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SophieSew Tutorial 2 by adamlhumphreys SophieSew Tutorial 2 by adamlhumphreys
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My second SophieSew tutorial. This will probably be it for a while. Not sure what else to cover. People will have to experiment on their own regardless but hopefully this is a good jump-start. :)

Now you can design and embroidery on whatever you like, blankets, plushies, pillows, shirts, pants, …undergarments? :iconajawkwardsmileplz: "Ehh, maybe not."

Also, this is not a “how to make Rarity’s eye” tutorial. I don’t really do “how to make _____” tutorials, I just want to get people to know the software better and what to expect when using certain tools.

Bring on version 2! :w00t:

First tutorial deviation:
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StarHeartCustoms Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! I just got a Brother PE 500 for my birthday. These are .PES files, right?
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adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Professional General Artist
Awesome! Yes, but it should take .dst as well, though they take a bit to load after you select them, so be patient. :)
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StarHeartCustoms Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:iconmkayplz: Also, do you happen to have any experience with buying embroidery files from Etsy?
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adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Professional General Artist
:iconeenopeplz: Or anywhere for that matter. :iconajawkwardsmileplz: The problem there is since you really can't change the stitch count, you can only adjust the size very little, but usually people give you a range to chose from.
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StarHeartCustoms Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, after going through an epic rage quit of embroidery, I've decided to take the risk. They're only three dollars so it wouldn't be that much of a loss- right?
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adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Professional General Artist
No, I wouldn't think so. I've blown more than that on various things. I have a bunch of solid state relays I haven't had the chance to experiment with yet. :iconrarityawkwardplz: Just be sure to get the right size you need, (unless multiple sizes are included in one purchase).
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StarHeartCustoms Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Okay, thank you. :3 winky icon for DA I think my machine has something on it that can adjust the size.
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CookieMonsta409 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Looks awesome! I need one!!
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adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Professional General Artist
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Awesome program. :nod:
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CookieMonsta409 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I bet so! ^_^
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MiharutheKunoichi Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
Thank you for this wonderful tutorial but I could use some serious help!  I have the eye I want to embroider sized correctly in my art program but when I upload it to SophieSew so I can work on top of it, it ends up being 3x larger than the hoop!  How do you get your eyes and cutie marks to come out the right size?
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adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
Well, it's sad that SophieSew doesn't seem to respect dpi, but you can right click and go to properties on the image edge in SophieSew and change the size of your image by whole percentages. :)
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TB2374 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
How does embroidery work? I'm trying to figure out as much as I can so I can make my own plushie.
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adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
Well, lots of threadwork/stitches laid together to make an image of thread, unless you mean the machine, which is where things get complicated. ^^; But don't worry too much about the technical aspect, just know how to correct issues as they arise until you learn the idiosyncrasies of both the machine and the software. :)
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TB2374 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

Meh alrighty then.

I don't have a machine yet so for now I'll make the eyes out of felt or something. :P

Thanks!

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adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
No probs. Applique can be done pretty nicely also. :)
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BloodyPink-M Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
do this help u on a way when u will do it on the plushies?
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adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Professional General Artist

Well, SophieSew is all I use, so it has helped significantly. :)

Also, thank you much for the watch! :D I’ll try not to disappoint. :iconfluttershysaluteplz:

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BloodyPink-M Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
heheehehehehehhe np i just wonder becuse i want to learn how to do good own, so i watched after if u had a little pic with the base u use but didn't find it
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adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
I think I know what you're saying. I really do need to remake these tutorials. ^^;
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BloodyPink-M Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
XD hehehe u dont need to but i just thinking on them like will do good own but i have found one so i will test that ^^
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Carressa Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
What program is that?
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adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
The only free one that I know of. :)
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Eyeheartz0rd Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I've been having a new problem now (apart from the 37439473 other sophiesew problems lol)
Now, I can't export my files anymore... and some of my files (that I worked countless hours on) make the program shut down when I try to open them... any thoughts on how to remedy the situation?
Thanks~
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adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
Blast! :noes:
:iconprinceofrage: had the same problem, but I don't know whether she found a solution or not. :( I suspect it might be a Windows update, but otherwise I'm not sure. At the very least, I would definitely try another computer if you can.
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Eyeheartz0rd Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
yeah... but now the sophiesew website seems down :/ sigh
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adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
His site does seem inconsistent at times. It seems okay now, though maybe a little slow.
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Gypmina Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Do you get gaps in the region stitching? I have been getting a line gap here and there in my stitching and I have no idea how to fix it.
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adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
*SpaceVoyager also has some occasional continuity problems with regions. The key is to minimize the distance between inevitable offsets. ... As an example, let's say a small section is stitched first, either a small part off to the side or the bottom, then it goes back to the top and meets in the middle. This is unwanted. The best way to combat this problem that I've found it to:
1. Set entry and exit points at the "bottom" of the region (which is parallel to the stitch angle).
2. Change the stitch angle to reduce or eliminate any break in the stitches (so it won't have to go back and compensate).
3. Flip the design horizontally and re-check entry/exit points to see if an inevitable compensation gap has been reduced (ie, it starts from the "top," take a small detour when it's near the stitches that are separate, stitches those, and continues seamlessly where it left off).

