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From: rojieh
Date: 08-06-2007, 01:54 AM (1 of 2)
Based upon the excellent suggestions in this forum, I have downloaded Tajima and use it to view my embroidery files. However, I would like to find out if there is any free software that would allow me to resize my embroidery files (going from 5x7 to a 4x4 hoop) or perhaps to divide them into two separate files.

I know that Embird can do this, but I'd prefer to not have to buy it to perform these relatively simple tasks.
User: rojieh
Member since: 07-04-2007
Total posts: 4
From: paroper
Date: 08-06-2007, 10:18 PM (2 of 2)
You can split designs if you wish but it is not a good idea to down anymore than 10-15%. If you don't have a "real" software that might adjust some of the density, 10% could really be pushing it. It is not recommended that you increase most designs more than 15-20%. Decreasing the designs makes them more dense and in some cases, the outlines will not move. Really dense designs can result in broken needles and other problems. It is not a good idea to resize FSL at all, at least not more than a percent or two because often the frame to the lace won't work if you do. Lettering, unless part of your machine's programming also does not resize well. When you upsize a pattern you often stretch out the design so that there are holes in the fill. If you have a vector type program and an original vector design that is still in its vector format, such as ART you can increase and decrease in huge amounts. I've increased some designs 100% and more and they were fine, but these are not common formats/software.

Splitting designs is also not necessarily an easy task. Embird is one of the most reasonably priced programs for doing this.

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