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Wonders of the Basting Box: preview your print fabric

Another use of the basting box is to preview your fabric print with your embroidery. What? Yes, this one is a fun and wonderfully creative trick. It's not mine. A fellow Embrilliance user pointed it out in an online forum. It's so fun talking with others because they have these neat ideas and experiences.

You may already know that you can bring an image into StitchArtist using the image button in Create mode. Did you know that you can bring an image into StitchArtist using the applique options as well? In order to see what your design colors look like on your chosen fabric, you can turn a stitch object (such as the basting box) into an applique area, and bring up your fabric image.

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The combination of basting box and applique may not have been intended for this use, but it sure works and will help an embroiderer out, so why not try it?

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For this, you’ll need StitchArtist, or at least the non-saving demo with StitchArtist turned on. (For ease with the basting box, also turn on Enthusiast or Essentials)

This video shows you exactly how to do it, using the basting box as a shortcut.

For those who use StitchArtist regularly -- you know you can make your own basting box, right? So you won’t actually need Essentials or Enthusiast to preview your fabric. Go for it!

Sheron B.

I have the Floriani soft wear and have had it for years and still hqve a very hard time working with it , I seem to get lost in all the steps to do what I need to do. Is this soft wear easier to use?

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Kirsten S.

Hi Sheron, It depends on style and what we're used to. It's my understanding that Dime subsumed Floriani products. Since you already have Floriani, perhaps it would be helpful to contact Dime's customer service for support. Here's their number.

Some really like the Floriani software, and there are definitely some who find Embrilliance software easier to use.

If you want to try Embrilliance products, I suggest you use the non-saving demo to start with. It allows you to try out the features on-screen, but won't save any of your work.

Here's a link to the non-saving Embrilliance demo:

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