Edge Labels

Edge Labels

Edge labels are text labels applied to pattern piece edges. In the case of seams, the edge label is applied to both the primary and mated edge.

Edge label definitions can be manually created from the edge PMP (seam, hem, bound edge, or raw edge), or they can be automatically applied to all edges as they are created by specifying default edge labels in the options panel. Simply creating an edge label definition does not guarantee an edge label will be created on the edge.  For instance, the edge length parameters can be used to place conditions on the creation of an edge label.

Edge Label Types
There are three different types of edge labels: edge name, edge type, and pieces.

Edge Name
The edge name edge label type will use the user defined name for the edge label. If no user defined name has been specified, then a default name of
<Unnamed Edge> will be used. The edge label will update to reflect the changes to the user defined name after the edge PMP has been closed.

Edge Type
The edge type edge label type will use the name of the edge type as the edge label text. For instance, if the edge is a 6mm join, then the edge label will be 6mm Join. If the edge type is changed, the edge label will update to reflect the new edge type name.

Pieces
The pieces edge label type will use the name of the piece in which the label has been applied as the label text. In the case of seams, both the primary piece and the mated piece names will be used to compose the edge label text.

As an example, if a pieces edge label is applied to an edge on piece A which is mated to piece B, the edge label on piece A will be composed as Piece A / Piece B, and the edge label on piece B will be composed as Piece B / Piece A.

Alignment Options 

The alignment options allow you to customize the position of the edge label on the edge. The three primary controls allow you to place the edge label either at the start of the edge, the center of the edge, or the end of the edge.

The tangent offset allows you to shift the edge label along the direction of the edge. When applied to a label at the start of the edge, a positive value will shift the label towards the end of the edge, whereas a negative value will shift the label beyond the start of the edge. When applied to a label at the center of an edge, a positive value will shift the label towards the end of the edge, and a negative value will shift the label towards the start of the edge. When applied to a label at the end of the edge, a positive value will shift the label towards the start of the edge, and a negative value will shift the label beyond the end of the edge.

The normal offset allows you to shift the position perpendicular to the direction of the edge at the label position. A positive value will shift the label in to the pattern piece, whereas a negative value will shift the label out of the pattern piece.

Edge Length Range 

These parameters allow you to place conditions on the edge label based on the edge length. The maximum length is a condition that the edge must be less than or equal to the specified maximum length. If the edge length is greater than the maximum edge length, then a label is not created.

Similarly, the minimum edge length is a condition that the edge must be greater than the specified minimum length. If the edge length is less than or equal to the minimum edge length, then a label is not created.