The Lace Charm collection features 34 small designs – all under 2” – perfect for adding small enhancements to jewelry, purses, zipper pulls and the like. Depending on how you intend to use them, you may want to resize the mini designs. No worries, all Inspirations’ software can handle resizing because stitches are recalculated when enlarged and reduced. If you’re not familiar with the term recalculate, it means stitches are added when a design is enlarged and removed when a design is made smaller.
But sometimes, you want to use caution when resizing. For instance, the Fringe Earring design – the first of my top 10 Holiday gifts to make for 2019 – looks very cool as large, dangling earrings. One of our Inspiration dealers, Jill Esber from A Scarlett Thread in McDonough, GA, bumped up the volume on her fringe earrings. She enlarged it right at the machine (Baby Lock Solaris) and loved the results. She did confess that the eyelet ‘collapsed’ when resized but she was able to force the fish hook earring into the eyelet. But they look great, wouldn’t you agree?
If you want more control over the sizing, use software. Open the Fringe Earring design in Inspiration’s Perfect Embroidery Pro or My Lace Maker software. Copy and paste the design. Resize the repeat to 2.5” in height. Notice how large the eyelet is now. Any earring finding will slip right off the eyelet.
When you measure the eyelets, you’ll find the eyelet has almost doubled in size.
No worries, just resize everything but the eyelet. In the color sequence window, select the three elements below the eyelet. Change the size to 2.25”.
Group the three elements into one group (right click, Group). Move the eyelet back in position. Select all, Align Horizontal.
Now you can bump up the volume without worrying about losing your earring.