Just returned from the ISS in Long Beach. Pat Williams and I taught three digitizing seminars. They were all fun and we had up to 30 people in each class. The one that was most interesting was "What to do when your design goes wrong." The most common problem embroiderers face is puckering. Tatami fill areas are usually the culprit. Correcting this can be as simple as lightening the top stitch density (4.0 is good). Also use two passes of a cross hatch tatami underlay - first pass at 45 degree angle to top fill stitch direction and second pass at 135 degree, density of 30. Keep the top stitch direction as horizontal as possible. Sew design from bottom up and center out when possible. This formula works particularly well on knits and will help reduce puckering.
- Rich Medcraft, Stitchwise Embroidery Design, Vancouver, WA