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Wire

The wire feature allows you to add wire to your garments. Typically, wire is used in bras.

Adding Wire to a Garment

To add wire to a garment:

  1. On the Main toolbar, click Insert.

  2. Click Click the drop-down, then click Wire. The Wire Settings dialog box is displayed.

    Wire Settings dialog box

  3. Click Click the drop-down to display other preset wire elements.

  4. Click the wire style you want to use, then click Create. The wire is added to your garment.

    You can drag the two wire elements to wherever you want them to be.

  5. In the 2D window, click a wire piece, then go to the Context view to see the wire properties.

    2019 August Edition and newer

    Wire properties

    VStitcher 2019 April Edition and older

    Wire properties

  6. Edit the wire properties as required. These are detailed in the following table.

    PropertyDescription

    Wire Properties

    • Position: Displays whether you have selected the left wire piece, the right wire piece, or both wire pieces.

    • Rotate: Type in the amount you want to rotate the wire piece.

    • Flip:

      • 2019 August Edition and newer

        Click Flip X to flip the wire piece about the X axis, or Flip Y to flip the wire about the Y axis.

      • VStitcher 2019 April Edition and Older

        Click Flip X to flip the wire piece about the X axis.

    • Force: Rigidity of the wire. Type in the amount of force you want for the wire piece. For more information, refer to Force on Wire Pieces.

    Actions

    • Replace: Click to display the Wire Settings dialog box. You may select another wire element to replace the existing one.

    Stitch Properties

    • Wire Length: Read-only display showing the length of the wire piece.

    • Total Edge Length: Read-only display showing the length of the edge piece to which the wire piece is assigned.

    • Shrink to Fit: Enabled by default.

Force on Wire Pieces

The force property for a wire is how rigid it is. The higher the number, the more rigid the wire.

How noticeable the property is depends on a number of factors including the wire shape, the shape, body, and material of the garment, and so on.

Here are two examples.

  • Example One

    In this example, force is set to 0. You can see distortion of the arch mainly towards the mid body. Also note the stretch of the mid trapeze part which is more orange colored.

    Example one

  • Example Two

    In this example, force is set to 100. You can see less distortion of the arch than in example one. In addition, note the stretch of the mid trapeze part which is much stronger (and so displayed in red). Why is this happening? Because the wire is stronger and pulls the mid part with more effective strength from both sides.

    Example two

 

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