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The Cart Before the Horse

Last Saturday, I provided step-by-step instructions on intertwining letters in Inspirations’ Perfect Embroidery Pro. I think I should have taught you how to overlap letters first, and then advance to intertwining letters.  In other words, I put the cart before the horse.  Intertwining letters are different than overlapped letters. Intertwining means a portion of one letter goes both over and under the other letter. Overla20BL

Overlapped letters are when one letter sits on top of another.Overla21BL

Creating overlapped letters is very simple. Type the letters individually. Change the color of one letter so you can see your work more clearly. This is a good habit for almost all digitizing tasks. Overla21_Abl

Position them as you’d like. Select the letters individually, right mouse click and select Break Up Text. Overla22BL

Select the letter on top, the C is this example, right click and select Ungroup.Overla23BL

Select the letter on top, right click and select Remove Overlaps.Overla24BL

The stitches behind the C are removed.Overla25BL

Double check by moving the C to see the open space underneath.Overla26BL

So now you know how to overlap and intertwine letters.




  • Linda

    What software are you using to do this process?

    • Marsha

      I’m got the same problem as you.

  • eileenroche

    Inspirations’ Perfect Embroidery Pro. You can learn more here:

  • Elizabeth

    after you are finished removing the overlaps do I need to re-group?
    Thank you so much for you helpful tip!!

  • Bruce

    Thank you so much for these helpful tips.