Here are the most Frequent Asked Questions we're received about Creative DRAWings®. Please "Click" on each question to show-and-hide that individual answer.
"The wings digitizing software is just fabulous. We use it multiple times every day and are also re digitizing the text on many of our older files as jobs are repeated. This improves our productivity on the machine and also gives better results especially with small close text.
We are totally delighted with the new DRAWings digitizing programme. Although we already have good digitizing capability and consider ourselves experienced digitizers, the new system offers a lot of additional benefits particularly in time savings with complex designs. The programmes text capability is also very good. Our early efforts with DRAWings has already produced some very good digitizing results with great time savings.
We have had a good results with the stitch outs. We spent considerable time over the weekend pulling the designs apart and editing as well. We compared your DRAWings designs with our previous digitized designs from different sources. Unlike previous digitizing software we have trailed, …… DRAWings works well. We will place an order.
Thanks for introducing me to this wonderful program…… I had a bit of a play with it and then printed out the manual and have been working my way through it. I am almost half way through. Then I will start on the wings program. Then I should be quite confident about the program and be able to attempt my own designs. Thanks again.
Having a great time with the program. My 3 year old is wearing a ….. jumper that I digitized from a colouring book, and I have just finished my first complete set to list on line from clip art
….. “ We are having a lot of pleasure with Creative DRAWings. Thanks
“Just to let you know, MISSION ACCOMPLISHED…. I am extremely happy with your program, as I am able to complete sampling and orders. (Just to let you know of my ongoing frustration with xxxxx The support they have offered so far is a one day training course in October, so what was I supposed to do till then?) Thank you so much for your support last week…………….
……. “ This digitizing programme is responsible for my dirty, messy house and roughly 10 kilos added to my already overweight frame J….”
From File opens artwork graphics only. It can open graphic files with any one of the following file extensions: CMX, AI, SVG, EPS, BMP, JPEGS, WMF, etc.)
From Embroidery opens finished embroidery designs that you have saved as stitch files as well as other embroidery design files that you own and have saved on your computer.
This a vector file created in CorelDRAW® software that can be transformed directly to stitches.
This is embroidery stitching on top of a layer that is already stitched and it may not be desirable. You can use the Remove Overlaps feature in the Objects Toolbar on the right-hand side of the screen to control how and when Creative DRAWings removes overlaps by selecting Auto, Always, or Never.
This is the file format for Creative DRAWings®. To use the completed design on your sewing machine embroidery unit, you must save the .draw file to the appropriate format. See the next question for the how-tos.
This is the generic name used for any item you create or place in your design. Objects may be lines, shapes, symbols, and text. They are the areas that are filled with stitches or defined with only an outline by Creative DRAWings.
Graphic is the term used for artwork made of color, lines or text (usually drawn). Graphics are used to create advertising and other printed materials. Graphics are also used by artists and sewing and crafts enthusiasts.
Vector: Artwork that is created with a drawing program such as CorelDRAW®, Creative DRAWings®, or Adobe Illustrator®, among others. The graphic, or image is drawn with a series of nodes (dots), connected by lines or curves and the objects that are created can be lines or closed shapes. Each object in a graphic saves its own information such as color, shape, outline, and size. This means that they can be made larger or smaller without losing the quality of the object or changing other objects in the graphic. Creative DRAWings® can take the math formula saved in a vector file and convert that information to stitches. When you use the Freehand, Bezier shapes and Bezier outline tools to draw your own design you are drawing vectored art.
To see a Vector graphic: Open a design on your workspace, go to View, and uncheck Stitches and 3D view. What you will see is the vector graphic you have been working with when changing colors, adding or removing outlines, or editing the design using the Node Editing tool.
You can recognize vector art by the file extensions of the programs in which they were created. A few examples include:
* There are 204 vector files with this extension that are downloaded to your computer when you install Creative DRAWings®.
Bitmap: These images, also known as raster or paint images, are created when you scan artwork or use a paint program such as Corel Photo-Paint®, Adobe Photoshop®, or the Paint® program included with Windows® operating system. These images are made up of a collection of dots called pixels. Each pixel is a color square and the image is made up of a set number of pixels called dpi (dots per inch). This means that when you enlarge a bitmap, no additional pixels are created, but they stretch instead, causing "jagged edges" that you can see up close on the outline.
