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Melco DesignShop Talk Listings including Date of Presentation, Video Links, and Topics Covered:

 

Sept 25, 2020 - View on Facebook - YouTube

  • Text over Applique - Layers
  • Skipping Colors/Numbers in OS
  • Tie Stitches without a Trim
  • Not Showing Correct Colors - Use Colors From Design
  • Adding/Creating Patterns / Custom Shapes
  • Cross Stitch Function
  • Custom Fills and Decorative Stitches
  • Digitizing an EPS File
  • Shading / Blending
  • Difference Between DST and EXP in DesignShop
  • False Thread Breaks on Small Stitches
  • Scaling Designs
  • 3D / Puff Resources
  • Striped Text

Sept 17, 2020  - View on Facebook - YouTube

Sept 11, 2020 - View on Facebook - YouTube

Sept 3, 2020 - View on Facebook - YouTube

  • Shadows and Lighting on Faces
  • Angle Degree under Partition
  • Send DesignShop to other brands of machines
  • Digitize a Vector
  • Adjust Kern Smaller than Allowed
  • Template for Tie-Ins

Aug 28,2020 - View on:  Facebook - YouTube

  • Purchased Fonts - Alphabet Editor
  • Contour Fill?
  • Rectangle as Fill or Satin Stitch Border
  • Setting up for Patches
  • Digitizing Clip Art
  • Slow Down Tracing
  • Digitize a Vector

Aug 20, 2020 - View on:  Facebook - YouTube Coming Soon!

  • Tutorial on Push - Pull
  • Color Picker Tool
  • Stitch Types for Quilting
  • Applique SVG Cut File
  • Beizier Digitizing Mode Command
  • Change from Straight Line to Circle or Curve
  • Pasting Custom Design 
  • Stitch Length for Bean Stitches and Walk Stitches
  • Acti-Feed Tutorial

Aug 14, 2020 - View on:  Facebook - YouTube

  • Macros - Create Styles 
  • Change Color of a Letter
  • Move Border Away From Shape
  • Start on Stitch Number in OS (Move to Stitch)
  • Change Hat Design to Left Chest
  • What is Acti-Feed
  • Curve Compensation

Aug 7, 2020  - View on:  YouTube

  • Pull Compensation
  • Creating Elements Around a Design

 

July 31, 2020 - View on:  Facebook - YouTube

  • Best Format from Wilcom Hatch to DesignShop
  • Change Straight Points to Curves
  • Curve Compensation
  • Interlocking Lettering
  • Copy and Paste Object Properties
  • Removing Connectors
  • Laser Alignment 
  • Total Stitch Count in OS
  • Change Background Color on OS
  • Displaying Project View
  • Reducing Auto Trim to Remove Connectors

July 24, 2020 - View on:  Facebook - YouTube

July 17, 2020  - View on:  Facebook - YouTube

  • How to make Satin Stitch be Two Colors
  • Remove Trim from Walk Stitch Between Segments
  • Preview a Sewout
  • 3D View 
  • Hoop Doesn't Transfer from DesignShop to OS
  • Acti-Feed Settings Not Set When Design Loaded to the OS
  • Remove Stitches - Subtract Feature
  • Create an Alphabet
  • Scan Dimensions Size - Dependent upon Scanning DPI
  • What happens to .CND when saved as .OFM
  • Adobe Illustrator - What Vector File to Save As
  • 10% Rule on Digitized Designs
 

July 10, 2020  - View on:  Facebook - YouTube

  • Density and Pull Compensation
  • Too Much Density - Ideal Column Density
  • Vector to Embroidery Clean Up
  • Adjust Underlay and Density on Shapes

June 26, 2020 - View on:  YouTube

  • Convert Single Line Walk Stitch to Zig Zag
  • Split Feature
  • Step and Repeat

June 19, 2020 - View on:  FacebookYouTube

  • Multiple Walk Stitches Without Trims

June 12, 2020 - View on:  Facebook - YouTube

  • Manipulate Quilt Square Patters for Decorative Fill
  • Continuous Quilting
  • Walk Stitch from Once Segment to Next 

June 05, 2020  - View on:  Facebook - YouTube

  • Making a Single Letter Bold - True Type Fonts
  • Single Letter Outlines
  • Adding Purchased Font Characters - Using Alphabet Editor
  • Step and Repeat
  • Subtract Background
  • Laser Alignment

