BuzzEdit v3 Tutorial
Splitting Oversized Designs Using the Multi-Hoop Tool
The design is just a little too big for Marsha's largest embroidery hoop so that means we need to set up a
custom multi-hoop layout and split the design into sections. Since this is a "one time use"
hoop layout, we're using the free form multi-hoop tool.
Free Form multi-Hooping
- Find the desired design and open it into BuzzEdit.
- Analyze the Design. You will save yourself a lot of grief if you take the time to
analyze the design before you start. You are looking for stitching patterns and the location of large
design elements that should be kept together in one hoop. Although you can run the sew simulator during
this step, I prefer to step through the design, one color break at a time. Since you just opened the design, the stitch cursor is at the home position. Press the TAB key to select each color break in sequence.
In looking at the example design, it's clear that most of the color blocks run horizontally across the
design. Therefore, when we set up our multi-hoop, we're going to set it up with horizontal hoop
placement so that these horizontal color breaks won't have to be split (which would result in a lot of
hoopings). Your design might require a different layout and might even require some hoop sections to be
horizongal and others to be vertical. Don't worry if you have it all figured out. Your just trying to
get a good idea about where to start.
- Move the First Hoop Frame - The first hoop is active and is highlighted in
red. Since we analyzed our design in step 2, we know that the first sections to stitch in
this design are at the bottom so this is where we'll position the first hoop. Using the
mouse, the hoop brackes is dragged into the desired positon. If needed, the active hoop can
also be roated using the hoop rotation setting on the dialog.
- Move Second Hoop Frame - Drag the second hoop frame into position and
rotate if needed.
- Add Additional Hoops if required using the Add Hoop
button on the Multi-Hoop Operations dialog. We don't need any more
for this design so we are going to move onto the next step.
- OPTIONAL: Depending on the design and the placement of the hoops you might
want to center the design within the custom hoop layout using the BuzzTools >
Center Both command.
- Do Not Close the Dialog Yet! First take a look at the Stitches-in-Time
graphs and see how many hoop sections were created. If the number of hoop sections seem
reasonable, check each section by double clicking between the Hoop Flags on the
Stitches-in-Time graph.This selects the stitches that are contained in each hoop. If the
results look good, close the Multi-Hoop Operations dialog.
If you don't like how BuzzEdit split the design, chooseEdit > Undo and
try a differerent setting or hoop position. You can also use a more manual stitch assignment
approach such as the one used video below.
- Are we done yet? Not quite! Add alignment stitches using the BuzzTools
> Multi-Hoops > Insert Alignment Stitches command so that the design can be
lined up correctly at the embroidery machine. This command is a little hidden but don't
forget this step. It is required since free form multi-hoops are not locked in the hoop
Watch it on YouTube
Creating and Using Free Form Multi-Hoops
For another example using the multi-hoop tool and for information on how to line up your
embroidery design at the embroidery machine, watch the Buzz Tools Instructional video
on how to create Free
Form Multi-Hoop Layouts.
Think about it
- QUESTION: What would have happened if we hadn't analyzed the design before we started?
- ANSWER: We might have
positioned the hoops vertically which in this case would have resulted in mess with 18 multi-hoops. Not
something I want any of you to have to try to stitch!
Until next time, keep on stitching!
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