HOWTO Create An Embroidery Design for the Husqvarna Designer SE
This page is for reference only. The Husqvarna requires training and authorization.
This page gives two methods to create an embroidery for the Husqvarna Designer SE.
The embroidery can then be executed using the instructions in HOWTO Execute An Embroidery on the Husqvarna Designer SE
Requires: Image file, any format
End Product: .vp3 file, usable with Husqvarna
The Husqvarna comes with a suite of software used to create and edit embroidery designs. This software has been installed on the Craft Room laptop. Use it with the following procedure to create an embroidery file.
To better illustrate certain functions, we're going to work with a specific end goal in mind: turning the following picture into an embroidered handkerchief.
Please note that the software is proprietary and should not be installed to other computers without authorization. Complete documentation is available as hard-copy (in the Craft Room) and digital (in the BitTorrent manual area). ISOs of all software are available for backup purposes in BitTorrent storage.
A dongle is required for the software to work properly.
Procedure 1: Simplest Procedure
This procedure uses Husqvarna's auto-generation functions to create an embroidery file from a picture. It requires minimal knowledge of embroidery and should be sufficient for most uses.
1. On the Craft Room laptop, open Husqvarna 4D Embroidery system.
2. Open 4D Design Creator.
3. Choose File->New; a wizard will pop up.
Select 'Create Express Embroidery' and press 'Next'.
4. Load a picture. Select 'View Picture'; browse to and select your picture. Your picture will appear in the wizard. Press 'Next'.
5. A rotation dialogue will appear; press 'Next'.
6. A crop dialogue will appear; your picture will have been auto-cropped. If the auto-cropping is acceptable, press 'Next'; otherwise, drag the on-screen borders to produce an acceptable crop size.
7. A hoop selection dialogue will appear.
If you haven't already decided what the final size of your embroidery should be, you'll need to do so now. This choice is conditioned by the hoop sizes the craft room has available:
- 100x100 mm
- 240x150 mm
- 150x360 mm
- 180x130 mm
- Air Ease Hoop (see Air Ease CD for instructions)
Hoops are stored in the second-from-top drawer of the shelving unit below the Husqvarna.
To set the hoop size:
A. Select 'Fit Design To Hoop'.
B. Select 'Change Hoop' at the left of the wizard. In the resulting popup, select the appropriate hoop size and orientation. Press 'OK', then 'Next'.
8. The next dialogue is tricky; although it never explicitly says so, it sets the number of thread colors which will appear in the final embroidery.
At this stage, it's wise to experiment. The wizard will allow you to go back if you make a mistake. Especially with dithered source images, the software will choose a ridiculously large number of colors. You want to reduce to a level that still shows all your details in the preview screen, but requires a minimal number of threads.
Note that you may need to continue to the next step and experiment. The wizard will allow you to go back and forth as many times as you like.
I've decided on two colors, and have reduced the count accordingly.
9. Now, remove the background.
Most embroideries are not 'rug-style'; they aren't intended to cover an entire area--instead, they cover a specific shape. This step allows you to remove that negative space. Follow these instructions to do so.
A. Select 'Automatically Remove Background Color'. If necessary, select the color using the picker. My background was white, the default background, so I didn't need to do this.
B. Select 'Remove all background color areas'.
C. It may now be necessary to remove the thread which was formerly assigned to the background. To do this, find the thread in the panel at the right; select it, then press 'Delete'.
D. Press 'Next'.
You may need to bounce back and forth between screens 8 and 9 a few times before you get all of your details to show up.
10. The next step is low-importance. You'll need to decide what your background fabric is, and what type of stitch you prefer. The background fabric selection is unimportant. As to stitch type, satin stitch is glossy; fill stitch is less so. Satin stitch has less structural strength, although this is unlikely to be important.
Once done, press 'Next'; the design will be generated.
11. You'll be sent to an intermediate output stage. Now select the button labeled 'Finish'.
12. Now, select the button labeled '3D Create Stitches'.
13. You'll receive one final popup. Select the 'Save' button; save your .vp3 file to a flash drive or the hard drive.
And you're done! To execute your embroidery, see HOWTO Execute An Embroidery on the Husqvarna Designer SE.
To see a sample output file, click here.