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  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    Contents Using the Single Arch Text tool ( )........ 24 Getting Started Using the Circular Text tool ( )........25 Changing the text position relative to the baseline....25 Chapter 1: General Information.......... 2 Changing the position of the bottom text line ...... 26 Creating a new file..............
  • Page 3 Using a programmable stitch..........81 Chapter 21: Inserting a Polygon Hole......51 Performing maintenance on the programmable stitches..82 Example Chapter 36: Converting to STB (Stitch to Block) Chapter 22: Points Palette ..........53 Settings ............83 Using the Points palette ............53 Chapter 37: Review –...
  • Page 4 Introduction The Brother BE-100 embroidery software provides numerous functions for easily creating and manipulating stitch and outline files, which can then be embroidered. In addition to creating your own original files, you can open or import, then edit stitch and outline files in a large range of formats. Your custom-made designs can be output or exported in a variety of formats for embroidering on almost any type of machine.
  • Page 5: Getting Started

    Getting Started Chapter 1: General Information IMPORTANT INFORMATION: PLEASE READ BEFORE STARTING EXERCISES. Creating a new file To create a new file containing an empty design area: On the drop-down menu, click . The dialog box appears. File Design Info NOTE: A new file can also be created by clicking the button ( ) in the...
  • Page 6: Displaying The Properties Dialog Box

    Displaying the Properties dialog box To display a dialog box that allows you to change various settings for the selected design shape: Click the tool ( ) in the toolbar. Move Stock Click a stitched edge of the shape in the design. “Dancing ants” (moving dashes) appear around the design shape.
  • Page 7: Chapter 2: Main Window

    Chapter 2: Main Window When BE-100 is started up, a window containing various toolbars, palettes and bars appears. Figure 3 Title bar Needles (thread color) Pointer Design Reference window Status bar Refer to the illustrations below to identify the various parts of the window. Figure 4: Ribbon 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 A B C D E F G...
  • Page 8 Figure 6: palette Navigation 1 Select-by-number buttons button & buttons Select Machine Commands Select First Select Last button & but- button Select Shapes Select Previous Select Next Select Alternating button tons button Select Color Changes Extend Selection Figure 7: toolbar Stock tool Move...
  • Page 9 Figure 11: button (and text shape palette) Gallery 1 Simple rectangle B Wide bottom M Flat top arch 2 Vertical orientation C Upper arc N Flat bottom arch 3 Slant up D Lower arc O Football 4 Slant down E Clockwise circle P Convex top flat bottom 5 Wide left F Counter-clockwise circle...
  • Page 10: Chapter 3: Move Tool

    Chapter 3: Move Tool ( This tool is mainly used to select, but also to move and resize design shapes (not individual punchpoints). For example, you might use the tool ( ) to select a shape in order to change its color. Move Selecting design shapes To select shapes in the design:...
  • Page 11 Drag the selected shapes to the desired location in the design area. NOTE: If you do not know how to drag an object, run the Windows 95 tutorial for instructions and practice. Figure 13 To resize (shrink, enlarge or reproportion) selected design shapes: Move the pointer over a handle (small square) on the selection frame around the selected design shapes.
  • Page 12: Deleting Design Shapes

    Deleting design shapes To delete the selected design shapes: Press the Delete key. The selected shapes are removed from the design.
  • Page 13: Chapter 4: Reshape Tool

    Chapter 4: Reshape Tool ( This tool is used to highlight the punchpoints of design shapes, allowing you to select and move the points, therefore changing the shape of the design. After selecting a punchpoint, it can be deleted, or the commands on the drop-down menu can be used to insert new punchpoints as well as set entry and exit points.
  • Page 14: Moving Punchpoints

    Moving punchpoints To move the selected punchpoints: Select the punchpoint to be moved, as explained above. Move the pointer over the selected (light blue) punchpoints. The pointer changes to small crosshairs ( Drag the selected punchpoints to the desired location in the design area. Figure 16 To move punchpoints with greater precision, select the punchpoint(s) using the tool (...
  • Page 15: Correcting A "bow Tie

    Correcting a “bow tie” Regions are digitized as pairs of punchpoints (a point and a counterpoint, which appear with a gray line con- necting them). When deleting punchpoints from a region, either the punchpoint pair or two punchpoints that are in sequence should be deleted; otherwise, the region will “bow tie”, as shown below. Figure 17 A “bow tie”...
  • Page 16: Chapter 5: Rotate Tool