May 15, 2020 - View on:  Facebook - YouTube

  • Stitch Orientation by Degree in Traditional Fill / Stitch Direction Tool
  • Wide Stitches in Zig Zag Underlay
  • Variation Between Machines
  • Settings for Small Letters
  • Angle/Bend Text for Circle Patch
  • Digitizing for Plush/Fluffy Items like Blankets
  • Making Patches

May 8, 2020 - View on:  Facebook - YouTube

  • Correcting Starts and Stops in Purchased Designs
  • Split .DST File in Half
  • Outline for Walk Stitch Border
  • Embroidery on Masks
  • Backing for Small Letters on Scrubs
  • Using Offset Outline - Expanding Border Size
  • Sizes for Decorative Stitch

May 1, 2020 - View on:  Facebook - YouTube

  • Overlapping Letters - Kerning
  • Thickness of Outline vs. Running Stitch
  • Fill Stitches and Adding Border Stitch
  • Lining Up Letters using Auto-Align
  • Importing Text from a Document
  • Can You Digitize a Half Column and Mirror It?
  • Patch Creation
  • Group Names

April 24, 2020 - View on:  Facebook - YouTube

  • Color Sequence - Key Fobs in a Hoop
  • Adding Applique Stops
  • Turn Expanded .EXP design into .OFM
  • Change Default Thread Pallet
  • How to Digitize Decorative Rope
  • Move Vector Art from CorelDraw or Illustrator to DesignShop
  • Free Standing Lace (FSL)
  • Understanding Vector Graphics

April 17, 2020 - View on:  Facebook - YouTube

  • Combining color groups  1:05
  • Tie-off  2:57 
  • Resizing Mask  6:44
  • Fill stitch partition  9:08
  • Using DesignShip on multiple computers  11:10
  • 3D Puff / Foam  13:49
  • Rope Pattern  17:43
  • Jagged Lettering  20:46 
  • Removing overlap from fonts  22:56

April 3, 2020 - View on:  Facebook - YouTube

  • File extensions  0:35
  • Key Fobs  1:34
  • Subtracting Shapes  8:23
  • Import PNG  9:36
  • Face Masks  11:05
  • Decorative Stitch  12:06
  • Converting clip art  16:01
  • File Extensions again and Expanded editing  18:28
  • Converting to wireframe  20:09
  • Wireframe conversion checklist  20:40

March 27, 2020 - View on:  Facebook - YouTube

  • Changing color in text  1:09
  • Center out  3:27
  • Tie-in Styles  5:28
  • Slant/Italic Font  8:45
  • Laser Alignment   10:55
  • Borders around letters  15:45
  • Multi-Hooping  16:40

March 20, 2020 - View on:  Facebook - YouTube

  • Creating cut files for applique  1:08
  • How to measure density  5:01
  • Blending 3 colors  6:09
  • Font resizing and property editing  9:50
  • Lettering on mylar  13:36
  • In-the-Hoop  14:43

March 13, 2020 - View on:  Facebook - YouTube

  • Blending Letters  0:55
  • Decorative chain stitch  11:34
  • Italicized Text  16:12
  • Move Through A Design and finding a stitch count in a design  19:32
  • Hoop Setup  22:10

March 6, 2020 - View on:  Facebook - YouTube

  • Different colors in Text   1:08
  • Small Lettering  4:07
  • Changing font size  6:20
  • Removing jump stitches  7:51
  • Colors not loading in OS  10:28
  • False Bobbin Break  12:12
  • Acti-feed  14:45
  • Digitize center out  19:40
  • Use Continuous Underlay  20:57

February 28, 2020 - View on:  Facebook - YouTube

  • Finding a stitch number in DesignShop  0:40
  • Changing Satin sew direction  2:14
  • Creating Decorative Stitches  3:19
  • Placement and size of tack down for patches  8:00
  • Finishing Elements  9:04
  • Color sorting  11:20

February 14, 2020 - View on:  Facebook - YouTube

February 7, 2020 - View on:  Facebook - YouTube

  • Resizing a finished design  1:14
  • Pull Compensation  4:30
  • How to avoid overlap  9:31 & 17:56
  • Manual Tie Stitches  10:53
  • Inserting Jump Stitches  12:37
  • Alignment Keys  13:30
  • Creating Shapes  16:03
  • Digitizing for Corners  20:09

