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LetterWorks FAQs


Can I use any other patterned stitches when I am doing letters with a satin outline?

As a matter of fact you can. Select your font using the default fill; select your fill pattern, type your text and select apply. Then, select your text item and change to satin outline in the properties box. Your text item will change to an outline with the fill pattern as the satin outline. If you want to change to a simple satin outline, you need to go back through these steps, selecting your text item, default fill with satin selected as the fill pattern and click apply. You can then change to a satin outline and have a simple satin outline.

I created lettering in LetterWorks and saved it and exited. I then took it back to LetterWorks from Designer's Gallery to make some changes and it will not let me. Why not?

LetterWorks is a wizard program and programs of this type create files that are not able to be edited. On the other hand these files are so quick and easy to create; you can easily make another with the changes you want.

What can I do to avoid the long satin stitches that may be difficult for machine to stitch when stitching larger letters?

There are 12 different fills built into LetterWorks. Try one of these fills to both avoid the long satin stitches that can be difficult for some machines and give your letters a fresh, unique look. Remember, if you have LetterWorks 2, you also have the outline option which works beautifully with some of your larger letters. Not all options work the same with all letters so do a test sew first to make sure you have selected the best one for your letters.

Using the .blf file

If you have updated your CustomWorks program you will notice that now have a folder named "Working file". This is where your new .blf files will be stored. The .blf files are files that will allow you to re-open a file in either LetterWorks or CustomWorks and do additional editing or make changes to the file. These files are created for editing purposes only and can not be read or opened in Designer's Gallery Studio Plus.

Can I use special characters like ™ and copywrite? If so, how do I type them if they are not on the keyboard?

Yes, you can use these characters if they are included in the selected font. To do this, type the ASCII number for the desired symbol. An ASCII number is a three or four digit code number that represents the character like ñ is 0241 and å is 0229. In order to type in as ASCII code, hold down the 'ALT' key while typing the numbers using the numeric keypad. The numeric keypad, on a full size keyboard is usually the separate numbers on the right side of the keyboard. If you are using a laptop you must first find and select the number lock [Num Lk] key. You then will use the letter keys that now represent numbers along with the ALT key. You can find the ASCII codes in the 'Symbols' found under 'Insert' in the Microsoft Word menu bar or you can go to the Character map.

To find the Character Map:

Select Start menu...then Programs...then Accessories...System Tools...Character Map.

Character map-Arial

When you select the particular symbol you want from the Character Map, the information you need to type is found on the right end of the box status bar.

Click here for a printable PDF of this information.

**This information can be used for MasterWorks™, MasterWorks™ II; LetterWorks™ II; & LetterWorks™ III. In LetterWorks™ II you must be using a font style that contains the particular symbol you want since these are predigitized fonts.

I have just installed my new LetterWorks 2. When I open my CustomWorks program, I only have LetterWorks 1! What could be wrong?

It is necessary to update your CustomWorks in order for LetterWorks 2 to integrate properly into the CustomWorks program.

I have LetterWorks, can I upgrade to LetterWorks III?

You can only upgrade to LetterWorks III from LetterWorks II.  You would need to check with your dealer on the availability of the LetterWorks II upgrade.