If you reduce the size of a bitmap you also lose quality because pixels are removed as the image becomes smaller. A bitmap is a collection of pixels so individual parts of the image cannot be edited separately as you can with objects in a vector image. Bitmaps are not directly converted to stitches in Creative DRAWings®. When you use a bitmap image to create a new design, you have a choice:
Some common raster files are:
Style Stitches: These are designs that are sewn out in one continuous line. They are also known as Motif stitches. When used as a Fill Stitch they will make an open, lacy fill. Used as an outline, they will run along the outside edge of an object.
Pattern Stitch: These designs will make solid patterns in your Fill Stitch. You can also apply a Pattern to a Satin Serial outline stitch if you make it wide enough (Outline thickness).
Note: By selecting both a Style and Pattern together for a Fill Stitch, you can make a combination fill. Experiment as not all Styles and Patterns will work together. To change the look of a Style or Pattern stitch, change the direction of the stitches using the Direction tool (fourth icon down on the left toolbar that looks like a red and blue compass point).
You can export your completed designs to one of the following four destinations.
This is the Align bar. These eleven icons are for aligning two or more objects that are selected. They will turn black when you have two or more objects selected. For a complete description how to use these tools, go to Start>Programs>Creative DRAWings®>Creative DRAWings® manual. This section begins on page 143 and continues to the top of page 149.
This tool allows you to select all the nodes of a single curve or line in your design. Right click on a node, and then Select Polyline. All the nodes of that curve or line will be selected and you can move or delete it, as needed, all in one piece.
When you have an outline around an object, the object and outline are combined. The outline can be filled with Running or Satin serial stitches. You cannot change the shape of either the object or the outline separately. Select the object, and go to Edit>Convert outline to object. You can now fill the outline with Step, Satin, or Piping stitches or convert it to an Appliqué. The outline and object can now be shaped and changed separately.
The Divide tool works only with an object that is filled with satin stitches. You can divide the satin stitches so they run in different directions. Miter corners, make a leaf look 3-dimensional, and use to make letters sew out better. Go to the Direction tool (the icon that looks like a blue and red compass needle) and click on the black triangle. Select the Divide tool (the icon that looks like a craft knife). Click on one side of the object with the satin stitches, hold down the left mouse button, and drag to the other side where you want the stitches to be "divided." You can now use the stitch Direction tool to change each side of the divided stitches.
For a step-by-step guide to using the Divide tool, click on the Show Help icon and click on the Divide tool. You can also use the PDF file by going to Start>Programs>Creative DRAWings®>Creative DRAWings® manual on page 222 and 223.
Vector graphic outlines are made with lines (segments) between editing points (nodes). When you select the Edit shape nodes tool and click on a design, you will see the lines and nodes. If you click on a node, handles will appear that look like lines with arrows on them. By changing the direction of the arrows you change the shape of the design.
If you right click on a node, a menu will appear that will let you add or delete nodes; change a curve to a line between nodes; or change the node types themselves, plus other editing choices. For step-by-step instructions how to work with the different nodes, see pages 184-196 of the PDF manual included with Creative DRAWings®. The easiest way to access the manual is go to Start>Programs>Creative DRAWings®>Creative DRAWings® manual. From the Creative DRAWings® workspace you can also click on the Show Help icon (the top toolbar that looks like a cursor with a question mark) and then click on the Edit Shape Nodes tool (the second icon down on the left-hand toolbar). This takes you to the built-in manual and the section on Editing Nodes.
These are the three built-in drawing tools. Only one can be active on the toolbar at a time. To view all of the available drawing tools, click on the small black arrow at the bottom right corner and select the tool you want to use. The selected drawing tool will become the current one and you can use it to create the shape you want. Following is a brief description of each tool. For complete directions see page 106 – 113 of the PDF manual included with Creative DRAWings®. The easiest way to open the manual is go to Start>Programs>Creative DRAWings®>Creative DRAWings® manual. From Creative DRAWings® workspace, you can also click on the Show Help icon (the top toolbar that looks like a cursor with a question mark) and then click on each drawing tool. You will be taken directly to the built-in manual and the section on the drawing tools.
Create Freehand Shapes: With this tool you can draw simple lines or closed shapes. Pick your starting point, hold down the left mouse button, and draw or trace as you would with a pencil or crayon (or you can use a graphic pen instead if you have one). As you start to draw, you will see a white square. To make a closed object, complete the drawing by ending it where you started—where you see the white square appear. When you close the design at the white square, the object will fill with color. To change to stitches, click on the Rectangle selection tool or use the shortcut by pressing the keyboard spacebar.