    Chapter 5: Rotate Tool ( This tool allows you to rotate the various shapes of the design. To rotate shapes in the design: Click the tool ( ) in the toolbar. Rotate Stock Click the design shapes that you wish to rotate. “Dancing ants” (moving dashes) and a rotation frame appear around the selected shapes.
  • Page 17: Chapter 6: Measure Tool

    Chapter 6: Measure Tool ( This tool is great for measuring the length of a stitch, the spacing between two shapes in a design, or the overall design size. To measure the distance between any two points in the design: Click the tool ( ) in the...
  • Page 18: Chapter 7: Needles (thread Color) Palette

    Chapter 7: Needles (Thread Color) Palette Since each needle is typically threaded with thread of a different color, selecting a different needle changes the color of the thread. The buttons in the (thread color) palette are used to select the thread color before Needles adding a new shape to the design or to change the thread color of the currently selected design shape.
  • Page 19: Changing The Available Thread Colors In The Master Palette

    Changing the available thread colors in the master palette The master palette contains all thread colors that are available with BE-100. The default master palette is the Madeira color palette (minus a few colors). From the tab (of the dialog box), new col- Master Palette BES Setup ors can be created and added to the list of available thread colors.
  • Page 20: Creating And Editing Designs

    Creating and Editing Designs Chapter 8: Gallery Button Clicking the button displays a palette containing 32 preset shapes for arranging text. Gallery The text shapes available with the button are shown below. Gallery Figure 22 Creating a text shape To create a text shape and add it to the design: Click the button.
  • Page 21: Changing The Font

    NOTE: To identify a text shape, move the pointer over it so that its name appears in the left corner of the status bar. Figure 23 In the box, type the desired text. Text NOTE: If the text shape was selected, multiple lines of text can be Simple rectangle Double circle entered.
  • Page 22: Changing The Shape Of The Text

    Changing the shape of the text To change the shape of the text: Using the tool ( ), select the text shape that you wish to change. “Dancing ants” (moving dashes) Move appear around the shape. Click the button. A palette containing samples of the various text shapes appears. Gallery Click the desired text shape.
  • Page 23: Chapter 9: Lettering Palette

    Chapter 9: Lettering Palette palette contains various tools for creating a large selection of text arrangements that can be added Lettering to the design. Compared with the preset text shapes available with the button, the tools in the Gallery Lettering palette offer more layout flexibility, by allowing the length, height, angle and location to be specified.
  • Page 24: Using The Simple Text Tool

    Using the Simple Text tool ( This tool creates a block containing one or more horizontal lines of text. Figure 24 To create a text shape using the tool ( Simple Text Click the tool ( ) in the palette. Simple Text Lettering Click in the design area to specify the desired location for the left end of the baseline (1 in figure 24).
  • Page 25: Changing The Font Of Monogram Text

    Click in the design area to specify the desired location for the top of the center letter (2 in figure 25). The tab of the dialog box appears. Text Text Properties In the box, type the desired monogram text of no more than three characters in UPPERCASE LET- Text TERS.
  • Page 26: Using The Flat Top Arch Text Tool

    Using the Flat Top Arch Text tool ( This tool arranges text inside an outline that is flat on the top and arched on the bottom. The bottom can bow either in or out. Figure 28 Figure 29 To create a text shape using the tool ( Flat Top Arch Text Click the...
  • Page 27: Using The Double Arch Text Tool

    Using the Double Arch Text tool ( This tool arranges text inside an outline that is arched on both the top and bottom. The arches bow in oppo- site directions and can bow either in or out. Figure 32 Figure 33 To create a text shape using the tool ( Double Arch Text...
  • Page 28: Using The Circular Text Tool

    Using the Circular Text tool ( This tool arranges text along a circle whose radius you can specify. If two lines of text are entered, the first line is added at the top and second line is added at the bottom. Figure 36 Figure 37 To create a text shape using the...
  • Page 29: Changing The Position Of The Bottom Text Line

    NOTE: These settings are also available with the position-relative-to-baseline buttons ( ) in the bar. Text To change the position of the text in relation to the baseline: Using the tool ( ), select the text shape that you wish to change. “Dancing ants” (moving dashes) Move appear around the shape.
  • Page 30: Using The Arc By Circle Text Tool

    To create a text shape using the tool ( Arc Text Click the tool ( ) in the palette. Arc Text Lettering Click in the design area to specify the desired location for the left end of the baseline (1 in figures 42 and 43).
  • Page 31: Using The Arc Vertical Text Tool

    Drag the pointer until the arc is the desired size (3 in figures 44 through 47). Do one of the following: Click the arc that is displayed to arrange the text clockwise within it (4 in figures 44 and 46). Text arranged clockwise uses the inner arc of the outline as the baseline.
  • Page 32: Using The Step Text Tool

