Embroidery Digitizing

How does Embroidery Digitizing work?

Embroidery Digitizing has been popular these days and you might be wondering how this works? It is the process of converting the existing art into a stitched file that can be sewed by an embroidery machine on a garment. It is used to create patterns on textiles that might help in product branding and corporate advertising. It is used by crafters to decorate gifts, clothing, and also used for home décor purposes like designs on quilts, pillows, and wall hangings etc. But before anything has to be embroidered, it needs to be digitized first. Digitizing is both science and an art so the digitizer needs to be very careful while providing the services which should be as per customer’s requirements.

Here’s how Embroidery Digitizing works, some basic steps are given below-

  • Understand the Design

You need to first understand the required design, size, fabric type, artwork and any special requirements if there. This will help to get better results and will satisfy customers.  The digitizer should know a particular style of digitizing that is required or if specific stitch types should be used to match an existing design. So understanding the design is important.

  • Prepare An Artwork

Then a digitizer must analyze the artwork to see if it needs to be edited for embroidery or not as many designs are needed to be modifies and simplified and some elements may need to be eliminated and some may need to be enlarged and rearranged.

  • Assigning the Stitch Types

Then you need to decide how the design will run on an embroidery machine from start to finish i.e. the digitizer also need to decide how the ‘pathing’ will run as it can affect how an embroidered design will ‘lie’ when it is finished. If a design isn’t embroidered in the correct sequence, it may end up with the gaps or even texts that you might not want. So the Digitizer needs to assign stitch types to each section of the design based on what stitches that will represent the best artwork. 

  • Push and Pull of Embroidery

After deciding the stitch types, various factors are needed to be considered such as the ‘fabric type’ and ‘push and pull’ of that particular garment as a design may move while being embroidered and will cause some stitches to shift which can occur while using bulky fabrics, long stitches and on a large areas of thread. So a digitizer must account for the possible effects of push and pull.

  • Embroidery Sew-Out

To test the design, run the design and see if any adjustments are needed to the design. Although many designs are fairly easy to digitize for an experienced digitizer but some designs with fine detail, small text and color gradations require more set-up time so it is to be done very carefully to produce the desired output.

The art of Embroidery Digitizing is therefore a careful process that requires time and experience to be performed correctly. The digitizer must know how to perform and create design that will enhance the design with quality digitizing services.

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