Using the Bezier tools (Create Bezier shapes and Create outline shapes) gives you more control and more precise lines when you are drawing your lines and objects. Both tools work basically the same way. The middle tool, Create Bezier shapes, is, by default, a straight line that can make curves. The third tool, Create outline shapes, makes curved lines by default. The manual will give you step-by-step instructions on how to use each tool.
The Show help function is a useful tool any time you need quick help without searching through the built-in Creative DRAWings® manual. Click on the icon that it looks like an arrow with a question mark. When it is active, a question mark appears next to the mouse pointer. You can click anywhere in the Creative DRAWings® window and instantly retrieve help for the icon you clicked. You can also click on File, Edit, View, Tools and click on any of the sub-menus listed.
Use the Thickness View tool to make sure the design you sew out is professional looking. Go to View>Thickness view to use. When this tool is enabled, your embroidery design changes to layers so you can see if the threads are overlapping. The stacking of layers is called Thickness. With this viewing tool, you can visualize and prevent Thickness (layers of colored threads) in your design and make any necessary changes. For example, let's say you have three objects and one will be embroidered over the other with the first to be embroidered green, the second yellow, and the third red.
To use Thickness view:
Note: Whenever you activate the Thickness view option, all the other viewing options (3D preview, Stitches etc.) are disabled automatically. To use them again, you must uncheck Thickness view option from the View menu. If the Thickness view option is not visible under your View menu, you can enable it from the Tools>Options>3D properties tab by checking Enable thickness view. The next time that you open Creative DRAWings®, this option will be available.
These are tools for controlling how the stitches are applied to overlapping objects.
Weld: Two or more objects can be combined to make one shape.
Trim: This tool will remove the stitches under an object. It removes overlapping stitches like the Remove Overlap function in the Objects Toolbar, but with a different end result.
Intersect: Two objects can be made into three where they overlap.
Tip: For even more fun, try this. Use the Weld tool to make the shape you want. Make another shape and put it on the welded object. Be sure both are selected (inside the same blue box) and then use Edit>Intersect tool. You’ll have the original welded object plus the new shape you made and then a third object where the two are overlapped.
Note: The toolbar shortcuts for Weld, Trim, and Intersect will be grayed out until you have selected two or more objects; then it lights up and is ready to use. Remember that you cannot use Weld, Trim, or Intersect until you have selected at least two objects.
A Satin stitch is series of flat stitches that are used to completely cover a section of the background fabric. Narrow rows of satin stitch can be used on a standard sewing machine using the zigzag stitch with a stitch length very close together and a width setting of generally 2.5 to 3mm. The satin stitch is often used for appliqué. It is usually used in an embroidery segment as an outline of an area, or in a smaller area as “detail” as in the pole section of a flagpole, or a smaller stem section on a flower or plant.
Also known as a Fill type stitch, this stitch has multiple needle punctures to create the fill pattern, thus resulting in less shine and reflection as that of the satin stitch. It is also more durable than a satin stitch as it has less ability to become snagged during wear or washing. It is generally used in larger areas than the satin stitch. By changing the “puncture” patterns of the needles, additional patterned stitches are created for different effects in your embroidery design.
A dongle is your software security device. It “unlocks” the software allowing it to be used on your computer. Your software will not run without your dongle, also known as USB key or Security Device, plugged into the USB port on your computer.
Digitizing is the conversion of a logo or artwork into a data format that embroidery machines understand and then can be sewn out onto fabric in the form of embroidery.
Underlay is the foundation of your design. it is what sews first, before the embroidery, to give the embroidered design stabilization, prevent puckering and distortion, and keep the design from sinking into the fabric. This is one of the most important steps in the digitizing process and Creative DRAWings® lays this foundation for you! You simply choose the fabric type for your design and the underlay is chosen. It just doesn't get any easier.
Density can be considered the "stitch weight" of the design. Too dense of a design will result in a "bullet proof" embroidery and puckers on the fabric. When you are creating your design in Creative DRAWings® you will be asked to select the fabric that you will be using. Creative DRAWings® will select the proper stitch settings for you, including underlay and density settings!
Your Creative DRAWings® retailer may be offering classes in your area, be sure to check their class schedules often or contact us
They are located on the CD in the "Designs" folder.
Yes, it is very easy to bring business logos into the program that way. We enjoy scanning in coloring books. Let your imagination be your guide.
No, you're not really re-digitizing, just re-assigning the fabrics. Simply click on the “Select Fabric” icon when you have your design in the program to reassign the new fabric type and the new underlay will automatically be generated for you! How simple is that? You will notice the stitch count number changes at the bottom of your screen.
