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Have you been on Facebook lately?  Have you joined Hatch Facts?  If you have not joined this awesome group, you should!

This group is mainly for Hatch users, as well as Janome MBX V5 users and Berninia users – the programs are very similar and work pretty much the same.  The only differences are some tools are located in different toolboxes, and each program has a few different tools.  The basics are the same, so join the group and have fun learning!

There are quite a few people that have not joined groups or don’t understand the benefits of joining Hatch Facts.    Hatch Facts Facebook group is filled with professional level digitizers, beginner digitizers and everyone in between!  Everyone is happy to help and share their work!  Hatch Facts can offer you things that other groups cannot:  regular blogs, helpful (and free!) quick tip videos, inspiration, ideas and lots and lots of help!  Don’t forget the Hatch Live!  question and answer time, too as well as free ESA fonts, free designs and special gifts for each and every group member from time to time.

If you have a Hatch question, don’t hesitate to ask in the group. – there are many people that are probably looking for answers to the same question!

If you have digitized and stitched your first design – take a picture and post it and get some feedback from everyone.  It is really fun to “show off” your accomplishments and homework from the classes!  We love seeing your homework!

Sometimes I like to write blogs about questions that people are asking, or digitizing issues that come up, and today we are going to move the spotlight over to a great question in Hatch Facts that was asked this week.   Most of the time, this is how questions go in the group – a good discussion, answers and an awesome learning opportunity for everyone.

This question was about jump stitches!  Jump stitches are those long stitches that your machine will create when you move from one object to another.  If you have a trimmer on your machine, it will trim instead of leaving a long stitch.  However, if you have a ton of jump stitches, whether they trim or not,  your design is not finished yet!  No.  No it isn’t!  You must try and eliminate as many jump stitches as you can – and by eliminate I don’t mean trim, I mean get rid of them completely!  If I am stitching a design that has no jump stitches (yay) but has tons of trims (boo) – it is the same thing in my mind, I just have a machine that gets rid of the jumps by cutting.  But it is still not the answer – I do not want my machine to trim everything and have tails all over the place, not to mention the time it takes for each trim.  I want any embroidery design that I stitch to have minimal jumps and trims.

The question was posed in Hatch Facts by Nicole La Cour, who was having a difficult time getting her start and stop points to match up!  The result was that there were huge jump stitches in between objects, and of course, she didn’t like that!  So she asked her question in the group and added a picture of what was going on – and what she didn’t understand about the issue.

closest join


So the issue was that between two block stitches that are using the contour stitch,  there were big jump stitches that went from the end of one all the way back to the other side to the beginning of the other, instead of using that teeny space between the two ends.  Why wasn’t Hatch doing it properly?   Sometimes it can take a bit and back and forth to find the answer, but find it we did!  It all has to do with the closest join feature that I love to use – it is a real time-saver and really makes your digitizing work better.  Let’s join objects at the closest point, instead of all of those nasty long jump stitches!

This issue has nothing to do with the type of stitches or the size of the stitches or anything like that.  Hatch sees it all as a closed object, you just “design” that object.  So if you have a closed object filled with tatami stitches and a fancy object with (awesome) contour stitches, Hatch sees them as the same type of objects.  So the type of stitches is not the issue – the start and stop points are the issue – we want them to connect better.  The answer is the closest join tool!  However, closest join won’t do anything unless you use it properly.  You can set it as a “global” setting for the software, but that can sometimes change, so you have to manually set the closest join.  If you select one object and use the closest join, it won’t do anything.  Why?  because it has nothing to join to!  It can’t do the closest join if there is nothing to join up with, right?  So select at least two objects for this to work!  You can open your resequence tab (on the right) and switch to colors and select one or all of the colors and apply the closest join to everything!  In this case, she only has two objects – so select the two, and click on closest join – and voila!  the start and end points for each object will move so that they are the closest, leaving a tiny jump stitch.  Awesome!

After applying closest join, two objects

The first object moved its end point to the middle of the object, the closest possible join to the second object.

Hatch Embroidery closest join

The second object has its start point to match up with the first object. Closest join completed.

Of course, the closest join isn’t a magic tool…if you have one object on one side of the design, and a second object far far away, the closest join isn’t really going to help you out in eliminating jumps or trims.  If your objects are close together, however, the closest join will work just fine.

Thanks for the awesome question and illustration – everyone can learn from this question and answer.

Thanks to everyone who makes Hatch Facts such and awesome place to learn and have fun, we appreciate everyone who joins us and participates in the group.  Relax, get comfy and have fun using Hatch and learning new and exciting things.

Until next time,


Happy Digitizing :)




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