will change the sewing order:
you want to cut down on the colour changes.
this is especially great for when you duplicate a design.
REMEMBER: make sure that you do not interfere with the actual end result
by placing your outline in the middle and then end up embroidering over
it with another colour.
The down side of duplicating
a design and changing the sewing order, is that you will have more
it is for you to decide which you would rather do, change the thread 8
times, or cut the jump stitches between the two designs and only have 4
First you will need to
open the file
that you wish to embroider
this Instance it is the CC LadybugML1
your design is on your design page.
Make sure that it is grouped,
before you start working with it. Once it is grouped:
Click on the design
a dotted box, with (handles) in the corners and the sides
will appear around the design.
Click on "Edit" and then on "Duplicate"
a second ladybug design will appear on top of the original, and this
one will have the "handles" around it.
Move this ladybug, off the original, and decide where you wish
for it to be placed. Anywhere you like is fine, as long as it is
within the embroidery area (white square)
Press the F10 key to have you Sewing Order Bar appear.
At the moment, you have 8 colour changes.
green, dark green, red and black, and then the same sequence again.
Since the designs are duplicated, you can now change the sewing order
to minimise on your thread changes.
on the second light green segment (no 5 above)
it will "highlight" the box. Whilst keeping it "clicked" move this
segment to the number (2) spot. Then let the button on the mouse go.
you want to move the segment from the number 6 spot (see above)-
this one gets moved to the number 3 spot (see below), because the last
place your design would have stopped with the first colour, is on the
so now you would want the second colour to start with the second
design first, since this will eliminate a jump.
move the no 7 segment to the no 6 spot
lastly move the no 8 segment (see above) to the number 7 spot
(see below), simply because you want to eliminate a jump.
your sewing order will look like this. Now you only have 4 colour
If you think you may
want to use this changed file again in the future then make sure you
save it to your hard drive.
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you have found this page helpful.