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Adding Thickness (Pull Compensation) to Designs

You can automatically increase the boldness of stitches in the designs that are loaded to Melco machines.  This is done by enabling the Auto Compensation feature in the AOS, BOS, and MOS software.  Enabling this feature will increase the boldness of all designs loaded. Note that this feature can be turned off if you're not happy with the results.

All brands of embroidery machines and especially those that are aged embroider a given design differently. Some other machines on the market will add boldness to every loaded design they sew. This is done without the customer even knowing this is the case. Melco gives customers the Auto Compensation feature within the OS application in order to tweak boldness values so they are either more to their liking, or to simulate another brands of embroidery machines.  There are 3 different ways to set this up.

Option 1 – Global boldness increase within the OS:

  1. Go to Tools>Settings>Settings and uncheck the Auto-Compensate box.
  2. You can enter values by either percentage or embroidery points.  Remember the input values will be for each side of the satin or fill stitch shapes. In other words, the increase will be double the number input. When finished click on OK.

The program will reload the design and every future design loaded will have these Pull Compensation values added to them.

Option 2 – Preset boldness values within the OS:

  1. Go to Tools>Settings>Settings(tab) and uncheck the Auto-Compensate box.
  2. Click on the Advanced button.
  3. Click on the drop down at the top of the window (currently it will say Disabled).  Select Custom1 or Custom 2 and click on OK.

The program will reload the design and every future design loaded will have these Pull Compensation values added to them.  Custom1 and Custom2 have different values, so try samples using both options in order to find which one best fits your needs. 

Option 3 – Fine tuning individual stitch range boldness in the OS:

Alternatively, users can increase boldness to individual ranges of stitch widths without adding boldness to all stitch widths. This is accomplished by performing the following steps:

  1. Go to Tools>Settings>Settings(tab) and uncheck the Auto-Compensate box.
  2. Click on the Advanced button.
  3. Select Custom1 or Custom2 and input 0 (Zero) in all pt. fields.
  4. Enter a value for a given stitch range field.  Example: If you only want to increase the boldness of very thin satin stitches and leave the rest alone, enter number values in the first 2 ranges (9 and 15pts.) and click on OK.

The program will reload the design and every future design loaded will have these Pull Compensation values added to them.

Steps to turn off the Auto Compensate feature once you've enabled it:

  1. Go to Tools>Settings>Settings(tab) and check the Auto-Compensate box.
  2. Next click on OK.

The program will reload the design and every future design loaded will not have any boldness (Pull Compensation) values added to them. 

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