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Form Fills

Remarks

Fan

Can be controlled with guidelines.  Connects the same number of stitch lines to two form lines.  If you stretch one of the lines you get a “fan” effect.

Feather

Like the fan fill, but with many more options.

Fills a form with parallel horizontal stitch lines

Angle

Fills a form with parallel stitch lines at an angle you select from the preferences menu.

Clipboard

Fills a form with data from the clipboard. 

 

Form Fill Type

Description

Fan

You can use “Teflon lines”(“D” key) and fan guidelines to control the spacing of the fan fill to create various fan-like effects. This feature is one way to create stabilizing underlay quickly.  A line form on which you run “Convert to Satin Ribbon” will be set up with fan guidelines automatically. If you have your preference numbers set so the maximum length is longer than the form is wide, the result will look like satin stitches.  To make a curved line of satin stitches that is not the same width for its entire length use a line form and “Convert to Ribbon”.

Feather

Similar to the fan fill except the lines of stitches can be controlled in various ways.  “Convert to Feather Ribbon” works like “Convert to Satin Ribbon” except that the resulting form is automatically filled with the feather fill.

Vertical

Fills a form with sequenced vertical stitches.  You can use the “Form- Form” to easily control the spacing, size and color of the stitches.

Horizontal

Similar to the vertical fill.

Angle

Similar to the vertical, but you can choose the angle.

Clipboard

Cut or copy some stitches on the Windows clipboard and use them for a fill.

Contour

The fill follows the contour set by the sides of the form. When you select “Contour”, polygon forms will automatically be converted to line forms by the program. The ends of the form will be disconnected, so your shape is not closed anymore. 

 

Feather Fill

The feather fill, like the fan fill, is controlled by “D” lines.  The “Convert to feather ribbon” works like the “Convert to satin ribbon, except that the resulting form is automaticall filled with the feather fill.

You can set the default values of the feather fill with “edit/Set/Feather defaults”.

There are six types of feather fill.  These determine how the lines of stitches are arranged in the fill.

Feather type

Description:  How lines of stitches are varied

Curve

Full sine curve.

Curve2

Half sine curve.  Only the positive sine values are used.

Line

Straight line.

Ragged

Random.

Ramp

A sawtooth.  The lines of stitches form a straight line going from a minimum value to a maximum value and back again.

Picket

One group of stitches is a straight line of a maximum value, and the next group of stitches is a straight line of a minimum value.

 

There are four possible ways of connecting the lines of the feather fill to the sides of the filled form:

Connection type

Description

Blend

Uses stitches of two colors.  Stitches of the first color start at one side of the form.  Stitches of the other color start at the other side of the form.  The meet somewhere in the middle, depending on the feather fill type.

Both

Stitches are not connected to either side of the form.  The feather fill type controls the distance from the sides of the form.

Up

Stitches are connected to the “top”of the form, but not the bottom.  The feather fill type controls the distance of the stitches from the bottom of the form.

Down

Stitches are connected to the “bottom” of the form, but not the top.  The feather fill type controls the distance of the stitches from the top of the form.

 

The combination of the six feather fill types and the four connection types means that there are twenty-four ways to arrange the feather fill.

You can set the feather fill type and the connection type using the form-form.  Just select the form you have filled with the feather fill hit the “F” key or select “form”.

You can also use the “feather floor variable to set the minimum stitch length for a feather fill.

The “Feather up” and “Feather down” have different effects depending on the feather fill type.  The maximum value is 255.

Type

Up

Down

Curve

Sets the number of lines in the positive half of the sine curve.

Sets the number of lines in the negative half of the sine curve.

Curve2

Sets the number of lines in the first half of positive part of the sine curve.

Sets the number of lines in the last half of positive part of the sine curve.

Line

No effect

No effect

Ragged

If you set Feather up to zero, the entire form will be filled with lines of random length.  Otherwise the “random” sequence will repeat.  “up”sets the number of times Thred chooses a new value.

Causes the “random” sequence to go backward and select previous values.

Ramp

Sets the length of the up part of the ramp.

Sets the length of the down part of the ramp.

Picket

Use the up and down to set the length of the tall and short parts of the picket fill.

 

Convert to Feather Ribbon:

Works like the “Convert to Satin Ribbon” below, except that the form is automatically filled with a feather fill.

 

The form-form:

The form-form appears in the stitch window when you select a form and hit the “F” key or select “form” from the main menu.  You can use the form-form to change properties of the form.  The exact content of the form-form will change depending on the form type, form fill,border fill, etc.  In general, you can click on the right hand side of the form-form to change values, and your change will immediately be made in the form you have selected, and the form-form will also change to reflect the new settings you have selected.

Minimum Stitch Length:

The minimum stitch setting in the form-form may have effects that you may not expect.  If you have missing stitches in your fill, be sure to check this setting.  Setting the value to zero will make sure this setting has no effect.

In version 1.1 we introduced putting a minimum stitch length in each form.  If you want to Thred to behave as in previous versions, you might want to set the “pref/Stitch Length, Minimum” to zero. 

 

Information Boxes

Box Select/Thumbnail Text

If you left-click on ”Box Select", and then left-drag the cursor from the starting place to the end of the area you want to select, you will see a box.  The select box function will attempt to select items in the box when you release the left mouse button.  The exact items to be selected vary according to what you already have selected and what is within the select box.

When stitches are selected, they are always a range of stitches starting with a first stitch inside the box, and including all stitches connected to the first stitch that are inside the box.  Thred will groups of stitches inside the box,and select the longest one.

When forms are selected, all forms that are completely within the box are selected.

If you are setting stitches with the needle cursor or the cross cursor, you need to click on the “Box Select”, but if you have any other cursor selected, you can just left click and drag to get the select box.

 

Editing Groups of Form Points:

To select a form point, hold the mouse cursor over the form point and hit the ‘Y” key or hold down the shift key and right-click.  With a form point selected,hit the left or right arrow key, and a range of form points will be selected. 

Or you can select one form point and then hold the mouse cursor over another form point, hold down the shift key,and right-click, and a group of form points will be selected. This method only works if you want to select less than half the form points in a form.  If you want to select more than that,you need to use the arrow keys.

Once you have selected a group of form points you can stretch, shrink, move, or flip horizontally and vertically.  You can also put a group of form points on the clipboard by selecting them and hitting Control-C or Control-X.

Once you have form points on the clipboard, you can paste them into your design.  If you have no form point selected, pasting form points will create a new form.  If you have a form point selected, the pasted form points will be put in the new form after the selected form point.

 

Color Management:

When you use the “edit/sort”functions, Thred always sorts your design according to the color order on the color controls on the left of the Thred window. The color management functions allow you to change the order of these colors.  When you use the color management functions,Thred automatically updates the colors in the forms and stitches in your design.

Switch Colors:

To switch the order of two colors, put your mouse cursor over one of the color boxes on the far left of the Thred window.  Then hold down the left mouse button and move your cursor to another one of these color boxes.  Thred will switch the two colors.  This function requires you to use only the boxes on the far left of the screen because the left mouse click on the second column of boxes is used to define colors.  The insert and delete functions will work with either of the two columns of color boxes.

Use this function when you want to change the sort order of your design.

Switch Color Values:

To switch color values hold down the control key and drag the color you want to switch to the color you want to switch it with.  Use this function when you want to change the sort order and also the colors of your design.

Copy Colors:

Works just like switch colors, except that copy colors makes the two colors the same.  Copy colors by holding down the shift key and dragging the color you want to copy.