Learn all about Connectors!
Sometimes we tend to overlook the little things… Things like 'Tie in' and 'Tie Off', are small but important parts of machine embroidery that can potentially change your entire design for the better. Read on to see how these ‘Connectors’ can increase productivity!
What are connectors?
Simply put, ‘Connectors’ help you link objects to one another. They can either be applied manually or automatically. Manually, ‘Connectors’ are applied using “Function” and inserting where ever necessary. Automatic application is controlled by the software settings.
Take a look at the short video below to get a better understanding of how this feature works.
Once you’re a little more comfortable with the workings of connector settings, the hardest thing to grasp are ‘Inside Object’ and ‘After Object’. To help you better understand this concept, take a look at the diagram below.
If you make any further modifications to the words ‘Wilcom’ or ‘Lettering’, you will need to use ‘Inside Object’. Modifications between the M, * and L should be used with ‘After Object’.
Below are a couple more helpful areas of consideration when working with ‘Connector Settings’…
Trim Settings, Tie In and Tie Off
Regarding the issue of ‘tie in’, it is good practice to insert a ‘tie in’ which helps the top thread from unraveling- imagine having to re-thread 10 needles! Tie off is also important, the last thing you want is a customer bringing a garment back because the thread has started to unravel at the ends.
It is recommended that you leave tie in and tie off on the default setting. Depending on the design, generally the only thing that needs changing is the distance between the next connector. If you would prefer not to trim it, you can increase the connector distance.
Trim settings are generally self-explanatory. To reduce any manual trims, as with ‘tie ins’, leave it on the default setting. This will save you time and effort!
While ‘Connectors’ aren't as in-your-face as “bling” or “sequins”, they are undoubtedly just as important and a very useful part of digitizing. Connector settings may be a little tricky to get a hold of (at first!), but once you’ve made some sense of them, they become a very useful tool all round! As usual, practice makes perfect, so familiarize yourself with these settings in order to get all you can out of your software!
All the best
The Wilcom Team