DRK tuning orig

Density Repair Kit – tuning the stitches

DRK tuning origThe main functions of Density Repair Kit (DRK) are using the density map to analyze your design as well as setting your project by selecting the type of fabric you want to process the design for. These functions are rather automatic but very powerful in how they can quickly allow you to solve problems.  Yes, be sure to check out the DRK videos on the Embrilliance youtube channel along with the section on DRK in the program help and PDF user’s manual.

There are additional adjustments that the program provides, referred to as Density Tuning in the manual.  To be perfectly honest, I rarely use the Density Tuning – the program does so much by simply choosing the fabric and reprocessing the densities based on that fabric selection.  Don’t make more work for yourself because you think you need to – just because the software is simple to use doesn’t mean its not doing all sorts of calculations behind the scenes.  That behind the scenes processing is what makes it a great program!

So when would you use the density tuning?  The design here is a decent example.  First, if you have read the manual or program help (its updated regularly when new features are added) you  will know to select a color(s) and the Stitches Tab will show up in the properties pane.

I did not pick up on how everything works right away on the first read.  Like me, I am sure that if you quickly browsed a few pages in the manual every month you would pick up something new 🙂 There really is so much to the program and you should consider it an acceptable challenge –  to learn new features and functions on a regular  basis by investigating, playing and reading. I challenge myself to learn something new every single day.

DRK tuning satinSo when you have a selection and choose the Stitches tab, the top sliders allow you to adjust the density for either the satin or fill stitches in the selection  YES, the program can tell the difference between satin and fill stitches!  In reality with well digitized designs, every once in a while you may find the need to increase the satin OR the fill stitches of a particular color.  If you look at the two pictures comparing the satin and fill areas with and without modification, you can see what the original stitches look like and what the adjusted stitches look like.

DRK tuning fillThis adjustment was added “in case” you ran into that one in one hundred designs that could use a little tweaking.  If you find that EVERY single design you have in your stash needs to be tuned — well you might consider finding new websites to spend your money at.  This really is a rare case and should NOT be considered the norm.  There are PLENTY of fabulous digitizers out there to not PAY to be someone’s test sew person or have to spend time “fixing” designs at this level.  Just saying!

The other options at the bottom of the Stitches tab allow you to turn off the calculations done by setting the project for the overall design.  All the details are listed and explained  in the density tuning section of the manual.  I would venture to say that if you don’t understand what the manual is saying on these functions, you probably shouldn’t be trying to adjust them.  And if your design stitches SO POORLY that you are looking for ways to overhaul the stitching quality by any means possible whether you understand what it does or not, you may want to consider alternatives.  Alternatives such as learning how to create your own designs using StitchArtist or at the very least, not spending money on designs that don’t stitch the way you find to be acceptable.

Its one thing to adjust the overall density of a design so that it stitches nicely on a t-shirt versus a canvas bag.  Its a completely different type of project to try to “fix” a design you are not happy with.

Yes, you just got a whole lot of “Lisa’s opinion” right there 🙂  I guess that is what a blog is all about – you get my opinion mixed in with some machine embroidery education.  I get asked quite often to write tutorials and make videos on “how to fix embroidery designs” – I can’t teach something I don’t do.  I don’t fix designs. Life if too short, there are thousands of designs out there to to purchase or I can create my own.  When customizing with existing designs, I like to work with designs that have been well digitized so that my unique embellishment will stitch as well as the original did.

As always – THANK YOU to those that click on my affiliate link to check out the software on the Embrilliance software on their page.  Yes, I do get a small commission when software is purchased via my link – and yes, that does encourage me to write more blog posts and create more videos — so again THANK YOU!

Off my soapbox 🙂  Lisa


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  1. Carol Hamilton

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