Hope that helps! :D
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Gypmina Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much! Completely solved my problem. :hug: It has just started happening with some changeling eyes I am trying to do. It made me wonder if it had anything to do with it being the largest region that I had made before.
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adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
Awesome! Glad to hear. :D
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SpaceSkittles Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
How did you make the eye? I've been messing around with the program and I just absolutely have no idea how you made the eye. Did you make it from scratch?
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adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
Well, I used regions for the pupil, eye white, and highlights. I used curved columns for everything else. I made it with a reference image (which you can insert into the program to trace on top of, which I didn't realize at the time ^^;). I plan to do a renewed tutorial when SophieSew 2 finally releases. :)
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Mochi-Neko Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I have an BROTHER XL-3750 sewing machine and I just figured out how to set it to make embroidery lines. Everyso often the machine jams or the top thread breaks do you have any special techniques for fixing that problem? :3
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adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
Well, even during an embroidery run on my Brother SE-400, the upper thread will break on occasion. I’ve also had it fall off the thread pull-up arm once which jams the fabric to the base of the machine.

The laws of physica will always make sure there are problems, but how often are you having problems? If it’s too often, then there might be something wrong like to much tension or the thread falling off pull-up arm (I just used tape to fix that on my mom’s old 30-year-old machine even though I have to thread it when re-threading).

Hope that helps! :icontwilightblushplz:
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Noobmutt Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
I'm about to try out sophie sew, I have auto punch from singer and it is really a pain to use, wish me luck and thanks :-)
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adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
Awesome! :D I most certainty wish you the best of luck. It may be a hassle in some cases where you have to open Task Manager and kill it if it hangs up, but for the results, it’s worth it IMO.
Thank you for giving it a try. :) (And note my YouTube correction caption in the first video about placing an image so you can trace your embroidery directly over it. I really need to remake my tutorials. ^^;)
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The-Night-Craft Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hah, I would have loved this tutorial when I first started embroidering and used SophieSew. But that program crashed so much for me that I had to find another one. ;_;
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adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
Well, believe me, I was surprised it didn’t crash on me one time during the tutorials! ^^; But I do point out where it is likely to crash and the other strange things it does though just so people are aware. But seriously, version 2 is looking real sweet! :D
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The-Night-Craft Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'll probably try it again once version 2 is out and it's awesome that you're doing tutorials for it. ^_^
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adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
Awesome! And thank you. :)
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Oback-Barama Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
My friend wants me to use my machine to embroider a Jesus Fish onto his shirt and I'm like; :iconnomemeplz:
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adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
:XD: I'd think it'd sure be a lot easier to buy one with it already on there, embroidey or not. :)
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Oback-Barama Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm just like bitch please do you think me, the only Athiest friend you have is gonna have a Jesus fish embroidery file?
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adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
Well everything needs to be designed, and the machine certainly isn’t going to come with one. :D I understand though. As a Bible believing legalistic fundamentalist (as most would consider me, though technically accurate) and realist, I certainly wouldn’t embroidery a darwin fish on anything. :XD: But I never really cared much for the fish thing. If I were to embroidery Christian symbolism at all, I think a simple cross would do. But it’s one thing to wear it and another thing to actually try living it properly. :) But I’d probably embroidery a nightmare night symbol before that, though it’s unlikely I’ll embroidery a T-shirt at all. :O
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ravenlady13 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
To me, fish are symbols of aquariums and seafood resturaunts. I really never got how they're supposed to be religous.
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adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
It is definitely more of an inside symbolism for those not familiar with it, but it's taken from the verse in Matthew 4:19 (and Mark 1:17): "Then [Jesus] said to them, 'Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.'" That's where it came from, but I don't have a clue who started the trend. :O
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ravenlady13 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Someone was sitting there, drinking too much coffee at 3am, and said "I know! Jesus gave people fish, so let's make a fish represent him because it makes sense at this moment!" That's how I picture ideas like that happening. I suppose a lot of christians should count themselves lucky that this person didn't go with the "bread from heaven" or "water to wine" thing instead.
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adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
Heheh. Well, it could well have a dualistic source of symbolism, but yeah, I hear that. ^^ Those others might be a little difficult to put into a symbol. :XD:
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ManlyStitches Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
cool beans man
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