-screen or with the Resequence docker. Click the Resequence by Selected Order button. The objects are resequenced in the order of selection.