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BuzzWord 4 Tutorial

Laying Out Designs using BuzzWord

This design layout was done in BuzzWord

This design layout was done using BuzzWord.

Although BuzzWord is primarily a lettering program, an often overlooked feature of the software is its ability to combine designs and color sort. No lettering is required!

This beautiful design layout was created in BuzzWord by merging several embroidery designs from an Amazing Designs collection. Once the positioning of the designs was correct, the colors were sorted to minimize thread changes at the machine. Here's how.

Open the BuzzEdit 4 Toolkit. On the Welcome dialog, choose a format from the drop down list, pick your hoop and then click on Start New. An empty workspace is created for you.

Use Start New to create an empty workspace.

Use Start New to create an empty workspace.

First design is dragged into position.

First design is dragged into position.

To insert your first design section, choose File > Insert Design. Navigate to the desired design and click OK.

The design is inserted into the center of the current hoop. To move the design to an new location in the hoop, move the cursor inside of the selection box and then click and drag it to the desired position.

Hint: If you click outside of the selection box, you will remove the selection. To make a new selection, use the lasso tool and drag around the inserted design. You can then click and drag the selected stitches as described above.

Continue to add design elements using the File > Insert Design command. Position each design in the hoop where you would like it to be sewn.

Positioning the last design in our layout.

Positioning the last design in our layout.

Sort Colors

When you have merged all of the desired designs and you are certain that everything has the correct placement in the hoop, you can sort the thread colors to reduce thread changes at the machine. Please note that once you have sorted the colors, it will hard or impossible to select entire elements so do this as a final step. To sort colors, use the BuzzTools > Sort Colors command.

Save your new design layout using a unique name and send the embroidery design to the machine using your usual method.

If desired, a placement template can be printed using the command File > Print Template.