January 31, 2020 - View on:  Facebook - YouTube

January 17, 2020 - View on:  Facebook - YouTube

  • Black Lines in Applique Design in Stitch View
  • Sharp vs. Rounded Corners in Freeform
  • Turn Ruler On with Column or Fill Function?
  • Saving Design as non-Wireframe
  • Questions about Patches - Fill, Settings, Size

January 10, 2020 - View on:  Facebook - YouTube

  • Jog Hoop Left/Right - Shortcut Keys
  • Overlap Function
  • Make Straight Lines when Drawing a Shape
  • Rotate 90º
  • Center One Part of the Design Automatically
  • Mover Overlap

December 20, 2019 - View on:  Facebook - YouTube

  • Auto-Underlay for Filled Designs
  • Recommendation for Stitch Length for Finer Text/Small Graphics
  • Option under Properties, Letters, Monogram
  • Making a Bean Stitch Sew
  • Making Corners Cap

December 13, 2019 - View on:  Facebook - YouTube

  • Rush jobs during holiday season
  • Making Rectangles with Rounded Corners
  • Eliminate Long Stitches in Tight Corners
  • Best Place/Type for Tie-In/Tie-Outs with Small Lettering
  • Knockdown Stitch on Monogram on Velvet Material?
  • Set up Hoop to Default to a Certain Size
  • Reduce the Size of a Design without Distorting it.
  • "Color Change Calibration Values Do Not Match the Current Values"
  • Loading Custom Color Palettes

December 5, 2019  - View on:  Facebook - YouTube

  • Group Names - Continuously Sewing
  • Bobbin Timer
  • Backing Up after Power Failure
  • Large Fill over Center Seam on Hat
  • How to Assign Shortcut Keys
  • How to Update Hoops Database
  • Embroider Names on Fur Stocking

November 22, 2019 - View on:  Facebook - YouTube

  • Sending Group Names to the Machine
  • Adjust Pull Comp for Just One Letter in a Name
  • Using Applique Stop for Patches
  • Cutting Applique Letters
  • Using Applique Stop for Stock DesignShop Fonts
  • Underlay for Patches on a Cap
  • How to Manually Add TTF Fonts
  • How to Make a Satin Stitch Thicker

November 15, 2019 - View on:  Facebook - YouTube

  • How to Move Text Off a Baseline
  • Put Text in a Circle
  • Increase Overlap Within a Fill
  • Where to Place Start and Stop Points
  • Automatic Tie-Off Settings
  • Circle Applique on Store-Bought Patch
  • Group Names with Monograms
  • Digitizing for the Material
  • Alter Left Front Logo for Baseball Caps
  • Custom Point Selection Tool
  • Saving Custom Palettes to Use on Another Computer
  • Deleting Jobs Cache (if needed)

November 8, 2019 - View on:  Facebook - YouTube

  • Cancel a Job in the Middle of Stitching - Reset Design
  • Group Names Tutorial
  • Expanded Editing Mode
  • Auto Trim Added Automatically
  • Embroidering Tiny Text - Small LetteringNot Micro Fonts
  • Increase the Density of Pre-Digitized Fonts

November 1, 2019 - View on:  Facebook - YouTube 

  • Create Shape and Split Down the Middle
  • Select Multiple Points for Vector Cleanup
  • Remove Part of a Design
  • Change back to Hats from Puff (3D)
  • Custom Point Selection (Level-Dependent Feature)
  • How to put Cross Hairs on Cursor
  • Add an Outline to a Letter or Number
  • File Type Preferences besides .OFM (.EMB or .DST)
  • Wrapping Text

October 25, 2019 - View on:  Facebook - YouTube Coming Soon!

  • Bring Fonts up as Vector to Digitize for Puff
  • Print to PDF
  • Compensating Fills to Register with Border
  • Re-Sequence Elements for Appliqué
  • Determining and Adding Tie Stitches - Tie-Ins/Tie-Offs
  • Adding Thin Border to a Simple Design or Fill

October 18, 2019 - View on:  Facebook - YouTube

  • How to Load a Design to a Machine
  • Grouping Colors Together
  • Combine Sublimation and Embroidery / Mixed Media
  • Tips and Tricks for ActiFeed   
  • Outline Around a 3rd Element (Show Wireframe Lines)
  • How to make Freestanding Lace
  • How to use Edge Fill
  • Laser Alignment
  • Knockdown Stitch for Towels or Fleece
  • Enable Auto-Borders
  • Solving Height Issues with a Font - Alphabet Editor

