Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Discovery in BES® Embroidery Lettering- The light bulb went on this weekend

Hi All,
I hope your new year is starting of nicely, if a bit cold.  I was in San Antonio this past weekend teaching BES® Embroidery Lettering, BES® Monogramming and PE-DESIGN®  NEXT.  After the BES class, while talking with some of the students,  I started to think about the Optional Fonts (the fonts with an O in front of them) that have the Applique function.  We had discussed how with these fonts, the covering stitch for one letter is the placement stitch color for the next letter, which is somewhat of a bummer because you couldn't sort and put all the placement stitches, tack down stitches and covering stitches together.  After class the light bulb in my head lit up!

Remember the Tilde key ~ it allows you to have multi colored lettering.  Well guess what, it also breaks up the colors for the Applique letters to allow the covering stitch to be a different color from the placement stitch of the next letter.

What does this mean for you?????  When you are using the Optional fonts for Applique put a ~ in between each letter.  After you Apply the ~ each letter will be broken apart.  When you have the lettering the desired size with the attributes you desire, click on the Select tool.   Right mouse click on the lettering and Choose Preserve as Stitches.  In the Sequence window, click off of everything.  You can then change the colors for placement stitches, the tack down stitches and the covering stitches so that each of the stitches has its own color (use the Applique colors for ease) and then Color Sort.

Click on the Select tool and then right mouse click and choose Preserve as Stitches.

The Applique with Preserve as Stitches applied
Change the colors and then choose Color Sort if you have BES2 if you have the original BES you will need to match the colors manually. 

You may still find the optional method we discussed easier, but I thought I'd put it out there for everyone that it can be done this way as well.
Have fun playing with the software,
For those of you interested, I will be in Baton Rouge next week.  The seminars scheduled are for BES Embroidery Lettering, PE-DESIGN Kick Start and PE-DESIGN Advanced Techniques.  There are a limited number of spaces left if you still wish to sign up.  The advanced class has to be kept small so that you can get the most out of the class.


  1. Thanks for the new tip. It works great and makes things alot easier for this technique.

    Sherry C.

  2. OMG so excited to play with this! :-) YAY Cindy!

  3. The Tip of the month is a video to supplement this post. Enjoy!


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