As with any software program, the dongle, USB key or security device, is what enables the program to run on your computer, if you lose it, you will lose the ability to run the program. You will need to purchase another Creative DRAWings® program as the software will not operate without the dongle.
Embroidery designs created with Creative DRAWings® can be stitched out on an embroidery machine that uses any of the following formats.
In addition, you can import a design in any of the standard formats listed above into Bernina software and then save as an .art file to use on Bernina machines.
Use the Create tab to create and/or edit artwork that will be converted to embroidery designs filled with stitches. You will use this tab the most. The Stitch tab shows your artwork converted to stitches and you can make the final color adjustments. The colors that you are viewing in the Stitch tab are the actual colors.
Any TrueType font installed on your computer can be converted to embroidery files. (Postscript files cannot be converted.)
Creative DRAWings® automatically calculates the stitch parameters—stitch length, pull compensation, density and stitch underlays—for you when you select a fabric from the list, so, the resulting design will have the correct coverage for your fabric. Always stitch out the completed embroidery design on a piece of the same type of fabric and the stabilizer choice for your fabric before stitching it on the actual project. If the stitchout indicates that you need less dense thread coverage for your design on the chosen fabric, choose a fabric from the list that isn’t as heavy as your initial choice and do another stitchout to check it. For a more stitch coverage, choose a somewhat heavier fabric than the initial choice and test again.
No! The only way to change stitch length is by applying a Style or a Pattern on the design.
Stitch length, pull compensation, density, and stitch underlays are automatically calculated for you when you select the fabric type most like your project fabric from the available list of fabrics. Each fabric type has a Standard stitch setting. To make adjustments, simply select a different fabric during the initial steps of creating embroidery in Creative DRAWings®. Always stitch out the completed embroidery design on a piece of the same type of fabric and the stabilizer choice for your fabric before stitching it on the actual project. If the stitchout indicates that you need less dense thread coverage for your design on the chosen fabric, choose a fabric from the list that isn’t as heavy as your initial choice and do another stitchout to check it. For a more stitch coverage, choose a somewhat heavier fabric than the initial choice and test again.
Yes, you can use a graphic pen to draw in the Creative DRAWings® program.
Yes. You will need to save the embroidery design to the appropriate file type for your machine
Create New will take you to the second Artwork Source page where you can choose either a graphic file or an embroidery file or you can scan a design or draw your own using the drawing tools in Creative DRAWings® by clicking on New Graphic.
You can select just one color to work with or all the areas in your design that are the same color. In the Design Color row—the second row of colors at the bottom of your workspace—right click on the color you want to select, and then left click on Select by. Choose from:
Go to Tools>Options>Printing tab and make changes. Click on OK and then click on. File>Print. Click on OK at the top right of the page to print.
CAUTION: Use the right transparency film for your printer. If you use inkjet transparency film in a laser it will melt inside the printer.
You can use the Undo command to go back up to 100 times. To set your preference for Undo, go to Tools>Options>Undo Levels and adjust as desired.
Your colors have been reduced, but you must click on the Stitch tab to see the final colors. You can click on the Edit palette on the top toolbar (color wheel icon) to change colors if needed while you are in the Stitch tab.
No. First, select the text and click on the font icon A. Go to the Font name line on the toolbar above the workspace and choose another font. Your text will be changed to the new font automatically Click on the select tool to apply stitches.
Go to View> and make sure the toolbars are checked.
If you have six objects but only want to select five, it is faster to use Invert Selection than clicking on the five objects to select them. Select the one object you don’t want to include, then go to Edit>Invert selection. The other five objects will be selected.
It is a simple as adding fonts to your computer for any of your publishing or word programs.
It is as simple as adding fonts to your computer for any of your publishing or word programs.
1. Click on "Start", then "Settings", then "Control Panel".
2. Click on the "Fonts" icon (or "Appearance & Themes", then "Fonts").
3. Click "File", then "Install New Font".
4. Use the folder directory box of where your new font is located. To simplify this procedure save it to your desktop.
5. Select your fonts, click "OK" to install.
There are many websites available for downloading free fonts (i.e., http://www.webpagepublicity.com/free-fonts-e3.html, http://www.aenigmafonts.com/, http://1001fonts.com, etc.). Another way to obtain fonts is to purchase font packages either on the internet or through your local software or office supply store.
No, fonts with serifs and intricate design detail may cause issues with the auto-digitizing approach. However, please remember that you may always bring a font in as a backdrop and digitize it as you would any other artwork.
