Floriani FTCU basic text tool lesson

FTCU Text Tool

Learn the features of the FTCU Text tool

Skill Level: Beginner

Digitizing skills in this lesson:

  • using the basic Text Tool
  • review of the font properties box
  • choosing font types
  • editing, resizing the text
  • how to use the text selection tools on the workspace

There are several ways to digitize text using Floriani FTCU. The FTCU software program has a text tool that has over 175 built-in fonts that are already digitized.

You can also use the true type fonts installed on your computer and digitize them manually.

This lesson will focus on the FTCU Text tool and the built-in FTCU fonts.


Activating the FTCU Text Tool

  • click on the TEXT icon  (on the second tool bar)
  • a fly out menu will appear with different options for using the text tool:
  • left click on the first text tool. 
  • you will see a small the letter A attached to your cursor
  • left click on the workspace
  • this will activate the text tool and the words MY TEXT will show on the workspace

Adding Text Words

  • in the properties box, left click inside the TEXT box and type your new text
  • click the ENTER key to type on the next line
  • choose a FONT type from the drop down menu
  • click APPLY

Note: the last font type that you used (before closing the program) will be the font that is showing in the preview window.

FTCU has divided the built in fonts into 8 font types (categories). Within each of the categories are many pre-digitized fonts styles that you can choose.

Font Categories

When you click on the drop down list for the FONT TYPES, you will see the 8 font categories.

  • select a font type – SMALL – and click on the drop down below to see all the pre-digitized fonts available with that font type
  • click on a font name – Linda 5mm – to see a preview of the pre-digitized font style


This list includes ALL the built in pre-digitized fonts for FTCU. When you open this list you will see small symbols in front of each of the font names.

These symbols indicate which font type (category) it is.

Here is the list of the 8 font types and their symbols:

  • outline O
  • stitch
  • small 60
  • block BL
  • script SC
  • run R
  • applique AP
  • handwritten HW

Choosing a Font

To change the font style for your text:

  • in the sequence view, make sure the TEXT is selected (click on the word TEXT)
  • in the properties, choose one of the 8 FONT TYPES in the drop down list or choose ALL TEXT
  • in the drop down list, click on the name of a font
  • use the preview window to see the font sample
  • click APPLY to set the font style to your text on the workspace

Here are some editing tools in the properties box that you will use frequently.


Note: The measurement will adjust in mm or inches depending on which metric you have set your workspace to use.

You can change this by RIGHT clicking onto the Ruler Bar (at the top of your workspace) and selecting either Inches or Metric.


Adjusting the Font Height

This refers to the tallest letter in the text. If there is a capital letter and the others are small letters, the height will be how tall the capital letter is.

Font Information

When you click the ? button, located next to the font name, you can see the minimum and maximum height recommendations for that font.


Adjusting the SPACING of the Text:

The SPACING is the space BETWEEN each letter

  • to create MORE space between each letter type in a “positive” number in the spacing box.
  • to create LESS space between each letter type in a “negative” number in the spacing box.
  • click APPLY to set the spacing.

Adjusting the LINE SPACING of the Text:

The line spacing is the space between each line of text. This can be adjusted depending how letters fall below the baseline.

For example, if you have the letter g and the letter L below it.

They may be too close together. So you will need to adjust the line spacing.

  • change the number in the LINE SPACING box (keep in mind that it is a percentage and 25% is the default setting)
  • click APPLY to set any changes




Adjusting the WIDTH of the Text:

There are two purposes for using the Width Percentage:

  • to adjust the width of the text for appearance or
  • to compress the text for more precision in the size
  • click APPLY to set any changes
  • the width adjustment is set in percentage, and automatically gets updated as you drag the width handle on the selection box around the text


Adjusting the Text ALIGNMENT: (use for several lines of text)

  • make sure the entire text is selected in the sequence view and has a box around ALL it.
  • In the alignment box, use the drop down arrow to choose CENTER, RIGHT or LEFT aligned.
  • click APPLY to set the changes

This section will explain how to use the features on each of the tabs in the Properties box.

Text Extra   

In the Text Extra box, you can choose the direction that the text will sew.

Normally, your machine will sew from left to right when stitching an embroidery design and this is the software default.

However, there are some projects where it is beneficial to stitch the text from the center out to each side.

An example, of this would be a cap or the back of a jacket. Stitching from the center out will help to keep the push and pull of the fabric more even, instead of pushing the fabric to one side.

Text Fill  

In the Text FILL tab, there are options to change the type of stitches. You can use this for creating decorative stitches.

Note: You can also adjust the stitch density and the stitch length in this box.

Make sure you click APPLY after making your choices.

Text Underlay  

FTCU has default settings for text fonts.

When you open this tab, you will see those default settings for the font you have chosen.

You can make adjustments, if needed.

  • check the box of the type of underlay you prefer.
  • the preview box will show a sample of what this will look like.
  • you can also change the underlayment DENSITY and STITCH length as well as the INSET.
  • click APPLY to set the changes

Text Push and Pull  

The software sets the default for the fabric push and pull compensation based on the type of font that you choose.

You do have the option to change this if you would like, but I have never found this to be necessary.

I normally leave this as the software defaults.

Text Transform – (resizing the text) 

This screen shows the size of your text. You can also rotate your text on this tab.

To resize your text:

  • in the sequence view, make sure ALL of the text is selected or
  • click on the SELECT tool (top left tool bar), LEFT click on the workspace and drag a selection box around the entire text
  • in the TRANSFORM tab, change the width or height as needed
  • click APPLY to set the changes.

Editing the Text on the Workspace



When you first choose the Text tool and click on the workspace, the following text appears.

Notice that there are small colored CONTROL POINTS in between the letters. These are used to make adjustments with the text.

The next section will describe each of the text control points and their editing function.


This is a short overview of the function of each of the control points. I will be doing additional tutorials to explain these more.


BLUE Control Point:

Moves ALL letters as a “group” to the right of this control point

  • click on a BLUE control and drag the letters to the right.

YELLOW Control Point:

Moves each individual letter to the right or left

  • click on a YELLOW control and drag that individual letter to the left or right.
  • use this to adjust letters when they are too close to each other (depending on the font)

BLACK Corner Points:

Black corner points are used to skew the lettering to a shape.

  • click on a BLACK control point on any corner and drag up or down, depending on the shape you would like to make.

BLACK Center Points:

Used to skew the lettering to concave or convex shape

  • click on a BLACK control point in the center (either top or bottom) and drag up or down, depending on the shape you would like to make.

I hope this tutorial has been helpful to give you an overview of the text tools.

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