Applique in Embrilliance Essentials
Applique designs are a great way to take your embroidery skills to the next level and give detail and depth to a project. These types of designs incorporate great stitches but allow for even more customization because of its incorporation of fabric and/or other materials. While some people view applique as a complicated process that they could not possibly handle, working with applique can be just as simple as stitching out an embroidery design, and many embroidery software’s make the process super simple. This post will discuss the features you can use while working with applique using Embrilliance Essentials.
While Essentials is not a complete digitizing software, there are some very cool features you can use to learn about applique and create a beautiful and creative project. Embrilliance Essentials is an embroidery software that allows you to create, resize, and edit various designs but they also have features that make working with applique super easy. Keep reading to see how you can use Essentials to label your applique design, remove bulky stitches, assign a fabric color, and save cut files so that every one of your applique projects looks flawless!
What is Applique?
Applique with embroidery machines occurs when fabric, or like material, is sewn onto your project surface and then stitched over to cover the sewn edges. The fabric serves as a filling for embroidered projects giving you endless creative opportunities. Working with Appliques can introduce patterns and colors into your designs that simple embroidery thread cannot do. With a great digitizing software, you can create unique appliques to stitch out, but many applique files can also be purchased and downloaded.
Working with Applique in Essentials
The Embrilliance Essential software allows you to work with downloaded applique files. Once you have downloaded an applique file and imported it into Essentials, the next step is to tell the software that you are working with an applique file. To tell if a downloaded file is an applique file, you should be able to see the three layers attached to the file in the object pane. They are normally three different colors to provide distinction. These three layers are the position, the material, and the finishing stitch of your design.
A position stitch is a simple outline created by the machine on your project fabric to show you where the fabric needs to be placed. After the position stitch is stitched out, you will adhere the applique fabric to the project fabric.
The material stitch is another outline that is created by the machine overtop of the applique fabric to attach it to the project fabric and to show you what fabric should stay and what fabric should be cut off. After the material stitch, you will cut around the outline to remove the excess fabric.
The finishing stitch is a smooth stain stitch created by the machine on top of the material stitch to hide the applique fabric edges and created the clean look you know and love from an applique design.
In order to let the software know that you are working with an applique, you have to assign the proper stitch order. To do this, highlight the first (word) and select the color. When the thread toolbox opens, the second tab at the top labeled applique allows you to select the Applique Position stitch. You will repeat this step with the second (word) giving it the Applique Material label. Now, the system knows you are working with an applique design and there are a few really cool functions you are able to use.
Removing Hidden Stitches
If you are working with many applique images in one hoop and need to overlap them, Essentials will automatically remove the hidden stitches underneath the overlap to eliminate bulky designs. Without removing the hidden stitches, you can run the risk of messing up your machine, specifically your needle, or stitching out a design where background stitches are visible through other layers. The best thing about Essentials is that their features will automatically remove the hidden stitches from your design once you have properly labeled each applique.
To get the hidden stitches removed, you will need to properly label each layer in your applique design as a position and material stitch. When you save your design, Essentials will automatically remove the hidden stitches. Yes, it is really that easy! Now there is a remove hidden stitches button that you can click to be safe but labeling your layers correctly and saving your design automatically takes care of the overlapping stitches.
One of the best things about working with applique is the ability to introduce so much variety through colors and prints of fabric. Essentials makes it easy to match up your applique fabric and your thread color by allowing you to add a fabric simulation. If you plan to use a patterned fabric, you will not be able to upload the pattern but you can select a color that is very similar so that the rest of your design can be created and color-matched. This fabric simulation can be added when you are labeling the Applique Position layer. Simply select Simulated under the Fabric View section and select the color that best matched your applique fabric.
Saving an Applique as a cut file
Lastly, Essentials has an awesome feature that makes it easy to save an Applique file as an SVG cut file that can then be used in other design software and cut out on the cutting machine of your choice. This feature is awesome for creating the same design on multiple surfaces outside of fabrics for embroidery machines. Saving your applique design as a cut file can also be done when you are labeling the Applique Position layer. Once you have the design that you would like to save highlighted, right-click the thread color to open the toolbox and select the Applique tab. Once you have labeled the design as Applique Position, select the option to “Save as Cut” and save the file as an SVG, PLT, FCM, or STUDIO. Essentials makes it that easy!
All of these features are a great introduction to learning how to work applique designs and introducing this unique feature into your embroidery projects. The possibilities are truly endless, and each project can now have a touch of uniqueness. Applique designs are great for gifts because of how customizable you can get and adding a personalized touch with fabric takes an embroidery project to the next level.
Happy Crafting, Friends!