Your friend simply has more fonts installed on their computer. Simply install more fonts and you are good to go!
If you want to apply a curve or arc to your text you will use the "text to path" feature found in Creative DRAWings®. Some programs will only allow you to follow a pre-set path, but Creative DRAWings® will allow you to create your own.
Simply draw the shape of the path by using any of the drawing tools such as the freehand or outline tools. Insert your text, combine the two, delete the path, and the text will follow the now "invisible" path that you have deleted. Complete detailed instructions are located on pages 83-85 of your instruction manual on the CD.
No, all you need to do is to edit the shape of the path. Creative DRAWings® makes things so very simple for you!
In our "Definitions" Group of FAQ's you will see a description of the Satin Stitch and the Step Stitch. Depending on the size of the font, if you select the Satin Stitch, your font will reflect more light and be shiny. This is a great choice for smaller fonts with threads that would not catch on buttons and zippers in the wearing and laundering process. With larger fonts, the Step or Fill Stitch is preferred to prevent such snagging. If you allow Creative DRAWings® to "auto" select the stitch for you, the proper stitch for the size of the font will be selected.
Yes, it is an autodigitizing program! Creative DRAWings® can be as easy or as involved as you need it to be. It is great for the beginner and can still challenge the advanced user. Easily create letters and logos in minutes. The revolutionary and professional DRAWstitch® technology has been incorporated into Creative DRAWings® to work almost as fast as the blink of an eye to create embroidery designs from images. It does much more than traditional static digitizing software. Creative DRAWings® is an interactive product with artificial intelligence that almost “thinks” for you and helps release your creativity.
It depends on the software installed on your computer. Some software programs include a Thumbnail or Icon Viewer that shows a picture, not just a list or icons. If you do not have a Thumbnail Viewer, you will still see a picture of the file you select in the Preview window at the lower left below the list of designs in the file.
With Creative DRAWings®, you can create original embroidery designs, use existing artwork (clipart) to create embroidery designs, or edit existing embroidery designs. You do not need to use the Wings’ modular® Basic for these functions, but you can use Wings’ modular® in tandem with the designs you create or edit in Creative DRAWings®.
Yes. They are at the end of the Help Menu under "Appendix" and then "DRAWings Tips". The first menu is Standard Toolbar, which lists all the toolbar icons and what they are. See pages 163 and 164 of the manual. The second menu is the "Quick Reference Card" with icons and shortcuts listed. See pages 164 to 166.
The sewing simulator is in the Wings’ basic module included with your Creative DRAWings® installation.
Absolutely! It is the easiest and smartest program available for any level user. Get a hands on demonstration from your local Creative DRAWings® retailer.
You are spending far too much time digitizing with the software that you currently own. Creative Drawings® will cut your digitizing time in half at least, giving you more time for other tasks! Creative DRAWings® gives you quick results with less decisions that you are expected to make with the other software programs.
Contact us at our website with your email address and zip code and we will get back to you.
Notices will be posted at the website. Remember to always keep in contact with your Creative DRAWings® retailer.
As many as you like. When you purchase the program you will receive one USB key (dongle/ security device). This key will allow you to run the program on only one computer at a time, therefore, you will not be in any violation of any type of software agreement by installing the program on multiple computers since you will only be able to run the program on one computer at any one time.
Insert the installation CD first; do not insert the USB Key (dongle). You will be directed to insert it at the appropriate time during the installation process.
No you will need to upgrade your operating system to O/S: Windows XP / 2000 / Media Center / Tablet PC.
CPU: Pentium lll / Athlon 1.5 GHz
CPU: Pentium 4 / Athlon XP 2.8 GHz
Yes, if you are using an Intel-based Mac with Windows installed as a dual boot to your Mac OS.
Creative DRAWings® is a demanding software on a 3D graphics card. If the PC onto which you have installed the software does not meet the minimum system requirements, the software may not work properly.
One of the problems may be with your video card.
Verifying Video Card Memory
To verify the amount of RAM on the video card, do the following:
Please refer to the Troubleshooting section beginning on page 277 of the PDF Embroidery Software Manual located in your Programs Folder under Creative DRAWings® for additional information on this and other more technical guides.
"CBU Failure" means you did not insert the USB Key (dongle) before you tried to open the program. Close the error message, insert the Key and then open Creative DRAWings?.
This happens for one of two reasons:
The Object Toolbar will always be blank until you select an object (area) or outline of that you wish to change.
