How to merge applique and purchased fonts in bes lettering

August 11, 2011 at 4:09 pm 1 comment

Hi everyone. For today’s tutorial I will demonstate how to incorporate individual purchased fonts into one file using bes lettering software. Okay, first of all we will open the software by clicking on the desktop or from the start menu on your computer. Next, after the program has been started, click on new/recipe. I like to start with this because this gives you the option of choosing a “fabric recipe” from a popup window. For today’s tutorial we will select “tshirt recipe” because we will be sewing this design onto a knit shirt. I love this feature of the “recipes” because this feature of the program or software automatically brings in the correct underlay and density to a garment. This feature will take any built in design or even a design that you purchase and make that design sew out perfect  and soft to the touch without being too dense which happens often times.

Now on your workspace, what you can do next is choose your hoop size that your design will be done in. On the toolbar above your workspace you will see the hoop button. Click on this button and from this you can choose from the pre selected hoop sizes which will be in the metric format but you can change this to english if you choose to. In this example I will choose the 5×7 hoop size which is 130x180mm,click apply and then you will see the changes and the hoop can be displayed on the workspace or you can also click back on the hoop button and this will take the display of the hoop off of your workspace. Also, when selecting your hoop size you can also create your own custom hoop size as well but for today’s demo I will be just showing how to merge lettering for the 5×7 hoop size.

One of the unique things about this tutorial today, is the way of merging individual purchased fonts and making these individual fonts into one new file. This is where software comes in handy to make things easier for the designer or monogrammer. So in this tutorial I will be using bes lettering software to demonstrate this process.

1. To bring the design to the workspace first click on “merge” from your home toolbar,locate the design file for the letters that you want to merge together to make into one new file.

2. Next, after locating the file with the individual fonts, select the letters that you want to include in the name for example. In this demo I will be selecting the lettters for the name “katie”. 

3.For this demo you can do this in two ways. The first way is that you can hit the merge key and select each letter and bring them to your workspace individually my hitting the merge key for each letter. There is a trick that I recently learned that makes this whole process alot easier than before. The magic to do this is by selecting the merge key in the software and then hold down your “control” key down then go and select each letter that you will want to include in the name. The process will go like this ~select “merge”,hold down the control key, locate the file for the applique letters or digitized fonts,select”K,a,t,i,e” then hit apply and then you will see all of the letters appear on your workspace all at one time. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         3. After hitting apply, the letters might come unto the workspace all jumbled up on top of each other but this can be fixed to the way that you want the letters to stitch out. There are several ways of aligning the letters also. You can drag and drop them in to the order that you want your letters in or you can also go to the sequence view on your left side of  your screen and right click on each of the individual letters and move the letters this way as well.

Another step to take after bringing all of your fonts to the workspace is to align your letters so that they will be straight when sewing your letters out on a garment.

1. The first thing that you will want to do after all of your individual files are on your workspace is to arrange the letters in the order that  the name will be spelled. At this point the letters don’t have to be straight because in the next step I will show you how to align the letters up in your software.

2. On your main toolbar, located right next to home, click on the apperance key. This will bring up some additonal alignment buttons. This is where you will align your letters.

3. Under your apperance section you will see a host of addtional buttons that help with alignment of your designs. You can align right,left,center align,align bottom or top and also align vertical or horizontal and also rotate your designs. Right now at this point  the letter files are still individual files when you click on each letter. But to eliminate this you will want to highlight all of the letters to group them into one file before you save them. To do this click select, then on your workspace draw a box around the individual files. A second way of doing this also is to click on all files under your sequence view and then select align bottom and your name will be in a straight line after clicking apply.


4. Now, to align your letters into a straight line,choose align bottom and this will align all of the letters on the bottom. Now if you look to the left of the screen the letters look all out of sequence for the way the design will stitch out. To straighten this out you can click directly on the workspace on the actual letter and move the individual letter by right clicking on that letter and then select first,last etc. Then click on your sewing simulator at the bottom of  your workspace  and you will see how the design or name will stitch out on your screen,which is so neat because this will help you if you have to make adjustments to the stitchout.


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  • 1. Janie  |  August 11, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    Wow! Great lesson. Learned a lot. Thank you. You make it so easy to understand. Hope to get more on BES. You are the greatest! Janie


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