I have been asked a few times by JANOME customers if the ACUFIL STIPPLING DESIGNS can be altered in size – some folk would like to be able to make the loops larger or smaller to have more or less open space between the stitching. I approached my friend, Donna Morton, who works for our Nanaimo BC dealer: SNIP AND STITCH Sewing Center. She is wonderfully knowledgable about embroidery software and often sends me little snippets of information that are most useful to all of us who are avid embroidery software folk: Donna has this to say about: CAN I ALTER THE SIZE OF ACUFIL STIPPLING? Thank you, Donna, for this good information below!
Donna says: “Long story short: I just opened the 110 X 110 Acufil stippling design in Digitizer MBX. I guess it was in previous versions of the software that Acufil stippling designs were read as manual stitches. Now it is being read as a run line. I increased the size to fill the JANOME ASQ22 hoop (This hoop is available as an optional extra ACUFIL QUILTING KIT for the JANOME MC 12000 but is included with the JANOME MC 15000). The stitch length is maintained and the stippling is more open……. This will make lots of owners very happy!”
More on the Acufil stippling: Donna played around a bit to see how a larger design would work with the Acufil Tool. She couldn’t get it to work with Acufil Multiple Design Layout but it does seem to work if you use Edit Designs followed by Multiple Setting:
- Start Edit Designs and leave the hoop size at 220 X 220.
- Click on Designs and navigate to where you have saved the new stipple in MBX.
- Click Next.
- Save under a new name as a .jpx file.
- Open Multiple Setting.
- Select the jpx file you just created in the Open dialogue window.
- Enter a size for your quilt top in the Editing Size window.
- Click OK to close window.
Donna tested this using 1000 X 1000 mm and another one at 1500mm X 1500mm. The Multiple Setting tool re-sized the open stipple slightly to fit the area and calculated the number of hoopings for both.
Donna really likes using the Edit Designs then Multiple Setting tool for all sorts of different types of quilting designs. You can get an all-over style of quilting across a row of blocks or a whole quilt if you play around with it a bit.