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Automatic splitting of designs for small machines #182

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lexelby opened this Issue Jun 3, 2018 · 5 comments

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commented Jun 3, 2018

I got one of these for my birthday: Embroidex Large Hoop for Brother embroidery machines. The Brother SE400 can only sew in a 4x4 area, but this hoop can handle larger fabric and has extra bracket pegs, allowing you to offset the hoop 36mm and 72mm.

It's still not possible to sew 4x7 in one go due to the limitations of the machine, but it would be possible to split a design into two chunks to embroider separately. It would be neat if Ink/Stitch could handle the splitting automatically and/or provide tools to make it easier to work with split designs.

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commented Jun 3, 2018

On the PR machines, to do the 14 x 14, still have to split the pattern along the X axis. They have to do something else to it, as on the PR screen it's under one file, but you click on it, it shows the top and it shows the bottom as separate sub files (if you will).

I don't know if this is something that would also make a single grid line useful for the split (since it's split only on 1 axis).

PE Designs is the only one that I'm aware of that as an auto split function like this and it's mainly for the PES files.

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commented Jun 3, 2018

Interesting! I think PES does have support for multiple sub-files. I think that's the difference between PES and PEC. A PES contains PEC sub-files. Or something.

Do the two halves of the 14x14 pattern sew separately? I mean, is it possible to have, say, a fill shape that spans the X axis? Or does it treat the two patterns as separate patterns entirely and sew them out one after the other?

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commented Jun 3, 2018

Do the two halves of the 14x14 pattern sew separately? I mean, is it possible to have, say, a fill shape that spans the X axis? Or does it treat the two patterns as separate patterns entirely and sew them out one after the other?

If something spans both halves, a solid object, there will be a seam at the split. It'll stitch it, it won't be negative space, but there will a seam.

The way it works on the PR (my only experience is with the PR) is that you pick if you want to do the top of the design or the bottom of the design first.

It stitches that part of the design and then stops. It tells you to rotate the hoop (if you are using the big 14 x 14 hoop), use the snow man (registration sticker used for alignment) and then continue on with the 2nd half of the design.

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commented Jun 3, 2018

Neat! Sounds like a very similar feature to my embroieex hoop, then -- the only difference is rotation versus translation. We'll need to support the multi-pattern PES, too.

How often do you use the PR for a design bigger than 14x7?

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commented Jun 3, 2018

2-3 designs a month I'll run through the PR due to the amount to embroider to where the Barudan isn't enough to get things done in a timely manner.

@X3msnake X3msnake changed the title automatic splitting of designs for small machines Automatic splitting of designs for small machines Jun 4, 2018

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