Embroidery Digitizing Step By Step Approach
Embroidery has been part of the clothing and fashion industry since the dawn of mankind in some form or the other. With the passage of time along with the steady penetration of technology in human life, the whole concept of embroidery changed many avatars. Now, with technology advancements at the peak, embroidery can be done with the help of modern computers and machines.
In the olden times, everything about embroidery revolved around human fingers and how skilful they are. Embroidering a single garment took days and even weeks. But, now it only takes a few minutes and a few clicks to impart an embroidery design with different types of stitches, extreme detailing and finesse. But the question is how does custom embroidery digitizing commence? Read the following step by step guide to know how a digitizer works.
STEP 1: UNDERSTANDING THE REQUIRED DESIGN:
For a digitizer, delivering an embroidered design according to the requirements of the customer is the top priority. Everything about the design, the size and shape and the fabric must be crystal clear to the digitizer and only then he can create an astounding embroidery digitized design. So the first step every professional digitizer does is take enough time to learn about the client’s requirements and once he/she is sure, he starts with the next step.
STEP # 2 PREPARING THE ARTWORK:
This end result of an embroidery digitized design depends on this very step. In step three main aspects of embroidery digitizing takes place.
The first is, deciding the “pathing”. The pathing is basically the sequence of stitches from start to finish of the digitizing process. This decides how the embroidery will lie on the fabric. Even if there is a single disruption during this process, the design may end up with uneven text and unwanted gaps.
The second and most important of all is assigning the stitch types for the embroidery. For the perfect logo digitizing, the digitizer first starts assigning underlay stitches that make up the base and give the digitizer an idea on what kind of stitch will complement the artwork best. Mainly, there are three types of stitches when it comes to embroidery digitizing. Run, satin and fill stitches. The choice of stitch depends on the size of the design, the detailing of the design and how much space the design will take. The digitizer takes all these facts into consideration and appoints the best looking stitch.
The third one is more of a consequence that the digitizers try to avoid and it is called “push and pull”. During the process of digitizing, the design may move which results in uneven stitching pattern and an unsatisfactory final feel. Hence, it is important for the digitizer not to overlook this aspect in order to deliver a beautiful final embroidery result.
The digitizer according to all this data feeds the right instructions to the embroidery software which starts the digitizing process of the design.
STEP # 3: THE FINAL EMBROIDERY SEW-OUT:
In the final step, the digitizer has to keep patience and let the embroidery software and the machine do their job. The final look of the design depends on how well the digitizer understood the stitches, the intricate details and the colour gradations of the demanded design by the customer.