    To create a text shape using the tool ( Slant Text Click the tool ( ) in the palette. Slant Text Lettering Click in the design area to specify the desired location for the left end of the baseline (1 in figure 50). Click in the design area to specify the desired location for the right end of the baseline (2 in figure 50).
  • Page 33: Chapter 10: Aligning Text

    Chapter 10: Aligning Text The placement of text along the baseline can be specified by choosing one of the following settings Justification (on the tab of the dialog box). Text Effects Text Properties NOTE: These settings are also available with the justification buttons ( ) in the bar.
  • Page 34: Chapter 11: Kerning

    Chapter 11: Kerning Kerning is the spacing between characters within text. Each font has a preprogrammed amount of space placed between the characters. This spacing can be increased or decreased either uniformly (for the entire text) or indi- vidually (for specific characters, as shown in figure 61). Figure 61 Changing the kerning uniformly between all characters To uniformly adjust the kerning between all characters of a text shape:...
  • Page 35 Click the button. The text appears as shown below. Figure 62 Using the tool ( ), select the text shape. “Dancing ants” (moving dashes) appear around the Move shape. Click the button ( ) in the bar. The tab of the dialog box Text Effects Text...
  • Page 36: Chapter 12: Multiline Spacing

    Chapter 12: Multiline Spacing The spacing between multiple lines of text can be adjusted by choosing one of the following set- Multiline spacing tings (on the tab of the dialog box). Text Effects Text Properties Standard . . .The line spacing is set to the default (100%). Relative .
  • Page 37: Chapter 13: Multipass Stitching

    Chapter 13: Multipass Stitching Multipass stitching is used to sew multicolored text more efficiently by reducing the number of times the needles (each of which contain thread of a different color) need to be changed. For example, with the two-color font Col- legetown, both colors of a character would be sewn before continuing to the next one.
  • Page 38: Chapter 14: Templates

    Chapter 14: Templates Templates are formatted text shapes that can be repeatedly sewn while changing the text that they contain. By using templates, the format of a text shape in a design that you have created can be reused without recreating the design or reformatting the text shape each time you change the text.
  • Page 39: Saving The Template Data

    To select multiple cells (or rows or columns) that are in sequence, click the first cell (or row or column) in the sequence, and then, while holding down the Shift key, click the last cell (or row or column) in the sequence.
  • Page 40: Outputting A Design Containing Templates

    Outputting a design containing templates To output a design that contains templates: On the drop-down menu, click . The dialog box appears. File Output Templates Output Templates On the tab, edit the template data as desired. For more information, see Editing template text Template data above.
  • Page 41: Chapter 15: Fill-stitching

    Chapter 15: Fill-Stitching Fill stitches are used for sewing text in order to prevent long satin stitches and avoid pullouts. We recommend using fill stitches when sewing very large characters. To select fill stitching: Using the tool ( ), select the text shape that you wish to change. “Dancing ants” (moving dashes) Move appear around the shape.
  • Page 42: Chapter 16: Deconstructing Text

    Chapter 16: Deconstructing Text By using the command (on the drop-down menu), a text shape can be split into individual Deconstruct Text Shape characters, allowing each character to be reformatted with different colors, sizes and fonts. Figure 72 Deconstructing text To split a text shape into its individual characters: Using the tool (...
  • Page 43 In the bar, click the button ( ). A box of “dancing ants” (moving dashes) appears Text Deconstruct Text around each letter. Click the tool ( ), and then click outside of the text shape. The “dancing ants” and selection frame Move disappear from around the letters.
  • Page 44: Chapter 17: Deforming Text Shapes

    Chapter 17: Deforming Text Shapes The shape of graphic shapes can be changed simply with the tool ( ). However, before a text shape Reshape can be deformed (i.e., reshaped), it needs to be converted to deformed text. Figure 74 To deform a text shape: Using the tool (...
  • Page 45 Click the button ( ) in the bar. Convert to Deformed Text Text While holding down the Ctrl key, click the two handles on the left end and the two in the center. Drag the handles until the text is deformed as shown in figure 74 above.
  • Page 46: Chapter 18: Converting Text Shapes To Graphic Shapes (paths And Regions)

    Chapter 18: Converting Text Shapes to Graphic Shapes (Paths and Regions) Converting the characters of a text shape into graphic shapes, consisting of various paths and regions, allows you to reshape them by manipulating individual punchpoints. Figure 76 To convert a text shape to graphic shapes of paths and regions: Using the tool ( ), select the text shape that you wish to convert.
  • Page 47 Click the button. Figure 77 Using the tool ( ), drag the pointer to select the letter “L”. The letter is enlarged. Zoom Using the tool ( ), select the letter “L”. “Dancing ants” (moving dashes) appear around the letter. Move On the drop-down menu, point to...
  • Page 48: Chapter 19: Flipping Design Shapes

