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Object properties

Designs are composed of ‘embroidery objects’. They are called ‘objects’ because they can be manipulated independently of each other. Like drawing objects, embroidery objects have defining characteristics or ‘properties’ such as color, size, position, and so on. They also have properties unique to embroidery such as stitch type and density. The most important property of an embroidery object is its stitch type. Other important properties include underlay type and pull compensation.

The screen illustrations in this publication are intended as representations, not exact duplicates of screen layouts generated by the software. The samples used to illustrate software features and capabilities may not be exactly duplicable, depending on your product level.

Use Edit Objects > Object Properties to show Object Properties docker. Use to preset properties for new embroidery objects or adjust properties for selected embroidery objects.

Access properties

When you start a new design, the software uses settings associated with the chosen fabric. Some properties can be modified on-screen – for example, you can change object size by scaling with selection handles. Others, such as stitch spacing or length, can be modified via the Object Properties docker. This docker is open by default.

  • To change object properties, select the object/s to change.
  • If not already open, double-click to open the properties docker. If you select more than one object, only settings relevant to all are displayed.


  • Select a tab and adjust settings.
  • Click OK to apply changes.

Changing details of selected objects does not affect default settings, nor the properties of any objects not in the selection. Changes to object properties are preserved if an object is modified and regenerated.

Use Edit Objects > Copy Object Properties to make properties of a selected object current for the design.
Use Edit Objects > Apply Object Properties to apply current settings to selected objects.

Copy properties

You can make a selected object’s ‘actual’ properties ‘current’ for all new objects or apply them to other objects.

  • To copy properties, select the object and click Copy Object Properties.
  • Alternatively, right-click the object and use the popup menu command.
  • Select the target object/s and click Apply Object Properties. The popup menu command is also available.

Use Customize Design / Edit Objects > Adjust Stitch Spacing to manually override stitch densities for selected objects.

Adjust stitch spacing

The software lets you change spacing of most stitch types across the whole or selected parts of a design. To override current properties, select the object, click the tool, and set a percentage adjustment - e.g. 150% to increase stitch spacing and thereby reduce overall density. Check the revised stitch count in the Status Bar. See also Fabrics & densities.

Use Context > Automatic Corners to turn automatic corners on or off. When turned on, the corners in line objects will be mitred or capped automatically depending on how sharp the corner turns. Can be turned on or off on an object by object basis.

Corner stitching

The quality and style of corners is important in borders and appliqué, and satin column sewing in general. Sharp corners may cause stitch bunching which can create hard spots in the embroidery and may damage fabric or needle. The Automatic Corners feature helps you control sharp corners in satin objects. When the function is applied, corner types are automatically optimized according to corner angle.