I embroidered two gifts tonight and wrapped them up with ribbon before the photograph and didn't want to undo, so you will have to use your imagination a little on the first photo. If an embroidering expert should read this post I hope they will help me figure out WHAT I did wrong when embroidering this bathmat for Carly and Tom. Oh My. It was nice and thick, so I bumped up the pull compensation through the Artista software to a 3.5. Since I was enlarging the size of the design, I changed the fill stitch from a satin stitch to a step stitch. For the underlay, I changed to a step stitch and added a second underlay, an edgewalk stitch. I used solvy on top. Should have stitched out perfectly, right? Wrong! The first stitch out looked like a zebra print. The white background showed through the letters something terrible! So I worked in the software, changing the stitch density from 4.5 to 4.2, so the stitches would lie a little closer to each other. Then I sent it back to the machine, matched everything up, finished the design, and it didn't look one bit different. My only recourse was to either ditch the project or just stitch over it completely, and I chose the latter. Honestly, you can't see it in this photograph, but some of the white terry still poked through my black letters.