    Chapter 19: Flipping Design Shapes Flipping graphic shapes Figure 78 Original Flipped horizontally To flip a graphic shape: Using the tool ( ), select the graphic shape that you wish to flip. “Dancing ants” (moving dashes) Move appear around the shape. On the drop-down menu, click to flip the graphic horizontally, or click...
  • Page 49: Example

    Example To create the text shape “Toys”, then flip the letter “s”: Click the tool ( ), and then right-click in the design area. The tab of the Simple Text Text Text Properties dialog box appears. In the box, type “Toys”. Text In the drop-down list, select “Totstown”.
  • Page 50: Chapter 20: Shapes Toolbar

    Chapter 20: Shapes Toolbar The tools in the toolbar allow you to create a variety of graphic shapes, such as paths (i.e., lines that Shapes stitching follows) and different types of filled areas. NOTE: To delete the last punchpoint added, press the Backspace key. Using the Manual Stitch tool ( This tool allows individual needle punchpoints to be placed in order to control the stitch length or add intri- cate details to a shape (for example, a small copyright or trademark symbol or extra lock stitches).
  • Page 51: Using The Column Tool

    To add a path to the design: Click the tool ( ) in the toolbar. The pointer changes to large crosshairs ( ) when it is Path Shapes moved into the design area. Click in the design area to specify the placement of the punchpoints of the path. NOTE: The tools in the palette can also be used to select what type of line connects the punch- Points...
  • Page 52: Using The Region Tool

    Using the Region tool ( Regions consist of satin-stitched areas with varying stitch lengths and follow pairs of points that can be placed at different angles. Figure 85 To add a region to the design: Click the tool ( ) in the toolbar.
  • Page 53: Using The Complex Polygon Tool ( )

    Using the Complex Polygon tool ( Polygons of any shape can have holes of any shape specified in the area. Figure 87 To add a polygon with holes in it to the design: Click the tool ( ) in the toolbar.
  • Page 54: Chapter 21: Inserting A Polygon Hole

    Chapter 21: Inserting a Polygon Hole After a polygon is created, a hole can be inserted to remove some of the stitching from a specific area, creating a “donut hole”. NOTE: For more information about creating polygons, see Using the Simple Polygon tool ( ) and Using the Complex Polygon tool ( ) in chapter 20.
  • Page 55 On the drop-down menu, click . The banner is placed in the center of the new design area, as Edit Paste shown below. Figure 89 On the drop-down menu, click to display the entire design. Zoom Fit to Window Using the tool ( ), select the rectangular polygon in the center of the banner.
  • Page 56: Chapter 22: Points Palette

    Chapter 22: Points Palette Using the Points palette The tools in the palette allow you to specify what type of line connects punchpoints of graphic shapes. Points Using these tools, you can also change a straight line to a curve or make a curve straight. Punchpoint Straight tool ( ) .
  • Page 57: Changing The Type Of Line Connecting Punchpoints

    Changing the type of line connecting punchpoints To change the type of line used to connect punchpoints: Using the tool ( ), select the punchpoints for the lines that you wish to change. The selected Reshape punchpoints change to light blue. In the palette, click the tool for the type of lines that you wish to use.
  • Page 58: Chapter 23: Navigating The Design

    Chapter 23: Navigating the Design The buttons in the palette are used to help you navigate through the design by selecting design Navigation shapes or punchpoints. Navigating through the design To navigate through the design by selecting design shapes or punchpoints: To select how to navigate through the design, do one of the following: To navigate by design shapes, click the button (...
  • Page 59 While holding down the Shift key, click the last punchpoint that you wish to select. Only the alternating punchpoints are selected. Figure 95...
  • Page 60: Chapter 24: Punchpoints Drop-down Menu

    Chapter 24: Punchpoints Drop-Down Menu Punchpoints define the outline of a design shape and the stitch sequence in which it is sewn. The design shape can be reshaped by manipulating its punchpoints. Adding new punchpoints provides finer control during reshaping by breaking down the outline into smaller segments. The drop-down menu contains vari- Punchpoints ous commands for making changes to punchpoints.
  • Page 61: Setting Entry And Exit Points

