Data are classified into several groups such as configuration data on lines, arcs and circles, sewing data, and jump data that joins sewing data with mechanical control command such as thread trimming or with another sewing data. Sewing data consists of point sewing to enter the needle at desired positions stitch by stitch and normal sewing to enter the needle along a configuration. Satin stitching and area darning stitching are presented in point sewing form.
Configuration data/sewing data that is created in one step is called an “element.” Operations affect the element that is selected from among elements (it is also called the “target element” and indicated with a pointer). The selected element indicated with the pointer can be moved by clicking the mouse button, using the “Pointer move” contained in the tool bar or pressing the right and left arrow keys on the keyboard.
The input data is presented with its color changed in accordance with the kind of data. Normally, configuration data is colored in gray, sewing data in black and jump data in blue by dotted line. In addition, the selected element is colored in blue if the element is configuration data and in red if it is sewing data or jump data created as desired. Mechanical control commands are attached with marks in accordance with the kind of command. In the case where the needle point edit function is selected, the needle entry points will be presented as black circles.
Sewing data is created, based on configuration data, by providing attributes such as normal sewing, zigzag stitching, satin stitching and area darning stitching. In this case, sewing data will be created along a configuration for normal sewing and zigzag stitching, or will be created as point sewing data to fill inside a closed configuration.
For normal sewing and zigzag stitching, configuration data is joined with sewing and remains at the original position. If configuration data is changed, sewing therefore will be changed also. It should be remembered that, needle positions will be initialized by changing the configuration even if the point-by-point needle positions in an element have been changed using the needle point edit function.
For satin stitching and area darning stitching, configuration data remains but in a different form, i.e., point sewing data. In this case, sewing data will not change even if the configuration is changed. However, the original sewing data can be modified to created a new data by utilizing the configuration data that has been used to create the original sewing data. For example, sewing data to fill inside of the configuration with darning stitches and edge the periphery of the configuration with zigzag stitches can be created with ease.
If two units of sewing data input are spaced from each other, jump data will be automatically inserted between them. Normally, the jump data automatically inserted will not be the target element even if moving the pointer on it. However, the jump data that is intentionally created with jump input function or 2nd origin input function, or for which traveling speed is intentionally changed will be taken in a manner same as sewing data and will be sometimes specified as the target data.
The aforementioned jump data is handled in a manner same as sewing data to permit modification of configuration using the needle point edit function. It should be noted, however, that the point on which the 2nd origin has been established cannot be edited. In this case, first delete the 2nd origin and edit the point.
Order of elements/sewing order of sewing data:
As the order of elements, an element input is placed after the target element. For the order arrangement of elements, elements provided with sewing attributes are independently arranged in order and configuration data elements are independently arranged in order.
Select configuration data elements and move the pointer to any other position, and the configuration data elements will move in their sequential order. In this case, the pointer can move to such elements that have a sewing attribute at some mid point.
Sewing order of sewing data to be output will be the order of elements provided with the aforementioned sewing attribute.
Selection of elements with the mouse:
To select an element with the mouse, click on a location near a configuration point of the element. Once the selection is made, the selected element will be presented in blue. For sewing data, position the mouse cursor in a mid point of the configuration and click the mouse button. Once the selection is made, the selected element will be presented in red. For sewing data, stitches are not shown in the strict sense. However, clicking on a location near the position where stitches are presumed to exist will select the sewing data element.