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SophieSew Tutorial 2

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My second SophieSew tutorial. This will probably be it for a while. Not sure what else to cover. People will have to experiment on their own regardless but hopefully this is a good jump-start. :)

Now you can design and embroidery on whatever you like, blankets, plushies, pillows, shirts, pants, …undergarments? :iconajawkwardsmileplz: "Ehh, maybe not."

Also, this is not a “how to make Rarity’s eye” tutorial. I don’t really do “how to make _____” tutorials, I just want to get people to know the software better and what to expect when using certain tools.

Bring on version 2! :w00t:

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CraftyMaelyss's avatar
I've got a stupid question: Can you use this tutorial to embroider by hand? I don't have a machine and I would like to try embroidery for future plushies :)
adamlhumphreys's avatar
Not quite sure how. :shrug:
Here's a pretty good looking hand embroidery tutorial though:
.DOLL's Hand Embroidery Tutorial by dot-DOLL  ^^
CraftyMaelyss's avatar
Thank you so much for sharing this :D It was really helpful :)
adamlhumphreys's avatar
Glad to hear, and no prob! :D
methuselah-alchemist's avatar
Thanks for all the tutorials! I keep going back to your videos whenever I need to check how to do something as I'm learning SophieSew. Very helpful!
I have a couple questions, if you wouldn't mind giving your input. :D
First, is there a way to go back and edit the sides of a curved column after the design has been merged? I stitched it out and now would like some of my columns a bit thicker; can I edit those edges somehow, or would I have to just make a new curved column on top of them?
Also, is there a trick to multiple complex holes inside each other? I've tried a few circles with others inside(like Captain America's shield), and it just doesn't seem to want to work correctly. The inner holes don't seem to like to have their underlays work.
adamlhumphreys's avatar
Gah! I still need to update that tutorial. ^^;

Yes, just go to the edit mode like you would a spline and try to click on either edge of the curved column. (The mouse pointer should change. For some reason only one side of a curved column seems to be click-able, which is weird, so try each side.)
Also you can always right-click and "Decompose" you design as well to recompose it again, which is necessary if you will need to move pieces of the design within it.

... Haven't honestly done much with complex holes, let alone make a hole within a hole. ^^; I'd imagine the piece in-between would both "be/is a complex hole" and "accept complex holes" or something like that. As for underlays, try messing with the underlay margins and they might show up. Playing with entry and exit points may also help get the underlay to show up again.

Hope that helps! :D
methuselah-alchemist's avatar
Thanks for the help! I'll mess with the columns and see if I can find the right place to click.  Messing with the margins seemed to help with the underlay issue-- at least they will appear sometimes! 
Also, if you don't mid me asking another question, do you know why my outlines don't seem to want to stitch out in the correct place? As far as I can tell, it looks like it's in the right location on the computer, but they don't like to be on the edge of the regions like they should when it stitches. Could that be an issue with the design itself? 
adamlhumphreys's avatar
No probs, and glad to hear. :D

That is actually a design issue and the outlines are actually in the right place. During the stitching process, the fabric can pull tight, hence why regions must have compensation because they essentially contract. Bump up the compensation for a better result. Stabilizer can also affect how much compensation is needed. :)
methuselah-alchemist's avatar
Thanks so much!! I guess I just need to keep messing with the machine and find what works best. :D
adamlhumphreys's avatar
And the design settings, but they both work together. You're on the right track though. :nod: Can't really avoid trial and error. ^^
methuselah-alchemist's avatar
lol Yeah, I should have said the machine and the designs themselves. Mostly the designs. XD Thanks!!
GoldenGriffiness's avatar
THanks for posting this stuff, I got an embroidery machine and want to make a pony version of the *buzzed out by spoiler warning, have you seen it?* thing that happened in friendhip games, but I'm not even sure how to begin with it all.
adamlhumphreys's avatar
No probs!
I've seen a number of Sunset Shimmer pieces as a result of it airing, but I still haven't seen it yet, (nor Rainbow Rocks, of which a friend recently told me was much better than the first). So hopefully soon enough I'll see them both. :eager:
Trial and error. Also, though SophieSew doesn't support Brother's native .pes file format, it does support the standard .dst file format, so I'd recommend a Brother, not to mention they generally cost less as far as I've been able to tell. ^^
GoldenGriffiness's avatar
Yeah, I got myself a lovely little brother, but now I'm at a loss for how to use it... Actually, would it be possible for me to commission you to make a couple files me until I get the hang of it? I need eyes and some form of Twi's cutie mark, though I haven't decided is it will look normal yet. There are... circumstances.
adamlhumphreys's avatar
Actually, I hope to start selling some of my embroidery files before too long. :eager:
I hear ya. It'll take a bit of trial and error. :nod:
GoldenGriffiness's avatar
Cool! Any chance of getting a specific one built off a pik I send you?
adamlhumphreys's avatar
I take embroidery design commissions. If it's not too much, it shouldn't be more than $30, likely less though. Though if I can equally use it/sell it, probably $5. Just so you know up front, I ain't got no auto-digitizing feature, it's all designed manually. I can't even import paths.
GoldenGriffiness's avatar
I figured from trying to tackle sophie sew myself. :D sI'll have to look at the cloth I have before deciding, and design the eyes. (Tey should be simpler than normal pony eyes as they're a tiny red pupil, blank green, with glare.) I still need to decide what if anything to do with the cutie mark, though. Warning, their will be Friendship Games spoilers XD
adamlhumphreys's avatar
Ahh, I hear ya. :)
Nope still haven't seen it quite yet. Finally saw Rainbow Rocks though. :D
chikachikorita's avatar
Thank you for making this tutorial! It has really helped me a lot :D
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animagetali's avatar
are all the segments curved columns? or are some parts of the eyes fill regions? 
adamlhumphreys's avatar
The iris and all the white spots are fill regions, the rest is curved columns. :)
animagetali's avatar
oooh thanks ^ ^that is helpful 
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