    NOTE: After splitting a manual stitch, stitches should be inserted to form lock stitching in order to prevent the stitching from unraveling. For more information about inserting manual stitches, see chapter Figure 97 Setting entry and exit points To specify the punchpoint where sewing of the design shape begins or ends: Using the tool ( ), select the punchpoint of the manual stitch that you wish to split.
  • Page 62: Chapter 25: Trims And Connections

    Chapter 25: Trims and Connections Specifying character connections The way that individual characters within a selected text shape are connected to each other can be specified by choosing one the following settings (on the tab of the dialog box). Glyph connection Commands Text Properties With these settings, you could, for example, specify that the thread between each letter in a name will be...
  • Page 63: Chapter 26: Opening, Outputting, Importing And Exporting A Design

    Chapter 26: Opening, Outputting, Importing and Exporting a Design Understanding file types The BE-100 can read both stitch files and outline files. An outline file can be compared to a piece of wet clay; it can be changed and redesigned more easily. A stitch file can be compared to a piece of clay that has dried; it is difficult to make changes to it without chipping away or adding pieces.
  • Page 64: Opening A Non-dos File

    NOTE: To view thumbnails of the files, click the button. The dialog box appears. To Thumbnails Thumbnails view thumbnails of files in a different folder, click the button. The dialog Browse Browse for Folder box appears. Select the desired folder, and then click the button.
  • Page 65: Importing A File

    Importing a file To import a file (for example in the .cnd and .kwk formats): On the drop-down menu, click . The dialog box appears. File Import Import In the drop-down list, select the format for the file that you wish to import. Files of type In the drop-down list and the list below it, select the folder containing the desired file, and then...
  • Page 66: Chapter 27: Using The "sample" Folder

    Chapter 27: Using the “Sample” Folder The “Sample” folder, included in the “BES” folder when BE-100 was installed, contains designs created for BE- 100. These outline files can be resized, which increases or decreases the stitch count to accommodate the change in size.
  • Page 67: Chapter 28: Design Library

    Chapter 28: Design Library The design library allows the user to organize a large number of designs based on a variety of criteria, so that a design can quickly and easily be located. For example, you could search for a sports design that fits on a cap. Searching the design library The design library can be searched for a particular design based on any combination of the following criteria: file name, file type, design name, customer, keywords, needles (thread colors) used, stitch count, size, and...
  • Page 68: Synchronizing The Design Library

    Synchronizing the design library It is important to synchronize the design library after many designs have been saved on the hard disk from outside of BE-100. After synchronizing the design library, these designs can be accessed through the design library as well as the folder to which they were saved. To synchronize the design library: On the drop-down menu, click...
  • Page 69 On the tab, do either of the following: General To specify a keyword, do either of the following: • Type a new keyword in the box. Keywords • Click the button beside the box. The dialog box appears. Select the Keywords Keyword Selection desired keywords from the...
  • Page 70: Chapter 29: Cutting, Copying And Pasting

    Chapter 29: Cutting, Copying and Pasting By cutting, copying and pasting, shapes from existing designs or from the many designs available in the “Sam- ple” folder can be reused. Copying or cutting design shapes To copy a design shape or cut a shape out of the design: Using the tool ( ), select the design shape that you wish to copy or cut.
  • Page 71 Repeat step 11 for the “Redwagon” file. Figure 100 With the “Redwagon” file still selected, click the tool ( ) in the toolbar. Move Stock On the drop-down menu, click . “Dancing ants” (moving dashes) appear around the wagon. Edit Select All On the drop-down menu, click...
  • Page 72 Click the title bar of the new file, and then click on the drop-down menu. The dog is also placed Paste Edit in the center of the new design area. The new design can now be rearranged or reformatted. Figure 102...
  • Page 73: Chapter 30: Pasting To Change The Sewing Order

    Chapter 30: Pasting to Change the Sewing Order When pasting a shape into a design, it may also be necessary to change the order in which the shapes will be sewn. To cut a shape from the design and paste it so that it will be sewn before or after an existing shape: Using the tool ( ), select the design shape whose sewing order you wish to change.
  • Page 74 On the drop-down menu, click . The letter is placed back in the design, but connected to Edit Paste Before the other design shapes so that the letter “t” will be sewn first. Figure 105 Using the tool ( ), select the letter “o”. “Dancing ants” (moving dashes) appear around the letter. Move On the drop-down menu, click...
  • Page 75: Chapter 31: Showing And Hiding Parts Of The Design

    Chapter 31: Showing and Hiding Parts of the Design It may be easier to edit designs, especially multicolored designs, if specific needle (thread) colors or stitches are hidden. To hide or show a part of the design: On the drop-down menu, click .
  • Page 76: Chapter 32: Grouping And Ungrouping Design Shapes

