Floriani FTCU digitize Run stitch tutorial

How to Digitize Run Stitches in Floriani FTCU

This beginner tutorial will show you how to trace a single run stitch, double run stitch and bean stitch using the Run Stitch Tool in Floriani FTCU.

Skill Level: Beginner

Digitizing skills that are reviewed in this lesson :

  • single run
  • double run
  • bean stitch
  • Digitizing Tools Menu – located on the top toolbar
  • (FTCU version: 3503)

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Before you start this lesson, I suggest that you set your FTCU workspace settings to match mine. Then, when you are working through the steps in the lesson, you will see the same view that I am showing you.

I recommend these settings when you are first learning to digitize. Later, you can change your preferences to some of the Advanced settings and give those a try.

Digitizing Tools Menu:

To locate the Run stitch tool that you will be using in this lesson, left click on the blue satin icon on the top toolbar in FTCU.

In the fly-out menu, you can choose the Run Stitch Digitizing Tools:

FTCU stitch tools-digitizing tools menu

Let’s get started!

 

FTCU – Single Run Stitch

A Single run stitch is a basic straight stitch that is used to trace a line segment.

Step 1: Choose the stitch:

 

  • left click on the RUN stitch tool in the Digitizing Tools menu on the top toolbar
  • in the properties box, SINGLE RUN is the default for the stitch type

Step 2: Choose a thread color:

  • left click on your thread color choice on the thread color toolbar

Step 3: Trace the shape:

  • trace the line using LEFT clicks to place anchor points at the beginning, middle and the end (3 anchor points)
  • RIGHT click on the workspace when finished.

Step 4: Edit the shape

  • in the sequence view, click on the plus sign to open the stitch (if not open)
  • click on RUN to select the stitch

 

  • click on the EDIT SHAPE tool (on the left toolbar)
  • hover the cursor over the center blue node of the segment
  • left click and drag the center node to adjust upward
  • drag the start or stop node to adjust – (if needed)
  • RIGHT click when finished to set the changes

 

FTCU – Double Run Stitch

A Double Run stitch sews over the traced line twice: once forward, and once backward.

Thus, it ends up where it starts even though the start and stop nodes are in separate locations.

When tracing the line, you only need to trace in ONE direction (forward). The FTCU software will generate the return.

Be careful that the position of the start and stop nodes doesn’t confuse you!

Step 1: Choose the stitch:

 

  • left click on the RUN stitch tool in the Digitizing Tools menu on the top toolbar.
  • in the properties box, choose DOUBLE for the stitch type.
  • click APPLY

Step 2: Choose a thread color:

  • left click on a NEW thread color on the thread color toolbar

Step 3: Trace the shape:

  • trace the line ONE WAY using left clicks to place the anchor points
  • RIGHT click on the workspace when finished.

Step 4: Edit the shape

  • in the sequence view, click on the plus sign to open the stitch (if not open)
  • click on RUN to select the stitch

  • click on the EDIT SHAPE tool (on the left toolbar)
  • hover the cursor over one of the traced lines of the segment
  • drag the lines to adjust > drag the nodes to adjust
  • RIGHT click when finished to set the changes

 

FTCU – Bean Stitch

A bean stitch is a thicker style run stitch. It is normally a 3-ply stitch, but you can edit it to be more repeats.

A Bean Stitch is often used for Redwork designs. It is also used in outlining shapes to give them a more finished appearance.

Step 1: Choose the stitch:

  • left click on the RUN stitch tool in the Digitizing Tools menu on the top toolbar.
  • in the properties box, make sure that SINGLE RUN is showing as the stitch type

  • in the properties box, choose the RUN EXTRA tab
  • in the dropdown box, choose BEAN
  • click APPLY

Step 2: Choose a thread color:

  • left click on a NEW thread color on the thread color toolbar

Step 3: Trace the shape:

  • trace the line using LEFT clicks to place anchor points at the beginning, middle and the end (3 anchor points)
  • RIGHT click on the workspace when finished.

Step 4: Edit the shape

  • In the sequence view, click on RUN to select the stitch
  • click on the EDIT SHAPE tool (on the left toolbar)
  • hover the cursor over one of the traced lines of the segment
  • drag the lines to adjust > drag the nodes to adjust
  • RIGHT click when finished to set the changes


 

This is how your workspace will look and your sequence view:

 

 

I hope you find this tutorial helpful. It is a basic guide to show you how to use the Run Stitch Tool in Floriani FTCU.

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