If the pen tab will not open, there is no outline around your design or the selected object (area). You can only open the pen tab when one of more objects or the entire design has outline stitching.
Always click on the 100% icon on the top toolbar before you begin to create a design in Creative DRAWings?. This will keep your design ratio 1:1 on the workspace. Once you do this, you can then zoom in close to work on details. To calibrate your monitor, Click on Tools>Options and then the Monitor tab and follow the directions.
Creative DRAWings? has an extra security feature that handles exceptions that might occur while working with complex designs. This feature allows you to undo your last change in the design, which made the system unstable, and then continue from that point. Whenever an Unhandled Exception has occurred, you will see a pop-up box with the Unhandled Exception message. In order to continue working in Creative DRAWings?, you must click on the "Yes" button so the system becomes stable again. If an Exception happens, it is best to save the changes using the "Save As" function and then continue working with the design. If you click the "No" button the System will crash!
Go to View> and make sure the toolbars are checked.
A. During installation temporary files may become corrupted. NOTE: Error messages 1305 & 1309 are similar but Error 1305 has an extra step in the repair process.
Clean up all temp folders. In your browsers' (i.e., Explorer, FireFox, etc.) address bar enter %temp% and press enter.
Delete all files that are allowed to be deleted. Go to C:\windows\temp Delete all files.
B. Un-install the software (if any part of it was installed).
C. Delete the folder <<C:\Program Files\DRAWstitch\Creative DRAWings>>
Delete the folder C:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\Driver\10 from the machine.
Unzip the attached file to hard drive and double click IsScript.msi
Complete the installation.
This must complete with success in order to execute the next step (D).
D. In Hard Disk C: create a new folder and name it as DRAWings. Copy all the files of the CD in this folder. If the CD is corrupted it should show error message during copying the files in c:\DRAWings folder. If this is the case you will need a new CD, the Program CD is corrupt.
If there is no error message during copying, then make the installation from c:\DRAWings folder by double clicking Setup.exe file.
A. During installation temporary files may become corrupted. NOTE: Error messages 1305 & 1309 are similar but Error 1309 has one less step in the repair process.
Clean up all temp folders. In your browsers' (i.e., Explorer, FireFox, etc.) address bar enter %temp% and press enter.
Delete all files that are allowed to be deleted. Go to C:\windows\temp Delete all files.
B. Un-install the software (if any part of it was installed).
C. Delete the folder <<C:\Program Files\DRAWstitch\Creative DRAWings>>
D. In Hard Disk C: create a new folder and name it DRAWings. Copy all the files of the CD in this folder. If the CD is corrupted it should show error message during copying the files in c:\DRAWings folder. If this is the case the Program CD is corrupt and you will need a new CD.
If there is no error message during copying, then make the installation from c:\DRAWings folder by double clicking the Setup.exe file.
The error 1402 means that the installation cannot access one or more registry keys. There are several reasons why this may happen:
1. The customer does not have administrative rights. In this case make sure that at least the installation will be done with administrative rights.
2. The customer has another software running that does not let him access the registry. In some cases “Outlook” may cause this problem. Also, shut down any antivirus software during installation.
3. Customer should delete the following keys:
Then re-start the computer and re-install the software.
Using the correct needle is essential when sewing and embroidering. There are different types of needles to use with different types of fabric. For example, if you are embroidering (or sewing) on a stretchy t-shirt, you will want to use a stretch needle. This will prevent skipped stitches, leaving you with a flawless embroidery.
The embroidery stitch files that are included with Creative DRAWings® are located on your installation disk. Because of the amount of space they require, they were not installed on your computer. To access the embroidery designs and use them in Creative DRAWings®:
Note: These files are Wings Systems’ files, as designated with the .ngs extension at the end of the file name. They include the fill and outline stitches so it is not necessary to use the Convert to curves command that is necessary when converting embroidery files to Artwork.
Yes, this is one of the great features of Creative DRAWings®. Here’s how it works:
With the file open you can adjust it for as many of the following possible changes to create a new embroidery design:
To use Convert to Curves:
Note: Converting may take only a few seconds or much longer, depending on the complexity of the stitch file is. Wait until the Circle Timer (the small moving circle of dots) in the upper right corner of the workspace has stopped before you continue working. For example, if your original file is Cats, save the new file as Cats2 or other name of your choice followed by the date if you wish (Cats2_10.09.97). Use a name that will work for you and your filing system.
Yes you can.
