I haven’t mentioned it all that much because largely my dabbling in machine embroidery hasn’t been all that successful. I did that submarine convention, but that’s just about it.
I’m pretty determined to make machine embroidery a big part of my creativity, and I finally have the decent tools to do it. I upgraded my machine last week, and by sheer luck I also upgraded my digitizing program.
I had really bad luck with digitizing up until now. One thing I flat out couldn’t get right was digitzing a QR code. There should be no reason a QR code doesn’t work out… It’s all right angles, after all. And digitizing has a tendency to pixelate images, and pixels are nothing more than right angles after all. But for some reason every QR code I tried to digitize magically did away with all those very important right angles.
I downloaded a program called Digitize N Stitch. I threw a vector image of my QR code into the digitizing wizard, and poof. Something that actually looked like a QR code. Something that looked completely unlike every other time I tried to digitize the exact same file.
Then I went to work stitching it out. Nearly 30000 stitches later, I had this:
I tested it. It works. I don’t know that I can stitch it out any smaller than that (It’s approx 120mm square) and have it still be readable. I’m considering this an absolute victory for my embroidering. I can’t imagine how much easier everything would have been a year ago if I’d had Digitize n Stitch. How much more embroidery would I be doing right now?
Whatevs. The past is the past, and I am suddenly charging into the future. And the plot thickens.