Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Coverting Open Type fonts

Every so often we stumble across an Open Type font that doesn't play well with Wilcom. It's frustrating as we spend hours scratching our heads as to what may be the issue. It's plain and simple. Some Open Type fonts simply do not work.

One solution is to search for the same font offered as a True Type font. Unfortunately not all Open Type font's are available in TTF format.

Another solution is to use a font converter program or service. One such is Free Online Font Converter. This service will convert a oft to a ttf that Wilcom can work with.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Uninstall without a dongle

I had an interesting conversation with an IT person who had been tasked with un-installing Wilcom without the availability of a dongle. I had never really thought much about this, but it made me dig around a little for advice. Along with what I found and what the IT person already knew about computers (clearly a lot more than I do) she was able to complete a successful un-install.

Below are the steps she said worked for her.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Fractional Spacing

Fractional Spacing is a widely misused feature in the Wilcom embroidery Software. The control icon is found on the Stitch Effect tools bar where a left click will toggle the tool either on or off.

A right click will take you to the Object properties docker for this tool which is found under the Smart Corner Tab. I am not exactly sure why it is located on the Smart Corner tab as this because while this tool may be used with Smart Corners, it does not pertain directly or solely to Smart Corners. I feel it's position on the Smart Corner tab is misleading. None the less, this is where it is.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Importing Wilcom Bling to Cam Machines

If you will be outputting your Wilcom bling designs to be used with a CAM machine there are a few steps that will make will allow for a more successful import into the CAM's GemMaster software.
There is a discrepancy between how Wilcom defines the sizes of stones and how GemMaster describes the stones. This causes a spacing issue when importing the files to Gemmaster. The result is dropped stones. The key is to set up both programs to use the same values for calculating stones size and thus stone spacing.