Note: If you want to use your own scanning software instead of what’s built into Creative DRAWings, click on Advanced Scan in the lower right-hand corner. To access the step-by-step guide in the built-in help files under Quick Start, click on Help on the top tool bar. Click Help Topics or use the F1 key. Under the Content tab, right click on Creative DRAWings. Left click on Open All. You will see the chapter on Quick Start under Welcome to Creative DRAWings.
Yes! Here’s how:
Yes, it’s easy to change the size of any embroidery design and when you do this Creative DRAWings automatically recalculates all of the stitch parameters (stitch length, pull compensation, density and stitch underlays).
Note: To change only one dimension—length or width—locate the double arrow in the center of the line at the top or bottom of the design to lengthen or shorten it. Use the double arrows on one of the sides of the design to narrow or widen it.
If you watch the bottom information bar below the color bars at the bottom of the workspace, you can watch the stitch count increase or decrease
Note: If you select only one object (area) of the design to adjust, only the stitch count for that one object will show in the information bar as you adjust the size.
Note: The colors in the color strip are the colors available in the thread palette that was active when you chose your fabric during the Creative DRAWings process—unless you opted to change palette using the pulldown list on that page.
Click on the Color Wheel on the top tool bar. On the next page, titled "Select how many colors your design will have," click on the dropdown arrow under Palette and then click on the thread brand you want to use. Click on OK. If you change your mind, click Cancel.
Select View from the top menu bar to access the dropdown menu and click on Object Properties, or use the keyboard shortcut, Alt+Enter.
Yes you can.
Creative DRAWings was not intended to be used as photo stitch program. However, you may be able to create a design with a photo, but it depends on the complexity of the photo. The best way to see if it will work with your photo is:
Yes. Locate it by clicking on Help on the top tool bar, then choose Help Topics or use the F1 key. Under the Content tab, right click on Creative DRAWings. Left click on Open All to see the contents of the manual.
Note: You can also click on the Index tab and type in the word that describes the help subject you want to locate. This will bring the subject you have chosen in the list into view.
For quick help on a specific tool on the toolbar, click on the question mark with arrow icon on the top toolbar. Your cursor will change to look like the icon. Move the cursor with question mark to the tool for which you want more information and a help screen will appear in the upper right corner. For example, if you need help with Fonts, click on the Text icon (A) at the bottom of the left toolbar and the manual will open automatically to show you how to use Fonts. You can use this Help technique on all of the toolbar icons. If you have the Help icon selected, you can also click on File, Edit, View, Tools and Help at the top of the screen and dropdown menus will appear. Then click on the topic with which you need help. This is a quick way to get help while you’re working.
Yes. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader. If it is not installed on your computer, go to http://adobe.reader-download.org/ to download the software. Then follow these steps:
Yes, right click on the animated cartoon in the lower right corner of the screen and then click on Hide.
Combining a Text object with the direction or shape of a line called a Path is fun and easy to do. It’s a great way to create a logo or a personalized design. Follow these easy steps:
Note: The Text object will now follow the line or shape, but it may not be positioned exactly where and how you want it on the Path. For complete instructions on how to use the Text Tool and adjust the position on the Path click on the Help Icon (arrow with question mark) on the top toolbar, and then click on the Text icon (A on the left toolbar).
Wingdings or Webdings are symbols (interesting shapes) that were made as True-Type Fonts. That means you can insert them on the workspace and transform them into interesting embroidery designs. You can use any Wingding font that is in the Fonts folder on your computer. To use Insert Symbol:
These are the available colors for fabric backgrounds. Choose the one that approximates the color of your project fabric so you can tell how your embroidery design will look when it is stitched out. Simply click on one to select the desired fabric color and it will appear on the workspace. You can change the fabric color any time while working on the design. Simply click on the Fabric icon (grid like icon to the left of the Color icon) on the top toolbar to access the colors.
Yes. Follow these steps:
Working with the hoop on your workspace ensures that your finished design will fit when you are ready to stitch it out. To place the hoop on your workspace:
First click on Tools>Change Hoop (or Ctrl+H) and then click on Add new. Then you will have several decisions to make.
Hoop Bracing arms
After adjusting the hoop options, Save the hoop by pressing the Add button. This adds the new hoop to the Select hoop dropdown menu. After pressing the Add button a confirmation dialog will appear that will inform you that your hoop was saved successfully. Click OK to continue. Hoops that you add will always be listed at the bottom of the Select Hoop list.
When you are happy with your completed embroidery design and want to stitch it out:
When you make an appliqué, Creative DRAWings® will automatically calculate the placement, tack-down, and final stitch runs for you. You can also add embroidery stitches on top of your completed appliqué for extra embellishment.
