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It requires speciality software like Wilcom (www.wilcom.com) that lets you essentially 'redraw' the design using objects that contain stitches.

You generally start off with a background design like a JPG or something similar then you need to imagine how the design will sew on a machine. i.e. grouping objects by color, size etc.

Generally you sew larger fill areas first as this will cause the most movement and warping of the fabric, then your details and lettering last. i.e. see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkFyH1uckl0

You have to consider elements like underlay which sews first and gives the overstitch life from the underlying fabric, plus stabilizes the fabric by bonding it to the backing you use when sewing.

Sequence is very important to ensure the machine doesn't jump from one end of the hoop to another, and keeps sewing. An old customer used to say each jump of thread break on the machine was a $1 he threw into the bin so you want to try and make each object of the same color to sew together and 'run' or travel under other objects to avoid trims.

You can see that in video where the first half of the leaves are done, then it 'runs' or travels to the other side with a run stitch that eventually is sewn over by the leaf.

Design credit goes to Swake Embroidery. One of their free designs you can download. https://www.swakembroidery.com

Hope this helps!
 
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