It is common practice to center embroidery designs before sewing them or saving them for the final time. It is also a good idea to make sure that designs supplied from outside sources are centered. If this is not done prior to loading a design to MOS or Bravo OS, you will notice that it appears off center in the OS. Melco provides a tool, shown below, in the OS to center a design.
It is also important that designs finish by returning to their start point. This is called Returning to Origin and the OS by default does this automatically. This setting is located in the Tools>Settings>Settings Tab.
It is a best practice, however, to create your designs in Design Shop with a centered starting point and to return to the centered point at the end of the design. If you do this, your designs will always center properly when loaded into MOS and Bravo OS.
Listed below are the steps needed to center a design for both wireframe and expanded design types.
Steps for Centering Wireframe Designs
Open the design in DesignShop.
Next, it might help to turn on the Design Origin cross-hairs. To do this simply left click on the icon labeled Design Origin (shown below). Notice the red cross-hairs on the screen show the user where exact center is located.
Now, left click on the Center Design icon (shown below).
The design is now centered (shown below). The final step is to save the centered design and the centering process is now complete.
Centering Expanded designs can sometimes be a little trickier than wireframe (OFM) designs. If any jump stitches in the design are located outside the design stitching area they must be deleted before the design can be correctly centered. If the expanded design does not have any jumps outside the stitching area, then please follow the above steps to center the design, as the process is the same as centering wireframe designs.
Steps for Centering Expanded Designs with jump stitches located outside of the design stitching area
Open the design in DesignShop.
Next, it might help to turn on the Design Origin crosshairs. To do this simply left click on the icon labeled Design Origin. Notice the red crosshairs on the screen show the user where exact center is located.
Identify and select the element that contains the jump stitches that are outside of the design stitching area (shown below).
Click on the Expanded Editing icon.
Now, delete the jump stitches by using one of two methods:
Method 1 – Select and delete the jump stitches by using the drag selection box or use Custom Selection tool.
Method 2 - Select and delete the jumps by using the Stitches tab in the Object Properties List.
Finally, click on the Center Design Icon and save the file.
It is best practice if you own or digitize for older, non-Amaya or EMT16 machines, that you set the needle to return back to the origin after the last stitch. This is very simple to do in DesignShop. After opening, digitizing, or editing a design just click on the Return to Origin icon which is located on the left side of the DesignShop screen shown below.
The tree view will then look similar to this:
Now this design is centered and returns to that center point every time you run the design.