    Chapter 32: Grouping and Ungrouping Design Shapes By grouping design shapes, they can all be moved or formatted at the same time. One of the most powerful uses of this command consists of grouping design shapes of the same color in order to eliminate unnecessary needle (thread color) changes.
  • Page 77 With the new seal still selected, click on the drop-down menu. Flip Horizontal Shape Figure 108 On the drop-down menu, click . The dialog box appears showing that File Color Sequence Color Sequence there are 14 needle (thread color) changes. Figure 109 Note the color sequence, and then click the button.
  • Page 78 On the drop-down menu, click . These shapes are grouped and will be sewn together first, Shape Group eliminating one needle (thread color) change. Repeat steps 12 through 17 to group the color (“sky blue”) listed as the second color in the Color Sequence dialog box.
  • Page 79: Chapter 33: Merging A Design

    Chapter 33: Merging a Design By merging two designs, you can create a new one using parts or all of existing designs. To merge the designs contained in two files: Open the design into which you wish to merge another design. On the drop-down menu, click .
  • Page 80 Click the button. The design from the “Rosemg” file is placed in the center of the “Wabbit” file. The Open new design can now be rearranged. Figure 111...
  • Page 81: Chapter 34: Memorize And Recall Settings

    Chapter 34: Memorize and Recall Settings Settings on the following tabs can be memorized, then recalled for later use, saving time. tab of the dialog box Fabric Settings Design Info tab of the dialog box Text Effects Text Properties tab of the dialog box Stitches Text Properties...
  • Page 82: Performing Maintenance On The Memorized Settings

    Maintaining the memorized settings Memorized settings can be renamed or deleted. To rename or delete memorized settings: On the drop-down menu, click . The dialog box Options “Memorize” Maintenance “Memorize” Maintenance appears. Figure 113 In the box, select the category for the type of memorized settings that you wish to change. Select a category In the box, select the name of the memorized settings that you wish to change.
  • Page 83: Chapter 35: Programmable Stitches

    Chapter 35: Programmable Stitches Original run stitches, fill stitches and jagged edge stitches can be created to sew various patterns, giving a dif- ferent outline or texture to the stitching. Creating a new programmable stitch There are two ways of creating new programmable stitches. Method 1 describes how to create the stitch directly in a new programmable stitch file, which only allows the tool ( ) to be used.
  • Page 84: Example

    In the box above the list, type the desired name for the stitch being saved. Click the button. Example To create a new programmable stitch named “arrow”: On the drop-down menu, click . The dialog box appears. File Design Info Specify the desired settings for the new file.
  • Page 85: Performing Maintenance On The Programmable Stitches

    NOTE: To view the pattern on the screen, click on the drop-down menu. The dialog Markers View Markers box appears. Select the check box (A check mark will appear.), and then click Needle penetrations button. Clicking the button ( ) enlarges the design so that the details of the Zoom In pattern can be viewed.
  • Page 86: Chapter 36: Converting To Stb (stitch To Block) Settings

    Chapter 36: Converting to STB (Stitch to Block) Settings After converting a stitch file to an outline file, the size of the design, pull compensation, density and stitch length can be changed by more than 20%, depending on how the design was digitized. In addition, after conversion, the type of stitches and underlay can be adjusted.
  • Page 87: Chapter 37: Review - Creating The Dog Club Design

    Chapter 37: Review – Creating the Dog Club Design Figure 115 To create the Dog Club design: On the drop-down menu, click . The dialog box appears. File Open Open In the drop-down list, select “BES Files (*.bdf)”. Files of type In the drop-down list, select the “BES”...
  • Page 88 To reposition the text shape: Using the tool ( ), select the text shape. “Dancing ants” (moving dashes) appear around it. Move Move the pointer over the text shape, and then drag it the desired position, using the grid to align it. To output the design: Insert a floppy disk into the floppy disk drive of your computer.
  • Page 89: Chapter 38: Review - Creating The Wedding Bell Catering Design

    Chapter 38: Review – Creating the Wedding Bell Catering Design Figure 116 To create the Wedding Bell Catering design: On the drop-down menu, click . The dialog box appears. File Open Open In the drop-down list, select “BES Files (*.bdf)”. Files of type In the drop-down list, select the “BES”...
  • Page 90 Click the button. The text appears around the bells. NOTE: To display the entire design, click on the drop-down menu. Fit to Window Zoom To adjust the kerning (the spacing between characters) for the entire text: Using the tool ( ), select only the text shape.
  • Page 91: Chapter 39: Changing The Background

