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Frame or Fill? Have It Your Way

A simple way to transform a shape into a satin frame in Inspirations Perfect Embroidery Pro is to use the Create Outline tool.

Select the Star from the Artwork tool menu.

Drag the cursor across the screen to draw the star.  It’s a natural step to select the star, right click and select Convert to Satin.  But here’s what happens:


The satin stitches fill the star instead of outlining the star. Click on the Undo key. Select the star, right click and select Create Outline. The default setting .08”, that’s fine for this exercise. Click OK.

The points of the outline are squared off so let’s remove a stitch point from each leg of the star to create sharp points.  Select the Shape tool, click on a point, right click and Delete Point.

Select both stars, click on the Combine tool (the paper clip).

Select the star (it’s one unit now), right mouse click and select Convert to Satin.


Boom! There’s your frame!  It’s so easy, give it a try.





  • Jenny

    Nice, short, sweet tip. The shorter the easier it is to remember when trying to apply down the road.

    • eileenroche

      Good to know! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  • Luci

    Wow! Great info. I always wind up with the filled star with satin stiches as you illustrated. Many thanks.

  • Royce Zook

    I always enjoy the “hands on” hints and instructions you provide. It is easier to remember when going directly to the application and trying it!

  • Akber Ali

    It’s great how you differentiate frame from fill, well i am first time reading your tutorial it was great, I have also read your previous tips, I am working in this field for some time but it was still informative, Kindly take a look on my work atCAlifornia Digitizing