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  coordinates of the crossing point are written in the X and the Y boxes. Now CLICK the OK button.  If you have the little Retain objects box checked the X that you drew will stay on the page. If you have it unchecked, it will disappear from the screen, but will be stored in the drawing’s data base.

17.2.  To INSERT a BLOCK that is already in the drawing’s data base , SELECT INSERT from the VIEW pop-down menu.  The computer will ask:
insert Block name (or ?):
TYPE in the name of the BLOCK you want to INSERT.  In the case of our example: you would TYPE in bigx and CLICK ENTER. You will see the X that you drew earlier appear a the crossing point of the cursor cross-hairs. CLICK the cursor where you want to place it on the drawing page. Use the SNAPTO functions if you need very accurate placement.

17.3. To INSERT another pattern drawing  or another drawing not already in the drawing’s data base, SELECT INSERT from the VIEW pop-down menu.  The computer will ask:
insert Block name (or ?):
When you type in the name of the pattern drawing you will need to include the “directory path” in its name. Example: cpm/patterns/sew1test.dwg. The pattern will appear with the 0,0 coordinates at the crossing point of the cross-hairs.

17.4.  The MEASURE command and the DIVIDE command, found on the RESIZE pop-down menu both need to use a BLOCK to mark the segment points they create.  These commands are ideal for marking off  button, button hole, hook & eye, snap, etc. placements.


    The world of computer users is full of terrifying horror stories of hours and days of work suddenly being irrevocably lost.  Keeping "back up files" is very important.

18.1.  It is very important to teach yourself to SAVE your drawing at regular intervals.  It is possible to set up C.P.M. so it SAVEs your work automatically at regular intervals. (See Chapter I, Section 2 for instructions.) Do not just depend on the AutoSAVE as sufficient back up. Working with patterns easily breaks down into phases of operations.  SAVE your drawing at the end of each phase.  Particularly, SAVE your drawing before you begin to do anything when you are not absolutely sure about how to proceed.

18.2. Usually you will begin a new work session by OPENing one of the 2 drawing page Templets: Sew1.dwt (the E size page) or Sew1a.dwt (the D size page).  These templets are found in the TEMPLATE folder (directory). The Sew1.dwt and Sew1a.dwt. Templates are “write protected / read-only” files. When you open them you will see an Alert Window pop up telling you that the file is either in use or is a “read only” file. CLICK the YES button. If you look at the top bar of the program window, you will see