First, the happy news: I put up a tutorial yesterday on using 5×12″ multi-attachment hoops. I mean, it works on any size of multi-attachment hoop, but that’s the only one I know of that works that way. I’ve heard rumors one exists for the 400e, which would be neat: I’d like to be able to […]
It works! I can test-resize one of my little SVG dragons, do a Save As to a PES or JEF right out of Inkscape, turn on my embroidery machine, and it’ll be right there on what the machine believes is its thumb drive. Or for a pre-built design, I can just copy it to a […]
After I wrote Monday’s entry, it bugged me, because the only real reason I stopped using the Pi was the power issue. Sure, I could just open up one of the many, MANY cables we have around here and make like a bomb defuser and snip the red wire. (Literally that’s what you do.) But […]
A couple years ago, I posted that I’d plugged a Raspberry Pi into my embroidery machine so I could manage designs on it wirelessly. I had a request for a followup on that. It’s a little disappointing, I’m afraid, but I do have a little advice on managing the USB port in general. First of […]
At some point when I wasn’t looking, Inkscape snuck in a centerline tracing function. I used to have a plugin that did it, with mixed success, but now it’s built in. It does a surprisingly good job on it, even at the default settings. Stitching it out at 2.5″ wide would yield something like this, […]
The respiratory infections continue to linger in the household; at one point last week when we were talking about dinner plans I admitted that I had no particular preference because “everything, including my brain, is coated in a fine layer of slime.” So now “slime brain” has been our shorthand explanation for… everything. But Sudafed’s […]
I got a question on Instagram: “Do you think Inkscape would be an option for a beginner to combine/resize/edit existing designs?” The short answer is “yes/maybe/yes,” but that “maybe” was too long for an Instagram comment so here’s a little more about it for people new to embroidery. If you already know about fill resizing, […]
A grid of same-color stitching is another way to pin down the pile of minky or terry so the decorative stitching shows clearly. It has the advantage over water-soluble stabilizer that it will also keep neighboring pile from overhanging the stitching. It’s a built-in feature of Embrilliance, but for those of us who can’t use that for financial or compatibility reasons, it can be done in Ink/Stitch too. Here’s how.
We’re going to get a little adventurous with the effects today, using a feature that hasn’t been added to Ink/Stitch’s menus yet. First, I’m going to prepare my objects that I’ll want to fill. In this case I’m using text (not Ink/Stitch lettering, but Inkscape text) that I will convert to shapes and ungroup (Path […]
Ink/Stitch on top of Inkscape makes producing a die line for embroidery designs that don’t have them easy. Both pieces of software are free and open-source, and run on Windows, Mac, and Linux.