Generations has several settings for tying stitches at the beginning and end of a section. These are found on the Tie Off tab of the Stitch Properties screen. There are two ways to tie off. The first one involves going back over the previously stitched path, much as we do in sewing. The other makes a little triangle thingy.
I’m sure the two options have official names, but we’ll call them line and star. The one that appears to be depressed is the one currently selected. In the photo to the left, line is selected.
We’re talking about really tiny stitches here, less than a millimeter each, so does it really matter which type we use? Sometimes. Here’s how the two types look. The image on the left shows the needle penetrations and the image on the right shows the 3-D view, magnified to 400%. As you can see, the star tie off could be noticeable on a line where the end was exposed.
The default setting is to not tie in or off if the connector is less than .118 inches (3 mm). I suppose the thinking is that people are unlikely to try to cut a jump stitch that is so small. However, it’s something of which to be aware if your design has areas that might come unraveled if the jump stitch is cut.
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