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Buzz-2-Stitches Basics

realistic 4x4.gifBuzz-2-Stitches automatically creates a stitch file from a graphics file using a simple wizard interface. Choose your graphic and stitch file format, select your hoop and size the graphic to the desired dimensions of the final embroidery design, choose the type of fabric you will be stitching on and soon you will have an embroidery design to save and send to your machine.
Using clipart from the Cute Puppies collection, see how easy it is to use Buzz-2-Stitches to create an embroidery design.

Step 1: Choose your graphic

The first screen of the wizard allows you to choose the graphic you wish to process and set the format needed for your embroidery machine. When you click on the Browse... button, you can navigate to the folder containing your graphic.



Click on the down arrow in the File Type drop down menu and select your embroidery format. 

Step 2: Size your embroidery design

The second screen of the wizard allows you to choose the hoop you wish to stitch the design in. The resulting design size is set to be as big as possible for the selected hoop while maintaining it’s aspect ratio. Choose a different hoop by selecting the Modify button. 
NOTE: Multiple position hoops are available if you are accessing Buzz-2-Stitches from BuzzEdit v2. Depending on the format, designs created in multiple position hoops may have to be split before they can be stitched. This can be handled automatically or manually using BuzzEdit v2.

Step 3: Set the style of embroidery

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The following screen allows you to choose if you would like to create a traditional filled machine embroidery design, an Appliqué embroidery or cross-stitch motif style embroidery.  You can also set the hole setting – voids inside the graphic that would not be filled with the background color – as well as modify the way the software processes the graphic (normally suggested by the built-in Troubleshooter).

Step 4: Choose the style of your graphic

Cute Puppy - 005.wmfThis screen allows you to provide the software a little “help” in determining what the picture looks like. For example, the computer does not see a puppy when it “looks at” the graphic to the right of the following dialog box; it sees many many small blocks of colors that our mind processes and says it is a cartoon drawing of a puppy.
Choosing the graphic style sets certain default settings for the stitch length, number of colors, and other stitch settings that the software will use to create the resulting design. These settings are a good starting point, and can be modified to create different effects using the same graphic.
Depending on the “finished look” you are trying to create can also determine the choice you make on this screen. For example, this graphic has a clean even width black outline.  By choosing the “Thin, even width outline” option, you are asking the software to create a running stitch outline if possible. However, if you had selected to create the design in a larger size, 5”x7” for instance, you may want the resulting design to have a zig zag outline. To help the software make this decision, do not select the “thin” option – this will limit the running stitches and create the outline in a narrow zigzag for a bolder effect.

Step 5: Suggested stitch properties

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Once you choose the style of the graphic, the next screen displays the stitch properties suggested for this style of graphic.
The settings on this screen are suggestions that should work for most graphics of the style you just selected. We selected the “thin outline” option and the value that determines what parts of the graphic will be digitized as running stitches is the located in the Outline Fine Tuning section of the dialog. This value says that any colored sections of the displayed graphic that end up being smaller than 1.5mm will be digitized as running stitches.

Step 6: Cloth Type suggests density & underlay

The next screen allows you to choose the type of cloth you plan to stitch this design on. Based upon that selection, the various densities and underlay options for the digitizing of the design are set with suggested values. 
The settings for Medium Fabric are the most commonly used settings. You can make changes based upon your test sewouts on different fabric types on the Advanced Settings screen and save them as a custom fabric type that will be available for the future.

Step 7: Generating Stitches


Clicking the Finish button starts the digitizing process which displays the final screen as well as the finished design. 

You can choose to save the design from this screen as well as change the colors or choose to create a new design from another graphic. If you did not get the digitized results you were expecting, you can click on the Troubleshoot button to see what suggestions are offered to get different results.

When you view your finished design in Buzz-2-Stitches, it is displayed in two different ways. The Stitches-in-Space pane displays the design as it will stitch in the selected hoop. The Stitches-in-Time pane shows the stitching order, color breaks and length of the stitches of the design. 

Further customization can be done to the design in “Space”. You can mirror or rotate the design using either the freehand tools on the left OR access these dialogs for precise manipulation by selecting these functions from the BuzzTools menu. If you would like to save different variations of the design – left and right mirror images for example – you may do so from the File > Save As menu option.

You can reorder the colors by double clicking on the color you wish to select in the top color bar, and dragging and dropping it to a new location in the Stitches-in-Time graph. You can change colors and combine them to eliminate thread changes at the machine.
Before you actually stitch the design, you may want to run the Sew Simulator and watch the design stitch out on your screen. This is a handy tool for determining the layering of the colors and if you can combine colors to eliminate thread changes. It may also help you decide on what thread colors to use in the actual stitchout.

Learn more about Buzz-2-Stitches software here:

Lisa Shaw is the Technical Support Manager for Buzz Tools Inc and the owner of Bubble’s Menagerie, LTD (  Her adventure into the wonderful world of machine embroidery began back in 1995 with the purchase of her first combination sewing & embroidery machine.  What started out as a hobby, sewing & embellishing vests for holiday craft fairs, has developed into a full time job working from home in the field of embroidery software.
As an independent teacher for various machine embroidery software programs, she firmly believes that learning should be enjoyable as well as informative.  The complimentary backgrounds of mathematics, computers and love for machine embroidery allow her to experiment to solve those “pesky computer glitches” we all run into and have fun in the process.  “Using the right tool makes the job at hand so much easier” is the premise that Lisa works from  and when the “job at hand” isn’t hard to do, all of a sudden we forget that we’re working at the computer and **poof**, we’re having fun!

Lisa has self-published a series of multi-media software & project based CD tutorials for each of the  Buzz Tools software programs as well as the Hoop-It-All multiposition hoop products.  These as well as many sample projects and lessons are available online from Bubbles’ Menagerie, Buzz Tools, or your local dealer.

Lisa Shaw
Tech Support Manager - Buzz Tools inc.


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