    Chapter 39: Changing the Background The background color can be changed to see how the design and its colors would look on a garment or fabric of a specific color, or to view threads that would otherwise be the same color as the background. Changing the background color To change the color of the background: On the...
  • Page 92: Chapter 40: Setting Up The Printout Page

    Chapter 40: Setting Up the Printout Page To setup the design printout: On the drop-down menu, click . The dialog box appears. File Page Setup Page Setup Figure 118 On the tab, type the name that should be printed in the box, usually the company name and Header Title...
  • Page 93: Chapter 41: Viewing The Software Upgrade Notes

    Chapter 41: Viewing the Software Upgrade Notes The “Readmeenu” file contains upgrade notes and additional information for installing BE-100. To view the “Readmeenu” file: Right-click the button in the Windows taskbar. A pop-up menu appears. Start Click . Windows Explorer starts up. Explore In the pane (labeled “Folders”) on the left side of the window, click the plus sign (+) beside “Program Files”, and then click the “BES”...
  • Page 94: Glossaries

    Glossaries Chapter 42: BE-100 Tools and Terms BE-100 tools Arc by Circle Text tool ( Used to arrange text that flows either clockwise or counterclockwise along an arc. User specifies the cen- ter, radius start angle, direction and end angle. Arc Text tool ( Used to arrange text on a three-point arc.
  • Page 95 Measure tool ( Used to measure the distance between two points that are specified. Monogram Text tool ( Used to create a 1-, 2-, or 3-letter traditional monogram with optional decorations. Decorations are only available with the “Diamond Monogram” and “Script Monogram” fonts. User specifies the text height. Move tool ( Used to select, move, and resize design shapes.
  • Page 96: Be-100 Terms

    Zoom tool ( Used to zoom in precisely on an area by dragging the pointer over the desired area until it is enclosed in the zoom selection box. BE-100 terms Background image group box on dialog box) Allows a scanned image to be displayed in the background so Image Background the sewing area can be visualized or an image can be traced.
  • Page 97 Feed Jump stitch Fill group box tab of corresponding dialog box) Used to specify the length of fill stitches ( box) Stitches Properties Length and the distance that subsequent rows of stitches are offset from another ( box), like brickwork. Offset Glyph connection group box tab of...
  • Page 98 Memorize button tab of the dialog box, tabs of the dialog box, Fabric Settings Design Info Text Effects Stitches Text Properties tabs of the dialog box) Allows a set of custom settings to Stitches Running Stitches Shape Properties be stored for later use. Merge drop-down menu) Merges an additional design into the one that is open.
  • Page 99 Programmable Run Stitch dialog box) Preprogrammed or user-created fancy patterned running stitch “Memorize” Maintenance Programmable Fill Stitch dialog box) Preprogrammed or user-created patterned fill stitch “Memorize” Maintenance Pull compensation box tab of corresponding dialog box) Used to specify an increase in the width of a column Stitches Properties or fill.
  • Page 100 Template group box tab of dialog box) Used to specify a formatted text shape as a template so that it can be Text Text Properties output repeatedly while automatically changing the text with the template data. Thumbnails Miniature copies of designs Ungroup drop-down menu) Separates previously grouped shapes.
  • Page 101: Chapter 43: Glossary Of Embroidery Terms

    Chapter 43: Glossary of Embroidery Terms Appliqué 1. Decoration of trimming cut from one piece of fabric and stitched to another to add dimension and tex- ture. Designs with appliqué and embroidery can be more economical than embroidery alone. If appli- qué...
  • Page 102 Complex fill Refers to the digitizing capability that allows areas to be designated as voids at the same time the design’s edges, or perimeter points, are defined. The design can thus be digitized as one fill area instead of being broken down into multiple sections. Condensed format Method of digitizing in which a proportionate number of stitches are placed between defined points after a scale has been designated.
  • Page 103 Finishing Processes done after embroidery is complete. Includes trimming loose threads, cutting or tearing away excess backing, removing facing or topping, cleaning any stains, pressing or steaming to remove wrinkles or hoop marks, and packaging for sale or shipment. Flagging Up and down motion of goods under the action of the needle, so named because of its resemblance to a waving flag.
  • Page 104 Monogram Embroidered design composed of one or more letters, usually the initials in a name. Moss stitch See Chain stitch . Needle Small, slender piece of steel with a hole for thread and a point for stitching. A machine needle differs from a handiwork needle in that the machine needle’s eye is found at its pointed end.
  • Page 105 Scanning Scanners will convert design artwork into a computer format. Scanning allows the digitizer to use even the most primitive of artwork without recreating the design. A few digitizing systems even allow the digitizer to transfer the design directly into the digitizing program without using an intermediary software. Scissors Cutting utensil with identically sized finger holes, or bows, and an overall length of usually less than six inches.
  • Page 106 Underlay stitch Stitches laid down before other design shapes in order to help stabilize stretchy fabrics and to tack down high wales or naps on fabrics so the design’s details don’t get lost. Also may be used to create such effects as crowned or raised areas in the embroidery, depending on how they are laid down.
  • Page 107: Chapter 44: Glossary Of Embroidery Machine Terms

