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The part of this lesson about underlay is out of date, since Thred v3 has automatic Underlay, Edgewalk and Center walk. But there may be situations in which someone wants to use the old method, and the parts to this lesson about file overlay may be helpful in other situations. Before you make underlay forms, you should read:
If you have a design with separate underlay forms and would like to change it with ThredV.3, see:
Lettering for Logos and Convert to Satin Ribbon , B, File Overlay, Set Knots
Open a new (second) file and make underlay forms,or make the underlay on another Layer. I used two files and combined them by using "File/Overlay", which inserts the file into exactly the same place in the hoop. Click "Form/Freehand" Left click to create form points. Lesson 02,Making a Form
Fill the underlay forms. You may prefer to use a different color than the satin stitches so the underlay is easier to handle, or in cases where you want the underlay to match the fabric on which it will be stitched, rather than the thread color used in the design . You can change the colors easily later,if desired.
In this case, I used straight lines of stitches to stabilize the fabric and to support the satin stitches so they look plump. "Fill/Border/Line"
It would also be possible to use a line form filled with a border of angle satin at a fairly wide stitch spacing , such as 1 or 2 mm.. "Fill/ Border/Angle Satin". That would create a loose crisscross fill, but it might be challenging to make it the right width since the lettering is variable in width . Lesson 03, Filling a Form
Use "Save as" and rename the underlay file to something like "Both" so that you have the finished file safely saved under a name you can remember in case you need to start oft">Use "Edit/Set/Knots" to insert tie-off stitches. The program inserts knots at the beginning and ending of stitch groups,or where there is a stitch 10 mm or longer. It should put in a knot between colors. If you have changed the design after you set knots, you might want to use "Edit /Delete/Knots" and then set the knots again, in case you left orphan knots in places where you changed the stitches. Knots show on screen as little boxes, unless you have clicked "View/ Knots/ Off".
You may want to change the underlay stitches to the same color as the satin stitches, and you certainly need to arrange for them to stitch first. Lesson 06,Changing Thread Colors * Lesson 07, Changing Stitching Order
You can also rearrange the stitching order by renumbering the forms and using "Sort/ by form"(Shift/F3).