Input procedure begins with the click-on the button corresponding to the sub tool bar that contains the desired type of input. Subsequent procedure slightly differ with configuration, sewing and mechanical control command. To abort the input procedure, press the ESCAPE key to resume the initial state of the input procedure.
Input of configuration & sewing:
To input a configuration, position the mouse cursor in the button corresponding to linear input, arc input, circle input, dot sequence input, polygon input, open spline input or close spline input contained in the shape input sub tool bar in accordance with the type of configuration to be input and click the mouse button to invoke the configuration input mode. Click-on the same button again will reset the configuration input mode.
It is possible to provide sewing attributes simultaneously with the input of a configuration. In this case, click on the configuration specifying button, then click on the button corresponding to normal sewing, zigzag stitching, satin stitching or area darning stitching contained in the sewing input sub tool bar in accordance with the type of sewing to be input.
Then, position the mouse cursor in the position of characteristics point of the configuration and click the mouse button. This enables another characteristics point to be input successively. If the BACK SPACE key is pressed at this time, the last previous input point will be canceled. If the ESCAPE key is pressed, all the points of the configuration being input will be canceled (the configuration that has already been entered will not be canceled).
To terminate the input procedure, press the right button on the mouse or the ENTER key. This completes the input of one element. If sewing attributes are provided for the element, the dialog box to specify stitch pitch (stitch length) and sewing speed will be shown on the screen to establish desired values.
It is possible to provide sewing attributes to the configuration that has already been input. In this case, keep the button corresponding to normal sewing, zigzag stitching, satin stitching or area darning stitching contained in the sewing input sub tool bar held pressed, specify the element to which sewing attributes are to be provided and press the right button on the mouse or the ENTER key.
Point sewing in which needle entry points are specified stitch-by-stitch has no configuration. To specify a position for point sewing, click on the point sewing button as in the case of the input of a configuration.
The aforementioned position can be specified either the mouse or the digitizer. To specify the position with the digitizer, specify the digitizer input from the “Input device” contained in the menu bar. Then, the PM-1 will require the input of a scale of the original drawing and two points to be used to make an X-axis base line.
Input of Stain Stitching & area darning:
To input satin stitching or area darning stitching, create first a configuration to be filled with satin stitches or darning stitches. (To create a configuration, click on the configuration specifying button and the button corresponding to satin stitching or area darning stitching, creation of a configuration and specification of sewing can be conducted successively. Specify the type of sewing according to the application.) The configuration to be created has to be one element. In the case of a complicated configuration, combine several configurations to create one compound pattern.
For area darning stitching, the configuration has to be a closed one (i.e., a configuration of which starting point meets the last point., for example a polygon, close spline or closed compound pattern).
For satin stitching, specify two sides along which the needle enters and the direction in which those sides advance. Clicking on the starting point and last point (starting point, mid point and last point for a closed configuration) will specify one side and its advancing direction. Take the same procedure for another side. The needle entry begins with the starting point specified and ends with the last previous point specified.
For area darning stitching, click on a configuration to specify a periphery, then click on a configuration to specify a portion to be filled with darning stitches (in the case where two or more portions are to be filled, click all), and press the right button of the mouse to enter the specified configurations. Then, specify two points that makes a base line which represents the advancing direction of darning stitching by clicking on them. Darning stitches will be produced from the starting point to the end point of the base line.
Satin stitching and darning stitching are handled as point sewing. To change the stitch pitch or other setting, delete only the sewing data and re-create new sewing data since the configuration itself remains.
Input of mechanical control command:
To input a mechanical control command, click on the button corresponding to the mechanical control command to be input. For some mechanical control commands, a dialog box will be displayed. For other mechanical control commands, a message will appear on the status bar. For the mechanical control commands, 14 different kinds of sewing machine control commands such as second origin, enlargement/reduction reference point, pause, thread trimming clamp inversion, intermediate presser height control, external output, external input, mark 1, mark2, delay, one rotation, tension controller No. 3, color change control can be input. Some of the commands are not available on some models of sewing machines. Carefully check whether or not the command to be input is available on your machine.
A second origin and enlargement/reduction reference point can be input at any position desired. The intermediate presser height control can be input for two needle entry points desired.
The other mechanical control data can be input following the last previous element, desired needle entry point, desired jump point (the last point of the jump is included) or desired mechanical control command.
Mechanical control commands are handled as attachments to a configuration element or sewing element. This means that deleting the configuration/sewing element will also delete the mechanical control command contained in the element.