In this Bernina Digitizing tutorial, I work with a design sent to me by Denise. She had digitized the design with the letter N from the Vivaldi True Type font, using the Mirror Merge function. This resulted in lots of unwanted jump stitches criss crossing all over the design.
To sort out this problem, there are two issues that need to be adressed.
- Lettering objects are limited in what you can do to them. It is not possible to apply the Reshape tool to lettering objects. The first thing to do is to select the lettering and apply the Break Apart tool. This will break the lettering into “normal” objects. You can then use the Reshape tool to arrange the start and end points in a way that will reduce the jump stitches.
- The Mirror Merge tool, when applied to an object, results in four copies of that object mirrored and aligned in a block. while the effect is quite stunning and quick to do, the start and end points of the objects are also mirrored causing the jump stitches. Some of these jump stitches can be easily fixed by moving the start and end points, but others need a different approach. Pathing is the term used to describe the digitizing of a single running stitch travelling from the end of one object to the start of the next. The running stitch is placed in the stitch order after the end of the first object and before the start of the next.
It is not possible to eliminate every jump stitch from a design, but you can certainly reduce them and position them in a way that makes them easy to trim. Here is the video:
I have also covered jump stitches and start and end points in my Digitize a Bow series of videos on the Bernina Digitizing Tutorials page of this website, in the Version 5 playlist.