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Lesson 37, "D"Lines

To make a directional or "D"line, put the cursor near the form point where you want the line to begin, then press "D" and left click on the place where you want the line to end.  The "D" line cursor is an X in a box.   If you do this inside a form, the lines will be the lighter "D" lines, but on the outside of the form the first two you make will be the dark, non stick "D" lines.

Use directional lines in Fan Fills (including convert to satin ribbon, and convert to feather ribbon)  to control the direction of the stitches . There are two kinds of direction or "D" lines. First there are the end "D" lines, used to determine which parts of the form will have stitches in them.  The picture below shows the end of a pair of identical line forms.  I used "Edit/Convert to Satin Ribbon" on both, and then  I deleted the "D" line on the left form. 

The second kind of "D" lines are used inside the form to change the angle of the stitches.   I also pulled the form points on the left  form a little bit to the left.   You can see that the stitches are now at a different angle.

You can remove or replace "D"lines, but  you can have only two dark colored "D" lines on the end(s) or the sides of a form. No more than two are allowed.  These are non-stitch lines, where no stitches will appear. You can't make them stretch over form points, only go between two.  This is easy to see when you use "Edit/ Convert to Satin Ribbon".   Satin ribbon is just a Fan Fill, but the program automatically sets up "D" lines so that the stitches look like Satin stitch.  Remember that your "Preferences setting for Maximum stitch length must be as long as the longest sating stitch you use, or Thred will put in lines of stitches at the maximum  length you have set.

Sometimes you may fill a form and see no fan fill at all.  This picture shows five copies of the same form.  The red stitches show what it looks like if you use "Fill/Fan" with no directional lines at all.  

Why does one form have no stitches at all?  If you look closely, you see there is no spaceold the cursor at the form point nearest to the place where you want a new one, then press "W". You can them drag the new form point into position.  It is not the number of form points that makes the fill denser in this situation.  It is the length of the line.  Sometimes you might prefer a curved line, which takes many form points.

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