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Lesson 01, Where do I start?

When you open Thred, you are in stitch setting mode. To set a stitch, you just put the cursor where you want the stitch and left click. If you click on a menu item or make a form, the cursor may change. To get the needle cursor back hit "Add" at the top of the screen. That lets you set stitches at the end of the stitches already there. If you select a stitch in an existing group, then hit the "space" bar, you can set stitches at that place.

Needle cursor

If you make your design by setting stitches manually, you cannot use Thred's easy editing features. We suggest that you make a form. See Lesson 02, Making a Form . When the program is ready for setting stitches the cursor will look like a needle. If you dislike the needle cursor, you may change the cursor to a cross by using "View/Set/Needle cursor/on/off".

If you have problems seeing your stitch points, you can choose to turn on the stitch boxes, or you can have the stitch boxes show after a chosen number of zooms. See, Lesson 08, Stitch Points .


The grid you see behind the needle cursor is set in Preferences. Under" Grid Size", you will see it is set for 2 millimeter squares. The Grid cutoff is set at "0" (zero). This is entirely a matter of choice. Left click on the right hand side of the box, and then enter a new number. If you want to change a feature described in words, click on your new choice in the box that will come up when you click on the current choice. The number listed for Grid cutoff tells you how many times you must zoom before you begin to see the grid. I like it always on screen, so I set it at zero.

You may use any size of grid, or none, and you may change grid colors. Grid color options are listed under "View/Set/Grid Mask". There are different choices. The best way to choose is to try them until you like one. Default works well on all but extremely light backgrounds, such as bright white, or ultra pale pink.

 Grid Color Options

Lesson 02, Making a Form

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