Features of the layer panel – where you add and organise the motifs combined.
Add motifs to a design, with a detailed example.
Combine text and image.
Assess and revise your design.
There are also links to posts about : re-ordering the sequence in which motifs are stitched, saving your design.
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Combining several motifs into one design – perhaps once you’ve done a combination with the help of your dealer it’s all very obvious. But having to learn about it by myself, this is another topic I puzzled over for some time.
(page numbers : M = manual, W = workbook)
The main information about, and control of, combinations is done in the area to right of the hoop on both Design Overview and Edit screens.
In the Workbook, this area is called the ‘Layer Panel’.
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Features of the layer panel
Example from the Text basics post, a design built from 7 text motifs.
Ungrouped design – all motifs are shown separately and have their own ‘layer’ (see Editing options post)
Bottom of Layer Panel
Bottom layer shows complete design, and when this selected, Edit tools apply to whole design.
Also the black ’embroidery properties’ bars at bottom of screen are the stitching time and size information for the complete design.
Individual motifs in the design each have their own layer,
Select a motif by touching it in the layer panel, or clicking up or down to it in the layer panel.
Click the arrow at the top of the panel to see layers above those shown.
Top of Layer Panel
At the top : touch ‘+’ in circle icon to add a motif (see later).
This screen shows an individual motif selected.
Selected motif is highlighted both in the hoop and in the layer panel.
When a motif is selected, Edit tools apply to this motif only.
And the black ’embroidery properties’ bars at bottom of screen are the stitching time and size information for the specific motif selected.
At the bottom of the layer panel : use the down arrow to see layers below.
‘Grouped’ design, motifs treated together as one design (see Editing options post).
There is only one layer in the Layer Panel.
When a design is grouped, editing actions such as size/ orientation/ colour changes apply to the complete design.
The black ’embroidery properties’ bars at bottom of screen show the total stitching time and total size of the design.
[Note : the 535, 570, 770QEE cannot do Group-ungroup.]
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Adding motifs to a design
Start the design with one motif in the hoop.
I used a built-in motif, folder 3 design 36.
This motif opens centred in the Medium hoop.
– Change to the Large Oval hoop,
– rotate the motif,
– move it to the left side of the hoop (to X -245,Y 0), so that side of the hoop is the top of the design.
Add more of the SAME motif
The same motif repeated with regular spacing,
as in a border, use Endless embroidery : M73-5, M86-7, W38
This tool can be accessed from both Edit and Embroidery Screens
There are 2 sets of controls (post in preparation) :
– to set up repeated motifs which are automatically regularly spaced (no need to duplicate the motif then set up the spacing manually),
– to set up aids for accurate repeated hooping to make a row of motifs which is longer than one hoop length.
[Note : the 535, 570, 770QEE cannot do Endless embroidery.]
The same motif but used differently
Select motif then use the Duplicate button : M75, M79-80, W19
For examples using duplicates in a design, see the Move motif and Text basics posts.
(Duplicates haven’t got to be placed symmetrically, but I always seem to think this way !)
Add a DIFFERENT motif
Touch ‘+’ at top of layer panel :
That gets you to a design access screen with navigation bar, usually the design access screen you were last looking at.
Or it goes straight to the ‘3 folders’ screen, from which you can find a design (see Access designs post).
Touch a motif to add it to the design.
Added motifs are placed in an open area of the hoop if possible. If not, they’re centred.
You can then move the new motif around in the hoop, by drag and drop, or accurately using the move tool – see the Move motif post,
and edit it, using the Editing tools.
Add a swirl to the heart : folder 3 design 27.
– Vertical flip the motif,
– reduce size (to 85% – I would have preferred it smaller but wanted to keep stitch quality),
– move (to X 290,Y 615),
– rotate (20º clockwise – to align better with the heart).
– Duplicate the swirl (the edited motif is duplicated, not the original),
– place it symmetrically below the heart (see Move post).
Combining text and image
You can combine text and images starting with either one or the other :
If you have already entered some text, it has become a motif with a Design Overview screen. So you can touch the ‘+’ to add an image (or another text motif).
If you are starting with an image,
to add text : touch the ‘+’, go to the ‘3 folders’ screen and touch the ABC folder, see Text basics post.
When you access entering text from the Layers Panel, then when you ‘confirm’ your text entry, the text appears as a motif and layer in the combination.
– Touch the ‘+’ button then the ABC folder,
– enter the word LOVE in Guinevere font,
– enlarge (to 115%),
– move it (to X 205,Y 10).
Default text colour is black. When stitching out, you can just change that to any thread.
I wanted to see what it looked like in red on the screen.
This example is described in the Simplest colour changes on screen post.
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Delete motif from combination : select motif and touch delete button : M75, M79
You can also swipe out a motif, but I find the delete button easier to use.
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Assessing and revising your design
When designing, you have to keep moving between general and specific views, between a general view of the design, and specific tools to alter it.
During design development
you have to keep touching or clicking up and down the Layer Panel :
– down to bottom of Layer Panel to see the complete design and assess how the motifs work together (and when this layer is selected, the Edit tools apply to the whole design)
– up in Layer Panel to revise the design : select specific motifs in the design, move them by drag and drop or more accurately, and to do any other editing of them.
When re-colouring what is shown in the hoop
you have to switch to and fro between the design and colour tabs in the inner right menu (see images at top of post) : look at the design and select a motif, then go to the colour tab to change its colour(s), back to the design and assess the effect then back to the colour tab, and so on until you have the effect you’re looking for.
Saving your design
Bernina say it’s best practice to group and centre the final design, for the version to stitch out.
This is very easy – just Save the design and this is done automatically.
See Save/ Delete post.
Beware – the 500E may be a computer of sorts, but it does not warn you when you’re about to do something which will overwrite or delete your design ! nor does it automatically save your work every few minutes. . .
So it’s good to get into the habit of saving your design work at intermediate points.
Also I like to save the intermediate steps of a design, so I can go back to a previous stage if I change my mind.
The only trouble with this is that designs are grouped and centred when they’re saved, so you may not get back quite what you are expecting. . . see example in the Save/ Delete post.
Stitch out sequence
Layers are numbered up from the bottom in the layer panel, and are stitched out in this sequence.
When you’re designing, motifs are layered in the sequence you entered them into the design, which may not be the order you want them to be stitched out in.
There are ways of altering the sequence of motifs and the sequence of colours.
You can change the sequence of stitching motifs within a combination, using the Rearrange Stitch Order/ New Allocation tool on the Edit screen : M75, W35
[[Note : the 535, 570, 770QEE cannot do this.]
There are several ways of altering the sequence that colours are stitched out in. These tools are on the Embroidery screen and applied during the stitch out.
More detail about both in the post on Changing stitch out order.
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Are you full of ideas for using this marvellous tool to combine motifs, or motifs and text, into your own design 😀
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