Converting an Object To Wireframe

Enjoy Melco's video presentation on Expanded vs. Wireframe stitch files on Facebook and YouTube.

Converting to wireframe might not be the best option for designs that were professionally created as the conversion might change original digitizing choices. It is recommended that the digitizer review edits for best sew quality.

To help make editing designs easier, you can convert an Expanded Element to a Wireframe Element. This article talks about the difference between the two types, why you might want to convert, and how to convert.


The right side of the screen in DesignShop is the Project View. In the Project View you can find your Design(1). If you open your design by clicking the drop open arrow to the left, you can see the Elements(2 and 3) in the design. The red elements in the picture (labeled 2) are wireframe. The green element (labeled 3) is expanded.

Wireframe elements are shapes containing stitches with properties such as Stitch Type, Density, and Stitch Direction. Changing the shape or size of these wireframe elements will cause the software to regenerate stitches to fill the new shape according to those properties.

Expanded elements only save stitches, not shapes or properties. To edit these elements you’d need to move, add, or remove individual stitches at a time, or convert to wireframe.

How to convert Expanded to Wireframe:

  • You can convert expanded to wireframe by either right clicking on the Design(1) or the expanded Element(3) you want to edit.
  • In the context menu select Operations(4).
  • Click Convert Object To Wireframe(5).

Additional Informational Videos:

DesignShop V10 ~ Converting to Wireframe

Density of Expanded Files with Ruler

Expanded Editing Mode

Replace Jump Stitches with Trims

FBL Expanded Editing

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