October 11, 2019 - View on:  Facebook - YouTube 

  • Convert Graphics Image to Embroidery - Auto-Digitizing - Color Matching
  • Creating Chain-Stitch Fill - Adding Shape to a Fill
  • Adding Melco Fast Clamps to Hoops List (for older software versions)
  • Eliminating Puckering
  • Getting Started with Digitizing (more info here)
  • Fill Island using Windows Clipboard

October 4, 2019 - View on:  Facebook - YouTube

  • Blend/Ombré Lettering  1:00
  • Trimming travels stitches in letters  14:42
  • Blend/Ombré Satin Stitches  20:10
  • Blending Fur  21:51
  • Rotating  27:11
  • Coloring for unique thread colors  30:05
  • Color changing with Keypad  31:47
  • Small text  34:00

September 27, 2019 - View on:  Facebook - YouTube

  • Speed through a design while stitching - Tools - Settings - Move to Stitch
  •  Change Stitch Direction so that it Curves
  •  Customize Hoop List
  •  Converting EXP to Wireframe
  •  Color Blending / Gradients

September 20, 2019 - View on:  Facebook - YouTube

  • Small Column Settings
  • How to Add Hoops
  • Column Element - Shift/Enter
  • Adjust Appliqué Border
  • Mimic Hand Embroidery
  • Change Settings using Styles 
  • Color Auto Merge
  • Removing Overlap Shapes / Ungroup Command

September 13, 2019 - View on:  Facebook - YouTube

  • Merging Objects
  • Subtracting Elements
  • Adding Borders to Shapes
  • Moving a Row of Points
  • Making a Perfect Satin Circle
  • Turning Off Auto Feature on Satin Stitch
  • Adding a Gradient within a Scene
  • Resetting a Design to Same Location - Return to Origin
  • Turning Words into Shapes
  • Graphic to Embroidery Assistant (Auto-Digitizing) 

August 23, 2019 - View on:  Facebook - YouTube

  • Importing an .AI (Adobe Illustrator) File
  •  Adding an Applique Stop
  •  Turn off Thread Detect in OS - Settings by Color
  •  Eliminate Pucker on Performance Polos
  • Changing Start/Stop Points and Adding Borders
  •  Sewing from Center Out
  •  Cleaning up Jump Stitches from a Purchased Design
  • Changing the Order of Stitching
  •  Locking a Design
  •  Continuous or Multi-Hoop Embroidery 

August 16, 2019 - View on:  Facebook - YouTube

  • Creating/Saving Default Settings
  • Saving RGB Thread Color Charts
  • Creating Perfect Circle
  • Adding Text to DST or EXP Files
  • Boolean Operations (Adding/Subtracting from Shapes)
  • Using the "Use Fill for stitch lines greater than" Option
  • Modifying Wireframe Lettering
  • Adding Thin Accent Line - Manual Ties - Create Custom Tie Stitches
  • Trapunto Patterns
  • Methods of Rotating Designs
  • Personalization
  • Group Names (Full Video Here)

August 9, 2019 - View on:  Facebook - YouTube

 

August 2, 2019 - View on:  Facebook - YouTube

  • Step and Repeat
  • DesignShop Level Differences
  • Converting Graphics to Embroidery
  • Using True-Type Fonts (TTF) and the Character Map
  • Mimicking Merrowing with Satin Stitch
  • Choosing a Style Type for Tie-Ins and Tie-Offs
  • Auto Shapes with Borders
  • Disabling Short Stitches for Tiny Letters

July 26, 2019 - View on:  Facebook - YouTube 

  • Moving Multiple Points in a Complex Fill - Using "Custom Point Selection"
  • Setting Default Font - Base Properties
  • Creating and Using Chain Stitch
  • Adding Shapes and Patterns Within a Fill
  • Digitizing Your Own Fonts
  • Cutting Monogram into a Solid Fill Square

 July 19, 2019 - View on:  Facebook - YouTube

  • Small Lettering Recommendations
  • Adding Comments/Design Notes
  • Pull Compensation

June 28th, 2019 - View on:  Facebook - YouTube

  • Pull Compensation and Pull Offset for Text
  • Digitizing from Scratch 
  • Creating Circular Array
  • Blending Colors in Text
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