    Chapter 44: Glossary of Embroidery Machine Terms Arm machine Multi-head embroidery machine driven by a single main shaft. Each sewing head is attached to the shaft, usually by gears. Sewing heads resemble industrial sewing machines in the “arm” that the needle case is attached to.
  • Page 108 Jump stitch Movement of the frame without stitching but with take-up lever and hook movement. Lock stitch machine Machine which forms a stitch using a hook and needle. Includes home sewing, as well as computerized, embroidery machines. Memory The amount of stitches that the machine can store internally. Needle bar Holds the needle in the machine;...
  • Page 109: Compatibility And Backing Charts

    Compatibility and Backing Charts Compatibility No. of Back- No. of Top- Fabric/Garment Needle Comments ing Pieces ping Pieces 1 cutaway or Use tightly woven organza or curtain 75/11 light ball 1 water-solu- Sweater knit adhesive fabric in a matching color as a back- point ble topping tearaway...
  • Page 110 No. of Back- No. of Top- Fabric/Garment Needle Comments ing Pieces ping Pieces 80/12 sharp or Coated or water- Tightly woven or heavy fabrics may light ball point 1 tearaway proofed fabrics need a lighter backing or none at all. Teflon A higher stitch density or more 75/11 light ball...
  • Page 111: Backings

    Backings General guidelines: • Cutaways should be used on delicate and unstable fabrics. • Cutaways should also be used when stitch designs are highly intricate. • Tearaways are ideal for designs with a high percentage of satin stitches. • Tearaways are generally less bulky. •...
  • Page 112: Troubleshooting

    Troubleshooting Thread breaks Cause Action If the hook is set too close to the needle or the retaining finger is bent, the Incorrect position of hook thread can’t pass through. Make adjustment in position or replace bent retaining retaining finger finger.
  • Page 113: Needle Cuts Holes In Garments

    Cause Action Slowing the machine down helps sometimes. Best bet is to have the design re- Stitch length too short punched with longer stitches. Stitching over stitching Reduce the density of the underlay. Try to avoid more than two layers of thread. Re-thread the machine, making sure thread goes through all the guides in the Improper threading proper order.
  • Page 114: Needle Breaks

    Needle breaks Cause Action If the needle and hook point are not timed properly, damage to both could result. Improper timing Also stitching quality suffers. Replace damaged parts and re-time machine. Follow your machine manual’s instructions for inserting the needle. Make sure Needle inserted incorrectly that it is all the way up into the needle bar shaft, it is rotated properly, and the needle screw is tight.
  • Page 115: Design Out Of Register

    Design out of register Cause Action Re-hoop, being careful not to pull stretchy fabrics out of shape in an attempt to Loose hooping hoop tightly. Use more or heavier backing. For more stability, use an adhesive spray to fix Unstable fabric backing to garment.
  • Page 116 Index Deformed Text command 41 Deleting Adding Design shapes 9 Punchpoints 57 Punchpoints 11 Thread colors 15 Template data 36 Arc by Circle Text tool 27 Design Info command 15 Arc Text tool 26 Design Info dialog box 2 Arc Vertical Text tool 28 General tab 65 Needles tab 15 Design library 64...
  • Page 117 Fonts drop-down list 18 Select Color Changes button 95 Select First button 55 Select Last button 55 Select Machine Commands button 95 Gallery button 6 Select Next button 55 Glyph connections 59 Select Previous button 55 Group command 73 Select Shapes button 55 select-by-number buttons 55 Needle Hiding 72...
  • Page 118 Split Manual Stitches 57 Shape Properties dialog box 3 Commands tab Connection group box 59 Stitches tab Recall settings 78 Density adjustment box 93 Region tool 49 Fill group box 94 Report 37 Half stitches group box 94 Reshape tool 10 Jagged edges group box 94 Resizing design shapes 8 Pull compensation box 96...
  • Page 119 Text Effects tab 26 Character kerning group box 31 Character width group box 93 Justification group box 30 Medium sized stitches check box 94 Multiline spacing group box 33 Position relative to baseline group box 25 Reverse bottom check box 26 Text tab 3 Connect furthest points check box 93 Decorations list 22...

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