To change a design into Redwork, each object in the design must have an outline. To determine if they do, select the entire design using the command, Edit>Select All or Ctrl+A. With the entire design selected, check the lowest row of colors at the bottom of the workspace to see if there is a Bucket (fill) and Pen (outline) in each color of the design. If not, follow these steps to add outlines as needed:
Note: For a Redwork design with a few fill areas, select the areas you want filled, one by one and click on a color.
Yes, using your designs can also be used to make stationery, invitations, envelopes, jar labels, and more. Let your imagination go and have fun! If you want your design to look like embroidery, make sure the View> Stitches and 3D are checked. If you uncheck both, your design will look like a graphic (artwork without stitches.)
Note: You can open the jpeg file from any program, including the paint program that comes in Windows. If you want to make stickers, print on peel-and-stick paper.
Note: You can continue to work back and forth between CorelDRAW and Creative DRAWings® in this manner.
You can do this in either of the following two ways:
You can remove an outline with any one of the following three actions.
Note: You can only change colors if you are in the Create tab.
You can make a cross-stitch design using bitmap (raster) type files.
Yes. If you want your design to look like embroidery, make sure the View> Stitches and 3D are checked. If you uncheck both, your design will look like a graphic instead of stitches.
Note: If you use a basic pre-made shape but want to make changes to it, such as pull in the side of a circle to make a smile, you must first select the shape and then right click on it, followed by a left click to Convert to Curves. Use the Node Edit tool (second icon on the left-hand toolbar) to make the changes you want. You can also import other designs or parts of designs to add to what you are drawing.
Note: If you cannot change an object, right click on it, and then left click to Convert to Curves.
Yes, you can change the direction of the stitches. Note: Moving the direction stitches sew out will completely change the look of whatever fill pattern you are using.
To remove the red direction line, click on the red X in the center of the line, or use the Undo icon on the top toolbar.
Choose from one of the following two options:
Use the shortcut method, which takes a little practice but is actually faster when you’re working on a design.
Note: In Creative DRAWings®, Ctrl+D is the shortcut for the Direction tool and will not duplicate.
Go to Tools>Options. On the first General Tab change to the system you want to use under Measurement System.
You can use any version of Adobe Illustrator, but your design must be saved to Version 5 or lower.
The design can now be edited and changed as needed.
Follow these three easy steps:
First, make sure the design you want to make is small enough so that when you make it into a wreath it will fit in your hoop. Then continue as follows:
Combine draw files, embroidery designs, or parts of other files and designs as you need to create a new design by following these steps:
First, make a circle, and then select the font you want to use and type your text. Then follow these steps:
Choosing the correct stabilizer is important too! Use a cut-away for stretchy fabric and use a tear- away for anything that isn’t stretchy. Stabilizers come in many different types, designed to help make your embroidery experience fun and easy. DRAWings will recommend the correct stabiliser to use in the job template.
Your machine uses a specific bobbin. Make sure that you are using the correct bobbin for your Brand and Model. (Refer to your owner's manual if you are unsure) If you use the wrong bobbin in your machine, you could damage the machine which may lead to a costly repair. If you’re still unsure of which one to get, visit your local dealer. Some bobbins look alike but they are actually different, so don’t be fooled!
Embroidery machines use a special bobbin thread while in embroidery mode. When embroidering, you will use “embroidery” bobbin thread in the bobbin. This typically comes in white (black is available too for use with black or darker garments), and is a finer weight thread than your normal embroidery thread. It is important to use the correct embroidery bobbin thread (refer to your manual for your brand’s preference) to achieve optimal results. You do not need to wind a bobbin of the same colour you are using on top because: 1. It’s more expensive than bobbin thread 2. You usually don’t see the back anyway.
Sticky stabilizer can sometimes “gum” up your needle and make your thread break. Titanium needles prevent sticky build-up. Also, you can clean any sticky residue off with a cotton ball or swab and rubbing alcohol.
You shouldn’t use spray adhesives near your machine. When using any type of sticky spray, use it on the other side of the room, away from your machine.
You should get your machine cleaned once a year. Doing this is good preventative maintenance against costly repairs later on. Meanwhile, keep your bobbin case/area clean. Use a lint brush or a can of compressed air (available from electronics stores) to keep it clean.
Use a quality thread. Make sure to NEVER use hand quilting thread in a machine. Hand quilting thread has a coating on it that will get sticky stuff on the insides of your machine and cause threads to break.
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