Welcome everyone I am talking custom and on this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to digitize your graphics into your own embroidery digitizing files so that you can make your own patches or embroider anything that you want onto any of your projects, so let’s jump right into this the software I’m going to be using is the PE design ten software by brother and it comes with this dongle that you have to have plugged into your computer for it to work and it has its memory card which is meant for brother embroidery machines so you can transfer files to your machines easily the first thing you’ll see when you open it is, this little welcome page which asks you if you want to use one of your other designs or make something from scratch.
hoop size and fabric
so I was set my hoop size and fabric first this is where you need to start. you’ll have to set the hoop size to 4 by 4 but I’m gonna be using my bigger machine which has a 5 by 7 inch hoop and if you want to rotate your design so it’s either vertical or horizontal you’d do that here when I hit OK it’s gonna ask me what kind of fabric I want to use, most of my stuff I do on denim because it makes great patches and when I make messenger bags I use denim a lot and it will also tell you the recommended stabilizers for this which is extremely helpful so make sure you select the correct fabric and you read the instructions on which stabilizer you need next so for this tutorial.
embroidery of the stark sigil from Game of Thrones
I thought it would be fun to do an embroidery of the stark sigil from Game of Thrones because I thought it was really cool graphics and I love Game of Thrones so what I want to do is go to image and there are four different automated types of embroidery in the software I’m gonna do Auto punch because it’s the cleanest looking so when I select that and I open my graphic the first thing it’s gonna ask me to do is select my mask now I always do the full rectangle graphic around it but if you want it to be in the shape of a heart or a circle you could select one of these pre-made ones but I’m just going to hit next to go to the next thing and now it wants me to select my size.
I know I always do fit to page first and I’ll resize this later so I do that then I’m gonna hit next now this is the part where we start laying out how many colors we want in our graphic and some other things like that so this graphic only has three colors it’s black white and gray so I’m gonna set the max colors to three and I’m gonna hit retry and it’s gonna reselect the colors and then I’m going to set noise reduction to zero so that I’ve get I get all of the pixels in my graphic and the segment sensitivity I want to set this too high for this so that I get a very true embroidery of this graphic so when I hit retry it’s gonna remap everything and that looks pretty good so the background by default it will always make clear which is what I wants and when I click the background it’s gonna see this little checkerboard pattern that’s how I know there’s nothing there and then I can zoom in to make sure that it’s got all of the white areas of the teeth are white and the eye is wide so that all looks really good so when I’m happy I’ll hit finish and it will lay this out as a real embroidery graphic.
how I edit my embroidery graphics
now this embroidery looks pretty good but there’s a few things that I don’t like in that I want to edit so I’m gonna show you how I edit my embroidery graphics the first thing I want to do is I want to ungroup this so that I can modify the different parts of the design so I’m gonna select it right click and hit ungroup and now all of these little pieces here are gonna be independent from each other which is what I want so when I zoom into the lower part of my design I can tell there’s a couple of things going on here that I don’t like and the first thing I need to do is talk about stitch types now there’s a fill stitch where it’s going to do the same distance between each stitch to make a certain type of texture which I like a lot for these gray parts and then there’s a satin stitch which is what all of the black lines are made up where it will jump from one side completely over to the other and do a completely different texture.
so I can tell that these parts here are a satin stitch based on that texture which I don’t want so what I’m going to do is select of these and I’m gonna hold control and that’s gonna let me select all those different parts and I’m going to change these on the top, I go to shapes and then I switch satin stitch to fill stitch now I can tell that these stitches in those areas are not going the same direction as the rest of my gray stitches so we need to talk about stitch directions so I’m gonna go to sewing attributes ere.
auto to manual
Now it’s set to auto so if I hit play I can tell that these stitches are kind of going a different automated direction where it’s kind of gonna fill it in based on the shape of each thing which I don’t want that I wanted to all be the same diagonal direction, so what I’m going to do is change this from auto to manual and then it’s got 135 degree angles and now they’re all going the same direction as the rest of my grey stitching here which is exactly what I want so I’m gonna go through all of the parts that I can tell her a satin stitch and I’m going to change all of these to a fill stitch so I’m just holding ctrl and selecting everything there then I go to shapes switch from satin to fill stitch and now I’m gonna go to the sewing attributes and set to manual directions.
so now all my stitches are going the same direction and they’re all a fill stitch now I want to go through and make sure that all of the black parts are a satin stitch so I can see this little wrinkle here and this and this piece are fill stitches I’m going to switch these from fill to satin stitch then I’m gonna set those to Auto as well so that they kind of blend in and look like the rest of the black stitches so for the sake of this design this looks pretty good and if I want to see exactly how my machine is going to embroider this.
I can just hit play on the bottom right here and I can max the speed so I can see that is exactly how my machine is going to do this in that order of colors if you look at the bottom of my screen you can see it goes from I’m sorry I’m blocking it goes from white stitch to gray stitch to black stitch at the end that’s how you know the color order and now I can go to save as and I can save this as Stark and I’m going to save this as a PE s file brother embroidery machines read PE s files for embroideries so I saved that and if you need to save this for a different type of embroidery machine I would export it.
let me export it to a singer or a pfaff or a different embroidery machine type so Brother is PE s if you have a different type you can look up what file type you need now I’m going to go and actually embroider this real quick and we’re gonna come back and see how this turns out alright so I just finished doing my embroidery and it turned out perfect now when my machine asked for the gray I used a lighter silver but I can’t really get a close-up on here but that is exactly how it turned out and I think it looks really good so I could add some fusible webbing to the back so I can iron it on or I can just sew it directly to a project.