Use commands in the Image menu to process designs prepared by Print & Stitch technology.
Print & Stitch technology works like this: An image can be selected as a background to an embroidery design. This image can be resized and printed out (as a mirror image) onto Iron-On transfer paper. This is then ironed onto a piece of fabric, to transfer the image; then the fabrics is hooped for embroidery. A coordinating design is then stitched on top. Embird simplifies this process.
Note: To find more information about this technology (but not about its implementation within Embird), please download the Chapter 3: Print from http://www.vikingemnet.com. You will find it in Downloads -> Online Resources -> World Of Digitizing. You will also find some free designs prepared with this technology in Downloads -> Sample Galleries -> Print.
Use the steps below to process Print & Stitch designs in Embird:
1. Select Editor -> Image -> Open to open the background .BMP or .JPG image belonging to a design. Once the image is open, the hoop is hidden. Do not change the hoop size while processing images, because this would also change image size.
2. Specify background image's size using Editor -> Image -> Set Size command.
3. Merge designs using Editor -> File -> Merge command. Do not use Open command, as this will erase the image you opened. While merging a design, Embird will ask you about its position. This is used for designs that have been previously prepared for the Print & Stitch technology. This is further explained in step 5 below. For now, select Cancel when asking about position.
4. Once you have merged all parts, you can position them over image and split them if necessary, or perform any other operation in Editor. After splitting, each part should fit into: 100 x 100 mm hoop for .PES, .PEC & .HUS; 125 x 90 mm hoop for .SEW; 140 x 200 mm hoop for .JEF; 200 x 200 mm hoop for .JEF+, 120 x 115 mm for .PCS, .PCM & .VIP; 130 x 240 mm for .XXX.
5. Save designs. Select Editor -> File -> Save As and choose your format. While saving, Embird will put a small black dot on the image, showing the hoop centering for each part being saved. This will simplify the process of embroidering, because you will be able to hoop the fabric and position the needle precisely. When saving is complete, a table with positions is displayed. You can print this table and use it later when re-opening designs in Embird; see Step 3 above.
6. Save modified image. Select Editor -> Image -> Save As command. While saving background image, Embird will prompt you about saving of a special file with the .BMQ extension. This file contains positions of stored designs. It can be very useful when re-opening parts saved in Step 5 above. If you allow Embird to create the .BMQ file, the position box shown in Step 3 above automatically will be filled with correct data.
7. Print mirror image of background. First, select Editor -> Image -> Print Preview to check image before printing. Embird will ask you if you want to print the mirror image or normal image. Select Editor -> Image -> Print if you are satisfied with preview.