Working with Motif Borders

I discovered an error in the Subway Ornaments file. Some of the hearts were stuck together because they were the same color. I corrected the file yesterday. You may want to download it again. Motif Border

After I finished creating individual files of lines with the built-in motifs, I started on the dots. The dot was not a motif that came with Generations, but it’s possible to add motifs and I thought this would be a good way to generate the lines of dots. It would automatically space the dots and keep them perfectly straight, and I could easily do different sizes


It’s easy to add a motif. Just click an item in the Stitch Sequence and go to Accessories > Motif > Save Motif. Give it a name and click save.

Once you’ve added the motif, it will appear in the stitch properties when you choose Motif or Motif Border.

The problem comes in when the motif is resized. As far as I can tell, Generations doesn’t automatically adjust the density when a motif is resized and there is no setting to adjust the density.  When I made the dots smaller with the settings in Motif Border stitch properties, they were too dense. When I made them larger, they weren’t completely filled in. (I actually kind of like the scribbled look, but I want to do it on purpose. Here it just looks like poor digitizing.)

Motifs showing density issue

It’s possible that the motif tool was only meant for line designs and not filled designs, but the outline hearts don’t look right to me either.

By default, the motif border doesn’t use pull compensation, although there is a setting for it. I think the dots might have looked better if I had realized that and turned it on. The top two lines seem to be compressed in the direction of the stitches.


There are two different downloads today, and they are organized differently. Please read so you don’t miss anything.

Midnight Constellations 5Here is the next number of the Midnight Constellations Font.

You are welcome to use these files to make objects for personal use or for sale. You may not resell or distribute the embroidery files. Be sure to test first.

Midnight Constellations 5 3″





Motif borders in the free filesYour second download is a collection of motif lines. Each zip file contains five different motifs in 14 lengths (1/2″, 1″, 1 1/2″, 2″. 2 1/2″, 3″, 3 1/2″, 4″, 4 1/2″, 5″, 5 1/2″, 6″, 6 1/2″ and 7″). Since this is 70 files, I’ve separated them by format so you can just download the ones you use.

The picture shows them all together, but they are separate.

The motifs are spaced slightly differently in each line, so it may look funny if you combine two that aren’t the same length to make a longer line. (This is another feature of the Motif Border that is difficult to control because the size of the line isn’t necessarily evenly divisible by the size of the motif and Generations does the best it can to fit the motifs into the space allowed.)


Look for dots and hearts and anything else I think of in the next few days.

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Categories: Digitizing, Fonts, Lines and Ornaments, Midnight Constellations

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